(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce president has resigned. Phil Fritsche announced his resignation to the Commerce Board of Directors last Wednesday. Fritsche has accepted a similar position with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce in Illinois. After spending the last 16 years with the Beaver Dam chamber, Fritsche says he is grateful for the opportunity to personally grow and learn from the community. He says the chamber, with its limited resources, hosted and maintained more programming, activities and events on an annual basis than any other organization their size in Wisconsin.
Fritsche says he is proud of the chamber’s many accomplishments, not least of which was the purchase and major renovation of the Beaver Dam chamber offices in the old depot building. He came up with the idea of purchasing the century-old structure from the city and convinced the chamber’s board of directors, leading the negotiations with the city on the sale. The chamber rented the old depot building after the city purchased it in 1984 through 2012 when the chamber closed on the property.
Fritsche says the organization is in a good place moving forward and that it will always be a strong asset to the community. He adds that a change in leadership is a chance for renewal, a chance for excitement, new ideas and new programming.
Fritsche will work with the Beaver Dam chamber through next Friday. In the interim, Staff Assistant Alison Wolf will maintain chamber programming along with members of the Board of Directors and volunteer Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee will begin the process of finding the next chamber president in the coming weeks.