- May 4, 2022 -
8th Annual DOD Contract Management Update
May 17, 2022
7:15 am - 4:00 pm CST | In-Person
The Government and Defense contractors are facing increasing challenges – supply shortages, cost escalation, labor shortages, new requirements, and security challenges to name a few. This year’s event will focus on gaining a better understanding of the current supply chain dynamics, current impacts, and requirements. Our attention will then shift to focus on solutions, new initiatives, and upcoming opportunities – how the government and current contractors and subcontractors are meeting these challenges supporting the Defense Industrial Base.

This year’s agenda is HERE for download. Speaker bios are available for download HERE.

This year’s speakers will include:
  • Lieutenant Colonel Susan M. Styer, Commander, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Milwaukee
  • TSgt. James Pitcher, Contracting Officer, 21st Contracting Squadron
  • Col. Robert J. (Jay) Wisham, Director, Army Applications Laboratory
  • Arthur Trevethan, Director, Corporate Ventures, Army Applications Laboratory
  • Carley Salmon, Cybersecurity Assessor, Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Assessment Center (DIBCAC), DCMA
  • Karen Zinn, Supervisor, Central Team, DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Review Group
  • Joel Neidig, President & Co-founder, SIMBA Chain
  • Pete Guinto, Vice President of Government Affairs, Resilinc
  • Sean Ketter, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Global Procurement & Supply Chain, Oshkosh Corporation
  • Todd Bentley, President and CEO, Bentley World-Packaging
  • Jim Robinson, President and CEO, Wisconsin Ordnance Works, Ltd.
  • Nathaniel T. Millsap, Jr., Director, Security & Cyber, Fincantieri Marinette Marine
  • Megan McKinney, Business Development, Beacon Interactive Systems
  • Jason Rathsack, Senior Contract Specialist, DCMA Central Region
  • Joseph Jackson, Branch Chief, Tactical/ Multi-Site Support and Systems, U.S. Army Contracting Command-Detroit
  • Aina Vilumsons, CEO, Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

Dress: business casual.

For Out-of-town Attendees: the event venue LaSure’s is adjacent to Cobblestone Hotels, 3105 S Washburn St, Oshkosh, WI 54904.
May 26, 2022
Join area Federal agency representatives, small and large businesses, business resources and special guests in a full day session of education, networking, and funding updates.

Keynote Speaker: US Congressman Brad Schneider, 10th District

Schedule: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Breakfast and Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
  • Program: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Federal Focus
  • Lunch, Keynote Speaker, and Networking: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Program: 1:00 – 4:00 PM Regional/Non-Federal Focus
For Department of Defense Contractors and Subcontractors: Join Marc Violante, WPI’s Director, Federal Market Strategies for the Cyber Friday series starting at 11:00am – a series of one hour webinars focusing on critical topics in cyber security, data security, and CMMC.

Sales Opportunities with Madison-Area Local Government and Educational Institutions
May 18, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 pm CST | Virtual
Significant opportunities exist for small businesses to sell to State and Local governments and educational institutions. Please join us and learn about how to do business with the Madison Metropolitan School District, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison Area Technical College, and Edgewood College.

Presentations will be followed by the opportunity for limited one-on-one meetings with Buyers. Meetings between Buyers and Registrants will be coordinated by WPI the day prior to the event. Please indicate interest in meetings when registering for this event. WPI can help you prepare for these virtual meetings. For questions or help regarding meetings, please e-mail Michael Steger at Michaels@wispro.org.

Speakers will discuss:
  • What & how they buy
  • How they announce opportunities
  • First Steps – registrations, certifications, other requirements
  • Provisions for non-performance /Force Majeure

  • May 3-6, Wisconsin Lt. Governor’s 2022 Small Business Academy LEARN MORE - Webinar/In-Person

  • May 6, Cyber Friday: Understanding the DOD Basic Assessment and its Role in Measuring a Company’s Efforts to Secure Sensitive (CUI) Data LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • May 17, 8th Annual DOD Contract Management Update LEARN MORE - In-Person

  • May 18, Sales Opportunities with Madison-Area Local Government and Educational Institutions – Virtual LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • May 20, Cyber Friday: Using Security Logs for Cyber Security Program Development and Management LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • May 24, Acquisition Hour: Overview of CPARS – How It Works and How To Optimize Your Score LEARN MORE - Webinar

  • May 26, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Lake Michigan Post Industry Day LEARN MORE - Webinar


  • June 3, Cyber Friday: Training Programs as an Integral Aspect of Cyber Security Efforts LEARN MORE - Webinar

Upcoming WPI Office Hours
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ESGR Breakfast with the Boss

May 16, 2022
7:30 - 9:30 am CST

715 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
This year, the program will feature Pamela Koehn, Vice President of Supply Chain and Products for Direct Supply, a 2019 Freedom Award recipient company. The program will also feature a panel of award winning businesses about what they have done to support their employees who are members of the Guard or Reserve.

There is no cost to attendees for breakfast or for parking if you park in the lower north lot of the War Memorial Center.
WPI 10437 Innovation Dr. Suite 320, Milwaukee, WI 53226 414-270-3600
Newsletter Editor: Doug Clemons, dougc@wispro.org