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In this issue . . .

NOVEMBER 2017

Ribbon Cuttings Business PM Schedule Member News Calendar of Events New Members

Thankfulness abounds as year winds down By David Eckmann, President/CEO s the holiday season and the end of 2017 approaches, it is quite common for all of us to take stock of the past year. For many, we reflect on business success, organizational setbacks, personal enrichment and growth, or those that we may have lost or those that have come into our lives. In each of these, there is an element of thankfulness.

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As your President/CEO, I’d like to take the opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the members of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Without your support and commitment to the organization, it would be very difficult to meet the mission of strengthening our member businesses and enhancing our community by building business success. It is through your financial contributions and your generous giving of time and talent that makes the difference. We could not do what we do without your sponsorships, participation in planning committees, volunteering, or serving as a red coated Ambassador. Thank you. I’m extremely grateful to our Board of Directors. This past year, with assistance from our membership, the board engaged in creating a plan for our organization’s

future. For the first time, our organization has a strategic plan with designated measures. This tool will help guide our activities and better position resources. I’m looking forward to our board engagement efforts in 2018. I’m extremely grateful for the team of professionals working here at the Chamber. Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” As the leader of the organization, I’m here to let you know that I have a fantastic team here at the Chamber. They are committed to your success, to the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and to the community which we call home. Beyond the team members, I’m grateful for the support our families provide. Quite often, our team duties require us to be away from our families at inconvenient times. I’d be remiss in extending my gratefulness to the valued partners we work with in our region, and there are many, too many to list. Our continued collaboration will lead to terrific results as we move into the new year. So, to each of you, I extend my appreciation. As we move towards 2018, the efforts to build a strong and vibrant community will require all of us to work together. We have so many opportunities in front of us. For that, I’m grateful.

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ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients announced RIB MOUNTAIN – The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award® and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. Bridget Wenman, President/Owner of Perspectives Training & Consulting LLC, was named the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award® during a program at the Hilton Garden Inn on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. “I’m so honored to join this circle of recipients,” said Wenman. “When you fill out the application for this award, you have to take time to think about where you’ve developed and created excellence in your life and how you’ve impacted people. And it gave me an opportunity to think about the people who impacted my life.” Finalists for the 32nd annual ATHENA Leadership Award® were: Cynthia Baumann, Creative Communication & Design Inc; Rebecca Coushman, Domtar Paper Co LLC; Ann Dahlke, UMR; Mai Her, Wausau World Market; Dr. Kelly Kapitz, Marathon County Special Education; Trena Loomans, The Caring Tree – Children’s Counseling Center LLC; Dr. Corina Norrbom, Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy & Service, Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin and Aspirus; Margaret P’ng, Blessings in a Backpack of DC Everest & Wausau; Ellen Rock-Reineck, River Valley Bank; Jennifer Smith, Bridge Community Health Clinic and Elizabeth Tillisch, Ms Liz Naturals. Erika Van De Yacht, a learning leader of leadership, professional and personal development with Sentry Insurance, was named the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. “To be included among this distinguished, talented and selfless group of women is very humbling and an honor.” said Van De Yacht. Finalists for the tenth annual ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® were: Amber Anderson, SC Swiderski LLC; Robin Bretl, lightbodY LLC and Weston Family Dental SC; Katrina Felch, Northcentral Technical College; Katie Hamel, Church Mutual Insurance Company; Allison Liddle, Prosper Wealth Management and Allison Liddle Consulting LLC; Samantha Mallo, Aspirus Business Health-Wellness; Kayeng Moua, Peoples State Bank; Tina Riehle, Wausau Financial Systems – A Deluxe Company and Erin Witucki,

Erika Van De Yacht, left, was named the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® and Bridget Wenman, right, was named the recipient of the 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award® during a program held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Wipfli LLP. The ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are presented to women or men who are honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Rebecca Ribley, WAOW/WYOW Television Inc anchor, was the master of ceremonies for the event. For more information about the Awards, visit WausauChamber.com. The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program’s presenting sponsor was O’Malley Cadillac Honda, the platinum sponsor was Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsors were The Dirks Group and WAOW/WYOW Television Inc, the silver sponsors were BMO Harris Bank, River Valley Bank, Schenck SC and Wisconsin Public Service Corp, the bronze sponsors were 89Q – WCLQ, Ansay & Associates LLC Mosinee, EO Johnson Business Technologies and Scherrer Construction.

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Chamber News

Coming up on our calendar: December 7: Business PM: Marco Technologies December 7: Demo Day for The Branch December 8: Jingle & Mingle January 9: Business Essentials: Talent Spotting January 17: Women’s Leadership Conference

Registration is open for Business EXPO 2018: Don’t miss your opportunity to host a booth at the largest business trade show in the state! The Business EXPO is the time to showcase new products and services, make key business contacts and network with thousands of attendees from around Wisconsin. Register now to take advantage of an ‘Early Bird Rate.’

Help us welcome the newest Chamber members! Support the regional economy - do business with members.

January 19: Nothing But Networking January 12: Business Essentials: Conflict Management January 25: Business PM: Wisconsin Public Radio, UW - Marathon County, Stevens Point Brewery For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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Chamber Awards

Nominations now accepted for Small Business of the Year Awards WAUSAU — The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is collecting nominations for the 2018 Small Businesses of the Year Awards through 3 p.m. on Friday, December 15. The Small Business of the Year Awards recognize business growth, community involvement and innovative efforts in the Wausau Region in three categories: business-to-business, businessto-consumer and charitable non-profit. Visit wausauchamber.com to complete an online application or to download a printable form. The 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards will be held on Tuesday, April 17 and are part of the Chamber’s 2018 Small Business Week which will be held from April 16 to April 20. Small Business Week also includes the Business EXPO 2018 at the Central Wisconsin Convention + Expo Center in Rothschild on Thursday, April 19. The 2017 Small Business of the Year recipients were: Business-to-Business category: Spectrum Insurance Group LLC – Weston is an integral part of the risk management programs of each of its clients. Manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, contractors, transportation companies, school districts and municipalities look to the company for help in protecting their assets and keeping their employees and customers safe. The business also aids their customers in regulation compliance. Business-to-Consumer category: City Grill An American

Bistro is a restaurant, meeting and banquet facility located in the heart of downtown Wausau. City Grill prides itself in the art of house-made classic food items coupled with a trendy, upscale flair. The business offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere with unique décor and elaborate seasonal enhancements. Charitable Non-Profit category: Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Inc – Northcentral District is focused on giving students from kindergarten through high school skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. The organization partners with businesses, educators and volunteers to inspire young people to dream big and reach their full potential, empowering students to connect what they are learning in school with the real world. For more information about the 2018 Small Business of the Year Awards, visit wausauchamber. com or contact programs@wausauchamber.com or 715848-5953. The 2018 Small Business Week is presented by Ruder Ware LLSC and sponsored at the platinum level by Riiser Energy and Sam’s Club, at the gold level by Ansay & Associates, Church Mutual Insurance Company and River Valley Bank, at the silver level by Peoples State Bank, Schenck SC, Wipfli LLP and Wisconsin Public Service, at the bronze level by Fully Promoted, Mallery & Zimmerman SC and Yach’s Body & Custom. The Business News and Midwest Communications are the media sponsors for the week.

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Chamber News Diane Roundy of Schenck SC hosted The Power of You - Building Your Personal Brand on Thursday, November 9 at Northcentral Technical College.

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Crystal Finishing Systems Inc in Mosinee hosted a Business PM on Thursday, October 26 and Granite Peak Ski Area hosted a PM on Thursday, November 9.

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Chamber News

Ribbon cuttings Several ribbon cuttings have been held over the last few weeks. Clockwise from top right, three ribbon cuttings were held in Rib Mountain on November 7 for the Town of Rib Mountain, Peoples State Bank and Quality Foods IGA. Ribbon cuttings were also held at the Marathon County Literacy Council in Wausau on November 8 and Primrose Memory Care in Weston on November 16.

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Small Business Saturday is Big Shopping Day Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 25 and River District business owners are excited to help you shop local this season. Last Tuesday, Mayor Mielke proclaimed the date Small Business Saturday, and November Small Business Month in Wausau, in recognition and honor of all the good locally-owned businesses do for our economy. When you shop small at locally-owned businesses, your purchases provide a direct and real impact to the local economy. For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, about $68 is recycled back in to the local community via taxes, charitable donations, purchases at other locally-owned businesses, and property taxes from the owners and employees who live in the area. Shopping at big box stores only keep about $43 of that $100 in the community, and approximately $0 from internet and online sales benefit the local economy. Besides supporting the local economy, there are 10 great reasons to shop local this holiday season: 1. Encourages local character and prosperity by supporting one-of-a-kind businesses, which provide an economic advantage to the area in an increasingly homogenized world. 2. Locally-owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes. 3. Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community

and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. 4. Local stores often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know the customers, resulting in superior customer experiences. 5. Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally, and in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than big box stores. 6. Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and in to the middle class. 7. Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services, making downtown stores more public resource-effective. 8. Local stores help sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers which are more environmentally-friendly because they are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and

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air and water pollution. 9. A marketplace of multitudes of small businesses creates cooperative competition, which is the best way to ensure innovation and low-prices over the long-term. 10. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not only on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. Beyond the community economic benefits of shopping small, it could help your holiday budget, too. There is a selfie contest on Small Business Saturday in which shoppers are encouraged to post a selfie of themselves shopping local at any River District business and post the photo with the hashtag #ShopSmallWausau to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to any River District business of the winner’s choice. A winner from each platform will be chosen on Monday, November 27.


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Member News AbbyBank is excited to announce that Jennifer Jakel, Executive Vice President, was chosen to receive NorthWestern Financial Review’s Outstanding Women in Banking Award for 2017. Nominees for the award selected from one of the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Mike Manning Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan or Iowa. “Jennifer has been a significant part of AbbyBank for 41 years. Her experience and knowledge has helped to make AbbyBank what it is today,” states Patrick McCrackin, CEO of AbbyBank. Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital and Medical College Physicians are pleased to welcome cardiology family nurse practitioner, Paul Mundt, FNP, to their cardiology department and nephrologist, Natasha Vanchinathan, MD, to their internal medicine department. Both see patients at 3301 Cranberry Boulevard in Paul Mundt Weston. Mundt is board-certified in family practice care and provides comprehensive and compassionate cardiac care to adult patients. Mundt has a special interest in congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and hypertension. His goal is to build personal relationships with his patients and their families while working in collaboration with their primary care physicians. Mundt Dr. Natasha received his Bachelor of Science degree Vanchinathan in nursing from the University of TexasArlington in Arlington, Texas, and his Master of Science degree in family nurse practitioner from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin. Dr. Vanchinathan is boardcertified in internal medicine and provides acute, chronic and preventive care to adults who are 18 years old and older, including geriatric populations. She has a special interest in treating and preventing kidney stones and all acute or chronic kidney diseases. Dr. Vanchinathan has specific training in dialysis and kidney transplant management. She also helps patients manage hard-tocontrol blood pressure, electrolyte abnormalities and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Vanchinathan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and her medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada. She

completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, and her nephrology fellowship at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville acknowledged Clark Dietz President & CEO John I. Boldt, PE last month with a 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating career success. Boldt graduated from UW-Platteville in 1976 and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Boldt has served as chairman of the UW-Platteville Foundation, as a board member of the Alumni Association, and is the current president of the Real Estate Foundation. In support of scholarships and UWPlatteville funds he has created the Clark Dietz, Inc. Scholarship and the John I. and Barbara L. (Bishop) Boldt Scholarship. Eastbay will host the eighth annual Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk on Thanksgiving Day. The event will take place at the Footlocker. com/Eastbay Corporate Headquarters at 111 S. 1st Ave., Wausau. Participants may register at the Footlocker.com/Eastbay Corporate Headquarters on Wednesday, November 22, from noon to 7 p.m. The event fee $30. 100% of the registration fee will be donated to the Marathon County Hunger Coalition. Last year’s event raised over $43,000 and sold out with 1,500 runners participating in the event. Amanda Gallagher, community impact director for United Way of Marathon County, recently discussed the impact of the dollars raised from the event, “Because of the money raised by the Turkey Trot, the Hunger Coalition is able to make bulk food purchases to keep pantries stocked throughout the year to better meet the needs of our community. MCHC partner pantries met 146,647 total requests for food assistance in 2016 compared to 64,533 requests in 2009.” KerberRose SC is pleased to announce that Andrew Cordova, CPA/CMA has joined the accounting firm’s Rhinelander team as a manager. Cordova has more than eleven years of public accounting experience, providing tax and accounting services to individuals and small- to medium-sized businesses. Services Andrew Cordova include tax planning, tax preparation, financial statement preparation, payroll and bookkeeping assistance. Cordova also has expertise in tax compliance and reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Cordova is a graduate of the UW–Oshkosh and holds a Bachelors Degree in accounting and finance.

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Member News Travel back in time this holiday season with the Marathon County by this rare and difficult disease,” said Sebold. Historical Society’s annual ‘Christmas at the Houses’ event on Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both the The North Central Community Services Yawkey House Museum and the Woodson History Center will be Program Board voted on October 26 decorated for the holiday, with costumed actors sharing unique to appoint Michael Loy as CEO of stories of Christmas and holiday traditions. Visitors can enjoy North Central Health Care. The Board’s seasonal treats, listen to holiday music, and pose for photos with appointment of Loy was forwarded to the friends and family members near one of the decorated Christmas County Boards of Langlade, Lincoln and trees or in our antique sleigh. Tours of the Yawkey House run Marathon counties for their final approval. every half hour, with the last tour at 3 p.m. The Friends of Wausau Loy will begin his role of CEO effective Michael Loy Historic Landmarks will also host their inaugural Sweet Landmarks December 1. “The NCCSP Board of of Wausau Gingerbread contest. Cost is $5 for members and Directors is very pleased to appoint Michael students or $7 for non-members. For more information visit Loy to lead NCHC. Under his current leadership as interim www.marathoncountyhistory.org or call 715-842-5750. CEO, NCHC has shown continuous growth and stability as well as create and build upon partnerships and programs that will allow A nationally-recognized Marshfield Clinic researcher was the organization to be successful not only for the next five years, awarded the 30th Gwen D. Sebold Fellowship for Outstanding but looking out further to the next fifty years. His leadership and Research. Marshfield Clinic Pediatric Nephrologist Dr. Robert vision are rooted in his strong work ethic and core values. It has Haws was honored last month in a program at Marshfield Clinic’s been an honor to work with him on the alignment of community Melvin R. Laird Center, Marshfield. The fellowship has been services for our three counties,” said Jeff Zriny, NCCSP Board given by D. David ‘Dewey’ Sebold, who resides in Medford, chair. Loy has served as Interim CEO of NCHC since February of since 1988 to recognize an outstanding medical researcher and 2016 after the retirement of former NCHC CEO Gary Bezucha. support continued research in his or her field. Sebold is a former North Central Health Care is jointly sponsored by Marathon, president and CEO of Tombstone Pizza, a company he helped Langlade and Lincoln Counties to provide compassionate and guide to become the top brand of frozen pizza in America. He specialized care for over 12,500 people with complex behavioral also has served on the boards of many organizations, including and skilled nursing needs. as an original member of Marshfield Clinic’s National Advisory Council. Under Haws’ research and guidance, Marshfield Clinic Greg Framke, Compliance/BSA Officer has become an international destination for individuals suffering at Peoples State Bank, successfully from Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. BBS is a rare genetic condition that completed the WBA Loan Compliance impacts multiple body systems. Patients with BBS can experience School in September. Sponsored by problems with obesity, intellectual impairments, renal anomalies, the Wisconsin Bankers Association, the polydactyly, retinal degeneration and hypogenitalism. Marshfield curriculum is designed to provide bankers Clinic’s BBS Center of Excellence has served BBS patients from with an understanding of lending and real more than 24 states and two foreign countries. Haws also created estate related compliance regulations Greg Framke the Clinical Registry for Investigating Bardet-Biedl Syndrome. both on the federal and state level. Haws joined Marshfield Clinic in 2004. “I think research is so “Training offered great insight to the much more beneficial when you do it for your friends because lending compliance regulations and how they attempt to then you’re doing it because you love them,” Dr. Haws said. protect consumers,” said Framke. “It was very beneficial to “And you want the very best for them.” The Sebold Fellowship have a chance to speak with other banks on what they do to also honors the memory of Sebold’s sister, Gwen Sebold, who provide full and timely loan disclosures.” Framke has been with joined Marshfield Clinic as a medical stenographer in 1955 and Peoples State Bank for 12 years. He is a committee member died in July 1974. 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The Weiland Family: Jason, Kara & the Girls

HELP US HONOR DETECTIVE JASON WEILAND On March 22, 2017, four lives were tragically taken from our community. Jason was one of the four community members murdered on that day as he attempted to arrest the murder suspect. Families, loved ones and our entire community were significantly rocked and impacted by the tragic events of that day. Our law enforcement community lost Detective Jason Weiland of the Everest Metro Police Department. Jason was well liked, he had close friends at all the area law enforcement agencies. Jason chose a life of service, and he was dedicated to making a difference in his community. On May 12-19, 2018 in Washington D.C., Jason’s service to our community will be forever memorialized during National Police Week.

At the candle light vigil, Jason’s name will be read along with all the other law enforcement officers that were killed in the line of duty in 2017. Jason’s name will also be unveiled and permanently etched into stone at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during this time. Many local officers have a strong desire to be present for this meaningful tribute to Jason and to make sure that Jason’s surviving family, Kara, Anna and Ella have the support they need during this difficult time. We would love to have our community partners show their support by helping us cover some of the expenses that Jason’s family and the 50-70 officers will incur to honor their brother in service to this community.

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Member News Peoples State Bank congratulates Amber Gober, assistant vice president, mortgage loan officer, for being selected as a 20 Under Forty honoree by the Wausau Daily Herald. Honorees are selected by a panel of six community judges based on their career achievements, leadership within their job or industry, and community involvement. Amber Gober Gober was chosen from 48 outstanding nominations for her career achievements and dedicated community service. Gober began her career in banking as a teller when she was 18 and has progressively taken on more responsibility including managing several locations before becoming a loan officer. She volunteers with a number of local organizations including the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, Wausau Area Builders Association, Junior Achievement, in the nursery at AWANA for her church and Wausau Area Jaycees. “In past years, I have been in awe of the 20 Under Forty nominees because they showed so much leadership and love for helping their community. I am very honored and humbled to be a part of this wonderful group of individuals this year,” said Gober. “The ongoing success of any organization depends on young emerging leaders who demonstrate a passion for its purpose,” said President and CFO Scott Cattanach of Peoples State Bank. “Amber is representative of Peoples’ desire to give back to our community at work and personally. Her recognition as a 20 Under Forty honoree is well deserved.” Janel Thoune, assistant vice president, marketing manager, was also selected as an honoree. Thoune has 15 years of progressive marketing experience, is a 2008 graduate of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Excellence g2 Program, earned her master of business administration with an emphasis in marketing in 2014, and graduated from the American Bankers Association School Janel Thoune of Bank Marketing and Management in 2016. Thoune serves the United Way of Marathon County in a number of different capacities including marketing vice president, board member and executive committee member and is also an Emerging Leaders member. She is also a Wausau Child Care board member and volunteers with Boy Scouts and on marketing projects for The Women’s Community. “I’m very honored to be chosen for this recognition, and proud of the work that so many young leaders are doing to improve their companies and communities. It’s a great place to

live and work,” said Thoune. “For 55 years at Peoples, opportunity and community minded professionals have combined to help our customers achieve personal and business growth,” said President and CFO Scott Cattanach of Peoples State Bank. “Janel is an example of selfless service and excellence to all of us and her recognition as a 20 Under Forty honoree is well deserved.” Peoples State Bank collected donations to help the Military Support Group of Rhinelander send care packages to veterans and active service members from Wisconsin currently overseas. The collection was in recognition of Veterans Day, and serves as a way for Peoples State Bank to honor veterans and active military for their service. “Peoples proudly supports our local veterans,” said President and CFO Scott Cattanach of Peoples State Bank. “We honor them for their sacrifices and this donation is a great way to give back to those who serve our great country.”

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Member News assets under advisement. “We are very proud of our Wealth Management team for reaching this significant milestone. It is a huge honor, and is indicative of the trust people have in us and in the service, solutions and guidance of our professional advisors,” said President and Chief Financial Officer Scott Cattanach of Peoples State Bank. Operations manager Connie Higgins and Peoples Wealth Management advisors Jeff Isaacson and Dan Augustine are Accredited Investment Fiduciary designees with more than 60 years of combined experience. “Each client’s situation is unique. We work with them to develop a customized plan to assist them in building wealth and creating an income stream after retirement so they can continue living comfortably.” said Augustine.

Also in honor of Veterans Day, Peoples State Bank asked representatives from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to visit the bank to receive a free patriotic hat and to take a few photos to help support their cause. Little did the veterans know that the bank was also planning a surprise. “We wanted to do something special for veterans to honor them, to support the Never Forgotten Honor Flight at the same time, and surprise them in a way that would make them remember that others appreciate what they do,” said Scott Cattanach, President and CFO at Peoples State Bank. As Mike Thompson and Jim Campbell of the Never Forgotten Honor Flight Board of Directors arrived at the bank, they were given complimentary hats from Peoples and asked to pose for a picture. Meanwhile, a crowd of employees swooped in, led by Cattanach and holding a donation of $1,500. Peoples employees and veterans Dawn Abreu and Dennis ‘Buzz’ Rosenau, who had just returned from his own Honor Flight this October, were holding the check donation. “What a surprise; we thought we were just coming in for hats!” said Thompson. “This donation will help send three more veterans on the Honor Flight, and it is truly appreciated.” Cattanach added, “Veterans deserve our respect and appreciation. Along with the Military Care Package drive that we are currently doing, this donation is just a small token of our appreciation.” Team members from REI Engineering Inc and Northwest Petroleum Services, Inc showed their support for Breast The Peoples Wealth Management team recently received Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink and raising the ‘$50 Million in Preferred Portfolio Services Assets money for the Aspirus Heath Foundation and the Under Management’ award from Commonwealth Financial Regional Cancer Center. Team members raised money Network for year-end 2016. The award recognizes the team’s by holding a chili cook-off and by selling pink accessories. expertise, integrity and dedication to helping clients attain their “I’m proud of our team for supporting Breast Cancer retirement goals. Year-to-date, Peoples Wealth Management Awareness Month,” said REI president Jen Nieuwenhuis. now has over $65 million in assets under management in “It sends a message of hope for the many members of our Preferred Portfolio Services programs, and $210 million in total community fighting the disease.”

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Member News Four River Valley employees, located at the 17th Avenue, Wausau branch, have been promoted. Sarah Napgezek has been promoted from Sarah Napgazek Peter Mouw vice president— regional manager, business banking to senior vice president, business banking. In her new role, Napgezek will be responsible for overseeing the Kim Kohlbeck Lori Josiger business consumer/ loan administration, government guaranteed and central housed sales and operations. She will develop and improve procedures to accelerate loan growth in those areas as well. Peter Mouw has been promoted from senior vice president business/specialty banking to executive vice president, business banking. In Mouw’s new role, he will continue to lead business banking, national lending, government guaranteed lending and loan operations support. He will also oversee credit and collections plus centralhoused accounts. Kim Kohlbeck has been promoted from marketing outreach leader to marketing manager. Kohlbeck will be responsible for managing business development and public relations for the company while following the brand strategies of River Valley’s franchise system. Lori Josiger was promoted from home lender assistant to home lender. Josiger will be responsible for driving River Valley home loan sales in the Wausau market. SC Swiderski LLC is proud to announce Mike Manning has joined the leasing department as a site manager. He will manage over 200 apartments located at three sites in Merrill and Gibson Estates in Medford. Manning has an associate degree in management from Western Technical College in La Crosse. He has Mike Manning a strong focus on process improvement and is a certified Yellow Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He also has property experience in grounds keeping.

“We are pleased to have Mike join the company. His warm personality and diverse skillset make him a great addition to our department.” said Kari Kussow, leasing department manager, “We have focused on providing our tenants with exceptional service for over 25 years and part of that is having an on-site manager. I am confident that Mike will connect with our Merrill and Medford tenants and deliver a great customer experience.” The Salvation Army kicked off its annual Red Kettle Campaign on November 9 at the Trig’s location in Wausau. The bellringing campaign will run Mondays through Saturdays through December 23 at various retail locations throughout Wausau and Marathon County. The Salvation Army is still in need of volunteers for the bell-ringing campaign. Any interested individuals or groups should contact Colleen Hilber with the Wausau Salvation Army at 715-845-4272 ext 106.

Cheryl Anderson of Scherrer Construction Company’s Wausau office received the 2017 Unsung Hero of the Year Award from The Daily Reporter on October 11. She was recognized for her dedication to the company and for going above and beyond in her role as office administrator. Anderson joined the Cheryl Anderson company in August 2016. Anderson is also part of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s team of volunteer Ambassadors. Scherrer Cares also received the 2017 Non-profit Organization of the Year. Scherrer Cares is a program that provides Buddy Benches to schools to encourage friendship and kindness among peers and eliminating bullying. Scherrer Cares has positively impacted over 15,000 students with their anti-bullying initiatives.

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Member News The Wausau RiverWolves would like to help support nonprofit organizations through our RiverWolves Community Partner Program. Any 501c non-profit organization providing programs and/or services in the central Wisconsin area can apply to be a RiverWolves Featured Community Partner. The RiverWolves will select one Featured Community Partner for each of the team’s regular season home games. All net proceeds of the ‘Chuck-a-Puck’ game will be donated to the Featured Community Partner that is selected for that game. The selected organization may also pre-sell tickets to the game and will receive a $2 donation for each game ticket they sell. Featured Community Partner are invited to bring promotional/ educational materials from their organization to give to game attendees. For more information on the program and to submit an application contact Zach Serwe at zach@riverwolveshockey. com or 715-869-3132. More than 60 DECA members from Wausau West High School collected 3,200 non-perishable food items for the Women’s Community as part of DECA’s annual ‘Trick or Can’ event on October 31. Wausau East High School student Siam Rezwan presented at the 2017 Conference on Child Rights and Sight at Yale University hosted by Distressed Children and Infants International. Siam was invited to present due to his exceptional leadership, character, and contributions for DCI at East High School, volunteering Siam Rezwan and visiting DCI establishments in Dhaka, Bangladesh on several occasions, and spreading DCI’s mission through presentations at the 2017 Harvard Global Health and Leadership Conference last April. Wausau West High School -Warrior Manufacturing, a studentled business, fabricated the gate leading to the playground at Rib Mountain Elementary School. The project was completed by West High graduates Ry Baumann and Reid Karlen with guidance from instructor Nick Polak. Wausau School District’s John Muir Middle School received a Silver level Wisconsin School Health Award. This award signifies the school’s commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions that contribute to their academic success. “I commend your school for having

health and safety policies and environments, health education, physical education and other physical activity programs, nutrition services, family and community involvement, and health promotion for staff,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. John Muir Middle School will be presented with the award in December at the Wisconsin School Health Award Ceremony in Appleton. Wausau East High School and Wausau West High School students attended the Northcentral Technical College Youth Apprenticeship Day and Career Fair. Forty-five local businesses talked to students about different careers available. Students listened to presentations on soft skills, registered apprenticeships, networking opportunities and a business panel on industry trends, demands and job outlooks. West is hiring for the following positions: customer service representative, account manager and sales associate. Team members are responsible for supporting West’s clients, building business, seeking out new technology and powering the more than seven million connections our company makes each day. Visit www.west.com/careers or contact Michele at mherman@ west.com or 715-848-0823 for more information.

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