Chamber Committees

Committees of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce

Business Action Team (BAT)

The purpose of the Business Action Team is to be a proactive voice for the business community by working with local, county and state officials. Their goals are to sponsor Hot Topics Breakfast/Lunch meetings and to encourage policies that positively impact the business and industrial community. 

Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools
Eric Bode, BoCo Real Estate
Dan Braam, Alliance Bank
Carisa Buegler, New Ulm Medical Center
Tami  Murphy, extended Human Resources, LLC 
Harold Remme, Retired

Business Education Network (BEN)

BEN is working with the workforce needs of businesses through programs such as the Teacher in the Workplace, CEO in the classroom, Career Expo, Network New Ulm Youth Leadership, Junior Achievement and internships.

Co-Chair: Rachal Becker, Oak Hills Living Center,
Co-Chair: Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center,
Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools
Jodi Forstner, Big Ideas Inc
Paul Huseby, New Ulm Precision Tool, Inc.
Tim Knaak, Mike's Collision & Tire
Stacy Merkel, Citizens Bank Minnesota
William Meyer, Firmenich
Tami Murphy, extended Human Resources, LLC 
Ric Nelson, EON, Inc.
Andy Robinson, SpecSys Inc
Nicole Rustman, MRCI
Brian Shropshire, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Katie Slette, New Ulm Medical Center
Carol Walls, 3M Company
Sara Wilfahrt, Junior Achievement - New Ulm Area

Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

The committee shall administer the City of New Ulm’s lodging tax to promote the City as a tourism destination and convention site.  Goals are to market New Ulm in various medias to heighten awareness and maximize its potential as a premier tourism destination; help fund advertising efforts of tourism-based activities that will increase visitation and the potential for overnight stays.

Chair: Michelle Gartner, Martin Luther College,
Vice Chair: Chad Cooreman, New Ulm Conference Center
Dave Christian, City of New Ulm
Tom Furth, Furth-Meile Insurance, Inc.
Polly Glaser, Nuvera
Ash Goyal, Colonial Inn
Erin Lafferty, Best Western Plus
Caitlyn Sanow, Best Western Plus
Michele Seifert, Sozial Restaurant & Bar
Ruth Wellmann, Radio Mankato/MN Valley Broadcasting

New Ulm Business & Retail Association (NUBRA)

The NUBRA committee coordinates, advertises, publicizes and promotes the general business of New Ulm, and the customer services available.  Their goals are to promote the New Ulm business districts through advertising, events and beautifications efforts; to promote the importance of shipping locally. 

Chair: Keith Buboltz, KNUJ 860 SAM 107,
Vice Chair: Danielle Fischer Marti, Gallery 512 Boutique
Lynn Fink, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Nick Fitch, Hy-Vee
Bobbi Fuhr, Perkins of New Ulm
Denny Geisenhof, Cash Wise
Tony Guggisberg, River Creek Nursery
Kari Linbo, Route 1 Interiors, Ltd.
Sandy Reinke, Bailey Creek Boutique
Christina Schwab, Inspired
Adam Towles, Foresee Studios, LLC
Ruth Wellmann,  Radio Mankato/MN Valley Broadcasting
Ann Wendinger, Sewing Seeds Quilt Company

Network New Ulm Adult (NNU)

NNU seeks to build a stronger community by providing a diverse group of emerging and existing leaders with the opportunities to enhance their community knowledge, civic network and leadership skills.

Chair: Eric Swenson, Gag Sheet Metal,
Secretary: Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center
Jeff Amundson, Bank Midwest
Katie Nosbush, United Prairie Bank
Brian Shropshire, Citizens Bank Minnesota

Network New Ulm Youth

To develop leadership skills while creating a sense of community awareness in our young people.

Chair: Stacy Merkel, Citizens Bank Minnesota,
Jennifer Brehmer, Allina/NUMC
Shari Fischer, Fischer Law
Shannon Hillesheim, Bank Midwest
Shawn Jakes, Comcast
Jenni Neubauer, CliftonLarsonAllen
Phil Schenck, Grace Community Church
Lisa Schneider, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Sarah Seifert, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Naomi Stewart, AgQuest Financial Services Inc
Carla Walden, Minnesota Valley Testing Labs
Paula Wenninger, Edward Jones

Willkommen Committee

Willkommen committee serves as the good-will ambassadors of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce.  Their goals are to welcome new Chamber members, businesses and to recognize new managers and relocations; to assist with membership retention through visitation programs; to encourage members to do business with other Chamber members.

Chair: Andrea Boettger, New Ulm Turner Hall,
Vice-Chair: Jessica Janni, Bank Midwest
Secretary: Kim Hanson, New Ulm Real Estate
Ron Alger, MBW
Cathy Anderson, Alliance Bank
Nicole Briggs, Jensen Motors
Tom Buskey, Edward Jones
Jan DeLeo, Sid's Signs on Broadway
Sheri Dittrich-Reinhart, Mary Kay Cosmetics
Lynn Fink, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Jess Gieseke, Maday Motors 
Marie Guggisberg, Weelborg Chevrolet
Anna Howell, Design Home Center
Pam Kitzberger, Oak Hills Living Center
Lori Kollmann, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Tami Leuthold, PCA of MN
Beth Nelson, Beth Nelson Insurance Agency
Katie Nosbush, United Prairie Bank
Nick Metzker, Preferred Insurance
Amy Pearson, Thrivent Financial - New Ulm Area Group
Lori Pickell-Stangel, United Way of the Brown County Area
Cheyenne Platz, Woodstone Senior Living
Sandy Scheibel, KNUJ
Brittney Schmiesing, Chuck Spaeth Ford
Randy Schroeder, Frandsen Bank & Trust
Brian Serbus, SouthPoint Financial Credit Union
Dinah Spurgin, Thrivent Financial - New Ulm Area Group
Kathy Van Roekel, Nuvera
Amber Wicke, Best Western Plus

Priorities of the Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development

  • Workforce Recruitment: Work with city government and regional partners to recruit new businesses, young professionals and young families.
  • Create an economic development roundtable for the purpose of networking those interested and moving ahead on projects that create economic opportunity in New Ulm.
  • Market New Ulm as a community to visit, live and work.
  • Provide educational and leadership development opportunities for the business community.


  • Provide information and services that assist to strengthen businesses
  • Initiate and support programs that encourage the creation and expansion of new businesses and entrepreneurship. Examples: Economic farming, incubators, co-working locations
  • Utilize the website as an economic development tool offering community information and job posting information.
  • Support HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Evolve)

Community Development

  • Supporting the business community and the community as a whole by sponsoring or supporting various community initiatives including: leadership development and attracting young professionals and families, health and employee wellness, fine arts and heritage and educational opportunities on topics of interest.
  • Support and maintain a Main Street program in conjunction with the Minnesota Preservation Alliance.

Public Policy

  • Partner with local government entities to address housing, new business incentives and issues that affect the business community.
  • Partner with entities that will forward issues or initiatives of community and business community interest.
  • Partner with the Minnesota Chamber to utilize their resources to influence the statewide business climate and business retention programs.
  • Communicate business and member perspective on issues facing elected and government officials.
  • Provide a board representative on the RENU local option sales tax committee.

Member Development

  • Continue to educate and evaluate the benefit of Chamber Membership to the variety of members represented.
  • Continue to be a connecting point for members for business to business networking, education and collaboration.
  • Promote organizational awareness to members and the community through effective use of social media and other communication tools.


  • Support and maintain a CVB to carry out the objective of promoting the City as a tourist and convention center.

  • Redesign the website and improve usage of social media for the purpose of promoting the City as a tourist and convention destination.