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About Manufacturing First Expo & Conference

One out of four Northeast Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer, so it's not surprising that more than 400 Wisconsin manufacturers participate annually in Manufacturing First Expo & Conference. The event is put on by First Business, along with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications to provide Wisconsin manufacturers hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses via connections to - and shared knowledge from - other local manufacturers.

The third annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference will be: October 31 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Details will be rolled out throughout the year. Click on the "Get Notifications" tab above to receive updates on this event, including notification when the discounted registration period opens.

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Speaker Presentations

"MANUFACTURING COMPETITIVENESS IMPERATIVE FOR USA”
Rogerio Rizzi, Principal of Deloitte, LLP

Rogerio Rizzi Presentation

"THE 80/20 RULE”
Mike Weller, President of Miller Electric

Mike Weller Presentation

MORNING BREAKOUT 1: LAW AND SELLING GOODS INTERNATIONALLY
Jeffrey Dunn, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

Jeffrey Dunn Presentation

MORNING BREAKOUT 2: STOP SELLING VANILLA ICE CREAM: HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR ORGANIZATION THROUGH STRATEGY AND TALENT
Steve Van Remortel, Speaker, Chief Strategist & Talent Coach, also Author of the Award-Winning Book "Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream" SM Advisors

Mike Weller Presentation

MORNING BREAKOUT 3: WISCONSIN INVESTMENTS IN SOLVING THE SKILLS SHORTAGE
Secretary Reggie Newson, State of Wisconsin Secretary

Sec. Reggie Newson Presentation

Kris Levanetz, Human Resource Manager at Team Industries

Kris Levanetz

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT 1: TAX STRATEGIES & INCENTIVES FOR MANUFACTURERS
Chad Derenne, Senior Tax Manager at Baker Tilly

Chad Derene Presentation

Barb Fleisner-LaMue, Regional Account Manager at WEDC

Barb Fleisner Presentation

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT 2: DEVELOPING A CORPORATE CULTURE
Mark Rhyan, Executive Vice President & COO of Sargento Foods Inc.

Mark Rhyan Presentation

Dan Ariens, President & CEO of Ariens Co.

Dan Ariens Presentation

AFTERNOON BREAKOUT 3: HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO CONNECT TO JOB SEEKERS AND CUSTOMERS
Jeff Korhan, Author of "Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business"

Jeff Korhan


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