Celebrating a series of firsts!

Our first ambassadors

Advancing AI Wisconsin welcomes its first ambassadors, Paul Linzmeyer and Bruce Valk.

Paul (above) is a Green Bay business leader who has served on multiple boards. Paul had been leading companies in San Francisco, Chicago and Denver, when, in 1994, he became president of a Green Bay company. He is a founding member of the National Climate Change and Health Council and a former US delegate to the OECD’s Sustainable Manufacturing Committee. He is past Chair of the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment, and the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.

Bruce Valk (above) is an accomplished business executive and thought leader who has served as a past president and CIO of Silver Star Brands of Oshkosh. Bruce has held a variety of executive and CIO roles and received his BS in Business Administration at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Our Ambassador Circle is a group of key influencers in the State of Wisconsin who will help us spread the word about our mission and approach. We are honored to have Paul’s and Bruce’s enthusiastic support! If you are interested in joining our Ambassador Circle, please contact us at info@advancingaiwisconsin.com.

Volunteer for our Ambassador Circle

First regional team meetings

Our AAIW community has always prospered when we had a chance to meet and connect in person. We are bringing this tradition back to life in our new regional approach. Please note the following dates and times for the kick-off meetings.

Save these dates:
Madison, 3/21, 12:00-1:30, location TBD
Green Bay/Fox Valley, 3/25, 3:30-5:00, location TBD
Milwaukee, 3/27, 3:30-5:00, location TBD

If you have not yet received an invitation and are interested in attending any of these sessions, please contact Oliver Buechse at

Our first educational event

On February 28th, Camera Corner Connecting Point (CCCP), a Green Bay based diversified technology provider, hosted the class “Understanding AI Like Never Before,” featuring AAIW Executive Director Oliver Buechse as speaker.

The CCCP leadership team recognized the educational needs for their own staff as well as the increasing requests from clients. They committed to this event as a pilot.

The two hour workshop was attended by CCCP leaders, including CEO Rick Chernick and sales staff as well as current and prospective clients who heard about the class.

Representatives from one of Wisconsin’s top employers, who also attended the class, immediately indicated a desire to start a partnership with AAIW to support their ongoing employee education efforts on the impact of new technologies. We hope to be able to share more about this new venture in our next newsletter.

Next Class
CCCP will hold the second class in the series on April 11th from 7:30-10:00 am on “A New Reality – Exploring Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Technologies.” If you would like to attend this class, contact Alease.Kuntz@cccp.com

Future Classes
If you are interested in attending future classes or would like to bring an educational event to your company or group of business leaders, please contact Oliver Buechse at oliver@mystrategysource.com for more information on AAIW partnership and support models.

Download Flyer for April 11 Class “A New Reality”

Our first Central Wisconsin presentation

On March 19th we will have our first opportunity to connect with business leaders in Central Wisconsin. As part of the Innovate and Automate Conference, AAIW will offer two breakout sessions.

It is our goal to expand the reach of Advancing AI Wisconsin to the entire State over the course of 2019 and we are excited to take a first step into that direction.

George Gesior

We are mourning the passing of our colleague and friend, George Gesior, (dates), co­leader of our AAIW Health Team.

Last Monday George told me that he was skiing in the Birkie on Saturday. He explained how he had qualified for Wave 1 because he had such a good race four years ago. I was impressed with his enthusiasm for cross country skiing, which he shared with his family.

I recently moved to Milwaukee from Washington State to be close to family, and now have two grandchildren. When I met George he made me feel like family. He became my go to guy for understanding technology and shared his thoughts on AI & cloud computing.

I will miss George’s positive attitude, his willingness to help me, and his friendship. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.
­- Bruce Korus

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