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I have the pleasure of leading this amazing organization and staff to ensure that we accomplish our mission of economic development through tourism. The Bureau serves as the source for independent information on tourism in the Fox Cities, ensuring all visitors, whether here for a convention, sports tournament or leisure travel have the best experience possible.
The best view in the Fox Cities: It may sound odd, but the view heading West on the HWY 441 bridge across Little Lake Buttes des Morts at sunset. It's just beautiful.
Favorite place to eat: The "sister" restaurants of Carmella's and SAP.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Walking the Fox Cities Trestle over Little Lake Butte des Morts is my favorite outdoor activity and any of our local farm markets make for a great event.
Director of Finance & Administration
I oversee the daily operations of the Bureau, which include financial management, human resource, information technology, purchasing and overall office functions.
The best view in the Fox Cities: My favorite view is of the old paper mills and the dams visible from the trails along the river in downtown Appleton.
Favorite place to eat: My favorite is Brewed Awakenings for their fair trade and organic coffee, a varied menu of healthy sandwiches and breakfast, plus desserts made from scratch.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: We have terrific nature preserves and trail systems that offer an opportunity to relax and get back to nature without having to go too far from home.
Visitor Services Manager
I work closely with our sales team and marketing department to develop the Bureau's group, convention and tournament service offerings. I provide services and support to all overnight groups staying in the Fox Cities. I am always building relationships with our hotel partners so that we can better serve our groups and track the economic impact they bring to the area. The best part of my job is getting to know all the different people that foster tourism in the Fox Cities.
The best view in the Fox Cities: I think the best view in the Fox Cities is looking over the Trestle Trail Bridge. Something about walking that trail over the water on a warm, sunny day is just so relaxing!
Favorite place to eat: Houdini's Escape Gastropub for the fish tacos and hand-muddled old fashioneds!
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: My favorite attraction is spending a summer night watching Timber Rattlers baseball with friends and family.
Visitor & Administrative Services Coordinator
My job is all about working with guests to make cherished memories while they are here with us. I keep the visitor center stocked with guides and information for the Fox Cities and across the state and I'm always happy to give a personal recommendation. As the first face visitors see when they arrive at the visitor center, it’s my pleasure to be an ambassador of the helpful, friendly character of our 19 communities.
The best view in the Fox Cities: Looking out over RiverHeath on a walk across the College Avenue Bridge gives a gorgeous view of the foliage along the river and an expansive sky at any time of year.
Favorite place to eat: My favorite place to dine is family owned Apollon. Try their Meze platter or Pastitsio for authentic Mediterranean cuisine!
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: The Hearthstone Historic House is a must see for its beautiful architecture, authentic 1880s interior decor, and devoted volunteer tour guides.
My job is to market the 19 communities that make up the Fox Cities to our convention, sports tournament and leisure travelers. I love discovering new places and things and introducing those travelers to all the Fox Cities has to offer.
The best view in the Fox Cities: The crosswalk on Main Street in Neenah at dusk. It makes for the perfect sunset picture!
Favorite place to eat: Being a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, I very much enjoy Cannova's in Neenah or Frank's Pizza.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Being an avid sports fan you'll most likely find me either on a golf course or at Fox Cities Stadium watching a future Brewer hit a homerun.
Digital Marketing Specialist
My job is to market the Fox Cities as a destination through our website, social media platforms, and blog. I also work with local attractions and organizations to promote their events throughout the area. As a Fox Cities native, I enjoy highlighting everything our 19 communities have to offer to both locals and out-of-town travelers!
The best view in the Fox Cities: My favorite view is on the 40-foot observation tower at High Cliff, as it gives breathtaking view overlooking Lake Winnebago and the surrounding cities.
Favorite place to eat: Draft Gastropub in Appleton for their Gastro Tacos!
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: I always look forward to spending a Saturday morning at the farmer's market for fresh produce, local crafts, and live music!
Matt Ten Haken
Director of Sports Marketing
My job is to help bring in as many visitors to the Fox Cities as possible through sports. Whether it is an arm wrestling competition, a youth soccer tournament, or a coaches' convention, I sell the Fox Cities as a destination for a variety of sporting events.
The best view in the Fox Cities: From the Lower Softball Diamond at Sunset Park in Kimberly, you can see the Fox River just beyond the outfield fence.
Favorite place to eat: Dick & Joan's Supper Club in Appleton to enjoy a drink in the lounge area, partake in the robust salad bar, and dig into a hearty meal.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Enjoying a warm summer evening with friends at a Timber Rattler game at Fox Cities Stadium.
Sports Marketing Manager
My job is to increase sports tourism and foster an environment for high-quality competitions in the Fox Cities. I work with local sports organizations to create new events, grow existing events, and ensure event participants and spectators create memorable experiences at our hotels, restaurants, shops, and attractions.
The best view in the Fox Cities: Anywhere along the shorelines of Little Lake Buttes des Morts, the Fox River, or Lake Winnebago for a peaceful resting place.
Favorite place to eat: Zuppa's for their pulled pork sandwich and macaroni and cheese.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Player 2 Arcade Bar for their 40+ arcade machines, a full bar, and retro movie poster covered walls.
Group Sales Manager
My job is to work with our partners to bring new and maintain existing convention groups into the Fox Cities area to stay in our hotels, sample our cuisine, visit local attractions and events, browse our many shopping venues and share their experiences with colleagues and friends.
The best view in the Fox Cities: My personal favorite is Doty Park, for their beautiful natural scenes along the water.
Favorite place to eat: Pullmans at Trolley Square for its unique location along the Fox River and variety of food at a reasonable price.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: My favorite event is Octoberfest in downtown Appleton because I get to spend the day in the sun surrounded by friends, live music and great food.
Group Sales Manager
My job is to sell the Fox Cities as a destination for religious, military reunion, motor coach and small to medium groups that generate overnight hotel stays.
The best view in the Fox Cities: At 1000 Islands Environmental Center, there is a boardwalk trail that takes you along the river and I enjoybeing surrounded by all of the natural beauty.
Favorite place to eat: Stone Arch Brewpub for their cheese curds which are hand made with the Stone Arch Scottish Ale, or the schnitzel with a creamy mushroom sauce.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: My favorite attraction is the Performing Arts Center. You can go to a Broadway show in the convenience of your own town.