Title: Manager, Snap-on Charitable Contributions and Corporate Museum
Professional History: Upon earning an Associate’s Degree from Gateway Technical College in 1970, Terri was appointed Official Court Reporter for Lake Circuit Court, Crown Point, IN, serving a 2-year term. After devoting time at home to young children, she rejoined the workforce as Administrative Officer at First Bank Southeast, Kenosha, WI in 1981 until joining Snap-on Incorporated in 1994. Terri served as Executive Assistant to four CEOs and many of their direct reports over a 14-year period. In 2008, she was named Manager, Snap-on Charitable Contributions to administer corporate and community strategic giving, and represent Snap-on at community events and sponsored functions.
Areas of responsibilities grew to include the Snap-on Museum. Considered the Company Historian, Terri has given hundreds of museum tours sharing her rich knowledge of history and passion for the company to groups including franchisees, associates, financial analysts, vendors, technical school affiliates, VIP guests and community groups. She also created historical outreach exhibits including multiple displays at the Kenosha History Center, the Snap-on Franchisee Conference, Leadership Conferences, Gateway Advanced Propulsion Lab, and UW Parkside. Recently, in collaboration with Tuskegee University and coworker, Michael Bond, a 26’X8’ historical mural with vintage WWII Snap-on tools was completed and installed in the TU Engineering Department. The display honors the heroic actions and achievements of the “unsung heroes”, the men and women who kept the Tuskegee Airmen Flying, the mechanics.
In addition, Terri took lead in the creation and management of the Tool Crib (company store), and has been a project manager and team member for corporate events. She contributes articles to Snap-on newsletters and serves on various committees including United Way, GreenWorks, Float and REC Club.
Accomplishments: Terri spearheaded the creation of the Snap-on/Honor Flight Program. Snap-on remains the only company to sponsor Honor Flights for its retirees, associates, franchisees and their immediate family members. To date, 620 participants (veterans and guardians) have gone to Washington, D.C. through these programs. She led the formulation of the Snap-on Disaster Relief Fund and the Snap-on International Disaster Relief Fund (launching soon) that provides financial assistance to associates and franchisees affected by qualified disasters. She is the recipient of the Snap-on Innovative Passion Award, presented at the Snap-on Leadership Conference for her work developing the museum, company store and as community relations liaison.
Community: Terri volunteers her time to many nonprofits, including serving on their board of directors. Present service includes Gateway Technical College Foundation; Marylou and Arthur Mahone Fund Scholarship Committee; Mahone PowerUp College and Resource Fair; Building our Future; BSA Three Harbors Council Distinguished Citizen/Eagle Awards Committees, and Exploratory Performing Arts Center of Kenosha. Past service includes Kenosha Community Foundation; Kemper Center, Inc.; Carthage College Fine Arts Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Kenosha (Downtown and Breakfast); Kenosha Symphony Association, and others.
Personal: Married to Dr. Kurt Wruck for 45 years, they have two children and three grandchildren. Terri and Kurt were born, raised in Kenosha, and returned for careers and raising their family. Terri pointed out that “finding a place to live is easy, but finding a home to raise a family in a great community with education and cultural opportunities, takes much more. Southeast Wisconsin became the best choice to work, grow older and happier.” Terri is committed to improving the quality of life in the community and has become a champion for providing youth educational opportunities through scholarship and mentoring pathways.