Economic Trends panel will provide insights for 2010

For hundreds of business executives throughout southeastern Wisconsin, it has become the first significant business function of the calendar year.

That would be the annual Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 22, with a stellar panel.

The Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast is presented annually by BizTimes Milwaukee.

The breakfast 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 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.

The Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast will take place at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 22, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. For additional information or to register to attend,

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