The Immersion Project is a nine-month program designed to provide meaningful experiences that will immerse and connect participants to the region. These experiences are aimed to cement the participants' roots in Northcentral Wisconsin through a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the area.
Session Topics & Dates:
Session 1: Team Building │Tuesday, September 12*
Session 2: Heritage & History │Tuesday, October 10*
Session 3: Government │Tuesday, November 14
Session 4: Business & Commerce │Tuesday, December 12*
Session 5: Education │Tuesday, January 9*
Session 6: Public Service/Non-profit │Tuesday, February 13
Session 7: Quality of Life │Tuesday, March 13
Session 8: Professional Development │Tuesday, April 10
Session 9: Graduation │Tuesday, May 8
*Transportation and food provided.
What will the participants gain?
The 2017-2018 - Immersion Project pilot program is limited to the first 20 participants.
Session 1: Team Building
- Become acquainted with the staples of the region and learn what makes Northcentral Wisconsin a great place to live
- Gain a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the region
- Expand your networks and develop lasting relationships with other like-minded individuals and community leaders
- Acquire the knowledge and skills needed to have greater impact and broader influence at work and in the region
- Develop an appreciation and lasting connection to the Northcentral Wisconsin Region.
Exercise your problem-solving, innovation, shared leadership, and communication skills by participating in various team building activities. These experiences will help you to create a closer bond with the members of your cohort while building trust and developing a deeper understanding of how to work collaboratively with one another.
Session 2: Heritage & History
Create a connection to the region in which you live, work and play. Learn about the local community, its historic roots, and how it has evolved over the years.
Gary Gisselman, librarian with the Marathon County Historical Society, will provide a historical presentation on the early history and community leaders of Wausau.
Greg Strasser, board president with the Fromm Brothers Preservation Society, will provide a guided tour of the Historical Fromm Brothers Fur Farm. The family-owned business raised and sold the only silver foxes in the world and was a leader in the ginseng industry in north central Wisconsin.
Session 3: Government
Gain a deeper understanding and awareness of important topics and issues relevant to the area by learning about our local government. Form ties to the community by getting involved with initiatives you are passionate about.
Session 4: Business & Commerce
Tour local businesses and hear from industry leaders on topics pertinent to business and commerce and the economic development of our region.
James J. McIntyre
President, Chief Executive Officer
& Member of the Board of Directors
The Greenheck Group
James J. McIntyre is president and CEO of the Greenheck Group. Prior to joining Greenheck in 2011, McIntyre had a 30-year career in the commercial insurance industry and nineteen years in senior executive roles. For the six years prior to joining Greenheck, he was president of Capitol Transamerica Corporation. During Jim's leadership at Capitol, the company was recognized in 2009 as one of the best places to work in its industry. Capitol is a commercial insurance subsidiary of Alleghany Insurance Holdings, LLC, whose parent company, Alleghany Corporation, is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to his time with Capitol, McIntyre had a twenty-one year career with Wausau Insurance, becoming president of the company in 2000.
A native of southern California, McIntyre earned a Bachelor's degree in business from San Diego State University and completed the advanced executive program at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Jim has held positions on a number of business and civic boards, including Capitol Transamerica Corporation, Wausau Insurance, M&I First American Bank, Community Health Care - Wausau Hospital, Church Mutual Insurance Company, the Samoset Council - Boy Scouts of America, People-to-People, and Easter Seals in Portland, Oregon.
He currently serves on the boards of the Greenheck Group, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the United Way of Marathon County, and the YMCA Foundation.
Mullins Cheese Inc. and
Mullins Cheese Whey Inc.
Bill Mullins has been involved with Mullins Cheese Inc. and Mullins Cheese Whey Inc. since 1970, when his father bought both the Knowlton and Riplinger, Wisconsin facilities. Bill was only fourteen years old at the time. His father remained active with the business up until a year before passing away in 1997 at the age of 75. Bill's mother retired from the business at 88 and passed away in 2016 at the age of 90. Bill has been part owner of the business since graduating from Marshfield High School in 1973. Bill is a licensed cheesemaker and licensed cheese grader.
Bill married his wife, Mary, in 1981 and she is involved with the bookkeeping aspects of the business. Bill has two sons, Ben and Andy. Both sons have worked at the plant. Ben is works at Associated Bank in Appleton and is married with two daughters. Andy continues to work at the plant as a maintenance supervisor. He was married in September 2016.
Bill is currently in partnership with his brother, Don, and his brother's four sons who are all active in the family business.
Session 5: Education
Become informed of how our area educators are cultivating a vibrant talent pipeline and preparing tomorrow's workforce for future careers.
Featured Education Partners:
Session 6: Public Service/Non-profit
Engage with local service and non-profit organizations and learn how they are making a difference in the community. Learn how you can get involved and make a real impact.
Session 7: Quality of Life
One of the most unique aspects of the region is the area's commitment to the arts, culture and recreation. Experience the features that make Northcentral Wisconsin a great place to call home.
The Grand Theater
Sean Wright came to the Performing Arts Foundation in January 2015 as the Executive Director of the organization. During his tenure, he has continued to build on The Grand’s commitment to providing the best in the performing arts for the region, as well as expanding the venue’s community and patron engagement initiatives. Under his leadership, The Grand played host to events that brought over 132,000 patrons through the doors in the 2016-17 season, including a record-setting 11 sold-out shows. The Grand was also recognized for the first time in Pollstar’s Top 200 theater venues in the world and has developed new programming such as the 10x10 series of emerging artists.
Wright previously served as the Director of the Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center at Samford University in Birmingham, AL and has also held positions in venues at the University of Alabama, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of North Carolina. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College (MO) and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina.
Session 8: Professional Development
Grow personally and professionally by creating and implementing your own individual development plan. Self-improvement helps to build identity, develop talents and potential, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
- Discover your natural strengths
- Identify your developmental needs
- Establish an action plan for success
Jon Krueger has 40 years of human resources experience in the private and public sector. Prior to joining PeopleFirst HR Solutions, Jon spent the last 28 years working as Senior Vice President of HR and Administration for Greenheck Fan Corporation headquartered in Schofield, WI. Jon helped lead Greenheck from a small domestic manufacturer of HVAC equipment with 300 employees to its role today as a global manufacturing organization. Jon also led Greenheck to be a technical leader in its field of commercial and institutional HVAC for commercial, and institutional applications with more than 3,300 employees worldwide. Prior to Greenheck, Jon has led HR groups in the financial service industry and in municipal and state government. Jon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Session 9: Graduation
Celebrate your successes and achievements on graduation day by reflecting on your experiences and the relationships you've gained throughout the Immersion Project.
NOTE: The content, presenters, and scheduled events for each session is subject to change at anytime without notice.
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