Benjamin M. Salzmann, president and CEO of ACUITY Insurance, which last month was named the second-best place to work in the United States by Fortune magazine, will deliver Lakeland College's undergraduate commencement address on Sunday, May 1.
Salzmann, who has spent 16 of his 26 years at ACUITY in these leadership roles, will address Lakeland's 154th commencement, which begins at 2 p.m. Details about the ceremony are online at http://lakeland.edu/graduation.
In addition to being an employer of dozens of Lakeland graduates, the college and ACUITY are partners in a program at Sheboygan South High School that allows South students to take computer science courses that earn both high school and college credit and creates work-based learning opportunities at ACUITY.
ACUITY, rated as A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor's, has been listed by Ward Benchmarking as one of the Best Run Insurance Companies for each of the past 16 years. ACUITY is one of the most profitable insurers in the nation based on 16 years of financial results, and writes business across 25 states, with $4 billion in assets.
In addition, ACUITY has ranked as a Great Place to Work Top 5 mid-sized employer 12 years in a row, including No. 1 for four straight years. Last year, ACUITY moved up to No. 3 in the large corporate category in Fortune magazine, and this year moved up to No. 2 behind Google.
ACUITY received recognition as a Top 15 Employer for Millennials and Top Employer for Women. It is are also a grand prize winner for the second straight year in the “We Love Our Workplace” video contest from Great Place to Work. The Sheboygan-based company was named one of the Top 3 Coolest Offices in North America by PayScale, a national human resources consulting firm, and has received recognition as one of the best employers by CollegeGrad.com.
Salzmann is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in zoology and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a computer information systems degree from Aquinas College, where he taught computer and project management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has an MBA from UW-Madison.
Salzmann is the president of the ACUITY Charitable Foundation, which donates more than $2 million per year. He is also a member of the UW-Sheboygan Foundation Board of Directors. ACUITY's foundation makes extensive investments in all levels of community education and is an ongoing sponsor for Lakeland College.