SAIL Into Networking

Posted on Mar 1, 2009 :: Networking
Margaret LeBrun
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Manitowoc young professionals host ‘40 under 40’ event

It was not your typical SAIL event. It was even a bit more unusual than the club’s annual banquet – and this was the fourth. The networking began at 5 p.m. with buzz about who the celebs of the night would be.

About 200 people gathered for a sit-down dinner at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc in late January, in honor of the first “40 Under 40” event put on by the young professional’s organization. The mucky-mucks from the lakeshore shared tables with the up-and-comers of the community for their choice of Tilapia With Mango Sauce, Chicken Rinata or Roasted Beef in a Mushroom Sauce.

“Look around the room, ladies and gentleman,” said Amy Townsend, manager of Amy’s Apparel and outgoing SAIL president. “The future business leaders of Manitowoc County are in this room.”

SAIL – not an acronym, but a simple, active word meant to evoke the action of the lakeshore community – targets people ages 21 to 40. The long-term goal is in line with the New North initiative: to attract and retain talented workers in the region. SAIL, Young Professionals Network of Manitowoc County offers activities that help engage young workers and expose them to the business, cultural and recreational opportunities in the community.

To spotlight some of the most talented young professionals in the area, SAIL decided to organize its first “40 Under 40” awards program. The winners were chosen from a pool of 130 names that flooded in to the committee in the fall. The event was put on so flawlessly it surprised a first-timer to learn that SAIL has only been around for four years.

“The friendships you make are the most important – not only within our organization but in the community,” said incoming SAIL President Jenner Reinke. A popular event is “Let Loose Thursdays,” which invite young professionals to network at a different establishment each month. The group held a fund-raiser last year, “Dueling Pianos,” which raised $1,500 for the Domestic Violence Center. In September, the group hosted a scavenger hunt that sent members hunting for tokens all over town. “It was a blast!” Reinke recalled.

With the recent decision to become an event-driven organization, membership is now free; individuals pay by the event, Reinke said.

The next SAIL event? “Dinner Conversation: Emotions, Expectations and Economics” featuring a presentation by Edward Jones & Franklin Templeton Investments, at the Manitowoc Yacht Club at 5 p.m. March 11.

SAIL 40 Under 40 winners
The Manitowoc County young professionals group, SAIL, announced winners of its first “40 Under 40” awards at the group’s recent annual banquet. The winners:

Amy Albers, Shipbuilders Credit Union; Karen Ansay, Associated Bank; Trever Athorp, Investors Community Bank; Erik Barber, Holy Family Memorial; Brandon and Jacque Bartow, Bartow Builders; Megean Beck, Modern by Megean; Shannon Bell and Myke Hollahan,Wrap It Up; Michelle Birschbach,Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; Matt Cihlar, Manitowoc Public School District; Keeley Crowley, Holy Family Memorial; Jason Delsman, Manitowoc Police Department; Amy Dewane, Aurora Health Care.

Anton Doneff and Sarah Doneff Nelson, Nelson Doneff Companies; Heather Doucette, Nelson Sign & Graphics; Michelle Endries, Horsey Habit Saddlery & Tack; Jamie Glandt, Two Rivers Public School District; Jamie Grant, Silver Lake College; Lisa Hagenow, Felician Village; Patrick Hanson, Faith Church Manitowoc; Mike Howe, Mike Howe Builders; Brian Johnson, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; Jessica Jones, Project Youth; Travis Kadow, Port Sandy Bay; Michael Kirchner, Two Rivers Police Department; Andrew Krajnek, Kaminski & Pozorski Attorneys and Counselors; Angela Krajnek, Two Rivers Public School District.

Jason Krings, Architectural Forest Products; Mike Langley, Anytime Fitness; Jacob Lindemann, 360 Board Shop; Marvin Moore, Lakeshore Apothecary; Justin Nickels, City of Manitowoc; Beth Pieper, Flex-Staff; Scott Reinhard, Manitowoc Lutheran High School; Tracy Reinhard, Felician Village; Nicole Resch, Holy Family Memorial; Adrianne Spaulding, Central Bark Doggy Day Care.

Andrew Steimle, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.; Susan Stram, Manitowoc Public School District; Amy Townsend, Amy’s Apparel; and Jason Weier, Edward Jones.

The 2008 Manitowoc County Young Professionals Advocacy Award went to The Herald Times Reporter; the 2008 Manitowoc County Rising Entrepreneur of the Year Award went to Anton Doneff & Sarah Doneff Nelson; and the 2008 Manitowoc County Young Professional of the Year Award went to Nicole Resch.

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