The Speaker Crawl

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM The Lincoln Warehouse MapMap
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This event is part of Milwaukee Startup Week, an entrepreneur-led event that brings entrepreneurs, investors, local leaders and startup enthusiasts together to build momentum and celebrate Southeast Wisconsin’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Over 20 events hosted by 20+ community partners will take place during the inaugural Milwaukee Startup Week, November 1st-6th at various locations around Southeast Wisconsin! Learn more here!

NEWaukee’s Speaker Crawl is an interactive professional development program that simultaneously features numerous speakers and a cultural institution to a young professional audience. The participants never sit during the presentations as they traverse the program exhibitions to hear from the diverse lineup of speakers. The Speaker Crawl is social in nature while it also imparts a wide array of information about the important issues facing our city as well as tips for personal and professional growth. Please note that this Speaker Crawl is being hosted in an active warehouse, and that some of the areas may have limited accessibility.


6PM – Doors Open – Cash Bar & Appetizers!
6:30PM – Opening Keynote with Giacomo & Nick Fallucca of Palermo’s Pizza
7PM – First Speaker Session
7:20PM – Second Speaker Session
7:40PM – Third Speaker Session
8PM – Closing Keynote

Speaker Lineup:
Abby Taubner:
Director of g-Beta Milwaukee
Anja Notanja Sieger & Freesia McKee: Street Poets, Radio Hosts, Collaborators
Ashley Town:
Owner of Bay View Printing
Chris Coyier:
Founder of Code Pen
Ellen Homb: CEO of Story 2
Elmer Moore: CEO of Milwaukee Denim Company
Giacomo & Nick Fallucca: CEO and President of Palermo’s Pizza & Vice President of Marketing and R&D of Palermo’s Pizza
James Davies: Operations Director & General Counsel at Bublr Bikes
Jessica Bell: Founder, Inventor, & Chief Wine Drinker at HaloVino
John Graham: Founding Partner of The Crafter Space, Milwaukee’s Brewery Incubator
Maanaan Sabir: Owner of the Juice Kitchen
Randall Lambrecht: Senior VP of Research at Aurora Health Care
Shawn Gulyas: Vice President of HR at La Macchia Enterprises
Sharon Adams: Founder of Walnut Way
Tim Keane: Director of Golden Angel Investors

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Thank you to our sponsors!


Abby Taubner – Director of gBeta Milwaukee

“The Ripple Effects of Creating a Place Where Startups Can Thrive”

Abby TaubnerAbby has been working for gener8tor for a little over three years. She started as an associate for a year while she was still earning her BBA at UW-Madison in Marketing. Then after graduating, she came on full time as the program manager of the nationally-ranked accelerator program. Abby held that position for two years, then became the director of gBETA Milwaukee for gener8tor. gBETA is a six-week pre-seed accelerator for companies with a connection to a Wisconsin college or university. Abby hopes to parlay her accelerator experience into managing a fund.

Abby has lived in Wisconsin her whole life, and looks forward to helping build a more robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Milwaukee. She lives downtown and when she’s not working at Ward4, can usually be found walking down Brady Street, out for dinner or drinks with friends, or lounging at Jazz in the Park. Abby also has a love for theatre and dance, and is known to turn everything into a song. Her three younger sisters hate it.

Anja Seiger & Freesia McKee

Creative Collaboration & Self-Determination”

anja-and-freesiaAnja Notanja Sieger (BFA Kansas City Art Institute) and Freesia McKee (BA Warren Wilson College) are a collaborative literary performance art duo who seek liberation of the human spirit through rigorous exploration of the preposterous banality of their immediate surroundings. Every Wednesday morning from 7-9 am, they co-host a live two-hour improv poetry radio show, “The Subtle Forces” on WXRW 104.1 FM that does just this. Together, they have presented their work at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival’s Advice Tent, the Pfister Hotel’s Clackathon, numerous CultureJam exhibitions, and have been published in Gritty Silk. You can frequently spot them on the sidewalk around town typing on typewriters for clients requesting letters from their pets.

Ashley Town – Owner of Bay View Printing

15th Century Technology to 21st Century Business

Ashley TownAshley Town is the owner, creative director and boss lady of Bay View Printing Co. She has a BFA in Communication Design from MIAD and a MFA in Writing and Printmaking from SAIC. Ashley has spent the past 2 years transforming the nearly 100-year-old letterpress print shop into a community space where folks with all levels of experience learn how to letterpress print. Bay View Printing Co. is home to 300+ different lead and wood typefaces, a community gallery space, a membership program and a range of educational and social workshops.

Most days, Ashley feels she is living the dream. Running a creative community space allows her to meet the most wonderful, smart, connected, inspiring and thoughtful people nearly every day. And they spend their time making stuff together! Minds are inspired, hands are inky and the magic that happens after that, well, it melts hearts. People are making stuff and doing things at Bay View Printing Co. and Ashley is just stoked to be a part of it. In her role as teacher, Ashley cherishes sharing that “ah-ha” moment when a printer pulls their first print. Bay View Printing Co is a treasure trove and Ashley is grateful she gets to share it with new best friends everyday.

Chris Coyier – Founder of CodePen

“The Power of Sharing & Feedback”

Chris Coyier

Chris is a web designer and developer. He created CSS-Tricks, a website all about building websites. Going strong for nearly 10 years, it’s a community with a blog, forum, almanac, and video screencast.

He is also the co-founder of CodePen, a playground for front-end web development. CodePen is a code editor for HTML, CSS, and JavaScript right in the browser. It’s also a community. People share what they make, write and comment about code, collect favorites, follow each other, and more. It’s a social network for front end designers and developers.

Chris is the co-host of a podcast called ShopTalk, a show about (you guessed it), building websites. Modelled after CarTalk, the show features call-in questions and industry guests. It’s going on 230 episodes!

Chris has also spoken at events all over the world and authored two books: Pratical SVG and Digging Into WordPress. The web is Chris’ life and career focus. The web is an incredible, inspiring, and empowering place and helping people know it better is good for everyone.


Elmer Moore – Milwaukee Denim & Scale Up Milwaukee

All that really matters, or three things.”


Elmer Moore Jr. believes in people, places and things. A transplant to the Midwest, Elmer tells the story of his life in names and places, Nicole, Baltimore, Maine, Elmer Sr. When he’s not working on Milwaukee Denim Co., Elmer is the Executive Director of Scale Up Milwaukee, a Greater Milwaukee Initiative and an entrepreneurship instructor at Marquette University. He came to Milwaukee from New York City to take a role as Director of Business Development for Allen Edmonds Corporation, a retailer of men’s footwear. He is also a former professional modern dancer. But that’s another story altogether. He earned a B.A. from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and M.B.A. from Columbia Business School in New York City.


Giacomo and Nick Fallucca

are second and third generation leaders of Palermo’s Pizza – Milwaukee’s hometown frozen Pizza manufacturer. The family-owned company’s roots go back more than 50 years, starting with Gaspare and Zina Fallucca, who immigrated from Sicily with a suitcase full of cherished family recipes.
Today, Palermo’s is one of the top four frozen Pizza manufacturers in the U.S. and is a leader in innovation in the Pizza category. Known for its flagship Palermo’s Pizza brand, it most recently launched the Sasquatch, Urban Pie and Screamin’ Sicilian brands – with Screamin’ Sicilian recognized as the most successful new brand launch in the category in years. Both Giacomo and Nick are committed to sharing their family’s blessings by giving back to the community through robust sponsorship and stewardship programs. The company sponsors the Milwaukee Bucks, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Admirals and other local organizations, while Palermo’s stewardship activities focus on alleviating hunger and assisting inner city youth. Palermo’s additionally cares for the community through donations of Pizza to food banks and non-profit groups; this year it expects to donate more than a million Pizza to deserving organizations.

Giacomo Fallucca – Palermo’s Pizza President & CEO

“Generation Innovation: MKE Made & Winning with Pizza”

giacomoPalermo’s Pizza was founding in 1964 when Giacomo’s father and mother opened a bakery in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, which evolved into an award-winning restaurant before expanding into a nationally recognized manufacturing company. Giacomo took over the leadership of Palermo’s from his father – the one and only “Papa Palermo” – after literally growing up in the business.
Giacomo believes in surrounding himself with great people and is fond of saying that Palermo’s is as much in the people business as in the Pizza business. One of Giacomo’s greatest sources of satisfaction is mentoring and inspiring the next generation of leaders. He shares his passion for Pizza with Palermo’s 700+ employees – or Pizzaiolos, as they are affectionately known – who work in the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and 16th-century Tuscan Villa-inspired office in Milwaukee’s revitalized Menomonee Valley.

Nick Fallucca – Palermo’s Pizza VP of Marketing and R&D

fallucaAs Vice President of Marketing and R&D, Nick is responsible for ensuring that Palermo’s Family of Brands continues to provide innovative products that meet the changing demands of the marketplace. He believes in focusing on health, wellness and sustainability as keys to fulfilling Palermo’s mission to Deliver a Great Pizza Experience. From ideation to commercialization, Nick and his team provide inventive solutions for both our branded products and private label customers.

His passion for Pizza and people is without a doubt a tribute to his grandparents, whose spirit continues to guide the business they founded 50 years ago. A graduate of UW-Milwaukee, Nick is proud to be part of the third generation of Falluccas involved in the family business.

James Davies – Operations Director & General Counsel at Bublr Bikes

“More Than Just Money”

James Davies

James Davies is the Operations Director & General Counsel at Bublr Bikes. He practiced environmental law in Florida before moving back to Wisconsin. James discovered his passion for bicycles while earning his B.S. in Genetics at UW Madison. Before coming to Bublr he worked Ride Support for Wheel & Sprocket. He hopes to use his role at Bublr to enhance bike-culture in Milwaukee and throughout the Midwest.

Jessica Bell – Founder, Inventor, & Chief Wine Drinker at HaloVino

“Crowdfunding, 3D Printing & Social Media: Now YOU Can Compete with the Big Guys”


Jessica Bell feels most comfortable with a glass of wine in hand. Having taught thousands of wine aficionados and professionals while traveling to hundreds of wine regions over the last decade, Jessica could often be found in her comfort zone. In recent years, however, she began to feel a bit awkward at non-glass venues, like stadiums and concerts, where wine was becoming increasingly available, but with no wine glass?!? <<Gasp>> The horror.

A relentless closet inventor, Jessica set out to invent one. One kid, two years and six 3D prototypes later, Jessica successfully manufactured patent-pending HaloVino™. Made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign, HaloVino™ is the world’s first shatterproof, stackable, stemless wine glass. As of summer 2016, Jessica has once again regained her mojo, with shatterproof HaloVino™ in hand, at MLB ballparks, major festivals and backyard shindigs.

Jessica admits her professional trajectory post-NYC-investment-banking days has been a thinly veiled attempt to justify and legitimize her expensive habits of drinking fine wine, seeking out superlative food and traveling the world. Upon leaving Goldman Sachs, she worked at a winery in Spain, then as a sommelier in New York City and, finally, as wine school owner in Milwaukee and Chicago. An internationally respected wine educator, Jessica served as France’s Armagnac Ambassador, USAID’s wine education liaison to the Republic of Georgia and Napa Valley Vintner’s scholarship recipient. All tallied, the amount of wine Jessica consumed to achieve her lengthy list of wine awards and credentials could probably fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.  Her liver is still functioning, thanks, in part, to her freakishly impressive expectorating skills.

Jessica can be found on radio and TV as a regular wine contributor, and host of Emmy-nominated food show, Wisconsin Foodie.  Mom to two young (adorably fun) children and startup founder, Jessica currently has no hobbies or other interests… and is loving every second of it!


John Graham – Founding Partner of The Crafter Space

Incubating Breweries”

John GrahamJohn Graham is a founding partner of The Crafter Space, Milwaukee’s brewery incubator. In this role, he leads the Barley to Barrel program and is working to build out a complete brewing facility called The Crafter Space. This facility will incubate small, start-up breweries by assisting aspiring brewery owners in legal, marketing, and technical brewing matters. John is one of three founding partners of The Crafter Space and serves as the company’s local leader and head of operations.


Maanaan Sabir – Owner of Juice Kitchen

“Building Up a Community and a Business”

Maanaan SabirMaanaan Sabir is a revolutionary of wellness and community. His life’s work has been dedicated to being of service and supporting the growth of Milwaukee which nurtured his early development. Currently, Maanaan Sabir is the Co-Master mind behind The Juice Kitchen a thriving new Juice Bar located at 1617 W North Avenue in the Lindsey Heights section of Milwaukee. Most recently Maanaan and his family were featured on the front page of The New York Times as they reported to explain the current challenges and possibilities within Milwaukee. Maanaanworks daily as a connector of people across all communities to spread love and connect us all as humans. Having travelled to many sections of the world, including Africa, Central America, and Europe (9 times), connecting is central to his revolution. Often times asking to see “where is the hood ” within those travels. What’s Next for Maanaan Sabir? Nothing short of a wellness revolution. Determined to lead people to the light and kick down the doors unconscious eating, believing that conscious eating can change everything in a persons life. The power of social connections in community all centered around health guide his pathway forward. Maanaan is currently advancing his education through his study of eastern medicine and his wellness education to become an acupuncture and a Naturopathic Doctor. Currently Maanaan holds a degree from UW Milwaukee in community education. One of his longterm goals is to open full service triage centers on 3 continents. Who is he really? He is loud and engaging ! When you see him he will either hug you are ask you to do a few push ups with him. The bonus dad of two beautiful children, Ameera and Taj, is the kind of friend everyone wants and needs. A truly fun loving compassionate soul wrapped in black skin for everyones wellness. Maanaan’s two favorite quotes: “its more than juice” and “Love for All, Hatred for None”

Tim Keane – Director of Golden Angels Investors

“Next Generation of Investors”

time keaneTim Keane has spent the last 30 years in startup and growth company environments, first as the founder and CEO of a successful software company, RTMS, Inc. and, since 2002, as director of Golden Angels Investors. From 2001 until 2014 he taught two MBA classes in entrepreneurship and managed University technology transfer contract negotiation activities at Marquette University. He is a board director of four portfolio companies, as well as First Business Bank and private-equity backed Nationwide Learning of Kansas City. He was a founding director of the Angel Capital Association and is the Chair of the Wisconsin Angel Network, a state based trade association. His blog is at

Randall Lambrecht – Senior VP of Research

“Fantastic Voyage” – Next Generation Medicine

randallDr. Lambrecht is Sr Vice President for Research at Aurora Health Care, Inc. and President of Aurora Research Institute where he’s had responsibility of all research at Wisconsin’s largest integrated health care system since 2009.

As professor emeritus and former dean of Health Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, Randy’s spent over 30 years as a researcher and professor in microbiology and immunology where he secured numerous research grants, developed several diagnostic tests, and authored over 60 publications.  He holds certification with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and founded the Journal for Patient-Centered Research & Reviews.

He’s serves on numerous community and scientific Boards including the Wisconsin Technology Council and is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for International Health.   Randy grew up in northcentral Wisconsin, but has lived the last 28 yrs in Milwaukee and is passionate about fostering collaborations that make Milwaukee an epicenter for advancing health research.

Sharon Adams – Founder of Walnut Way


sharon adams

After 30 years in New York, Sharon Adams moved back to Milwaukee in 1997 to find the once-vibrant Lindsay Heights neighborhood where she grew up lined with boarded-up houses and trash-filled lots. Gangs, prostitution and drugs on the streets spurred her to create a community revitalization plan.

Three years later, she organized her neighbors to form the Walnut Way Conservation Corp., a grassroots association committed to sustaining a diverse and neighborly community through civic engagement, economic development and environmental stewardship.

The organization’s headquarters are a good reflection of the transformation Lindsay Heights has undergone since Adams began her efforts. Once an infamous drug den slated for demolition, the 100-year-old house was carefully restored by a local team organized by Adams and today is a bright, well-maintained building that serves as the community’s nerve center.

Gunfire, drug trafficking and prostitution have been replaced by small businesses, community gardens and fruit orchards, and restored and new homes. Restorations of an additional 54 houses are planned.

Shawn Gulyas – Vice President of Human Resources at La Macchia Enterprises

“What’s Your Unique Ability?”

shawn-gulyasShawn is the Vice President of Human Resources at La Macchia Enterprises (LME), the parent company of The Mark Travel Corporation and Trisept Solutions.  He has worked with LME for over 20 years and has helped shape the company’s culture and direction from an organizational development and wellness perspective.  Shawn has been instrumental in developing the company’s operating system, called LMEOS, which begins with a focus on an individual’s unique abilities and builds to an overall way of working that has driven the organization to its best financial success after more than 40 years in the travel industry.

In a similar way, LME’s success in wellness – earning Healthiest Employer and WELCOA Gold Awards, maintaining 8 years of no benefits premium increases, and most recently, being named one of the Healthiest 100 in the nation – has also been driven by Shawn’s leadership. His own interest in personally finding balance, practicing yoga, and living life on purpose have been foundational elements in LME’s approach to its Be Well, Work Well, Live Well core value. Shawn continues to lead by all six of LME’s core values, embracing his own unique ability to design and facilitate creative experiences to challenge others’ thinking and action.