Dave Strand was hired in 1986 by Wisconsin Oven Corporation as a shop worker. In 2019, he retires as president and CEO of Thermal Product Solutions, LLC, the parent company of Wisconsin Oven. Strand has dedicated 33 years to the continued growth of Wisconsin Oven Corporation.
Strand will be remembered at Wisconsin Oven for his steadfast leadership and encouragement of employees. When he took over the position of president and CEO in 2005, he wanted to develop a culture that embraced employees and motivated them to play like champions every day. Strand created Wisconsin Oven’s Work of Champions program and mission statement to inspire and reward employees for going above and beyond. This championship culture still holds true at Wisconsin Oven.
During his time at Wisconsin Oven, Strand was dedicated to giving back to East Troy, Wisconsin, and the surrounding communities. As honorary chairman of the United Way of Walworth County, he encouraged businesses to give back during the 2017 holiday giving campaign which resulted in more than $15,000 in donations. He was also focused on developing the next generation of talent and promoting careers in manufacturing through an annual scholarship to an East Troy High School graduate going into skilled trades or engineering and the creation of the Wisconsin Oven Universal Training Center (WOC-U) in 2018.
The employees of Wisconsin Oven held a retirement party for Strand on June 7 to celebrate his career and contributions to the company.
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