December 13, 2013

2013 Milwaukee & Waukesha County Results

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

  • sales revenue
  • total operating costs
  • capital expenditures
  • profitability
  • number of employees
  • changes in wages
  • changes in pricing
  • demand for education and experience levels in job applicants

The results were released through BizTimes Magazine and at Key Industries for Job Growth. Waukesha County employers agree that workforce development is the most important economic development issue facing Wisconsin. This event was designed to help local business leaders ensure a pipeline of talent is availble now and in the future.

Click here to see the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Instrument for Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties

Click here to see the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Report for Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties

Scott Walker
Key Note Speaker: Governor Scott Walker

Scott Walker will provide his perspective on this critical topic and kick off a dynamic discussion with a panel of experts representing advanced manufacturing, food and beverage, IT and water.

Kent Lorenz
Panelist: Kent Lorenz

Kent Lorenz is President of the Midwest Region of Ellison Technologies, a provider of advanced machining and robotic automation solutions to North American metal-cutting manufacturers and their global affiliates. Kent currently serves on their Executive Committee with additional responsibilities for strategic planning, marketing, IT, and the spare parts division. He is a current member of the Wisconsin Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents" Organization) and serves as an Elder at the Jerusalem Presbyterian Church. He is past Chairman of the American Machine Tool Distributors" Association (AMTDA), past President of the Pewaukee Woods Owner"s Association, and past member of the Pewaukee Lake Citizens Advisory Committee. Kent is also the Owner/Partner of DKR Investors LLC. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin " Madison with a degree in Engineering Mechanics.

Richard Leinenkugel
Panelist: Richard Leinenkugel

Richard “Dick” Leinenkugel is the business development manager for Tenth and Blake Beer Co., the craft brewing unit of MillerCoors LLC. The move marks a return to the beer brewing business for Leinenkugel, who previously served as an executive with Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, and the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., a Chippewa Falls-based beer brewer founded by his family and purchased by Miller in 1988.

He served as secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce from 2008 until resigning from the post in April. He made a brief run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate before dropping out.

Tina Chang
Panelist: Tina Chang

Tina Chang is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SysLogic. Prior to SysLogic, Tina worked for Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where she served as a business analyst and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. She has maintained a strong background in business, technology, and process development throughout her career in the information technology arena. 

Originally from New York, she attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received a BBA degree with an emphasis in Marketing and International Business, and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where she specialized in environmental accounting and European commerce. Tina also attended Darden School of Business at University of Virginia and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College for their Business Executive Programs. 

Paul Jones
Panelist: Paul Jones

Paul assumed the newly created position of Executive Chairman at A.O. Smith on January 1, 2013.  In this role, he chairs the company’s Board of Directors, and is actively involved in strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and management development.

Paul joined A. O. Smith in January 2004 as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all worldwide operations and became Chairman and CEO in January 2006. He was elected to the company’s Board of Directors in December 2004.

Paul joined A. O. Smith after serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 until 2002 of US Can Company, Inc., of Lombard, Ill., a leading provider of containers for personal care, household, paint, and industrial products.

From 1989 until 1998, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Greenfield Industries, Inc., of Augusta, Ga., a manufacturer of cutting tools and other material-removal products. In that position, he significantly increased sales and profits and led three successful public stock offerings. During that time, the company made 17 acquisitions in North America, Europe, and Israel.

Dave Vetta
Moderator: Dave Vetta

Dave is President of First Business Bank-Milwaukee.Dave has over 30 years of experience in the investment and banking industry. Prior to joining First Business Bank-Milwaukee, he was Managing Director at Fifth Third Bank and Managing Director at JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was a member of the investment and management committees.

Dave’s broad background includes commercial and consumer lending, private banking, investment management, and sales management, including providing financial solutions to businesses and individuals. He holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and a BS from Carroll University. In addition, Dave has taken advanced studies at Northwestern University and University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.

Dave is a native of Waukesha and Whitefish Bay. He is active in United Way of Milwaukee and is a member of the Investment Committee. He is also active in the United Way of Waukesha. Dave serves on the Board of Trustees for Carroll University and is a member of the Carroll University Hall of Fame.

This event is sponsored by Waukesha County Business Alliance, First Business Bank, and BizTimes Media. All attendees received summarized survey results.

Click here to see the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Instrument for Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties

Click here to see the 2013 First Business Economic Survey Report for Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties