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July 4, 2017Press Release

In Memoriam: Ted Kanavas, former Wisconsin State Senator and Co-founder of Michael Best Strategies

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ted Kanavas, former Wisconsin State Senator and Co-founder of Michael Best Strategies, died Monday, July 3, after losing his fight with cancer. He was 56. 

Prior to establishing Michael Best Strategies in 2014, Ted distinguishably served Wisconsin’s 33rd Senate district from 2001 to 2010 and was devoted to his state and constituents, focusing on job creation and economic development. A strong advocate for venture capital investment in Wisconsin companies, Ted sponsored several bills, including the Angel Investment Tax Credit Act and the Film Wisconsin tax credit bill.

During his time at Michael Best Strategies, Ted was an inspiring, passionate leader who valued the people he worked with as much as the job itself. Ted was a champion of our firm’s culture and treated everyone with dignity and respect. His legacy at Michael Best Strategies will live on through the team of professionals he mentored devotedly over the years. 

As fellow co-founding partner Robert Marchant eloquently said, “Ted was an extraordinary man who cared deeply about those dearest to him. He was a dignified statesman to Wisconsin, and a remarkable businessman and friend. The void that will be left from his passing will be difficult to overcome. I will miss him dearly.”   

Raised just outside Waukesha in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Ted attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and later graduated from Pepperdine Law School. Aside from his work in the state government and public sector, Ted also founded and built several successful software companies where he served as vice president of business development for more than two decades. In recent years, Ted was a frequent guest host on Milwaukee’s WISN radio, and co-hosted the WisOpinion.com web show, “The Insiders.”

All of us at Michael Best Strategies and Michael Best & Friedrich LLP ask you to join us in expressing our deepest sympathies to Ted’s family, his wife Mary, and their three children. His life was an inspiration to us and served as an example of how to be a great husband, friend, and leader. 

We were privileged to have known him.  

Below are the service arrangements.

Friday, July 7, 2017 - Visitation 4:00-8:00 p.m., Krause Funeral Home, 21600 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53072

Saturday, July 8, 2017 -  Funeral Service -  visitation 9:00-10:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. service @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 9440 W Congress St, Wauwatosa, WI 53225 

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