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Economic Trends

The annual Economic Trends Event, presented by BizTimes Milwaukee, hosts a vibrant discussion between prominent Wisconsin business leaders, state representatives, and industry experts on the state of the economy. This annual event includes a macroeconomic outlook on the economy from Michael Knetter, Ph.D., economist and president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Economic Trends caters to all business leaders, providing insight into the economic outlook through analysis of industry trends and current economic indicators. Selected panelists bring perspectives from their industry while providing forecasts about the year ahead in business. This event has been annually attended by business leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin and for many has become the first significant business function of the calendar year.

Will the U.S. Economy Keep Plugging Along? What’s In Store For 2020?

Is inflation on the horizon? Are domestic service businesses insulated from those that do business internationally? Is manufacturing slowing down? How much longer will the overall economy grow?

Economist Michael Knetter Ph.D. and leading industry experts will provide their perspectives and answers to these questions and more at the 19th annual Economic Trends breakfast on January 24, 2020.

Featured speakers:
(click on the speaker’s name to download a PDF of their presentation)

  • Michael Knetter Ph.D., Economist, President & CEO, University of Wisconsin Foundation (1)
  • John Kissinger, President & CEO, GRAEF-USA Inc. (2)
  • Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, Husco International (3)
  • Jack Salzwedel, CEO, American Family Insurance (4)

2020 Economic Trends Event Speakers

Breakout Session:
Unlocking the Value of Your Business by Monetizing Your Investment
This session will help prepare business owners for an upcoming liquidity event. Join us to better understand what options are available and how to evaluate those options based on the objectives of the company and its shareholders.

Presented by:

  • Caroline Gardner, Managing Director, BMO Harris Corporate Advisory
  • Kyle Crowe, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

Event Photos

Event Details

Friday, January 24, 2020
7:00 – 9:30 AM – Breakfast & Program 9:30-10:30 AM – Breakout Session

Italian Conference Center

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Supporting Sponsors

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