PEAK Speaker Series – Employees Drive Success
July 18 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 am$25.00 – $35.00
Session III – Employees Drive Success
“We built it, we are living it, now we use it.”
Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce is excited announce the PEAK Speaker Series. The 2019 Speaker Series will be focusing on all aspects of the employment process from attraction thru retention. This four part series will take place over the 2019 calendar year with different business professionals speaking on each topic.
Join us as we reach for the PEAK.
The measure of an employee’s engagement to the company is critical to the organization’s success.
Speaker: Christine Specht, President & CEO – Cousins Subs, grew up with Cousins Subs — the sub sandwich chain her dad, Bill Specht, founded with his cousin two years before she was born. Before taking on the role of Cousins’ human resources manager in 2001, Specht worked as a staff member of the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2008, she became the President and Chief Operating Officer of Cousins Subs and in 2015 assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer following her father’s retirement. In this role, she successfully brought new life to a legacy brand by leading a series of system changes. These include a largescale rebranding strategy to establish consistency and unify the brand in look and feel across all locations, implementation of grills in all restaurants, and inclusion of Cousins’ Midwest heritage throughout its menu with signature local products including subs served with all Wisconsin cheeses. Under Specht’s leadership she strengthened Cousins’ unit-level economics, created a strong core of franchise partners, and positioned Cousins for growth in the Midwest.
Specht earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and law studies from Marquette University. While she worked toward her master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C., she spent time in the human resources departments of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington. Specht serves on Concordia University’s Wisconsin Board of Regents, is the Chair of Concordia University’s Wisconsin Foundation Board, the Vice Chair of The Management Association (MRA) and is the President on Cousins Subs Make It Better Foundation board. She has also committed nine years of service to both the Lutheran Living Services and Community Memorial Hospital. Specht has received the Cum Deo award from the Lutheran High School Association in 2017 in honor of her Christian service and accomplishments in business. In 2018, Specht was honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence and recognized in FastCasual magazine’s “Women in the Lead” series.
Full Breakfast Catered by: Chef Pam’s Kitchen is a fun new business just opening in downtown Waukesha for catering, private events and Chef assist cooking classes for kids and adults. Owner, Pam Dennis is a resident of Sussex and proud Mom of two children who graduated from Hamilton High School. Her goal is to share her love for cooking with all who visit her kitchen in Waukesha! For more information you can visit her website: Chefpamskitchen.com.