Jul 24, 2014

Celebrating Wisconsin’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Presented by:  Watertown Economic Development Organization (WEDO)
Location:  Windwood of Watertown   (W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown, WI)
Time: 4:30-7:00pm

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Watertown. Join WEDO as we showcase local entrepreneurs and innovators.


  • Ronald “Bud” Gayhart – As the Director of the Center for Innovation and Business Development, Bud Gayhart oversees the UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center and the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center. In this role, he provides consulting to more than 75 business owners annually, resulting in new venture launches and sustainability of existing enterprises. With his experience in economic development, Mr. Gayhart has become a key participant in ongoing efforts to strengthen regional businesses.
  • Robert Hopton – Robert Hopton joined Idle Free Systems as CEO in 2008. Idle Free is an innovative provider of complete, year-round idle elimination solutions for trucks and school buses. He has more than 26 years of general management, business development and strategic planning experience across a variety of industries including food, health care, financial services, consumer durables and clean tech. Mr. Hopton has also founded or co-founded two companies.

View the event flyer here. Please RSVP to Julie Olver.