Michael Budde Sr.
Mike Budde's career in the electronics industry spans four decades,
beginning in 1980 as Field Sales Manager of Distribution for Grayhill,
Inc. in LaGrange, Illinois. His duties involved traveling throughout
the United States and Canada reviewing sales performance along with
introducing new Grayhill products to their distribution partners. In
1984 Mike was hired as Natonal Distributor Sales Manager for Littelfuse,
Inc., a manufacturer of circuit protection devices. His role was
expanded when hired at Littelfuse to include P&L responsibility for
annual sales exceeding $50,000,000 sold through their distribution
network. Mike worked at Littelfuse until 1996 when the entrepreneurial
spirit struck him and he decided to branch out on his own to start a
business. He founded Budde Marketing Systems, Inc. in June of 1996.
Today, Budde Marketing employs thirty-five staff people, providing
industry point-of-sale marketing and commission reporting for over 125 manufacturers.
When asked what makes his company the success that it is, he says that
the answer is the people that he’s been privileged to work with both as
associates and clients of Budde Marketing. “I’ve developed some
wonderful friendships over the years that has made everything about
Budde Marketing a great experience. It’s been a great ride!”
Mike has been very active in his community. He has served as a trustee
and treasurer for the Homer Township Library District and was a member of the Homer Township Chamber of Commerce holding various positions including President, Vice
President and Treasurer. Mike was also on the board of directors
of The Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center and served as Chairman
of the Board.