Speakers

Michael L. Modawell

Business Development & Strategic Engagement Officer

 

U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy 

 

Michael L. Modawell assumed his duties as Business Development & Strategic Engagement Officer in September 2017. He served previously as the Fort McCoy Command Security Officer (2010-2017), Command Force Protection Officer (2000-2010) and Police Captain (1998-2000). Modawell has 30 years of service with the U.S. Army both as a retired Soldier and an Army Civilian

 

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Steven M Bailey

Construction Team Lead

 

U.S. Army Garrison, Fort McCoy

Colonel David W. May

Commander

 

Volk Field Air National Guard Base

 

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.

 

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Eric Ness

Wisconsin District Director

 

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

 

Eric Ness is the District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Wisconsin District with locations in Madison and in Milwaukee. As District Director, Eric is responsible for the delivery of SBA programs throughout Wisconsin.

 

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Suzanne Mudd-Yarber

Director, Small Business Programs

 

United States Transportation Command

 

Mrs. Suzanne Mudd-Yarber was selected as the Director, Small Business Programs in June 2016. She advocates for maximum opportunities and participation of small business utilization within USTRANSCOM acquisitions. Mrs. Mudd-Yarber ensures the Command staff and its customers are educated on Small Business regulations, policies, and goals.

 

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Dane Deutsch

President / CEO

 

DCS Netlink

 

DCS  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. Dane is now teaching Bio Cyber Ethics at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

 

 

Lisa Taylor

President

 

Strategic Partnerships, LLC

 

Lisa is the Founder and President of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a firm that is now partners with MOR Strategy Partners to help organizations elevate employee retention and engagement. She assists clients in becoming more competitive employers and crafting strategies that allow them to provide more to their employees without spending more.

 

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Barb Fleisner LaMue

Vice President, Business & Community Development

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

 

Barb LaMue is vice president of business and community development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). She assumed this role in August 2015, after serving with WEDC since 2012. Barb brings more than 18 years of economic development experience in Wisconsin to her new role.

 

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Anne M. Hlavacka

Director

 

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

 

Prior to taking the position of Director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW La Crosse, Anne practiced law for over 20 years with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., a large corporate law firm (200+ attorneys) headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Her legal experience includes extensive work with general business and government matters, including compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements. Anne, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Marquette University Law School, is a frequent presenter at various entrepreneurial and economic development programs.

Terry Whipple

Executive Direcor

 

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.  This is done through leadership and collaboration with public and private organizations/individuals on a national, state, regional, county and local level.

Nancy Mistele

Director

 

Department of Administration, Office of Business Development

 

The Office of Business Development works with business owners, trade associations, affiliated organizations and Chambers of Commerce throughout Wisconsin to ensure business has a seat at the table, advocate for business interests within government and present rule change recommendations to appropriate agency or the Legislature.

William Capelle

Director of Operations

 

American Pride Industrial Equipment & Services LLC

 

For 30 years Bill has worked in the Government Sector as both a Prime Contractor and a Sub-Contractor in the fabrication and machining disciplines. Bill also teaches other veteran and small businesses how to do business with the US Government and military.

 

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Elizabeth Laxague

International Trade Specialist

 

International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)

 

Elizabeth Laxague is an International Trade Specialist in the Milwaukee, WI office of the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS).  She focuses on helping companies around Wisconsin with their exporting needs. Elizabeth covers the agribusiness and environmental technology sectors for the office.

 

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William Brockmiller

Labor Market Economist

 

Department of Workforce Development, Office of Economic Advisors

 

William (Bill) Brockmiller is the regional economist for the Western and Southwestern Regions of Wisconsin in the Office of Economic Advisors. Bill has been working for OEA since August 1994 and for the State of Wisconsin overall since January 1990.

 

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Steve Peterson

Economic Development Coordinator

 

Monroe County 

 

Steve started his own business, Top Dog Marketing, where he designs web sites and develops marketing strategies for small businesses and non-profits. He is currently contracted as the Monroe County Economic Development & Tourism Coordinator. Steve also serves on many area Boards & Committees, state-wide and regionally.

 

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Ken Maciejewski

Sales and Business Development Manager

 

Opportunities, Inc.

 

Ken Maciejewski is the Sales and Business Development Manager and a 16 year employee of Opportunities, Inc. Since 1966, Opportunities, Inc. has been assisting commercial, state and federal organization in gaining capacity and productivity needed to assemble, kit and package their products.

 

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Gisele O'Leary

MN & WI Territory Manager

 

AbilityOne Base Supply Center

 

The AbilityOne program provides a cost effective way to help people who are blind or have significant disabilities to become tax paying citizens, and achieve greater independence.

 

 

Ronald A. Thomas

Senior Project Manager

 

UW- Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center

 

Ron has over 20 years of engineering and operations experience. Ron brings an engineered, integrated systems approach to his project interactions. He has been with UW-Stout since 2010.

 

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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.