Conference Presenters

2016 Conference Presenters

James McIntyre

September 28 Keynote:
James McIntyre,
CEO Greenheck Group

James McIntyre is CEO of the Greenheck Group and a member of the company's board of directors since 2011. Greenheck, a privately held company, is the world leader in air movement and control products with manufacturing operations in the United States, Mexico, China, and the Middle East.

Prior to Greenheck, McIntyre's career experience spanned 30 years in the commercial insurance industry, including roles as president of Wausau Insurance Companies and president of Capitol Transamerica Corporation. Highly regarded for his extensive leadership, McIntyre has held positions on several business and civic boards including M&I First American Bank, Community Health Care-Wausau Hospital, Samoset Council-Boy Scouts of America, Wausau YMCA Foundation, and more.

R. Kleefisch

September 29 Keynote:
Rebecca Kleefisch, Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor 

Rebecca is Wisconsin's 44th lieutenant governor. Since January 2011, she has been Wisconsin's Jobs Ambassador, a champion for worker training, and a leader for creative solutions to our state's toughest challenges. A former small business owner, Rebecca developed the annual Governor's Small Business Summit.

She works frequently with economic developers and business owners to recruit new businesses and grow current employers. She also chairs the Manufacturing Committee for the Aerospace States Association. And as Wisconsin creates more jobs, she's working hard to expand the talent pipeline that fills them.

Erik Nieves

September 29 Keynote:
Erik Nieves, Founder PlusOne Robotics

Specializing in high performance robotics, Erik Nieves is the founder of PlusOne Robotics, a technology firm dedicated to bringing industrial automation horsepower to new applications.

Prior to PlusOne, Nieves' career spanned 25 years with Kaskawa Motoman, a leading robotics company providing automation products and solutions.

Other speakers include:
•Jeff Uitenbroek
•Prof. David Ding, UW- Stout
•Prof. Kevin Tharp, UW-Stout
•Tom Bugni, Greenheck Fan Corporation
•Rockwell Automation
•Prof. Scott Springer, UW-Stout
•National Institute for Standards and Technology
•More to be confirmed!