Staff

Administration

Pam Seidl
Executive Director

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.

Kim Tisler
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

Lorna Stephens
Concierge

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.


Marketing

Beth Knapinski
Marketing Communications Director

I lead the development, implementation, and management of strategic communications, marketing, and branding for the FCCVB to help attract visitors to our 19-community region, support economic development through tourism, and position the Fox Cities as a premier tourism destination. The Fox Cities is a truly remarkable place – filled with picturesque natural beauty and neighborhoods; friendly, well-grounded, and community-centric people; and urban amenities yet ample outdoor recreation opportunities. It is a privilege to share our story, so that others can experience, share in, and get a glimpse of this remarkable place too.

The best view in the Fox Cities: Riverside Park/along Wisconsin Avenue in Neenah offers stellar views whether it's sunrise, midday, or sunset and no matter the season.

Favorite place to eat: Timshel Cafe is a current favorite, but the Fox Cities has a robust restaurant scene, so there's always a new place to try or a classic stop vying for that spot!

Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Whether it's the Wiouwash Trail, Friendship Trail, Loop the Lake, or one of the many other trails sprinkled throughout the Fox Cities, I enjoy the great outdoors on our (ever-expanding!) trail systems and walkable/bikeable neighborhoods across the Fox Cities. You can easily make a day of exploring trails, back roads, and attractions all across our region on bike or foot thanks to these trails.


Ryan Harvot
Admin and Marketing Assistant

My job is to assist with Administrative and Marketing tasks throughout the office and to make everyone’s job here at the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau just a little easier. I also will be the first person you see when you walk in the door, so stop in and say hello! I love visitors.

The best view in the Fox Cities: My favorite view in the Fox Cities is at High Cliff State Park. There are so many good spots in this park, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. The gorgeous rock formations coupled with the incredible backdrop of Lake Winnebago will take your breath away if the hiking hasn’t already done that.

Favorite place to eat: My favorite place to eat in the Fox Cities is Katsu-Ya of Japan on College Avenue. Their wide selection of sushi is perfect for the adventurous eater or one who likes to play it safe as well! The casual atmosphere and knowledgeable waitstaff make Katsu-Ya of Japan the perfect spot for some traditional Japanese cuisine!

Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: One of my favorite things to do in the Fox Cities is to catch a Timber Rattlers game at Fox Cities Stadium. Nothing beats America’s pastime on a cool summer’s evening in a fun and family-oriented environment.



Sports

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.

Adam Schanke
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

Amy Karas
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.

Alison Hutchinson
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.

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