Economic Trends Breakfast to highlight opportunities of new year

BizTimes Milwaukee invites readers to get a jumpstart on 2010 by attending the annual Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast.

The breakfast, which will be presented by BizTimes Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Italian Community Center, will provide forecasts and insights about the year ahead in business.

The featured panelists for 2010 will be:

  • Michael Knetter, Ph.D., the dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Business in Madison and a former U.S. presidential economist. Knetter will provide a macro-economic overview.
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) is invited to return to the breakfast, subject to the schedule of Congress. Ryan will provide the political outlook for 2010.
  • Bob Arzbaecher, CEO of Actuant Corp., which is expanding and moving its global headquarters from Butler to a facility in Menomonee Falls. Actuant is a $1.2 billion diversified manufacturing company with facilities in 30 countries. Arzbaecher will discuss the outlook for global competition and manufacturing.
  • Aaron Jagdfeld, CEO of Generac Power Systems Inc., which is growing in Waukesha and recently filed to become a publicly traded company. Generac manufactures portable residential power generators. Jagdfeld will provide the outlooks for manufacturing, innovation and energy.
  • Andy Nunemaker, president of EMSystems LLC, a Milwaukee-based company that develops software systems for emergency rooms throughout the United States. EMSystems has acquired three other companies in the past 18 months and continues to grow. Nunemaker will discuss the outlooks for technology and health care.

For additional information or to register to attend, visit


The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) will host a “Business Credit Availability Forum” on Thursday, Jan. 14 at the Monona Terrace, Madison. The event will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Wisconsin Economic Forecast Luncheon, also held at Monona Terrace.

The forum will outline the factors impacting credit availability to businesses in Wisconsin. UW-Madison Professor Jim Johannes will provide a background briefing on current lending trends. A panel discussion, including representatives from the banking industry, government and other sectors will follow. This year’s speakers are UW-Madison Business School Dean Michael Knetter and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Senior Economist Sam Kahan.


The Kenosha Area Business Alliance will feature U.S. Senator Russ Feingold at its Legislative Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. at the Kenosha Country Club, 500 13th Ave., Kenosha. Feingold will discuss issues including health care, the economy and employment, and how those issues impact business in Kenosha. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To register for this event, click here.

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