Connections – Adventures in team building

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 :: Connections
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A group from Schreiber Foods displays track safety flags after participating in the Large Group Karting Adventure Program at Elkhart Lake’s Road America.

Go-karting, geocaching, paintball are among Road America’s team-building ideas for business events

In the northern portion of Kettle Moraine, at the highest point of Sheboygan County, lies Elkhart Lake’s Road America Inc., where New North area businesses can host team-building events for groups as small as four.

With 640 scenic acres, Road America offers many adventures, including paintballing, geocaching, go-kart racing, off-road driving and scenic tours, to name a few. On average, about 700,000 people attend at least one of the 400 Road America activities every year.

Mike Kertscher, Road America programs manager, is the man you will most likely see if you attend an event this summer.

“You don’t have to be interested in cars or fast motorcycles to come here and have a good time,” Kertscher says.

The most popular events are the Large Group Karting, Geocaching and Driving Adventures, Kertscher says. There are also facilities with audiovisual equipment for meetings, and bagged snacks and beverages are provided with every event.

“Some groups are die-hard team building, some groups just want to get their groups out of the office and do something in a non-threatening environment,” Kertscher says.

Carrie Wunsch, confidential secretary of Kohler Co., found the Geocaching Adventure a great team-building experience last summer.

“I liked that it was rather social. There were four of us on this golf cart and we had to figure out how to find things,” she says. “I was with three other people who I had never met before and by the end of the day, I felt like they were really good friends.”

Mick Warning, director of product training for Standard Electric Supply Co. in Appleton, rounded up a group of about 30 ABB, Inc. employees from all over the state last October for a day to promote company products, followed by the Large Group Karting Adventure.

Warning says that his group found the go-karting to be a unique opportunity since it’s the only facility that offers fast speed, racing go-karts on a real racetrack.

“They were drawn there not only by the products that we were showing but also by the event,” Warning says.

According to Kertscher, the cost per person depends on the size of the group, so the larger the group, the smaller the cost per person.

COMING UP

Here are some Road America summer events to watch for:

» Vintage Motorcycle Classic: June 7 to 9

» The Hawk with Brian Redman: July 18 to 21

» Ferrari Club of America 50th Anniversary: Aug. 1 to 4

» Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival: Sept. 6 to 8

» 50th Anniversary of SCCA National Championship Runoffs: Sept. 19 to 22

ON THE WEB

Visit www.roadamerica.com for more event listings and ticket prices.

 

MONDAY, JUNE 10

The Fox Valley Technical College’s Business and Industry Services will hold the program “Explore Starting a Business” from 6 to 9 p.m. at the D.J. Bordini Center in Appleton. Hear local entrepreneurs and small business owners share their insight. For more information, email [email protected] or call (920) 735-5709.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

The Fox Cities Chamber Business Trifecta will be at the Radisson Paper Valley hotel in Appleton. The Trifecta includes the Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Business

Awards Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Business Connection from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost to attend the luncheon is $25 a person, or $275 for a table of 10 (preferred seating). For more information, visit www.foxcitieschamber.com or call (920) 734-7101.

 

THURSDAY, OCT. 31

The 2013 Manufacturing First Expo & Conference returns to the KI Center in Green Bay from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.manufacturingfirst.com to register and receive automatic email notifications about the event.