MILWAUKEE – Industry experts will offer insights on the future of military contracting opportunities at the seventh annual “Resource Rendezvous” in Milwaukee. 

The one-day conference is aimed at helping companies learn how to increase their chance of receiving federal grant dollars or research agreements. Produced by the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council, the event will be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Union Ballroom on the UW-Milwaukee campus. 

Early-bird registration is $99 through Sept. 6 and $119 thereafter. A student rate of $50 is available for undergraduates. All may register by clicking here or visiting

The luncheon panel, featuring Richard Deschauer of DRS Power & Control Technologies and Alan Perlstein of the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium, will address the hurdles faced by companies seeking military contracts and the outlook for available funding in the near future. 

Richard Deschauer is the senior director of contracts and compliance for DRS Power & Control Technologies, managing pre and post-award contract activities for three facilities. He received his master’s of science degree in acquisition and contract management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. 

Aside from numerous sea tours while in the Navy, Deschauer served as the deputy director for special acquisitions with the Defense Fuel Supply Center at the Defense Logistics Agency in Alexandria, Va. He was the contracting officer for the Department of Defense’s worldwide strategic fuel storage, where he negotiated government-to-government agreements for fuel storage in the Middle East and Africa. He also served as the director of contracts at the Fleet and Industrial Supply Center in Oakland, Calif., providing contract support for all Navy activities and ships on the West Coast and in Pacific fleet. Deschauer was the deputy director for contract management at the Naval Supply Systems Command, responsible for contract policy and resource management of the Navy’s Field Contracting System. For his final tour in the Navy, he was the director of business operations for the Defense Contract Management Agency’s in-plant office at Boeing Aircraft and Missile Systems. He was the senior on-site government contracting official for the facility. 

Alan Perlstein is the executive director and CEO of WERC. He was also a founder and the first chairman of the organization. Perlstein draws upon 35 years of experience in ship building, power electronics, design development and program management for navy nuclear, ship controls, propulsion and power distribution technology programs. He has a successful track record of deployment of new technologies and building effective public-private partnerships. 

Early stage companies can apply to present their research and product development ideas to science and technology directors during the conference. Selected companies will have only four minutes and up to four PowerPoint slides to share information. 

Companies pay no fee to apply or to present. However, companies must first register to attend the conference in order to be considered for a presentation slot. Applications must follow the four-slide PowerPoint template found here and are due to by 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. 

Companies selected for the Quad Pitch Presentations will be invited to attend a pre-conference practice session on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at the WSRC office in Madison. 

To register and learn more about the Resource Rendezvous visit For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Joy Sawatzki at 608-442-7557.