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      The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
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      Don Bohlin recognized Melissa Kampmann for her service as Chairperson at the Chamber's 2015-2016 Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
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      President/CEO Dave Eckmann spoke at the Chamber's 2015-2016 Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
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      Kevin Eichelberger of the Red Eye Brewing Company Wausau was honored as the recipient of the Ruder Ware Innovator Award in memory of G. Lane Ware at the Chamber's 2015-2016 Annual Meeting held on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
  • Annual Meeting

  • The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce held its 104th Annual Meeting on September 22 at City Grill: An American Bistro in Wausau.

    The Annual Meeting celebrated the previous year’s accomplishments and recognized individuals who have dedicated their time and talent to further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community and region. The event included the introduction of the Chamber’s new President/CEO, Dave Eckmann, as well as the new Chairperson, Don Bohlin of Wisconsin Public Service Corp, and the members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The event also recognized the outgoing Chairperson, Melissa Kampmann of Ruder Ware LLSC.

    “There are three key themes that will set the course for our organization this year,” said Dave Eckmann, President/CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber will focus on enhancing commerce, meeting the talent and workforce challenge and building a stronger Chamber for our membership and community.”

    The meeting included the announcement of the recipient of this year’s Ruder Ware Innovator Award. Kevin Eichelberger of the Red Eye Brewing Company was awarded the Ruder Ware Innovator Award in Memory of G. Lane Ware. The award was established in 2015 by Ruder Ware LLSC.

    The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce also honored James Gabower of Proactive Tactics Wealth Management as the Ambassador of the Year and Dean Grube of Greenwood Hills Country Club and Restaurant as the Diplomat of the Year. Nicole Williams of QPS Employment Group was the recipient of the E3YP Excellence Award.

    Miron Construction was the presenting sponsor for the Annual Meeting, along with platinum sponsor The Dirks Group, gold sponsors, Ruder Ware LLSC, Solarus and Wipfli LLP, silver sponsors Advanced Pain Management, Aspirus and Hermening Financial Group LLC, bronze sponsors EO Johnson Business Technologies and MBE CPAs and location sponsor City Grill: An American Bistro.

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  • John L. Cook Memorial Award Past Recipients

    2015 - Brian Gumness

    2014 - Jim O'Connell

    2013 - Shirley Hubert

    2012 - Cal Tillisch & Dave Eisenreich

    2011 - Jane Graham Jennings

    2010 - Dean Dietrich

    2009 - Bob Weller

    2008 - Julie A Willems Van Dijk

    2007 - Bill Shirer

    2006 - Kristine Vanden Heuvel

    2005 - Dave Eisenreich

    2004 - Ann Werth

    2003 - Ginger Alden

    2002 - Brenda Davis

    2001 - Cheryl Brickner

    2000 - No Award

    1999 - Alpha Center

    1998 - Philip Buch

    1997 - United Cerebal Palsy of North Central Wisconsin

    1996 - Joanne Kelly

    1995 - Ann Lucas

    1994 - Cal Chamberlain

    1993 - The Women's Community Inc

    1992 - The Dream Flight Wausau Steering Committee

    1991 - Timothy McNiff

  • New Member of the Year Award Past Recipients

    2015 - On-Q Collision Center

    2014 - Wisconsin Kenworth

    2013 - 88.5 - The Family

    2012 - Frontier Communications

    2011 - Globe University

  • Ruder Ware Innovator Award in Memory of G. Lane Ware Past Recipients

    2016 - Kevin Eichelberger

    2015 - Brian Gunning