:The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau announced the addition of two new board members serving three-year terms on the board of directors beginning in January. The news directors are Amy Bast with akb marketing llc and Ron Theis with Comfort Suites Hudson.
Bast started akb marketing llc in 2011. In this consulting role, she helps small and mid-sized businesses with all of their marketing efforts including building strategic marketing plans, public relations, event planning, branding, communications and social media. She has worked within the marketing field for over 12 years.
Bast earned her master’s degree in management and marketing from the College of St. Scholastica and the University of St. Thomas. She completed her undergraduate degree in communications and public relations from UW-La Crosse.
In addition to serving on the Hudson Chamber Board of Directors, she is the Regional Board Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the St. Croix Valley and has been active with BBBS for nearly 10 years. Bast is also a past board member of YMCA Camp St. Croix.
She has been a resident of Hudson since 2002 and is married with two daughters.
Theis joined Comfort Suites Hudson in 2013. He has been working in hospitality having graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Normandale College. Since 2000, he has been a general manager for Super 8, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Canterbury Inn and Suites, LaQuinta and Comfort Suites properties. Theis was also the director of sales for Staybridge Suites in West Des Moines, Iowa.
From 2008-2011, he was a small business owner operating the Hog Wild Saloon and Eatery, a restaurant, bar and banquet center. He enjoys building relationships with the clients he serves every day. Theis is currently working on his Certified Hotel Administrator accreditation. He has three children and one grandchild.
The following Board members will continue to serve in 2013: Traci Leffner (Sylvan Learning Center) as Chair, Jim Wookey (WESTconsin Credit Union) as Past Chair, Pat Cooksey (Hudson Hospital & Clinics) as Chair Elect, Kevin Blinsmon (Hiawatha National Bank) as Treasurer, Brian Hinz (Elliot Architects, LLC), Kevin Frane (United Gear & Assembly, Inc.), Todd Gilbert (Valley Cartage), Nick Vivian (Eckberg, Lammers, Briggs, Wolff & Vierling, P.L.L.P) and Sandee Madigan (Elan Clothing & Gifts/Dilly-Dally Gift Shoppe).
For more information contact the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau at (715) 386-8411 or go to www.hudsonwi.org.