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Gary Wells, BUS AD '70

Gary Wells is the most successful ice cream man ever to graduate from Marquette University. That's not to say that he drives around in a truck that's blaring music while wearing a white uniform. Instead, this graduate of the College of Business Administration is the current CEO of Wells' Dairy Inc., a company that produces Blue Bunny ice cream, as well as an assortment of other frozen novelties, desserts and fresh yogurts.

In 1913, Gary's great-grandfather started the company with $250. Today, with 3,000 employees making a product sold throughout the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, Wells' Dairy is the largest family-owned and managed dairy processor in the United States.

Under Gary's leadership, the company has expanded its production while pulling off the seemingly impossible contradiction of competing with the industry's behemoths and remaining true its family-style roots. Communication is the key, according to Gary. "When everyone at Wells knows what they need to know, no one can stop us."

Gary's expertise is widely sought and his success is often recognized. He serves on the boards of numerous industry associations and, last year, he received both the Chief Executive Network's "Innovation Excellence Award" and the International Dairy Foods Association's "Soaring Eagle Award."

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