WPI is celebrating 32 years, but it is not about us.

This year we will focus on expanding opportunities for Wisconsin businesses in technology, R&D and non-traditional opportunities. We will learn how to really understand the government’s challenges and requirements and how to use mechanisms such as OTAs, PIAs, CRADAs, DIU, SOFWERX / AFWERX, prize challenges and other processes. Federal contracting is not just responding to posted bids. It is understanding the real opportunities and challenges and understanding what is really required by the contractor to succeed in this environment.

Join the WPI Board of Directors, government contractors from around the state and government influencers for a sharing of knowledge and a discussion on the "State of Government Contracting in the State" and how to expand Wisconsin’s Federal contracting power to truly increase businesses sales, profits and jobs.

It is about the businesses we serve and the services and products they provide to our country.

The Agenda

Speaker TBA

Jan 30

Registration and Networking

03:45pm | TAPCO

Networking, Food, Beverages

Jan 30


05:00pm | TAPCO

William Hughes
Bill Hughes, WPI Chairman
Mary Gage, Vice President, Business Community Development, WEDC
Andrew Bergholz, Executive Vice President of Sale, TAPCO

The State of Federal Contracting In Wisconsin
- Aina Vilumsons, CEO, WPI

Driven to Lead, Built to Last
- Sean Ketter, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations

Bringing More Federal Procurement Dollars to Wisconsin: Opportunities Lie in the Challenges
-LTC Helm
-Dave Zvenyach

How to augment and leverage in-state initiative to increase federal procurement dollars to Wisconsin

Our Speakers

Event Details

TAPCO - Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc.
5100 West Brown Deer Road Brown Deer, WI 53223
January 30, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm


William Hughes Chairman & President Husch Blackwell LLP
Andrew Bergholz Vice Chairman TAPCO (Traffic & Parking Control Co., Inc)
Richard Deschauer Treasurer DRS Naval Power Systems, Inc.
Aina Vilumsons Secretary Wisconsin Procurement Institute
Jean Marie Thiel Member Belonger Corporation
Todd Bentley Member Bentley World-Packaging
James Kerlin Member Beyond Vision
Baly Ambegaoker Member CENTERPOINT Inc.
Herb Miller Member Michels Corporation
Barb LaMue Member New North
Sean Ketter Member Oshkosh Corporation
Jim Schutt Member Schutt Industries
Guy Mascari Member Technology Innovation Center
Rod Copes Member Titus Technologies/Heale Manufacturing
Mary Gage Member Wisconsin Economic Development Corportation
Steve Cummings Member

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