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

Our transformation will continue

By David Eckmann, President/CEO he 2016 – 2017 program year has been a transformative time for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. What I mean by transformative is that the organization has adopted a new approach to serving its members and community – we are strategically steering the organization to be more collaborative and inclusive, and to provide greater value for your member investment.


Members of the Chamber come from large and small businesses in a variety of industry sectors along with K-16 education, state and local government, not-for-profits and individuals. The Chamber is the business-led community organization that provides an opportunity to convene, connect and assist to align the assets that are important to the economic success of our region. It is important to convey to you that the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will continue in its transformation. Over the past year, the Chamber’s Board, members and staff engaged in strategic planning. The 2017 plan was developed through membership engagement in focus groups and individual discussions. Our strategic themes are

in place to ensure that our region is working collectively to develop and retain talent. We are the advocate for business, meaning the voice and concerns of business is communicated to local, state and federal policy makers. The Chamber’s year is recapped in the new Year In Review edition, We will provide many available on WausauChamber.com. opportunities and change our approach so that members are able to convene frequently and affordably throughout the year. A considerable point of value to our members is the ability of the Chamber to provide you with easy connect relationships which help solve problems or grow your enterprise. Finally, we will serve as a collaborative community partner. Our region faces many challenges and opportunities. No one organization alone can do all of the necessary lifting as we build a vibrant community, ready to compete in the 21st century’s knowledge economy. It will take all of us to collaborate and align resources to ensure that the region is positioned for economic growth.


Chamber News

September is Chamber of Commerce Month Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed September to be Chamber of Commerce Month in Wisconsin. Walker made the proclamation at the request of the Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce Executives, a division of the State Chamber that offers professional development and advocacy for local chambers of commerce. “Chambers are central to Wisconsin’s local economies,” said Philip Fritsche, president of the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce and WCCE Advisory Board Chair. “In most places, the chamber is involved in all major local decision making either as a facilitator or advocate for its members.” Fritsche said that chambers are critical community partners and problem solvers with the unique ability to work with stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.

Chamber Month will culminate on September 27-29 with the annual WCCE Conference, which will be held in Neenah. At least 80 chamber professionals from around the state will attend.

Sip, munch & mingle while supporting student scholarships Saturday, October 14, 2017 University of Wisconsin–Marathon County :: Indoors and outdoors on the terrace! Doors open at 6pm

Gourmet specialties from more than 30 local home and professional chefs

Hot & cold appetizers, entrees and desserts

• Live bluegrass music by North of Dixie • Wine and beer from Trig’s Cellar 70 and Bull Falls Brewery • Trig’s Smokehouse award-winning brats and Mexican fare from El Tequila Salsa

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Chamber News

Coming up on our calendar: September 29: Ribbon cutting: All Star Nutrition October 2: Groundbreaking: SC Swiderski LLC October 3: Ribbon Cutting: SEEK Careers/Staffing October 3: Business PM and Ribbon Cutting: Wausau RiverWolves Hockey

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.’

October 4: Groundbreaking: Newmark Grubb Pfefferle October 10: Business Essentials: Defend Against Invisible Threats October 11: Ribbon Cutting: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral WI Inc October 12: Ribbon Cutting: Floorology October 13: Ribbon Cutting: Skylight Autism Center October 17: Business Essentials: No More Performance Reviews October 17: Manufacturing Excellence Awards October 26: Business PM: Crystal Finishing Systems October 31: Business Essentials: Develop Culture-Friendly Employee Handbooks November 1: ATHENA Leadership Award® Program November 9: The Power of You: Building Your Personal Brand For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.

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Chamber News

Finalists for 2017 ATHENA ® Leadership Awards announced

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the organization’s 2017 ATHENA Leadership Award® and 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. Finalists for the 32nd annual ATHENA Award® are: - 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 - Elizabeth Tillisch, Ms Liz Naturals - Bridget Wenman, Perspectives Training & Consulting LLC Finalists for the tenth annual ATHENA Young Professional Award® are: - 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, Deluxe - Erika Van De Yacht, Sentry Insurance - Erin Witucki, Wipfli LLP The ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are presented to women or men in recognition of their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. These awards will be presented at the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program at noon on Wednesday, November 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain. People interested in attending can register online or by calling the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 715845-6231. For more information about the Awards, visit WausauChamber.com. Rebecca Ribley of WAOW/WYOW Television Inc will return as the emcee for this year’s event. The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program’s presenting sponsor is O’Malley Cadillac Honda, the platinum sponsor is Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsors are The Dirks Group and WAOW, the silver sponsors are BMO Harris Bank, River Valley Bank, Schenck SC and Wisconsin Public Service Corp, the bronze sponsors are Ansay & Associates LLC - Mosinee, EO Johnson Business Technologies, Scherrer Construction and 89Q WCLQ.

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Chamber News

Award recipients named at Chamber’s 105th Annual Dinner The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce held its 105th Annual Dinner on September 21 at the new Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain. The Annual Dinner celebrated the previous year’s accomplishments and recognized individuals who dedicate their time and talent to further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community and region. The event included the recognition of Trena Loomans of The Caring Tree – Children’s Counseling Center LLC as the recipient of the Ruder Ware Innovator Award. The Ruder Ware Innovator Award in Memory of G. Lane Ware was established in 2015 by Ruder Ware LLSC. G. Lane Ware was a distinguished attorney and consummate professional with a sincere drive to make the Wausau community a better place for life and for business. Ware realized that to succeed in business, you needed to innovate and differentiate, to remain relevant in a changing economy. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce also honored Connie DeVoe of Marathon Savings Bank with the Ambassador of the Year Award. Dennis Winters, the Chief Economist for the State of Wisconsin was the keynote speaker at the event. Winters discussed the region’s competitive positioning in the global economy. Winters is also the Director of the Bureau of Workforce Information and Technical Support and the Labor Market Information Director for the state with the Department of Workforce Development. The event also included the introduction of the Chamber’s new Chairperson, Cory Heckendorf of Wisconsin Kenworth and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Outgoing Chairperson, Don Bohlin of Wisconsin Public Service Corp was also recognized at the event. “Our goal in the new program year is to engage every member of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce through either a program, a contact or by crossing the threshold of the organization.” said Dave Eckmann, President/ CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure that our members know who we are, what

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Trena Loomans we do and why we are important to this community.” Greenheck was the presenting sponsor for the Annual Dinner, along with platinum sponsors The Dirks Group and Ruder Ware LLSC, gold sponsor Wipfli LLP, silver sponsors Aspirus, Hermening Financial Group LLC and Solarus and bronze sponsors EO Johnson Business Technologies and Scherrer Construction Co Inc.


Chamber News

The hype Immersion Project kicked off this month with a day spent at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. The Everyone Communicates, Few Connect program was held at UW-Marathon County on Sept. 27.


(In Case You Missed It)


The Wausau Daily Herald wrote a story on the Young Entrepreneurs Academy last week. Read the full story here.

Student testimonials

The high school students involved with The Branch Academy this summer filmed testimonials recapping their experiences. These videos have been posted to The Branch’s YouTube channel. The Branch kicks off it’s fall cohort on Saturday, October 7 with a project from Church Mutual Insurance Company.


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Thursday, November 30 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm City Grill at Jefferson Street Inn Admission: $20 Table of 8: $120

TEL Talks (Transforming Emerging Leaders)

Glenn Gazzolo, President and COO of Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, will facilitate 5 different leadership TEL Talks (our version of TED Talks) given by business and community leaders with varying backgrounds and experience; then participate in a breakout session with your topic/speaker of choice. “Creating a Great Corporate Culture” Brett Davis President & CEO Aspirus Arise Health Plan

“Next Generation Philanthropy” Brian Gumness Executive Director B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation

“Leading Through Change” Dick Johnson Chairman & CEO Foot Locker, Inc.

“Thriving in an Underserved Market and Following Your Passion” Kat Becker Owner Cattail Organics

“Having an Attitude of Gratitude” Jeny Nieuwenhuis Hardel President & Owner REI Engineering Co-Owner Northwest Petroleum

Check-In: 3:30 TEL Talks: 4:00 - 5:00 (10min, each speaker) Break Out Sessions: 5:00 - 6:00 Networking: 6:00 - 7:00 (Cash Bar & Appetizers Provided)

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Chamber News

Finalists named for Chamber’s second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards Seven finalists have been named for the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards. The Chamber will hold an award ceremony honoring manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their business from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild. Jeff Thelen of WSAW/WZAW will serve as the emcee for the event. Roxanne Baumann of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership will serve as the keynote speaker at the event. The Awards are part of the Chamber’s celebration of Manufacturing Month in the state and will recognize a recipient in both a small to medium-sized manufacturer category and a large manufacturer category. The recipient will have displayed excellence in contributing to the growth in the region’s economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain management and commitment to the region. The finalists are: Small to Medium Manufacturers (1 - 299 Employees): AROW Global Inc FreMarq Innovations Inc J & D Tube Benders Wilson-Hurd A Division of Nelson-Miller Large Manufacturers (300+ Employees): County Materials Corporation Domtar Paper Co LLC Linetec

If you are interested in attending the Manufacturing Excellence Awards, please register at WausauChamber.com. The cost is $35. Customodal is the presenting sponsor for the event. The platinum sponsors are Ellis Construction and Ruder Ware LLSC, the gold sponsors are Marshfield Clinic Inc, River Valley Bank and Wipfli LLP, the silver sponsors are Greenheck, M3 Insurance, MBE CPAs and MCDEVCO Inc and the bronze sponsors are The Boson Company Inc, The Dirks Group LLC, Newmark Grubb


Pfefferle, REI Engineering Inc and RMM Solutions Inc. WSAW/WZAW is the media sponsor and US Workstories is the video sponsor. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats and Greenheck received the award in 2016 in the Small to Medium and Large categories respectively. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) encourages manufacturing employers to host tours as October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. For more information on statewide events, visit wmc.org.

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Chamber News

Meet the 2017-2018 Board of Directors The 2017–2018 Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has been named. The Board of Directors represents the entire membership of the Chamber and the Wausau Region’s business community. Their duty is to set the long-term vision of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce in response to members’ needs. Officers (terms expire August 31, 2018): Chairperson: Cory Heckendorf, Wisconsin Kenworth Chairperson Elect: Dr. Jeannie Worden, Northcentral Technical College Treasurer/Secretary: Darrell Lentz, Aspirus Immediate Past Chairperson: Don Bohlin, Wisconsin Public Service Corp President/CEO: Dave Eckmann, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Director at Large: Al Lancaster, WSAW – NewsChannel 7 Director at Large: Craig Timm, Domtar Paper Co LLC Directors: Dawn Bernatz, Church Mutual Insurance Company Term Expires August 31, 2019 Don Bohlin, Wisconsin Public Service Corp Term Expires August 31, 2018

Term Expires August 31, 2020

Kim Fischer, Central Beer Distributors Inc Term Expires August 31, 2018 Ted Fox, Ameriprise Financial – Cornerstone Advisors Term Expires August 31, 2019 Tom Frank, Greenheck Term Expires August 31, 2019 Rebecca Frisch, Marathon County Conservation, Planning & Zoning Term Expires August 31, 2019 Bill Gleason, retired Term Expires August 31, 2018 Cory Heckendorf, Wisconsin Kenworth Term Expires August 31, 2020 Robin Hegg, River Valley Bank Term Expires August 31, 2019 Jack Hoogendyk, Hope Life Center Term Expires August 31, 2019 Karen Katz, EO Johnson Business Technologies Term Expires August 31, 2020

Cole Bruner, Buska Wealth Management LLC Al Lancaster, WSAW – NewsChannel 7 Term Expires August 31, 2019 Term Expires August 31, 2019 Thomas Felch, J & D Tube Benders Inc


Paul LaPree, Miron Construction Co Inc Term Expires August 31, 2020 Darrell Lentz, Aspirus Term Expires August 31, 2018 Michael Loy, North Central Health Care Term Expires August 31, 2018 Alfred Nakhla, Associated Bank Term Expires August 31, 2019 Tammy Pestka, Ansay & Associates LLC Term Expires August 31, 2019 Scott Stefan, Office Enterprises Inc Term Expires August 31, 2019 Craig Timm, Domtar Paper Co LLC Term Expires August 31, 2018 Dr. Jeannie Worden, Northcentral Technical College Term Expires August 31, 2018 Affiliates: Jeff Zriny, MCDEVCO Inc Term Expires August 31, 2020 The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce will recap the 2016-2017 year at the 105th Annual Dinner to be held on Thursday, September 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rib Mountain. Dennis Winters, Wisconsin’s Chief Economist, is the keynote speaker at the event. For more information or to register, visit wausauchamber.com.


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Ribbon cuttings

Several ribbon cuttings have been held over the last few weeks. Clockwise from top left, below, ribbon cuttings were held at The Paisley Mug on Sept. 13, WOW Family Entertainment Center on Sept. 19, Fully Promoted on Sept. 20, The Bay at Colonial Manor on Sept. 25, the new trails at Sylvan Hill Park in Wausau with the Central Wisconsin Off Road Cycling Coalition on Sept. 26 and WoodTrust Bank on Sept. 27. To view more photos and video click the photos below or ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.


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Friday, January 26, 2018 Instructor: Judy Rannow Strengthen skills of effective business and professional communication. After completion of this workshop, you will have the skills necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of professional situations.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 Instructor: Sarah Young Build a new mindset for approaching challenges in your organization. Learn to identify possibilities and create the conditions in your work teams that make innovation a way of being versus a one-time initiative.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 Instructor: Sarah Young Increase your positive impact in a meaningful way in this interactive, thought-proving workshop. Explore your leadership values, motivators, purpose and ways to develop meaningful connections.

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Friday, May 4, 2018 Instructor: David Schalow Become a successful negotiator in your personal and business transactions. Through this workshop, you’ll learn and practice negotiation strategies and skills helping you create mutually beneficial and profitable long-term relationships.


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Member News we hold the Festival of Trees event. It’s also a great way to kick-off the holiday season. The Festival of Trees is in its 21st year, and calls are already coming in from people wanting to get involved, so it’s going to be a great year. But we need more help.” Decorators will have access to setup or drop off items at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center on Sunday, November 19 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. or Monday, November 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festival visitors are invited to bid on the items November 21 to 26 and the highest bidder will win the tree. Register online at wausaufestivaloftrees.org, call the Aspirus Health Foundation at 715-847-2470, or email Kim Smerda at kim. smerda@aspirus.org to confirm your participation/theme. The Boson Company Inc has been recognized by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin for the construction of the Everett Roehl Marshfield Public Library. Ascension hospitals and other sites of care in central and The Boson Company will be presented with the award at the northern Wisconsin that previously operated as Ministry Health AGC BUILD Wisconsin Awards Ceremony on October 5. Care have formally adopted the new unified Ascension brand, The Boson Company Inc has been awarded a contract for naming and logo. The first hospitals to unveil the new signage the construction of a new Associated Bank in Rhinelander. are Ascension St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point and Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. “This is an important The Boy Scouts of America - Samoset Council, and their milestone in our One Ascension journey,” said Ascension Cub Scout Packs are inviting new boys to join. Boys in Healthcare Senior Vice President and Ascension Wisconsin grades 6 to 12 who are interested in joining the Boy Scouts Ministry Market Executive Bernie Sherry. “These facilities are are invited to attend a Fall Camporee on Saturday, October helping lay the foundation for our health ministry’s initiative 14 at Sunnyvale Park in Wausau. Visit beascout.org for more to unite all of our local brands, names and care teams. This will information. lead to and reflect further collaboration among physicians and caregivers, locally and nationally, enhancing and integrating the Ellis Construction has received two Build Wisconsin Awards care we provide to those we are privileged to serve.” The names through the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin. The Heartland Farms, Inc. Farm Operations, Technology and Ministry and Ministry Health Care will no longer be used. Training Center as well as the Church of The Resurrection, Organizers of the Festival of Trees are looking for people Francis Hall addition have both received awards. Ellis who like to decorate or design holiday trees, wreaths, Construction acted as the design-build contractor for centerpieces, mini-trees and other unique items. Businesses, each project, responsible for the architectural design and organizations and individuals or teams are invited to sign up construction of all elements for each project. The Build as decorators for the Festival of Trees to decorate an item of Wisconsin Awards represent annual recognition of the best their choice for the week-long silent auction. The event raises of the best construction projects statewide. “We are thrilled funding to help people in our community who need hospice first and foremost that our great clients put their trust in care. “I hear stories from my friends, family members, and Ellis to provide them progressive solutions for their building my neighbors about how their loved ones needed hospice needs. All of us here at Ellis are humbled and proud to know care at their end of life journey, and how grateful they were that the skills we bring to the table to serve our clients puts to receive care and support from Aspirus Comfort Care us at the top of the State in the construction industry.” said and Hospice Services” said Kim Smerda, fund development Andrew J. Halverson, Executive Vice President and Cospecialist at the Aspirus Health Foundation. “That’s why Owner of Ellis Construction.



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Member News Heartland Business Systems LLC announced that it has appointed Larry Boettger to the position of Chief Information Security Officer. “Larry is going to lead and strengthen our cybersecurity efforts at HBS for many years to come,” said Peter Helander, founder and president. “We selected Larry Boettger a strong leader who will be responsible for our strategic security practice.” Larry brings over 20 years of information technology and cybersecurity consulting experience to his position. “I joined HBS because I wanted to be a part of a team where possibilities were endless. Today, I am even more certain that HBS is that team,” said Boettger. The Lake Wausau Association has coordinated efforts to evaluate the condition and health of the lake including water quality, water flows, fisheries habitat, aquatic plant management, shore land habitat, community values, and recreational uses. While the evaluation indicates many aspects of the lake are healthy, actions may be necessary to maintain its health and some aspects of the lake may benefit from improvements. A formal Lake Management Plan will be developed as part of the final phase of the lake evaluation project. This process will involve a series of three public discussion sessions aimed at providing guidance about the management of Lake Wausau. All who visit and enjoy Lake Wausau are invited to participate in the public discussion sessions. Representatives from UW-Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will participate in these sessions to be held at the Wausau and Marathon County Parks Department, 212 River Drive in Wausau - Rooms 1 & 2 on Saturday, October 21 at 11 a.m. and Tuesday, November 28 at 6 p.m. For additional information contact lakewausau@gmail.com.

entrepreneurs in Marathon County during Women’s Small Business Month. In partnership with the YWCA Wausau, a presentation by Tami Tami_PlourdePlourde, Partner and Director of Marketing & Sales for Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse will talk about women in a male-dominated field — the beer industry. This event will take place on October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The second event will feature Allison Liddle, author of a new book, Life Under Construction: Designing a Life You Love. Allison will offer an uplifting presentation in which she will share her personal journey to grow herself, grow her business, and empower her life through a process she calls “The Steps to Empower Yourself.” This event will be held on October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to all residents of Marathon County and will be held at the YWCA. Refreshments will be served and free on-site childcare will be available. To register for either event, please email info@ mcdevco.org. Research librarian Gary Gisselman and the Marathon County Historical Society present ‘Wausau Grows Up: Industry, Culture and Change, 1890s to 1920s,’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St. in Wausau. Gisselman will look at the development of Wausau during the decades surrounding the beginning of the twentieth century, as the logging boom ended and the ‘pinery’ became farmland. The talk will cover the impact of the Wausau Group, the beginning of industry, and the growth of women’s groups, clubs, churches and theaters. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. Registration is not required.

The Marathon County Historical Society presented ‘Voices from the Past: A Discovery MCDEVCO will administer and coordinate a group Walk through of volunteer businesswomen to mentor new women Pine Grove entrepreneurs throughout Marathon County — from sole Cemetery’ on proprietors to those in small- to mid-size businesses. This new September 24 Women Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs program will be at Pine Grove provided free of charge and will offer: mentoring, a reference Cemetery library, seminars and workshops. To learn how to be a mentor, in Wausau. please call 715-298-0084. Costumed reenactors told stories from Marathon County’s past as groups MCDEVCO plans to host two events to celebrate women of visitors walk a guided route through Pine Grove Cemetery.


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2017 ATHENA Leadership Award® finalists:

- Cynthia Baumann, Creative Communication & Design - Rebecca Coushman, Domtar Paper - Ann Dahlke, UMR - Mai Her, Wausau World Market - Dr. Kelly Kapitz, Marathon County Special Education - Trena Loomans, The Caring Tree – Children’s Counseling Center

- Dr. Corina Norrbom, Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy & Service, Medical College of Wisconsin, Aspirus - Margaret P’ng, Blessings in a Backpack of DC Everest & Wausau - Ellen Rock-Reineck, River Valley Bank - Jennifer Smith, Bridge Community Health Clinic - Elizabeth Tillisch, Ms Liz Naturals - Bridget Wenman, Perspectives Training & Consulting

2017 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® finalists:




- Amber Anderson, SC Swiderski - Robin Bretl, lightbodY LLC & Weston Family Dental - Katrina Felch, Northcentral Technical College - Katie Hamel, Church Mutual Insurance Company


- Allison Liddle, Prosper Wealth Management & Allison Liddle Consulting - Samantha Mallo, Aspirus Business Health-Wellness - Kayeng Moua, Peoples State Bank - Tina Riehle, Deluxe - Erika Van De Yacht, Sentry Insurance - Erin Witucki, Wipfli LLP

Member News Terri M. Rau, RP has recently been elected to the Board of Directors with Midwest Professional Planners, Ltd. She is also a Partner of MPPL Financial. Rau is proficient in the retirement planning process, the five disciplines of financial planning and general financial concepts, terminology and product categories. She Terri M. Rau has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, and specializes in working with small business owners and individuals interested in focusing on asset accumulation and long-term investment strategies. Rau is licensed to provide investment advisory services and sell securities, variable products and insurance in several states. Rau is a member of The Women Advisors Forum, designed to study the latest strategies for practice growth, network building, and sustaining success for clients in today’s shifting markets.

Operations at the Peoples Wausau – Stewart Avenue location. Rein started at Peoples in 2000 as a call center supervisor in which the customer call center was formed under her leadership. Throughout the years she has served in a key project management role as the bank converted its core processing software and later in acquiring two bank branches. In Rein’s most recent role as electronic banking supervisor she assisted in expanding cash management services and launched the bank’s first mobile banking app. Rein brings extensive expertise and experience in customer service, electronic banking and operations. Jessica Perry has been promoted to e-Banking Supervisor at the Peoples Wausau – Stewart Avenue location. Perry started as a call center agent with Peoples in 2005 and was later promoted to call center supervisor. Under her leadership, the call center expanded support services and consistently exceeded customer referral goals. Perry served as an electronic banking specialist for the past three years, and she received the Accredited ACH Professional certification in 2016. Perry brings broad knowledge of electronic banking and Lisa Haberman, CLU, ChFC, MBA, delivering exceptional customer service. MAM has recently accepted a position as an Investment Advisor Representative for Midwest Professional Planners Ltd. Haberman has a BS degree in mass communications from St. Cloud State University, and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts Lisa Haberman in management dual degree from St. Scholastica. Lisa’s Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter designations Each month, Wisconsin Central Time NEWS were earned from The American College in Bryn Mawr, brings you insightful articles, updates, and Pennsylvania. Peoples State Bank hosted Representative Sean Duffy this week to see the bank’s operations and meet its customers, as part of the American Bankers Association’s ‘Take Your Lawmaker to Work’ initiative. During the visit, Rep. Duffy was given a glimpse into a typical ‘day in the life’ of employees — and its customers — to experience first-hand how many of the issues being discussed in Washington affect the work Peoples State Bank does every day. “We believe Rep. Duffy wants what is best for Northcentral Wisconsin,” said Pete Knitt, CEO. “This visit allowed Peoples State Bank to give our local representative in Congress a hometown perspective on banking that they can take with them to Washington.” Kathy Rein has been promoted to Vice President of Deposit

events about the issues being discussed and the goals being achieved by Marathon County government. Check out the latest articles from Wisconsin Central Time NEWS — now in a mobilefriendly format — to see how county officials and employees are working to make Marathon County a great place to work, play, live, and do business. View or subscribe at WisconsinCentralTimeNEWS.com.


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Member News Greg Framke, compliance/BSA officer of Peoples State Bank, recently completed the Certified BSA AML Professional Certification Greg Framke through the Independent Community Bankers Association. Framke attended the training and completed his certification this summer in Chicago. “Attending this training has given me more ideas in how to better protect our bank and customers,” stated Framke. “It helps the bank meet regulatory expectations and will help me be more efficient in my work.” To earn certification, Framke completed the three-day training and passed the certification testing that went along with this seminar.

directors of Schenck M&A Solutions are proud to announce an innovative new concept which entails a new ownership structure and name change. The newly formed entity is called Taureau Group LLC, and is structured as an independently owned corporation owned by Schenck SC, Ann Hanna and Corey Vanderpoel. “Taureau Group was formed as a full-service boutique

S.C. Swiderski LLC recently announced a new project in Wausau. Urban West is a 22 million dollar luxury multifamily development on North 12th Avenue and Merrill Avenue on the west side of Wausau. The development will house 132 luxury apartment homes offering a variety of studio, efficiency, one and two bedroom floorplans. Leasing Department Manager Kari Kussow said, “We are thrilled to bring our new, contemporary building design to Wausau. These apartments will fill an under-served niche in Wausau providing an upscale rental option with great community amenities and the convenience of underground parking. We believe the tenant experience at Urban West will be second to none in the market.” Schenck SC along with the managing


investment banking practice, able to leverage the strength, discipline and resources of Schenck SC, a major consulting and CPA firm, to provide clients a broader service offering and tax expertise,” said Ann Hanna, chief managing director of Taureau Group. “It also provides additional professional growth opportunities for our team members as well as Schenck’s.”


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Join us for our second annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards as we recognize and celebrate area manufacturers that demonstrate excellence in operations, innovation, workplace culture, supply chain management and more. This year’s finalists: Small to Medium Manufacturers (1 - 299 Employees): • AROW Global Corp • FreMarq Innovations Inc • J & D Tube Benders Inc • Wilson-Hurd A Division of Nelson-Miller - Wausau

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Large Manufacturers (300+ Employees): • County Materials Corporation • Domtar Paper Co LLC • Linetec

Member News The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Foundation will host the 34th Annual EATS (Educational Assistance Through Scholarships) event on Saturday, October 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., on the UWMC campus. Doors will open by 6 p.m. for a wine and beer reception, with the food area opening by 6:45 p.m. “This one-of-a-kind event provides a wonderful opportunity to support students seeking the advantages of higher education while also enjoying a variety of food, live music, a 50/50 raffle and a few large silent auction items,” said Brad Zweck, executive director of the UWMC Foundation. More than 400 people attended last year’s event, which raised nearly $22,000 in support of scholarships for students attending UWMC. EATS 2017 will include traditional indoor features, plus bluegrass band “North of Dixie” performing outdoors under a tent on the UWMC terrace. EATS 2017 will feature a diverse group of local chefs, who will be sharing a wide variety of appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts. EATS is open to the public and advance registrations are suggested. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. For more information or to register, visit uwmcEATS.com or contact Brad Zweck at 715-261-6280 or brad.zweck@uwc.edu.

from the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen presented the award at the institutions’ Chancellor’s Awards Event and Reception on September 21 in Madison. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin. In presenting the award, Sandeen praised Bouffleur for the essential role he has in ensuring a seamless delivery of distance education classes every semester. The success of Non-Online Distance Education classes conducted via video and web conferencing and the myriad of point-to-point video classes can be attributed to his devotion and leadership. “UW Colleges and UWExtension employees and partners work statewide to provide innovative education and services to students, business owners, farmers and citizens in every industry across Wisconsin. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize those individuals who’ve gone above and beyond in extending our mission to every corner of the state.” said Sandeen. Bouffleur joined UW Colleges as the instructional technologist at UW-Marathon County in 2000. In 2006, in addition to providing instructional technology A Wisconsin Education Fair for area high school students, support to faculty members, staff and students at UWMC, he parents and prospective adult students will be held in the assumed the responsibility for coordinating distance education University of Wisconsin-Marathon County Fieldhouse on for all the UW Colleges campuses. Monday, Oct. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 9 to 11 a.m. Representatives from universities, colleges, technical and vocational colleges, trade schools and the military will be present to talk about a variety of educational opportunities. For more information, contact Brian Kalish, UWMC student life and events coordinator, at 715-261-6228. The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County will welcome University of Minnesota graduate art student Katayoun Amjadi to campus for an exhibit from October 2 to 20 in the Ahrnsbrak Gallery. She will give a presentation to the public on October 2 at 7 pm in room 180. Born in Tehran, Iran, Amjadi’s work reflects the personal, cultural, and political displacement she experiences as an immigrant to the United States. The Ahrsbrak Gallery in located in the main building at UWMC. Hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free. For more information contact Julie Bunczak, Lecture & Fine Arts coordinator, at 715-261-6234 or julie.bunczak@ uwc.edu.

We Want to Hear from You!

Please submit your stories and photos to Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com. Use of the stories will be at the discretion of the Chamber and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the Chamber will be used.

Scott Bouffleur, a director in the UW Colleges Office of Distance Learning, is the recipient of the 2017 Career Award


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“We gave the students in The Branch the unusual opportunity to help us make a decision usually reserved for a board of directors or senior management. And investing $5,000 in the ten weeks of what was essentially consulting work was a great value for us.”

“The Branch offered an outside perspective and new approach for a solution to an ongoing issue within our organization. The program had an immediate appeal because we have a passion for entrepreneurship, ingenuity, creativity and innovation.”

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To become a supporter of or to submit an innovation challenge to The Branch, contact Renae Krings at rkrings@wausauchamber.com or 715-848-5942.

Member News The Wausau RiverWolves held a contest to name their mascot earlier this month. Fans that submitted a name are eligible to win a RiverWolves prize pack. The RiverWolves will unveil the mascot and name at a later date. The RiverWolves will open their inaugural season on October 13th at Marathon Park Ice Arena. Season tickets are $184 per seat or $90 for a tengame flex plan. For more information please contact Zach Serwe. The Woodson YMCA invites community members to experience the benefits of body and mind exercise, through free Community Yoga classes at both locations on Saturday, Oct. 7. In addition, community members are encouraged to consider making a healthy commitment while saving money. From Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, the YMCA will offer new membership with no joiner fee and half off the dues for October. Begin membership at either Woodson YMCA location. Minimum six month commitment and excludes short term memberships.



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