The annual Defining Markets conference focuses on major events shaping the economy, business, and markets, with the goal of helping attendees better position their portfolios and businesses.

Defining Markets Conference 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
2:00 pm – 5:15 pm, followed by a networking reception
Miller High Life Theatre (formerly the Milwaukee Theatre)
500 W. Kilbourn Avenue
Registration Fee: $150.00 (All proceeds support Investment Management Certificate Program student scholarships). Discounts available for corporate sponsors.

Join us for stimulating conversations on:

Equity Investing. The road to more consistent alpha, which is especially important in the age of rising passive management and declining fees, may involve using technology in equity analysis and information gathering, developing risk models, and alpha factors by traditional active managers.

Investment Strategy. Is the economy moving to late cycle? Is market volatility on the rise? This may have significant implications on your portfolio.

IoT: Can It Solve the U.S. Productivity Problem? Technology is changing how corporations operate. Will IoT, blockchain, and improving data analytics help drive up productivity and economic growth?

Conference Agenda
Speaker biographies can be found below

2:00-2:40 pm Equity Investing: The Road to More Consistent Alpha
  • Brian Hellmer, Managing Director, Public Equities, State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Bob Bukowski (moderator), Principal & Senior Consultant, Alpha Investment Consulting Group
2:45-3:45 pm Investment Strategy
  • Jeff deGraaf, Chairman, Renaissance Macro Research LLC
  • William Delwiche, Managing Director and Investment Strategist, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Thomas Lee, Managing Partner & Head of Research, Fundstrat Global Advisors
  • Bob Bukowski (moderator), Principal & Senior Consultant, Alpha Investment Consulting Group
4:00-5:15 pm IoT: Can it Solve the U.S. Productivity Problem?
  • David Vasco, Director of Advanced Technology, Rockwell Automation
  • Kathleen Gallagher (moderator), Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Executive-in-Resident, UWM Lubar School of Business
  • Additional speakers to be added in the near future.
5:15 pm Networking Reception


Registration for IMCP Alumni & AAII Members

Speaker Biographies

Jeff deGraaf, CFA, CMT, is founder and Chairman of Renaissance Macro Research, an independent macro-research boutique firm based in New York. Jeff has been one of Wall Street’s most influential macro-based analysts over the last 20-years, consistently ranked by Institutional Investor magazine since 2002, and a member of Institutional Investor’s exclusive Research Hall of Fame.

Prior to founding RenMac, Jeff cut his teeth at Merrill Lynch in the 1990s, then Lehman Brothers for 10 years where he served on the firm’s investment policy committee as a Managing Director. In early 2007, Jeff moved to ISI as an Executive Managing Director, also serving on the firm’s management committee and heading the firm’s investment policy committee.

A member of the NYSSA, MTA, and a CFA and CMT charter-holder, Jeff is often quoted in Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal and found on the financial analyst speaking circuit around the world. An avid skier and aviator, Jeff is known for integrating his historical knowledge and experience with cutting-edge quantitative techniques that cut through the bull and demystify the complexities of the financial world.

William (“Willie”) Delwiche, CMT, CFA, is Managing Director and Investment Strategist at Robert W. Baird. In addition, he is a member of the Investment Policy Committee. Before joining Baird in 1999, he worked at the Committee for Economic Development, a Washington, D.C., pro-business think tank. Since 2004, Willie has also been the co-manager of Baird’s ETF-based ALIGN Tactical Portfolios.

Commentary from Willie on the economy and stock markets has been featured in national, regional and trade media such as BARRON’S and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. He has appeared on Fox Business, the Nightly Business Report, and the MoneyLife show. Willie also regularly shares his perspectives via Twitter (@WillieDelwiche) and other social media outlets.

Willie received a BA in Economics and in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, and an MA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a member of the Market Technicians Association and past member of the American Economics Association. Willie is both a Chartered Market Technician and a CFA charterholder.

Brian Hellmer, CFA, CIPM, is Managing Director of Public Equities at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). He helps drive the ongoing success of the public equities division, ensures compliance with policies and risk management guidelines, and contributes to the overall plan asset allocation and risk exposure decisions.

Formerly, he was the Director of the Hawk Center for Applied Security Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Managing Partner and Director of Research of Northern Capital Management, and an Equity Analyst & Strategist at Bank of America. In these roles, he had experience as an instructor and manager of analysts, as a growth and fixed income fund manager, and as an analyst.

Brian has an MS in Finance, Investments & Banking and a BBA in Finance, Investments & Banking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a CFA charterholder.

Thomas Lee is a Managing Partner and the Head of Research at Fundstrat Global Advisors. He is an accomplished Wall Street strategist with over 25 years of experience in equity research, and has been top ranked by Institutional Investor every year since 1998.

Prior to co-founding Fundstrat, he served most recently as J.P. Morgan’s Chief Equity Strategist from 2007 to 2014, and previously as Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney. His areas of expertise include Market Strategy, Small/Mid-Cap Strategy and Telecom Services.

Mr. Lee received his BSE from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in Finance and Accounting. He is a CFA charterholder and is an active member of NYSSA and the NY Economic Club.

David Vasco is Director of Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation, where he is responsible for applied R&D and Global Product Standards and Regulations. He is charged with developing and managing technology to enable the future generation of Rockwell’s industrial automation products.

David has held leadership positions in development and research groups while at Rockwell. He managed the Distributed Control Research lab, where agent based control systems were first developed and successfully deployed in industrial applications. He managed the Architecture Development group and contributed to the development of the Control Logix Architecture and CIP (Common Industrial Communication Protocol/IEC 61158) which is currently used in over 15 million industrial devices. He led the team that developed the CIP Safety communication protocol (IEC 61784-3) and in 2005 he was recognized as Rockwell Automation’s Engineer of the Year for his contribution.

David is a senior member of the IEEE. He is on the boards of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, the IoT Talent Consortium (Secretary) and the Milwaukee Institute. He is a member of the Wisconsin Technical Council, the US National Committee and serves on Technical Advisory Groups in the US National Committee for industrial control. He serves in leadership positions within the IEC (IEC 65B Secretary, TC65 Advisory Group) and is a member of the IEC Strategic Evaluation Group (SEG7) focused on Smart Manufacturing and Industrie 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things.

David has authored 20 papers, contributed to three books and secured 66 patents.

Moderator Biographies

Bob Bukowski is Principal & Senior Consultant at Alpha Investment Consulting Group. Bob founded Alpha in 1989 and has worked with clients ranging from $1 million to over $1 billion in assets. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years.

Bob regularly conducts on-site due diligence at money management and hedge funds. Additionally, he has conducted on-site due diligence on Frontier Market companies in Africa (Ghana, Kenya and Ivory Coast), Eastern Europe (Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania and the Ukraine), Asia (Bangladesh, Laos and Vietnam), and met staff at the Nepal stock exchange in Kathmandu.

He is a member of the CFA Society of Milwaukee, GMEBC, and WRPPL, and currently serves on several boards, including the Milwaukee County Council Boy Scouts of America Endowment Fund and the UWM Foundation. He is also heavily involved with Make a Difference – Wisconsin, a non-profit organization that provides financial literacy education to high school seniors throughout Wisconsin, where he currently serves on the board and is a former board President. In addition, Bob is a member on the Advisory Council of the Investment Management Certificate Program in the Lubar School of Business at UW-Milwaukee.

Bob graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from UW-Madison.

Kathleen Gallagher is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and an Executive-in-Residence at UWM’s Lubar School of Business She also serves as Executive Director of the Milwaukee Institute, a nonprofit technological center that is redirecting resources to cloud computing. It was founded with funds from Milwaukee private equity firm Mason Wells, Metavante (now FIS), Rockwell Automation, and Johnson Controls.

Previously, Kathleen spent 23 years as a business reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she covered technology, entrepreneurship, and investments. She was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. Earlier, she was a Communications Consultant for The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Kathleen is Executive-in-Residence in Investment Communications for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She has a graduate degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an undergraduate degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Past Events

Defining Markets events have been held since 2011. Our most recent events include:

Main Issues Transforming the Global Economy & Health Care
January 25, 2018

Healthcare Panel

Kathleen Gallagher, (Moderator), Pulitzer Prize winner & Executive-in-Residence, Lubar School of Business
Mike Anderes, (Speaker), Chief Innovation & Digital Officer for Froedtert Health and President of Inception Health
Coreen Dicus-Johnson, (Speaker), President & Chief Executive Officer of Network Health
Catherine Jacobson, (Speaker), President & Chief Executive Officer of Froedtert Health
Brian Pinsker, (Speaker), Healthcare Portfolio Manager/CEO of 11:11 Capital, former head of North American Equities for Proprietary Trading Business of JP Morgan

Investment Strategy Panel
Bob Bukowski, (Moderator), Principal & Senior Consultant, Alpha Investment Consulting Group
Scott Opsal, (Speaker), Director of Equities for Leuthold Weeden Capital Management
Michael Roth, (Speaker), Founding Principal of Stark Investments

Technical Analysis and the VIX as a Market Indicator, November 9, 2016
Philip J. Roth, CMT, Market Technicians Association Educational Foundation
Russell Rhoads, CFA, Director of Education, CBOE Options Institute
Kevin Spellman, CFA, David O. Nicholas Director of Investment Management (Moderator)

Investment Strategy and the Next Boom, October 28, 2015
Dennis DeBusschere, Senior Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy, Evercore ISI
Doug Ramsey, Chief Investment Officer, The Leuthold Group
Jack Plunkett, CEO, Plunkett Research, Ltd.
Joseph Veranth, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Dana Investment Advisors (Moderator)

Investment Strategy, Geopolitics & Strategic Surprise, February 24, 2015
Tobias Levkovich, Managing Director and Chief U.S. Strategist, Citigroup
Francois Trahan, Partner and Investment Strategist, Cornerstone Macro
Dr. Milo Jones, Visiting Professor, IE Business School in Madrid
Joseph Veranth, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Dana Investment Advisors (moderator)

Business Outlook and M&A Capital Use Trends, September 24, 2014
Ted Crandall, Senior Vice President & CFO, Rockwell Automation
Christopher Goller, Regional President, PNC Bank
Ron Miller, Managing Director, Cleary Gull
David Westgate, CEO, Jason Industries

For More Information

Dr. G. Kevin Spellman, CFA
Senior Lecturer, Finance
Director, Investment Management Certificate Program
Lubar Hall S442
(608) 334-2110