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Embracing the Spirit of the Wisconsin Biomedical Association


I had the privilege of attending the Wisconsin Biomedical Association (WBA) conference over the past few days, and I must say, it was an extraordinary experience. Unlike the typical AAMI or MDExpo, the WBA event offered a unique and intimate atmosphere, fostering a sense of closeness and camaraderie that is sometimes hard to find in larger gatherings.


One of the standout aspects of this conference was the incredible networking opportunities. It was remarkable to see how, despite being separated by hundreds of miles, we all shared a deep passion for Healthcare Technology Management (HTM). The sense of community was noticeable, and it was heartwarming to connect with like-minded professionals who are equally dedicated to this wonderful industry.


A personal highlight for me was meeting my fellow Trimedx colleagues from up North. They welcomed me with open arms, making me feel right at home in their space. This warmth and hospitality were not limited to just them; it was a common thread among all the attendees. The Vendor Expo, though small, was incredibly informative. The relaxed pace allowed for meaningful interactions with each vendor, without the pressure of rushing through to see everyone.


Another highlight was the La Crosse Queen Cruise, a private event exclusively for attendees and their families. It was a fantastic two hours filled with networking, laughter, stunning scenery, and ample opportunities for great photos.


The WBA board did an exceptional job organizing this conference, and the support from vendors played a crucial role in its success. Despite traveling the furthest to attend, I can confidently say it was worth every mile. I left with new friendships and connections that I intend to cherish and maintain. And if any of my WBA family ever find themselves in New Orleans, I promise to give them the famous “B-Hawk tour,” as Jayme Mckelvey TechNation always says.


To my Wisconsin Biomedical Association family, I wish you all continued success and prosperity. If there’s anything I can do to help your association reach its highest aspirations, please don’t hesitate to call on me.


I’ve attached some pictures to recap the wonderful days we spent together. This isn’t a goodbye, but a “see you soon!”



Bryant


The welcoming sign for all attendees at the Wisconsin Biomedical Assoication Conference

The welcoming sign for all attendees at the Wisconsin Biomedical Assoication Conference

From left to right: A group photo with my Trimedx colleagues - Tyler Bain, Mike Smith, Chad Ekern, and Bryant Hawkins

Lani Bartkowiak preparing the table for the conference attendees, ensuring everything is perfectly set for a great experience.

This is what happens when Hailey of USOC gets hold of the camera—she turns our group photo into a fun selfie! In the picture: Hailey Larson, Travis Reeves and Mitch Von Ruden & Bryant Hawkins

From left to right: A wonderful picture with the Medasource team, including Bryant Hawkins, Jack Anderson, Jacob Palmer, Gabby Lapnow, and Melissa Wilke.

It was wonderful meeting Morgan Wilcox! We had some fantastic conversations, and the selfie turned out great too.

"Had a great time getting to know Kelly Jacobson. Though new to the HTM industry, her positive mindset ensures a promising future ahead."

A bald eagle looking on, observing all the fun and excitement from the Wisconsin Biomedical Assoication crew.


A collection of swag provided by the WBA for all conference attendees, adding a special touch to the event.


A photo with Mitch Von Ruden, a WBA Board Member and one of the many dedicated individuals tirelessly working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the WBA.


One of the fun group events we enjoyed was Biomed Jeopardy, aptly named "Almost World Famous HTM Trivia."

A beautiful shot of the Mississippi River taken during the River Boat Cruise that all attendees and their families enjoyed.

Driving into La Crosse, WI from Minneapolis, MN, I had to pull over to capture the breathtaking scenery.

Here’s a look at the comprehensive two-day schedule for the Wisconsin Biomedical Association Conference, pack ed with informative sessions and networking opportunities.

Driving into La Crosse, WI from Minneapolis, MN, I had to pull over to capture the breathtaking scenery.

A wonderful photo with two amazing ladies who tirelessly worked behind the scenes to ensure the WBA conference ran smoothly. From left to right: Melissa Wilke, Bryant, and Lani Bartkowiak.

A stunning sunset over the Mississippi River, captured from downtown La Crosse, WI.

Driving into La Crosse, WI from Minneapolis, MN, I had to pull over to capture the breathtaking scenery.

A stunning sunset over the Mississippi River, captured from downtown La Crosse, WI.

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