At a recent club meeting, new member Karl Schultz gave his Classification Talk and the following provides an overview on his background. Like many Rotarians, Karl has no shortage of interests and achievements between multiple patents as an engineer, membership in the the Porsche Club of America, and former Alderman in Brookfield - list goes on...
 
Karl Schultz - Classification Talk
 
Where you grew up
I was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI.  I attended public schools in Oshkosh and Technical College in Appleton, studying Engineering with continuing education courses at UW in Madison.
 
My wife Nancy & I have been members of the Porsche Club of America (the largest single marque car club in the world) for 37 years.  We enjoy reading, travel, theatre & nice restaurants. Nancy and I have lived in 10 cities in 5 states on 2 continents. 
 
I am a past 5-term President of my Neighborhood Association, former 4-term Alderman in Brookfield, serving on the Plan Commission, Parks & Recreation Board, Finance Committee, Master Plan Committee and as Chairman of the Board of Public Works for some years until my relocation to Ann Arbor, MI for a new career opportunity.
 
My professional life
Following my Engineer Dad’s lead, my career trajectory has been: Designer, Project Engineer, Chief Engineer, Engineering Manager, VP of Engineering, Director of Sales & Engineering.  I hold Patents for innovative oilfield and construction equipment.   
 
My current position
I am currently a Business Development Manager for a Waukesha Manufacturing company.  The key clients I serve include Harley-Davidson, Caterpillar, Snap-On Tools, Mercury Marine and many others.  I travel a bit to develop new business - predominately in the Great Lakes area but periodically to Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.
 
What attracted me Rotary?
Former Brookfield Mayor Kate Bloomberg has been a mentor to me for many years and she suggested that I might enjoy Rotary.  I’ve never regretted following Kate’s advice.
 
I’m very impressed by Rotary’s long history of service.  We’ve all been blessed in so many ways with strong families, well governed communities, good educational opportunities and I feel like it is our responsibility and a truly, a source of great satisfaction, to help others enjoy similar blessings.