NB Podcast Banker With A Beer Episodes

Episode 117

  • What is Fierce Freedom?
  • Human trafficking vs sexual assault
  • Trafficking in the Chippewa Valley
  • What one can do to help

Guest: Jenny Almquist, Executive Director of Fierce Freedom
Beer Enjoyed: Paulaner Oktoberfest


Episode 116

  • Inspiration for Reboot Social
  • Sourcing materials for an arcade bar in a pandemic
  • Blazing One’s own trail in a family run business
  • Advice to folks looking to buy a car today

Guest: Charlee Markquart, co-owner Reboot Social
Beer Enjoyed: Moon Man, New Glarus Brewing Company

Episode 115

  • How students and staff have bounced back from COVID
  • Will 2022-23 be a ‘normal’ school year?
  • Managing a growing student population
  • Transitioning to the Middle Border Conference

Guest: Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos, Superintendent Altoona Public Schools
Beer Enjoyed: Mango Farm Hazy IPA, Coronado Brewing Company CA


Episode 114

  • The role of Congressional staffers
  • How the work of Congressional staffs differs from Congressional committees
  • Effective ways to connect with your member of Congress
  • Living in DC vs living in the Chippewa Valley
  • How your member can assist you and your family when you visit DC

Guest: Jeanne Kuehl, U.S. Congressional Staffer
Beer Enjoyed: Spencer Monk’s Reserve Ale


Episode 113

  • What qualifies as a veterinarian emergency?
  • Relationship with traditional vet clinics
  • Caring for a pet owner as well as their pet
  • Procedures developed for humans now available to animals

Guest: Dr. Kara Nelson, Founder of Allied Emergency Vet Services


Episode 112

  • How EAU came to be an Essential Service Airport and what that means
  • The Sun Country’s proposed service schedule to EAU
  • The challenges of servicing larger aircraft
  • How buses may play a role in offering ticketing and screening passenger in route to MSP.

Guest: Charity Zich, Director Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
Beverage Enjoyed: Blu, by Grainbelt


Episode 111

  • Is the Chippewa Valley attractive to young adults as a place to live?
  • How the Chippewa Valley compares with larger communities for livability
  • What the area lacks for young adults
  • Favorite places to meet people

Guest: Sidney Gullickson and Mike Farrow
Beverage Enjoyed: Saison DuPont, Tourpes Belgium (Mike and Jerry), bottled water (Sidney)



Episode 110

  • The history of John’s Auto Parts
  • How the auto part business has changed in the past 50 years
  • Services folks can perform on their own cars
  • Electric vehicles

Guest: John Pederson, Owner of John’s Auto Parts
Beer Enjoyed: Leinie’s Honey Weiss



Episode 109

  • Things that make the JAM experience unique
  • What goes into putting on a music festival
  • Signing talent for JAM
  • Purchase of property for JAM relocation / expansion

Guest: Kathy wright, General Manager Country JAM USA
Beer Enjoyed: Sam Adams Summer Ale



Episode 108

  • Updates on Downtown Projects
  • Annexations to the City of Eau Claire
  • Biggest Challenges facing Eau Claire in the next 5 years
  • Impact of reduced air service to area growth
Guest: Aaron White, Economic Development Manager, City of Eau Claire



Episode 107

  • Completion of River Prairie
  • Working with Mayor Brendan Pratt
  • City water restrictions
  • Redeveloping ‘downtown’ Altoona
  • Containers Up Project

Guest: Mike Golat, Altoona city Administrator
Beer Enjoyed: Palm Ale, Belgium




Episode 106

  • Inflation, its cause and impact
  • Stock Market and Bond Market Retreat
  • Teaching Economic History to Students
  • Interest in Economics as a Field of Study

Guest: Dr. Wayne Carroll, Professor of Economics UWEC
Beer Enjoyed: Three Philosophers, Ommegang Brewery Cooperstown, NY




Episode 105

  • The goal with Pablo Group’s development projects
  • Features tenants of downtown housing projects are looking for
  • Is downtown Eau Claire reaching a housing saturation point?
  • Managing the challenges of a tight labor market, sluggish supply chain, and rapidly raising costs

Guest: Jenny Fesenmaier, Director of Research and Development Pablo Group
Beer Enjoyed: Kwak, Belgian Ale




Episode 104

  • A child’s interest in weather
  • Moving around the country
  • Preparing for extreme weather
  • Climate change

Guest: Mike Dandrea, WEAU Meteorologist
Beer Enjoyed: Moonridge Brown Ale, Moon ridge Brewing Cornell, WI




Episode 103

  • Why buy a baseball team?
  • What changes (if any) should fans expect from your ownership of the Express?
  • Carson Park improvements
  • Balancing team ownership with operating a car dealership

Guest: Craig Toycen, Owner of the Eau Claire Express
Beer Enjoyed: The Farmer’s Daughter, Lucette Brewing Company



Episode 102

  • Challenges of being an entrepreneur at a young age
  • The role of family in a small business
  • Impact of the army in forming Tommy
  • Advice to others considering opening a small business

Guest: Thomas Rocque, Founder and CEO Rocque Ridge Guides and Outfitters, Lake Holcombe, WI
Beer Enjoyed: Badger Porter, Sand Creek Brewery Black River Falls, WI


Episode 101

  • The differences between banks and credit unions
  • Consolidation in the financial services industry
  • Growing a career from an entry level employee to CEO
  • Maintaining strong ties to the Chippewa Valley as RCU expands

Guest: Brandon Riechers, President and CEO of Royal Credit Union
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel’s Northwoods Amber


Episode 100

  • How top musicians are drawn to UWEC (Quentin’s personal story)
  • Why UWEC is so success in teaching musicians to work past graduation
  • The role of Robert Baca in the UWEC Jazz program
  • The start and evolution of the Eau Claire Jazz Festival

Guest: Quentin Volk, Executive Director Eau Claire Jazz, Inc.
Beer Enjoyed: Anti-Resin Hazy IPA, Six Point Brewery, Brooklyn NY.

Episode 99

  • Review of time as Alice in Dairyland
  • Challenges of being Alice during COVID
  • Future of the role of “Alice in Dairyland”
  • Future plans of Julia

Guest: Julia Nunes, Alice in Dairyland
Beer Enjoyed: Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Episode 98

  • The role of the Foundation and Blugold Real Estate
  • Expanding the footprint of UWEC beyond its traditional campus
  • Major project reviews: Priory, Haymarket, Pablo, Sonnentag Complex, Simpson Field

Guest: Kimera Way, President UW Eau Claire Foundation
Beer Enjoyed: Spotted Cow, New Glarus Brewery

Episode 97

  • What does a chamber of commerce do?
  • What unique role does Chippewa Falls play in the Chippewa Valley?
  • How has the city of Chippewa Falls changed in the past 25 years?
  • Thoughts on the future of the community.

Guest: Mike Jordan, Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce President
Beer Enjoyed: Smithwick’s, Irish Red Ale




Episode 96

  • Brewing your own beer
  • How inflation is impacting the asphalt industry
  • Need for self-sufficiently and product diversification
  • The role of the Bank’s Board of Directors
  • The role of the Chairman of the Board

Guest: Darrin Senn, Owner and CEO of Senn Blacktop and Northwestern Bank Board Chair
Beer Enjoyed: Snow Bank Hefeweizen – Jerry Kuehl’s home brew and Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Classic Cola Stout


Episode 95

  • Preparing your own taxes vs hiring a bookkeeper, an independent CPA, or a large firm
  • Tax issues resulting from COVID
  • Hiring folks to work in the Chippewa Valley
  • Surviving the brutal tax season
  • Changes to the CPA profession over time

Guest: Traci Hollister, CPA Partner Wipfli LLP
Beer Enjoyed: Lindeman Lambic


Episode 94

  • Challenges of building a new home today
  • Most popular housing choices
  • Finding land for development
  • Building materials and quality vs 30 years ago
  • Advice for those looking to build

Guest: Adam Ashley, Owner Ashley Constructi
Guest Host: Greg Misfeldt
Beer Enjoyed: Bundaberg Ginger Beer



Episode 93

  • Changing business of college athletics
  • NCAA and its role with UWEC athletics
  • New facilities
  • Success of Blugold woman’s athletics

Guest: Dan Schumacher, Director of Athletics UWEC
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel’s Sunshine Light Beer


Episode 92

  • The Impact of COVID on the travel industry
  • How a travel agent can help you navigate travel issues including COVID
  • Current popular domestic and International travel destinations
  • Travel outlook post-COVID

Guest: Denise Petricka, President of Higgins Travel Leaders
Beer Enjoyed: Sol Beer of Mexico


Episode 91

  • Adding the Ken Vance dealerships to the Chippewa Valley Mazda’s umbrella
  • The supply chain issues impact on the auto industry
  • Transition to electric vehicles
  • How COVID has changed the car buying experience

Guest: Jamie Leibrandt (guest host), SVP & Senior Lender NB & Bill Bertrand, President Chippewa Valley Mazda
Beer Enjoyed: Wolfe’s Neck IPA, Maine Beer Co.



Episode 90

  • State of Northwestern Bank
  • Why has NB remained independent?
  • Biggest challenges facing community banks
  • Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank
  • 2022 Chippewa Valley Economic Forecast

Guest: Jerry Jacobson, President & CEO of Northwestern Bank
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss & Toasted Bock




Episode 89

  • What makes UWEC such a great environment for music students?
  • How do you teach jazz?
  • What is it like touring with a name orchestra?
  • Do you have more fun performing or teaching?

Guest: Robert Becca, Professor of music and Director of Jazz Studies UWEC
Beer Enjoyed: Shugga, LaGunitas Brewing




Episode 88

  • Has COVID had an impact on obesity?
  • What works to prevent obesity?
  • How does Wisconsin or the Chippewa Valley compare to the rest of the nation in Obesity statistics?
  • Is there hope?

Guest: Dr. William Klish, Child Obesity Expert
Beer Enjoyed: Guinness Draught Stout

Episode 87

  • What are Visit Eau Claire's target market?
  • Eau Claire tourism success during COVID
  • The impact of the Sonnentaq Center
  • How does Visit Eau Claire market?

Guest: Benny Anderson, Executive Director of Visit Eau Claire
Beer Enjoyed: Lazy Hazy Ale, Lazy Monk Brewing




Episode 86

  • What is Valley Sports Academy?
  • How will VSA impact local youth athletes?
  • The impact of VSAon the Chippewa Valley

Guest: Brian Seubert and Chase Hoople, Valley Sports Academy
Beer Enjoyed: Goose Island, Bourbon Country Brand Stout




Episode 85

  • Navigation of COVID on campus
  • Staffing challenges
  • New building updates
  • Future issues for UW-Eau Claire

Guest: UWEC Chancellor Jim Schmidt
Beer Enjoyed: Gunpowder IPA, The Brewing Projekt




Episode 84

  • Transitioning from corporate employee to small business owner
  • Operating a small business under COVID restrictions
  • Balancing work and family
  • Celebrating the Chippewa Valley as a great place to work and live

Guest: Adam Condit, Owner Blue Ox Running
Guest Host: Tracey Smiskey, NB Eau Claire Market President
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel Chocolate Dunkel




Episode 83

  • An Artistic Renaissance Man
  • Working as both a rural farmer and a sophisticated media personality
  • Would you even consider living anywhere other than Wisconsin?
  • Thoughts on the role of internet influencers

Guest: Michael Perry, NY Times Bestselling Author, Humorist, Singer/Songwriter, and Intermittent Pig Farmer
Beer Enjoyed: Nanny State NA Happy Ale, Brewdog Winchester, OH




Episode 82

  • Comparing technical school education in Florida vs Wisconsin
  • Difficulty in finding students with a shrinking graduation pool and booming employment market
  • Most popular programs at CVTC
  • What is great about the Chippewa Valley and what is missed about Florida

Guest: Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, President Chippewa Valley Technical College
Beer Enjoyed: Spotted Cow, New Glarus Brewing Company




Episode 81

  • What is the role of the Chamber of Commerce?
  • How has COVID changed the way the Chamber conducts business?
  • Keeping the Chamber politically neutral.
  • Health of small businesses in the Chippewa Valley

Guest: Dave Minor, President, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Beer Enjoyed: Belhaven Black Scottish Stout




Episode 80

  • Covid Update
  • Impact of COVID delays on educational progress
  • Stress of a growing student population
  • Parent/School Board interaction
  • School as a social service provider

Guest: Heidi Eliopoulus, Superintendent, Altoona Public Schools
Beer Enjoyed: Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen




Episode 79

  • What does the Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest celebrate?
  • What is the role of the Festmeister and Festmeistern?
  • How do you mix traditional German tastes with local tastes?
  • What is the future of the festival?

Guest: Tasha Weiss, Programs Director for the CF Area Chamber of Commerce
Beer Enjoyed: Glutenberg Blonde (Gluten-Free Beer), Glenberg Brewery Montreal Canada




Episode 78

  • Project recap for Downtown Eau Claire
  • Status Update on the Cannery District
  • Managing the Community's Growth
  • Directing the City in the Absence of a City Manager

Guest: Aaron White, Economic Development Manager, City of Eau Claire
Beer Enjoyed: Inner Sanctum, Potosi Brewing Company



Episode 77

  • The story behind the Pablo's ability to stay solvent during COVID
  • How has COVID changed the live performance industry
  • Who determines the safety precautions for each show?
  • What is the status of the local arts community outside of the Pablo?

Guest: Jason Jon Anderson, Executive Director Pablo Center
Beer Enjoyed: HackerPschorr Oktoberfest




Episode 76

  • What is the role of the County's Public Health Director?
  • What authority does the Health Department have and where does this authority come from?
  • How do you speak about COVID with your family?
  • What are health issues beyond COVID?

Guest: Angela Weideman, Chippewa County Health Director
Beer Enjoyed: Paulaner Hefeweizen




Episode 75

  • Current City Projects
  • Growth of the Chippewa Valley as a Region
  • Finding workers for the Chippewa Valley

Guest: Brad Hentschel, City Planner - City of Chippewa Falls
Beer Enjoyed: La Trappe Quadrupel




Episode 74

  • How to balance starting a business with small children at home
  • Developing educational toys
  • Starting a business in the Chippewa Valley
  • Best Toy in the World!

Guest: Tomi Stoyanova, Owner of ToyVentive
Beer Enjoyed: Danrak Virgin


Episode 73

  • What does WIN Technology do?
  • COVID's Impact on web traffic?
  • How has Perigon assisted non-for-profits and school?
  • Where are internet speeds going?
  • How is WIN helping it's clients to limit hacking and other web intrusions?

Guest: Scott Hoffman, CEO of WIN Technology
Beer Enjoyed: Houblon Chouffe, Belgian IPA


Episode 72

  • What are the primary factors in a home's valuation?
  • What type of home improvements generates the most value from an appraisal perspective?
  • Is it getting difficult to find comparable sales to support today's sales prices?
  • Is the quality of new construction changing over time?

Guest: Todd Meinen, Real Estate Appraiser
Beer Enjoyed: Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

Episode 71

  • What makes the fair a 'State' fair?
  • Improvements to the fairgrounds
  • Selecting food vendors
  • Scheduling challenges
  • Future of the fair

Guest: Rusty Volk & Chuck Frenette, Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Beer Enjoyed: Belhaven Scottis Ale, Belhaven


Episode 70

  • What is Kubb?
  • What was the inspiration behind creating the US National Kubb Championship?
  • The Tournament format
  • Spectator Insights

Guest: Eric Anderson, Director US National Kubb Championships
Beer Enjoyed: Things We Don't Say Haza IPA, The Brewing Projekt


Episode 69

  • How do you plan for future transportation needs?
  • Significant proposed projects in the Chippewa Valley
  • How are projects proposed and ranked
  • Transportation needs and planning beyond the automobile

Guest: Eric Anderson, Senior Planner at West Center WI Regional Planning
Beer Enjoyed: Things We Don't Say Hazy IPA, The Brewing Projekt




Episode 68

  • Growing up in Chippewa Falls
  • What makes Chippewa special?
  • Vietnam Era vs Today
  • How did Cray Computer Change Chippewa?
  • What do you see as the future of the Chippewa Valley?

Guest: Jerry Jacobson, President Northwestern Bank and Jake Leinenkugel, Sultan of Suds
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss




Episode 67

  • River Prairie Update
  • Growth Beyond River Prairie
  • Residential Developments
  • Population Growth
  • Annexation
  • Old Altoona vs New Altoona

Guest: Mayor Brendan Pratt, City of Altoona
Beer Enjoyed: Modicum Original, Modicum Brewing Co. Altoona, WI




Episode 66

  • Becoming a Doctor
  • Practice size opportunities and challenges
  • Genesis of ReforMedicine
  • Making healthcare affordable

Guest: Dr. David Usher, ReforMedicine Direct Pay Family Medicine Clinic
Beer Enjoyed: Hacker Pschorr Weisse Beer




Episode 65

  • History of Northern Cross Arm
  • COVID and the lumber industry
  • Working with your spouse
  • Advice to young business owners

Guest: Pat & Joy Bischel, Northern Cros Arm Company
Beer Enjoyed: Prague, Premium Pils from the Czech Republic




Episode 64

  • When did the current housing boom start?
  • How many homes are currently available to buy in the Chippewa Valley?
  • What home improvements are most folks looking for?
  • Trends for the housing market in the future.

Guest: Scott Wolfe, Century 21 Real Estate
Beer Enjoyed: Gunpowder IPA, The Brewing Projekt




Episode 63

  • How does Chiropractic Medicine differ from traditional medicine?
  • Practicing in your hometown
  • Partnership with the Chippewa Falls Area Public School
  • Your role in the greater Chiropractic community

Guest: Dr. Lona Cook, Cook Chiropractic Center
Beer Enjoyed: Scotch Ale, Great Dane Brewing




Episode 62

  • Who is Alice in Dairyland?
  • What is the most fun thing about being Alice?
  • How COVID has impacted your Alice experience
  • Relevancy of Alice in the future

Guest: Julia Nunes, Alice in Dairyland
Beer Enjoyed: Wollersheim Sparkling Grape Juice and Badger Porter, Sand Creek Brewing




Episode 61

  • Surviving COVID as a music venue
  • Greatest shows
  • Current state of the live music industry
  • Off-season for the Fest
  • Passion for cancer awareness

Guest: Wade Asher, Chippewa Valley Music Festivals - Countryfest and Rockfest
Guest Host: Jamie Leibrandt, Northwestern Bank

Beer Enjoyed: Michelob Golden Light



Episode 60

  • Transition from Television to Business Owner
  • Working with your spouse
  • Owning a business while raising a family
  • Break-Through Coaching

Guest: Sarah Stokes, Stokes | Herzog Marketing & Consulting
Beer Enjoyed: Cosmopolitan


Episode 59

  • Reporting on your hometown
  • Being a local celebrity
  • Changes in the news industry
  • Changes in the Chippewa Valley

Guest: Judy Clark, WEAU TV - 13
Beer Enjoyed: American Saison, Boulevard Brewing Tank 7

Episode 58

  • Covid Impact of Local Travel
  • The CV Regional Airport Experience
  • Other Airport Services
  • How airport usage increases potential service

Guest: Charity Zich, CV Regional Airport Manager
Beer Enjoyed: Leine's Summer Shandy

Episode 57

  • History of Larson Construction
  • Building Bridges in Wisconsin
  • Moving back from Boston
  • How family considerations can change careers

Guest: Megan and Tim MacLaughlin-Barck, Larson Construction
Beer Enjoyed: Pauwel Kwak

Episode 56

  • Farming in 2021 The Work Day in a Modern Farm
  • Technology on the Farm
  • The next generation; is there a future in farming?
  • Favorite Farm Toys

Guest: Jake Rooney & Stacie Zeman, Rooney Farms
Beer Enjoyed: Guinness Draught Stout

Episode 55

  • The Inspiration of the Bridge Lighting Project
  • Finding Time for Community Projects
  • Strength of Rotary and Service Clubs

Guest: Pat Thoney, Phoenix Park/Rotary Bridge Lighting Project
Beer Enjoyed: Leffe Belgian Ale (Blonde)

Episode 54

  • What does Audio Architects do?
  • Evolution of Hardware to Digital
  • Computers are the center of everything
  • Favorite projects

Guest: Andy Pierson, Darin Wagner, Nancy Carlson - Audio Architects
Beer Enjoyed: Founder KB5, Barrel Aged Stout


Episode 53

  • What is functional medicine?
  • Transitioning to a Private Practice
  • How has COVID impacted your practice?
  • Easy things we all can do to feel better and be healthier

Guest: Dr. Kristie Gering, Owner of Spero Wellness Clinic
Beer Enjoyed: St Bernardus Abt 12, Belgian Abbey Ale & New Grist (Gluten Free), Lakefront Brewery Milwaukee

Episode Fifty Two

  • The Launch of 'Baby Think It Over'
  • The evolution of RealityWorks
  • Where do you get your product ideas?
  • Passion for Employee Stock Ownership Plans

Guest: Tim Boettcher, President, Realityworks & Mary Boettcher, CFO & VP of Finance, Realityworks
Beer Enjoyed: Delirium Tremens Golden Ale

Episode Fifty One

  • The onset of COVID on the lodging industry
  • Keeping guests safe
  • Outlook for 2021

Guest: Erin Lorberter, General Manager, Country Inn & Suites of Chippewa Falls
Beer Enjoyed: Blue Moon Light Sky and Mudpuppy Porter, Central Waters Brewing

Episode Fifty

  • What is Colab?
  • Who is a typical Colab client?
  • Is Eau Claire a good place to start a business?

Guest: Elaine Coughlin, Community Manager at Colab
Beer Enjoyed: Sprecher Root Beer & Abbey Triple

Episode Forty Nine

  • Review of banking industry in 2020
  • The Fed, what is it?
  • Jerry Jacobson's role on the Minneapolis Fed
  • Post COVID changes in banking
  • Why do you love Ozzy and his band?

Guest: Jerry Jacobson, President Northwestern Bank
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, and Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Stout

Episode Forty Eight

  • The Evolution of Rock & Tait
  • Keeping crew safe during COVID
  • Building relationships with customers
  • Branding Rock & Tait

Guest: Kane Rockow, Rock and Tait Exteriors
Beer Enjoyed: Duvel, Belgian Golden Ale

Episode Forty Seven

  • What is the Chippewa Valley Clinic
  • The role of the clinic within the community
  • Tailgate Party Fundraiser sponsored by Banker with a Beer

Guest: Maribeth Woodford, Executive Director, Chippewa Valley Clinic
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss

Episode Forty Six

  • Officiating, the Highs and Lows
  • Irvine Park Christmas Village
  • Erickson Park Expansion
  • New Park Projects

Guest: Dick Hebert - Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director
Beer Enjoyed: Rush River Amber Ale, Oddbell Kolsch, Mobcraft Brewing, Leinenkugels, Northwoods Lager

Episode Forty Five

  • Transitioning from an attorney to a school administrator
  • Operating a school during COVID
  • Viability of Catholic Schools going forward

Guest: Molly Bushman, President - McDonell Area Catholic Schools
Beer Enjoyed: Chimay Grande Reserve

Episode Forty Four

  • Huffcut Growth & Expansion
  • Common Threads in Operating Multiple Businesses
  • Valley Sports Academy

Guest: Brian Seubert, Owner of Huffcut Concrete, Lake Wissota Golf and other businesses
Beer Enjoyed: Chocolate Bunny, Rhinelander Brewing Co. and Hopalicious, Ale Asylum, Madison, WI

Episode Forty Three

  • What Makes a car collectable?
  • What to look for when purchasing a collectable vehicle.
  • What’s more fun, buying a new collectable vehicle or selling one you already own?

Guest: John Zmuda, retired business owner & automobile collector
Beer Enjoyed: Zywiec – Poland’s Premium Beer

Episode Forty Two

  • Gluten Free Beers
  • Keeping a business culture consistent in multiple locations
  • Cyber Insurance
  • Covid Coverage/Business Interruption Insurance

Guests: Darrel Zaleski, Owner of Spectrum I