New North Summit captures the speed of change

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 :: Networking , New North
Sean P. Johnson
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

MORE THAN 700 ATTENDEES packed the KI Convention Center in Green Bay for the New North Summit, which featured an appearance by Gov. Scott Walker and a top Foxconn representative and centered on the theme “The Speed of Change.”

0118_New_North_Summit_2Alan Yeung, director of U.S. strategic initiatives for Foxconn, told the audience the company plans to return to the region in early 2018 and will further explore supply chain opportunities. New North Inc. is promoting the statewide Supply Chain Marketplace as a tool for companies to make their supply chain capabilities known to the electronics manufacturing giant.

The day included ED talks from Mike Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods; Kate Burgess, CEO and founder of Elevate97; and Ben Salzmann, CEO of Acuity Insurance. Haddad urged the audience to stand for something and reminded them money isn’t what motivates employees. Burgess echoed some of Haddad’s sentiments.

“Millennials want more than just a paycheck,” she said. “They want to connect with a company that has a purpose. Show it, and it will help retain.”

Salzmann said Acuity works tirelessly at recruiting the future and engages in outreach at every opportunity.

As for its company culture, “the goal is to infuse excitement and enthusiasm; make it contagious,” Salzmann said.

New North Inc. presented Workplace Excellence Awards to Expera Specialty Solutions, American Transition Co. and Werner Electric Supply.

New North Executive Director Jerry Murphy updated attendees on initiatives, including the latest stats on its recruitment video, which has garnered around 23,000 views in 46 states, with one in eight of those happening in Illinois.

“This tells us that the market for talent is interested in the place we all call home,” Murphy said.

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