Background: Bret Gundlach

Bret Gundlach is a 44-year-old, divorced and since-remarried father of two who lives on Madison’s east side.

He runs a small consulting company with five employees called TransformPOS, Inc. that helps restaurants, clubs, bars and other businesses in the hospitality with point-of-sale and other high-tech solutions.

He says his company is doing well, though profits in 2011 were down a bit from 2010. This year looks strong, however, with sales up from last year, he notes.

Gundlach’s kids, ages 12 and 14, live with their mother in Grafton, which means he doesn’t see them as often as he’d like. His current spouse is now reestablishing her massage therapy business after taking several years off to help Gundlach run Transform.

A fiscally conservative and socially moderate Republican, Gundlach is a strong backer of Gov. Scott Walker who supports a limited-government philosophy. And while he and his spouse haven’t made any commitments to volunteer to help Walker win in the upcoming recall election, they may because keeping Walker in office is important to them.