Dave Strand was hired by Wisconsin Oven Corp. as a shop worker in 1986. In 2019, he retires as president and CEO of Thermal Product Solutions, the parent company of Wisconsin Oven. Strand dedicated 33 years to the continued growth of Wisconsin Oven, and his presence will be greatly missed by employees, customers and community partners.
When Strand took over as president and CEO of Wisconsin Oven in 2005, he wanted to develop a culture that embraced his employees and motivated them to play like champions every day. He created Wisconsin Oven’s Work of Champions program and mission statement to inspire and reward employees for going above and beyond.
During his time at Wisconsin Oven, Strand was dedicated to giving back to East Troy and the surrounding communities. As honorary chairman of the United Way of Walworth County, he encouraged businesses to give back during the 2017 holiday giving campaign which resulted in over $15,000 donated. Strand also focused on developing the next generation of talent and promoting careers in manufacturing through an annual scholarship to an East Troy High School graduate going into skilled trades or engineering. He created the Wisconsin Oven Universal Training Center (WOC-U) in 2018.
The employees of Wisconsin Oven held a retirement party for Strand on June 7 to celebrate his career and contributions to the company.