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.

Erica Kimsey, Junior Achievement - Co-Chair

Matt Wilhelmi, Concordia Lanes - Co-Chair

Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools
Joe Schotzko, Big Ideas Inc
Brandon Schmeising, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Bill Aufderheide, MR Paving
Jake Mason, 3M
Sara Wilfahrt, NUACS
Brandy Schwartz, EON
Tim Fossen, Christensen Farms
Seth Visser, Windings
John Flemmer, 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:  Sandy Reinke, Bailey Creek Boutique
Vice Chair: Ann Wendinger, Sewing Seeds Quilt Company
2nd Vice Chair:  Taylor Oie, Drs Akre & Clark

Christina Schwab, Inspired
Lindsay Henn, MN Eis
Paula Marti, Morgan Creek Vineyards
Kelsey Frederickson, The Painted Lady
Bobbi Fuhr, Perkins
Danny Hawkins, New Ulm Chiropractic
Missy Visser, Citizens Bank MN
Christy Foss, KNUJ
Tim Guldan, Guldan Family Farm
Kari Linbo, Route 1 Interiors, Ltd.
Amy Midtbruget, Gypsy Girl Consignment Boutique
Heather Hammer, A to Zinnia, Board Liaison

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: Denise Fischer, Hermann Monument/HermannFest
Vice Chair: Open

Jason Wohlers, Alliance Bank
Char Reinhart-Kalk, Holiday Haus
Curt Van Asten, August Schell Brewery
Erin Lafferty, Best Western Plus
Mae Geidel, Green Mill
Brittney Schmeising, Board Liaison
Kathleen Backer, City Liaison                                                                              Amy Midtbruget, NUBRA Liason

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.

Co-Chairs: Brittany Abraham, Windings; Rebecca Hulke, United Prairie Bank
Secretary: Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center

Jeff Amundson, Bank Midwest
Tyler Berg, EON
Randy Horejsi, Fuel Graphics

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
Shannon Hillesheim, Bank Midwest
Jenni Neubauer, CliftonLarsonAllen
Lisa Schneider, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Sarah Seifert, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Naomi Stewart, AgQuest Financial Services Inc
Andreas Braulick, Brown County Probation
Lori Dummer, St. Mary's Church

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:  Jordyn Keranen, Martin Luther College
Vice-Chair:  Maddie Pearson, New Ulm Country Club
Secretary: Kim Hanson, New Ulm Real Estate

Cathy Anderson, Alliance Bank
Jon Bleick, Nuvera
Sheri Davis, Citizens Bank MN
Jan DeLeo, Sid's Signs on Broadway
Sara Wendt, Visiting Angels
Katie Nosbuch, United Prairie Bank
Anna Howell, Design Home Center
Max Meine, SPFCU
Trevor Park, United Prairie Bank
Karissa Schlottman, Farmers Insurance, Kristine Rueckert Office
Ben Schoo, NU Surface
Randy Schroeder, Frandsen Bank & Trust
Bridget Whitney, Bank Midwest
Morgan Harpenau, New Ulm Dental Clinic
Nancy Arndt, Christensen Farms
Wendy Broderson, Oak Hills Living Center
Emily Gleisner, August Schell's Brewery
Amy Pearson, Thrivent Financial - New Ulm Area Group
Kathy Van Roekel, New Ulm Area Foundation
Trisha Hohman, Ivy House
Nathan Hamilton, ILPEA
Jess Gieseke, Fuel Graphics
Annette Olson, Weelborg Chevrolet
Michelle Markgraf, Markgraf Consulting LLC
Julie Fredrickson, WEB Construction Co., Inc.
Jennifer Brandes, Jennifer Brandes Photography LLC
Curtis Hartig, Mutual of Omaha
Amy Midtbruget, Gypsy Girl Consignment Boutique

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.