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.
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