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Governor Walker Announces Administrative Appointments

Governor Scott Walker announced Thursday, January 21 that Secretary Ray Allen of the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) would become the next secretary of the Department of Workforce Development and also announced the appointment of Lon Roberts to become the next secretary of the DFI.

    Ray Allen served at DFI for over 18 years, including four as Deputy Secretary and most recently as Secretary. Allen has extensive experience in state government, also serving as an appointee in the Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Employment Relations, Director of the State Office of Employee Development and Training, and as Executive Director of the Technology for Education Achievement Board. Allen has been active in the Madison area community, serving on many community boards and commissions, and was elected to three terms on the Madison School Board. The Milwaukee native received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Master of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

    Lon Roberts retired in December of 2015 as a partner and shareholder with the Ruder Ware law firm in Wausau, Wisconsin, where he served as President and concentrated his practice in business and commercial law, primarily in the areas of corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance, lending, and private equity capital transactions. His extensive community involvement includes his service as President of the Grand Theatre Foundation and past President of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Wisconsin Law Foundation and has annually received the Best Lawyers in America recognition for Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law since 2007. Governor Walker appointed Roberts as Chair of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) in 2012 and committee member of the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee (JSAC) in 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Governor Scott Walker Announces 2015 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award Recipients

MADISON - Governor Scott Walker announced today that 15 individuals, businesses, and organizations have been named recipients of the 2015 Governor's Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy.

    The recipients will be honored in a ceremony at the Capitol on February 10, 2016. They were selected from 32 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measurable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs-based groups.

The full press release may be found at www.wdfi.org/Newsroom/Press.


New Business Entity Filings Up 3.6% in 2015

MADISON - The number of new Wisconsin business entities formed in 2015 grew by 3.6 percent compared to 2014, according to data compiled by the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). As of December 31, 2015, new business filings totaled 40,827, compared to 39,395 in 2014.

The business formation data is compiled by DFI, which is the filing office for the creation of business entities in the state. DFI tracks new business entity creation on a monthly basis and posts the data on its website.

The full report may be found at www.wdfi.org/corporations/HistoricalStatistics.htm.

Wisconsin DFI to begin issuing
apostilles, authentications

MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) will begin issuing apostilles and authentications - certificates needed to verify a document for use in a foreign country - effective today. That service currently is available through the Wisconsin Secretary of State's office.

    "Wisconsin citizens now will have another option if they are in need of an apostille or authentication," DFI Secretary Ray Allen said. "Governor Walker and his administration are committed to making government services more efficient and effective for taxpayers, and this change is another example of that ongoing effort."

    Secretary Allen said that having this authority makes sense for DFI because the agency already has an established business relationship with hundreds of thousands of stakeholders, many of whom could have a need for apostilles or authentications. For example, DFI is the filing office for more than 400,000 business entities, 130,000 securities professionals, 82,000 notarys public, and the holders of nearly 25,000 trademarks and tradenames.

The full press release may be found at www.wdfi.org/Newsroom/Press.