MADISON – Cracking into emerging overseas markets will be the topic of a Tuesday, May 22, luncheon meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Madison.

The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Madison’s John Nolen Drive. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for WIN members, $35 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships.

To register online, go to

Scheduled to speak are:

n      Murali Iyer, director of IT strategy and global sourcing for Wipfli LLP and SpiderLogic. Iyer has global sourcing experience in India, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. He will discuss how businesses can benefit from the “right-shoring” model, which is effective integration of the onshore, near-shore and offshore components in any given process.
n      J. Michael Eaton, president, Global Health Direct. Eaton has more than 15 years of experience with health systems, physician organizations and professional associations, leading business development efforts both in the United States and overseas. Eaton manages strategic relationships in the provider and governmental sectors for Global Health Direct, which is based in Delafield.
n      Gary Pond, president of Inter-Med (Vista Dental Products), Racine, which manufactures dental products and related solutions. Pond has managed joint ventures in China, logging more than 60 visits there in recent years.

Wisconsin has a growing presence in the global marketplace. In 2006, Wisconsin shipped $17.2 billion worth of products and services to other nations – up 15 percent over the previous year. The growth of Wisconsin’s export-based economy has exceeded the U.S. average in each of the past four years. Wisconsin’s top trade partners in 2006 were Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, Australia and Belgium. Top sectors were industrial machinery, instruments, electrical machinery, transportation equipment, paper products, plastics products, cereals, printed matter, iron and steel products, and furniture and bedding.  

Wisconsin’s economy grows when it competes in global markets. Our WIN-Madison panelists bring the right experience to help you crack into those markets,” WIN President Tom Still said. Still will moderate the panel discussion.

WIN is the membership subsidiary of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the science and tech policy advisers to the governor and the Legislature. To join WIN, go to or call Andrea Johnson at 608-442-7557, ext. 27.