The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome three new professionals to its team. New staff members include: Tom Lehr, Jayme Sellen and Kurt Kempen.
Tom Lehr joins the Fox Cities Chamber as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Lehr brings vast experience as a strategic, process-driven chief financial officer. In his role at the chamber, Lehr will focus on delivering members a broad array of high-quality services; provide consistent processes for the delivery of these services; and, create a financially sound platform for sustainable growth for members.
He is a driven financial expert and trusted strategic adviser. In his 30-year career, Lehr’s core competencies include the creation and coordination of private equity partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, financial planning and analysis, as well as accounting, legal, human resources, risk management and operations oversight.
Most recently, Tom served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for AIA Corporation where he led the company’s accounting and legal teams. He oversaw all corporate contracts, insurance contracts, banking, finance and treasury functions, among other responsibilities. He played a key role in helping the company achieve major milestones since 2003 regarding its corporate financial structure including helping to purchase the company from a publicly traded stock company and taking the company private and then conducting a reinvestment with a new private equity partner. He also served as an adviser to the AIA board, providing financial advice and strategy development.
A Fox Cities resident for 36 years, Lehr and his wife have raised their family here while being very involved in the community. He serves on the Wisconsin Timber Rattler’s Board of Directors, a position he’s held for years, and currently serves as their Treasurer.
Jayme Sellen joins the Fox Cities Chamber and Fox Cities Regional Partnership as its Vice President of Economic Development and Government Affairs. In her role, she will work with municipal, educational and business partners for the attraction and retention of talent and businesses in the Fox Cities.
Sellen has spent the last 16 years as a lobbyist in Wisconsin, lobbying for the Wisconsin Counties Association, Brown County, the Dairy Business Association and the Greater Green Bay Chamber. She completed her undergrad at St. Norbert College and an MBA from Lakeland University.
In her free time, Jayme enjoys running half marathons, climbing mountains and taking her niece and nephews on adventures exploring local attractions.
Kurt Kempen joins the organization as the Manager of Events and Sponsorship. In this role, Kurt will provide value to members in the area of sponsorship as well as bring new creative direction to the signature events which further enhance the quality of life in the Fox Cities.
As a lifetime fan of music, Kempen began booking touring national acts at local establishments in Appleton in 2007 in an effort to build a music scene that had been lacking in the community. In 2012, he created Rock Your Cause, a three-day community fundraiser featuring 16 original Wisconsin artists with all proceeds benefitting ten different nonprofits. Over the next several years Kurt worked with events, festivals, venues, and promoters throughout the Midwest as a consultant and curator. One of these events was Mile of Music, where he was a festival director and a significant part of its creation and development during its first six years.
Previously employed as a mortgage broker in the area, he has lived the majority of his life in the Fox Cities where currently resides with his wife Molly. He has a strong passion for arts and how important they are to the development of the community.
“I am thrilled to announce the addition of these outstanding individuals to our team,” shared Fox Cities Chamber President/CEO, Becky Bartoszek. “We are very lucky to have individuals with their backgrounds, knowledge and expertise to further our mission of promoting talent attraction, economic development and serving as a catalyst to further improve the quality of the life in the Fox Cities region.”