MILWAUKEE – Two speakers who have launched their own companies and helped many others grow will be among the featured speakers at the seventh annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, to be held June 9-10 in Milwaukee.

Greg Meier, who is a part of three Milwaukee-based companies, and John Roach, who leads a national film and production company based in Madison, will speak on Tuesday, June 9, the opening day of the conference. Meier will speak during breakfast and Roach over lunch.

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Roach earned a handful of Emmys, a national CableAce award and an Iris award – all before he started his own company. Roach and Mary Sweeney co-wrote the screenplay for the award-winning David Lynch film, “The Straight Story.” He has spent the last 20 years helping C-level executives create effective business communications. John Roach Projects ( is a film and video production company that focuses on communicating corporate vision, increasing sales, recruiting the right employees, raising contributions or venture capital, advertising and using the Internet to build brand awareness. His clients include Coca-Cola, Johnson Controls, Miller Brewing, Kraft Foods and the Green Bay Packers. He will speak on “Marketing in the Digital Age.”

Meier is the executive vice president of PhysioGenix and is the CEO of Lansare Corp., an on-demand reporting and analytics solution for annuity, life insurance and bank-owned life insurance. Meier also currently serves on the steering committee for BizStarts Milwaukee, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs launch their businesses. Meier was a partner with the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where he was a founding member of the firm’s Venture Best Practice Group, which focuses on early-stage technology companies. A co-founder of, Meier is a former president of the Wisconsin Innovation Network. Meier will speak on “Living the Dream.”

“Greg Meier and John Roach will help set the tone for the conference, which is built around the themes of refining the dream, building the team and making the green,” said Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the event with the help of a Milwaukee-based steering committee. “Between them, they have done all three – and helped others to accomplish the same in their own entrepreneurial journeys.”

Previously announced speakers were: Robert Stephens, who launched “The Geek Squad” in 1994 with $200, a peculiar but identifiable brand and a commitment to service; and sixth annual “Seize the Day” winner Toni Sikes, an entrepreneur who built the nation’s largest online arts retailer from a warehouse on Madison’s near East Side. Other conference highlights include:

n  Workshops built around the themes of Refining the Dream, Building the Team and Making the Green;

n  Presentations by the top 12 finalists in the sixth annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest;

n  Exclusive forums for investors in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest;

n  “Entrepreneurs’ Edge”pitches to investors and peers;

n  Hands-on panel discussions.

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