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Steve Norrington

President

Erik Thompson
Business Banker
Intercity State Bank
715-359-4231
www.intercitystatebank.com

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Term: 2022-2023
South Area Business Association
– President Mar-Present 2022
– Vice-President Jan-Mar 2022
– Board of Directors 2022

My role as a Business Banker with Intercity State Bank calls for me to expand existing and new relationships with current and future bank customers. I assist business clients by helping them to assess their banking needs and I provide information on available deposit and loan products and services, and recommending financial solutions based on their unique goals.

I grew up in the local Wausau area (in Weston) and am a D.C. Everest 2011 alumni. Graduating college from River Falls, opportunity and family brought me back to the wonderful location of central Wisconsin, specifically the city of Wausau.

I enjoy many local outdoor activities from hiking and fishing in the summer to snowmobiling and snowboarding in the winter. I have a wonderful significant other, Jenna and my best friend Dax (black lab) to keep me preoccupied on my free time. We enjoy the typical Wisconsin Friday night fish-fry’s and cheering on “Da Pack!”

 

Michelle Bauer

Vice-President

Michelle L Bauer
Customer Service Representative / Marketing Specialist
American Family Insurance – Jonnee Bauer Agency
715-848-0077
www.jonneebaueragency.com

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Term: 2019-20, 2021-2023
South Area Business Association
– Administrative Assistant / Secretary Jan-Sep 2020
– Director / Secretary Oct-Dec 2021, Jan-Mar 2022
– Director / Vice President Mar-Present 2022
Red Cross Development
– Board Member 2020-Present
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!”

Ark Rhowmine

Secretary

Calli Scheel
Personal Banker – Intercity State Bank
715-359-4231
www.intercitystatebank.com

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Term: 2022-2024
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors Mar 2022-
– Secretary Mar 2022-

Sarah L Ruffi

Treasurer

Tom Giesen
CPA
CLA (Clifton Larson Allen LLP)
715-261-4701
www.CLAconnect.com

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Term: 2021, 2022-2024
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2021-Present
– Treasurer 2021-Present

Tom is a graduate of UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting, and is a life-long resident of Wisconsin, growing up in Hilbert. He has practiced with CLA and it’s predecessor firm for 32 years, the first 29 in Sheboygan and Manitowoc, and the last 3 years in Central Wisconsin, primarily in the Wausau office.

Tom’s day to day responsibilities include the management of 50+ associates in CLA’s 3 offices, helping those offices to grow and also working with clients and businesses of all sizes and across industries ensuring compliance with current tax laws, business planning, and succession planning.

Tom has been married to his wife Candice for 31 years. They have four children – Brett who is a school psychologist in the Minneapolis area, Seth who is currently a senior at UW-Madison, Drew who is a Junior at UW-Madison, and Lily who is in the 7th grade. Tom is active in the community including past and present participation on many civic and non-profit boards. His hobbies include being in the outdoors enjoying nature, and fishing.

Chris Nelson-Jeffers

Webmaster / Social Media Manager

Chris Nelson-Jeffers
Senior Digital Marketing Consultant
Breckshire LLC Digital Marketing Solutions
715-574-4565
www.breckshire.com

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Term: 2017, 2018-2020, 2021-2023
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 2019-2022
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 (www.TheProsperityFactor.co) 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.

Jonnee Bauer

Director / President Emeritus

Jonnee Bauer
Independent Agent
American Family Insurance – Jonnee Bauer Agency
715-848-0077
www.jonneebaueragency.com

Term: 2018, 2019-2021, 2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2018-2022
– 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.

Terra Plaisance

Director

Terra Plaisance
Executive Director
Mosinee Area Chamber of Commerce
715-693-4330
www.mosineechamber.org

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Term: 2019-2020, 2021-2022
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

Director

Tracy A Engman
Assistant Vice President / Cash Management Specialist
AbbyBank
715-298-4187
www.abbybank.com

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Term: 2021, 2022-2024
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2009-2017, 2021-
– Treasurer 2010-2017, 2021

​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.

Kristeen Carne

Director

Samantha Cricks
Managing Real Estate Broker
SCS Real Estate
715-846-2000
www.scsrealestate.com

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Term: 2020-2022
South Area Business Association
– Board of Directors 2021-

Originally from Chicago, Samantha has lived in Arizona, Colorado, and Madison, Wisconsin – before settling in the Wausau area in 2006. As a real estate professional in Madison and the Wausau area, Samantha has broad experience in the Wausau area’s unique neighborhoods.

Samantha’s experience with responsive showings, negotiations, and understanding each buyer and seller’s unique situations enables her to tailor her services to her client’s needs.

In addition to her real estate work, Samantha and her husband Jay enjoy rescuing and restoring / renovating distressed properties. They live on Wausau’s East Side with their three children and two dogs. Samantha enjoys cooking, caring for her family and pets, and cruising around town with Jay in their convertible.