Mary Wall Yeager
Mary Wall Yeager (FBC Board Chair)
Director/Owner, Wall Family Enterprises
A second generation owner together with eight brothers and sisters, Mary served 7 years on the Board of Directors of Wall Family Enterprise, a holding company for eight Education and Library market operating companies worldwide, headquartered in Madison, WI. Mary chaired the Compensation Committee of the Enterprise and Operating boards and is a member of the Governance Committee. Prior to joining the WFE board, Mary worked with her father (Chairman Emeritus) and two of her siblings as an elected family representative to the WFE businesses, as a leader in stewardship and governance, for over 10 years.
As a professional in Human Resources, Mary served as Human Resources Director for Daybreak Foods, Inc., a multi-state food products company and previously served as Corporate Compensation Manager for CUNA Mutual Insurance Company, a $1B global financial services firm, from 1988-1997. Prior experience in a variety of industries included serving as a Human Resource Manager for RAYOVAC Corporation, Nicolet Instrument Corporation and Carnes Corporation. Mary was a member of the management team at several of these companies and served at both manufacturing plant and corporate office locations in the midwest.
Mary received an Executive Masters in Management graduate degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in 1988. She is a committed advocate of family businesses and has been an active member of Loyola Family Business Center since its inception, where she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Advisors in Chicago, Illinois. Mary also serves as a Director of the St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin where she chairs the Nominating Committee. Mary is a member of the University of Wisconsin-Family Business Center.
Mary’s husband, James H. Yeager, is a partner in M3 (Mortenson, Matzelle, and Meldrum Inc.), a financial services firm headquartered in Madison, WI. They have two adult children who keep them humble and with whom they enjoy many adventures!