NB Podcast Banker With A Beer Episodes

Episode 186

  • EV Range issues in cold weather
  • Servicing EV
  • Hidden costs of ownership
  • Where electric vehicles make sense
  • Mike’s role in Nemtec Racing

Guest: Mike Farrow, NB bankers and owner of Nemtec Tuning and Nemtec Racing
Beverage Enjoyed: Moon Man from New Glarus Brewing




Episode 185

  • How Eau Claire is viewed by UWEC students
  • Is Eau Claire a desirable location for students to live post-graduation?
  • Are major metro areas still desirable for students starting careers?
  • Housing Affordability
  • The NB internship experience

Guest: Ashley Milletics, NB’s Marketing Intern
Beverage Enjoyed: Lindemans Framboise, Raspberry Lambic Beer


Episode 184

  • How the sale of land to Walmart launched Gateway’s expansion on the NW side of Eau Claire
  • The fading focus of job growth with economic development
  • Value of ‘mega’ projects for the Chippewa Valley
  • County T Expansion (Gateway Northwest)

Guest: Jeff Halloin, Attorney with Landmark Company and member of Gateway Industrial Park Corp.
Beverage Enjoyed: Leinenkugal’s Northwoods Amber


Episode 183

  • Pairing beer with food
  • West Coast craft brewing vs Midwest Craft brewing
  • The 3rd and Vine experience
  • What is special about Eau Claire

Guest: Jared Bilhorn, Owner of 3rd and Vine and Jerry Bauer, NB Director
Beverage Enjoyed: Giant Jone’s Dubbel Diest



Episode 182

  • Managing the growth of Eau Claire
  • Challenges facing the city
  • Creating affordable housing, residential density
  • Infrastructure “Wish List”
  • Eau Claire 2045

Guest: David Solberg, Deputy Manager of the City of Eau Claire
Beverage Enjoyed: A&W Diet Cream Soda


Episode 181

  • Maintaining customer loyalty and positive client experience with fewer staff
  • Accounting Automation
  • Keeping financial Data Secure
  • Less about bookkeeping, more about data analytics
  • Preparing your own taxes

Guest: Traci Hollister, CPA and Partner Wipfli, LLP
Beverage Enjoyed: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Wheat Beer


Episode 180

  • Sun Country Results
  • EAU’s status as an Essential Service airport
  • Change in the travelers utilizing the airport
  • Airport Construction Updates

Guest: Charity Zich, Airport Director Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
Beer Enjoyed: Leinie’s Summer Shandy


Episode 179

  • How to Think about Health Care and its Financing
  • Pivoting away from Employee Provided health Insurance
  • Incentivizing Folks to Take Charge of their Own Health

Guest: Karen Hebert, Group Benefits Broker of Spectrum Benefits Solutions
Beer Enjoyed: Two Can Play at this Game, Tripping Animals Brewing, Doral, FL



Episode 178

  • Operational Referendum
  • Challenges of Socia Media
  • Career Readiness
  • Mental Health of Youth

Guest: Jeff Holm, Superintendent Chippewa Falls Unified School District
Beer Enjoyed: Sprecher Root Beer



Episode 177

  • Moving from New Jersey (in a pandemic)
  • An outsider’s view of the Chippewa Valley
  • Why journalism?
  • Relevancy of TV news in 2024

Guest: Leeann Stapleton, Morning News Anchor for WEAU
Beer Enjoyed: St. Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold




Episode 176

  • The role trusts play in transferring wealth from one generation to the next
  • Services offered by trust companies
  • Supporting family members who are unable to support themselves
  • End of Life Planning Issues

Guest: Jason Munz, Vice President of Trust Point
Beer Enjoyed: St. Fevillien Grand Cru




Episode 175

  • 2023 Wisconsin Banker’s Association “Banker of the Year”
  • Healthcare Task Force
  • Economic Health of the Chippewa Valley
  • Future of Community Banking

Guest: Jerry Jacobson, President and CEO of Northwestern Bank
Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss




Episode 174

  • Coaching CEOs and Executives
  • Stress in Leadership Positions
  • Warning Signs of Stress
  • Traits of a good CEO
  • Suggestions for a healthy lifestyle for company leaders

Guest: Brent Hafele, CEO of Vibrancy Unlocked
Beer Enjoyed: Erdinger Dunkel, Erding Germany




Episode 173

  • Current Information on the closing of Sacred Heart and St Joseph Hospitals
  • History of the Hospital Sisters in the Chippewa Valley
  • Likely impacts of the closures on the Chippewa Valley
  • Benefits and Services being offered to existing patients and staff

Guest: Nick Berger, former Client Service Executive of HSHS (Hospital Sisters Health System)
Beer Enjoyed: Kwak Belgium Ale



Episode 172

  • Trends in building construction
  • Availability of materials and labor
  • Working in the Chippewa Valley compared with the rest of the US
    Forecast for 2024

Guest: Peter Hoeft, Owner of Hoeft Construction
Beer Enjoyed: Montucky Cold Snack




Episode 171

  • Trends in Chippewa Valley crime / security
  • Effectiveness of security systems
  • Monitoring a second home or your home when away
  • Things everyone should do to protect their home / car

Guest: Chris Lokken Customer Service Manager, Tru Lock
Beer Enjoyed: Juneau Juice, Alaskan Brewing




Episode 170

  • Types of products manufactured with a die
  • Chippewa Valley position as epicenter of US die production
  • Future improvements / trends

Guest: Doug Darrow, Owner of Allied Dies
Beer Enjoyed: Bundaberg Ginger Beer




Episode 169

  • New school mascot
  • Cyber Security Training Facility
  • Record Enrollment
  • Integration of programs with high schools and area universities
  • Enhancing student extracurricular options

Guest: Dr. Sunem Beaton Garcia, President Chippewa Valley Technical College
Beer Enjoyed: Delirium Noel


Episode 168

  • What is One Auto Group?
  • Challenges / Benefits of selling vehicles of different manufactures.
  • Role of a local dealership in the world of Tesla
  • Are electric cars a good for the upper Midwest?
  • Brands you would like to bring to the Chippewa Valley

Guest:Bill Bertrand, Co-Owner One Auto Group
Beer Enjoyed: Tweak, Avery Brewing Boulder CO




Episode 167

  • The transition from CoLab to The Coven
  • The role of entrepreneurship in the Pablo Group
  • Colab’s place in the local entrepreneurial space
  • Joining The Coven community

Guest: Elaine Coughlin, Director of Investment and Entrepreneurship, The Pablo Group
Beverage: Kul Mocks, NA Craft Mocktail




Episode 166

  • Business Programs and services offered by Regional Planning
  • What to prepare prior to meeting with WCWRP
  • Favorite Start up Stories
  • Advice for prospective entrepreneurs

Guest: Tobi Lemahiew, Fund Manager West Central WI Regional Planning
Beverage: Saranac Root Beer, Utica NY




Episode 165

  • Turning your passion into your business
  • Trends in youth sporting equipment
  • Does spending more money for equipment yield better playing results?
  • Will youth sports transition from school teams to club teams?
  • The future of youth sports

Guest: Lance Gurney and Brian Stelle, Owners of Play It Again Sports
Beverage: Lazy Monk Scottish Ale




Episode 164

Chippewa Valley Growth:
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • Retail
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Career Opportunities

Guest:Tracey Smiskey, NB Eau Claire Area Market President
Beverage:Bourbon Barrel Stout, Central Waters Brewing Co. Amherst WI




Episode 163

  • Status of elementary education post COVID
  • Teaching students with learning gaps
  • Falling ACT scores
  • Advice for parents attempting to support their children academically

Guest: Dr. Heidi Eliopoulos, Superintendent Altoona School District
Beverage: Karmeliet Tripel, Belgium


Episode 162

  • Role of Wisconsin Famers Union
  • Kamp Kenwood
  • Connecting consumers with the source of their food
  • Development of Food Market in downtown Chippewa Falls
  • Changing nature of farming

Guest: Jackie Boos, Facilities Director, Wisconsin Famers Union
Beverage: 3 Sheeps Pils (3 Sheeps Brewing Co - Sheyboygan) and Good City Pills (Milwaukee)




Episode 161

  • Discussion on Mike’s new book ‘Forty Acres Deep”
  • Prevalence of metal illness in the farming community
  • Challenges / opportunities of self-publishing
  • Wisconsin PBS Series:  ‘Michael Perry on the Road’
  • Michael Perry and the Long Beds

Guest:  Michael Perry - Author, performer, musician, and occasional farmer
Beverage:  Guinness Non-Alcoholic Draught


Episode 160

    • Project Updates
    • Transit Center
    • Block 7 (Menomonie Market Co Op & apartments)
    • Cannery District
    • Former Shopko Site
    • Multi-family Housing
    • Carson Park’s Future
    • UWEC Projects
    Guest: Aaron White, Community Development Director
    Beer Enjoyed: Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock



    Episode 159

      • Development at Chippewa Crossings
      • Wisconsin Farmer’s Union downtown market / relocation
      • City expansion / industrial needs
      • New battery factory
      • State land transfer

      Guest: Brad Hentschel, City of Chippewa Falls Planner
      Beer Enjoyed: 
      Paulaner Oktoberfest


      Episode 158

        • What is a food bank?
        • Status of food security in western Wisconsin
        • Newly expanded facility
        • Volunteer status/opportunities

        Guest: Suzanne Becker, Executive Director Feed My People Food Bank
        Beer Enjoyed: 
        Abita Amber Lager, Abita Brewing, Abita Springs, LA


        Episode 157

          • State of UWEC
          • Value of a college education
          • Impact of the new science building
          • Sonnentag Center
          • Simpson Field

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


          Episode 156

            • History of WWIB / WOG
            • Operating a commercial Christian radio station
            • Leaning into local
            • Sports broadcasting
            • Staying relevant

            Guest: Greg and Sue Steward, Stewards of Sound WWIB / WOGO Radio
            Beer Enjoyed: 
            Fever Tree Ginger Beer



            Episode 155

              • The legacy of Olson's Ice Cream
              • Working as a family team
              • The Eau Claire location
              • Culver's restaurants in Florida
              • Advice to would be entrepreneurs

              Guest: Dan and Jeremy Hunt, Olson's Ice Cream
              Beer Enjoyed: 
              Boddington's Pub ale, Manchester UK



              Episode 154

                • Transition from banking
                • Relevancy of United Way
                • Getting to root causes
                • Identifying social needs and priorities
                • Encouraging contributors and volunteers

                Guest: Ryan Ludy, Executive Director United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley
                Beer Enjoyed: 
                Blood Orange Blonde, Brickfield Brewing Grantsburg, WI


                Episode 153

                  • Evolution of Coffee Grounds
                  • Operating multiple businesses under one roof
                  • K-Point Brewery
                  • Keeping Coffee Grounds unique
                  • Future business plans

                  Guest: Eric Nelson, Owner of The Coffee Grounds
                  Beer Enjoyed: 
                  K Point Brewing Red Lager


                  Episode 152

                    • The history of Loopy's
                    • Developing the Loopy Dome
                    • Creating a venue out of the Chippewa River
                    • Giving back to the community
                    • Staying Relevant

                    Guest: Loopy (Bill Kleich), owner of Loopy's Grill and Saloon
                    Beer Enjoyed: 
                    Leinie's Summer Shandy


                    Episode 151

                      • Following Mike Jordan
                      • Retuning to Chamber work as the President
                      • New Chamber Initiatives
                      • Carving a unique space for Chippewa Falls in the Chippewa Valley

                      Guest: Eric Rygg, President Silver Springs Foods
                      Beer Enjoyed: 
                      Tangerine Space Machine Hazy IPA, New Holland Brewing Co.


                      Episode 150

                        • History of Huntsinger Farms
                        • Making horseradish, mustard, and sauces fun
                        • Keeping horseradish relevant for younger generations
                        • Hosting Farm Technology Days
                        • Future Plans

                        Guest: Eric Rygg, President Silver Springs Foods
                        Beer Enjoyed: 
                        Tangerine Space Machine Hazy IPA, New Holland Brewing Co.


                        Episode 149

                          • Role of the EC City Council President
                          • Proudest Accomplishment as city Council President
                          • Advice for governing in divisive times
                          • Best ways to get involved in city government
                          • Favorite Things / Places in Eau Claire

                          Guest: Kerry Kincaid, Leadership Scholar. Former EC City Council President
                          Beer Enjoyed: 
                          Trippel Belgian Style Ale, New Belgium Brewery


                          Episode 148

                            • Chippewa Valley commercial construction market
                            • Finding and maintaining workers
                            • Flooring supply chain
                            • Trends in commercial flooring
                            • Advice for new business owners

                            Guest: Jeff Stone, Co-Owner Swanson’s Flooring
                            Beer Enjoyed: 
                            DHacker Pschorr Weissbier, Munich Germany


                            Episode 147

                              • Impact of the pandemic on the growth of kubb
                              • U.S. Champion National Kubb Championship preparations
                              • Tips for spectators
                              • Where does kubb go from here?

                              Guest: Eric Anderson, Director US National Kubb Championship
                              Beer Enjoyed: 
                              Dare Mighty Things Hazy IPA, the Brewing Projekt

                              Episode 146

                                • Value in Working with a Marketing Firm
                                • Offices in San Francisco, New York, and Eau Claire. Why Eau Claire?
                                • Rediscovering the Chippewa Valley
                                • Growth Opportunities for the Community

                                Guest: Lee Caraher, President and CEO of Double Forte
                                Beer Enjoyed: 
                                Ending Machine Sour Ale, The Brewing Projekt



                                Episode 145

                                  • Brewing Inspiration
                                  • Differentiating Modicum from other Micro Breweries
                                  • Path to Becoming an Entrepreneur
                                  • Creating a Tasting Experience
                                  • The Future of Craft Brewing

                                  Guest:Eric Rykal, Owner/Brew Master Modicum Brewery
                                  Beer Enjoyed:
                                  Modicum Original

                                  Episode 144

                                  • Safety of local financial institutions
                                  • Competing in a tight labor market
                                  • Matching employee life / work balance with customer’s service expectations
                                  • Reaching out to Gen Z

                                  Guest: Traci Holister, Partner and Financial Team Leader, Wipfli LLP
                                  Beer Enjoyed:
                                  La Chouffe, Belgium Blond Ale

                                  Episode 143

                                  • History of Sand Mining in Wisconsin
                                  • Protections put in place the help close the mines
                                  • The ‘Gold Rush’ Days
                                  • Current Sand Mining Status
                                  • Legacy of Improved rail infrastructure
                                  Guest: John Behling, President Weld Riley, S.C.
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Tank 7 American Saison, Boulevard Brewing




                                  Episode 142

                                  • Homelessness statistics in Chippewa County
                                  • The growth of housing insecurity
                                  • Inspiration of Hope Village
                                  • Tiny houses vs apartments
                                  • First year results
                                  • Future plans

                                  Guest: Mike Cohoon, Executive Director Hope Village & Jessica Oleson Bue, Chippewa County Housing Authority
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Reissdorf Kolsch Ale, Cologne German




                                  Episode 141

                                  • Cigan properties is more than Banbury Place
                                  • History of Banbury Place Acquisition / Conversion
                                  • Types of Businesses that operate out of the property
                                  • On going building updates and tenant transitions

                                  Guest: Jack and Max Kaiser, owners of Cigan Properties
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Dupont Saison, Belgium




                                  Episode 140

                                  • What is podcasting?
                                  • What makes a good podcast
                                  • The importance of multiple revenue streams
                                  • The importance of local media

                                  Guest: Scott Montesano, Owner of Eau Claire Hometown Media and the Voice of the UWEC Blugolds
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Le Chouffe, Belgian Blond



                                  Episode 139

                                  • How the Pablo Group encourages and supports start-up businesses
                                  • Gauging the level of entrepreneurial activity in the Chippewa Valley
                                  • The Chippewa Valley’s strengths as a business start-up community
                                  • The impact of COVID on business start-up activity
                                  • The impact of government support and tax policies

                                  Guest: Elaine Coughlin, Director of Investments and Entrepreneurship at the Pablo Group
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Sprecher orange and cream soda(s), Leinie’s Honey Weiss




                                  Episode 138

                                  • The evolution of office equipment
                                  • Office of the future
                                  • Digital storage vs Paper storage
                                  • Coolest gadget in your office
                                  • Pulse on the local economy

                                  Guest: Dave Johnson, VP of Product Print and Strategic Accounts, EO Johnson Business Technologies
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Smithwick’s Red Ale




                                  Episode 137

                                  • Current status of the Chippewa Valley housing market
                                  • Need for a real estate agent despite tight home supply
                                  • Selling your home yourself
                                  • Impact of higher interest rates on demand / affordability
                                  • Most desirable listings
                                  • Home improvements that deliver the highest resale value
                                  • Growth in the construction of apartments / twin homes

                                  Guest: Scott Wolfe, Century 21 Metro Realty
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Bell’s Robust Porter




                                  Episode 136

                                  • Crime in the Chippewa Valley
                                  • Public’s attitude towards police
                                  • Recruiting new officers
                                  • Ways that citizens can protect themselves and assist law enforcement
                                  • The value of home electronic surveillance equipment

                                  Guest: Chief Matthew Kelm, Chippewa Falls Police Department
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Conway’s Irish Ale, Great Lakes Brewing Co




                                  Episode 135

                                  • Inspiration to start Village.com website
                                  • Identifying activity providers
                                  • Scaling up website for other communities
                                  • Screening of activity providers
                                  • Offering grants / scholarships for participants

                                  Guest: Noah Plewa, Owner and CEO of Village.com
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Tank 7 American Saison, Boulevard Brewing Company




                                  Episode 134

                                  • Pablo Attendance post-COVID
                                  • Acts which draw well
                                  • Pricing acts for the Eau Claire market
                                  • Securing acts
                                  • Staffing issues

                                  Guest: Jason Jon Anderson, Executive Director Pablo Center for the Arts
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Rodenbach Grand Cru, Beligium




                                  Episode 133

                                  • Keys to achieving financial security
                                  • Good habits to start in 2023
                                  • Ways to keep couples on the same financial page
                                  • Advice for weathering a recession
                                  • Joining a Dave Ramsey financial program

                                  Guest: Chris and Annalie Thies, Instructors for Dave Ramsey Financial Planning
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Leinies Northwoods Lager and New Glarus Moon Man




                                  Episode 132

                                  • Significant personal or business tax changes for 2023
                                  • Preparation you (as the filer) can do that your accountant would greatly appreciate
                                  • When do you need a CPA vs a bookkeeper / tax preparer?
                                  • Encouraging young people to enter the accounting profession
                                  • Advice for improving your tax filing experience.
                                  • Moving to another state for tax considerations
                                  • Most misunderstood or underutilized deductions.

                                  Guest: Craig Olsen, Principal Accountant, Clifton Larson Allen
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Carolus Imperial Dark




                                  Episode 131

                                  • Top Events coming to the Chippewa Valley in 2023
                                  • Has Eau Claire retained its status as a tourist draw post COVID?
                                  • Planning for the opening of the Sonnentag Center
                                  • Expanding Eau Claire’s role as a Midwest music destination
                                  • Attractions that locals take for granted that tourists flock to

                                  Guest: Benny Anderson, Executive Director Visit Eau Claire
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Baltic Porter, Lazy Monk Brewing



                                  Episode 130

                                  • Stability of Northwestern Bank
                                  • Chippewa Valley Economic forecast for 2023
                                  • Upcoming Changes for Northwestern Bank
                                  • Fed Interest Rate Increase(s)
                                  • Crypto Currencies

                                  Guest: Jerry Jacobson, President and CEO of NB
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Leinenkugel’s Honey Weiss




                                  Episode 129

                                  • Moving from California
                                  • Irvine Park Christmas Lights / Village
                                  • Status of the Chippewa Falls public pool
                                  • Erickson Park
                                  • Public Park Support from the Community

                                  Guest: John Jimenez, City of Chippewa Falls Director of Parks, Recreation, and Forestry
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Modelo Especial




                                  Episode 128

                                  • New museum opening and important dates
                                  • What spaces will be new and what ‘classic’ exhibits will be retained in the new museum?
                                  • What will happen to the Play Spaces?
                                  • Status of the day care and 4K classroom
                                  Guest: Michael McHorney, Executive Director Children’s Museum of Eau Claire
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Goose Island Bourbon Country Aged Stout


                                  Episode 127

                                  • The impact of the low unemployment rate of CVTC’s enrollment
                                  • Most popular areas of study
                                  • The impact of the new west campus facilities
                                  • Long term need for degrees and certifications

                                  Guest: Dr. Sunem Beaton-Garcia, President Chippewa Valley Technical College
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Delirium Noel


                                  Episode 126

                                  • Role of a municipal attorney
                                  • Legal role in revitalizing downtown Eau Claire
                                  • Eau Claire projects beyond downtown
                                  • Jeffers Road Park Development

                                  Guest: Steve Nick, Eau Claire City Attorney
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Paulaner Salvator Double Bock



                                  Episode 125

                                  • How did the red wave turn into a red ripple?
                                  • What did the Wisconsin election results tell us about state politics?
                                  • Donald Trump announces his campaign
                                  • Wisconsin as a purple state

                                  Guest: John Frank, Political Analyst
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Orval Trappist Ale


                                  Episode 124

                                  • Coming projects to Chippewa Falls
                                  • Housing options in the city
                                  • Purchase of State owned land
                                  • Potential areas of redevelopment
                                  • Status of the Chippewa Falls sand plant

                                  Guest: Brad Hentschel, City of Chippewa Falls Planner
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Vanilla Porter, Breckenridge Brewery



                                  Episode 123

                                  • Current status of the Chippewa Valley Free Clinic
                                  • Finding specialized care for those unable to afford it
                                  • Rewarding aspects of volunteering
                                  • Raise Spirits, Give Hope in a box fundraiser

                                  Guest: Dr. Brent Wogahn, Chippewa Valley Free Clinic Volunteer
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Fire Tire, New Belgium Brewery

                                  Episode 122

                                  • Growing up as an entrepreneur family
                                  • Lessons learned in running a small business
                                  • Selling a business
                                  • Role as a NB Board of Director member
                                  • What NB clients should know about our Board

                                  Guest: Heidi Boxx, Entrepreneur and NB Board Member
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Paulaner Oktoberfest



                                  Episode 121

                                  • The evolution of Chippewa Falls in the past 25 years
                                  • The relationship between Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire
                                  • The Chamber as a driver of tourism
                                  • Most rewarding project
                                  • Vision of the Chippewa Valley in the next 10 years

                                  Guest: Mike Jordan, President of the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Golden Draak, Amber Quadruple Ale



                                  Episode 120

                                  • The Childcare Shortage Crisis
                                  • Challenges Operating a Daycare
                                  • Transitioning a Child into the Daycare Environment
                                  • Advice to Parents Looking for Daycare Options

                                  Guest: Garret Bresina, Owner Kids USA Learning Center
                                  Beer Enjoyed: Leinie’s Oktoberfest