Senator Johnson, Lt. Governor Kleefisch Headline Global Trade Conference at Blue Harbor




CLEVELAND – U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and FBI Special Agent Byron Franz will headline the Wisconsin Global Trade Conference on August 12 at Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan. The day-long event provides local companies with networking opportunities and relevant information on global business trends.

"The Wisconsin Global Trade Conference is the annual kickoff for the Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange," says Lakeshore Technical College Global Education Coordinator Tandra Sbrocco. "By partnering with education, government and economic development organizations and sponsorship from local business, we're able to provide a terrific conference at an affordable rate."

Senator Ron Johnson is a citizen legislator ready to work with anyone who is willing to address the realities of America's spending, federal debt, and economy. His manufacturing background has taught him to attack the root cause of a problem, not mere symptoms. He believes huge deficits, slow economic activity, high unemployment and inadequate job creation are severe symptoms.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is a former small business owner and news reporter who is widely credited with coining the phrase "Wisconsin is Open for Business". She serves as an economic development liaison and advocate for small business owners and chairs the newly-created Committee on Minority Unemployment.

Byron Franz is a Special Agent of the FBI and has worked national security investigations for over 16 years. He currently serves as the Strategic Partnership Coordinator for the Milwaukee Division, where he forms partnerships with business and education to better protect intellectual property and trade secrets.

In addition to these keynote speakers, there will be experts from across the country to specifically address issues pertaining to export/import compliance, customs in Canada, security in Mexico, global communication, insurance, international pricing strategies, and transportation.

Sponsors for the conference include Johnsonville, Kohler Company, Rockline Industries, BDG Consulting, Hancock International and the Dairy Farmers of America.

The Lakeshore International Networking and Knowledge exchange (LINKe) is a business consortium with the mission to enable the exchange of global business knowledge through networking and education. LINKe offers seminars, workshops and networking events from September to May each year for professionals involved with imports and exports. LINKe partners with education, government and business organizations to provide relevant and timely global business information to small and mid-size manufacturers and service providers in Calumet, Sheboygan and Manitowoc counties. For more information, email

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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