1. StretchTargets.org is a website and endeavor to provide an easily understandable scorecard twice a year for tracking two critical long term "Stretch Targets" for Wisconsin's economic and educational turnaround. The purpose is to allow citizens of all stripes to relay expectations for the future to the Governor, other politicians, school board members, educators and teacher unions, as well as to family, friends and colleagues.
Baskerville International Ltd. is a counseling office serving confidentially
senior executives of large and smaller corporations. These exchanges
are both business content-based and personal. [Before 2009, the
office focussed primarily on hands on, practical, result-oriented
consulting to non-Japanese companies and their senior executives
who either planned to successfully enter the Japan (or other Asian)
market or with a presence already in Japan wished to substantially
increase market share and profits in the market. It also worked
on general management and leadership issues and conflicts and on
occasion advised Japanese corporations in the U.S.A.]
Corporation, a joint venture of Corning Inc. and Siemens,
AG, was the world's largest maker of fiber optic cable. It was
for many years virtually the only non-Japanese company in the Japan
market and had grown rapidly. (2000 total sales, $2.7 billion before
it became a subsidiary of Corning Inc.)
First non-Japanese company ever to sell optical fiber/fiber optic cable in Japan. Early sales also to India, China, etc.
• Generated 8% of Japan market penetration by 1993 growing to 22% by 1999.
(Total market grew by 8 times during period.)
• Won a Track III project with NTT to develop next generation fiber optic
• Built in U.S.A. manufacturing facility exclusively for certain Japan
customers/designs. In 1992, 50% of Siecor Corporation's total R&D dedicated
to Japan market.
Weyerhaeuser Company was a Fortune 100 company and one of the world's largest paper and
wood product companies and for many years was the largest such
non-Japanese company operating in Japan and Asia. (2005 total sales
• Japan Sales $600-800mm
• Moved from 90% raw materials to 47% converted product.
• Developed newsprint sales (1979-84) from zero to $80mm (7%-market share).Only
non-Japanese company in marketplace.
• Opened kraft liner board stock points in four locations. First company
to so operate (sales $40mm).
• Developed hardwood lumber and softwood veneer markets.
• Opened shipping office (Westwood Transpacific Service) with four 45,000
• Developed dimension lumber program.
• On June 26, 1985 received Ministers Award (Tsusansho Daijin Hyosho) from
the Government of Japan (Prime Minister, MITI Minister) for "outstanding
contribution to trade."
• Developed new product lines in Korea and Taiwan, early sales to China.
The International House of Japan, incorporated in 1952, is a
private, non-profit organization committed to the furtherance
of international goodwill and involved in a large program of people
exchanges, lectures, discussions, etc.
Wisconsin International Trade Council, was created to advise
the governor on the state’s role in the development of
Omron Corporation was Japan's largest factory automation manufacturer
and also makes other automatic equipment, electronic components
and health care products. (2005 sales $6.0 billion) .
Economic Strategy Institute, located in Washington, D.C., is
non-profit research center dedicated to defining
American agenda" in industry, technology and finance.
The Keizai Doyukai (The Japan Association of Corporate Executives)
is a prestigious
group of "Japan's top 1500 Business Executives." Foreign
members have been admitted since 1986 and Baskerville
was the second foreign executive ever elected to the Board
Tokyo Rotary Club, founded in 1920, is the oldest of
Japan's clubs, and includes in its membership two hundred
ex-CEO's of the largest Japanese companies.
The Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), a pioneer among Japan NGO's doing refugee and
projects in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Afghanistan,
South Africa, Iraq, Palestine
The bilateral ten-member Japan-U.S. Education Commission manages
the Fulbright Program and the
all American Fulbright
Scholars studying in Japan as well as those Japanese
Scholars studying in the United States. U.S. Ambassador
Ambassador Mike Mansfield) appointed the five U.S.