NB Podcast Banker With A Beer Episodes

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 Insurance
Beer Enjoyed: New Frist, Pilsner Style, Lakefront Brewery

Episode Forty One

  • Impact of Covid-19 on Bike Sales
  • Advice for young business owners
  • Destination Chippewa Falls
  • Electric Bikes

Guests: Dave Flanagan, Owner of Spring Street Sportsr
Beer Enjoyed: Spotted Cow from New Glarus Brewing, New Glarus, WI

Episode Forty

    • Woodman’s Entry into the Eau Claire Market
    • Dealing with the Pandemic
    • Top Selling Liquor Items
    • Special Orders

Guests: Sadie Schroeder, Woodman’s Liquor Department Manager, and Brooks Tellock, Woodman’s Store Manager
Beer Enjoyed: Linalool, IPA, Pearl Street Brewery, LaCrosse, WI

Episode Thirty Nine

      • The Pablo Group explained
      • Growing up Hmong in the Chippewa Valley
      • Passing on the Hmong culture to the next generation

Guest: Mai Vue Xiong, Director Pablo Foundation
Beer Enjoyed: Special Amber – Sprecher Brewery, Glendale WI, Clearly Canadian Sparkling Water

Episode Thirty Eight

      • Operating a software company in Wisconsin
      • 'Last Mile' software
      • Reverse Logistic aka 'returns'

Guest: Jim Ward - Elite Extra / Applied Data Consultants
Beer Enjoyed: MC Amber, Mobcraft Brewing Milwaukee

Episode Thirty Seven

      • Development of Phoenix Park
      • The Canary District Growth
      • Future Projects
      • Affordable Housing Options
      • City Amenities vs Affordability

Guest: Geoff Moeding, Real Estate Developer
Beer Enjoyed: Milk Stout Nitro – Left hand Brewing Company

Episode Thirty Six

      • Impact on COVID on construction
      • Challenges on building a commercial building
      • What is Hoeft’s “Sweet Spot”

Guest: Peter Hoeft, President & Owner of Hoeft Builders
Beer Enjoyed: Farm Girl Saison, Lift Bridge Brewery

Episode Thirty Five

      • Finding your way to being a Writer
      • The strength of multiple income streams
      • How a Writer and Poet looks at the world today

Guest: Michael Perry
Beer Enjoyed: Kaliber, a N/A Beer from Guinness

Episode Thirty Four

      • The Effect of Covid-19 on Trash Management Services
      • How the Chippewa Valley is Unique in Supporting Business
      • Unique Trash Experiences

Guest: Josh Boxx, Boxx Sanitation
Beer Enjoyed: New Belgian Triple, Belgium Brewery

Episode Thirty Three

      • Father Kizewski’s Vocation Story
      • Monastic History of Brewing Beer
      • Favorite Trappist Beers

Guest: Father Justin Kizewski
Beer Enjoyed: St. Bernardus Abt 12

Episode Thirty Two

      • Growth in Chippewa Falls
      • Working with Surrounding Communities
      • Leadership by Mayer vs City Manger

Guest: Mayor Greg Hoffman, City of Chippewa Falls
Beer Enjoyed: Alaskan Amber Ale

Episode Thirty One

      • Changing focus of Volume One
      • Paid vs Unpaid Content
      • Future of Eau Claire Media

Guest: Tom Giffey, Managing Editor of Volume One
Beer Enjoyed: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Episode Thirty

      • Reopening Public School this Fall
      • Sports in COVID times
      • Safety of Staff and Students
      • Dealing with Change

Guest: Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos, Superintendent – Altoona Public Schools
Beer Enjoyed: Weinhenstephaner, Non Alcoholic Malt Beverage

Episode Twenty Nine

      • Impact of COVID on the restaurant industry
      • What is the role of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association
      • How is the restaurant industry changing
      • Advice to new restaurant owners

Guest: Joanne Palzkill, WRA Board Chair 2020
Beer Enjoyed: Peroni Nastro

Episode Twenty Eight

      • Starting Classes in the Fall
      • The Future of Higher Education
      • The Impact of Cancelling Sports

Guest: Chancellor James Schmidt, UW Eau Claire
Beer Enjoyed: Gunpowder IPA, The Brewing Projekt

Episode Twenty Seven

      • PPP Loan Program Update
      • Transition from Large City Living to Rural Living
      • Relevance of Community Banks to Millennials

Guest: Krista Mayer, NB Business Loan Officer
Beer Enjoyed: Hazy Ripple IPA, Dogfish Head Brewery

Episode Twenty Six

      • Role of CVTC in the community
      • The value of a technical school education
      • How CVTC will conduct classes this Fall

Guest: Angela Eckman, CVTC
Beer Enjoyed: Utepils Brewing Skölsch, Kösch Style Lager

Episode Twenty Five

      • History of Leinenkugel’s
      • The connection between Leinie’s and Northern Wisconsin
      • Jake’s time with the VA in Washington D.C.

Guest: Jake Leinenkugel
Beer Enjoyed: Leinie’s Light and Leinie’s Honey Weiss

Episode Twenty Four

      • Personal Finance Classes through Dave Ramsey
      • How a Spender and Saver can get on the same page
      • The importance of a financial plan
      • How to sign up for the Dave Ramsey course

Guests: Chris and Annalie Thies
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss and Berry Weiss (aka Honey Bear)

Episode Twenty Three

      • Museum Reopening on July 1
      • Safety Precautions to be in place
      • New facility and future plans

Guest: Michael McHorney, Director of Eau Claire Children’s Museum
Beer Enjoyed: Potosi Golden Ale

Episode Twenty Two

      • Why Community Banks?
      • How does technology affect banking?
      • What is the WBA?

Guest: Paul Kohler, Charter Bank
Beer Enjoyed: Belhaven Scottish Ale

Episode Twenty One

      • How does each level of government work?
      • The role of the Chamber of Commerce with governmental advocacy.
      • How to make a difference in politics

Guest: Scott Rogers, Governmental Affairs and Workforce Director
Beer Enjoyed: Lazy Monk Brewery - Maibock

Episode Twenty

      • Leading a business in challenging times
      • The value of a business plan
      • The importance of people

Guest: Steve Olson, volunteer consultant for SCORE
Beer Enjoyed: Hacker Pschorr Weisse

Episode Nineteen

      • Reopening the Economy
      • Business Owner Challenges
      • How will the COVID-19 Crisis Change Banking?

Beer Enjoyed: Beer Chimney & Gold

Episode Eighteen

      • PPP Loans
      • Planning Your Business for Re-Opening
      • NB Client Relationships

Guest: Jamie Leibrandt, SVP – Senior Lending Officer
Beer Enjoyed:
Erdinger Weissbier
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel Honey Weiss

Episode Seventeen

      • Transitioning from Crisis Free-Fall to Recovery
      • Planning to Reopen the Economy
      • Preparing for the Post Covid-19 World

Guest: Tracey Smiskey, NB Market President – Eau Claire Area
Beer Enjoyed:
The Curve, Lucette Brewing
Beer Enjoyed: Bohemian Dark Lager, Lazy Monk

Episode Sixteen

      • Current State of the Chippewa Valley Economy
      • Operating a Business in Very Uncertain Times

Beer Enjoyed: Utica Club - Scott Montesano
Beer Enjoyed: Lazy Monk (Bohemian Dark Lager) - Jerry Kuehl

Episode Fifteen

      • Local Options for Economic Support of Businesses in Trying Times
      • Federal Government Response – SBA
      • State Response through WEDA
      • City of Eau Claire Revolving Loan Fund
      • Banking Options

Guest:  Aaron White, Economic Development Manager, City of Eau Claire
Beer Enjoyed: Baltic Porter, Lazy Monk Brewing

Episode Fourteen

      • Evolution of the Internet
      • Evolution of the Computer
      • Starting a Business
      • Advice for starting a Business
      • Business Climate
      • Social Media Perspectives

Guest:  Gerald Bauer, Owner / President JB Systems, LLC
Beer Enjoyed: Oscar’s Oatmeal Stout, Sand Creek Brewing

Episode Thirteen

      • What role does the WCWRP play in starting new businesses?
      • Who are the best potential business owners?
      • How do you say ‘yes’ to a loan request?

Guest:  Tobi LeMahieu, Fund Manager, West Central WI Regional Planning
Beer Enjoyed: Farmers Daughter, Lucette Brewing Co., Menomonie, WI

Episode Twelve

      • Growth of Chippewa Jobs
      • Chippewa Land Issues
      • Hidden Chippewa Falls
      • Brand’s Vision of the future of Chippewa Falls

Guest:  Brad Hentschel, Chippewa Falls City Planner
Beer Enjoyed:  Paulander Salvator Doppel Bock

Episode Eleven

      • Home Lending Qualifications
      • Special Loan Situations
      • What to Prepare for
      • How and When to Apply

Guest:  Jane Johnson, NB Residential Lending Specialist
Beer Enjoyed:  Rumble Bridge, Brewster Brothers – C