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Committee involvement is an effective way to establish yourself as a community leader.  Serving on a Chamber committee is a rewarding experience with opportunities to grow professionally, to develop key business contacts, to have extended networking opportunities, and to gain a stronger working knowledge of the area’s business community.  The chamber has several options to volunteer at varying levels of commitment. 

Attendance and active participation are key to fulfilling the objectives of each committee.  These are not advisory committees; they are action-oriented groups committed to supporting the Chamber’s mission and key objectives.  Regular meeting attendance is expected as well as active involvement and work on the projects the committee undertakes. 

Our committees are aligned under a structure we call OPEN, which stands for operations, promotion, education, and networking.  We are open TO business and FOR business.


Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director
Finance Committee 2021

Chair: Joshua Sylla, Snyder & Ek
Jeremy Klang, Schober Schober & Mitchell, SC
Jeff McCarthy, Bank Five Nine
Rich Gaffney, Sentry Equipment Corporation
Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director

Finance Committee

Several scheduled throughout the year.

The Finance Committee is comprised of members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors with individual and collective strengths in investments, financial planning, organizational management, and accounting.  The Finance Committee provides oversight to the Chamber’s financial operations. It reviews and makes recommendations regarding financial policies and procedures, reserves and cash management, and financial investments.  It also oversees the development of the annual budget and coordinates annual internal audits.

Yellow Brick Road

Chair: Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director
Sean Osborn, Silver Circle Sports Events, LLC

Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk Committee

Monthly meetings from January to June.

The annual Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk welcomes participants of all ages and abilities for a great run or walk in beautiful Oconomowoc.  The Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk Committee plans and organizes the event.  It reviews the event schedule, activities, and awards; helps to solicit sponsors and donations; assists with marketing efforts and volunteer recruitment; and works on the day of the race to ensure a great experience for all participants.


Jeff McCarthy, Bank Five Nine

Chair: Jeff McCarthy, Bank Five Nine
Jim Reinke, Paragon Marketing Group
Kevin Brendel, Brew City PC, LLC
Heather Dewey, Bank Five Nine
Lauren Ruff, Ixonia Bank
Mike Targos, Center Desk Leadership Coaching
Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director

Marketing and Public Relations Committee

The third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

The key objective of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee is to enhance the image of the Chamber through strategic branding.  This committee develops strategies to promote and increase awareness of the Chamber’s events and initiatives, creates informational publications to effectively communicate membership benefits, and generates external communication to educate the public of the positive contribution businesses make for the betterment of the community.  The Marketing and Public Relations Committee also consults with other Chamber committees on all promotional efforts to ensure consistent messaging and branding.

Chair: Michelle Balda, Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club
Angie Scharnell, Ewald Automotive Group
Kelly Frank, MSI General Corporation
Rich Gaffney, Sentry Equipment Corporation
Lori Naylor, Associated Bank
Heather Fletcher, WaterStone Bank
Rebecca Hoffmann, Oconomowoc Travel
Mark Knight, TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Cheryl Griese, Ixonia Bank
Nicholas Weix, Lake Country Financial Services
Nick Roedl, Aflac
Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director
Suzanne Ettl, Member Relations

Chamber Ambassadors

4 scheduled Ambassador meetings, attendance at as many Chamber events as possible and new member visits/follow-up as needed.

The Ambassador program is a premier business-networking program.  Our Ambassadors play an important role as a face of the Chamber.  They serve as mentors to new members during their first year of membership, assist at Chamber events, and support the Chamber in general areas of membership recruitment and retention.  The Ambassador Committee also plans the Annual Awards Celebration.  To be successful in this role an Ambassador must be well informed about member benefits, be actively engaged in the Chamber, and have the flexibility in their occupations to fulfill Ambassador responsibilities and obligations.


Kyla Stefan, Oconomowoc Area School District

Chair: Kyla Stefan, Oconomowoc Area School District
Zach Poker, Poker Financial Group
Curt Downes, Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty
Susan Verhagen, Oconomowoc Area School District
Bob Jaworski, Aurora Health Care
Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director

Business Education Committee

The 1st Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and attendance at Business Education events.

The purpose of the Business Education Committee is to create meaningful and relevant educational opportunities to assist in the growth, development, and success of our member businesses.  The Business Education Committee plans programming for the professional development of member employees and organizes informational sessions about city and county-wide economic development, work force trends, and other topics that affect area businesses.


Kevin Brendel, Brew City PC, LLC

Co-Chair: Brook Voss, Ixonia Bank
Co-Chair: Zach Poker, Poker Financial Group
Josh Effinger, Ixonia Bank
Jeremy Klang, Schober Schober & Mitchell, S.C.
Amber Lillge, Bank Five Nine
Hannah Mortensen, Aurora Health Care Foundation

Young Professionals Committee

The third Tuesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. and attendance at Young Professional events.

The key objective of the Young Professionals Committee is to empower area young business professionals by creating an energetic and dynamic environment for learning and networking.   Committee members organize monthly networking events to provide young business people a platform to develop professional connections, plan educational sessions to build upon their business and leadership skills, and seek out community projects to encourage service and volunteerism.

2022 Golf Committee

Chair: Kevin Pagenkopf, Pagenkopf Funeral Home
Brett Ewald, Ewald Automotive Group
Mike Judson, Judson & Associates, S.C.
Tim Knepprath, Wellspring Construction Group
Holly Stapleton, Integrity Services, Inc.
Josh Effinger, Ixonia Bank
Jeff Wagner, Vizance
Cherie Sonsalla, Executive Director

Annual Golf Outing Committee

Monthly meetings from January through June.

The Annual Golf Outing is the Chamber’s largest annual fundraising event.  Golf outings aren’t just for leisure; they are a great opportunity to make new business contacts or develop existing relationships in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. The Annual Golf Outing Committee develops and executes a plan for the event including event activities, recruiting participants, soliciting sponsors, and collecting auction and raffle donations.

Yes, I would like to be involved!  Email the Chamber for more information.