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This Annual Summit is gathering the region’s leading manufacturers who will be discussing how new connectivity concepts are driving innovation for their organizations:

  • Connecting machines to improve productivity;
  • Reacting to connections between economies and markets;
  • Connecting with the future workforce;

Speakers at the Next Manufacturing Summit



  • John Batten, President & CEO, Twin Disc, Inc. (1)
  • Bill Berrien, CEO, Pindel Global Precision (2)
  • Ken Bockhorst, President & CEO, Badger Meter, Inc. (3)
  • Jeffrey Dawes, President and CEO, Komatsu Mining Corp.
  • Stacy Peterson, President & CEO, Connoils, LLC (4)

Area manufacturing leaders will also share their ideas at these roundtable sessions:

Accessing Tax Savings in Your Facility and Operations

  • Stan Babicz Principal, CLA Milwaukee

Best Practices: Turn Export Efforts Into Export Revenues

  • Roxanne Baumann Director of Global Engagement, WMEP

Graduating from Passionate Entrepreneur to Seasoned Mentor

  • Alan Petelinsek Owner and CEO, Power Test Inc.

How to find the hidden money in your business.

  • David Smith CFO, Koss Corporation

Maximizing your supplier’s capabilities – From local concept and design to global manufacturing.

  • David Cooper, International Business Development Manager – Industrial Adhesives & Tapes Division, 3M
  • Jean Wendlandt Design Solutions Specialist – Midwest Division, 3M

Monetizing Your Facilities — Whether Expanding, Relocating or Just Remaining

  • Michael Van Someren Associate, Davis l Kuelthau, S.C.

Monetizing Your Innovation

  • Joseph Heino Shareholder, Davis l Kuelthau, S.C.

Preparing for a Successful Business Transition & Leaving a Meaningful Legacy

  • Stephen White Regional leader of Wealth Planning, BMO Private Bank

Secrets of Successful Negotiations™

  • Christine McMahon President, Christine McMahon & Associates

The Business Case for Sustainability

  • Jessy Servi Ortiz Managing Director, Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Transformational Productivity

  • Randy Bertram Director of Sustainability and Operational Excellence Services, WMEP

Trusts, Estates and Succession Planning

  • Jacqueline Messler Associate, Davis l Kuelthau, S.C.

Winning the War for Talent

  • Chris Czarnik CEO, Career [RE]Search Goup

Women in Manufacturing

  • Lisa Linz, Business Operations Manager, Midwest Composite Technologies
  • Amy Street, Fabrication Engineer and Board Member of Women in Manufacturing Wisconsin Chapter, Kapco Metal Stamping
  • Andrea Virsnieks, CPA Manager and Board Chair of Women in Manufacturing Wisconsin Chapter, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP)

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