october 2021

wed27oct(oct 27)2:00 pmthu28(oct 28)3:00 pm2021 Human Resources & Accounting Conference2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (28) Glacier Canyon Conference Center, 45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Event Organized By: ABC of Wisconsin

Event Details

ABC of Wisconsin’s annual HR & Accounting Conference and trade show – built for HR and accounting professionals in the construction industry – returns to Wisconsin Dells for 2021! Join us Oct. 27-28 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center for two days of professional development, inspiration and networking.

Conference Registration Fees

  • $149 per person from an ABC of Wisconsin firm
  • $119 for each additional person from the same firm
  • $299 for non-members

Hotel Information

Take advantage of ABC’s special room rate of $99.99 at Glacier Canyon Lodge & Convention Center. Call 1-800-867-9453 by Sept. 27 and reference Reference Group #860963.

Health Guidelines for this Event

Physical Distance Maintained
Event Area Sanitized
Other Health Guidelines Sauk County is now in the high community transmission level for COVID-19. The CDC recommends that everyone age 2+ who can safely do so wears a mask when in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission. **If you are feeling ill or have any symptoms related to COVID-19 (such as cough, shortness of breath or fever), please stay home to keep everybody safe.**


    • Day 1
    • Day 2
    • 10/27/2021
    • 2:00pm Registration Opens2:00pm - 3:00pmJoin us for the Early Bird Sessions! Come early for three great sessions, stick around for an evening of networking with peers and exhibitors.

    • 3:00pm Field Follies & Crazy Claims3:00pm - 4:00pmThey say, “Fact is stranger than fiction,” and that phrase is never more true than in the Construction industry. Join us as we kickoff the 2021 HR & Accounting Conference with a light-hearted look at the sometimes whacky world of “creative” field modifications and back-of-the-napkin engineering, as well as “inventive” claims and dog-ate-the-homework excuses. In each case, we might learn a thing or two from the bold efforts of others.Speakers: Josh Levy

    • 3:00pm Best Practices for Data Privacy & Security3:00pm - 4:00pmMore and more companies are being targeted for data breaches, phishing attacks, ransomware attacks and other cybersecurity incidents. At the same time, data privacy laws are driving increasing requirements and consumer expectations. In this session, we will discuss practical ways to best comply with the law and minimize risk. We will cover regulations you should be aware of, recent trends in cybersecurity attacks, and practical ways to protect your company and constituents.Speakers: Mindi S. Giftos

    • 4:00pm Break with Exhibitors4:00pm - 4:30pmMeet exhibitors and chat with your colleagues during this networking break.

    • 4:30pm Legal Update: Significant Cases & Developments in 20214:30pm - 6:00pmStaying current on all the new legal developments can be overwhelming. But, minimizing risk is something all employers want to do. Come find out about new laws, regulations, and significant court and administrative agency decisions from the past year so you can prepare for the future and keep yourself out of trouble. Speakers: Bob Sanders, Doug Witte, Josh Levy, Mark Johnson

    • 6:00pm Social with Exhibitors6:00pm - 8:00pmEnjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and chat with exhibitors and colleagues during this evening social.

    • 10/28/2021
    • 7:30am Registration, Breakfast and Welcome7:30am - 8:30amStart the day off with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and check out our 12 human resources and eight accounting sessions.

    • 8:30am Building Accountability into Remote Working Arrangements8:30am - 9:30amHybrid or fully remote working arrangements are new for many organizations. The pandemic forced us to use these arrangements in an emergency fashion. For many workers it was less than ideal as they juggled home schooling and childcare with work. And for many employers it was less than ideal as well due to technology struggles and unfamiliarity with managing remote workers. After the pandemic, many workers and organizations plan to permanently utilize hybrid or fully remote working arrangements. In this presentation we will discuss: Common missteps and biases that will sabotage success. Establishing expectations for both employees, managers, and the company. Management skills needed to be successful in leading a hybrid or remote workforce.Speakers: Mary Jo Spiekerman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    • 8:30am HR Boot Camp: Welcome to HR8:30am - 9:30amThis session will provide an overview of the Wisconsin and federal employment laws that all HR professionals need to know and dispel some misconceptions regarding laws that many think exist but do not. The discussion will include an overview of wage and hour law and dealing with harassment in the workplace. We will also discuss the nature of “at-will” employment and the best practices when interviewing candidates and extending employment offers.Speakers: Josh Levy, Robert Sanders

    • 8:30am Legal Update: A Discussion of Significant Laws & Cases8:30am - 9:30amSuccessful contractors know how to avoid or minimize legal risk. In 2021 the president and his administration, Congress, the state Legislature, state and federal administrative agencies, and the courts all tried to make life more difficult and riskier for employers. Come find out about new laws, executive orders, regulations and decisions from the past year so that you can prepare for the future and lessen your risks. This session will update you on the latest court and agency actions and highlight other significant issues employers need to know about so they can continue to be successful in 2021 and beyond.Speakers: Doug Witte, Mark Johnson

    • 8:30am Income Tax Update8:30am - 9:30amIncome tax laws have been changing rapidly the past few years. Between COVID-19-related tax programs such as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and significant changes in the political landscape in Congress, 2021 promises to be another year of substantial change – as well as opportunity! This session will highlight income tax law changes that you need to know, and it will provide information on opportunities and strategies that are available for minimizing your income tax burden. Learning objectives: Understand what income tax law changes are coming for 2021 and beyond. Planning opportunities and strategies available. Who is eligible for the Employee Retention Credit and how to claim it. The impact of recent tax law changes on choice of entity and succession planning. Q&A – bring your questions!Speakers: Dan Bergs, John Folsom

    • 8:30am FRO (Financial Resource Optimization) – Double Your Profitable Cash Flow8:30am - 9:30amWe are seeing abnormal inflation rates and employee shortages. As part of the FRO we will discuss how HR and Accounting teams can create a frame work so you can afford to pay your employees more and increase profitable cash flow.Speakers: Aaron Mills

    • 9:30am Break with Exhibitors9:30am - 10:00amEnjoy refreshments and visit with exhibitors in the trade show.

    • 10:00am Benefit Compliance Updates: ACA, ARPA and Other Recent Hot Topics10:00am - 11:00amIn this session you will hear the latest compliance updates as it relates to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), ACA, deadline extensions and other hot topics within the ever-changing landscape of benefits compliance.Speakers: Karen Breitnauer, J.D.

    • 10:00am Advanced HR Boot Camp: Being a Pro10:00am - 11:00amThis session will cover effective discipline policies and practices as well as how to handle harassment investigations and EEOC/ERD processes. We will also discuss the interplay between the ADA, FMLA/ WFMLA, and Worker’s Compensation. Finally, we will examine the best practices for disciplining an employee.Speakers: Bob Sanders, Josh Levy

    • 10:00am Building High Performance Teams Through Competence, Character & Cultural Fit10:00am - 11:00amYou hire the heart of your organization. Your team is your direct connection to the clients you serve. You entrust your team with the precious responsibility of carrying your vision from paper to practice every day. This session will review a process that gives you peace of mind that your organizational vision will be carried out in good hands. PEOPLE FIRST - FOCUS POINTS: 1. Are you stuck in hiring psychology of “we need bodies or candidates who show up”? Are you infected or affected by an attitude of lowering employee standards of performance? 2. Are you currently challenged with increasing turnover ratios? 3. Finding quality people and having a tough time filling an opening is not going away soon. How are some companies having better success? Are you seeking a more impactful way to hiring high potentials? 4. Do you have an intentional approach to people selection, people development and people multiplication?Speakers: Ken Collins

    • 10:00am Accounting Toolbox 10110:00am - 11:00amIn today’s economy, being excellent operationally is required to survive in business. Don’t just survive; your business needs to thrive. Accounting and finance hold the keys to thriving. Learn how to help your business thrive using budgets, managing cash flow, understanding job costing and profitability, and reviewing contract terms.Speakers: Denita Schreier

    • 10:00am R&D Tax Credit for Construction10:00am - 11:00amThe R&D tax credit is one of the most beneficial and most misunderstood tax credits available today – and this is all due in part to the name “research and development.” Many contractors are unaware that portions of their work related to solving technical problems may enable them to claim tax incentives. This session will explain what activities qualify for the tax credit, detail the appropriate methods to document qualified activity, and recommend ways to avoid contractual pitfalls that exclude expenses from qualifying for the credit. Speakers: Chris Sioco, Uche Okoroha

    • 11:00am Break with Exhibitors11:00am - 11:30amEnjoy refreshments and visit with exhibitors in the trade show.

    • 11:30am Keynote Luncheon: Armed Intruder/Active Shooter – Controls That All Construction Companies Must Have In Place11:30am - 12:30pmYour employees work on a variety of construction sites, both indoors and outdoors. This program will review the key components that all construction employees must understand to reduce the chance of becoming a victim to workplace violence. Topics that will be addressed include: The importance of understanding the mass notification protocols of the construction site. How to create your plan of action – ‘mental action scripts’. How to identify and access safe rooms during a crisis. How to evacuate during a crisis. Understanding how your OODA loop may save your life. How to fight as a last resort. Security Concerns When Terminating a Potentially Violent Employee Violence as a part of employee discipline and termination is on the rise. This program will address the key security concerns that human resource personnel must address before, during, and after the termination process.Speakers: Ted Hayes

    • 12:30pm Social, Political and Legal Considerations in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Employees12:30pm - 1:30pmThere is universal agreement that increasing diversity in the workplace leads to positive outcomes for a company’s culture and its bottom line. But recruiting and retaining qualified diverse employees can be challenging, especially in these tumultuous times. Join Husch Blackwell for a presentation that will provide practical and strategic advice on how to best recruit and retain diverse employees, as well as legal advice on how to achieve those goals without running afoul of state and federal anti-discrimination laws.Speakers: Erik K. Eisenmann, Skye P. Parr

    • 12:30pm Auditing and Updating Your Employee Handbook Relative to New Developments in Legislation & Case Law12:30pm - 1:30pmRecent developments at the federal and state level mandate that we give a serious reading to the policies contained in our existing employee handbooks – e.g. remote work, safety protocols, and other pandemic-related developments. In some instances, the language of your current policies may invite issues, such that they should be modified. In other instances, a policy should be added (or deleted). And then how to message these changes to your employees? We will also examine your most frequently referenced policies – e.g. progressive discipline; social media; workplace violence and searches, etc. Although not mandatory, attendees are encouraged to bring their own employee handbooks.Speakers: Mark J. Goldstein

    • 12:30pm Attracting Tomorrow's Talent with Today's Leaders12:30pm - 1:30pmThis session will offer the perspective of each generation and engage everyone in the discussion by building understanding of who we are, how we were raised, and how we view “work” as a part of our identity. Learn management strategies to overcome generational differences by building a culture that leverages the strengths of each generation and attracts millennial and Gen Z employees and customers and keeps them from leaving! This session explains what young professionals want from our job, our manager and our employer. Adulthood has changed, and depending on my life stage, I might prioritize my lifestyle over my career … So, how do you manage and motivate someone who may not be as committed to their job as previous generations? How do you engage your next generation of customers? This breakout session will give you the answers! Speakers: Steve Bench

    • 12:30pm Accounting Toolbox 20112:30pm - 1:30pmWho uses your financial statements and what are they looking for? There are internal and external users, and their needs are different. Learn how to manage your financial statement ratios and what your financial statement disclosures are really saying to improve decision making and maximize their impact for the benefit of your business.Speakers: Adam Mueller

    • 12:30pm Sales and Use Tax – Opportunities & Pitfalls12:30pm - 1:30pmSales and use tax for contractors is extremely complex. More concerning is that audits are on the rise. This session will discuss areas that contractors may not be aware of which they could benefit from. We will also discuss areas that contractors need to watch out for and be prepared in case of audit.Speakers: Sarah Evans

    • 1:30pm Break with Exhibitors1:30pm - 2:00pmIncludes prize giveaways and an ice cream social!

    • 2:00pm Cyber Threats to the Construction Industry2:00pm - 3:00pmEach industry has a different and unique set of exposures relating to cyber liability. We will explore the topic from the perspective of the construction industry. The focus will be cyber crime and ransomware with loss details, coverage explanations and controls that can help alleviate some basic exposures to these attacks. Upon completion of our presentation, attendees will better understand their direct exposures to cyber-attacks and what the insurance industry is doing to partner with businesses to help protect them. In this presentation you will learn about: Five different insurance coverage types that may respond to a cyber attack. A review of actual loss examples. Requirements that insurance carriers are putting in place to protect themselves and you as the insured.Speakers: Kenneth LaBelle

    • 2:00pm Deadlines & Distress: Suicide Prevention Strategies for Builders2:00pm - 3:00pmIn this session, we will discuss why the elevated risk of suicide among construction trades and the reasons that increase those risks. You will learn, what to look for - signs/symptoms of suicidal thought and behaviors and Mental Health First Aid training for construction / job site supervisors.Speakers: Dan Muxfeld, Mimi Millen

    • 2:00pm Safety Roundtable: Another Hat You Wear – Your Tough Questions, Real Answers2:00pm - 3:00pmThis interactive roundtable discussion will offer attendees the ability to ask those tough safety related questions you as the HR person or HR/Safety Person have…to a roundtable of construction HR and safety professionals. What are the best practices in safety for particular construction trades, “How can I make my jobsite safer?” Our panel will share real world answers to your questions.Speakers: Angela Wilcox, Don Moen, Eric Bauer

    • 2:00pm Business Transition2:00pm - 3:00pmThe construction industry is, at heart, a family industry. The vast majority of businesses in the U.S. could be described as family businesses — but the fact of the matter is, those businesses are approaching a transition crisis. According to the Family Business Institute, approximately 40% of family businesses expect the leadership of their companies to change hands within the next five years. Over half expect a leadership change within 10 years, and more than four out of five businesses are still controlled by their founders. With baby boomers retiring at an ever-increasing rate, the situation is simply unsustainable. Yet few are doing anything about it. Only about 20% of owners we work with have a transition plan in place. Transition planning involves long-term and short-term strategies that will allow you to perpetuate your business at a price and time of your choosing while protecting you in the interim against an unforeseen event, such as death, disability or incapacitation. That sounds easy enough, but why aren’t more owners putting these strategies in place? How do we solve a problem that is not going away and is detrimental to preserving the vision and legacy many business owners have worked a lifetime to create? We begin by realizing that transition planning is not a subject unto itself but rather part of corporate planning strategy. And like any other strategy, we first need to examine the options.Speakers: Brian Goodhart

    • 2:00pm The Art of Strategy Implementation2:00pm - 3:00pmDesigning strategy is hard. Executing strategy to achieve the desired results is even harder. In any business, our success is predicated on designing and executing strategy to sustain and thrive. Our employees, customers, communities and other stake holders count on us for this and it’s up to us to deliver. This session will assist you in: 1. Designing the right strategy for your construction company. 2. Building engagement at all levels (employees need to carry the change – leaders can’t). 3. Incorporating a deliberate change management approach to increase your success. 4. Developing an implementation structure to increase odds of achieving your desired results.Speakers: Tina Nazier

    • 3:00pm End of the Conference3:00pm - 3:00pmThanks for coming! Have a safe trip home.

Speakers for this event

  • Aaron Mills

    Aaron Mills


    Aaron Mills is the president, CEO and owner of Daxxit (Contractor Financial Services). He is an experienced and proven executive with an MBA with over 25 years of expertise in setting and evolving strategies to manage companies through rapidly changing and fast-paced environments. He provides financial oversight by ensuring financial integrity for all accounting records to owners, regulatory agencies, and shareholders. Mills works with company owners to enhance profitability by providing financial transparency for decision making, controlling expenses, and managing assets and liabilities.


  • Adam Mueller

    Adam Mueller


    Adam Mueller, CPA, is a senior manager in Wipfli’s assurance and accounting group, specializing in construction entities. Mueller is a member of both Wipfli’s Construction and Real Estate Technical Issues Committee and its internal team dedicated to audit quality. His 17 years of experience include serving contractors of many different types and sizes, emphasizing the development of strong accounting and reporting practices to foster strong relationships with sureties, bonding agents and bankers. Mueller is a frequent speaker and author on numerous accounting-related topics.


  • Angela Wilcox

    Angela Wilcox

    Stevens Construction

    Stevens Construction

  • Brian Goodhart

    Brian Goodhart



  • Chris Sioco

    Chris Sioco

    Parachor Consulting

    Chris Sioco is a former engineer turned tax consultant who is solely focused on helping small to mid-sized businesses claim the R&D tax credit, one of the most lucrative and misunderstood tax credits in the Internal Revenue Code. He was formerly a consultant with one of the largest R&D tax credit firms in the nation, and has worked with many different industries to claim the R&D tax credit, but with a special focus on construction, architecture and engineering businesses. By utilizing his engineering background, he is able to more closely relate to the needs of his clients and understand the technical work they are performing, which is critical in performing R&D tax credit analyses.

    Parachor Consulting

  • Dan Bergs

    Dan Bergs

    Wegner CPAs

    Dan Bergs is a senior manager in Wegner CPAs’ tax and business services department. Dan joined Wegner CPAs as an intern in 2008 and started full-time after graduation in 2010. He specializes in working with individual and business clients providing them with a variety of tax and accounting services. Bergs specializes primarily on serving individuals and businesses in individual and business income tax planning and preparation; corporate, S Corporation and partnership tax returns; outsourced accounting and bookkeeping; entity planning for new businesses; QuickBooks consulting; and sales tax and multi-state tax.

    Wegner CPAs

  • Dan Muxfeld

    Dan Muxfeld

    Dan Muxfeld has taught Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid since 2015. Since then, he has led more than 200 Mental Health First Aid trainings. Muxfeld has taught a wide variety of audiences, including school, government, business and non-profit organizations. Muxfeld brings energy, enthusiasm and humor to the classroom. He is one of the highest ranked trainers in Wisconsin.

  • Denita Schreier

    Denita Schreier

    WDS Construction

    Denita Schreier, CMA CCIFP, has been in the construction industry since 1995. Her career started as a regional controller for the Pennsylvania office of an ENR top 300 contractor, eventually being promoted to corporate controller over four regional offices. In 2005, she started her own consulting practice, helping construction companies make better use of their financial and project management software, preparing financial statements, creating process efficiencies and improving job cost reporting. In 2013, she was hired as CFO for WDS Construction, which later that year added a development arm, JCW Development. Earlier this year, Schreier was promoted to executive vice president over both companies. Schreier is currently Vice President of the Madison CFMA chapter, and a board member of the Wisconsin Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

    WDS Construction

  • Don Moen

    Don Moen

    ABC of Wisconsin

    Don Moen, with a degree in safety from UW-Platteville, has more than 35 years of construction-related safety experience. He was head of the safety and human resources department for a Fortune 200 company’s construction division in eight locations across the U.S. He managed the operations, safety and HR for his own construction and manufacturing company in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is an OSHA-authorized instructor.

    ABC of Wisconsin

  • Doug Witte

    Doug Witte

    Boardman Clark

    Boardman Clark

  • Eric Bauer

    Eric Bauer

    Brickl Brothers

    Brickl Brothers

  • Erik K. Eisenmann

    Erik K. Eisenmann

    Husch Blackwell

    Erik Eisenmann is a partner with Husch Blackwell and specializes in offering practical, effective advice on the many labor and employment issues that arise in the workplace. He counsels employers of all sizes, from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies, often helping them draft and enforce employment contracts, restrictive covenants and other workplace agreements. He assists clients in the financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and cannabis industries, among others. Eisenmann is chair of Husch Blackwell’s Labor & Employment practice group.

    Husch Blackwell

  • John Folsom

    John Folsom

    Wegner CPAs

    John Folsom is a partner in Wegner CPAs’ Tax and Business Services Department. He joined the firm in 2013 with more than 20 years of public accounting experience. Throughout his career, Folsom has gained extensive experience in business profitability consulting; projections and budgeting consulting; reviews and compilations for businesses in a variety of industries; audit and tax preparation engagements for the construction industry; income tax preparation and planning for businesses and individuals; and developing and presenting educational seminars for businesses.

    Wegner CPAs

  • Josh Levy

    Josh Levy

    Husch Blackwell

    A member of Husch Blackwell's Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Josh leads the firm’s Construction practice. Josh has represented clients for more than 29 years in the complete array of construction services and litigation. Josh provides contractors, designers, owners and developers with tremendous experience and knowledge in all areas of construction. Josh trains companies in his own version of best practices he has named "Breachless Execution." The Breachless program implements the Law in Action approach taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Josh helps clients and industry groups appreciate the benefits realized if all parties to a project understand their obligations, execute their responsibilities, collaborate on problem solving and minimize the disruption caused by disputes. Additionally, as an American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Josh uses that experience as a foundation to leverage his exposure to a variety of construction challenges when helping clients avoid risks in project performance.

    Husch Blackwell

  • Karen Breitnauer, J.D.

    Karen Breitnauer, J.D.

    M3 Insurance

    Karen Breitnauer is a senior compliance attorney and director of employee benefits compliance at M3 Insurance. She is responsible for providing compliance information and guidance to clients through education and consultation. In her role she serves as the senior legal staff resource for public and private sector entities on specific compliance topics. Those topics include health care reform, COBRA, HIPAA, FMLA, ERISA and more. During the past decade, she has focused on the compliance efforts of M3 clients through group speaking engagements, creation proprietary educational materials, and individual client compliance reviews. During the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), she served as M3’s lead resource and an industry expert.

    M3 Insurance

  • Ken Collins

    Ken Collins

    Ken Collins Coaching

    For nearly 40 years I've had my boots on the jobsite as a construction industry professional. Throughout that time, I've learned firsthand how the construction industry builds America's infrastructure through talented people working together. At the foundation of my philosophy is a "people first" approach. By empowering key contributors, sharing life experiences and continuously learning while I teach. I develop connections across generations of talent, providing personalized, relevant guidance to forward-thinking organizations. With diverse experience, creativity and trust, I immerse myself into companies at every level; working to identify the specific organizational needs and institute the strongest, sustainable solutions. I look forward to lacing up my boots to bring knowledge, instill best practices and inspire positive cultural improvement within your business.

    URL http://www.KenCollinsCoaching.com

    Ken Collins Coaching

  • Kenneth LaBelle

    Kenneth LaBelle

    Burns & Wilcox

    Kenneth LaBelle is a professional liability broker with more than a decade of dedication to the field of cyber liability. LaBelle began his insurance career with Burns & Wilcox shortly after graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint, with a bachelor’s degree in actuarial mathematics. Prior to becoming a broker, he was the national practice leader of a team dedicated to placements and consultation regarding cyber insurance products. LaBelle has awards for Top Specialist Broker by Business Insurance Magazine and Top Professional Liability Broker by the Kaufman Financial Group. His featured publications include National Underwriter and Agent’s Market Source. LaBelle has instructed numerous seminars across the country as a licensed continuing education instructor to promote the changing landscape of the cyber and privacy insurance marketplace.

    Burns & Wilcox

  • Mark J. Goldstein

    Mark J. Goldstein

    Goldstein Law Group

    Mark J. Goldstein graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and has more than 25 years of legal experience – in the courtroom, employing strategies for staying out of court and with transactional matters. He created Goldstein Law Group in 2008 after more than 15 years of practice. Goldstein is a frequent speaker and author on topics ranging from labor and employment law to business planning and change and process management. Goldstein is also actively involved in various boards and civic organizations.

    Goldstein Law Group

  • Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

    Mark A. Johnson has a wide range of experience representing businesses in matters involving labor and employment law. Mark has represented employers in hundreds of cases in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies in Wisconsin and throughout the country. His practice also includes advising employers on how to avoid litigation. Mark is a frequent speaker on topics related to litigation and labor and employment law. Mark has extensive experience defending employers against claims of employment discrimination and retaliation under federal and state law. He has also represented clients in ERISA litigation in courts throughout the country. Mark regularly counsels employers and tries cases involving covenants not to compete and non-disclosure agreements. Areas of focus include wage and hour, hiring and discharge, arrest and conviction record, employment contracts, covenants not to compete, downsizing, fiduciary duty of loyalty, non-disclosure agreements, employee handbooks, harassment claims and investigations, retaliation, union organizing, unfair labor practices and arbitration. Mark is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before numerous courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Mary Jo Spiekerman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Mary Jo Spiekerman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

    Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

    With over 20 years of human resources management in numerous industries, Mary Jo Spiekerman is uniquely qualified to advise the clients of Hausmann-Johnson Insurance on human resources related issues. She provides guidance on complex employment topics such as employee relations, talent management, recruitment, onboarding, and training. Mary Jo and her team help “lighten the load” for clients that may otherwise spend a lot of time, effort, and energy attempting to do their own risk management and employee benefits administration. Mary Jo is especially excited about the journey Hausmann-Johnson has taken to become designated as a Great Place to Work by the Great Place to Work Institute. She began studying the process over 10 years ago and when she joined Hausmann-Johnson she knew the pieces were in place to catapult the agency onto the list of the Best Places to Work in Insurance, which was achieved in 2015 and 2016. Mary Jo is a graduate of Marian University with degrees in Business Administration and Human Relations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Community Support Network and serves as a consultant to the Personnel Committee of her village board. When she’s not working she takes the time to relax with family and friends at her cabin on the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan border.

    Hausmann-Johnson Insurance

  • Mimi Millen

    Mimi Millen

    Mimi Millen, M.Ed, MS-Counseling, is a trainer and mental health counselor with 35-plus years of experience. She has taught Mental Health First Aid since it was first offered by Journey Mental Health Center roughly eight years ago. Prior to becoming a mental health counselor, she was a full-time trainer in alcohol and drug prevention programs for five years and led seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, such as communication, wellness and creating community. As a mental health counselor, Millen worked primarily with low-income adults dealing with depression, anxiety and trauma as well as a variety of other mental health disorders.

  • Mindi S. Giftos

    Mindi S. Giftos

    Husch Blackwell

    Mindi S. Giftos is the office managing partner for Husch Blackwell’s Madison office. She works closely with clients to leverage, protect and enforce their valuable technology and intellectual property rights, comply with evolving and complex privacy regulatory requirements, and, when necessary, quickly and effectively respond to data security incidents. Giftos is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), so she also frequently assists clients with their data privacy compliance requirements and programs in the U.S. and abroad, including HIPAA, CCPA, CPRA and GDPR. She also co-leads the firm’s Data Privacy and Cybersecurity and IoT (Internet of Things)/Blockchain teams.

    Husch Blackwell

  • Robert Sanders

    Robert Sanders

    Husch Blackwell

    Although he is a skilled trial attorney, Robert Sanders' first aim is to help clients stay out of the courtroom. He has extensive experience in drafting workplace policies and employee handbooks, with the objective of reducing uncertainty about correct procedures and lowering the chance for a claim or lawsuit. Robert also regularly counsels companies on employee discipline and discharge, leave and accommodation issues, discrimination claims, wage and hour disputes, and unfair labor practice charges. He understands how high emotions can be in these cases, and he handles these situations thoughtfully. Robert is a skilled negotiator who is practiced in dispute resolution techniques. Robert is also well prepared to handle matters that go to trial: he has tried cases before administrative agencies and state and federal courts, including federal jury trials.

    Husch Blackwell

  • Sarah Evans

    Sarah Evans

    CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

    Sarah Evans, CPA, brings 30 years of state and local tax (SALT) experience to her clients, with a special focus on sales and use tax and property tax. Her experience includes nexus studies, coordination of sales tax audits and reverse audits as well as research, planning, and compliance related to sales and use, property, income, and franchise taxes. Evans previously served as a corporate tax consultant for a large manufacturing corporation in the Milwaukee area. Earlier in her career she was employed by a large multi-national public accounting firm and provided a broad range of tax services to corporations as a member of the firm’s large public/multinational team.

    CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

  • Skye P. Parr

    Skye P. Parr

    Husch Blackwell

    Skye P. Parr is an associate with Husch Blackwell who has experience working on a broad range of legal issues for a variety of industrial sectors. In particular, she has reviewed product liability and labeling for a large national chemical and consumer manufacturer. Skye has also assisted with complex, innovative matters of labor and employment, real estate, insurance and intellectual property. Parr has a background as an English teacher, advocate and volunteer, and has mentored and tutored students in Watts, California, as a corps member of the City Year program. She also spent a year in Palmira teaching English to more than 100 vocational students as part of Colombia’s National Training Service.

    Husch Blackwell

  • Steve Bench

    Steve Bench

    Generational Consulting

    Steve Bench, founder of Generational Consulting, LLC, is a nationally recognized speaker who has shared his message with audiences across the country, earning the nickname “The Millennial Guy.” Prior to founding Generational Consulting, Bench was program director for Business World, where he worked with thousands of teenagers every year and those millennials have informed and inspired his presentations.

    Generational Consulting

  • Ted Hayes

    Ted Hayes

    M3 Insurance

    Ted Hayes consults with businesses, school districts and municipalities throughout the United States to conduct security assessments, provide armed intruder/active shooter training, and to develop safety programs and risk management strategies. In 2001, Hayes and Waukesha County Sheriff Bill Kruziki authored the book, “Not In MY School! A Pro-Active Guide to School Violence Prevention” and in 2014, Hayes authored his second book, “If it’s Predictable, It’s Preventable – More than 2,000 Ways to Improve the Safety and Security in Your School.” During the fall of 1998, Hayes was a featured presenter at the Wisconsin School Safety Summit hosted by Attorney General James Doyle. Hayes has served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) and is a member of the WASBO Safety and Risk Management Committee.

    M3 Insurance

  • Tina Nazier

    Tina Nazier


    As the leader of Wipfli’s Construction and Real Estate Performance and Strategy team, Tina Nazier focuses her talent in helping clients effectively address their strategic, cultural, people, and operational challenges. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in strategy, leadership, professional coaching, organizational and cultural development, succession planning, change management and performance improvement, Tina helps leaders and organizations overcome the major issues that create roadblocks to reaching their full potential.


  • Uche Okoroha

    Uche Okoroha

    Parachor Consulting

    Uche Okoroha is a licensed attorney with expertise in contracts, tax law and project management. Okoroha has spent the entirety of his career focusing on complex legal issues affecting contractors and design professionals. Prior to founding Parachor Consulting, Okoroha served as the national accounts manager for a large insurance corporation, where he structured professional service agreements to minimize risk and liability concerns. Okoroha built upon his experience in legal analysis and his education in tax law by transitioning into the position of senior project manager at a national tax consulting firm. Subsequently, Okoroha founded Parachor Consulting, positioning himself to impact the long-term success of the organizations he works with by delivering substantial tax credits that allow businesses to reinvest in their growth.

    Parachor Consulting


27 (Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 28 (Thursday) 3:00 pm


Glacier Canyon Conference Center

45 Hillman Road, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


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