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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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US Army Garrison 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. 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.

Tricia Braun

Chief Operating Officer, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)


Tricia brings over 20 years of economic development leadership experience to this role, and was recently recognized as a North American Top 50 Economic Developer. As chief operating officer, she manages the programmatic divisions of the state’s lead economic development organization, including business and community development; business and investment attraction; international business development; entrepreneurship and innovation; sector strategy development; and marketing and brand management.


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Representative Tony Kurtz

Assembly District 50


Representative Tony Kurtz has been passionate about serving his community. Following high school, Tony spent the next two decades in the U.S. Army. Tony continues to pursue his goal of service and is honored to serve as representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly.


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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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Patrick Arendt

Risk Manager/Agent/Bond Specialist, Spectrum Insurance Group


Patrick brings over 20 years helping contractors and businesses obtain the proper insurance and bonding protection for their operations. He helps clients turn the bonding process upside down by utilizing a system which drives the best bonding rates from the bonding companies. Spectrum Insurance Group has 13 offices located across Wisconsin in the following cities: Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay, Hudson, La Crosse, Medford, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Tomah, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids.


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Kevin Chesnik

Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)

Kevin Chesnik, P.E., is a Principal Engineer for ARA and has more than thirty-seven years of experience in transportation engineering and public policy analysis. Prior to joining ARA in 2011, Mr. Chesnik served as the Administrator and Chief Engineer of Wisconsin DOT. He also served as Wisconsin’s member on AASHTO’s standing committees of highways (SCOH) and Research (SCOR). As the chair of SCOH’s Technology Implementation Group (TIG), he helped create and build a state deployment and implementation plan for emerging research with SHRP2.


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Tim Connelly

Principal, Tim Connelly Law PLLC


Tim Connelly is an experienced government contract lawyer helping large, medium and small businesses bid on, win and successfully perform federal, state, and local government contracts. He helps businesses with all aspects of negotiation, administration and compliance typically associated with government business agreements of all kinds. He has served as a government lawyer for 20 years – including representing government contracting officers and senior procurement officials in administering contracts and resolving claims and disputes.

Dane Deutsch

President / CEO, DCS Netlink

Dane Deutsch is a retired US Air Force Captain, who during his last assignment was in charge of all communications for the country of Turkey. He currently holds MCSE, MCP, A+, Network+ certifications, WatchGuard certifications and Google Sales & Deployment Specialist certifications. Dane’s true leadership abilities and skills have helped form a team that truly has a passion for Internet Security at his company, DCS Netlink (Rice Lake, WI). Dane speaks at events around the nation on the topic of Internet Security, and has become known for a popular presentation titled “Security is everyone’s business, Starting With The CEO”. In 2018, Dane began teaching Cyber Security Ethics at the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, WI. Dane sits on the UW Stout IT Advisory Committee and helped develop their Bachelor and Masters degree curriculums.



Lisa Fleming

Manager, Municipal Services, Ayres Associates

Lisa Fleming, a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and Minnesota, oversees Ayres Associates’ municipal services group as it serves government and private clients. She joined Ayres Associates in 2003, bringing 22 years of experience in transportation engineering and construction supervision. As a civil engineer, she brings a straightforward approach to a range of planning and design engineering services. She has worked as an engineer on several federal government projects, including projects at Fort McCoy.

Gabriela Garcia

Project Director, US DOT Great Lakes Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC)


Gabriela Garcia currently serves as Project Director for the US DOT Great Lakes Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) at the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in Illinois.


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David Goudreau

President, Northern Wings


An active proponent for economic development in the Upper Peninsula, Dave serves as the member of the UPWARD Workforce Development Board, and as a member of Michigan Works! State Board of Directors and is also engaged in the Regional Economic Development Advisory Committee.


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Pam Merfeld

Director of Procurement Services, WPS Health Solutions


Pam Merfeld is the Director of Procurement Services for WPS Health Solutions (WPS). Pam and her team are responsible for the procurement of business-related products and services in support of WPS. WPS was originally founded in 1946 as Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation PS to provide affordable health insurance for the soldiers returning home to Wisconsin from World War II.


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Herb Miller

Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity & Business Development, Michels Corporation


Herb has been with Michels Corporation since 2005, hired in as Operations Manager for Midwest Pipe Services Division. Since 2008 Herb has work in Business Development & Federal Procurement and Project Manager on two Wind Farms in Iowa. In Herb’s current role as Michels Corporation Supplier Diversity Program Manager, he is responsible for appraising all new and current disadvantaged business suppliers and the ongoing development of Michels Corporation Mentoring Program. In January 2015 Herb Was promoted to Senior Manager of Supplier Diversity & Business Development and Management of Michels Corporation’ s Marketing Team.


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Mike Moeller

President, Remy Battery Co., Inc.


Mike Moeller, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s College of Business & Economics, is a third generation battery specialist who started his career in the battery industry with Johnson Controls, Inc. In 1992 Mike was called to the family business, Remy Battery Co., Inc., and today has a shared ownership in the company and is also President for Remy Battery.


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Robert A Oliver

Business Development & Growth Advisor, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC)


Robert is a seasoned business advisor with a passion to help people and businesses succeed. He helps companies increase revenues, improve profitability, and create cultures of change while reducing business risk. He has 34 years of experience working in start-up to Fortune 1000 companies in leadership roles (including owning his own business) and utilizes that knowledge to help others succeed.


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William Statz

Owner, Statz Corporation


Bill is a Vietnam veteran, ’68-’69, serving in the 4th Infantry Division, Artillery. His  storied career in engineering/management/entrepreneur, crosses a number of industries and technologies. This varied and extensive background provides a valuable knowledge base for STATZ Corporation to provide a special level of service as a SDV Dealer, to both our customers and suppliers.


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Jean Marie Thiel

President, Belonger Corporation

Mrs. Thiel owns and operates a specialty trades Mechanical Contracting Company including all HVAC/R aptitudes, waste water, plumbing, as well as offers Construction Management, Facility Management, and Energy Based Performance Contracting. She has 30 years of experience in the construction and services industry, specializing in federal and DOD relations, joint venturing, and mentoring.


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Corey Walton

Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS), U.S. Department of Labor/Wage and Hour Division

Corey Walton has been with the U.S. Department of Labor/Wage-Hour Division since 1997.  He spent 15 years as an investigator investigating hundreds of cases under several laws including the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, the Service Contract Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.  Over the past seven years, Corey has served as the Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) in Wage and Hour’s Minneapolis District Office.  In that capacity, Corey spends most of his time organizing and conducting DOL educational and training events throughout the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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

Dave Zvenyach

Principal, Zvenyach LLC


Dave Zvenyach is an attorney, strategist, author, full-stack software developer, and innovative former government executive who helps businesses and government work smarter, together.


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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.