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Member Milestones

Are you celebrating a milestone anniversary in 2024?

If so, let us know!

Here at the Fox Cities Chamber we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary, and we would love to celebrate with members who have also achieved a key milestone in 2024! This includes ANY anniversary that ends in a 5 or 0 …. from 5 years to 200 (and more). View the Chamber members who are also celebrating a milestone in 2024 below, or click the button to tell us about the milestone your company is celebrating this year!

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175 Years

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Menasha Corporation

January 1, 1849

Menasha Corporation is a packaging manufacturing and supply chain services company comprised of two companies: Menasha Packaging and ORBIS Corporation.Menasha Corporation has grown to be one of the oldest privately held, family-owned manufacturing companies in the United States. With a mission to help its customers protect, move and promote their products better than anyone else, the company designs and manufactures sustainable corrugated and reusable packaging, provides fulfillment services for nearly every major consumer goods company in North America and is a critical supply chain partner for more than 3,500 global brands.Headquartered in Neenah, Menasha Corporation has more than 7,500 employees in 110 facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe — including 11 facilities in Wisconsin. Though Menasha Corporation’s size, scale and reach today would be unrecognizable to its founder, Elisha D. Smith, who bought and grew the pail factory in the 1800s, the company’s unfailing core commitments to integrity, values, innovation and adaptability would be refreshingly familiar. These are the qualities that set Menasha Corporation apart and what help the company’s owners — who include seventh-generation descendants of the founder — remain proud of their company and of the employees who have shaped and evolved its success for nearly two centuries.

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Town of Grand Chute

April 3, 1849

Located in Wisconsin’s Fox Cities region, Grand Chute is the commercial and retail center for the area. The Fox River Mall anchors a regional shopping, hospitality and entertainment district and the community features a strong and diverse employment base. Grand Chute is home to the main campus of Fox Valley Technical College; the Community First Champion Center, Fox Cities Stadium; Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve; several community and neighborhood parks; and an extensive network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

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Ducommun

Ducommun was founded in 1849 as a hardware supply store in Los Angeles during the California Gold Rush.  Today, Ducommun has over 2,500 employees across 16 facilities, including a performance center in Appleton, WI with over 350 employees.  Throughout the last 175 years, Ducommun has operated under the pillars of innovation and community, evolving to become a provider of innovative manufacturing solutions for customers in the aerospace, defense, and industrial markets.  Ducommun specializes in two core areas – Electronic Systems and Structural Systems – to produce complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications.

150 Years

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City of Menasha

March 5, 1874

The City of Menasha will be celebrating its sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary in 2024 with special events throughout the year.

Incorporated as a city in March 1874, Menasha developed into an industrial center with nearly 2,500 residents known for the largest wooden ware producer in the world and a growing number of paper mills, tapping into the water power of the Fox River.

In 1905 Menasha began to manufacture its own electric power. It started servicing its residents in 1911.  Today Menasha’s electric rates are 30% lower than neighboring communities with investor owned utilities. In the 1980’s Menasha adopted the “New Horizon” logo and tagline to signify the City’s easterly growth to Lake Park Road.

Menasha has seen a lot of change over the years and seeks to continue recent progress. Whether an individual is staying for a short time or their entire life, Menasha strives to be a welcoming community with a myriad of opportunities to live, play, and work.

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135 Years

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The Boldt Company

The Boldt Company is a fourth-generation family and employee-owned firm Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin with 18 offices throughout the United States serving healthcare, power, industrial, education, automotive and commercial customers nationwide. We develop and build the extraordinary. From straightforward to complex, our focus goes beyond building great things. It’s bringing together extraordinary people, places, and ideas to blaze new trails and improve tomorrow’s landscape. It’s helping the world build boldly while staying true to our legacy of honesty, fairness, and hard work.

120 Years

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January 30, 1904

Since our founding in 1904, we have prided ourselves on being trusted legal advisors to our clients and dedicated partners to our communities. As we celebrate our 120th anniversary, we honor our strong foundation and recommit to our core values that have shaped who we are today: excellence, integrity, innovation, compassion and community. With more than 180 professionals providing a full range of legal services throughout Wisconsin, we look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence.

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McMahon Associates, Inc.

July 25, 1909

McMahon is an established engineering, architecture and consulting firm based in Neenah, Wisconsin with offices in Illinois and Indiana. As it celebrates its 115th anniversary in 2024, McMahon continues to uphold the core values that have shaped its identity since the start: outstanding service, unparalleled client satisfaction and building relationships that last. Consistently ranked in Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms, McMahon offers comprehensive services through six specialized divisions: environment and infrastructure, architecture, water and wastewater, industrial, structures and building systems and public safety and municipal management.

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Memorial Florists & Greenhouses, Inc.

January 1, 1923

Sending Beautiful Flowers Worldwide begins here in the Fox Valley. We can’t claim a corner on the market anywhere else, if we can’t deliver the goods to our own back yard. Memorial Florists business philosophy is summarized in our mission statement: To deliver the freshest and highest quality flowers, plants and gifts accessories, while providing the utmost in customer service. 

Flowers send feelings. Each customer has a specific and unique need. It may be Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, but no two Valentines and no two Mothers are alike. Since 1923, and with the transfer of leadership through four generations of the Aykens family, Memorial Florists and Greenhouses has provided personal service and a keen attention to detail with every order.

For over 25 years, Memorial Florists & Greenhouses has been honored to be in the top 250 florists among 28,000 nationally and in 2020 Ranked in the top 50!

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AT&T

March 1, 1929

AT&T will be celebrating a significant membership anniversary in 2024. AT&T has been a Fox Cities Chamber member since March 1, 1929.

90 Years

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Wisconsin Paper Group

February 2, 1934

The Wisconsin Paper Group was established in 1934, uniquely formed as a Not-for-Profit Shippers Association. Now entering our 90th year, Wisconsin Paper Group, along with its subsidiary WPG Shippers Association, continues to offer its Membership reduced transportation costs in a variety of modes – TL/Shared TL/LTL/Pool Distribution/Expedited, improved service, less handling, logistic support, value added services and Distribution Management of various products to points across North America. Our passion is Transportation. We strive to be an integral part of your transportation network. We see ourselves as an extension of your logistics team. Focused on a relation-based approach instead of transactional. Every shipment is important to us, and we treat it as our own.

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Capital Credit Union

September 24, 1934

Capital Credit Union is a not-for-profit organization that focuses heavily on positive impact and “Doing the Right Thing” for our members and their communities. We partner with and support many local non-profits around the Green Bay and Fox Valley areas, along with providing volunteer opportunities for our employees to get involved in their communities. We recently received the Fox Valley Chamber’s “Employee-Friendly Workplace” Gold Status, along with numerous awards including the Raddon Crystal Performance Award for Financial Performance, a Diamond Award in Website Design, the 2023 Web Marketing Association Credit Union Standard of Excellence, the Regents Business Partnership Award through the UW System, and our President/CEO has been recognized as both a 2022 Athena Award Winner and a Titan100 Award recipient for 2023 and 2024.

85 Years

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Crane Engineering

April 3, 1939

Crane Engineering is one of the nation’s premier providers of innovative fluid technology solutions, including industrial-grade pumps, valves, waste treatment, and other fluid-processing equipment. Crane started providing solutions to the paper industry nine decades ago in 1939 but now has expanded to food & beverage, municipal water & wastewater, and general industrial markets.

After 85 years and three generations of Crane family leadership, Crane Engineering is now a diverse fluid-handling powerhouse, offering a full portfolio of fluid-processing equipment, repair, and engineered fluid systems. Crane helps its customers succeed by reducing costs, improving efficiency, and providing industry-leading technology and education.

Headquartered in Kimberly, WI, Crane Engineering has a total of eight locations across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions and more than 200 dedicated team members.

80 Years

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Bartelt Insulation

June 1, 1944

Bartelt Insulation is a full-service mechanical systems insulation contractor specializing in commercial, industrial, and refrigeration projects. Bartelt’s expertise covers a wide range of applications for the pulp and paper industry, the plastics industry, food processing, refrigerated dairy operations, custom sewn removable insulation blankets, and many others.Since 1944, four generations of the Bartelt family have been providing professional insulation services. No matter how large or complex the project, Bartelt Insulation has the skilled tradespeople to complete the job safely, on time and on budget.

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Lamers Bus Lines

September 1, 1944

Back in 1944, Wisconsin farmers Lyle and Ellen Lamers founded Lamers Bus Lines. They started with a single school bus and served the Grant School District and Nicolet High School. In 1950, the company continued to grow when Lamers began providing transportation for the Ashwaubenon School District. By 1960, Lamers became transportation provider for the Green Bay Area School District.In 1966, the company opened their corporate headquarters in Ashwaubenon by the Austin Straubel International Airport. The first coach the family bought was a used Greyhound PD 3751 in the 1960s and Lamers Bus Lines began offering motor coach charters. In 1974, they started buying new coaches, and for the next decade, added new vehicles to its fleet each year. In November 1980, Interstate Commerce Commission granted Lamers Bus Lines permission to transport charter bus tours anywhere in the continental United States as well as legal authority and permits to organize group tours and sell on a per-person basis.Since 1972, Lyle’s sons, Allen and Kevin, along with their children have taken over the day to day responsibilities of running the company. Lyle Lamers passed Dec. 30, 2012 at the age of 97. He had continued to drive bus until age 72 and was still active in the company well after that. Now, 80 years later, Lamers Bus Lines is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned bus company, still operating with the same community-mindedness as at the beginning.

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70 Years

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Fox Valley Cab

Established in 1954 as a taxi service, Fox Valley Cab has evolved into a dynamic multi-service transportation company. After surviving Covid and TNC’s disruption to the industry, the company has pivoted to addressing the growing medical transportation needs. We’ve become known in Fox Valley for the quality of our service, dependability and reliability. We’ve invested significant resources into new equipment, new technologies and into training of our staff. We ARE NOT your parents taxi company. We’ve evolved, changed, morphed, offered additional services like “Black Car and Cargo delivery, adapted and now we’ve survived and grown bigger and better than we’ve ever been. We’ve taken a solid foundation built by the Baker and Hanahman families and are now looking forward to a bright future.

60 Years

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Luvata Appleton LLC

January 1, 1964

Luvata Appleton LLC is a Wisconsin based company with three locations in the Fox River Valley. We manufacture products for the copper alloy wire industry and have many customers including ones in the battery, ammunition, solar panel, and electronic markets, among others. As a company, Luvata Appleton is committed to providing a sustainable world through material innovation with the use of our distinctive technologies since our first manufacturing mill was built in 1964. We pride ourselves with providing our customers with unique and high-quality products, through the collaboration of all our employees.

45 Years

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Plexus Corp.

February 5, 1979

Founded and headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin in 1979, Plexus employs over 20,000 team members worldwide, all united by our vision: we help create the products that build a better world. Plexus operates 27 facilities in eight countries, with a total of 5.1 million square feet of space globally – nearly 1 million square feet in Wisconsin alone.Plexus also actively seeks to collaborate and integrate with our local communities as we aim to collectively prosper and live our vision. Each year, we contribute to nonprofit causes, partner on community engagement events, identify and advocate for community improvement opportunities and encourage team member volunteerism. In fiscal 2022, we proudly donated more than $1 million through the Plexus Charitable Foundation and logged 19,000 total volunteer time off hours in fiscal 2023.  In 2023, Plexus was recognized as the Fox Cities Chamber Large Business of the Year and the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin with the Bevi Bottleless Water Dispenser.

40 Years

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Future Neenah

April 27, 1983

Future Neenah was incorporated on April 27, 1983. The original goal of Future Neenah was downtown revitalization, but in the early 1990s the scope expanded to include the Greater Neenah community. Future Neenah’s services and programs fall into three main categories: economic development, community partnerships and community events. The end goal in all of Future Neenah’s projects, programs and events is to contribute to the quality of life in the Neenah area.  The Future Neenah motto is, “Our future, Our Neenah.”It’s been a busy 40th anniversary year so far at Future Neenah and 2024 promises to bring even greater energy and impact with all of the community favorites—Farmers Market, Concerts at Shattuck Park, Boogie Downtown and more. Executive Director Brent Bowman said, “As the organization charged with programming the city and ensuring a vibrant downtown, we look forward to adding to the cultural opportunities and experiences as we look forward to the next 40 years.”

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Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

June 1, 1984

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. On June 1, 1984, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin officially opened its doors and granted its first wish to 11-year-old Catina who was living with a brain tumor and wished to meet Michael Jackson. Since that time, the Wisconsin chapter has grown significantly and is now granting more than 400 wishes a year.Throughout 2024, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is celebrating its 40th birthday with celebration events taking place all year. In February, it granted its 8,000th wish to 18-year-old Lulu who’s living with an autoimmune disease and wished to sing with an orchestra. On May 17, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s President & CEO, Patti Gorsky will be celebrating her 25th anniversary as leader of the Wisconsin Chapter.One of 58 chapters across the U.S. and its territories, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin has a staff of 29 employees across the state and works with 415 volunteers, hundreds of medical professionals and thousands of donors to grant the wish of every eligible child. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on the contributions of individuals, corporations, foundations, fundraisers and in-kind donors.Make-A-Wish Wisconsin has been recognized for its contributions in many ways, including winning the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics and Integrity twice. It has also won the coveted Power of One Award from Make-A-Wish America three times for its contributions to the entire Make-A-Wish enterprise. To learn more about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and how you can get involved, please visit wish.org/wisconsin.

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Fox River Mall

July 18, 1984

Fox River Mall opened on July 18, 1984, with Sears, 67 small shop stores, a movie theater, and Walgreens.  The mall has been expanded 6 times, adding 4 additional anchor stores, a food court, additional small shops and exterior shops and restaurants.  As of 2004, Fox River Mall is the largest mall in Wisconsin with 1.2 million square feet and we welcome over 5 million visitors annually.  We continue to adapt to changes in shopping patterns and strive to be a community gathering place to make memories for our guests.

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35 Years

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Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance

January 1, 1989

Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance is working to protect and restore the water resources of the Fox-Wolf River basin. We take a holistic approach to watershed management, working across traditional boundaries and priorities to improve water quality. We work at the scale of the entire watershed, because all of our waters are connected. A key component to our approach is engaging a wide variety of partners to maximize our impact.

30 Years

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C3 Corporation

March 1, 1994

C3 is a machine design and build company focused on making converting equipment for the furniture and bedding industry. Over the past 30 years, C3 has transformed from a custom-machine house to one of the most prominent OEMs in mattress manufacturing. C3 has been expanding it’s offerings to new product lines, adjacent industries, and broader services for its customers and is proud of it’s position as an innovative, family-oriented employer in the Fox Valley.

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Sure-Dry, LLC

April 4, 1994

Sure-Dry, LLC began in 1994 and aims to always provide a remarkable experience for every customer, every time! We are out to redefine the industry and give homeowners on-time service, quality products, workmanship, and professionalism. We have helped more than 34,000 customers across Central, Northern, and Northeastern Wisconsin, and have won numerous awards including being voted the Best Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair Company across all eight markets (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023), Best Places to Work (2021, 2022, 2023), Fox Cities Chamber Employee Friendly Workplace – Bronze Level (2022), BBB Torch Award (2019), and BBB A+ Rating.

25 Years

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Willems Marketing & Events

January 28, 1998

Throughout the last 25 years, Willems Marketing & Events has served numerous community-focused clients by assisting with their marketing, graphic design and event needs.In 2013, Willems Marketing & Events launched the inaugural Mile of Music Festival, and the team at Willems produces the original music festival to this day.Willems is proud to be a part of the community in the Fox Cities and looks forward to the future!

20 Years

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Legacy Private Trust Company

February 18, 2004

In February 2004, Legacy Private Trust Company, an institution that would redefine the paradigms of private wealth and asset management, was established. Founded by Mr. Michael B. Mahlik and Joseph E. McGrane, Legacy was born out of a vision to offer a new paradigm in wealth management, focusing on personalized service and customized portfolio management. This vision was realized when the Department of Financial Institutions granted approval for the company to commence operations on February 18, 2004. Just five days later, Legacy opened its doors for business in Neenah, Wisconsin, embarking on a journey that would lead to remarkable growth and success.The 20th anniversary of Legacy Private Trust Company on February 18, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the company’s history. The founding team set a foundation for the company that would stand out in a period marked by transformative shifts within the trust and financial services sector. At a time when the industry was characterized by mergers, relocations, and a trend toward consolidation, Legacy distinguished itself by maintaining a focus on personalized client service. Their innovative, single-purpose charter in the state of Wisconsin was a pioneering move that set Legacy apart from the diminishing personalized attention and increased employee turnover seen elsewhere in the industry.As Legacy Private Trust Company celebrates two decades of exceptional service and growth, it stands as a testament to the founders’ vision of providing personalized and customized wealth management solutions. The company’s success story is not just about its expansion in terms of employees, assets under management, and geographic footprint; it’s about setting a standard for excellence in the industry. Legacy’s history is a narrative of pioneering spirit, dedication to client service, and a relentless pursuit of excellence that continues to drive its success today and into the future.

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Stone Arch Brewpub

October 15, 2004

Welcome to Stone Arch Brewpub, where brewing is a family tradition! Founded by father and son duo Steve & Tom Lonsway, we’ve been crafting award-winning handcrafted beers in Appleton, WI for over 20 years. What started as a non-distributing brewpub has grown into a beloved local institution, expanding to distribute our beers throughout northeast WI since 2012. In 2023, we were honored to be named Restauranteurs of the year. At Stone Arch, we’re committed to using locally sourced ingredients, engaging with our community, and promoting sustainability. Come join us for a taste of tradition and honoring Appleton’s brewing history.

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ESTHER

November 7, 2004

ESTHER is a social-justice organization. We are grassroots and non-profit, focusing our work in the Fox Valley region of Wisconsin. ESTHER aims to bring together people of the community to identify and act on issues of injustice. We work with congregations and individuals in collaboration with community partners and public officials so that everyone can have a voice and role in bringing about strong and just communities. ESTHER sometimes seeks to mobilize support for or opposition to particular legislation or rule-making; we do not, however, advocate for candidates or parties. Over the past twenty years ESTHER has fought for Transformational Justice, Housing Equity, Environmental Justice, Mental Heath, Immigration Rights, Transit Equity, and Racial Justice.

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15 Years

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91.1 The Avenue

August 15, 2009

91.1 The Avenue is NE Wisconsin’s independent, nonprofit, listener-supported radio station. Our playlist is completely curated by hand, not by algorithms, for a sound that reflects the community. With thousands of songs in rotation, from several genres and decades of music, it is how people like to listen to music and a rarity on the dial.

Beyond the playlist, The Avenue’s mission includes giving free air-time packages to nonprofits – giving them a voice to get their message out to do good work in this community. Finally, The Avenue is dedicated to supporting the artists who create the music that enriches our lives – by platforming their music, hiring them for our events, and showcasing them through interviews and on promotional albums.

The station that would eventually become 91.1 The Avenue, started out as the radio station of Lawrence University in Appleton in 1956. We have the distinction of being Wisconsin’s oldest noncommercial FM station not part of the Wisconsin Public Radio state network.

91.1 The Avenue, WOVM in its current format has remained an important part of the radio dial and this community for 15 years. A true testament to the commitment of our listeners and supporters and a rare accomplishment in the media landscape.

10 Years

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Think Hallmark Real Estate

March 13, 2014

Think Hallmark Real Estate, a relationship-focused boutique real estate company, places a strong emphasis on ethical practices, educational excellence, and community involvement. With a commitment to fostering genuine connections and supporting aspiring real estate professionals, the company strives to uphold the highest standards in the industry.

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Party and Print

Karen Anderson has been the owner of Party and Print for 10 Years on March 1st, 2024. Party and Print was started in 1972 under the name Paper Seconds, so this is our 52nd year in business. We are a retail party store that can help with many aspects of your party along with also having crafts and gifts from local crafters. We specialize in balloon decorations and love to decorate events with our custom balloon creations. We have won several awards with our balloon costumes in local parades.

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Gina Connects LLC

December 13, 2019

Gina Connects LLC is a Fox Cities-based small business inspiring people to develop the skills they need to network effectively, speak confidently, and achieve their personal best. Gina Glover is the entrepreneurial spirit who started this company in 2019 and she is a professional speaker and coach working with businesses, associations and non-profits to deliver on her company’s mission. Gina received the Rising Star award from the National Speakers Association Wisconsin Chapter in 2023, delivered a talk at TEDxOshkosh in November 2023, and is on a quest to run a race in every state in the U.S.

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