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Session B

Growth in a Recessionary Environment

Presented By: Associated Bank / Rose deJong

Building a successful company means understanding how to navigate the upswings and downturns in the economy, as well as loosening and tightening of credit, access to capital, and learning how to be creative. Hear from three business owners and two M&A advisors as they explore ways to keep growing during any type of economy.  


Jeffrey Schaefer
SVP, Commercial Banking
Associated Bank




Jim Banovich
Marsh Electronics

Jim became a shareholder of Marsh Electronics in December of 1998. Jim has served as CEO and President since 2019 when he and Steve became the primary shareholders of Marsh. Marsh was founded in 1935.

Today, Jim is focused on Marsh’s growth, continued enhancement of Marsh’s value proposition, and gearing up the company for its next generation of business. Marsh is a proud North Central Regional Distributor of Electronic and Electromechanical Components Solutions with light manufacturing capabilities of these products within Marsh’s MarVac Assemblies Division.

Eli Bliffert
Bliffert Lumber



Robert deJong
Managing Partner
Rose & deJong

Rob is the managing partner of Rose & deJong. His principal areas of practice are Mergers & Acquisitions, Business & Corporate Law, and Commercial Real Estate.

Rob graduated from Calvin College in 1983 with a B.A. in philosophy and from the State University of New York with a law degree in 1986. Rob practiced at larger Milwaukee firms until 1993 when he helped form Rose and deJong. Rob represents small to mid-market companies in a variety of areas and uses his strong business background to structure complex transactions and successfully resolve high stakes negotiations.

While Rob learned much from his large firm experience, his clients appreciate his ability to provide strong corporate law skills in an efficient cost structure that a specialty firm allows. With a great team of partners, associates and legal assistants, Rob has a reputation as the “go-to-guy” from his clients when they want a quick turnaround at a fair price. Rob assists his clients in all phases of company existence from early-stage acquisitions to sale transactions. But Rob is more than a document producer and his clients rely on his ability to analyze the complex issues and help develop strategic, practical solutions.


Milton Kuyers
CEO, Faustel, Inc.
CEO, Kuyers LLC

Milt Kuyers brings a background of experience as an entrepreneur and manager of a number of successful business turnarounds in his work life. He has been an active financial partner in over 65 acquisitions and sales of the companies he has had an active part in growing. His business holdings are located on 3 continents.

Conference Location

758 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Tel: (414) 273-5080