The purpose of our Business Breakfast Lecture Series and our Economic Breakfasts is to give the community the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting business topics and to expose our business students to the surrounding business community. Come enjoy a delicious buffet style breakfast while you network with fellow professionals from the Watertown business community. Each breakfast features a guest speaker, compelling topics, and a brief introduction to MBU.
September 23, 2015 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Update on Cloud Computing – Software and Systems (View Video of event)
Tim Floyd: Director of the Microsoft Technology Center (Minneapolis)
The MTC is an environment where Tim’s team works with customers to create inspiring experiences that enable people to envision that anything is possible. The goal of the MTC is to help the customer find the right solution, and to get to it as quickly as possible. Under Tim’s leadership the MTC helps Microsoft’s customers envision, design and develop the exact solution to meet their needs. Recently areas of focus are cloud technologies, Internet of Things, Big Data applications and secure mobile computing solutions.
Tim Floyd is a 22-year veteran with Microsoft, where he has served in multiple leadership roles in technical sales, products sales and consulting services businesses. His early career with Microsoft was focused on bringing new, emerging products and services to market.
Tim is a 1981 graduate of MBU, receiving a BS in Secondary Education, Science with a History Minor. Mr. Floyd has a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota, and holds an additional degree in Data Processing.
November 11, 2015 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Recruiting and Retaining Business in Wisconsin – Panel Discussion (View Video of event)
Rebecca Kleefisch, Lt. Governor-State of Wisconsin
Mark Hogan, CEO-Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Kurt Bauer, President/CEO-Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Kim Erdmann, Executive Director-Watertown Economic Development Corporation
Rebecca Kleefisch, a former small business owner and news reporter, serves as Wisconsin’s 44th Lieutenant Governor. She was elected Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010.
Widely credited for coining the phrase, "Wisconsin is Open for Business," Rebecca played a key role from day one in business growth and retention for Wisconsin – cold-calling Illinois businesses that, in turn, relocated to Wisconsin, and nimbly responding to businesses looking for support.
Rebecca serves as Wisconsin’s "Jobs Ambassador"and spearheads the Governor’s Small Business Summits and Tax Reform Roundtables. She chaired the Governor’s Sub-Cabinet on Workforce Investment, which developed the "Wisconsin Working" plan to connect the unemployed to jobs, encourage the hiring of veterans, and address Wisconsin’s graying manufacturing workforce. Rebecca serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the Task Force on Minority Unemployment for the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment and the Manufacturing Committee for the Aerospace States Association.
The Lieutenant Governor is also known for her work on veterans’ issues. She advocated for the declaration of 2012 as "The Year of the Veteran." The public/private partnership initiative honors, celebrates, and offers opportunities to Wisconsin’s heroes.
Rebecca’s leadership has been recognized with a "Courage in Leadership Award" by the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a "Woman of Exceptional Courage" award from the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute. She was named as a champion for lower taxes by the National Tax Limitation Committee and The 60 Plus Association. In May 2014, the Washington Post recognized her as one of 40 rising stars in politics across the country.
Rebecca is a colon cancer survivor, a member of the NRA, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Violet. She lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, State Representative Joel Kleefisch.
Kurt R. Bauer became just the fifth head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in 2011. Founded in 1911, WMC is the combined Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Safety Council. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy.
Prior to joining WMC, Bauer spent 18 years working for financial industry trade groups, including serving as CEO for both the Wisconsin and Arizona Bankers Associations.
Bauer is a member of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations Executive Committee, Council of State Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, National Association of Manufacturers Political Action Committee, Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, Campaign Advisory Council for American Jobs for America’s Heroes, Wisconsin Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Fix the Debt Wisconsin Steering Committee, Wisconsin Alumni Association Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Manufacturers Extension Partnership Board.
Bauer is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
With more than 30 years of business experience including P&L, Kim has led manufacturing companies in the areas of production, sales, marketing, strategic development, and general management, including M&A.
He has worked with major international corporations including Frito-Lay(Pepsico) and Illinois Tool Works(ITW), as well as corporate and entrepreneurial start-ups. He brings with him the knowledge needed to achieve business success and understands the challenges facing owners, businesses and their operation.
Kim was a key member of the team who created the Watertown Economic Development Organization and now leads the effort for the community, serving as the organization’s Executive Director. In 2010, he founded the Manufacturing Alliance, which was formed to support local manufacturing firms and addressing their specific needs and issues. Supporting Watertown’s Workforce Development, Erdmann has connected the local firms to the education systems including the high school, technical colleges and universities.
During the past several years he has been involved with business retention and expansion, rail development, entrepreneur consultation, business incubation, brownfield redevelopment, business advocacy and public relations. He continues to serve on multiple boards and committees in the community. With a business degree from UW-Whitewater and a MBA from UW-Madison, Kim also continues with courses in economic development.
Mark R. Hogan is secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization.
Mark’s work experience includes almost four decades at M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank and BMO Harris Bank. He retired in 2010 as M&I’s executive vice president and chief credit officer before signing on to serve as senior adviser to BMO Harris in 2011.
A Green Bay native, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and received his MBA from Marquette University.
Mark has served as Chairman of the Board for Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) since March 2015. His extensive civic activity also currently includes serving on the boards of the Children’s Hospital and Health System, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee, as well as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Finance Council. He has also served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Marquette University High School and Mount Mary University, among others.
$5 charge per attendee (Cash, Check, and Credit Card accepted)
February 10, 2016 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
MBU Annual Economic Breakfast in collaboration with Partnership Bank (View Video of event)
Wyman Winston, Executive Director for WHEDA
Governor Scott Walker appointed Wyman B. Winston as WHEDA’s Executive Director effective January 3, 2011. Mr. Winston is committed to leveraging WHEDA's resources, including its professional staff of highly motivated individuals, to help communities meet their affordable housing needs while also fostering business growth and job creation in Wisconsin.
Since his appointment by Governor Walker, WHEDA has enjoyed noteworthy accomplishments that have created jobs, helped small businesses and provided housing opportunities for residents all across Wisconsin. Mr. Winston serves on the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment and the Council on Workforce Investment. He is also President of the Greater Wisconsin Opportunities Fund, a Community Development Entity.
Under Mr. Winston’s leadership, along with support from the Governor, State Legislature, WHEDA Members of the Board and employees, and many partners, WHEDA has invested over $1 billion in Wisconsin for affordable housing and economic development. Mr. Winston has utilized WHEDA’s innovative financing products and tools to:
- Create new programs to help small businesses create jobs and provide catalytic economic development investment in low-income Wisconsin communities
- Finance the construction, rehabilitation or refinancing of affordable rental developments across Wisconsin
- Re-establish WHEDA as a mortgage lender to low- and moderate-income home buyers
In 2012, Governor Walker and Executive Director Winston unveiled Transform Milwaukee, a public-private initiative focusing on restoring economic vitality to Wisconsin’s largest city. Through WHEDA financing and public-private partnerships, the initiative has generated over $275 million of development in Milwaukee.
Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Winston spent 14 years at WHEDA as a senior manager, first in Multifamily and later heading the Emerging Markets Group. Outside of WHEDA, he spent 10 years at other redevelopment authorities.
No charge for this event
April 13, 2016 | 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.
David Dill, President and Chief Operating Officer - LifePoint Hospitals
Previously, Mr. Dill served as Executive Vice President of Fresenius Medical Care North America and as Chief Executive Officer in the East Division of Fresenius Medical Care Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA.
Mr. Dill previously served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Renal Care Group, Inc., a publicly traded dialysis services company, from November 2003 until Renal Care Group was acquired by Fresenius Medical Care in March 2006. Mr. Dill is a former director of Psychiatric Solutions, Inc., a behavioral health services company.
$5 charge per attendee (Cash, Check, and Credit Card accepted)