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.

Rachal Becker, Oak Hills Living Center,

Nicole Blekestad, Oak Hills Living Center

Jeff Bertrang, New Ulm Public Schools
Mary Ann Christensen, Big Ideas Inc
Erica Kimsey, Junior Acheivement
Tim Knaak, Mike's Collision & Repair
Stacy Merkel, Citizens Bank Minnesota
Ric Nelson, EON, Inc.
Katie Slette, New Ulm Medical Center
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:  Kari Linbo, Route 1 Interiors, Ltd.
Vice Chair:  Sandy Reinke, Bailey Creek Boutique

Christina Schwab, Inspired
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
Tim Guldan, Guldan Family Farm
Lindsey Henn, MN Eis
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: Erin Lafferty, Best Western Plus
Vice Chair: KC Ness, Green Mill, Best Western Plus

Herb Knutson, Lamplighter Family Sports & Grill
Jason Wohlers, Alliance Bank
Char Reinhart-Kalk, Holiday Haus
Curt Van Asten, August Schell Brewery
Denise Fischer, Hermann Monument/HermannFest
Danielle Marti, Board Liaison
Terry Sveine, City 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,
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,

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
Andreas Braulick, Brown County Probation

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: Jordyn Keranen, Martin Luther College
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
Dan Forsythe, Minnesota Valley Transport
Marie Guggisberg, River Creek Nursery
Anna Howell, Design Home Center
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
Brittany Abraham, Windings
Jennifer Konakowitz, Ameriprize Financial
Morgan Harpenau, New Ulm Dental Clinic
Nancy Arndt, Christensen Farms
Wendy Lang, Oak Hills Living Center
Emily Gleisner, August Schell's Brewery
Kathy Van Roekel, New Ulm Area Foundation


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.