Learn a little more about who will be on the other end of the phone when you're planning a meeting, convention, sports tournament or vacation in the Fox Cities!
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 shop: I like the Fox River Mall for its variety and selection. When I need something unique and special, I head to Downtown Appleton, Neenah or Menasha to visit our locally owned retailers.
Favorite place to eat: How about "places": The "sister" restaurants of Carmella's and SAP are always great.
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 Operations
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: There are many wonderful views of the Fox River throughout our communities, but my favorite is that of the old paper mills and the dams visible from the trails along the river in downtown Appleton.
Favorite place to shop: I love to shop any of our downtowns. There is so much variety, from gift shops, clothing boutiques, and art galleries... you can always find something unique for yourself, or someone special, and support our local businesses at the same time.
Favorite place to eat: We have many great cafes, but my favorite is Brewed Awakenings for their fair trade and organic coffee, a varied menu of healthy sandwiches, wraps, Panini and breakfast, plus desserts and gelato 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 shop: My favorite place to shop has always been the Fox River Mall for its wide variety, but since I've started working here I have discovered how fun some of our boutique shops are to peruse through; you never know what you are going to find!
Favorite place to eat: We have so many great restaurants to choose from, but Houdini's Escape Gastropub would be at the top of my list. Try the fish tacos and hand-muddled old fashioneds!
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: My favorite attraction in the Fox Cities is Timber Rattlers baseball. Being a lifeâ€“long fan of the sport and the Brewers, spending a summer night at the park with friends and family always makes for a good time in my book.
Visitor & Administrative Services Coordinator
The best view in the Fox Cities: Looking out over the river flowing into Lake Winnebago from Neenah's Doty Park is just gorgeous. The park is so peaceful and quaint with its bridges and boardwalk and the lake is beautiful in any weather.
Favorite place to shop: I love shopping in the local boutiques and small businesses of downtown Appleton. My favorite places to stop are Lillians, Anderson's Pens, and Eco Candle. Whether I'm looking for clothes or gifts, every shop has a unique supply carefully curated to suit the needs and interests of the community.
Favorite place to eat: My favorite place to dine is family owned Apollon in downtown Appleton. Not only is their food out-of-this-world delicious, but the service is always friendly and makes you feel like a regular, even if it's your first visit.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: I am a history nut, so I always make a beeline for the museums! The History Museum at the Castle is a world-class museum right here in the Fox Cities, home to local exhibits and touring national exhibits alike. The Hearthstone Historic House is a must see for its beautiful architecture, authentic 1880s interior decor, and devoted volunteer tour guides.
Marketing & Communications Manager
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.
Favorite place to shop:I am a big fan of "retail therapy" and the Fox Cities area offers many opportunities for relief. From the quaint shops of downtown Appleton, Neenah and surrounding cities to the many high end stores inside the Fox River Mall. I really enjoy home decor items so you most often will find me at Urban Evolutions, Red Door Mercantile, Ye Old Goat or one of our antique malls.
Favorite place to eat: There are so many great options to choose from! Being a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, I very much enjoy Cannova's in Neenah or Frank's Pizza. If I'm in a hurry, a grab and go sandwich from Great Harvest is always on the top of my list. Our area truly has so many great locally-owned restaurants offering the best burgers, fries and soups and more.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Being an avid sports fan you'll most likely find me either on a golf course, as the Fox Cites offers a challenge for every skill level, or at Fox Cities Stadium watching a future Brewer hit a homerun.
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: The Lower Softball Diamond at Sunset Park in Kimberly. When you come down the hill on the first base side and can see the whole field, the surrounding trees, and the Fox River just beyond the outfield fence. There is a reason why many call it the best softball field in the country.
Favorite place to shop: I have to say Scheels. It's perfect for a sports nut like me. I could spend hours there just looking. That place is huge!
Favorite place to eat: I have been to many Supper Clubs over the years and Dick & Joan's Supper Club in Appleton is one of my favorites. Friendly staff and a cozy atmosphere greet customers as soon as you enter. That comfortable Supper Club feel comes over you as you enjoy a drink in the lounge area, partake in the robust salad bar, and dig into a hearty meal. An overall great experience in a convenient location.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Enjoying a warm summer evening with friends at a Timber Rattler game at Fox Cities Stadium. The combination of family-friendly entertainment, a variety of affordable ballpark fare, and a chance to see future Brewers up close and personal makes for a great night right in my backyard.
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 our beautiful shorelines offers a great view. Whether it is Little Lake Buttes des Morts, the Fox River, or Lake Winnebago, the shorelines provide a peaceful resting place in the middle of a long hike or bike ride.
Favorite place to shop: For sporting goods and fan apparel there is no better place than Scheels. They have everything one could possibly need to play their favorite sport or cheer on their favorite sports team. The Exclusive Company has me covered for all of my music needs. It is a great place to find the newest release of a favorite band or musician.
Favorite place to eat:There are so many great places it is difficult to pick just one. Some of my go-to favorites include Zuppa's for their pulled pork sandwich and macaroni and cheese, Broken Tree Pizza for their lunch pizza buffet, and anything and everything at Willie Beamons.
Favorite Fox Cities attraction or event: Player 2 Arcade Bar is an enjoyable and refreshing break from the typical bar scene, with 40+ arcade machines, a full bar, and fun atmosphere featuring retro movie poster covered walls and classic movies playing on TVs above the bar. Among my favorite events are concerts at Gibson Music Hall, a music-first venue in downtown Appleton that does not have a cover charge for most performances.
CONVENTION SALES & SERVICES
Convention Sales & Marketing 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: There are many beautiful natural scenes throughout the Fox Cities area, especially on trails, in the parks and by the riverfront. One of my personal favorites is Doty Park.
Favorite place to shop: I love finding deals at area vintage and consignment stores. There are so many amazing ones; some of my favorite include Chic to Chic and the Vintage Garden.
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 Fox Cities attraction would be attending Timber Rattlers games at Fox Cities Stadium. They have activities for all ages throughout the games and several seat choices for any budget. 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 from area restaurants and club.
Convention Sales & Marketing Representative
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: This area was built up around the Fox River. At 1000 Islands Environmental Center, there is a boardwalk trail that takes you along the river. Along the trail, I like being surrounded by all of the natural beauty that the area has to offer here.
Favorite place to shop: I enjoy shopping on the Southeast side of Appleton. My go-to stores are Kohl's, Target, Maurices, Rogans and Lowes.
Favorite place to eat: Stone Arch Brewpub. The building is over 150 years old and has a lot of character. One of my favorites there are the cheese curds which are hand made with the Stone Arch Scottish Ale. I also like the schnitzel with the creamy mushroom sauce.
Another great place to eat is RYE. I have been there for lunch and dinner and try something different each time. It's a nice casual spot to go with co-workers, friends or family.
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.