John Torinus Jr. has worked as a journalist, entrepreneur and business manager, after serving as an artillery company commander in the U.S. Marine Corps. He spent 20 years as CEO of Wisconsin-based Serigraph, a graphics parts manufacturer with ownership in 10 plants in the U.S., Mexico, China and India. His company had $40 million in sales annually when he bought it in 1987; it now generates $130 million and has more than a thousand employees. He continues to serve as its active chairman.
Torinus has studied and practiced management for 50 years as well as has chaired one task force on healthcare reform and served on several other health care policy groups. He speaks frequently on the topic and still drives healthcare innovations at Serigraph.
He is the author of The Company That Solved Healthcare, the story of his launch of a consumer-driven healthcare plan at Serigraph, and Opt Out on Obamacare, Opt Into the Private Health Care Revolution, a game plan for improving workforce health and dramatically lowering health costs.
In addition, Torinus is currently chairman of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, BizStarts Milwaukee and West Bend Friends of Sculpture, as well as a co-founder of Successful Entrepreneur Investors, an angel investing group. He holds a baccalaureate in industrial administration from Yale and a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Stockholm.
Torinus has served as business editor and columnist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as his hometown paper, the Daily News in West Bend, WI, where he served as editor and general manager for 11 years.
He is also a persistent athlete. Each February, he puts on a pair of cross-country skis to compete in a 32-mile race in northwestern Wisconsin, the skiing equivalent of the Boston Marathon. The septuagenarian also has cycled across America.