Join us on December 8th, 2016 at Empire Screen Printing for the 9th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference!

 Venue: Empire Screen Printing at N5206 Marco Rd Onalaska, WI 54650

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The 9th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Conference provides the Wisconsin business community with a direct business-to-business exchange of sustainability experiences, challenges, tools, solutions and ideas. The annual conference brings outstanding speakers together in a design that maximizes interaction with the audience. Prepare for a full day of discussing the hottest topics in sustainability, networking with WI’s rich sustainable business community, and learning from our state’s business leaders on how sustainability can impact businesses across the nation.

Come and Find Your Place at the Conference

The Conference is Designed for:

  • C Suite Officers, Board Members, Senior Managers
  • Small Business Owners, Plant Managers, Sustainability Coordinators
  • Green Teams
  • Students Interested in Sustainability


Meet our Keynote Speakers!

mayor-kabat-headshotTim Kabat

Tim Kabat was elected the 42nd Mayor of La Crosse in April 2013.

Mayor Kabat serves as the Chief Executive Officer for city operations, including oversight and management of the city’s 17 departments and 520 employee workforce. He develops and manages the $71 million annual operating budget, long-term borrowing, and debt service for the city.

Prior to becoming Mayor, Tim’s work experience included Executive Director of Downtown Main Street Inc., 2010 to 2013; Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in Microeconomics & Public Policy, 2011 to 2012; City of La Crosse Planning and Development Administrator, 2003 to 2010; Agency Relations Director for The Nature Conservancy in Madison, 2002 to 2003; Senior Planner for the City of Madison, 2000 to 2002; Sauk County Planning and Zoning Administrator, 1995 to 2000.

Mayor Kabat is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.


kathy-kuntzKathy Kuntz

Kathy Kuntz is the Executive Director of Cool Choices, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that inspires individuals, communities and businesses to adopt sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cool Choices collaborates with private businesses and public entities to engage employees around sustainability, promoting changes at work and at home via a fun and online platform. Since 2010 Cool Choices has inspired more than 7,000 individuals in almost 100 organizations to adopt hundreds of thousands of sustainable practices.

Kathy has more than two decades of experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy. She previously led Focus on Energy, Wisconsin’s energy efficiency and renewable energy program.  The author of numerous presentations and papers on behavior change and energy efficiency, Kathy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


john-freismuth-headshotJohn Freismuth

“Moderately educated poor kid that grew up and thinks he can change the world.”

John is the President of Empire Screen Printing. Since becoming President in 2009, John has dedicated his time to changing the company’s culture and philosophy by implementing lean manufacturing. Through innovation and technology, John’s main focus is providing the customer with products and services that produce sustainable results and business practices.



rich-jeff_20150522_02 Jeff Rich 

Jeff is responsible for developing Gundersen’s Envision program, which includes a portfolio of renewable energy projects and energy service offerings. In addition, his team supports sustainability efforts within Gundersen Health System involving energy conservation, waste management, and sustainable design. He serves as an advocate for energy and environmental improvement within the healthcare sector.

In October 2006, Jeff joined Gundersen to lead the Efficiency Improvement department. Prior to joining Gundersen, he was for 10 years with American Standard – Trane, where he held a variety of quality engineering, Lean Six-Sigma and engineering management positions. Jeff was also employed for six years with the John Deere Waterloo Works Drive Train Division as an industrial engineer and quality engineer.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is a certified Lean-Six Sigma master black belt.


Barbara Nick barbara-nick-headshot

Barbara Nick joined Dairyland Power Cooperative in December 2014 as President and CEO and has over 35 years in the energy industry.

Under her leadership, Dairyland Power Cooperative has focused on resource diversification and sustainability. Dairyland’s recent solar investment will nearly double the solar generation in Wisconsin and the cooperative has also announced a 98 MW wind power project.

As an advocate of strong and principled leadership, Nick is the author and editor of Lenses of Leadership, A Call to Action.

An engaged community member, she has over 25 years of board service. In September 2015, Nick was appointed for a six-year term to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), which includes oversight of state funds valued at over $100 billion.

Nick and her husband live in La Crosse and are proud parents and grandparents.  They share a hobby of teaching children about literacy and science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) through their books and activities.

Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Business from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

 jrhprofJoel Hirschboeck 

Joel oversees Kwik Trip’s Fuel Procurement, Commercial Sales and Alternative Fuels Division.  Joel has a broad perspective in traditional and alternative fuels as he is responsible for developing, educating and marketing the different fuel products to Kwik Trip’s customers.  Joel has been in the transportation and C-store industry for 12+ years;  Joel has played key roles in cost reduction and green initiatives, such as implementing new delivery methods, dynamic routing solutions, the development of Kwik Trip’s CNG Infrastructure, and now procurement and marketing of traditional and renewable fuels.  Joel has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administrations and Technology and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.




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For more information about why this conference is a sustainable event, click here.

**For those who are interested in staying the night before the conference in La Crosse, we have reserved blocks of rooms for reduced rates at a well known La Crosse hotel. Make sure to book your rooms before December 1st to guarantee availability at this reduced rates.

Stoney Creek Hotel

Call (608) 781-3060

*Must call to reserve at reduced rate

3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd.

Onalaska, WI 54650

The Stoney Creek hotel is located just minutes away from downtown La Crosse offering scenic views of the rolling bluffs and the Mississippi River. An indoor and outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour coffee and tea, and hot breakfast are just some of the amenities offered at this Midwestern style getaway.

  • Enjoy 157 uniquely designed guest rooms and suites located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Stoney Creek’s lodge-like details gives you a place to escape and unwind
  • Approximately 10 minutes to conference by car
  • Special rate: $89 per Deluxe King or Deluxe Queen room

This event is possible because of the generosity of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, and attendees.

Conference Sponsors

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Conference Partners


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