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Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) Annual Meeting – Milwaukee, WI

November 29, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

WPI is celebrating 31 years, but it is not about us. It is about the businesses we serve and the services and products they provide to our country.

Join the WPI Board of Directors, government contractors from around the state and business and government influencers for a discussion on the “State of Government Contracting in the State” and how to expand Wisconsin’s contracting power to truly increase businesses sales, profits and jobs.  The State of Wisconsin enjoys a significant amount of work supporting U.S. Navy contracts.  Mr. Ed West, Director of U.S. Navy Surface Ship Programs for Milwaukee-based DRS Power & Control Technologies, Inc.,  will provide an update on current and planned Naval programs, technologies and initiatives. While Defense manufacturing has historically been a strong industry in Wisconsin’s federal sales, trends indicate the State’s federal marketplace footprint is expanding.  Mr. David Zvenyach, Principal, Zvenyach LLC, previously GSA Federal Acquisition Services Deputy Commissioner and Executive Director, 18F, will address the opportunity for future opportunities and how to grow the federal marketplace footprint.  Discussion will center around how best to increase opportunities for Wisconsin businesses in the government marketplace.

As a birthday without cake is just a meeting, join us after the forum for a reception!

This year’s meeting is sponsored by:

  • TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc)
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • Technology Innovation Center
  • DRS Power & Control Technologies
  • Belonger Corporation
  • BMO Harris
  • Patina Solutions
  • WS Darley
  • Michels Corporation
  • Schutt Industries
  • Bentley World Packaging
  • Lakeside Plastics


3:30 pm Registration

4:00 pm In-State Federal Forum

           Board, congressional staff, guests and businesses (invited)

5:30 pm Reception and Networking

6:00 pm Keynote – A Post- Election Review, Nathan Halbach, Government Affairs Specialist, Husch Blackwell

7:00 pm Program Concludes

WPI Executive Board of Directors:

William Hughes, Chairman & President, Husch Blackwell LLP Mayor Steve Cummings, Member, City of Oshkosh
Andrew Bergholz, Vice Chairman, TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc) Herb Miller, Member, Michels Corporation
Richard Deschauer, Treasurer, DRS Power & Control Technologies Travis Schmuhl, Member, Oshkosh Corporation
Aina Vilumsons, CFCM, Secretary, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) Jim Schutt, Member, Schutt Industries
Jean Marie Thiel, Member, Belonger Corporation Rod Copes, Member, Titus Technologies / Heale Manufacturing
Todd Bentley, Member, Bentley World-Packaging Dr. Robert M. Meyer, Member, University of Wisconsin-Stout
James Kerlin, Member, Beyond Vision Barb LaMue, Member, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
Baly Ambegaoker, Member, CENTERPOINT Inc.



November 29, 2018
3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Hosted by TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control, INC.)
5100 W Brown Deer Rd
Brown Deer, WI 53223 United States


Hilary DeBlois
(414) 688-3882

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