The Portage County Business Council (PCBC) Board of Directors recently welcomed new officers and board members. PCBC’s priorities for its members and the community are retention and attraction of businesses and employees. PCBC serves as the chamber of commerce, economic and talent development organization and is home to Ignite Young Professionals, Ambassadors and the Heartland Leadership Initiative.
2021 Officers include: President Ray Ackerlund, Skyward; Vice President, Kate Budd, Ki-Mobility; Treasurer/Secretary Craig Aittama, Delta Dental of Wisconsin; Brian Formella, Anderson O’Brien; Andrew Halverson, Ellis Construction; Todd Schroeder, Sentry; and Kelly Zagrzebski, WEC Energy Group (WPS).
Re-elected to a second term were Eric Powers, AIG; Todd Reilly, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group; Todd Schroeder, Sentry Insurance; Lisa Sobczak, ABR Employment Services; and Candace Taylor, Associated Bank.
Amy Boston, Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, has been elected to her first-term on the Board of Directors. Prior to Covid-19, the Holiday Inn had upwards of 140 employees with over 60 full time. Amy is the General Manager of the hotel, overseeing all property operations to include lodging, convention facilities and the Amber Grill restaurant.
Amy was born and raised in Northeast Iowa and graduated college from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, FL in 2001. She returned to the Midwest following college and worked for different franchised hotel companies, before locating to the Stevens Point area in 2007. Since then, she has been an active hotel representative within the community. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Stevens Point Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (11 of the last 13 years) and also serves on the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association (WH&LA) State Board of Directors. Amy is a running enthusiast, participating in anywhere from 4-8 half marathons per year, and enjoys the convenient access to the Green Circle trail. Amy and her husband Nathan have one daughter, Brooklyn who attends Roosevelt Elementary.
Jake Feltz, Feltz’s Dairy Store, has been elected to his first-term on the Board of Directors. Feltz’s Dairy Store is a local retail store that opened in 2017 and specializes in the sale of Wisconsin products (mainly cheese) and family-friendly events including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, farm tours, and a small-animal petting zoo among others. They employ 11 full and part-time employees.
Jake was born and raised in Stevens Point, graduated from Pacelli High School in 2014, and graduated college in 2018 with a degree in Agricultural Business between UW-Madison and UW-River Falls. Jake worked on the family dairy farm growing up and now works exclusively in the dairy store while helping out on the farm during harvest season. He is the fifth generation of the family on the farm. Jake does not have a specific title, but enjoys being involved in nearly all parts of the business. Jake enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to audiobooks, and researching and trading stocks. He was recently married to his wife, Amanda, in the summer of 2020.
Megan Kuckkahn, Point Title, LLC, has been elected to her first-term on the Board of Directors. She is currently serving as Chairperson for the Ambassadors Club of the Portage County Business Council. The Ambassadors are the good-will team for the community, supporting events, ribbon-cuttings, groundbreakings, businesses and non-profits.
Megan was born and raised in the Madison/Stoughton area and moved to Stevens Point her freshman year of high school, graduating from Pacelli High School in 2008. After then moving to Madison and back to Stevens Point, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from UW-Stevens Point. Megan is now a Closing/Title Agent at Point Title, LLC. She loves the Wisconsin Badgers and particularly enjoys watching them play basketball and football, as well as cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Megan and her 8-year-old son, Uriah, live in Stevens Point and truly love living in the Portage County area.
Kevin Schleicher, Wysocki Family of Companies, has been elected to his first-term on the Board of Directors. Kevin’s father in law, Russell Wysocki, also served on the PCBC Board of Directors. As a 4th generation member of the family business, Kevin is rotating around all business units over a several year span and will be primarily focused on all aspects of farming in 2021. Wysocki Family of Companies is a vertically based organization, growing, packing and selling potatoes and onions to the top retailers and manufacturers in all areas of the United States. The company employs about 420 employees, mostly based in Portage County, but has several remote offices in order to help other potato farmers sell their crop at maximum value.
Kevin was born and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. He moved to La Crosse where he completed degrees in International Business, Management and an MBA with a focus on sustainability from UW- La Crosse and Viterbo University. Post-graduation, Kevin worked for an organic dairy cooperative, Organic Valley, and managed the international business department selling organic dairy products to over 30 countries on 6 different continents- Antarctica was a tough sell. Kevin met his wife, Heidi Wysocki, in La Crosse while playing laser tag. Fast forward seven years, Heidi and Kevin are settled in Custer with two young children, two dogs and an exciting opportunity at Wysocki Family of Companies. Outside of growing at work, Kevin enjoys downhill skiing, competing in triathlons (the shorter ones), and sampling local food and beer from the many fine breweries and eateries in the area. He is excited to learn more about Portage County and serve his community through the PCBC board.