Joel’s diverse background as a successful corporate executive and Christian leader gives him a balanced set of experiences to draw from as he works with Christian business leaders in his role as a Convene Chair in Southeast Wisconsin.
Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.
— President John F. Kennedy

Joel Borgardt has over 30 years of experience growing consumer products businesses in a range of categories, channels, and business environments, including significant experience with private, family owned companies. In these leadership roles, he has demonstrated the ability to be a forward thinking change agent and the architect of successful strategic plans.

Most recently Joel served as the President and Chief Operating Officer for Lamplight, the manufacturer and marketer of the Tiki Brand of outdoor living products. He was recruited into this role to execute a turnaround and develop a strategic plan that generates profitable growth. This plan has rejuvenated the organization, built the confidence of shareholders, and significantly increased the value of the business.

Joel attended Carthage College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, and did his post-graduate work at Drake University where we earned his MBA with a concentration in Marketing. Joel also took advanced marketing courses at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Joel is a Wisconsin native having grown up in Racine on a 3rd generation family-owned produce farm. Joel grew up in a strong Christian family. His faith grew through his education in a Lutheran grade school, high school and college. His faith walk includes working for multiple companies owned by Christians.  This exposed Joel to integrating faith into the workplace to create a unique culture while also growing sales and profit. Additionally, Joel served on the board of directors for the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. 

He has been active in supporting Christian education as a member of the Racine Lutheran High School Board of Directors and the St. John’s Lutheran Board of Education. He has also held board positions at Racine Country Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church Board of Elders.

Joel and his wife, Rosie, have been married for 33 years and have two children. They currently reside in Racine, Wisconsin.

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About Our Team

Convene’s mission is to connect, equip, and inspire Christian CEOs and business owners to grow exceptional businesses, become higher-impact leaders and honor God. Through peer-to-peer and executive coaching insight. Growing toward increased personal and business impact. Leading to an ultimate Kingdom legacy.

Business Advisor

Works closely with business leaders to advise them on approaches to address business challenges and opportunities.  Utilizes a fact-based and methodical process in working with members of the team.  Over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries and business environments with areas of expertise in strategic planning, branding, product development, operations and talent management.  Strong track record of transforming business models to create sustainable top and bottom line growth.

Executive Coach

Works with business leaders as a coach and mentor to enhance their leadership abilities and resolve personal challenges.  Assist leaders in goal setting and accountability to achieve business and personal goals. Partner with business leaders to set priorities, create greater work/life balance, and build a high performance team.  Share wisdom gained from seating in your seat.  Participated in mentor training through Partners in Leadership.


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