COVID-19 CEO Leadership Series continues Friday with Brown County Executive

Streckenbach joined by leaders of Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and Palermo’s Pizza

Published Thursday, May 28, 2020

The COVID-19 CEO Leadership Series of Webinars continues this Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m.-12 noon with the perspective of a community leader from the New North, Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach. Barb LaMue, executive director of New North will kick off the webinar, with Streckenbach being joined by industry leaders in food production, Tamas Houlihan of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association and Giacomo Falluca of Palermo Villa, Inc.


Troy Streckenbach serves as the Brown County Executive, a position he has held since April 2011. He is a life-long resident of the county and grew up in the Greater Green Bay area. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Streckenbach has owned and operated six businesses within the county. Brown County has a population of roughly a quarter-million; Streckenbach will discuss a county’s level of response for reopening. #NewNorthProud

Tamas Houlihan is executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA), a position he has held since December 2014. For the prior 27 years, Houlihan had been managing editor of The Badger Common’Tater magazine, the official voice of the Wisconsin potato and vegetable industry. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Founded in 1948, WPVGA supports the state’s growers in research and use of the latest technologies, along with government relations, from its headquarters in Antigo.


Giacomo Falluca is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Palermo Villa, Inc., maker of Palermo’s Pizza and multiple sister brands of pizza. Palermo’s Pizza was founded in Milwaukee by Giacomo’s father in 1964, and today has a 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, selling its products in every U.S. state and Canada. Falluca also is chair of the board for Food and Beverage Wisconsin; he will discuss food production and safety.


The webinars are made available through a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the state Regional Leadership Council, comprised of the nine economic development organizations, which includes New North Inc. John Raymond, MD, president & CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, will provide a medical update.


“New North has played a significant role in helping businesses and organizations within our region who are feeling the business effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says LaMue. “We know that New North companies are facing extreme challenges and we stand ready to assist however possible. New North also is playing a leading role with State and local partners as our region moves into recovery mode. We believe that collaboration and communication are essential during this process.”


The event invitation can be found at and the link to register is available at