Chamber Committees

Committees of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce

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, rachalbecker@oakhillsnewulm.com
Co-Chair: Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center, nicoleblekestad@oakhillsnewulm.com

Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools
Mary Ann Christensen, Big Ideas Inc
Chelsey Mason, Junior Acheivement
Tim Knaak, Mike's Collision & Repair
Stacy Merkel, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Ric Nelson, EON, Inc.
Katie Slette, New Ulm Medical Center
Andrew Supina, 3M Company
Adam Towles, Foresee Studios, LLC
Kristine Wuller, Firmenich
Bill Aufderheide, MR Paving
Michael Grob, MN Valley Testing Labs
Michelle Freiderich, SPFCU

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 beautification efforts; to promote the importance of shipping locally. 

Chair:  Christina Schwab, Inspired
Vice Chair:  Kari Linbo, Route 1 Interiors, Ltd.

Sandy Reinke, Bailey Creek Boutique
Paul Johnson, KNUJ Radio
Taylor Oie, Drs Akre & Clark
Ann Wendinger, Sewing Seeds Quilt Company
Danielle Fischer Marti, Gallery 512 Boutique
Bobbi Fuhr, Perkins
Danny Hawkins, New Ulm Chiropractic
Missy Visser, Citizens Bank MN
Chayla Henle, New Ulm Real Estate
Heather Hammer, A to Zinnia

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: Tom Furth, Furth Meile Insurance
Vice Chair: Erin Lafferty, Best Western Plus

Dave Christian, City of New Ulm
Herb Knutson, Lamplighter Family Sports & Grill
Michelle Gartner, Martin Luther College
Paul Johnson, KNUJ
Jason Wohlers, Alliance Bank
Charlie Leftridge, The Grand
Danielle Marti, Board Liaison

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, ericswenson@gsm1904.com
Secretary: Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center

Jeff Amundson, Bank Midwest
Katie Nosbush, United Prairie Bank
Tyler Berg, EON
Brittany Abraham, Windings
Liza Kukla, August Schell Brewery

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, smerkel@citizensmn.com

Jennifer Brehmer, Allina/NUMC
Shari Fischer, Fischer Law
Shannon Hillesheim, Bank Midwest
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:  Amy Pearson, Thrivent Financial - New Ulm Area Group
Vice-Chair: Pam Kitzberger, Oak Hills Living Center
Secretary: Kim Hanson, New Ulm Real Estate

Cathy Anderson, Alliance Bank
Jon Bleick, Nuvera
Nicole Briggs, Jensen Motors
Sheri Davis, Citizens Bank MN
Jan DeLeo, Sid's Signs on Broadway
Sara Duck, Visiting Angels

Dan Forsythe, Minnesota Valley Transport

Marie Guggisberg, Weelborg Chevrolet
Anna Howell, Design Home Center

Jordyn Keranen, Woodstone Senior Living
Max Meine, SPFCU
Trevor Park, United Prairie Bank
Sandy Scheibel, KNUJ
Karissa Schlottman, Farmers Insurance, Kristine Rueckert Office
Ben Schoo, NU Surface
Randy Schroeder, Frandsen Bank & Trust
Bridget Whitney, Bank Midwest
Amber Wicke, Best Western Plus

Vision Statement of the Chamber of Commerce

Encourage economic growth in our community by serving our members through business development, networking, education, advocacy and access to resources.