Jim Berbee, founder of Madison-based Berbee Information
Networks Corp. and who later embarked on a career in medicine, will receive the
12th annual Ken Hendricks Memorial “Seize the Day” award at the 2015
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.
which celebrates entrepreneurial leaders who have been crucial to Wisconsin’s
economic growth, is named in honor of the late Ken Hendricks, a Beloit
businessman and 2006 “Seize the Day” award winner who died in an accident in
will accept the award and speak at noon Tuesday,
June 2, during the 2015 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Madison. The
“Seize the Day” luncheon is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences. To
register for the luncheon or the full conference at the Alliant Energy Center,
visit www.WiTrepsConference.com. “Early bird” registration is open
through May 11 and special hotel rates apply through early May.
by Berbee in 1993, Berbee Information Networks Corp. grew to 800 employees, 11
offices and two data centers in six Midwestern states. One of the nation’s
largest privately held solution providers at the time, it was acquired by CDW
for $175 million in 2006.
attended Stanford University School of Medicine and completed his emergency
medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He
joined the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UW School of Medicine &
Public Health in August 2014.
founded the Madison area’s “Berbee Derby Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk” to
support the Technology Education Foundation. He serves as a trustee for the
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the Morgridge Institute for Research and
WICell. He and his wife, through the BerbeeWalsh Foundation, support human
health and welfare projects.
Berbee’s story is one that should inspire entrepreneurs at all stages,” said
Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. “His persistence,
commitment to quality and community involvement cuts across all lines.”
addition to Hendricks, past “Seize the Day” winners are Don Weber of Logistics
Health Inc. (2004); Bob Cervenka of Phillips Plastics (2005); Jan Eddy of
Wingra Technologies (2007); Michael Cudahy of Marquette Medical Systems (2008);
Toni Sikes of The Guild/Guild.com (2009); Bill Linton of Promega (2010); Bob
Hillis of Direct Supply (2011); Kay Koplovitz of USA Network (2012); Fred
Foster of Electronic Theatre Controls (2013); and Craig and Lea Culver of Culver
Franchising System (2014).
the Day” award is not given for technical innovation but for innovative
leadership – the ability to take hold of business opportunities and transform
them into successes. Candidates for the award will have demonstrated vision,
courage, adaptability, persistence and resourcefulness.
Recognizing the important role the arts play in nurturing a vibrant
entrepreneurial culture, each year’s award has been an art piece created by
Rivers’ Edge Foundry of Beloit, a business launched with the help of the late
Ken Hendricks and Diane Hendricks, who has agreed to sponsor the award in his
name. The recipient of the award is selected from the nominees by members of
the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference steering committee.
by the Tech Council, the conference is one of the largest events of its kind in
the Upper Midwest. More than 500 people are expected to attend the two-day
conference, to be held June 2-3 at the Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant
Energy Center Way, just off Madison’s South Beltline. Additional speakers and
features will be announced in coming weeks, all under the theme of “Nurturing
Entrepreneurial Roots.” Other highlights:
keynote presentation by Jerry Jendusa,
co-founder and former CEO of EMTEQ and now a principal with STUCK LLC.
Diligent Dozen: Top 12 finalists from the
Governor’s Business Plan Contest square off
Panel discussions for emerging companies on how to
“Launch, Grow and Succeed”
Sponsors so far include: Aberdean Consulting; Alliant
Energy; American Family Insurance; American Transmission Co.; Ascendancy
Advisors; AT&T; Baird Capital; Baker Tilly; BDO; BloodCenter of Wisconsin;
BMO Harris Bank; City of Fitchburg; Cresa Madison; Concordia University; Dedicated Computing;
Exact Sciences; Filament Games; First Business Bank; Godfrey & Kahn;
Google; Group Health Cooperative; HP Enterprise Services; Madison College;
Madison Gas & Electric; Makin’ HEY! Communications; Marquette University;
Marshfield Clinic Applied Sciences; Michael Best & Friedrich; Midwest
Energy Research Consortium; Midwest Prototyping; MIOsoft; Murphy Desmond; Neider
& Boucher; NEW Capital Fund; New Horizons of Wisconsin; Nordic; PowerBuy 4
You; Quarles & Brady; RDC National; Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.;
Safenet Consulting; Tweedee Productions; University Research Park; Uber;
UW-Madison Discovery to Product (D2P); UW-Madison Office of Corporate
Relations; UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation; Venture Investors; Whitewater
University Technology Park; Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek; WIN-Lake Superior;
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Wisconsin Technical College System; and
information, visit www.witrepsconference.com or call 608-442-7557.