Green Bay Packers nominate four new board members, set annual shareholders meeting

Richard Ryman
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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GREEN BAY – Green Bay Packers shareholders will vote on four new directors when they meet in July, two days after the first professional soccer match at Lambeau Field.

The annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 25 in the Lambeau Field bowl, rain or shine. The Packers haven't provided details yet, but training camp will begin that week as well.

On July 23, Manchester City of England's Premier League and Bayern Munich of Germany's Bundesliga will play an exhibition match at the stadium.

Director nominees are Kate Burgess, CEO/owner of Elevate97 of Green Bay; Michael Daniels, president and CEO of Nicolet National Bank of Green Bay; Mark Rourke, CEO and president of Schneider National Inc. of Ashwaubenon; and Kurt Voss, owner and CEO of AmeriLux International of De Pere.

Directors moving to emeritus status are Rick Chernick, who joined the board in 1998; Larry McCarren, who joined in 2015; and Eric Torkelson, who was elected in 2019.

Shareholder Bobby Anderson of Green Bay waits for the start of the Green Bay Packers training camp Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis.

Packers bylaws require that directors retire at age 70. McCarren will continue as an employee of the Packers, where he works as a football analyst on radio broadcasts and on the team's website.

The annual meeting consists of reports by President and CEO Mark Murphy and General Manager Brian Gutekunst, a financial report, and reports by various committee leaders. The Packers traditionally release financial details in the weeks before the meeting.

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The Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL. After a stock sale earlier this year added 176,160 new owners, the Packers have more than 537,000 shareholders with about 5.2 million shares. The sale, the sixth in the team's 103-year history, raised $68 million for improvements to fan-related amenities at Lambeau Field.

The 2021 shareholders' meeting returned to Lambeau Field after the meeting was held virtually in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendance was 3,900, one of the smallest in-person turnouts in decades. Another 8,000 shareholders watched the meeting online.

Over the years, normal attendance was 8,000 to 12,000 shareholders and guests. Record attendance was 18,707 in 1998. 

Shareholders will be provided four meeting tickets for each shareholder account, including accounts that have a joint or custodial registration. Shareholders receiving meeting materials electronically can access print-at-home tickets upon voting their shares. New shareholders are reminded to look for their materials to arrive in the mail or electronically mid-June, whichever method they selected upon purchasing their shares, and are asked to vote their shares promptly.

The Packers also are asking shareholders who have not heard from the organization in the last 12 months to contact Shareholder Services to update their address, including street and email addresses. Shareholder Services can be reached by phone at 855-846-7225, or by email at shareholderservices@packers.com.  

Contact Richard Ryman at (920) 431-8342 or rryman@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RichRymanPG, on Instagram at @rrymanPG or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardRymanPG/.

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