We are pleased to welcome David Walsh to the Weinert Center Hall of Fame!
This honor was created to recognize the gold standard for entrepreneurs affiliated with the Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship and is the highest achievement which can be received.
Having been born and raised in Madison, David has truly had a lifelong connection with the UW.
David received his BBA degree in 1965 and after graduation served in the U.S. Navy for two years returning to the US to continue his education. He went to Harvard Law School and earned his JD in 1970.
After returning to Wisconsin to clerk on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, he and his father started Walsh & Walsh and after 16 years merged with Foley & Lardner. He has advised and invested in numerous startups and corporations and been very involved in the community. This involvement included serving on numerous boards and committees for organizations such as UW Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Guardian Life Insurance to name just a few. In fact, he was even part owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was also a successful startup entrepreneur in the Wisconsin cable business when that industry was launched across the state.
His love for and dedication to the UW was apparent with his service to the UW Foundation and the School of Business Advisory Council. He was also a member of the UW Board of Regents and served two terms as president. We are also fortunate to have had him on the Weinert Center Advisory Board since 2004.
In 1998, David was the recipient of the Distinguished Business Alumnus Award. In 2011, David received the UW Distinguished Alumni Award. An award both his mother and father were honored to receive as well.
In addition to this incredible career, David has been a wonderful supporter of entrepreneurship at the Weinert Center by giving freely of his time, treasure and talent.
Please join us in congratulating David Walsh for his induction into the Hall of Fame.