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Jennifer McHugh of Royal Credit Union became a credit union development educator (CUDE) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). A total of 48 credit union professionals received their CUDE designation. DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
The UW System Board of Regents elected a new Board president: John Robert Behling. Regent Behling has served as the vice president for the Board since 2015, and will begin his term as president last week. At age 46, Behling is the youngest president- elect, as well as the first Board president from the Chippewa Valley, where he is an attorney with the Eau Claire law firm Weld Riley, S.C. At the firm, Behling serves as the firm’s vice president and chairs Weld Riley’s government and administrative law practice.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a period of two years.
The Eau Claire Community Foundation awarded $118,441 in grants through its 2017 competitive grant cycle. In this grant cycle, the Foundation received 65 grant applications and was able to fully or partially fund 51 of them. These awards bring the Foundation’s current 2017 disbursements through competitive and Donor-Advised granting to more than $2.1 million, including more than $1.9 million in support of the Confluence Project.
Peoples Bank Midwest recently recognized Donnie Magadance on her retirement. She had worked at the bank for 22 years.
The Carson Park Baseball Stadium Renovation Project is a partnership between the City of Eau Claire, the users of the stadium, and the many supporters of baseball in the Chippewa Valley. The Eau Claire Community Foundation is accepting donations for the Project. Renovation plans include:
• Permanent bleacher seating along both sides of the stadium
• Expanded dugouts and artificial turf
• New restrooms and concession areas
• Enlarged plaza area
The estimated cost of these improvements is $3.5 million, with the city covering half of the costs. The balance, ($1.75 million), will be provided by the users, area businesses, and individual donations. Project organizers encourage everyone to consider contributing to this Project. With strong community support, the renovations will commence following the 2017 baseball season. Online donations can be made on the Carson Park Baseball Stadium Renovation Fund page of the Eau Claire Community Foundation website at www.eccommunityfoundation.org.
CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named EO Johnson Business Technologies’ Locknet® Managed IT Services to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995.
The 21st Annual Breakfast in the Valley was a big success thanks to more than 80 sponsors and over 300 volunteers. This year, we served 3,350 people from 5 to 10 a.m.! This event would not be possible without the Chamber members who volunteered to serve the breakfast and the Breakfast in the Valley committee that worked for several months to plan the breakfast.
A special thanks to the early risers who helped get the breakfast running whether it was making coffee, firing up the skillets, directing traffic or serving guests. We appreciate those that brought a whole team from their company. We hope it was a good team building event! We also want to thank those that came for the less exciting part of the day, clean up! Thanks to everyone for making the breakfast a great success. Save the date for the 21st Annual Breakfast in the Valley on June 8, 2018.
Breakfast in the Valley Committee
Bob Bosold, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Mary Kay Brevig, Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Nikki Crotteau, Eau Claire Co-op Oil/Chippewa Valley Energy
Jenn Engaldo, Kwik Trip - Otter Rd
Eve Fischer, Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Christine Gimber, Weld Riley, S.C.
Dave Graham, Northwest Enterprises
Ricki Gudis, Kwik Trip - Otter Rd
Mark Hagedorn, Eau Claire County
Jim Hager, WRR Environmental Services Co., Inc.
Nick Heike, Heike Law Offices, LLC
Steve Hunsley, Eau Claire Co-op Oil/Chippewa Valley Energy
Nick Meyer, Volume One
Nicholas Mohr, Rhom Construction LLC
Jennifer Roetter, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Nate Rosenthal, JH Findorff
Brian Schneider, WRR Environmental Services Co., Inc.
Jon M. Schultz, City of Eau Claire
Mary Stabenow, Nohre & Company, S.C., CPA's
LaVern L. Stewart, LL Stewart, Inc. & American Realty Partner
Michael Stoffel, Ayres Associates
Pat Sturz, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
Jodi Thesing-Ritter, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Adam Wehling, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Justin Zoromski, Woita & Associates
Platinum Sponsor: Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Click here to see all the breakfast sponsors!
Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, was named the 2016 Salient Regional Dealer of the Year for the Midwest Region. This award recognizes the top dealer in the Midwest Region who sells more than $500,000 in equipment. Per Mar was also named a Diamond Level Dealer with Salient for selling over $500,000 in equipment. Only a few Salient dealers reach Diamond Level Dealer status.
USDA Rural Development Acting State Director, Dave Schwobe, named WESTconsin Credit Union as a recipient of the 2016 Platinum Million Dollar Lender Award. The Award is presented each year to lenders who have partnered with, and made a significant contribution to, supporting Wisconsin rural residents looking to become homeowners through the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing (GRH) Program. In fiscal year 2016, WESTconsin Credit Union utilized more than $6 million of GRH program funds by financing home purchases to help moderate-income families in Wisconsin. Nearly 2,400 families across Wisconsin were able to purchase a home last year through the GRH loan program, totaling nearly $318 million.
Prevea Health now offer women’s care services to the communities of Eau Claire and Menomonie, in addition to Chippewa Falls. Prevea Women’s Care offers a wide variety of care for women of all ages and in all stages of life. Services range from routine physicals to pregnancy care, urogynecology and menopause care, and are provided by a team of experienced and board-certified OB/GYNs: Dr. Rebecca England, Dr. Amy Lysyand and Dr. Michael Tiffany.
Junior Achievement welcomes Debi Waldusky, Financial Advisor at Edwards Jones to Junior Achievement Board of Directors. Debi Waldusky joined Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor in August 2011. As a financial advisor, Debi helps people plan for retirement, save for college for children or grandchildren, and protect their financial future. Debi has been active in business and civic affairs for many years as a member of the Chippewa Falls Rotary Club, Lake Wissota Lions Club, Chippewa Falls Chamber, St. Joseph’s Foundation Council, and National Association of Professional Women.
Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital recently earned a three-year accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. Veterinary hospitals are evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. AAHA standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years. Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital has been an AAHA accredited hospital since 1999.
Edina Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, is pleased to announce the addition of the following agents to our Chippewa Valley office.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Lawrence Lightfield vice president-business loan officer. In this role, he is responsible for servicing existing business member credit and other financial needs. He also will solicit new business members to help grow the credit union. Lightfield comes to Royal with many years of experience in business lending. He has worked as an agricultural lender and business lender at Pierce County Bank & Trust and Hiawatha National Bank, respectively. Most recently, however, he spent the past 11 years as a business lender at Bremer Bank in Menomonie.
Prevea Health recently opened its newest location in Western Wisconsin: Prevea Hamilton Health Center at 703 West Hamilton Ave. in Eau Claire. Prevea Hamilton Health Center offers Prevea Women’s Care and Prevea WorkMed. Prevea Women’s Care services are provided by a team of three experienced, board-certified OB/GYNs: Dr. Amy Lysy, Dr. Rebecca England and Dr. Michael Tiffany.Prevea WorkMed, previously located inside HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, is now located at Prevea Hamilton Health Center to continue to offer a variety of high-quality occupational health services.
Prevea Health also announced the upcoming release of Prevea Gets Cooking with Cobb: Randall’s Favorite Kid-Friendly Recipes, a cookbook done in partnership with professional athlete, Randall Cobb. The cookbook is a compilation of recipes grouped into categories of healthy, 5 to 15-minute meals, 20 to 30-minute meals, 45 to 60-minute meals and snacks and desserts. It will be released Tuesday, June 6 and sold at area Festival Foods for $12.50. Proceeds from all book sales will benefit HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital and Ben’s Wish.
Congratulations to the following individuals who have graduated from the Leadership Eau Claire™ program.
LEC Class of 2017
Kelli Bergner, Xcel Energy
Brian Bessinger, Royal Construction, Inc.
Leonard Borgen, Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Diane Cable, Eau Claire County
Paul Canfield, Re/Max Affiliates
Margot Dahling, Silver Spring Foods, Inc.
Liz Dohms, Leader-Telegram
Laura Ericson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Deb Erwin, Literacy Chippewa Valley
Melissa Eslinger, Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Ben Franko, Wells Fargo
Jessica Hannusch, Mayo Clinic Health System
Roger Hermsen, Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC
Chad Larson, CCFBank
Matt Larson, Larson Orthodontic Specialists
Ashley LaVick, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, Inc.
Jennifer Loew, Mayo Clinic Health System
John Lofgren, City of Eau Claire
Lacey Logslett, BMO Harris Bank
Ted Maday, Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital
Patti Matthews, Manpower
Nichole Mayer, Wipfli LLP
Brian Moore, YMCA
Shaughnessy Murphy, Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Brieanna Lise Newton, Ostertag Orthodontics, LLC
Casey Newton, Regis Court Dental Associates
Bruce Ommen, Ayres Associates
Theresa O'Neel, Associated Bank
Allison Shepard, Herrick and Hart S.C.
Lois Sieve, Acoustic Café
Jacob Spies, Royal Credit Union - Hastings Pl
Patrick Sullivan, Market & Johnson, Inc.
Paul Swartos, Bremer Bank
Jodi Thesing-Ritter, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
James Thomas, The REACH Foundation, Inc.
Shari Tieman, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Jacqueline Van Hemert, Children's Museum of Eau Claire
Zachary Weisenberger, Merrill Lynch
Debbie Wentzel, Hillside Dental, Ltd.
Jesse Werner, Charter Bank
Pamela Westby, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Melissa Wilson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Anne Yoder, Nestle Nutrition
Joe Ziehr, Xcel Energy
As part of the program, the class completed five community service projects for area non-profit organizations. To read more about the projects, click here.
Thank you to the many volunteers that make this program possible. We truly appreciate all your support.
Chair Jim Lahti, Bremer Bank
Vice Chair Latacia Greeley, WESTconsin Credit Union
Past Chair Margo Keys, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Alumni Chair Jeff Stevens, Chestnut Consulting
Sara Antonson, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley
Ally Clark Peterson, Girl Scouts of the Northwest Great Lakes
Heather Costley, Mayo Clinic Health System
Wayne Marek, Eau Claire Children’s Theatre
Stavroula McCormick, Aurora Community Services and REALiving
Nick Mohr, Rhom Construction
Steve Nick, City of Eau Claire
Shelly Olson, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Julie Poquette, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Kristin Schmidt, M3 Insurance
Jon Schultz, City of Eau Claire Fire Department
Chris Seelen, Ruder Ware, LLSC
Georgia Smith, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Michael Strubel, Marshfield Clinic – Eau Claire Center
LEC Class of 2018
Applications for next year’s Leadership Eau Claire class are due Thursday, June 1! For more information, visit the Eau Claire Chamber website.
Marco, a technology services provider, recently announced that it has assumed responsibility for the copier/printer sales and service previously provided by Dakota Business Center, a Rapid City, South Dakota based company. The 15 employees that previously supported Dakota’s copier/printer solutions have joined the Marco team. Dakota Business Center will continue to provide its customers with sales and service for their office supplies, office furniture, managed IT and promotional products. This is the 16th acquisition the company has completed over the past three years. They have six locations throughout South Dakota.
Two HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital colleagues recently earned advanced degrees in their respective fields. Loren Lortscher, director of clinical programs for nursing administration, and formerly director of surgical services, recently earned his master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Lortscher has served Sacred Heart Hospital for more than nine years. Stacey Powell, director of surgical services, and formerly clinical educator and assistant director of surgical services, recently earned her master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Powell has served Sacred Heart Hospital for more than 13 years.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, a hospital must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
On May 24th, 36 area high school juniors graduated from the Chamber’s Youth Leadership Eau Claire (YLEC) program. In its 14th year, the program gives students a chance to enhance their knowledge and development leadership skills. During the nine-month program, the students learn about the community and future career opportunities.
In order to graduate from the program, students must complete community service projects. This year, the class divided into four groups to complete the projects for the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, Eau Claire Humane Association, Feed My People Food Bank and YMCA of Eau Claire. The following is the list of 2017 graduates:
Altoona High School
Fall Creek High School
Memorial High School
North High School
Regis High School
YLEC Executive Committee
Chair Jason Craig, Mayo Clinic Health System
Vice Chair Michael Strubel, Marshfield Clinic – Eau Claire Center
Past Carla Jenna Ziegler, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Jim Schmitt, Eau Claire Area School District
Laura Volbrecht, Fall Creek School District
Larry Zorn, Eau Claire Press Company
YLEC Curriculum Committee
Andrea Finn, Royal Credit Union
Missy Kostman, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley
Kelly Lauscher, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Eric Lindquist, Leader-Telegram
Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Susan Peterson, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.
Ben Richgruber, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center
Jennifer Roetter, US Department of Agriculture
Vicki Seltun, City of Eau Claire
Suzie Slota, YMCA
Daneille Strong, Weld Riley, S.C.
Keith Zehms, Eau Claire County
Thank you to all of our sponsors for making this program possible. For a complete list of sponsors, please click here.
County Materials Corporation received a Special Award named “Bridging the Skills Gap” at the 2017 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program in the Large Company Category for their work in communities and industry education. County Materials was one of eight awarded out of 31 nominees. The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award recognizes the contributions made to the construction and landscape industry.
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) board of directors elected John Sackett, Board treasurer of Royal Credit Union, to the Foundation board. The CUNA Board of Directors recently designated Sackett, a CUNA Board Member, as a CUNA Board representative on the Foundation board.
Larson Companies has promoted team member Justin Hinnencamp to the Holiday Inn South Eau Claire general manager position, filling the vacancy created following Becky Squires promotion to lodging brand manager. Before joining Larson Companies, Hinnencamp worked as the general manager at The Plaza from 2015 until its closure.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital recently presented the 2017 Nurse Exemplar Awards to two colleagues. These peer-nominated awards are the two hospitals’ highest nursing honors and recognize extraordinary nurses who exhibit excellence in caring for patients and families, provide personalized patient care, and have a superior level of knowledge and skill. At Sacred Heart Hospital, the award was presented to Emily Cook, who works in critical care. Cook has served the hospital for 14 years. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, the award was presented to Ann Bowe, who works in post anesthesia care. Bowe has served the hospital for 16 years. This year marks the 11th year that Sacred Heart has given this honor, and the first year that St. Joseph’s Hospital has done so.
EO Johnson Business Technologies was named a 2016 Top Dealer by Canon. The Canon Top Dealer award is presented to all Canon dealers that met or exceeded their baseline targets for 2016. Canon also recognized EO Johnson on their 60th Anniversary and acknowledged Canon’s partnership of 37 years with EO Johnson. EO Johnson started selling the Canon product line in 1979.
Effective immediately, the name and logo “Low Voltage Contractors” will be rebranded as LVC Companies, Inc. LVC’s new logo and refreshed brand image communicates to both current and potential clients that LVC is an innovative company with a commitment to excellence for every client they serve. Because of added services, geographic expansion, and strategic acquisitions, the name Low Voltage Contractors no longer accurately encompasses the full range of its capabilities and expertise, the company reported.
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