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Business Council Welcomes New Board Members and Officers

By Portage County Business Council

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.

2020 Officers include: President Derek Nest, CliftonLarsonAllen; Vice President Ray Ackerlund, Skyward; Treasurer/Secretary Craig Aittama, Delta Dental of Wisconsin; Past President Jim Firminhac, WoodTrust Bank; Kate Budd, Ki Mobility; Todd Schroeder, Sentry; Lisa Sobczak, ABR Employment Services and Kelly Zagrzebski, WEC Energy Group (WPS).

Sarah Klein Duescher, Frank Hardware Co., Inc.; Rachael Gadbois, The Pineries Bank; and Nancy Roth-Mallek, Aspirus Stevens Point Campus were all re-elected to a second term. JoAnn Rutta, Investors Community Bank, will serve again as the Ambassador representative on the PCBC Board of Directors.

Tim Worth, The Worth Company, has been elected to his first-term on the Board of Directors. Tim’s father and grandfather, David and Bob, also served on the PCBC Board of Directors. Tim is the Operations Director. The Worth Company is a local manufacturer of fishing lure components, related hardware, and outdoor accessories.  The company employs about 80 full time, semi, and highly-skilled workers, and distributes its products nationally and internationally in 60 foreign countries.

Mr. Worth was born and raised in Stevens Point, graduated from Stevens Point Area Senior High and continued his education at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he graduated in 2003 with a degree in Industrial Design. He spent six years in Phoenix, AZ as a professional musician before returning to Stevens Point in 2009 to join The Worth Company.  He became Operations Director in 2012 and has also served as Interim Plant Manager. From 2015 – 2017, Tim served as Project Manager for a $3.5 million dollar addition to The Worth Company. Tim enjoys writing and performing music, manufacturing technology, golf, curling, and synthesizers. He and his wife Laura do their best not to spoil their dog Nova.