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The 2022-2023 Leadership Breakfast Series is brought to you by ITU AbsorbTech.  Learn more about them by visiting their website.


The Leadership Breakfast Series is a regular campus event where community leaders share their knowledge on different topics. While enjoying a buffet-style breakfast, local business professionals and government officials join Maranatha faculty, staff, and students to network and converse with each other. Each breakfast features a guest speaker, relevant topics, and a brief introduction to Maranatha.


Breakfast opens: 7:00 AM
Presentation start: 7:30 AM
Cost: No charge for 2022-2023 thanks to ITU AbsorbTech

“Future breakfasts for 2022-2023:

  • November 9-Dave Hataj, President & Co-Owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc: “How Do You Build a Sustainable Workforce?”
  • January 25-Dr. Matthew Davis, Tina Crave, and John Lange: “Corporate Sponsored Daycares
  • February 15-Deb Reinbold: “Local Community Participation in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act”
  • March 9-Sam Brock, Executive Director of Ironwood Camp: “Team Building”
  • April 12 – Jeff Buckman: “Making Your Business God’s Business”


November 9, 2022

Leadership Brekafast featuring Dave Hataj

  • Topic: “How Do You Build A Sustainable Workforce?”
  • No Cost-Sponsored by ITU AbsorbTech
  • Breakfast at 7:00 AM
  • Presentation at 7:30 AM

About Dave Hataj:

Dave Hataj is president and co-owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc., a second -generation family business in rural Wisconsin where he has worked for over 30 years. Dave has developed a culture that empowers people to make decisions that affect their work, and that creates a vision in employees for the significant contribution they make to the world through their calling in their workplace
He is a Journeyman machinist, has a BA from University of California, Irvine, a Masters of Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver BC, and a doctorate from Bakke Graduate University, developing a curriculum called Craftsman with Character. The course introduces high school students to the trades and manufacturing as an excellent career path, while developing character and soft skills.

He is the author of Good Work: How Blue Collar Business Can Change Lives, Communities, and the World. (Moody Publishers April 2020)
Cultural Business Transformation through God-Centered Principles
Dave wanted to escape the chaotic, broken environment of the machine shop in rural Wisconsin where he grew up. But after wrestling with God about his career direction, he returned to his roots, finding the call of God to lead this gear manufacturing company. Through his understanding of Scripture, supported by key Christian mentors, Dave has led the transformation of the company to its current focus on quality, value, and service. His story will provide insight both for the business owner, and for those whose work often seems like a cultural misfit.


Maranatha Baptist University is located at 745 W Main St, Watertown, WI. Click here for directions.

Parking is available inside the main entrance to the left (number 32 in the map). The meeting venue is in the top level of the Dining Complex (number 4).