Speakers

Colonel David W. May

Colonel David W. May commands Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, which includes the Combat Readiness Training Center, the 128th Air Control Squadron, and the 126th Weather Flight. He is responsible for all aspects of mission performance of these three diverse organizations. The CRTC at Volk Field is the premier training resource in the ANG managing a 2300 acre installation, over 12,000 square miles of Spacial Activity Airspace, and an Air to Ground Gunnery Range. The Air Control Squadron and Weather Flight maintain qualifications and readiness for worldwide combat deployment.
Colonel May received his commission through the Air Force Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, in August, 1996. He has held a variety of command and staff positions at the wing, combatant command, Air Staff, and Joint Force Headquarters level. His staff tours include HQ US Air Force, the Pentagon, HQ Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional), US Transportation Command, and the Joint Force Headquarters of the Wisconsin National Guard. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Director of Manpower and Personnel for the Joint Staff, Wisconsin National Guard, Madison, Wisconsin.

Dennis Winters, Chief Economist, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Dennis Winters is Chief Economist, Director of the Bureau of Workforce Information and Technical Support, and Labor Market Information Director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. He is a nationally recognized expert on human resource challenges in the competitive global economic environment. He has presented on the increasing value of talent to numerous audiences, including the Milken Global Conference, the Society of Business Editors and Writers, the National Association of State Legislators, and the Council of Chief State School Officers. A graduate of UW Madison and Colorado State University, Dennis has been a consulting economist for over thirty years including senior positions at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA), DRI / McGraw-Hill (now combined into IHS Global Insights). He was Vice President and Director of Research for NorthStar Economics.

Terry Whipple - Executive Director, Juneau County Economic Development Corporation

Juneau County Economic Development Corporation’s mission is to foster positive economic change for Juneau County communities and to promote the success of agricultural, industrial, commercial and entrepreneurial enterprises.  We do this through leadership and collaboration with public and private organizations/individuals on a national, state, regional, county and local level.

Jeff Mayers, President, WisPolitics.com

Jeff Mayers is president of WisPolitics.com, an online political and government news service in Madison that operates WisPolitics.com, WisBusiness.com, WisOpinion.com and other news services. WisPolitics.com, the flagship news service, launched in June 2000.

A former AP editor and reporter and political writer for the Wisconsin State Journal, Mayers has been in the news business since graduating from George Washington University in 1981. He also has a graduate degree from UW-Madison.

In addition, Mayers has been involved in several book projects, co-authoring “Golf Wisconsin: The Official Guide to the State’s Top 25 Public Courses … Plus 50 More Fun Places to Play” plus “Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams” and editing “Catching Big Fish on Light Fly Tackle” by Tom Wendelburg. He also has written articles and columns for a variety of state, regional and national publications.

Volk Field Air National Guard Base

Volk Field is one of only four Air National Guard Combat Readiness Training Centers in the nation, and the only one that does not share its airfield with a civilian airport. In addition to its primary mission it is also an Aerial Port of Embarkation.

Volk Field is entirely owned by the ANG. It consists of 2,300 acres adjacent to Interstate Highway 90/94, north of the Village of Camp Douglas. The single runway is oriented 09/27 and is 150 feet wide and 9,000 feet long with 1,000 foot overruns. The runway can accommodate all military aircraft and has both precision and non-precision navigational approaches along with a tower and radar approach control. There are 40 acres of aircraft parking available.

Wisconsin Army National Guard

The Wisconsin Army National Guard is made up of approximately 7,700 soldiers including a headquarters staff in Madison and four major commands located throughout 67 Wisconsin communities: the 32nd “Red Arrow” Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquartered at Camp Douglas; 64th Troop Command, Madison; 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Milwaukee; and the 426th Regiment (RTI) Regional Training Institute, Fort McCoy.

The Army National Guard (ARNG) is one of the seven reserve components of the United States armed forces. It is also the organized militia of 54 separate entities: the 50 states, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

American Pride Industrial Supplies and Services

American Pride Industrial Equipment & Services is a “Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business” based out of Green Bay, WI that provides industrial tools, services and equipment to government and commercial businesses through out the United States. We are authorized dealership representing more than 350 manufacturers including NoMarr, Bradley Corporations and more. American Pride is proud to provide American companies across the nation with materials, tools and equipment that help their day to day operations run smoothly. From two ton grapples to protective eyewear to ergonomic tools, American pride has you covered.

Dane Deutsch - President and CEO of DCS Netlink

Over the past 23 years, Dane has grown his technology business from a small repair shop to a leadership position in current Cloud and Security Services. DCS has grown from 1 employee to 8 and provides a wide range of services from repairing computers to installing and maintaining networks to a full line of Networking and Internet/Cloud services including: web design, e-mail services, e-commerce, wireless internet, and most importantly, Internet Security. Mr. Deutsch is a graduate of Bemidji State University (MN) and recently received his Masters in Communication Technology from UW Stout (WI).  He earned his commission as an Air Force Officer in 1982 and served on active duty for 8 years.  During his service he was responsible for the electronics and communications in Turkey and surrounding area.  He is also the owner of a nationally recognized gymnastics facility.  DCS Netlink is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Danielle Jones, Director, Sector Strategy Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Danielle Jones is a Director of Sector Strategy Development in the Division of Sector Strategy Development at WEDC.  Her portfolio includes Forest Products, Advanced Materials and Composites, Military and Defense Relations, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Mining.

 

As a director for sector strategy she works with industry associations and consortia in formulating and implementing growth strategies to keep the Wisconsin industries in her portfolio competitive and forward-looking in a rapidly changing global economy and to create customized solutions to meet each industry’s unique needs.

 

In addition to doing her sector development work Danielle has been active on grant review committees for Wisconsin Fast Forward and the Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship programs and was a member of the Wisconsin Financial Services Educational Development Committee before becoming the lead sector director for the industry consortium.

 

Danielle has worked with the Department of Commerce since 2009 and in 2011 made the transition with the organization to WEDC.  Prior to working for WEDC and Commerce, she worked in account management and sales in the insurance industry and in technology-focused areas including software technology and agricultural research and development.

 

She grew up a military child and carried on the family legacy by proudly serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard where she earned the Army Commendation Medal.

Fort McCoy

Fort McCoy’s mission is to underpin Total Force Readiness by serving as a training center and a support site for power projection missions.

As a Total Force Training Center, Fort McCoy’s primary responsibility is to support the training and readiness of military personnel and units of all branches and components of America’s armed forces. Fort McCoy is a Secondary Mobilization Force Generation Installation prepared to support contingency operations as ordered

Fastenal

Over the past 49 years, Fastenal has grown from a small-town fastener shop, to a thriving regional business, to North America’s largest fastener distributor, to the world’s most efficient supplier of OEM, MRO, and construction products. Fastenal operates in nearly 2,700 stores spanning all 50 states and 20-plus nations.

 

General Services Administration - Great Lakes Region

GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA’s acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of governmentwide policies.

Ron Hagemann, Chief Executive Officer, New Composite Partners

Ron Hagemann is the Chief Executive Officer of New Composite Partners, an environmental technology company built on the assumption that there is intrinsic value in producing tangible environmental products and services for industry. Ron is an expert in sustainable materials development with strong relationships with a wide network of key Government Officials, Chief Sustainability Officers, and CEOs of global Fortune 1000 companies

Juneau County Economic Development Corporation

While strategies may have shifted over the years, our focus remains the same. Today, Juneau County Economic Development Corporation has taken a multi-faceted approach to further business development in order to create jobs and community wealth. JCEDC works collaboratively within the region to enhance the physical environment, increase the economic vitality and to improve the quality of life for everyone. Located in Wisconsin’s upper Midwest, Juneau County boasts a pro-business culture at the state, county and local levels of government, offering many public and private incentives.

Leonardo DRS Power and Control Technologies

DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. which employs more than 47,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance.

Mathy Construction

Mathy Construction is a respected leader in the asphalt paving industry. Founded in 1945, their company provides quality production, placement and maintenance of hot mix asphalt throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Additionally, they are a major supplier of construction aggregates. Their company specializes in projects such as interstate highways, airfields, commercial parking lots, residential streets, driveways, tennis courts, athletic tracks, recreational trails and bike paths.

MICC Ft McCoy Contracting

The Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort McCoy is a tenant at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. MICC-Fort McCoy supports the installation, its tenants as well as the 88th Regional Support Command with geographic locations in a 19-state region.

Michels

Michels Corporation is an international utility construction contractor based in Brownsville, Wisconsin. With more than 5,000 employees and 10,000 pieces of major equipment, Michels is one of the largest and most diversified utility contractors in North America. It currently maintains 31 office and yard spanning from coast to coast. Michels is involved in various areas of utility construction, including pipeline construction, directional crossings, foundations, wind energy, communications and pipe services and tunneling. The company is also involved in cable placements, pipe restoration, wind farm construction, concrete paving, aggregates and custom crushing, road construction, and electrical power infrastructure construction services, as well as in trenching and construction of natural oil and gas projects

Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense delivers leading-edge tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services to military and security forces around the globe. For nearly 100 years, Oshkosh has designed, tested and manufactured a robust portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles and technologies to support the U.S. Armed Forces and its allies.

RENEW Wisconsin

Since 1991, RENEW Wisconsin has been committed to advancing renewable energy policies for Wisconsin through advocacy, education, and collaborative initiatives. RENEW is at the policy and regulation table every day representing over 60 Business Members conducting renewable energy business in Wisconsin as well as over 300 individuals and other organizations who share our vision for Wisconsin.

Robert “Bob” Oliver, Operational Excellence & Growth Adviser, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center

Robert is an Operational Excellence & Growth Advisor for the Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center.  He helps companies increase revenues, improve profitability, and create cultures of change.  He has over 30 years of experience in Operations Management, Research &Development, Manufacturing, and Project Management. He is a certified Innovation Engineering Blackbelt, a Lean Master, and a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt.  Robert’s experience includes working with start-up companies through Fortune 1000 companies in several industries.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chicago & Detroit Districts

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District mission is to provide valued, world class leadership, engineering services, and management capabilities to the diverse stakeholders and partners within the greater Chicagoland metropolitan area and the nation. The Chicago District is responsible for water resources development in the Chicago metropolitan area, an area of about 5,000 square miles with a population of about nine million, through a variety of projects including flood risk management and storm damage reduction, navigation, aquatic ecosystem restoration, emergency management and interagency and international services.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District

The St. Paul District is where the “Mighty Mississippi River” starts its long journey through the middle of the United States of America to the Gulf of Mexico. The district covers an area of approximately 139,000 square miles. The district borders follow the edges of four river basins – Mississippi River, Red River of the North, Souris River and Rainy River. The latter three basins drain north into Hudson’s Bay. The district shares about 500 miles of border with three Canadian provinces. This area includes most of Minnesota, the western half of Wisconsin, the northeastern half of North Dakota and small portions of South Dakota and northern Iowa.

Department of Veterans Affairs

VA operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities. Additionally, VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.

VA also operates 131 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.

U.S. Small Business Administration Wisconsin & Chicago Distrcits

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses

Wisconsin Department of Administration

The Wisconsin Department of Administration has several key functions:  they help the governor develop and implement the state budget, and support other state agencies and their programs by offering services such as centralized purchasing and financial management.  The ultimate goal of all their programs is to offer Wisconsin residents the most efficient, highest-quality state government services possible.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections

The DOC is a large agency with multiple areas with one core mission: public safety. Their goal is the safe custody and supervision of offenders using the best, most effective correctional policies and procedures so citizens are protected, offenders succeed in the community, and new crime and the cost of corrections to taxpayers is reduced.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs - Division of Emergency Management

When an emergency occurs, each state agency carries out its responsibilities independent of other agencies. The activities of state agencies must be closely coordinated if the state is to respond effectively. The purpose of the State Emergency Operations Center is to facilitate that coordination. Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) coordinates effective disaster response and recovery efforts in support of local governments. Through planning, training and exercising we prepare ourselves, our citizens and response personnel to minimize the loss of lives and property.

WPS Health Solutions

Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation has a strong legacy of serving the people of Wisconsin for more than 65 years. Founded in 1946, WPS is Wisconsin’s leading not-for-profit health insurer, offering affordable individual health insurance, family health insurance, high-deductible health plans, and short-term health insurance, as well as flexible and affordable group plans and cost-effective benefit plan administration for businesses and government.

Wisconsin Procurement Institute

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts. WPI’s mission is to assist Wisconsin businesses in creating, developing and growing their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration