MADISON – With the PGA Championship returning to Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits in August, the world’s largest working sports association will team with the state’s life sciences community at the 2010 BIO International Convention in Chicago.

The PGA will have display space Tuesday, May 4 in the Wisconsin pavilion on the floor of the annual BIO convention, and its representatives will take part in several Wisconsin events on and off the convention floor.

The 92nd PGA Championship will be held at Kohler’s Whistling Straits, which Golf Digest has named one of “America’s 100 Greatest Courses.” The 86th PGA Championship, won by Vijay Singh, was also held at Whistling Straits in 2004.

“It’s an opportunity to show another side of Wisconsin to the world – and to make the connection between the recreational and cultural assets of Wisconsin and its thriving tech-based economy,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council.

The Tech Council is managing the Wisconsin pavilion in partnership with Forward Wisconsin and others. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is working with the PGA as it prepares for the Aug 9-15 championship.

Among those who will represent the PGA Championship at BIO are Joe Steranka, CEO of the PGA of America; Barry Deach, the championship director; Steve Crowley, the event’s corporate hospitality sales manager; and Cindy O’Gorman of Kohler’s American Club.

Up to 20,000 people from most of the 50 states and 40 countries will attend BIO. The convention, the world’s largest for the biotech sector, was last held in Chicago in 2006. Wisconsin’s 600-square-foot pavilion is adjacent to the Minnesota pavilion. Several networking events will match companies and individuals from Wisconsin with counterparts in Minnesota, Illinois and the province of Manitoba.

To learn more, visit or contact Jodi Hoeser, national conference director for the Tech Council, at 608-442-7557 ext. 26., or