2013 Northeast Wisconsin Results
The results of the 2013 First Business Economic Survey of Northeast Wisconsin are in. Find out what Northeast Wisconsin business leaders are said about 2013 actual and 2014 predicted at the December 6 New North Summit. Economic indicators covered by this annual survey include:
- sales revenue
- total operating costs
- capital expenditures
- number of employees
- changes in wages
- changes in pricing
- demand for education and experience levels in job applicants
The results were announced by Dennis Winters, Chief of the Office of Economic Advisors at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, at the New North Summit. Following the presentation, Margaret LeBrun, Co-publisher and Editorfor Insight Publications, acted as moderator of a panel discussion with local business leaders on the economic climate of Northeast Wisconsin.
Speaker: Dennis Winters
Mr. Winters’ expertise is in economic analysis, modeling, and forecasting; encompassing everything from designing commodity derivative strategies to long-term policy initiative scenario assessments. Mr. Winters’ areas of focus include regional and national macroeconomics, energy and labor markets, and economic impact analysis.
Dennis was an energy analyst with Clayton Brokerage Co., the Executive Office of Energy Resources with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and at DRI Energy where he wrote on global energy markets and consulted to an array of energy companies and most large U.S utilities across their fuel spectrum dispatch.
He has served as an advisor to private industry, government agencies, and elected local, state, and federal officials. Mr. Winters has testified before governmental investigative bodies on energy issues and appeared in television and radio interviews and has been quoted in the national press such as the Wall Street Journal, Investors Daily, USA Today, the Journal of Commerce, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Swedish equivalent of Business Week, as well as many local newspapers.
Mr. Winters has been a consulting economist for thirty years including senior positions at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA), DRI / McGraw-Hill (now combined into Thomson Financial’s Global Insights). He was Vice President and Director of Research for NorthStar Economics.
Moderator: Margaret LeBrun
Margaret is Co-publisher, Editor, and Writer for Insight Publications. Margaret launched Insight Publications with co-publisher, Brian Rassmussen in 2008, featuring Insight, a monthly business-to-business magazine. Margaret is an award-winning professional journalist, with many years of experience as an editor and reporter for daily newspapers in New York and Wisconsin.
Panelist: Darwin Copeman
Darwin Copeman is the CEO of Jewelers Mutual Insurance. Copeman joined Jewelers Mutual in May 2009, bringing more than 30 years of insurance experience to the company. Before joining Jewelers Mutual, Copeman served as CEO at Cameron Insurance Companies in Cameron, Mo. for 10 years. He also has held executive and management positions at Great American Insurance Company and Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.
A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Copeman has continued his education, earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. He received the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies´ (NAMIC) Service Award and was appointed to that association´s Board of Directors. Additionally, Copeman serves on the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Board of Directors.
Copeman is an active member of his community and serves on several local boards and councils.
Panelist: Ben Grigg
Ben Grigg is the CEO of Aarrowcast. He has a dynamic sales and operational capability focused on taking advantage of the diminishing foundry capacity in North America in an environment of enthusiastic customer demand for large complex ductile iron and austempered ductile iron castings.
He is affecting the realization that the North American Foundry-man is providing the intellectual property behind the casting rather than the production of the casting.Ben is past President of IHLLC, where he took advantage of the opportunities of low cost countries while at the same time encouraging customers to source through existing North American capacity rather than going around them.
Ben is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and is fluent in French.
Panelist: Craig Dickman
Craig Dickman founded Breakthrough Fuel and currently serves as its CEO and chief innovation officer. As an experienced entrepreneur and business executive, he saw the opportunity to transform the way products are moved to market through the innovative management of energy. These innovations have produced multiple patents and established Breakthrough Fuel as the industry’s leading mobile energy and energy information management company. Dickman is currently responsible for the company’s business strategy and leads the innovation and new product development processes for Breakthrough Fuel.
Prior to founding Breakthrough Fuel, he served as President and CEO of Paper Transport, Inc. (PTI) from 2001 through 2006. Under his leadership, PTI experienced growth in revenue and income in excess of four-hundred percent. Mr. Dickman achieved this growth through expansion into new markets and the addition of diverse service offerings, while adding strategic new technologies giving PTI the technical and communications capabilities of its larger rivals.
Dickman received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.