Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:33 pm
The speaker lineup is set for the 2020 Economic Trends event, BizTimes Media’s 19th annual forum on what lies ahead in the new year.
The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee.
The speakers will include:
- Jack Salzwedel, chairman and chief executive officer of American Family Insurance. Madison-based American Family is a Fortune 500 company and is dramatically increasing its presence in the Milwaukee area, sponsoring the American Family Insurance Amphitheater and will become the new naming rights sponsor for Miller Park in 2021. The company recently announced where it plans to establish a downtown Milwaukee office with 400 employees.
- Austin Ramirez, president and CEO of Husco International. The Waukesha-based company manufactures components for automotive and off-highway mobile equipment. During his eight-year tenure as CEO, the company has tripled in size to $500 million in global sales. Ramirez is also co-founder of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, a K-12 faith-based school serving 1,300 low-income students on Milwaukee’s south side. He was selected as a White House Fellow in 2016 and served on the National Economic Council for both the Trump and Obama administrations.
- John Kissinger, president and CEO of GRAEF-USA Inc., a Milwaukee-based engineering, planning and design firm. The company has additional offices in Madison, Green Bay, Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami and Orlando. The company will move its office from the west side of Milwaukee to The Avenue (the redeveloped former Shops of Grand Avenue) in downtown Milwaukee.
- Michael Knetter, president and chief executive officer of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, who will return to provide his annual Economic Trends macro economic outlook, including predictions for the new year and a look back at how his predictions for 2019 held up. Knetter is a former economic advisor for the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.