Passionate Entrepreneur

An upcoming Seminar and Luncheon with Steve Adams


Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


Oshkosh Convention Center
2 North Main Street
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

About Steve Adams

Steve Adams is an entrepreneur who operates 39 Pet Supplies Plus franchised pet superstores in Wisconsin, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Washington D.C. metro area. He has been a Managing Partner in U.S. Retail Inc., the holding company for the stores, since 1996. Adams is a partner in Retail Development Group, which owns and develops commercial real estate properties nationally.

Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Adams was Vice President of corporate banking at NBD Bancorp in Detroit, Michigan and Vice President at Associated Bank, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Adams also led the start-up of Irwin Union Bank in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as President.

Currently, Adams is Founder and Chairman of the Board of International Business as Mission. iBAM is a micro-lending and entrepreneurial education organization that mentors and resources new entrepreneurs in multiple nations in partnership with local church leaders.

In 2013 Adams became a published author releasing the book titled Passionate Entrepreneur. (


Early Bird Registration! REGISTER EARLY! We expect this event to be a sellout!

By March 6, 2017: $35/person, $250/table of 8 or $310/table of 10.
After March 6, 2017: $40/person, $290/table of 8 or $360/table of 10.

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About EIL

Excellence in Leadership was formed by a group of local like-minded business executives and community leaders to present opportunities for middle and senior managers to appreciate the powerful role of Christian values and ethics in the business world of today. Business leaders can use the timeless wisdom of the Scriptures as never before.

EIL has had the honor of hosting a number of events over the past few years including Jon McGlocklin, former NBA star with the Milwaukee Bucks; Tim Hoeksema, President and CEO of Midwest Express Airlines; Don Soderquist, COO for Wal-Mart (Ret.); William Pollard, ServiceMaster, Chairman of the Board; Dr. David Miller, Executive Director of the Yale University Center for Faith and Culture; Daryl Travis, CEO of BrandTrust; Eric Alexander, Director of Adventure Beyond Limits; Phil Hodges, Director of Development of Lead Like Jesus; Mark Skogen, President & CEO of Festival Foods; Laurie Beth Jones, best selling author; James Hunter, author and business coach; James Keller, President & COO of J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.; Joe Kiedinger, Brander-In-Chief, Prophit Marketing, Inc.; and Steve Stanley, Huntington Creek Capital; Daniel Neufelder, Sen. V.P. Hospital Operations Ministry Health Care and President Affinity Health System; and Stephen M. Peterson, President and CEO of Mid-States Aluminum Corp.

Purpose Statement

In a highly competitive, pressurized marketplace...

  1. To help, encourage, and motivate values-based business leadership in our communities
  2. To build a "platform" on which recognized, values-based leaders can challenge and motivate other leaders with their insights
  3. To provide an opportunity for values-based leaders to network with other leaders
  4. To provide another opportunity for values-based leaders to impact their spheres of influence

EIL Committee Members

Walter Scott, Jr., CLU
Independence Financial, LLC

Dale Glen, CPA
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Andy Kilgas
Director of Business Sponsorship
91.9 FM The Family

Brad Dunn
Head Administrator
Valley Christian School

William L. Bowman, CPA
Aegis Financial Planning

Marlin Greenfield
Senior Operations Leader
Festival Foods

Vicki Klein Schorse,
Philanthropic Services

Joe Zack
Tribal Benefits Director
Cottingham & Butler

Dennis TeGrootenhuis
President and CEO
Small Quality Boxes, Inc.

John Casper
President and CEO
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Excellence in Leadership Video

Faith Statement

God: We believe in one true, living, eternal God, who has manifested Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Scriptures: We believe the Holy Bible, both Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God, the authority in all matters of faith and conduct for Christians.

Jesus: We believe Jesus is the Christ and Savior of all; the Son of God manifested in the flesh. We believe Jesus was crucified for the sins of humankind, died and resurrected from the grave, is alive and will return to reign on earth as "King of Kings" and "Lord of All."

The Holy Spirit: We believe in the Holy Spirit, God present in our world today. We believe the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, judgment and righteousness, and that He regenerates and indwells Christians, giving them power to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Salvation: We believe God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to die as payment for the sins of all and to work in us, helping us live a life of victory over sin. As a result, those who receive this free gift from God will not experience spiritual death, but will have eternal life.

Christian: We believe a Christian is someone who has received the gift of salvation and trusts in Jesus' death and resurrection as payment for their sins, living their life according to His Word and example.

Past Speakers (Video Clips)

Click on a photo to view these video highlights from these past speakers

John McHugh

Eric Alexander

James Hunter

John Bergstrom

James Keller

Matt McPherson