Offutt School Presents guest speakers are leaders of influential organizations that range from publicly traded corporations to entrepreneurial firms building the products and services of the future. The speaker is invited to share reflections in a 35-minute program, including a conversational interview with a moderator and a Q&A with attendees. Topics of conversation include one or more of the four themes of the Offutt School of Business program: ethics, leadership, entrepreneurism and globalism.

Upcoming Events

The Offutt School Presents spring event will feature Michael Happe, President and CEO of Winnebago Industries Inc., on the topic of "Driving Strategic and Cultural Transformation within an Iconic Company". 

Bryan Hughes, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Winnebago Industries, will moderate the conversation. 

Thursday, Feb. 28
6:30-7:30 a.m. Coffee and Networking
7:30-9 a.m. Breakfast
Minneapolis Airport Marriott, Minneapolis
Cost: $30

RSVP by: Thursday, Feb. 21


Michael J. Happe was appointed president and chief executive officer of Winnebago Industries, Inc., in January 2016. Prior to that, Happe served as an executive officer and group vice president of Toro’s Residential and Contractor businesses. During his 19 years at Toro, he held a series of senior leadership positions across a variety of the company’s domestic and international divisions. Happe has 25 years of management experience with a strong track record of growing businesses. He earned a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


Bryan Hughes has served as Chief Financial Officer at Winnebago Industries, since May 15, 2017. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Hughes spent more than 25 years in financial leadership roles, including 21 years at Ecolab, Inc., a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. At Ecolab, Mr. Hughes was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, with global responsibilities for Financial Reporting & Analysis, Planning, Forecasting, Accounting, and Internal Audit functions. Prior to that position, Mr. Hughes was Ecolab's Vice President of Finance for the company's Global Institutional business. Mr. Hughes received a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.  He volunteers his time outside of work as a Board member at the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, and he is also currently serving as the president of his church.


Carol Hedberg

Office Assistants for Budgets and Events Offutt School of Business