WisBusiness: the Podcast with David Reeves, executive-in-residence at Marquette University

This week’s episode of “WisBusiness: the Podcast” is with David Reeves, an executive-in-residence at Marquette University’s College of Business and former president of California-based OpenGov. 

Reeves was announced as one of five executive appointees to the College of Business Administration in April after retiring from the company in January. With a focus on innovation and technology, Reeves will draw on his experience as a technology executive for over 20 years. A Milwaukee native, he’s lived in Chicago, Boston and most recently in Silicon Valley for the past 16 years. 

In his new role, he says he’s “passionate about how to really keep people like myself, that have left, in the area and create more of a tech ecosystem” in the Milwaukee area. 

He discusses the shortage in tech talent across the industry, pointing to positions such as software engineers, computer programmers and others as highly competitive. 

“First and foremost, I would say just getting a stronger focus of more people that have the technical skills and the programming skills and things like that is really important right now,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to be able to compete globally in the country unless we really have a focus on that area and those disciplines.” 

Listen to the podcast below, sponsored by UW-Madison: