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  • 1.  Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-18-2014 15:36

    Hello WSAE Members!

    One of the wonderful things about WSAE is being able to network with one another. The WSAE online community gets bigger every day and is the perfect place to connect to solve the challenges we face and get to know each other. Many of you already know one another, while others are brand-new faces. We feel like it's time that we (both new members and established ones) take a little time to introduce ourselves! Please take a few moments to reply to this thread with the following information:

    1. Your name 
    2. The name of your organization
    3. How long you've been working in or with associations
    4. Why you enjoy your work
    5. A fun fact - favorite vacation spot, interesting hobby, unique pet, etc. 

    I'll kick things off. I'm Michelle Czosek and I'm the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives. I've been working with WSAE for a year and have been in the association management field for over 20 years. I love my work because each day brings new challenges and opportunities, and I get to interact with so many interesting people. 

    A fun fact about me.....I love to scuba dive! 

    Thanks in advance for participating!

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    Michelle Czosek
    Association Management Partners & Executive Directors
    mczosek@manageassociations.com
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  • 2.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-19-2014 07:00

    Hi, I'm Ellen Finch and have worked in sales and marketing at AVS Group, a full-service marketing agency in La Crosse for the past 17 years. We've been a member of WSAE for a couple of years, but have been working with various member-based organizations and associations for approximately 5 - 10 years. I like my work because of the diversity of clients and types of businesses we collaborate with, and it's rewarding to contribute to their success. In my spare time, I enjoy shooting photography on bike rides along the beautiful ridges and valleys where I live in Vernon County.



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    Ellen Finch
    Director of Account Services
    AVS Group
    La Crosse WI
    (608) 787-8113
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  • 3.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-19-2014 10:22
    Good morning!
    I'm Joanie Muench
    Founder, 922inc based in Chicago
    Working with associations for 25+ years
    Love my work because I get to ask a lot of questions, help solve problems and meet great people.
    Fun Fact: I'm a Certified Happiness Advantage Coach trained by Harvard Researcher Shawn Achor
    Looking forward to seeing you at the Innovation Summit!


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    Joanie Muench
    Principal
    922inc
    Arlington Heights IL
    (847) 368-9600
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  • 4.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-19-2014 13:07

    Greetings WSAE Colleagues!

    I'm Dennis Tomorsky and it's been my privilege to serve as President and CEO of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs for 8 great years. I previously practiced law for 25 years, and as a CPA prior to that. My work enjoyment comes from a combination of having a positive impact on others, and collaboratively developing and implementing innovative concepts. I relax playing guitar (along with some other fretted instruments and a few woodwinds), writing and recording various types of music, and spending time with my wife and our 4 month old granddaughter.

    Have a great day!

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    Dennis Tomorsky CPA, JD, CGMA
    President & CEO
    Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Brookfield WI
    (262) 785-0445(262) 785-0445 (3014)
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  • 5.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-19-2014 14:56
    Hi everyone! Here's a little more about myself:

    1) My name is Dana Murn-Kohal
    2) Credit Union Executives Society (CUES)
    3) Almost 3 and a half years
    4) I love our members and coming up with new ideas that may help the credit union movement!
    5) My husband and I have a miniature schnauzer named Governor and yes, we treat him like a child! I also love Sanibel, Florida!

    Can't wait to continue to meet other members of WSAE!

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    Dana Murn-Kohal
    Professional Development & Innovation Manager
    CUES
    Madison,WI
    608.288.5348
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  • 6.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-19-2014 15:13
    Hello everyone!  Thanks for getting this started Michelle, I look forward to learning more about our members!

    My name is Jodi Fisher, and I am the President of Impact Virtual Services.  One division of our company is Non Profit Administrative Management, where we provide administrative support to small and mid sized NPOs (generally 50-750 members).

    Impact has worked with NPOs since 2006, and we love giving smaller organizations the opportunity to bring in an administrative professional, when before they didn't know even think it was an option!  Over-committed Board members love having us come onboard, and that is what keeps us passionate about what we do.

    A fun fact about me is that I love to ride Harleys.  I learned to drive back in 2003, and while I don't currently have a bike (we're loving our camper and spending that time with our kids), I plan on getting back in the saddle again in the next few years!

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    Jodi Fisher
    President
    IMPACT Virtual Services
    Madison WI
    (608) 210-3120
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  • 7.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-20-2014 08:24
    Hello, fellow WSAEers. My name is Mike DiFrisco and I'm the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison. I've been at the Academy for more than four years now and previously worked for two other associations: the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh; and Ducks Unlimited in Memphis, TN. Fun fact: I'm a private pilot but these days I'm more at home paddling Lake Monona on the wooden kayak that I built.

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    Michael DiFrisco
    Chief Marketing Officer
    American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    Madison WI
    (608) 222-8583
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  • 8.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-20-2014 11:08
    Time to take a swing at this one!  I'm Michelle Eggert and the Director of Global Accounts with ConferenceDirect.  I'm an independent contractor who assists associations with site selection ,contract negotiation,  and conference management.  I've been with CD for 13 years and in the industry for over 25 (how is that possible??)  

    I love assisting my clients in whatever capacity they need. My goal is to make their job easier - anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations. 

    A fun fact - I enjoy Jazzercise, knitting, and spending relaxing time with my family - which usually involves casting (not fishing, because I never officially CATCH a fish).  

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    Michelle Eggert CMP
    Director of Global Accounts
    ConferenceDirect
    Big Bend WI
    (262) 853-7171
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  • 9.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-20-2014 14:41
    As I am enjoying these posts learning more about my fellow WSAE members, I thought I would share some things about myself.

    My name is John Augustyniak and I'm an Association Specialist working for Executive Director, Inc(EDI) in Milwaukee.  I've been with EDI and working for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) for 10 years, but bring a total of more than 20 plus years of association management experience to the table.

    As my position allows me to work with a broad and diverse set of individuals, I enjoy seeing and watch members grow from new members to leaders in the association. 

    As my different positions have allowed me to see a wide range of areas of the country, from major cities to small out of the way resorts, I still am drawn back to my favorite city, New Orleans, when I want to really want to enjoy a vacation.  It has all my favorite things, great people and great food!



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    John Augustyniak
    Association Specialist
    Executive Director, Inc
    Milwaukee WI
    (414) 276-6445
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  • 10.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 08-21-2014 08:48
    Thanks for kicking this off, Michelle!

    I'm Barb Kachelski, the executive director of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I currently serve on the WSAE board of directors. 

    I've worked at associations for about 28 years. Before working at AACD, I was employed at the Credit Union Executives Society, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Fulton County (New York) Chamber of Commerce. 

    I enjoy my work because I love helping people grow. Humans are the only animal that evolves in their own lifetime, and associations advance learning throughout our lives. Looking back, I realized I established an association while I was in college and have served on several boards of directors. So I guess I'm fortunate my profession is also my hobby.

    Fun fact: My first job out of college was at a daily newspaper. I interviewed Tiny Tim, two Flying Wallendas, and then-Governor Mario Cuomo. For two dog-related features, I rode on a dog sled and was attacked by a police dog while wearing protective clothing. Did any of this prepare me for association leadership?

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    Barb Kachelski CAE
    Executive Director
    American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    Madison WI
    (608) 222-8583
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  • 11.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 12-10-2014 14:35
    Greetings WSAE!  I'm thrilled to be a new member of WSAE!  My name is Nora Gorman, CASE, Regional Director of Sales for the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.  I have been with GFLCVB for 6 years, but have been in the industry for 25 years working with many wonderful associations!  I enjoy what I do because of people like you!   You all make it fun!   Look forward to working with you all and seeing you back up in Wisconsin soon!  What I love to do?  Obviously, travel!  :)

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    Nora Gorman CASE
    Greater Ft. Lauderdale CVB
    Chicago IL
    (312) 321-1200
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  • 12.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-08-2015 11:34
    Greetings. I'm looking forward to connecting with fellow WSAEers.

    My name is Tom Thieding, and I am the Communications Director for the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board. I also provide strategic planning and administrative services for the boards. I started with these two groups in August, and have been involved with association work for nearly twenty years. I previously was the Executive Director of Public Relations with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation for 16 years.

    The most enjoyment I have obtained from my career with associations has been building personal relationships with association members. That dynamic human element has challenged me to be more creative, flexible and strategic in helping the associations achieve success.

    I recently took a year away from the corporate world to start "Take A Hike Arizona," a guided hiking business in the Phoenix area. My fun time consists of hiking in the desert mountains in Arizona and riding horses with my wife near Verona. I also manage my in-laws farm so I am also an expert fence builder. 

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    Tom Thieding
    Communications Director
    Wisconsin Corn Growers Association/Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board
    Verona WI
    (608) 575-9200
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  • 13.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-16-2015 14:41
    Hi everyone,

    My name is Tony Veroeven and I serve CSIA as part of Association Management Partners & Executive Directors.

    I've served associations, nonprofits, and government entities for 20 years as a supplier partner. Now I've stepped across the line to become an association professional myself.  

    I just started here at AMPED and have enjoyed working with a small staff.Things get done and decisions get made quickly, then we move on!

    Fun Fact:

    I proposed to my wife using Geocaching 12 years ago, and then recently recreated our proposal for our 10th wedding anniversary.
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    Tony Veroeven
    Online Community Manager
    AMPED - Association Management Partners & Executive Directors
    Madison WI
    (608) 310-5575
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    Hello WSAE Members!

    One of the wonderful things about WSAE is being able to network with one another. The WSAE online community gets bigger every day and is the perfect place to connect to solve the challenges we face and get to know each other. Many of you already know one another, while others are brand-new faces. We feel like it's time that we (both new members and established ones) take a little time to introduce ourselves! Please take a few moments to reply to this thread with the following information:

    1. Your name 
    2. The name of your organization
    3. How long you've been working in or with associations
    4. Why you enjoy your work
    5. A fun fact - favorite vacation spot, interesting hobby, unique pet, etc. 

    I'll kick things off. I'm Michelle Czosek and I'm the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives. I've been working with WSAE for a year and have been in the association management field for over 20 years. I love my work because each day brings new challenges and opportunities, and I get to interact with so many interesting people. 

    A fun fact about me.....I love to scuba dive! 

    Thanks in advance for participating!


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    Michelle Czosek
    Association Management Partners & Executive Directors
    mczosek@manageassociations.com
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  • 14.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-17-2015 08:56
    Good morning everyone!
    My name is Aaron Manogue and I am the Marketing Manager at Omnipress. I have been working with associations for 3 years now, and I've really enjoyed learning how they work and how great people like you manage them. I absolutely love my job because marketing and associations are all about people, and I am definitely a people person. 

    I specifically love working for Omnipress because we help associations educate their members through their educational content. I think that is such a powerful thing that we should all be proud of, is that we are responsible for educating and furthering the knowledge of thousands of people.One fun fact about me is that I used to write for a music magazine as a hobby and had the pleasure of meeting musicians like Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and many, many more.

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    Aaron Manogue
    Marketing Manager
    Omnipress
    Madison WI
    (608) 246-2600
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  • 15.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-17-2015 08:57
    Good morning everyone!
    My name is Aaron Manogue and I am the Marketing Manager at Omnipress. I have been working with associations for 3 years now, and I've really enjoyed learning how they work and how great people like you manage them. I absolutely love my job because marketing and associations are all about people, and I am definitely a people person. 

    I specifically love working for Omnipress because we help associations educate their members through their educational content. I think that is such a powerful thing that we should all be proud of, is that we are responsible for educating and furthering the knowledge of thousands of people.One fun fact about me is that I used to write for a music magazine as a hobby and had the pleasure of meeting musicians like Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and many, many more.


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    Aaron Manogue
    Marketing Manager
    Omnipress
    Madison WI
    (608) 246-2600
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  • 16.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-17-2015 17:16
    Hi WSAE,
    My name is Zach Hansen and I am the Senior Sales Manager for MyEventApps. 
    We develop mobile apps for conferences, associations, festivals, and education and learning.

    I am new to the industry (January 2015) and I have enjoyed getting to know the events industry and associations. I feel like there is an association for everything!! Everyone I have met and networked with has been helpful and so generous with their time and information, helping me better understand the industry!

    Fun Fact... I am from Sheboygan, which is the "Malibu of the Midwest" when it comes to surfing. Which I have done when the water temp is 40 and the air is 32 degrees! At least now I can say I did it!

    I look forward to meeting more of you through the year!

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    Zachary Hansen
    Senior Sales Manager - Midwest
    MyEventApps
    Lake Zurich IL
    (630) 864-8755
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  • 17.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-20-2015 14:34

    Hi Everyone! I'm excited to be a new member of WSAE. My name is Amanda Ridout, and I am the Regional Sales Manager for IDM Hospitality Group. We are a hospitality management company, with several independently owned, boutique hotel properties throughout the Mid-West. I have been working with associations from the supplier side since 2011.

    I love my position because our company represents a broad variety of properties, which can accommodate a variety of different guests and events, all while providing a variety of different settings. What really makes representing all of these properties enjoyable for me is that, no matter what property you go to, the standards of service and amenities are the same across the board. I love that my position not only allows me to represent these properties, but I get to know a ton of really great meeting planners and travel planners all over the region.

    A fun fact about me - I am from a really big, blended family! I am the youngest of 9 kids, and I have 18 nieces & nephews, and 10 great nieces & nephews. The holidays can be crazy!


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    Amanda Ridout
    Regional Sales Manager
    IDM Hospitality
    Madison WI
    (608) 819-3071
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  • 18.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-21-2015 08:42
    Hello WSAE Members,

    My name is Kim Klotz and I am the Member Services Manager for the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). In Member Services we help our members access their benefits, find information so they can help serve their families, register them for webinars and events, and retain and sign up members to our association.

    I also help co-manage our registration desk for our annual convention and assist our IT department and staff with our membership software. I have been with NFDA for over 12 years now. I love building relationships with our members. When you see them every year at convention, it is like seeing family.

    In my spare time I enjoy volunteering, maintaining my gardens (both vegetable and flower), nature photography and crafts.

    I think WSAE is a great way to connect with others and I look forward to it.

    Have a great day,
    Kim

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    Kim Klotz
    National Funeral Directors Association
    Brookfield WI
    262-814-1554
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  • 19.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-09-2015 01:36
    Hi everybody!

    I am Tom Graybill and I am the VP, Sales for Tri-Marq Communications, a meeting and media production company.  We have been helping Associations for two decades with video and event production services, working throughout Wisconsin, the US, and beyond.

    I really enjoy my job because we get to help maximize our client's projects, bringing creativity and technology together to help them reach their audiences.  I've had the privilege of serving great clients, and am always looking to help more folks.

    I enjoy playing basketball (real) and football (fantasy).  I was on a game show when I was in college, and ended up winning a week-long trip to the Bahamas which led to me meeting my wife.  But that's another story..

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    Tom Graybill
    VP, Sales
    Tri-Marq Communications, Inc.
    Milwaukee WI
    414-223-4380414-223-4380
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  • 20.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-11-2015 16:26


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    Donald Menefee
    President
    Silent Partners
    Shorewood WI
    (262) 939-1000
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  • 21.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-20-2015 13:20

    Hello!  I’m Susan Smolarek with the Lake Geneva Area Convention and Visitors Bureau!

    My position is newly created, and I’m loving it!  Meeting and networking with local businesses, as well as spreading the good word about the Lake Geneva area with my meeting and event colleagues needing something different yet beneficial for their clients is fun, as well as very rewarding!  Hosting your meeting in Lake Geneva will make you look like a meeting planner rock star!

    I realize that the demand for an out-of-the-ordinary experience is an increasing factor when choosing meeting destinations. Lake Geneva area has a wealth of options to create productive, personalized events guaranteed to wow groups both large and small.  When it comes to fun, interesting and unique activities outside of the meeting space, Lake Geneva has options during every season.

    For fun, I love gardening, and being by the lake!

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    Susan Smolarek
    Sales Manager
    Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Lake Geneva WI
    (262) 812-0022
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  • 22.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 11-24-2015 12:41

    Hello, I'm Amy Gaeth! I've had the pleasure of working for the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants for nearly 24 years, the past 8 years as Vice President of Communications. I love my work because of the diversity of our membership. It's rewarding for me collaborate with a talented team to create technical resources that contribute to the success of nearly 8,000 CPAs. Fun facts..I enjoy running, skydiving and traveling. I'm also an avid Wisconsin sports fan.

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    Amy Gaeth
    VP of Communications
    Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    Waukesha WI



  • 23.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 11-25-2015 11:28

    Hi, all.

    This is Jason Kauffeld.  I joined WSAE two weeks ago - just before the annual meeting, so the timing was good.  What a superb dinner the Edgewater served, and so many great people to meet.  I spent ten years overseas in fifty countries, working with nonprofits, communities, associations, and governments. I came back to America in 2008 and facilitated organizational capacity building and leadership development training for seven years through the UW system.  I started just this past April 1 (fun fact: I have twice started a job on April Fool's Day) with the Green Lake Conference Center (glcc.org) as their Director of Group Relations, and I am enjoying meeting people from over 80 countries who utilize our facilities. Favorite place visited: Mongolia.  More fun facts: I love cooking foods from around the world and, on the side, I teach ballroom dance.

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    Jason Kauffeld
    Director of Group Relations
    Green Lake Conference Center
    Green Lake WI
    (920) 294-7372



  • 24.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 11-26-2015 08:24
    Welcome aboard Jason! I missed the Awards Dinner this year but hope to meet you at various WSAE events in 2016. You chose the right organization - WSAE is a great place to meet fellow association execs. Happy Holidays!

    Bill St. John
    WSAE Board Member &
    President of 20/20 Foresight Consulting





  • 25.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 12-15-2015 16:46
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    Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays!

    My name is Dirk Vander Bent, and I am happy to be a new member of your group.

    I am Director of Sales at the beautiful Heartwood Resort in northwest Wisconsin, and have spent the majority of my life in the restaurant, nightclub and event industry. I truly do enjoy creating memorable events, on any scale.

    I've been a nightclub and event DJ for 35 years. I've retired (again), as it is a lot of work staying current by listening daily to rap music. I'll just stick with classic rock.....

    I look forward to getting to meet many of you in the coming months!

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    Dirk Vanderbent
    Director of Sales
    Heartwood Conference Center
    Trego WI
    (715) 466-6300



  • 26.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 12-16-2015 10:06

    Hello! I am the Director of Marketing at Omnipress in Madison, WI, having joined the company in September. I am so proud of the long history this company has in helping associations collect, produce and distribute their content. I have spent many years working alongside and within associations--both in my professional experience prior to joining Omnipress, and as the Past President of the Madison Chapter of the American Marketing Association. I am completely familiar with the trials and tribulations of increasing chapter visibility, relevance and member value. I have also helped to plan and execute my fair share of meetings and conferences. I have the battle scars to prove it -- ha ha.

     In my 20 years as a marketing professional, I have worked with a tremendous variety of organizations within extremely diverse industries, and it never ceases to amaze me that no matter the organization--Fortune 100 or small start-up--we all share common challenges. 

    Aside from being a complete marketing geek, I was, am and forever will be a Badger, an avid swimmer, lover of jazz, cooking and retro 50's and 60's ads. I'm also a very busy mom of 2 kids who (thankfully) share my love of swimming! 

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    Tracy Grzybowski
    Omnipress
    Madison WI
    (608) 246-2600



  • 27.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 12-16-2015 11:43

    Greetings Colleagues,

    It's a pleasure to virtually meet you all!

    My name is Ben Sanness. I am the new Sales Manager at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, WI. I have been in the hospitality industry for 10+ years. I just recently moved back to the Midwest after spending 10 years in Las Vegas. While living there I earned my degree in Hospitality at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and worked at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in many different managerial/director roles.

    I truly love hospitality/sales and I look forward to working with you in the near future.

    All the best,

     

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    Ben Sanness
    Sales Manager
    Radisson Hotel La Crosse
    La Crosse WI
    (608) 793-5007



  • 28.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-01-2017 13:42
    Hi,
    I'm Marc Cohen, the new Executive Director of the Wisconsin EMS Association (WEMSA). Although I have been in non-profit management and fund development for the past 30 years, I have been with WEMSA and in association management since this past September.

    We just completed a successful Conference and Exposition at the WI Center for almost 2,000 EMTs throughout the Wisconsin. I joined WSAE this morning while in Madison meeting with legislators. I look forward to collegiality and networking, and the opportunity to learn and grow from all of you in the organization.

    In a previous life I was an opera singer.


     

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    Marc Cohen, Executive Director
    Wisconsin EMS Association
    Wind Lake WI
    (414) 431-8193
    marc@wisconsinems.com
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  • 29.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-01-2017 14:22
    Welcome Marc!

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    Jeanne Rosen
    Communications and Design
    AMPED - Association Management Partners & Executive Directors
    Madison WI
    608-251-5940
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  • 30.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-02-2017 08:34
    Welcome Marc! Interesting career path!

    Mona
    ______________________ 
    Mona Johnson, CAE
    Strategic Initiatives Manager
    Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
    mjohnson@reesgroupinc.com







  • 31.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-02-2017 10:17

    Welcome Marc - so happy to have you join our association!  Sounds like you had a very successful event recently - congrats on that!  I'm on the new member committee - so if there's anything I can help you with please let me know.  And we look forward to hearing a few "notes" from you sometime:)


    Sally


    Sally O'Brien
    President/Owner
    sallyo@badgergroup.com | 920-563-1135
    The Badger Group |  Targeted Marketing Solutions

    WBE Certified through WBENC







  • 32.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-03-2017 11:08
    Great to read about so many interesting folks! I've been at the Allliance for Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) for two years, enjoying my role as public and science communications coordinator. When world news feels discouraging, I feel at (some) ease knowing there are good people working on the important issues of how to feed the world and protect the environment. Since I happen to enjoy good food and good outdoor adventure, this suits me just fine!

    I've been a member of WSAE for just under a year: getting a feel for the connections and resources here. Looking forward to my own growth!

    Beyond work hours I tend an urban chicken flock of four and a teen flock of two. My previous work was as a training coordinator for newly-hired employees. I was lucky enough to meet individuals from all parts of the world!  I've lived and worked in Wales and Japan, and look forward to enjoying a few more travel freedoms in the years to come.

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    Martha Pings
    Communications Coordinator
    ASA - CSSA - SSSA
    Madison WI
    (608) 268-3976
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  • 33.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-03-2017 10:55
    Hello, Marc!

    Great to have you as a member of WSAE!  Like I mentioned, your passion for the association industry is perfectly suited for this organization!  You can expect quality education, collaboration and networking opportunities which are sure to benefit WEMSA!  I look forward to seeing you soon!

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    Kyra Popp
    Sales Manager
    Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau, Inc
    Wisconsin Dells WI
    (608) 253-5604
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  • 34.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-06-2017 18:08

    Good Afternoon,

    I'm Steve Schuster the new Digital Communications Manager at the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy (ASGCT). I recently joined WSAE after working as a journalist and in the non-profit world in the D.C. area and in Wisconsin.

    I am excited to participate in WSAE professional development events and welcome the opportunity to meet you all.

    Fun Fact: I appeared on Season III of the Netflix series 'House of Cards' as a member of the White House Press Corps.

    Best,

    Steve



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    Steve Schuster
    Digital Communications Manager, American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy
    Milwaukee, Wis.
    Follow me on Twitter @StevenSchuster
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  • 35.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 02-07-2017 12:43
    Edited by Rosanne Stelpflug 02-07-2017 12:43
    Hello everyone!

    My name is Rosanne Stelpflug and I am the Executive Assistant for the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) with Executive Director, Inc (EDI). I have been with SITC for almost 2 years. I have previous experience serving on an association Board in Wisconsin.

    I truly enjoy my position and all of the diverse things I get to learn and be a part of on a regular basis. It is wonderful to work for an organization that has such a positive mission.


    A fun fact about me is that I worked with balloons for many years and even worked for a balloon artist who paid me to help her make giant statues and parade floats out of balloons.

    I am excited to learn more about WSAE and am looking forward to meeting everyone!

    Rosie



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    Rosanne Stelpflug, MS
    Executive Assistant
    Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
    Executive Director Inc.(EDI)
    Milwaukee, WI
    414-271-2456
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  • 36.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 04-13-2017 11:44
    Hello Everyone!
    - I am Kelly Kaepplinger
    - I am the Event Services Sales Manager at the Overture Center
    - I have been working here for a month now, but have been in the Event Services Industry for over 6 years.
    - I love my work because I get to meet new people everyday and enjoy helping making the process of planning an event easier for my clients.
    - Fun fact: I am a huge hockey fan (Go Chicago Blackhawks) and love to travel when I can.
    -- I look forward to being apart of WSAE and meeting new people. If anyone is ever in need of Event space from a meeting for 10 people to a Gala for 1,000, just let me know! We can help you here at the Overture Center!

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    Kelly Kaepplinger
    Event Services Sales Manager
    Overture Center
    Madison WI
    (608) 258-4446
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  • 37.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-23-2017 15:15
    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Jay Allen and am the new Director of Sales for Visit Galena Country (Greater Galena Marketing Inc.) representing Galena, IL and our other communities in the county.  I started with the company earlier this month, but have been involved within the tourism/meeting industry for 10 years in the Chicago Suburbs.

    I am looking forward to meet the other members of WSAE and see if Visit Galena Country may be a home for any of your events in future.  We offer a wonderful community with a variety of meeting/lodging/entertainment options.  Conferences, Board Meetings, Corporate Retreats, Golf Outings, and many other events can work in our location.

    I am an avid sports fan and enjoy sampling local craft beers of where ever I travel to.

    See you soon!  #GetToGalena


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    Jay Allen
    Director of Sales
    Visit Galena Country (Greater Galena Marketing Inc)
    Galena IL
    (815) 776-9200
    jallen@visitgalena.org
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  • 38.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 10-24-2017 08:52
    Hello WSAE Members!

    My name is Missy Dettwiler, I am the Sales Manager at the Best Western PLUS InnTowner Madison.  I started working with WSAE this past spring when I started my new role here at the Best Western!  Before I was here though, I worked with many associations at the Fluno Center for three years where I previously was a Sales and Conference Planner.   I love what I do because I get to meeting new people everyday and give them something that they need to accomplish their goals.

    I love camping and 4-wheeling as well as hiking and working out.

    I look forward to meeting more of you at the Summit in a week!

    Thanks,

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    Missy Dettwiler
    Sales Manager
    Best Western PLUS InnTowner
    Madison WI
    (608) 233-1672
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  • 39.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 12-19-2017 17:18
    Hello WSAE!
    I am Ed Buchner with Maic Productions. We provide audio, video, lighting and decor services for events. We can help with anything from a small breakout room with a projector and screen to a full production with cameras, lighting, stage decor, and audio. Please check out our website at majicpro.com to see more. I can't wait to meet more of you at the next networking event!

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    Ed Buchner
    Sales Representative
    Majic Productions, Inc.
    Waukesha WI
    (414) 839-1760 (231)
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  • 40.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 05-14-2018 11:42
    Hello WSAE members! I'm Dale Beaty and I'm the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation (WFBF). My life priorities are faith, family, and Farm Bureau.
    WFBF is Wisconsin's largest general farm organization, representing all types of farmers and agriculturists. Our vision is: Lead a growing and dynamic agriculture. Our mission is: Lead the farm and rural community through legislative representation, education, public relations, leadership development and providing services and benefits to members.
    I've worked for WFBF for 13 years; 10 years as the Director or Training & Leadership Development, and 3 years as CAO. I love my job because I get to work with the best and hardest working people in the world; our excellent staff of 28, our 11 member Board of Directors, and over 46,000 member volunteers.
    I love to read and learn. I enjoy outdoor activities with my wife and adult children. I served our country as a U.S. Army officer and Airborne Ranger.

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    Dale Beaty
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation
    Madison WI
    (608) 828-5714
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  • 41.  RE: Introduce Yourself!

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi WSAE Community!

    I'm Sue Irizarry, and I am the Director of Sales for the "new" Hotel Retlaw in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Our hotel was built in 1923 and is currently undergoing a $26 million make-over, with new owners: Legendary, Hotels. I have worked with countless associations for the past 20+ years, so I know how important membership participation, education, & engagement are to these important organizations. I love what I do, because Hospitality is not just a job field, but a mindset. When you truly care about the goals of others, you will usually make your own in return.

    A fun fact about me: My mother was the Banquet Manager of Hotel Retlaw in the late 70's, and we lived on-site for one winter, including Christmas (which was beautiful). I loved running around this hotel as a little girl! And now many years later, I am "coming home" to see its doors once again be opened to a whole new generation of memories. So you could say I have come full circle!

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    Sue Irizarry
    Director of Sales
    Hotel Retlaw
    Fond du Lac WI
    (920) 979-7271
    www.thehotelretlaw.com
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