Allman Tapped For Evers Transition TeamIssue Date: November 15, 2018
Wheels are in motion for the transfer of Wisconsin's reins of government from Gov. Scott Walker to newly elected Gov. Anthony (Tony) Evers on Jan. 7, 2019, and Fincantieri Marinette Marine President and CEO Jan Allman has been chosen to assist in that transition.
Allman was one of five persons named by Evers to serve as co-chairs on his transition team. Others on the team are Kevin Conroy CEO and board chair of the Madison-based Exact Sciences, Inc.; Chuck Pruitt, co-managing director of ABD Direct, a Milwaukee fundraising-services company, and former president of the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents; Amy Traynor, an Eau Claire middle school teacher and 2013 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Veronica Gunn, CEO of Genesis Health Consulting.
"This is an exceptional group of leaders who I know are just as committed as I am to our values of bringing people together, putting government back to work for the people, and building a Wisconsin future that works for everyone," Evers said of his appointees in a prepared statement.
The team will be headed by JoAnne Anton, who has worked in various roles for former Democratic U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. Maggie Gau, who managed Evers' campaign for governor, will be his chief of staff.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13 the State Legislature's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee approved the $94,600 budget requested by Evers to begin hiring staff and prepare to take office in January.
Also Tuesday, state Assembly Democrats met for the first time since the election and re-elected Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, as minority leader.
Former Gov. Jim Doyle got $87,500 for his transition into office in 2002, and Gov. Scott Walker got $82,723 for his transition in 2010. Legislative Fiscal Bureau director Bob Lang told lawmakers Evers' request was comparable to previous ones when inflation is taken into account.
Evers reportedly intends to continue as State Superintendent of Schools until he is sworn in as governor on Jan. 7. This will allow him to appoint his own successor to oversee Wisconsin's schools until the next election for that position, which comes in April of 2021.
Evers will be working with a Republican-controlled legislature. With all the votes counted, Republicans have a 19 to 14 majority in the State Senate and a 64-35 majority in the Assembly.
Allman came to Marinette with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters, Ariel and Jade, after being appointed President, CEO, and General Manager of Fincantieri Marinette Marine Corporation in July of 2014.
In February of 2015 she was named to the Manufacturing Council, which serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to the United States Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector. The Council is charged with ensuring regular communication between the federal government and the manufacturing sector, advising the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect United States manufacturing and provide a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems and to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.
Prior to joining Marinette Marine Allman served as the Vice President of Global Manufacturing at Navistar Corporation, where she and her manufacturing team played a pivotal role in helping to reinvent Navistar's manufacturing landscape.
She began her career with the Ford Motor Company at the Lima, Ohio engine plant at the age of 19, and spent 26 years at Ford in numerous vehicle and powertrain manufacturing roles with increasing responsibilities.
She holds a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Michigan.
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