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Jonnee Bauer


Jonnee Bauer
Independent Agent
American Family Insurance – Jonnee Bauer Agency
715-848-0077 – jbauersc @

Term: 2018-2021
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2018-2021
– President 2019-2021
Wausau Noon Optimist – Member
Partnership for Progressive Agriculture – Board Member
Susan G Komen Race for the Cure – Central Wisconsin Chairperson
Stuff The Bus – Workplace Volunteer Council – Fill a Back Pack Fill a Need
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Supporter
Runner’s Cures Cancer – American Cancer Society – Supporter

Licensed in WI, MN, IL, MI, AZ and FL, Jonnee Bauer opened her business in 2005 as a scratch agent and now has a fully licensed staff of three. Her drive to help her clients is deeply rooted in her caring compassion for people.

Jonnee considers herself to be in the business of “protecting dreams with comprehensive insurance solutions”. She has received American Family’s most prestigious Premier Leader Award for four years in a row, as well as numerous other achievements with the company.

A life-long resident of the Wausau area and with two beautiful daughters, Jonnee has strong community involvement in many non-profit organizations. The dedication and care she demonstrates in the community is a direct reflection of her business mission, vision, values and goals. Her passions include children, finding a cure for cancer, and serving others when they need a helping hand.

Steve Norrington

Vice President

Steve Norrington
Independent Agent
American Family Insurance – Steve Norrington Agency
715-693-4000 – snorring @

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Term: 2019-2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2018-2020
Camp Hope Community Sponsor / Supporter
Future Farmers of America – National & Local Member
Partnership for Progressive Agriculture – Member
Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police (Fallen Officers) – Sponsor / Supporter
Community Volunteer & Sponsor (Various in Mosinee and DC Everest)

After several years in the beer and retail industry as a Manager and Customer relations liaison, in 2014 – prompted by the addition of a second daughter to his family in 2013 including one with special needs – Steve decided to pursue his dream of owning his own business.  That year Steve made the change from Budweiser manager to American Family Insurance, as the Agent/Owner of the Steve Norrington Agency, LLC, American Family Insurance in Mosinee.

Currently with offices in Mosinee and Stratford and in his 7th year as an agent, Steve is able to use his first-hand family experience and knowledge in farm operations and business to focus on helping farmers, households, and businesses in Central Wisconsin protect their dreams. Steve has a true passion for helping his clients find affordable insurance solutions that meet his their risk management needs, and has been one of the top Farm protecting agents in Central Wisconsin for the last 4 years, including Top 10 with American Family Insurance in Wisconsin with the title of Peak Harvest – Expert .

When he’s not on his computer, on the phone with clients, or surveying properties, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife Kammi and his two beautiful daughters, now ages 7 and 12, traveling, enjoying his daughters sporting events, playing golf, hunting, fishing, bowling and enjoying the outdoors.


Sarah L Ruffi


Sarah L. Ruffi
Attorney at Law
Ruffi Law Offices, S.C.
715-843-0800 – slruffi @

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Term: 2018-2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2016-Present
– Treasurer 2019-Present
– President / Secretary 2017
– Vice-President 2016
YWCA 2013-2017
Kiwanis (Board 1997-2003; President 2002-2003)
Marathon County Bar Association (Secretary)
Wisconsin Valley Traffic Club (1998-2019)
Wausau West Side Business Association
– Board 2005-2009
– President 2009
Wausau Chamber of Commerce
-Executive Women’s Committee (2002-2006)

Sarah grew up in a family focused on business. From an early age, she knew that she wanted to own her own business. She just wasn’t sure what it would be. After graduating from Marquette University with a double major in marketing and finance, she went to work in her family’s manufacturing business. Within six months, she decided to go to law school. Less than 2 years later, she returned to school to earn her MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater then law degree from Marquette University Law School. She returned to her hometown of Wausau to launch her legal career.

Sarah provides business owners with peace of mind by tackling their legal and operational challenges. She represents businesses in all phases ranging from small start-ups to publicly traded corporations. Sarah opened Ruffi Law Offices, S.C. in 2004 where she focuses on start-ups, contracts, intellectual property, collections, real estate, and succession planning. Sarah is a published author of a book entitled, “Be Happy in Both Worlds, You can have a successful career and a happy family.” She has enabled 1000s of business professionals to conquer their challenges and improve their businesses. She continues to transform lives through her new program, Woman, Warrior, Lawyer.

Michelle Bauer


Michelle L Bauer
Customer Service Representative / Marketing Specialist
American Family Insurance – Jonnee Bauer Agency
715-848-0077 – mbauer @

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Term: 2020-2023
South Area Business Association
– Administrative Assistant / Secretary Jan-Sep 2020
– Director / Secretary Oct-Dec 2020
Red Cross Development
– Board Member 2020
Stuff The Bus / Fill a Pack Fill a Need Volunteer
Small  Business Owner – Last Minute DIY

Born and raised in Central Wisconsin, Michelle’s background is in event planning, direct sales and digital marketing. Her degree in Digital Internet Marketing and promotions has continued proven success working for a local insurance agent as a Marketing and Sales specialists. She has one son – Charlie. Recently, Michelle started her own DIY business – Last Minute DIY.  Michelle has always tinkered with projects with her father growing up and it has become a real passion for her.  It only made sense to start her own DIY and workshop business. Michelle says, “It was a way for her to continue to use her networking and crafty talents to create the fun and unique home décor people are continuously shopping for or pinning on Pinterest that they have been wanting to make.”  She takes the “how can I do this?” to making her customers feel “I can do this!”

Chris Nelson-Jeffers

Webmaster / Social Media Manager

Chris Nelson-Jeffers
Senior Digital Marketing Consultant
Breckshire LLC Digital Marketing Solutions
715-574-4565 – cnelsonjeffers @

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Term: 2020-2023
South Area Business Association 2014-Present
-Board of Directors 2017-Present
– Website & Social Media Manager 2015-Present
– Director 2017-Present
6 Degrees Business Network Wausau 2015-Present
– President 2019-2020
Wausau West Side Business Association 2014-2016
Global Motivational Force International 2015-2016
– Board of Directors 2015-2016
Advanced Marketers Institute
– Board of Advisors 2017-2018

A former military officer, Chris has had a varied career ranging from long-haul truck driver, to hotel operations and management. Reflecting a long-time fascination with communications and the Internet, Chris is passionate about helping his clients develop and market their products and services with an effective website and online marketing program.

As well as working with small and mid-size hotels and resorts, brick-and-mortar businesses and non-profit organizations to create, manage, and maintain their WordPress-based websites, Chris is also working with clients seeking to develop their audience and stabilize their online revenues with subscription-based membership, e-commerce, and online learning websites.

In his spare time and as a co-founder of The Prosperity Project ( Chris works with a team of entrepreneurs to develop a global community forum dedicated to helping people achieve greater freedom and financial independence through continuous self-improvement and entrepreneurial action.

Chris’s other interests include amateur (ham) radio, and HO-scale model railroading.

Terra Plaisance


Terra Plaisance
Executive Director
Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
715-693-4330 – executivedirector @

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Term: 2019-2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2019-Present
Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
– Executive Director 2019
– Board of Directors – Secretary 2012-2019
Get Smart Wisconsin Coalition
– Secretary 2011-2019

Terra Plaisance is the Executive Director at the Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce. She also served previously on the Board of Directors for the Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce for 6 + years and is very experienced in non-profit work, event coordinating, customer service/sales and marketing. Terra and her family have lived in Mosinee for over 4 years and she has done some wonderful things in the Community. She is very excited to serve on the South Area Business Association board of directors for new experiences and helping businesses connect and network with each other.

Jonnee Bauer


Tracy A Engman
Assistant Vice President / Cash Management Specialist
715-298-4187 – tengman @

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Term: 2018-2021
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2009-2017, 2021
– Treasurer 2010-2017

​Tracy joined the AbbyBank team in 2017 with 19 years of banking experience. She presently holds an associate degree in Human Services and has attended the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Mortgage Lending School. Tracy’s in-depth and well-rounded understanding of cash management, personal banking, lending, training, and management, makes Tracy a great asset to AbbyBank and their customers. Striving to meet customer’s needs, as well as, providing outstanding service, are top priorities for Tracy.

Tracy currently serves on the Board of Directors for South Area Business Association, President of the Mountain Bay Elementary PTO, and is involved in Junior Achievement. When Tracy isn’t working or volunteering, you will find her spending quality time with her family.

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Kevin J. Porter
Assistant Vice President
Intercity State Bank
715-241-0400 – kevinp @

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Term: 2020-2023
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2021

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Samantha Cricks
Managing Real Estate Broker
SCS Real Estate
715-846-2000 – scricks @

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Term: 2019-2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2021