First Business

December 17, 2013

2013 Dane County Results


The results of the 2013 First Business Economic Survey are in. Find out what Dane County business leaders said about 2013 actual and 2014 predicted:

  • sales revenue
  • total operating costs
  • capital expenditures
  • profitability
  • number of employees
  • changes in wages
  • changes in pricing

At the December First Business Economic Forum, Scott Converse presented the 2013 survey results. Following the presentation, Wendy Grapentine moderated a panel discussion with local business leaders on the economic climate of Dane County.

Download the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Instrument for Dane County

Download the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Results for Dane County

Featured Business Leaders:
Scott Converse
Speaker: Scott Converse

Scott Converse is the Director of Project Management and Process Improvement Programs for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business. In addition, he developed and directs the Technical Leadership certificate series, a collaborative effort between the College of Engineering and the School of Business, and is a lecturer in the Wisconsin School of Business’ MBA program.

Wendy Warren Grapentine
Moderator: Wendy Warren Grapentine

Wendy Grapentine is a former newscaster at the ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin. After twelve years of anchoring the evening news and reporting medical news, and five years at the Wisconsin School of Business, she transferred her communication skills to the business world. She now teaches business writing and professional presentation skills through her company, Straight to the Point Communications, LLC.

Mike Victorson
Panelist: Mike Victorson

Mike Victorson is President & CEO of M3 Insurance. He joined M3 in 1992 in marketing and client service and advanced to Executive Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division. In 2002, Mike was asked to serve as M3’s Chief Operating Officer and a year later, he assumed the role of President. In 2005, Mike became the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Mike does speaking on insurance and business topics and serves on a number of insurance company advisory boards.

Jay Loewi
Panelist: Jay Loewi

Jay Loewi is the Owner of QTI Group, a locally-owned staffing company serving southern Wisconsin. He has more than thirty years of business experience as an entrepreneur, strategic leader and general business advisor. Prior to his leadership position in the QTI Group, Jay led the operations of a local food products company and held a leading financial role with a major bank. QTI’s services include staff recruitment, HR consulting, and Human Resources management.

Jim Garner
Panelist: Jim Garner

Jim Garner is the CEO of Sergenian’s Floor Coverings, retailer of residential and commercial flooring, area rugs, and sustainable flooring solutions. Jim has been with the company for 50 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce.  


Angie Rieger
Panelist: Angie Rieger

Angie Rieger is the Senior Vice President of Planning and Inventory at Lands’ End, a premier source of apparel and gear for women, men, kids and the home – sold by catalog, online, and at over 200 Lands’ End Shops at Sears. Angie studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business. 

Corey Chambas
Panelist: Corey Chambas

Corey Chambas is President & CEO of First Business Financial Services and is the director of several First Business companies. He has 25 years in the commercial banking industry, specializing in commercial lending and cash management. Corey is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.


Download the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Instrument for Dane County

Download the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Results for Dane County