Formerly Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Hill Press, Inc., Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, Jonathan Pellegrin launched his first magazine while a student at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation in 1967 and completion of the executive training program at a major New York retailer, he returned to Wisconsin and joined Johnson Hill Press, a single-magazine publishing company founded by his father. He became CEO in 1976, a position he held until 1994, at which time PTN Publishing Company of New York acquired his family’s firm.
During his 26-year career in publishing, Pellegrin developed more than 30 business magazines in agricultural, distribution, and manufacturing industries. He served as chairman of the American Business Press trade organization from 1992 to 1993, held many top posts with the Young Presidents’ Organization and traveled abroad extensively on behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He served on several boards of directors, both corporate and non-profit. He was named Distinguished Business Alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business in 1995.
Pellegrin attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967 and earned his Doctorate of Business Administration from Business School Lausanne in 1999, while serving as Executive-in Residence at IMD (International Institute for Management Development) in Lausanne, Switzerland from 1996 to 1999. He is a 1982 graduate of the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School and was named a Price-Babson Fellow in 2000.
He is a retired Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University Wisconsin-Madison, School of Business and his wife, Pat Mellencamp, is a Distinguished Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she taught film, television and the Internet. Her daughter, Dae, who led the development of Vimeo for IAC, is a true wealth creator.
Pat and Jonathan live in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico and Monterey, California.