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Northeast Wisconsin Economic Trends

First Business Bank Economic Survey Results & Panel Discussion

Please join us as we reflect on local business and economics trends in 2018 and look ahead to 2019. You’ll find out what other Northeast Wisconsin business leaders are saying about their 2018 and 2019 anticipated sales, capital expenditures, profitability, hiring, wage changes, capacity and more, and compare those sentiments to years past.

Rick Hearden, President of the Northeast Wisconsin Market of First Business Bank, and Nancy Johnshoy, Vice President of First Business Trust & Investments, will present highlights from the 2018 survey results. Following the presentation, Susan Finco, President of the highly regarded firm of Leonard & Finco Public Relations, will moderate a panel discussion with local business leaders about the economic climate of Northeast Wisconsin.

This year’s panelists include:

Tim Hanna, Mayor – City of Appleton

John Krause, CPA, Partner – Baker Tilly

Larry Sobal, CEO – Heart & Vascular Institute of Wisconsin

Jeff Anderson, President – Precision Paper Converters

Steve Romme, Partner – Dynamic Insights


President - Northeast Wisconsin Market

Rick Hearden

Business Banking



Rick Hearden joined First Business as President - Northeast Wisconsin Market in August 2017. Rick has more than 20 years of banking experience, all in Northeast Wisconsin. He most recently…

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Vice President

Nancy Johnshoy, CFA

Private Wealth



Nancy Johnshoy, CFA, joins First Business with over 30 years of experience in the wealth management industry. Throughout her career Nancy has worked primarily with individual clients and non-profit organizations…

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Northeast Wisconsin Market Advisory Board Member

Susan M. Finco



Susan Finco is Owner and President of Leonard & Finco Public Relations, an award-winning, full-service public relations firm founded in 1992. Leonard & Finco Public Relations has a strong, positive…

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Tim Hanna

City of Appleton



As mayor and chief executive officer and the chief elected official of the city, Tim Hanna is responsible for the administration and management of Appleton. He appoints and supervises department heads; appoints members to boards and committees; provides legislative research support; addresses constituents' concerns; prepares and submits the annual city budget to the Common Council for review and approval; represents the interests of the city at the local, state and federal level; and promotes the city through professional representation at community events. Hanna's office also collaborates with city departments, local officials and the general public to further the interests of the city.


Jeff Anderson

Precision Paper Converters



Jeff has responsibility for overall leadership of the Precision Paper Converters team. He is also responsible for making sure the organization is helping customers and team members succeed. Jeff is also serves as Chairman of the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance.


Steve Romme

Dynamic Insights



Steve Romme has 30 years of business experience at both large and small companies and has been awarded 14 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. Steve’s strong focus on driving growth through the innovative use of technology and marketing combined with his experience in both building sciences and financial analysis allow him and his team to create some industry-leading evaluation methods.


John Krause, CPA

Baker Tilly



John Krause, partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, has been with the firm since 1990. John specializes in the construction and real estate industry. He has extensive experience assisting industry clients with financial reporting and analysis and personal and business tax consulting as well as succession planning.


Larry Sobal

Heart & Vascular Institute of Wisconsin



Larry is an innovative, results-driven Senior Health Care Executive with diverse background in medical group leadership, hospital leadership, and insurance. He's known for his ability to engage others to create a vision for change and translate that into strategy by analyzing critical business requirements, identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, and developing innovative solutions. Larry is a respected decision-maker who delivers value and trust through strong relationships with colleagues, physicians, staff, and the community.


  • 7:30 am – 8:00 am

    Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am

    Presentation of Survey Results by Rick Hearden & Nancy Johnshoy
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am

    Panel Discussion led by Moderator Susan Finco

Event Details

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Date Jan 23, 2019

Time 7:30am

Butte des Morts Country Club

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