The Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization, funded solely through room tax dollars from Oshkosh hotels. Its mission is to promote Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Event City and Winnebago County as a premier destination for corporate, sports and leisure groups and individual visitors.
As the Executive Director of the Oshkosh CVB, my primary responsibility is to orchestrate all aspects and functions of the bureau, which include budget, administrative, sales and marketing, community leadership and more. My job allows me to meet many different people. Not only do I work with people in the community, reinforcing the value of tourism, I also work with people visiting our community, spreading the message on all of the things there is to do and see in Oshkosh. For a community our size, Oshkosh has a lot to offer as Wisconsin’s Event City! I love to laugh and believe you can do anything with the right attitude. Raised in Oshkosh, I am passionate about my community, my family and my friends and spend most of my time nurturing them. Get involved, make a difference and have fun doing it.
My memories of Oshkosh started forming back in 1974 when my family moved here from Connecticut. I graduated from high school here and later finished my college degree at UW Oshkosh. Many of my favorite life experiences trace themselves back to this event-filled city. One of the things I love most about Oshkosh is that there is never a dull moment, and no matter where I go (even the Winnebago County Best Friends Dog Park!), I can count on seeing someone I know. I consider myself an ambassador of Oshkosh, and my role at the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to invite meeting and event planners so they can experience our phenomenal city and superb hospitality first-hand. Much of my work involves travel and every time I leave, I am reminded of how much I love this corner of the world. Though we host close to 1,000 events every year, my all-time favorite is when thousands of aircraft descend on our fair city during EAA AirVenture, the week-long aviation celebration. What an incredible gathering of talent and passion that week promises and never falls short of. I am proud to live and work here, and I love sharing with others all of the great selling points Oshkosh has to offer.
Oshkosh really is: Wisconsin’s Event City – I am so proud to be a part of it. I have had the opportunity to welcome so many different teams, conferences, concerts, meetings, sporting events, fishing tournaments and parades to our city. As the Sales and Service Manager, one of my roles is to provide services and activities for the above mentioned groups. I have been able to think outside of the box and show visitors what makes Oshkosh so special and unique. Outside of work, I love to spend time with my husband Mike and our kids Mitch and Maddy. We love to moped, boat on Lake Winnebago and attend Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Timber Rattler games. I am very involved with our community as an Ambassador for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce and Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis. This year has been a whirlwind, and I am so excited that the Wisconsin Herd will make its permanent home Oshkosh, starting fall of 2017!!
My job as Marketing Manager is to coordinate our marketing efforts, help strengthen the relationships we have with existing clients and organizations and build new relationships. I work within our marketing department to assist in promoting everything Oshkosh has to offer and continually improve our reputation. When someone comes to Oshkosh for an event, I want them to feel like they are a part of our community and not just another visitor. To accomplish this goal I focus on creating awareness for an event and a partnership between the event and the community. I love coming to work every day and having the opportunity to work on the outstanding CVB team. The most enjoyable aspect of my job is being able to get involved with all the events and organizations here in Oshkosh, which gives me the opportunity to help strengthen our great community. There is so much to love about Oshkosh, and since we have events taking place all year, you can always find something to do. I enjoy being outside, and with all the recreational activities available to me in Oshkosh, it’s a perfect fit.
My whole career has revolved around the hospitality industry. Now that I am “retired,” being a part of the outstanding CVB team is a perfect fit. My position requires me to help wherever I’m needed. I register guests at conferences/conventions, answer phones, send information packets to people interested in experiencing the Event City, put together welcome bags for visiting groups and much more. As a part-time employee, I always look forward to my work days because they are never the same. I am so impressed with how aggressive and successful our bureau is and how well we all work together as a true team. Away from work I love golfing, going to my grandchildren’s athletic and school events, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Being a retiree, I couldn’t ask for more – I’m enjoying life, I’m living the dream in the Event City and I’m part of a great team at the Oshkosh Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
‘On the move’ is how I would describe my life! Having recently moved back to Oshkosh after 15 years living out of state, I am an Oshkosh native and graduated from UW Oshkosh with a degree in Finance and Economics. I am excited to be back in my hometown.I am thrilled to be working for the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau and enjoy assisting visitors in making their visit to Oshkosh the best it can be. I am fortunate not only to raise my family here, but, to help other families enjoy what Oshkosh has to offer with all the events, bike trails, lakes and parks here.In my free time I enjoy spending time going to sporting events and staying active with my husband and two daughters. When I am not at one of my daughters’ sporting or school events, I also teach group fitness classes at the YMCA and love to run and compete in races from 5K’s to marathons.