Cory Nettles

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Cory Nettles


Cory L. Nettles is founder and managing director of General Growth Capital, Inc., a private equity fund focused on buyouts and providing growth capital to small businesses and lower-middle market companies in the upper Midwest.  He also is Of Counsel at Quarles & Brady LLP in the corporate relations and government relations group.  Cory recently served as secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under Gov. Jim Doyle.

A Milwaukee native, Cory is a 1992 magna cum laude graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, WI; and earned his law degree in 1996 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.

Since his law school days, Cory has been an enthusiastic supporter of the UW Law School Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) program.  Established in 1967, LEO provides an informal academic and social network for enrolled minority students.  LEO actively recruits and retains law students from historically disadvantaged groups across the country.

Cory currently serves on the boards of several corporations and nonprofit organizations, including Robert W. Baird’s Baird Funds, Inc.; United Way of Greater Milwaukee; Medical College of Wisconsin; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee; the University of Wisconsin Foundation; Lawrence University board of trustees; and Teach for America.

Cory is married to Michelle Nettles, an attorney with MillerCoors. The couple reside in Milwaukee and Chicago.