Sheboygan County’s top young professionals were recognized at the Making Their Mark Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 6, at the Bull at Pinehurst Farms. The top ten young professionals were chosen out of a large pool of applicants based on their professional achievements and community involvement.
In addition to the top ten, three special awards were also given: Grant Pauly, 3 Sheeps Brewing Co., received Entrepreneur of the Year; Sergeant Kurt Zempel, Sheboygan Police Department, received Top Young Professional; Sarah Schwefel, Quantum Spatial, received Outstanding Member of the Year.
2014 Top Young Professionals of Sheboygan County:
Top Young Professional of the Year: Kurt Zempel, Sheboygan Police Department
Kurt is in the business of keeping our community safe. A sergeant in the Sheboygan Police Department, Kurt recently completed a Master of Public Administration degree and received national recognition for his master’s field project, resulting in an invitation to participate in a county-wide heroin abuse awareness and harm reduction initiative. Kurt also trains the department on fair and impartial policing and serves as a commander of the emergency response team.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Grant Pauly, 3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
Grant returned to Sheboygan County in 2005 to help with his father’s concrete business, but realizing concrete was not his passion, sold the company in 2011. Grant purchased the Hops Haven Brew Pub equipment, took courses in brewing sciences and 3 Sheeps Brewing was born. Since then, they’ve been named the best new brewery in Wisconsin by RateBeer.com and have won multiple national awards for their brews. In just one year, 3 Sheeps has gone from producing 600 barrels of beer to 3,000.
Cameron Bopp, Holiday Inn Express – Sheboygan-Kohler
As a hotelier, Cameron has turned several struggling hotels into the ultimate destinations for guest comfort and satisfaction. Previously, Cameron was on the Holiday Inn Express-Verona team that earned the Torchbearer award, given to the top 10 percent of 500,000 IHG Hotels. Most recently, he took over as general manager of the Sheboygan/Kohler Holiday Inn Express and started the first American Hotel and Lodging Association Under 30 Chapter in Wisconsin.
Stacy Endl, Kohler Co.
Stacy is a senior internal auditor at Kohler Company who travels internationally while making local community service a part of her lifestyle. Stacy recently earned her Certified Public Accounting license and has led successful audits at Kohler Co., both nationally and internationally. At home, Stacy volunteers as a big sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch Buddy program. She also is a volunteer varsity tennis coach at North High School and volunteers with Meals on Wheels.
Maggie Marquardt, John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Maggie’s first experience with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center was as an intern nearly 14 years ago, and when the opportunity arose to join the fundraising team, Maggie relocated her family to Sheboygan in 2010. Now the donor relations manager, she works one-on-one with donors and creates opportunities for community members to support the Arts Center and serves as a staff lead for the annual gala. Maggie also volunteers her time with Bookworm Gardens, Workbound and Montessori Children’s House.
Jessica Muchowski, Golden Living Centers
In her role as director of sales and marketing at Golden Living Centers, Jessica markets Golden Living by bringing in doctors to educate the community. She was the top director of sales in the first and second quarters for 2013, and Jessica holds her own educational workshops as well. In addition to her position at Golden Living, Jessica volunteers at several local senior centers, sits on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Manitou and is pursuing her education to receive her nursing home administrator’s license.
Angelia Neumann, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice
Angelia took on her role as director of development and communications at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in August 2013, and the hospice ended the year with its most successful fundraiser to date. Since moving to Sheboygan County from Nashville, Tenn., Angelia started a grassroots youth ministry which now serves more than 70. She co-founded Sheboygan Teen MOPs and is also active in the Sheboygan County Chamber, Sheboygan Noon Rotary and Junior Achievement.
Timothy Saeger, Thrivent Financial
Since coming to Sheboygan in 2012, Timothy has grown his practice exponentially. A financial associate with Thrivent Financial, Timothy has grown his practice by 125 percent, was second out of 120 representatives for new client growth and was 11th out of 3,000 representatives in August 2013 for total production. Tim also qualified for the Million Dollar Roundtable for life insurance production. Tim volunteers his time with Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, where he sits on the board of directors.
Michael Trimberger, Sheboygan Area School District
Since becoming principal of South High School in 2011, Michael has led the faculty and students toward tremendous growth in behavior, attendance, reading and language arts. During Michael’s time as principal, South has scored the highest percentage of proficient or advanced students in the Fall WKCE and reading scores are projected to increase 40 percent from last year. Michael connects students with the business community through his work with Inspire Sheboygan County and Career Connections.
Angela Wessels, Mental Health America
In her role as youth educator at Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, Angela provides educational programming about mental health to Sheboygan County youth. In 2013, she connected with 3,500 students to discuss topics such as self-esteem, stress management and eating disorders. Outside of work, Angela volunteers her time serving on the Sheboygan County Christian High School board as vice president. Additionally, she and her husband have led their church’s high school youth group for the past five years.