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Lift Off

The decision to throw out the rule book and leave the manual in the dust came in an unceremonious, simple setting. Chuck Swoboda, Eng ’89, then CEO of Cree Inc., sat across from his longtime colleague Neal Hunter at a small circular table.

It was time to go rogue.


Entrepreneurial Alumnus named Marquette University’s First Innovator-in-Residence

“I had the opportunity to witness innovation up close and personal every day, and I learned that innovation is fundamentally about leadership, not management,” Swoboda said. “It is a mindset to find a better way, and ultimately innovation is about people. It is an incredible honor to give back to my alma mater and to also learn from the next generation of innovators.”


‘Innovators on Tap’ brings stories of innovation, leadership to MU

Behind every great idea, there is a person, and behind every great person, there is a story. Two Marquette alumni are on a journey to tell the stories behind great people and ideas in a new and unique way — via podcast.


How Your Company Can Innovate in 2019

May 8, 2019

Chuck Swoboda and Kelly Fitzsimmons come on the podcast to talk all things innovation.


Marquette Receives $2.5 Million Gift to Support Innovation Alley Leadership Initiatives and Men’s Basketball Program

April 29, 2019

Chuck and Karen Swoboda, an alumni couple, have committed a $2.5 million gift to Marquette University, President Michael R. Lovell shared today.


Vesper Appoints Charles Swoboda and Hassan Ahmed to It’s Board of Directors

March 27, 2019

Vesper, developer of the world's most advanced acoustic sensors, has appointed Chuck Swoboda, President of Cape Point Advisors, and Hassan Ahmed, Chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks, to their board of directors.


Anixter International Inc. Appoints Bill Simon, Chuck Swoboda to the Board of Directors

February 21, 2019

Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) today announced the appointment of two new members, Bill Simon and Charles “Chuck” Swoboda, to its board of directors, effective March 1, 2019.


Karen & Chuck Swoboda 2018 Marquette University Alumni of the Year

April 2018

Chuck and Karen are quick to agree: Beyond the invaluable practical and problem-solving skills gained as engineering students, their Jesuit education deepened their faith and encouraged them to live beyond themselves, enabling them to Be The Difference.


How Cree Perfected The 20-Year Lightbulb

June 10, 2013

This North Carolina maker of light emitting diodes aims to kill off the incandescent lightbulb. It's already doubled its market cap to $7 billion in just one year.


A New Ultra-Cheap LED Light Looks and Acts Like An Incandescent Bulb

March 5, 2013

“We have the first LED bulb that really looks like an [incandescent] lightbulb, and we’ve designed it in a way that it works like a lightbulb. Those two things combined with the price we think can get consumers to really try LED lighting.”


The Fabulous Swoboda Brothers

July 27, 2010

If you cut your teeth on LED technology over the past 10 to 15 years here in the States, chances are good you might have worked with one, or both, of the Swoboda brothers.