New Member – Eldon Bohrofen

At the meeting on July 17th, Eldon Bohrofen, told us  something about himself.  Eldon started off in the usual fashion…identifying himself as an attorney…sort of downplaying what exactly that meant. But the interesting part was exactly what road he traveled to become a lawyer and a pretty good one at that. Eldon’s family owned a farm in Iowa but this farm boy had a big problem he was allergic to GRAIN. So, his father pretty much summed up the situation, Eldon was not meant to be a farmer. He better go to college. Not just any college but Drake University, where his first foray into networking happened when he joined a fraternity. His fraternity brought in speakers on many topics including –How to Grow Yourself. One of the speakers owned a clothing business and somehow zeroed in on Eldon and his tie- clasp. He told him to remove it and proceeded to tell him why. You don’t want someone look down at your shiny tie clasp, you want them looking straight at you. You want to be able to look them in the eye and sell yourself. It was a lesson Eldon never forgot.

Still after graduating from Drake, he still wasn’t really sure about what he wanted to do but he knew he wanted to continue his education and decided to attend Duke Law School. Eldon probably was a pretty good student but after turning in one of his papers to his law professor and friend, Eldon got a strong wake-up call. You probably know your content of the law well but you are extremely weak at writing articulate conclusions on your topic. His mentor brought him around and that was soon corrected.

After graduation from Law School, Eldon taught Law for a while at Wisconsin and again through networking began a career in Banking and Trusts. Success with his Trust clients led him to join one of them in business as the 4th largest auto parts suppliers to the Ford Motor Company. When that company was sold, he went back into trust management and law eventually becoming senior partner at RohdeDales LLP, Wisconsin.