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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.
Why I chose my Original: Loop the Lake is a beautiful trail comprised of trestle bridges that connect 3 of our local communities. It's where I take my dog, Boyd, for a walk every night!
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.
Why I chose my Original: Urban Evolutions creates the most gorgeous home decor and furniture pieces using reclaimed materials and I could spend hours walking through their showroom.
Marketing & Communications Manager
My job is to help promote the Fox Cities region as a premier destination for tourism. I ensure that our strategic marketing, communications and branding work together to spread the message on why locals and tourists alike should plan their next vacation or staycation to the Fox Cities.
Best view in the Fox Cities: My favorite spot is Riverside Park in Neenah. It's especially beautiful when you drive by at night and see downtown Neenah lit up in the distance.
Favorite place to eat: Houdini's Escape Gastropub is my go-to for their unique spins on classic comfort foods.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: If shopping can be considered an event, I love making weekend visits to the stores in downtown Neenah. Personal favorites include Red Door Mercantile, Lyons Books, and Tricia's Treasures.
Why I chose my Original: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve is a serene and peaceful natural oasis. I especially enjoy walking on the elevated boardwalks and spotting wildlife along the way.
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.
Why I chose my Original: The Community First Champion Center is one of the premier sports tourism facilities in the country. Being involved with the project since the initial idea has been one of the highlights of my professional career.
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.
Why I chose my Original: Manderfield's is my favorite place in the Fox Cities to satisfy my sweet tooth. It's a safe bet that you will see me on a Saturday morning picking up a Triple Chocolate Bismarck.
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 its 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.
Why I chose my Original: The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is a state-of-the-art convention space built right into the hillside near the heart of downtown Appleton. Some of our region's best hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shopping spots are just a short walk away.
Group Sales Manager
My job is to sell the Fox Cities as a destination for religious, military, reunion, motorcoach, 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 enjoy being 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 at the convenience of your own town.
Why I chose my Originals: Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass holds the largest, public collection of glass paperweights in the world. The best part is free admission! On your way out, check out the Museum Shop which has an array of original and affordable glass art.