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Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center – Dan Schetter, General Manager of the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center was recently honored with the Heroic Hospitality Stars Award as General Manager of the Year. Dan received the award at Best Western® Hotels & Resorts’ 2018 North American Convention. This award honors and recognizes individuals who provide exceptional customer service and demonstrate superior professionalism in their everyday line of work. Dan Schetter was one of only seven hotel employees to receive the award, out of all the 2,100 Best Western properties in North America.

Verve participated in a Build-A-Bike® team building activity with kids from the Boys & Girls Club as part of their all-team training and enrichment day designed to promote teamwork, collaboration, and most importantly, identify opportunities to benefit others. The day ended with a surprise visit from 17 youth from the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. The kids received their new bikes and bags full of Verve goodies and the remaining bikes were donated to the Club to give to kids throughout the year.

UW-Oshkosh – Chancellor Andrew Leavitt announced the appointment of Dr. John Koker as the next Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Moving forward, the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will include greater responsibilities and serve in new ways. The campus is now a multi-campus institution. The duties of Provost are internal facing and will be responsible for the operations of the university. The duties of Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs will demand oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs and implementation of the academic mission.

AT&T donated $5,000 to the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce to support career exploration programs for high school students. The Oshkosh Chamber works in partnership with the local high schools to manage and coordinate the annual fall Interviewthon & Career Exploration program for juniors at Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North High Schools.  The purpose of the program is to educate students on the skills needed for future employment, as well as assist them in determining which careers they would be interested in.

Choice Bank – In July, Choice Bank ceased operations at the Witzel Avenue location and began conducting business from a new corporate headquarters. Choice Bank’s new corporate headquarters is located at 1041 N. Westhaven Drive, Oshkosh. Since the move, they have experienced strong financial measures and reported third quarter net income of $0.79 million.

EAA – EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — EAA Aviation Center was included as one of America’s leading military history locations in the new book, “The Top 100 Military Sites in America.” Particularly noted in the new book is the EAA museum’s Eagle Hangar, which opened in 1988 as an addition to the museum. More than one dozen vintage military aircraft are on display in that area, along with artifacts and historical interpretation of the World War II era. The Eagle Hangar also presents unique perspectives on how military aviation of the era affected other segments of the nation, from industrial production to the Homefront.

EAA’s annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet is coming up on December 7, and will feature Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, who 50 years ago captured the world’s imagination as two of the first humans to orbit the moon.

Menominee Nation Arena announced Award-winning artists Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey will ring in the holiday season together for the third year in a row as they co-bill their popular Celebrate Christmas Tour. This event will be on December 1 at 7:00 pm. In addition, the arena announced they are giving free tickets to the upcoming 38 Special and Lonestar: A Salute to Veterans concert to past and current military personnel who visit the arena box office Tuesday, Nov. 6. Veterans taking advantage of this one-day-only event will have the chance to see co-headliners 38 Special and Lonestar.

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis & Lacy, S.C. promoted Chad P. Wade to Shareholder.  He focuses his practice on School and Higher Education law with an emphasis on Special Education Law, Labor and Employment Law, and Municipal Law.


Schenck – is hosting an annual Payroll Forum, “Developing Confidence and Competence to Bring Payroll Clarity,” in several locations throughout Wisconsin. Participants will receive updates about recent payroll changes and filing requirements, get answers to frequent payroll questions and learn how to manage compliance effectively. Following the workshop, participants are invited to stay for a brief iSolved® demonstration. This human capital management solution helps users manage payroll, time and attendance, benefits administration, HR functions and more.

Thedacare expands in-network healthcare access with the announcement of expanded coverage that provides in-network access to ThedaCare providers and services in a total of nine counties, including two additional counties for 2019. The Health Insurance Marketplace serves people who do not have insurance through their employer, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or another source that provides qualifying coverage.

Boys & Girls Club needs winter coats, boots, hats, snow pants and waterproof mittens/gloves. The club serves youth ages 6-18 and need a variety of sizes. Items can be dropped off at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh.

The Oshkosh Public Museum Auxiliary is hosting their Annual Gala on Thursday, November 29th. This annual fundraising event is filled with music, holiday cheer, and an incredible array of savory hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts. This event is open to the public.

In addition, the 2018 Deck the Halls holiday opens on Saturday, November 17, and will be on display through Sunday, December 30.

Fox Valley Technical College and Change Management Communications Center LLC. – Tina Schuelke, Owner and Executive Director of Change Management Communications Center LLC, & Amy Pietsch, Director, FVTC Venture Center, worked together to organize Startup Wisconsin – Appleton.

It’s a huge week for Wisconsin, with hundreds of different entrepreneurial events. The week received a proclamation from Governor Scott Walker and includes over 25 events happening in the Fox Cities area. The events are suited to business owners, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs at every stage.

The Oshkosh Farmers Market-Winter announced the new location at the Menominee Nation Arena located at 1212 S. Main St. Opening day for the Winter Market is set for November 10. Market hours are 8am to 11am on select Saturdays. In order to accommodate other events at the arena the Oshkosh Farmers Market-Winter will be held on 14 Saturdays from November thru April.

Image 360 – To accommodate growing demand in the vehicle wrap market, Image 360, Inc. is expanding their facility. The 1600-foot expansion will be a climate-controlled environment allowing the company to install full vehicle wraps in a heated building. The expansion will be attached to the north of the existing Image 360 building. The installations are not limited to cars or vans, as graphics can be applied to boats, RV’s, motorcycles, and large trucks. As the company expands this service, so too are they expanding their personnel with the addition of Susan Zolkowski-Kirk in the roll of designer and project manager.

Beiser Realty, LLC – John Malek has joined local real estate company, Beiser Realty, LLC. With over 36 years of sales experience and an outstanding record of managing long-term relationships with his customers, John’s objective has always been making sure the customer experience comes first.


The Grand Oshkosh – The Ladies of Laughter® Funny & Fabulous Tour is returning to The Grand featuring comedians Kelly MacFarland, Regina DeCicco and Erin Jackson. Since 2012, the tour has visited theaters across America with talent from the national competition. The comics are scheduled to take The Grand Oshkosh stage on November 16.

Appleton International Airport broke ground for an airport rescue firefighting training center (ARFF) at Fox Valley Technical College’s Public Safety Training Center. This $14 million regional ARFF training center is funded with a $12 million Federal Aviation Administration grant, and nearly $2 million from the Wisconsin Bureau of Aeronautics. The new facility will attract airport firefighters from across the country, and the partnership with FVTC will provide best-in-class training.

The Bay-Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America will be saluting area veterans at a public event on Wednesday, November 11th. This event will be held at the Military Veterans Museum in Oshkosh. Featured speakers are Lt. Col. (Ret.) Michael Hert, his wife Julie, and Captain Christian M. Hert Sr. All area Veterans organizations are being asked to have representatives and informational tables, so visitors can gain more information on the various services and activities for our nation’s vets.

October 2018 Chamber Member Happenings

Verve a Credit Union, made Credit Union Journal’s 2018 Best Credit Unions to Work For list for the second year in a row. The nationwide list is determined through a lengthy questionnaire on benefits and policies, as well as an in-depth survey completed by employees. Verve takes a comprehensive approach to team member development, going beyond job duties and focusing on culture and wellness. Some unique aspects of the Verve work environment include servant leadership training, a robust wellness program, casual attire days that raise money for charity, and helping with the 350 plus community events verve supports each year.

McClone has named Dustin McClone as President who previously held the position of Executive Vice President. Dustin joined the company in 2005 and has been a key reason for the company’s growth and success. Dustin has spearheaded major strategic moves and service offerings across the company’s portfolio of products and services, most notably the company’s expansion in human resources & employee benefits, as well as McClone’s RiskMAP™ process which systematically improves businesses’ risk profile. McClone also announced that Mike McClone, previously President and Chief Executive Officer, will assume a new role as Chairman Emeritus, and will devote time to supporting the continued growth of the organization

Bank First recently announced plans to construct a new office in Oshkosh. Currently located at 101 City Center, Bank First established itself in the Oshkosh community in 2011. The new office will be located on the corner of N. Koeller Street and Omro Road directly off U.S. Highway 41. Construction of the new office is scheduled to begin in November 2018 and is expected to be complete by late summer 2019.

The Grand Oshkosh will be hosting the performance of “PUSH Physical Theatre’s DRACULA” on October 4th and 5th. PUSH Physical Theatre’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel combines traditional dialogue-driven theatre, athleticism, and acrobatics to illustrate one of literature’s most famous villains.



EAA – Last month, the U.S. National Aerobatic Championship was hosted by the International Aerobatic Club at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The event moved to Oshkosh last year after spending most of the past 45 years at Sherman/Denison, Texas. Approximately 100 pilots competed in the event. The competition consisted of five different categories: Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited. Top finishers in the Unlimited category will earn spots on the U.S team that will compete next year at the world championships in France.

ThedaCare welcomes family medicine physician Paul Stevens, MD, to ThedaCare Physicians-Appleton West. Dr. Stevens received his bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. Outside of work, Dr. Stevens enjoys exploring the community with his wife and two children, running, cross-country skiing, and supporting local music and sports, particularly at Lawrence University.


Oshkosh Public Museum – To commemorate the Great War’s centennial and explore the art, culture and history of World War I, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Public Museum are hosting a series of lectures each afternoon on October 2–4, followed by a special presentation nightly at 6 p.m. Admission is free to attend the World War I Centennial Symposium.

Fox Valley Workforce Development Board began its new program year on July 1, 2018 and started the year with a new trio of county leaders in top roles for its County Consortium. Serving as Consortium Chair is Mark Harris. Harris has been Winnebago County Executive since 2005 and lives in Oshkosh. Taking on the role of Consortium Vice-Chair is Alice Connors, County Board Chair of Calumet County. Alice has been County Board Chair since 2014 and lives in Chilton. The Consortium Secretary is Allen Buechel, County Executive of Fond du Lac County. Buechel has served as Fond du Lac County Executive since 1993 after serving on the Fond du Lac County Board for 17 years and resides in Fond du Lac.

J.J. Keller earned the Great Place to Work Certification for the third year in a row. This certification is based on extensive ratings provided by associates in anonymous surveys. Some of the main categories of the survey are: Great Challenges, Great Atmosphere, Great Rewards, Great Pride, Great Communication, and Great Bosses. Today, the company has grown to approximately 1,400 associates in the Fox Valley as well as remote work locations across the United States.

ARMS  recently celebrated 35 years of protecting business records. ARMS has become an industry leader in records and information technology services, including tradition document storage, certified information destruction, data protection and media vaulting, document scanning services and automated workflow solutions.

September 2018 Chamber Member Happenings

ThedaCare  – ALEXANDER STARR, MD, JOINS THEDACARE CANCER CARE TEAM – Dr. Alexander Starr brings global experience to the Fox Valley. He is bilingual in English and Russian. Trips to Austria, the Philippines, Mexico, Turkey and Thailand over the past 18 years gave Dr. Starr the opportunity to present to other world cancer specialists on a topic of special interest to him; namely, the over-expression of a gene that causes up to 25 percent of breast cancers.

Shea Electric & Communications, LLC, is pleased to welcome three new employees to our team!  Joe Kubichek & Jeremy Schneider started as new Journeyman Electricians this month.  We are also welcoming Jessica Shea who joined our office staff in July.

McCleer Law Office – Attorney, Joseph McCleer has established a new firm, McCleer Law Office, LLC in Oshkosh. Prior to beginning his solo practice, McCleer practiced as a Child Welfare attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as a public prosecutor in Tucson, Arizona. He was most recently with Hooper Law Office in Appleton. McCleer focuses on Elder Law and Estate


The Howard, a stunning 33,383 square foot architectural landmark in Oshkosh is pleased to officially announce their debut lineup of entertainment programming and live concerts for 2018 and early 2019. Originally constructed as a men’s only fraternal club in 1927, the multi-use event space features a grand, 5,118 square foot ballroom and auditorium where iconic headliners such as Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac and other notable performers came through on tour over the course of the last century. Now as The Howard prepares to open doors to the public later this year, the forthcoming venue has already cultivated a dynamic roster of live talents, featuring nationally touring musicians and ticketed acts, interactive murder mystery dinner theatre, live Japanese gameshow-esque competitions and more.

The Oshkosh Post Office will host a Passport Day event on Saturday, Sept 8th from 9:00 AM Until 1:00 PM at the Oshkosh Main Post Office located at 1025 W. 20th Ave. In addition to the familiar passport book, travelers can also apply for a passport card, which may be used for land and sea travel only between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean region. The wallet-size passport card is a less expensive alternative for those who travel to these destinations, but it is not available for international travel by air. To apply for a passport book or passport card for the first time, applicants need proof of U.S. citizenship in the form of their birth certificate issued by the city, county or state, or a certificate of citizenship or a naturalization certificate.  Applicants will also need a valid form of photo identification, and they must submit a photocopy of that identification, such as a current valid driver’s license, government ID or military photo ID. There will be passport photo service available at the Oshkosh Post Office.

Oshkosh Public Museum – The People of the Waters exhibition at the Oshkosh Public Museum opened a year ago, a project that represents four years of research, planning, design and fabrication based on input received from citizens and local teachers. This exhibition celebrates not only the Native American culture that stretches back well over twelve thousand years, but it also shares the story of their survival. The Museum’s effort to tell this story resulted in national recognition by the American Association for State and Local History in the form of their prestigious Award of Merit. People of the Waters was reviewed for its scholarly work, creativity, and the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups. It was judged against museum projects from across the nation and was selected for its excellence.

United Way – Since coming to Oshkosh in 1987 Paul and Peg Larson have been actively engaged in supporting the Oshkosh Area United Way in one way or another. Whether it’s been volunteering, serving on the board of directors, active in the campaign, or in hundreds of other ways. The Larsons will lead the 2018 United Way Fund Raising Campaign. They have long subscribed to the giving of Time, Treasure, and Talent philosophy, and are looking forward to sharing their commitment to the United Way with others.

Blue Door Consulting, a strategic marketing consulting firm, won nine Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. Its submissions to the 24th annual competition earned awards for online advertising and marketing, promotional marketing, videography, logo design, website design and features, and marketing effectiveness. In total, the agency received one Award of Excellence and eight Awards of Distinction. Videography is new to both Blue Door Consulting and the Communicator Awards program. This year’s competition was the first ever to include a video category. Blue Door Consulting earned an Award of Distinction in this category for its EAA® Airventure Day One live events online video for Shell Aviation. The highest honor achieved in the Communicator Awards competition is the Award of Excellence. This honor is given to those recognized as the best communicators in the industry. Blue Door Consulting received this honor for its work on the Outfit of the Day #OOTD campaign for Goodwill’s® online store, reStitch™.

Appleton International Airport reported record-breaking passenger numbers in June 2018, making June the biggest month in the airport’s 53-year history. June marked the 14th consecutive month of passenger growth. More than 63,000 passengers traveled through the airport in June, up from 46,000 in June 2017. ATW also announced a new non-stop flight to Punta Gorda starting November 16, 2018

August 2018 Chamber member Happenings


EAA announced final facts and figures from the 2018 EAA AirVenture. These included:

Attendance: Approximately 601,000,nearly two percent above of 2017’s record total.

Total aircraft: More than 10,000 aircraft arrived at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh and other airports in east-central Wisconsin. At Wittman alone, there were 19,588 aircraft operations in the 11-day period from July 20-30, which is an average of approximately 134 takeoffs/landings per hour.

Camping: More than 12,300 sites in aircraft and drive-in camping accounted for an estimated 40,000 visitors.

Guests registered at International Visitors Tent: A record 2,714 visitors registered from 87 nations, also a record total. (Actual counts may be higher since international visitor registration is voluntary.) Top countries represented by registered visitors: Canada (538 visitors), Australia (386), and South Africa (277).

Media: 976 media representatives on-site, from six continents.

Economic impact*: $170 million for the five counties in the Oshkosh region (Winnebago, Outagamie, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Brown). * – based on 2017 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh economic impact study

In additional EAA news, NFL football tight end Jimmy Graham has been added as EAA Young Eagles Honorary Co-Chair.

UW Oshkosh – UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac become campuses of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh after the UW System restructure plan was approved June 29 by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). UW-Fox Valley, UW-Fond du Lac and UW Oshkosh have long shared a rich history in partnership and collaboration—through academic articulation agreements, continuing education programming, resource sharing and more. With the joining, students at the three campuses of UW Oshkosh, will have access to programs across the educational continuum—certificate programs through associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Throughout the region, more than 12,500 students are enrolled at the three campuses. UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac will remain access campuses that offer affordable tuition and reduce barriers to transferring credits within the UW System. Two-year campuses are considered access points for students, particularly those at greater risk of not being able to afford college: first-generation, low-income and underserved communities.

Oshkosh Corporation held their Feed the Body, Feed the Soul Packing Event on July 12. More than 900 volunteers helped pack over 200,000 pounds of food to feed people in Northeast Wisconsin – exceeding their goal by 20,000 pounds. The packing event followed Oshkosh Corporation’s Feed the Body, Feed the Soul concert, a portion of all ticket sales were used to purchase food for those in need in 18 Northeast Wisconsin counties for one year.


The Oshkosh Public Museum has an interesting painting on display in the For Home and Country: World War I exhibition, on view through October 7. Restored by Barry Bauman in 2011, once again the details of a chaotic World War One battle scene can be studied. The viewer is hit by the nightmare of a “modern” war, with airplanes, tanks and poison gasses intermingling with fighting soldiers.

The Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh – The WI Cornhole Tourney, a corn hole fundraising tournament, will be held at Dockside Tavern on Saturday, September 15th. All proceeds will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh.



Appleton International Airport announced July construction updates:

  • Ticket counter updates complete
  • Baggage claim restrooms remodeled
  • Lobby restaurant & gift shop now open
  • TSA lane expansion underway
  • Concourse restrooms under construction

Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group recently announced the company will merge their 2830 E. John Street into two of their other local offices at 1050 N. Lynndale Drive Appleton and 105 E. Bell St Neenah. The decision for this move is to allow its agents the opportunity to build on the synergy that the other two offices already have, as well as increase activity which can only fuel a culture of productivity.

JJ Keller announces Jeff Verhagen as VP of Information Technology. Verhagen comes to J. J. Keller with more than 25 years’ experience leading technology departments and operational teams in the insurance, healthcare and financial services industries, in both small business and Fortune 500 environments.


July 2018 chamber member happenings

Ascension Wisconsin opened its new Geropyschiatric Inpatient Unit as part of its commitment to improving access to behavioral and mental health services. The Geropsychiatric Inpatient Unit at Ascension Mercy is the only one of its in kind in the Fox Valley Region. Patients will receive cognitive, emotional, and behavioral care for a variety of psychiatric illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and thought disorders.




Oshkosh Corporation announced that President and CEO, Wilson Jones has won a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award honoring the Top CEOs in 2018. Among chief executives recognized by employees in the U.S., Wilson Jones received an approval rating of 93% based on the anonymous and voluntary reviews team members from Oshkosh Corporation shared on Glassdoor throughout the past year. Among the 770,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 69%.


The Oshkosh Area United Way board named a new CEO to lead the organization. Board Chair Al Hartman announced Mary Ann L. Dilling has accepted the position at the agency beginning in July. Dilling most recently was employed with the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh where she served in a variety of roles including Director, Business Development and Director, Events and Hospitality. Prior to her positions with EAA she was the Executive Director for Fond du Lac Festivals.


Shea Electric & Communications, LLC, welcomed four new employees to their team.  Don Turner, Mark Schweitzer & Kurt Kneser started as new Journey Wiremen.  All three bring with them bring many years of experience in the electrical field. Kyle Krueger, also new to the team,  started as Construction Wireman.

The Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh is hosting its annual community Back 2 School Fair on August 16 at Oshkosh North High School. This event helps approximately 1,000 disadvantaged youth in Oshkosh and the surrounding areas to prepare for the upcoming school year. Children attending will receive school supplies, along with personal hygiene items, clothing and haircuts.

EAA announced that Ford Motor Company is again supporting EAA’s youth aviation education programs by auctioning a one-of-a-kind vehicle that salutes an aviation legend, as the RAF Eagle Squadron Ford Mustang GT is unveiled at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The vehicle, specially designed and built by Ford design engineers as well as drifting champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his RTR Vehicles group, will be up for bid during EAA’s biggest fundraiser, The Gathering, on July 26. Also announced, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will have, for the first time, twice the star power for its traditional opening night concert, as country stars Dustin Lynch and Maddie & Tae kick off The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration with a post-air show concert on Monday evening, July 23.

Menominee Nation Arena announced it’s partnering with Green Bay-based promotions company, High Gear Promotions to bring a series of Christian performances to the Oshkosh venue. The first show at the arena will be on October 12, 2018 and will feature two headline performers –  The Answer / All In Tour with GRAMMY®-nominated and Dove Award-winning artists Jeremy Camp and Matthew West will be the first concert of the series. The tour marks the first time the two critically-acclaimed, chart-topping artists have co-headlined their own tour together.

The Oshkosh Public Museum announces For Home and Country: World War I. This exhibit commemorates the centennial of the First World War with an exhibition hat focuses on first-hand experiences of local men and women during the war from June 17 to October 7.

Appleton International Airport reports record number of passengers in May. Passengers increased nearly 26 percent in May 2018 compared to May 2017. Appleton International Airport now offers a new route to Denver which makes travel to the West Coast faster and more convenient, ultimately increasing passenger growth.

Woodward Radio Group -Razor 94.7 104.7 –On June 12 Razor began broadcasting on two frequencies as in the Oshkosh area. Razor 94.7 104.7. Razor 94.7 104.7 is an employee owned radio station rocking Northeast Wisconsin since February 2000 with Cutting Edge Rock from artists. The addition of the second frequency comes with a digital rebranding for the station as well. Razor can now be found online at, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In addition, Woodward Radio Group’s WHBY welcomes Hayley Tenpas as a host of the station’s new afternoon talk show, Focus Fox Valley. Focus Fox Valley will concentrate on delivering local news and community minded conversation to the listeners of WHBY.

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. and the J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. completed construction of their 15th home built for Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity. Over the course of these builds, the J. J. Keller Foundation has granted more than $1.2 million to support the builds and match J. J. Keller associates’ personal contributions. This long-term partnership has made a difference for each family by helping to provide a place they can call home. Nearly 75 associates of J. J. Keller participated in the most recent build, which kicked off during an unexpected snowstorm in mid-April.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board announces the hiring of Dana Keas as the Board’s new Windows to Work Coach. In this role, Keas will work with inmates who are 6-9 months from release at both the Oshkosh and Redgranite Correctional Institutions. Also, the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board was recently recognized with a 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about non-profit organizations in the United States. In order to be recognized with the 2018 Gold Seal from GuideStar, the FVWDB shared important information with the public on, including detailed financial and audit records, information on its Board leadership in-depth reporting about the Board’s goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.



June 2018 chamber member happenings

Bank First National is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas Omdahl to its team as Compliance and BSA Officer. Omdahl joins Bank First with over 25 years of experience in the banking industry and will be responsible for overseeing bank compliance with regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures. He will also be responsible for managing Bank First’s Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) program, which is designed to detect and prevent money laundering.


Independence Financial is excited to announce that Michael Scott was recently recognized as this year’s recipient of the HTK Blue Chip Award. This award is presented annually to only one of the over 1,000 HTK advisors. This prestigious award recognizes Mike and Independence Financial for high standards of integrity, ethics, and performance in helping clients achieve financial security.


Beiser Realty- Kelly Jo Hudson has joined local estate company, Beiser Realty, LLC. She has been involved in real estate since she was 16, refurbishing houses for the less fortunate during summers in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently, Kelly Jo had been affiliated with a different Real Estate company before stumbling upon an amazing opportunity to become affiliated with Beiser Realty and reap all the benefits offered to her clients.

EAA- The EAA Aviation Museum is participating in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families this summer. The free admission offer is good from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 26) through Labor Day (September 3). It is not valid during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh week (July 22-29). Also, educators seeking original ideas for incorporating aviation and aerospace concepts into their classrooms are encouraged to participate in the free Teacher Day activities on Friday, July 27, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018.

Menominee Nation Arena announced that well-known Fox Valley band Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z has been added to the Jeff Foxworthy concert slated for June 15, 2018. Tickets for Jeff Foxworthy, with special guest Boogie and the Yo-Yo’z, are available at the Menominee Nation box office or online at .

Heid Music announced the winners of the 2018 Steinway Piano Competition, which took place at Heid Music Appleton on Sunday, May 20, 2018. This new event offered young artists the opportunity to compete for up to $1,000 in prize money and official recognition from an iconic world-class piano brand. Nine prizes were given to local pianists ages 18 and under. Also, Heid Music bestowed its “School of the Month” title for May upon St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s music program in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Recognized for its dedication to the importance of each individual student, this music program emphasizes student development and goal achievement through weekly solo and group lessons.

Assurance Title Services, Inc. President, Barb Schlieve, has earned the designation of National Title Professional (NTP) from the American Land Title Association. Schlieve is the first person in the State of Wisconsin to receive this title. The NTP designation is designed to recognize land title professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, experience and dedication essential to the safe and efficient transfer of real property.


JJ. Keller & Associates, Inc. has announced that four additional associates have achieved the designation of Certified Transportation Professional® (CTP) by the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). This addition brings the number of current J. J. Keller associates who have obtained their CTP designation to 12. J. J. Keller associates Dean Olejniczak, Scott Rose, Heikki Darrow, and John Smith were among the graduates honored at a ceremony during NPTC’s 2018 Education Management Conference and Exhibition on April 29.


May 2018 Chamber Member Happenings

Bank First National Corporation (OTC-PINK: BFNC), the holding company for Bank First, reported net income for the first quarter of 2018 of $7.06 million, or $1.05 per share, as compared to $3.99 million, or $0.64 per share, for the first quarter of 2017, representing a 64% year-over-year increase in earnings per share. Total assets were $1.70 billion at March 31, 2018, up 32% from $1.29 billion at March 31, 2017. The corporation’s board of directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.16 per common share, payable on July 6, 2018, to shareholders of record as of June 29, 2018.

Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, was recognized last month at the 24rd Annual Corporate Safety Awards Conference by the Wisconsin Council of Safety in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The Corporate Safety Award is given to those that exhibit exemplary safety records and excellence in safety and health management. Oshkosh was recognized with this award for its North Plant manufacturing facility located in Oshkosh, WI. This is the second consecutive year that Oshkosh received recognition for facility safety.

Quill Creative, a brand development and advertising agency located in Oshkosh, WI, won two American Package Design Awards™ from Graphic Design USA for craft beer packaging entries in the Wine, Beer & Liquor category. The design awards recognize Quill Creative’s ingenuity and creativity for its beer packaging designs for Pigeon River Brewing Company located in Marion, WI, and Fifth Ward Brewing Company located in Oshkosh, WI.

EAA –  For the 11th straight year, the opportunity for women who love aviation to build camaraderie and open doors to mentorship and participation comes to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018, as WomenVenture activities will take place during the week. Since 2008, WomenVenture has offered the opportunity to bring together female aviators from throughout the flying community. The activities are designed to encourage participation by women in aviation, as only six percent of all pilots in the U.S. are female. Get the schedule of event at

Shea Electric & Communications, LLC, is pleased to welcome three new employees to our team!  Adam Larkee & Danny Treptow started as new Construction Wiremen this month. Both are looking forward to starting a new career in the electrical field.  We are also welcoming Greg Vanevenhoven as a new Project Manager.  Greg brings over 33 years of experience in the electrical field and holds a Wisconsin Master’s License. We are very excited to welcome them all to our growing team!

Menominee Nation Arena – It’s been decades since area boxing fans have been able to watch live bouts in Oshkosh. But, boxing returns to the city April 28 with three title fights at Menominee Nation Arena. “The Undisputable Truth” night of championship boxing starts at 7 p.m. In the main event, Duarn “The Storm” Vue, the first Hmong boxing champion in history, takes on Nehomar Cermeno of Venezuela for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Featherweight Championship.

interGen – Kristin Bird, Support and Training Manager for interGen Web Solutions recently passed the Administrative Exam for the Joomla Certification Program, making interGen the only web firm in the U.S. to have two Joomla Certified people on staff.  The Joomla! Administrator Exam measures expertise in topics related to the everyday use of building, managing and maintaining Joomla.

Oshkosh Area United Way is inviting you to improve the conditions of our community by volunteering on Friday, May 4th. This year, volunteers can help the Red Cross install smoke detectors in homes of local residents, or participate in a book drive to collect books for a summer reading program, or yard work at the Library, Boys & Girls Club or  Christine Ann Shelter, or helping Growing Oshkosh get it’s Urban Farm ready for the Spring season.  We also will need volunteers to help assemble book bags and write encouraging notes to young readers. Sign up to volunteer and show your community pride in Oshkosh.

Appleton International Airport had a strong first quarter with a 13 percent increase in passengers. The passenger increase is due to strong results by both American Airlines and United Airlines. American Airlines began service to Appleton in July 2017. The community response to the new airline has been so strong that American Airlines is adding additional flights and larger aircraft this spring. United Airlines has seen five straight months of customer increases and is poised for a record year at Appleton once the Appleton to Denver nonstop service begins June 8, 2018.

J.J. Keller – On April 26, 100 students spent the morning at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. participating in activities that highlighted the important job skills needed in today’s workplace and into the future. J. J. Keller has hosted the annual event since 2005 as a way to encourage students to invest in their future and embrace opportunities for potential educational and career development. Also, this month, J. J. Keller has achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification, the international standard that outlines best practices for an information security management system (ISMS). Paul Schwartz, formerly vice president of information technology for J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., is now vice president of technology solutions for the company.


April 2018 Chamber Member Happenings

Schenck SC is pleased to announce Amy Biersteker, CEPA, MSE, business strategist, and Lisa Horn, CEPA, business strategist, recently earned the Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation after completing the Exit Planning Institute’s intensive four-day CEPA program in Atlanta, Georgia. Biersteker and Horn join an elite group of business advisors who have received this designation and are a part of the Exit Planning Institute’s international community of CEPAs. The CEPA program is the most widely accepted and endorsed program in the world.

Oshkosh Corporation is once again hosting a musical event where a portion of all ticket sales will help purchase food for those in need in Northeast Wisconsin. The event will feature music from Cory Chisel & Friends in a Salute to Tom Petty. The event will take place on Saturday, April 14 at the Menominee Nation Arena. Get your tickets here:


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will undergo a visit from the Higher Learning Commission May 21 and 22, 2018, for the reaffirmation of its accreditation. Currently the University is designated as Accredited on Notice by the Commission. Every 10 years a team of peer reviewers comes to campus for a visit to reaffirm the accreditation status. As a part of the Federal Compliance review, the institution asks its constituents to comment about the institution. At this time we invite our many constituents to submit comments to the Commission about the university at

The Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel is hosting one of the world’s best tribute bands: Gun Sin Roses to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the historic show, on Saturday May 19, 2018, It’s a little-known fact, but it’s actually true. Fresh off the release of their debut album and after making a name for themselves on the infamous “Sunset Strip”; Los Angeles’ hottest new rock band Guns N’ Roses performed live at the Convention Center in downtown Oshkosh, WI in the spring of 1988. A few months later, the notorious group released the soon to be number one single “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and over 100 million album sales later, the rest as they say, is history. Tickets are on sale now at, A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go back to the Oshkosh Community.

The Oshkosh Area School District invites you to join them for a  community celebration and retirement reception honoring Stan Mack, Superintendent of Schools. Help us recognize Superintendent Mack’s six years of transformative leadership as Superintendent of the Oshkosh Area School District and pay tribute to his 45-year career in public education. Superintendent Mack will retire from the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD) on June 30, 2018.  The community celebration will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 5 – 7 The Waters (1393 Washington Ave, Oshkosh, WI 54901). Light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar available.

  • Check out the event page on Facebook!
  • Let us know you’re coming!Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page(RSVP’s appreciated by June 7, 2018).
  • Say “Thank you!” and share a memory!Fill out this form to thank Superintendent Mack and share your memorieswith him (your message will appear in a commemorative book that will be presented to Superintendent Mack).
  • Make a donation!Continue Superintendent Mack’s legacy and support Oshkosh Area School District educators and students for years to come by making a donation to the OASD Education Foundation in Superintendent Mack’s name.

Beiser Realty, LLC – Jon Jandrin has joined local real estate company, Beiser Realty, LLC. a non-franchised company with local roots and deep ties to the communities it serves. Jon, a Winneconne Native currently residing in Neenah, has an amazing passion for real estate.

WI Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will be hosting an Employer Focus Group summit that will focus on the hiring of Guard, Reserve and veterans on Wednesday, April 11 in Mosinee. If you’re interested in learning how ESGR can assist with your recruitment efforts of military and veterans, or learning the best practices from other employers, please plan on attending.  See the invite here: 01 Invite 2018 Employer Focus Grp Mosinee Rev1 2018.04.11 

EAA announce the opportunity to advertise in the The Official EAA Visitor & Camper’s Guide. The guide is the go-to source when attending AirVenture. And, in 2017, AirVenture contributed more than $170 million in economic benefit to the Fox Valley. Learn more about how you can get your business in front of 500,000 people. Also announced: The centennial year of the Royal Air Force will be commemorated with historic aircraft, flyovers, and special programming during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The RAF’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the week, with a primary focus on the centennial on Tuesday, July 24.

Valley VNA Senior Care will be hosting “Aging with Grace, ” an elder care learning event on April 24th. There will be five engaging learning stations designed
around key issues for seniors. See the full event invite here: Aging With Grace Final Flyer A.

Fox World Travel announced dates for their Travel Manager Institute 2018. Today, a growing number of professionals from various backgrounds, such as human resources, procurement and finance take on the role of managing their organization’s travel. Often, these professionals don’t have a background in travel. To help these professionals keep up with the fast-paced industry, Fox World Travel created the Travel Manager Institute. The program will be held in Oshkosh  April 17-18.

ADVOCAP YouthBuild Oshkosh invites you to an open house on April 29 at 2 p.m. at 654 Frederick St. Oshkosh.  ADVOCAP YouthBuild is a construction based employment and training program for 16-24 year olds. The programs intent is to assist participants in overcoming employability barriers and guide them through individual pathways of success. Participants are near completion of building a certified Wisconsin Green Built Home in Oshkosh and you are invited to attend the open house.


Menominee Nation Arena announced Hmong Champion Duarn “The Storm” Vue to Fight for WBA Championship on April 28. Vue will enter the ring April 28 for the main event at Menominee Nation Arena to battle Nehomar Cermeno for the World Boxing Assocation (WBA) Intercontinental Featherweight Championship. Billed as “The Undisputable Truth” also featuring Deonte “Bomaye” Wilson, the night of championship boxing starts at 7 p.m. For tickets to “The Undisputable Truth” night of championship boxing, visit the Menominee Nation box office or

Ralph Harrison, veteran sales and marketing executive has joined the Menominee Nation Arena team as the Director of Marketing and Communications. A name familiar to many, Harrison has a long and successful career building brand awareness in the auto sales industry.


The Oshkosh Area United Way’s Community Celebration, included announcing the winner for 2017 Ford Focus sweepstakes. The car was the carrot used as an incentive to attract new donors or to encourage existing donors, to increase their giving in the United Way’s 2017 campaign. Campaign Co-Chairs; father and daughter team Dennis and Annie Elmer, announced the results of the 2017 campaign, which raised $1,273,560, and how deeply appreciative the United Way is for every dollar raised. Various businesses and organizations which ran outstanding employee campaigns, were recognized as were the gifts from a number of area foundations, and those companies that attained the 100% employee giving.

The Grand Oshkosh announces The Mersey Beatles, a Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band and the house band for over a decade at the world-famous Cavern Club, will perform on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like The Beatles!  They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool, and from 2002 to 2012, they were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s. John Lennon’s sister and Director of the Cavern Club endorses the band and traveled with them on their 40-date 2016 U.S. debut tour. To purchase tickets visit 

Appleton International Airport will host a TSA Pre✔® Enrollment event April 23-27.. TSA Pre✔® is an expedited screening program that enables enrolled travelers to enjoy a more efficient screening experience when traveling. TSA Pre✔® members do not need to remove shoes, 3-1-1 liquids, laptops, light outerwear or belts when using a TSA Pre✔® lane. TSA Pre✔® certification is $85 and is valid for five years. For more information, and to sign up visit

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. announced that it acquired the hazmat placard-related assets of California-based Kresky Signs, Inc. These assets include dies, designs and intellectual property related to flip-page placard books for hazardous material identification on vehicles and containers to meet requirements of government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Purchasing the Kresky placards assets allows J. J. Keller to expand its portfolio of DOT placards and placard-based offerings.

Woodward Radio Group (WRG), a division of Woodward Communications, Inc., and Caxambas Corporation jointly announced that Woodward has agreed to acquire the 104.7 WBJZ(FM) radio signal transmitted from Berlin, WI from Caxambas Corporation.


March 2018

Chamber Member Happenings
Business After Hours
Chamber Golf Outing
MRA Surveys
Washington Fly-In
From the U.S. Chamber 
Member Spotlight: Plain Old DevOps
Monthly Events and Leadership Oshkosh Info Night
Save with Network Health
Post a Job: Nation Job

Chamber Member Happenings

EAA is having their Hops & Props on March 3rd. You can enjoy over 300 types of beer, entertainment, and great food. General admission tickets are available for this event, which will be from 7-10 pm. Also at EAA, The Air Force Reserve is celebrating its 70th anniversary with an impressive fleet of military refueling aircrafts as part of AirVenture’s “Year of the Tanker”. 


Oshkosh Corporation for the third time has been named one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute. The company’s strong ethical culture has been highlighted and they are one of only 135 companies on this respected list. Oshkosh Corporation was also awarded the 2017 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award for outstanding achievements in manufacturing. The annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards Program recognizes Wisconsin companies that demonstrate a commitment to business excellence, which has a positive impact on the company and the state, making Wisconsin a better place to live, work and play. Oshkosh Corporation was part of the “Mega” category, based on the number of employees.

Congressman Glen Grothman will be hosting a job fair at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Neenah on Friday, March 23rd from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


Choice Bank is proud to announce the newest addition to their team. Fred Siemers joined Choice Bank as their Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. Fred has over 25 years of progressive banking experience and also has extensive experience in commercial lending and years of effectively setting the strategic direction for a community bank.


United States Postal Service – Oshkosh – The Oshkosh Post Office will host a Passport Day event on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Oshkosh Main Post Office located at 1025 W. 20th Ave. You can stop by to purchase a passport book or passport card without a reservation. For information on requirements, fees, and forms, visit

Day By Day Warming Shelter is hosting a Style Show & Dinner benefit at the end of next month, Mile of Style. Join in for fabulous fashions, fantastic raffles and a fun-filled evening among friends. You also have a chance of winning a week-long trip for two to Ocean City, Maryland. Get tickets.


Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh is having a Youth of the Year dinner on March 22nd to celebrate the achievements of its members and their effort to grow in Health & Wellness, Academic Success and Character & Leadership. The dinner will also recognize the Club’s largest youth achievement of 2018, the Youth of the Year. For tickets email [email protected] .

LifePromotions announced that Carla Frieders has been promoted to Corporate Development Coordinator. Carla has been with Life Promotions for ten years as the administrative assistant for the Development Department. Carla has exceptional skills in event management and administration and will be working alongside Dave Romenesko, Director of Development, on Lifest sponsorships and partnerships for “Life” events.

The Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will be having a Leadership Mentoring Event, “Cultivating Your Career” on March 8th at LaSure’s Banquet Hall. Success can mean many things to many people. Explore how women right here in our community have succeeded in their careers and more. Panelists: Ashley Foster, Learning and Development Operations Specialist,; Jenni Molash, Human Resources Manager, Silver Star Brands; Kim Molitor, Principal and Relationship Manager, Windward Wealth Strategies, Inc.

Appleton International Airport is hosting a Wings for Autism event in partnership with The Arc of Fond du Lac, Allegiant Air, and the Transportation Security Administration in mid-May. Wings for Autism helps alleviate some of the stress people with disabilities and their families experience when traveling by air. ATW also announced that American Airlines is increasing flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport starting in May. Along with that, they are also increasing the size of the aircrafts. This will increase service to the community and make traveling more convenient for frequent flyers.

Bayland Buildings, Inc.  – In an effort to continue this unprecedented growth Bayland has realigned the leadership team to strategically focus on efficiency, quality, value, client experience and employee career development. Bayland has made several notable changes including the hiring of Jordan Birshbach as a Project Superintendent, Kevin Verheyen as Agriculture Business Development and Preconstruction, and Michael Conroy recently joined the Agristeel division for Building Sales.

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Oshkosh Corporation & Bank First Oshkosh Chamber Open: August 13

It may be February, but it’s never to early to start practicing your swing for the Oshkosh Chamber Open.  Mark your calendars for August 13th for the 2018 Outing! Registration is now open for pairs and foursomes.  If you would like to get involved as a sponsor of this event contact [email protected]

Thank you to our 2018 Title Sponsors: Oshkosh Corporation and Bank First National.


  • Oshkosh Chamber members and guests
  • Young professionals
  • Local business leaders
  • …and anyone looking for an opportunity to talk to business professionals and leaders!
We invite you to walk down memory lane and browse through the fun from 2017 in our Golf Outing Gallery! 

REgister your foursome or pair Now


MRA Surveys

In lieu of our regular wage and salary survey The Oshkosh Chamber has partnered with MRA to offer members the opportunity to contribute data that will directly empower your decision making. We are very excited about the comprehensive data we can offer our members with this partnership. Members of MRA and Non-members can participate in the upcoming surveys and we encourage your participation.

There will be several surveys coming up for your to participate in.

2018 Industrial & Production Trades Survey – Open from Feb. 27, 2018 – April 13, 2018

2018 Benchmark Compensation Survey – Open from Mar. 21, 2018 – May 4, 2018

Get the Calendar of Surveys pdf here.

*Register by clicking the image to the left

Chamber Washington fly-in

Oshkosh Chamber President & CEO along with several Chamber Members made their way to Washington this month for the annual Washington fly-in. This yearly event brings representatives from several Chambers of Commerce to Washington to discuss their collective interest in federal issues that directly affect the business community.

From the U.S. Chamber:

Small Businesses Love Tax Reform and are Bullish on the Economy

Small businesses are pumped about the economy.The Q1 Metlife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index shows a surge in confidence, moving up more than three points to 66.3.It’s the biggest jump in the Index since it was launched in 2017. Read More.

From the U.S. Chamber:

Here’s How the U.S. Chamber Would Rebuild and Modernize America’s Infrastructure

After decades of inaction, now is the time Washington should move on rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure, the head of the U.S. Chamber declared. Read More.

Member Spotlight: Plain Old Devops

Plain Old DevOps started as a consulting company in Dec. of 2016, that focuses on new and emerging technologies and are committed to bringing those advantages to the Midwest.

Casey Niemuth, CEO & Co-Founder

Christopher Rennert, CTO & Co-Founder

Our Business brings the buzz words of the IT community to the Midwest: Integration, API, Environment Automation, and Continuous Pipelines for Faster Development. We offer consulting services, continued services, with 3D printing coming in the next few months. Every decision we make is made with a security first mindset. We enable our team to utilize any and all technology at a production level by ensuring knowledge is available to all from all. We target anyone and everyone. We pride ourselves on our diverse skill sets and enablement of our team members, and that means that we can assist with many different types of integrations from the corner store to fortune 500.

Since January 2018, we have doubled our staff, and now have even more skills to share with Oshkosh. Over the next few months we will begin offering Expanded Continued Services to assist customers in the management / migration of their current systems.

Learn more about Plain Old DevOps at

Oshkosh Chamber Monthly Events,  Educational Seminars &

Leadership Oshkosh Info Session

*no registration required to attend Ribbon Cuttings
March 7 @ 12 p.m.
Where: Physical Achievement Center
3475 Old Omro Road, Ste. 300,  Oshkosh
March 20 @ 12 p.m.
Where: Independence Financial LLC
1488 W. South Park Avenue, Oshkosh
Mar 28 @ 12 p.m.
Where: Safeway Pest Management
1173 S. Washburn Street, Ste., Oshkosh
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Breakfast Briefing: Legal Staffing Options in a Full Employment Economy
March 8, 2018 – 7:30 a.m.: Registration, networking and continental breakfast. 8:00 a.m. – Program
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On March 27, 2018 there will be complimentary introduction to the “Introduction to Project Management” beginning in April. The series will be 8 hours spread out over two months (four sessions), with a combination of lecture and facilitated group workshop. The goal will be for participants to leave with tools and techniques they can use to begin more effectively managing projects.
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February 2018

Chamber Website Launch
Chamber Member Happenings
Economic Outlook Breakfast
Business After Hours
Chamber Golf Outing
Business Outlook Survey Results
Senators Urge Trump to Modernize NAFTA
Member Spotlight: Wihlm Dental
New Business
Monthly Events
Leading from the Top
Leadership Oshkosh Alumni Gathering
Oshkosh Chamber/Rhyme Business Expo
Save with Network Health

New chamber website

We launched a new look and now our new website is live. Check out our site!

Business Briefs

Oshkosh Corporation – Construction of new headquarters will take place on the site of the Lakeshore Golf Course off Lake Butte des Morts, near Interstate 41. Besides the unveiling, Oshkosh Corporation also announced a $600,000 donation to construct a one mile trail from the property to Rainbow Park, which everyone can use. The hope is to break ground with construction in May with completion in the fall of 2019. Take a tour of the headquarters at Oshkosh Corporation has also been recognized as one of FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, which highlights some of the most respected and successful companies from around the world. This is the first time that Oshkosh Corporation has received this prestigious award and Oshkosh is one of only five Wisconsin-based companies named. This week Oshkosh Corp was awarded the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles A2 Contract from the U.S. Army. The initial contract value is $476 million with no cap on the number of additional vehicles that may be purchased.

Verve, a Credit Union will open a new branch on Washburn Avenue, with plans to open in late fall of 2018. The new full-service branch on Washburn Avenue will feature a drive-up as well as innovative banking technology including Expert Nearby, a video conferencing service allowing members to connect with Verve team members at other locations. Verve will announce details regarding the new branch such as opening date, location hours and employment opportunities as plans develop.

ThedaCare announced a new online Breast Cancer Risk Assessment tool. The tool is another way for patients to learn more about their risk, on their own time and at home. The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment poses a series of concise health-related questions, assessing lifestyle risk factors such as postmenopausal BMI (weight), smoking, alcohol habits and exercise; hereditary risk factors such as Ashkenazi Jewish descent, breast cancer in the immediate family, and the presence of the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene mutations; and personal history such as age and reproductive history.

West Side Association will again host a panel discussion featuring private local developers and business partners at their annual meeting on Thursday, February 15  at LaSures Banquet Hall.  For the past several years, West Side Association has piqued the interest of the business community by inviting local private businesses and developers to participate in a panel discussion of their current and future projects, giving us a glimpse of their vision for the future of Oshkosh.

This year’s panel members include:

Greg Pierce          Menominee Nation Arena
Bryan Brandt        Oshkosh Corporate Headquarters
Ben Ganther         The Howard (formerly the Eagles Club)
Stan Leedle          Choice Bank
Kyle Bach              The Annex Group (Lamico Site)
Steve Hoopman   Oshkosh Ave. development

WMC Foundation and the Milwaukee Business Journal have teamed up this year to bring you the Focus on Manufacturing Breakfast on February 23rd at The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, which will feature top speakers discussing Wisconsin’s supply chain. More information is available at

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. has selected a new Executive Director, Beth Oswald. She has a successful track record with the CADASI and is passionate and committed to the organization. Beth will be sharing her vision for the CADASI as they work to end domestic abuse during a welcome event.


Schenck SC – The Manufacturing & Distribution team at Schenck, a full-service CPA and consulting firm, jointly published the results from the 2018 Leading Edge Alliance (LEA) National Manufacturing Outlook Survey. Optimism is high as manufacturers’ responses indicated they have a more positive outlook about the economy for 2018 than in 2017. The growing U.S. and global economies, rising energy and commodity prices, and improved business and consumer confidence support this positive outlook.

EAA’s skiplane fly-in is this month on the 10th and will highlight this unique segment of flight that is popular throughout parts of North America. This year, one child, between the ages of 8 and 17, will have a chance to win the opportunity for a free Young Eagles flight. EAA will be having their annual Hops & Props next month. More than 300 extraordinary beverages are available from microbreweries and distributors from around the world. You will also have a chance to talk with the brewers themselves and learn about their brewing process and history.

Anchorage Realty Inc. recently announced the availability of new residential townhomes, self-storage units and commercial contractor rental space on the northeast side of town. The two six-unit townhomes are located at 2525 and 2601 Bowen Street, Oshkosh. The self-storage and commercial space features a state-of-the-art security camera system.

TEDxOshkosh Announces 2018 Speaker Pitch Night on February 26th. TEDxOshkosh is seeking speakers for the 3rd Annual TEDxOshkosh to be held on November 10th, 2018 and will host a 2018 Speaker Pitch Night on Monday, February 26th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Waters at 1393 Washington Avenue in Oshkosh. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend to hear those who aspire to be a TEDxOshkosh speaker. Visit for more details.

Oshkosh Public Museum – Starting this month through May, the Oshkosh Public Museum has a REPLAY exhibit, where pop culture fanatics can look back at stories, games and experiences from the past. This exhibit will have something for the entire family, whether it is LEGO, Teletubbies, or Rubix cubes. REPLAY is the ultimate throwback, combining mediums and artists and will make you feel like a kid again.

Shea Electric & Communications, LLC, is pleased to welcome a new electrician to our team!  Pat Yanke started as a new Journey Wireman this month.  Pat brings over 18 years of experience as a Licensed Journey Wireman.

Nigl Accounting LLP is pleased to announce the addition of two new employees to their growing team. Paula Thill joined the firm in November, and brings 16 years of local accounting firm experience. Chad Durkee joined the firm in December as a certified public accountant, and brings 4 years of regional firm experience.

The Girls Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes will be having a Leadership Mentoring Event, “Cultivating Your Career” on March 8th at LaSure’s Banquet Hall. Success can mean many things to many people. Explore how women right here in our community have succeeded in their careers and more. Panelists: Ashley Foster, Learning and Development Operations Specialist,; Jenni Molash, Human Resources Manager, Silver Star Brands; Kim Molitor, Principal and Relationship Manager, Windward Wealth Strategies, Inc.

Candeo Creative welcomed three new team members last month. It hired Chad Fulwiler as account services director, Colleen Bies as traffic and finance manager, and Cassie Murray as media buyer.

Triple Win Strategies, LLC has welcomed Tim Raupp as their new Chief Executive Officer. Raupp will be responsible for overall direction and management of the company, focusing on strategic business development. He brings 39 years of experience with him, including international sales & marketing, customer relations, and product support. Raupp is also a recipient of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Edward M. Greer Award.

Investors Community Bank – ICB’s very own Tim Schneider, CEO, has been named one of the eight WBD Elite Lending Partners for 2017. This honor is given annually in recognition of success in helping small business get the financing they need to grow, create jobs and build communities. Tim has helped at least ten businesses move forward by partnering with WBD to provide his customers the low, long-term, fixed-rate financing available through the SBA 504 program. Mark Maurer, Vice President – Senior Business Banking Officer at Investors Community Bank also received this recognition in 2015.

Appleton International Airport continues its five consecutive year growth trend with 575,000 passengers in 2017, which is a 4.6 percent increase over 2016. Nonstop flights to Denver through United Express beginning June 8, 2018. This will be their 9th nonstop flight destination that they offer.

Bayland Buildings, Inc. announced they have exceeded $100 million in sales as of December 2017. This is a new milestone for the company in their 26 year history. 70% of their sales were from repeat clients. In an effort to continue this unprecedented growth Bayland has realigned the leadership team to strategically focus on efficiency, quality, value, client experience and employee career development.

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.has merged two departments to form their Editorial & Consulting Services, which will be led by former senior director of consulting services, Steve Murray. This department includes more than 50 state agencies, including OSHA, DOT, and DOL. This has been done in hopes to strengthen the company’s regulatory expertise and allow for more streamlined operations in Editorial & Consulting Services.

TDS Telecom has been recognized on the new Forbes list, America’s Best Employers for Diversity. TDS Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. and a growing force in the cable industry. The company sponsors local diversity summits and also dedicates time educating employees about diversity. In fact, TDS has created Policy 104, which focuses solely on their commitment to diversity.

economic outlook breakfast: Registration Deadline – Feb 12

You still have time to register for this highly anticipated event sponsored by Ganther Construction and Architecture. Registrations must be made by 3 p.m. on Monday, February 12th. Register single registrations here. Or to register your Corporate Table of 8 contact Jessica Sosnoski at [email protected]


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Register here.

Oshkosh Chamber Golf Outing: August 13

It may be February, but it’s never to early to start practicing your swing for the Oshkosh Chamber Golf Outing. Mark your calendars for August 13th for the 2018 Outing! Registration will be opening February 19th.

  • Oshkosh Chamber members and guests
  • Young professionals
  • Local business leaders
  • …and anyone looking for an opportunity to talk to business professionals and leaders!
I invite you to walk down memory lane and browse through the fun from 2017 in our Golf Outing Gallery!

2018 business outlook survey results

How’s business shaping up in Oshkosh for 2018? That is the question we asked local CEOs, business managers and owners. While it is impossible to predict our economic future with a high degree of specificity, locally Oshkosh is doing well and has a position of strength in the marketplace. This past year, employment remained strong. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the November 2017 unemployment rate for Oshkosh remains below the national unemployment rate of 3.9 percent at 2.7 percent. This translates to having 606 more Oshkosh residents working now than the same time last year.

The results of the Oshkosh Chamber’s Annual Business Outlook Survey, a barometer that we use to gauge the degree of confidence of business leaders, is further indication that local businesses are bullish on what the economy holds for 2018. Of the local CEOs and business owners who participated in our annual Business Outlook Survey, 76 percent reported that sales increased in 2017 over the previous year, 79 percent indicated that profits were up, and 86 percent increased wages. When asked to forecast sales for 2018, 88 percent believe that sales will out-perform the previous year’s sales level and 60 percent expect to add employees. While this is all very good news, business leaders report that finding qualified workers remains a challenge, with 40 percent indicating they are having trouble hiring qualified employees. This could a potential obstacle to economic growth in the years to come.

Manufacturers plan to increase their raw material inventories in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same quarter one year ago according to 92 percent of Oshkosh-based manufacturers. In the first quarter of 2018, 61 percent of retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers anticipate are higher volume of finished goods inventory over 2017 fourth quarter levels. These are indications of an expected sales volume increase in the months to come.

Optimism is high and local CEOs believe that the business climate has improved. CEOs indicated that the State of Wisconsin is heading in the right direction in terms of the business climate according to 84 percent of the respondents and 76 percent indicated the US business climate in headed in the right direction which is contrasted by 59 percent believing that the US was headed in the right direction last year. However, challenges remain. Local CEOs indicated that legislative measures should be taken to improve their business and the state’s business climate. Local CEOs stated the top three public policy issues facing Wisconsin are increasing health care cost, the labor shortage/the lack of qualified applicants, and the current tax climate.

CEOs, business managers and owners are probably some of the most optimistic personality types. True to form, our survey found Oshkosh business leaders inclined to be bullish on 2018 and cited a lot of reasons for that perspective, including the defense contract production by Oshkosh Corporation, along with its selection of Oshkosh for their future corporate campus, the addition of the Menominee Nation Arena, the Wisconsin Herd (G-League developmental team), a diverse business base, an emerging information technology business sector, higher employment rates and stronger consumer confidence. This should be a boost for the marketplace. There appears to be good traction in the business community. Businesses are focusing on growth and addressing challenges. Moving forward, we will build on the great gains and achievements of the business community to solidify and generate economic growth.

John Casper, President & CEO – Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Johnson, GOP Senators Urge President Trump to Modernize NAFTA

Sen. Ron Johnson, along with 35 of his Senate colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and outlining how the president can improve the agreement.
“NAFTA has driven U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico to approximately $1.3 trillion annually,” the senators wrote. “Whether manufacturers, farmers or insurance providers, a wide range of industries in the U.S. have benefited from this agreement, and American consumers are reaping those benefits, too. Canadians and Mexicans buy nearly $500 billion worth of U.S. manufactured goods each year, translating to $37,000 in export revenue for every American factory worker, and U.S. agricultural exports to the two countries have quadrupled under the agreement from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38.1 billion in 2016.
Text of the letter is below:
Mr. President:
We write today to reaffirm the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and congratulate you on efforts to modernize the agreement and put America first. You have the opportunity to unleash the American economy like no president has done before and fuel historic growth.
NAFTA has driven U.S. trade with Canada and Mexico to approximately $1.3 trillion annually. Whether manufacturers, farmers, or insurance providers, a wide range of industries in the U.S. have benefited from this agreement and American consumers are reaping those benefits, too. Canadians and Mexicans buy nearly $500 billion worth of U.S. manufactured goods each year, translating to $37,000 in export revenue for every American factory worker, and U.S. agricultural exports to the two countries have quadrupled under the agreement from $8.9 billion in 1993 to $38.1 billion in 2016.
NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states. Despite all of its benefits, however, we can do better and there are opportunities to improve the agreement. Modernizing NAFTA to increase market access, expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production and including provisions on intellectual property and e-commerce will make this agreement even more beneficial to the United States.
Mr. President, your leadership has jump-started our economy. The recent tax reform bill is already leading to economic success across all industries and the stock market is at record highs. The next step to advance the economy requires that we keep NAFTA in place, but modernize it to better reflect our 21st century economy. We look forward to working with you and your administration to make that modernization a reality and bring Americans even greater economic success.

member spotlight: wihlm dental

Wihlm Dental was established in 2008 when Dr. Michelle Wihlm purchased the existing practice of Dr. Roger Jacobsen, who had been in practice for 35 years. Most of their patients are from the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. Wihlm Dental is a practice devoted to providing a lifetime of optimal oral healthcare for their patients. They listen to their patients and make sure they evaluate every patient to give them individual treatment recommendations. They hold themselves to high standards and pride themselves on the relationship and trust they build with their patients.
Their office has a small and friendly atmosphere, the staff at Wihlm Dental not only take pride in helping patients with their oral hygiene, but also by getting to know their patients. It’s a priority for them to help patients realize the importance of good oral health and the effects on your entire body. They have a family practice and see patients of all ages. They provide a wide variety of services including dental hygiene, white composite fillings, sealants, crowns/bridges and cosmetic dentistry. They also offer custom athletic mouth guards. Learn more about Wihlm Dental

new business

Granary Brew Pub – Learn More

O-Town Iron – Learn More




Stay and Play Ruff House – Learn More

monthly events

Where: Fire Escape Art Studio & Gallery, 423 N. Main Street. When: February 16 @ 12 p.m.


Register here for Social Hub.   Register here for A.M. Oshkosh.


Breakfast Briefing: Discipline and Discharge
When: February2018.
Where: von Briesen & Roper, Oshkosh.

7:30 a.m.: Registration, networking and continental breakfast. 8:00 a.m. – Program

Disciplining and terminating employees is often not on the list of what you signed up for as a supervisor. The Chamber brings back this very popular workshop. Read more and register here.


Tax Law Changes – How You Will Be Impacted
The tax reform law is the most significant tax law change in many years. Join us for a broad overview of these updates, including the key provisions and how they impact individuals and businesses. Presentation by Corey Kolbe, of Schenck. Thursday, February 22 at120 Jackson Street, Oshkosh. Register here.

leading from the top – feb. 28

 This series of briefings targets the leaders of small and medium sized businesses to improve organization performance.
When: February 28, 2018,7:30 – 9:00 a.m
Where: 120 Jackson Street, Oshkosh

Everyone talks about accountability but what is it really? How do executives establish a culture of accountability that drives high performance? Read more and Register here.

leadership oshkosh alumni gathering – feb. 21

5 p.m. -8 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ The Waters, 1393 Washington Ave., Oshkosh

Network with fellow Leadership Oshkosh alumni  and the current 2018 class. Attend for a chance to win a one-night say at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake. Must be present to win. Pass this along to your classmates. The class with the most attendees earns a $100 gift card from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to go towards an Oshkosh area nonprofit of the class’ choice.

Register by February 14th by calling 920-303-2266 or email [email protected] Attention Alumni: If your contact information is changing and you’d like to stay up to date on LO Alumni Informaition please contact us at 920-303-2266.

Oshkosh Chamber Business Expo 2018

Oshkosh-area businesses and local residents packed the Oshkosh Convention center Thursday, January 25th for the 2018 Business Expo presented by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Rhyme. More than 90 businesses turned out for this annual event to showcase their products and services and to make new business contacts. Booths were decked out for the “Business at the Beach” theme. Prizes were awarded to the best booths: First Place: Fletcher Chiropractic, Second Place: Best Western Premier Hotel & Conference Center and Third Place: Verve, a credit union.

Exhibitors and guests also took part in a morning State of Community Address thanks to our presenters: Andrew Leavitt, Chancellor: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Mark Harris, County Executive: Winnebago County, Melissa Kohn, Director – Oshkosh Campus: Fox Valley Technical College, Mark Rohloff, City Manager: City of Oshkosh, and  Dr. David Gundlach, Deputy Superintendent: Oshkosh Area School District. Two free educational seminars were also offered during the day. Thank you to Chris Henry of EAA, and Angela Damiani of NEWaukee for presenting to attendees. Also a big thank you to our Seminar Rooms Sponsor The Business News.

The Oshkosh Chamber held its monthly Business After Hours during the expo with the Taste of Oshkosh. People got the chance to try food from area restaurants and caterers. Thanks to our food and beverage sponsors: Benvenuto’s Italian Grill, Dublin’s Irish Pub, HuHot Mongolian Grill, Jimmy Johns, LaSure’s, Manila Resto, Premier Waterfront Catering, The Roxy and Primo, TJ’s Harbor and Oshkosh Country Club. Beverage sponsors: Fox River Brewing Company and Pepsi.

To see more photos from the event head to our Facebook Page! If your business would like to be a part of the 2019 Business Expo, contact Amber Thiel at [email protected] to receive the early bird special!

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce has recognized Network Health for providing high-quality and cost-effective health plan solutions to Oshkosh-area employers. This partnership will exclusively provide Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce members in Winnebago county with innovative alternatives to costly premiums.

With Network Health’s Assure product, Oshkosh-area employers are able to provide their employees with quality coverage at an affordable cost. The Assure product is a level-funded plan which means employers can benefit from the predictable, fixed monthly rates of a fully-insured plan but only pay for the health care that employees actually get.

Save with network health

To learn more about how your company can take advantage of the premium discount, call your insurance agent. The following are the Network Health Plan Chamber Member authorized insurance agents:

5Gbenefits, LLC – 920-251-9004

Ann Menke Insurance Services – 920-251-5211

Ansay & Associates – 920-235-2764

Associated Financial Group – 920-731-0400

Diedrich Agency – 920-232-4090

Forsite Benefits – 920-593-1911

Hanson Benefits, Inc. – 920-955-1040

Jackson Kahl Insurance – 920-231-5727

JWA Insurance Services – 920-237-5544

Mc Clone Agency – 920-232-4001

Murken Insurance  – 920-651-1500

Richards Insurance – 920-235-1980

T.I.C., Inc – 920-734-8735

Valley Insurance Associates – 920-235-3450