Congratulations to our 2018 Top 10 Under 40
You’ve all been positive influences on our community, and your efforts have made Rhinelander a better place to work, live, and play! The Top 10 Under 40 provides an opportunity for Rhinelander’s group of growing young professionals to be recognized and showcased. Winners were judged in three categories: business success, mentorship/leadership, and civic/philanthropic activities. Rhinelander’s appreciation for young leaders, business people, and entrepreneurs has been proven by the nearly fifty nominees that are being showcased by the Top 10 Under 40 ceremony. Rhinelander has many recreational opportunities, restaurants, and cultural opportunities that are attracting some of the top young people in the Northern Midwest.
Brett has been the rink manager at Rhinelander Ice Arena for the past 12 years where he organizes programs and tournaments for the Rhinelander Ice Association. He is an active member in the community and a volunteer with the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce (past president), Nativity of Our Lord School, Forward Rhinelander, Lake George Lake Association (Secretary), and the Hodag Blue Line Club (Treasurer) and also organizes dozens of bartenders for Hodag Country Fest as a Fundraising for Rhinelander Ice Association. He is passionate about Rhinelander and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters on Lake George. Brett is a Graduate of Rhinelander High School (1999) and has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing from University of Minnesota (2003).
Matt is a Rhinelander native and a 2000 graduate of Rhinelander High School. He joined the United States Army in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in 2003 to 2004 and Afghanistan 2008 to 2009. Matt has been coaching youth hockey for five years and loves every minute.
Mike is a fourth generation Rhinelander resident. He was born and raised here and is proud to be a Hodag! Upon graduation from college the first time around, his goal was to come back to Rhinelander and give back to the community that raised him. He spent four years as the Youth, Family, and Sports Program Director at the YMCA of the Northwoods (2004-2008). At that time he realized a passion for educating youth. Since 2013, he has been with the School District of Rhinelander as the Community Education Coordinator. His main purpose in this position is to bridge the gap between the community and the School District. Mike enjoys living in Rhinelander with his 10-year-old daughter. It is an exceptional area to raise a child and to live and recreate.
Josh and Jen Clark
Josh is an investment partner/owner of six Culver’s restaurants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, and Ohio. Josh also has a background as a National Sales Manager for a manufacturing company out of Milwaukee, WI, as well as a Real Estate investor in rental properties and storage units. Josh has served on the board of directors for the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce and currently on the Headwaters Board. Josh is married to Jen Clark (owner/operator Rhinelander Culver’s) and has two boys Connor (6) and Cooper (3). Interests include hunting, boating, golf, and enjoying all the Northwoods has to offer with his family!
Jessie is the President and Manager of WXPR Public Radio. She relocated to the Northwoods and began work at WXPR in 2003. She enjoys meeting and getting to know the supporters that make WXPR possible. Jessie is a member of Rhinelander Women’s Club and volunteers with ArtStart and Rhinelander PIE. She is a graduate of Colorado State University.
Tarsie is a marketing director, and during her nine year tenure she has overseen all marketing operations at Rhinelander Auto Center. Tarsie knows that giving willingly and being actively involved in the support of our communities provides her with professional and personal success. Tarsie holds a degree in graphic design through Nicolet College, and is recognized as a Rhinelander Chamber Ambassador, Amateur Radio Operator, co-coordinator of the Rhinelander Car Show, and a local PR go-getter. As a Tomahawk native, she is grateful for rooting her life in the Northwoods. Tarsie enjoys quality time with her husband and three year old son at home in the picturesque Harrison area.
Brandon graduated from Rhinelander High School in 2001 and then went on to play football and attend St. Norbert College. Shortly after college he was hired by Peoples State Bank, where he has been for 13 years working as a Mortgage Loan Officer. His lifelong passion of basketball and personal fitness is why he spearheaded the project of a lighted, outdoor basketball court (Rhinelander Kiwanis Court) located at Central school while he was serving as the President of Kiwanis. It’s with that same passion and drive that has carried into his presidency with the Athletic Booster Club. His wife, Kim, and one year old daughter, Braylee, are what drive and inspire him. He wants do his part for his family and for his community.
During the day, Ben works as the managing editor and senior reporter at WJFW-TV in Rhinelander. But the community means much more to him than just a place for work. Ben is the president of Rhinelander Partners in Education and serves as a board director for ArtStart and the YMCA of the Northwoods. Ben also volunteers at WXPR and for the Never Forgotten Honor Flight and plays baritone in the Rhinelander Area Community Band. In his free time, Ben enjoys calling Hodag sports on the radio, officiating WIAA basketball, competing in triathlons, and cross country skiing.
Rhinelander was, and is, Dwight’s home town, a place where all of his childhood memories were made. Dwight and his wife have two young children, with another on the way. One of his goals is to better the community in which his children will grow up in. Dwight’s hope is to have a community where children and others can make positive lifelong memories like he was able to do.
Matt came to the Rhinelander community in 2011 to join the growing regional accounting firm, Northland CPAs, where he serves as Manager of Taxation. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, holds a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA). In addition to being devoted to his young family and the Rhinelander outdoors, Matt stays connected and engaged in the Rhinelander community as a volunteer with the YMCA of the Northwoods Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Rhinelander, and the City of Rhinelander Police and Fire Commission.