Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner

“Being at the Annual Dinner reinforces why I am so proud to live in Madison,” tweeted Michele Wingate, director of customer experience at American Family.



64th Annual Dinner – SOLD OUT!

Date: Sept. 28, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
                      One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Parking: The Monona Terrace Parking Ramp will be open as well as surrounding city lots.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Event Program

2016 Annual Dinner Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


Platinum Sponsors:



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Gold Sponsors:

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WPS Health Solutions

 Silver Sponsors:

First Weber Group
Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
M3 Insurance
The QTI Group
Tilt Media, Inc.
UnityPoint Health – Meriter


Welcome Reception Sponsor:

Madison-Kipp Corporation

Registration Sponsor:

Physicians Plus

Entertainment Sponsor:

Neider & Boucher

 Dessert Sponsor:

Baker Tilly

Bronze Sponsors:

Associated Bank
Boardman & Clark
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Exact Sciences
Fiskars Brands, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc
J.P. Cullen
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
Wegner CPAs

Support Level Sponsors:

Krupp General Contractors
SprintPrint, Inc.

Small Business Sponsors:

Aberdean Consulting LLC
Omni Resources
The Creative Company

We would be excited to share more details and walk you through a variety of ways to gain high-level, quality exposure for your company. Contact Amy Golackson today at 608-443-1944. 

Past Annual Dinner Presentations


63rd Annual Dinner: “A Puzzle is a Challenge Waiting to Be Solved”
Date: September 30th, 2015
Keynote: Richard V. Reeves

62nd Annual Dinner: Future Perfect
Date: September 18th, 2014
Keynote: Steven Johnson

61st Annual Dinner “Innovation has a Location”
Date: September 12th, 2013
Keynote: Debra Kaye

60th Annual Dinner “Reveal”
Date: October 11, 2012

Keynote Address:  Daniel Burrus | Founder and CEO, Burrus Research Associates

59th Annual Dinner “Exposed”
Date:  October 11, 2011

Starring:  Vita Plus, Madison Investment Advisors, JP Hair Design, Kelly Moss Motor Sports, Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier
Entertainment provided by:  UW Marching Band
MC:  Rebecca Ryan | President, Next Generation Consulting

58th Annual Dinner “Why And How Even the Most Intelligent Cities Are Developing 20/20 Foresight”
Date: October 7, 2010

Keynote Address: Dr. Colin Harrison | Director of IBM’s Corporate Strategy Team, Creator of the “Smart Cities” initiative at the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, Switzerland

57th Annual Dinner
Date: October, 2009

Keynote Address: Thomas Jacob “Jake” Leinenkugel | President, Leinenkugel Brewing Company

56th Annual Dinner  “A Place Called Wisconsin”
Date: September 16, 2008

Keynote Address: John and Tashia Morgridge | John is Chairman of Emeritus of Cisco Systems.  Tashia is retired teacher and author.

55th Annual Dinner  “Trust in Brands and Business”
Date: October 25, 2007

Keynote Address: Robert A. Eckert | Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Mattel, Inc.

2016 Speaker

John Burke, President, Trek Bicycle Corp.
jb_twitter_400x400 smallForty years after it was founded in a red barn in Waterloo, Wis., Trek Bicycle has grown into a global brand that generates $1 billion in annual sales. Under John Burke’s leadership, Trek now employs 1,800 people and sells its products through 5,000 retail locations in more than 90 countries. John helped spearhead the formation of Trek’s public bike-sharing system Bcycle, which now operates in 29 U.S. cities and Santiago, Chile. Trek also invests in the DreamBikes program, which provides teens in disadvantaged neighborhoods with hands-on, paid job training refurbishing donated bicycles and recycling them back into the community.

In addition to working at Trek since 1984 and serving as its president since 1997, John served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is a founding member of People for Bikes. John is an avid cyclist, runner and a published author. His latest book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America, was released in June 2016.



Ticket Cost:

Member Individual Ticket: $125.00
Member Table Price: $1,250  (Table of Ten)

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $150.00
Non-Member Table Price: $1,500 (Table of Ten)


Chicken Dinner
Vegetarian Dinner

*Please note any gluten and allergy preferences

What Others Have Said

  • Kudos to the Chamber and the Small Business Advisory Council for the creation of the Road Construction Survival Guide. It connects the affected businesses with the city departments and the construction company in charge. The regular meetings and contact with the correct people makes a huge difference in coping.

    Teena Browder, Cork ‘n Bottle
  • My small business has a voice in local politics with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, I have a voice here. We’re all business people and we look at the bottom line. The return on investment from my Chamber membership and the advocacy it provides is far above what I get from other organizations.

    Tim Lightner, Owner, Two Men and a Truck
  • The Chamber has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of the local business community, and to create and preserve the conditions that allow businesses to thrive, for the good of the entire community. I can think of no organization that is better equipped to guide us through this time than the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and we all owe it our full support, to our mutual benefit.

    David Stark, President, Stark Company Realtors
  • The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent resource for my small business. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness, networking opportunities and helpful educational programs. Being a member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand my business visibility, growth and development in Dane County.

    John Vardallas, CAE, Founder/CEO, The American BoomeR Consulting Group