Founder Bill Nasgovitz Inducted into Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame

Heartland Advisors value investing portfolio Manager Bill NasgovitzMilwaukee—May 2, 2017—Heartland Advisors, Inc. founder Bill Nasgovitz was inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame at an event May 1 sponsored by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Also recognized at the ceremony were fellow 2017 inductees Agustin Ramirez, of HUSCO International, and Art, Bill & Ray Schmidt, of U.S. Venture, Inc.

“It’s our honor to induct these distinguished laureates into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin (JA). “They represent the core of what JA is all about—entrepreneurship and business leadership. Each leader has become a role model for Wisconsin’s young people by creating a culture of innovation and success.”

JA commended this year’s inductees for having “positively shaped Wisconsin’s business climate through their innovative thinking and leadership.” When presenting the award, JA noted Nasgovitz’s contributions to the investing industry and the mark he’s left on Wisconsin business.

In 1983, Nasgovitz founded Heartland Advisors and launched the firm’s first mutual fund, the Heartland Value Fund, one of the longest running small-cap value funds in the country. Over the decades, Heartland has served investors throughout Wisconsin and the country through a disciplined approach to value investing.

“I am humbled to join this group of immensely accomplished, dedicated business men and women who make up the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame,” Nasgovitz said. “Curiosity, persistence, and drive were instilled in me from an early age. I salute Junior Achievement’s work to help young people build the foundation they need for long-term success.”

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin established the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame in 1990 to “honor individuals whose business innovations, effective management, and civic involvement made a difference in companies and communities throughout the state.”

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