2021 Celebrate Belgium Awards Banquet
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Join us in this annual event, sponsored by Port Washington State Bank.

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Doors open 5:30 pm
Dinner at 6:30 pm
Awards and Entertainment to follow
at Memories Ballroom, 1077 Lake Drive, Port Washington 
 
Tickets are just $30 and include buffet dinner, dessert, and comedy by Dobie Maswell. Tickets can be purchased at The Village of Belgium Village Hall, Port Washington State Bank, and Plus Group Wealth Advisors or at the link below (convenience fees apply online). Tickets must be reserved by November 3rd.

Menu:
Broasted Chicken
Roasted Beef
Wild Rice
Spaetzel
California Blend Vegetables
Whole Kernel Corn
Oreo Torte

About Dobie Maxwell, Comedian

Congratulations to the 2021 Chamber Award Winners who will be honored at this year's Celebrate Begium Event:

Business of the Year: TBA
Business Improvement Award: TBA
Citizen of the Year: TBA
Distinguished Service Award: TBA
Ambassador of the Year: TBA
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Dobie Maxwell is one of the top touring comedians in North America. His live show is a whirlwind of words, a virtual verbal vortex. Every time he is on stage, Dobie tests the stamina of the audience. His slick ranting style has earned him a loyal and growing fan base, and his knack for saying what a lot of people think has kept him constantly booked from coast to coast. Dobie works very hard at his craft and has spent his whole life learning it.

Originally from Milwaukee, Dobie has been on the road since 1985. He has “paid his dues” and continues to perfect his craft by performing as much as possible. “I love being onstage”, Dobie says. “Not many people I know can say they love to go to work every day, but I sure do. I live for it”. His comedy journey has taken him thru 48 states and across Canada. 

Bizarre luck and horrendous timing have followed Dobie since his birth. His life continues to be a struggle to overcome obstacles most others never have to worry about. “I don’t know what it is, but I just haven’t been able to get myself in the right place at the right time”, he laments. It’s very frustrating for him, but it sure has made audiences all over laugh like crazy. We all love to hear that somebody ELSE is doing WORSE, and Dobie is that guy.

Dobie has made countless appearances on local and regional TV shows throughout America over the years and has appeared on several comedy shows including ‘Comcast Comedy Spotlight’. Dobie filmed his first true network national TV shot on CBS earlier this year. It was ‘The Late Late Show’ with Craig Ferguson.

Our 2020 Award Winners

Our 2019 Award Winners

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Distinguished Service Award

Clem Gottsacker

Our next award, Distinguished Service, is one that takes years to achieve. It represents dedication and service to the Village and/or Town of Belgium. Our recipient for 2019 is Clem Gottsacker.  

 

In 1992 Clem started his business Clem’s Locksmith Service in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  In 1996 he moved both his family and his business to their current home on Main Street in Belgium, WI.  

 

Clem has made a name for himself in Ozaukee County with his hard work and dedication to helping people.  As a part of his business he installs and repairs locks, cuts keys, and – maybe most importantly – preforms emergency openings for cars, homes and semi-trucks.  It is that work ethic that helped to begin his 25year relationship with AAA as one of their preferred vendors.  On a -20° day AAA called his business number.  A AAA member was locked out of their car and all the local AAA vendors refused to respond to the call for help.  Clem put on a snow suit and drove to the old How-Dea Mini Mart to help.  A week later, AAA asked him to be a vendor.

 

Clem served 2 years in the US Army.  He is an active member of The Melvin Wester-Belgium Memorial Post 412.  For 16 years Clem has served on the Village of Board where he participates on the committee for Parks & Recreation, the Public Utilities Committee and the Planning Commission.

Clem Married Joan in 1989 and they have two sons – David who works at Green Industrial and Daniel who works at Applied Biotech.

 

Clem is not just a business owner and a parent – he serves this community every day.    It is because of this, and so much more, that we present our 2019 Distinguished Service award for continued service to the Community of Belgium, Wisconsin to Clem Gottsacker. 

Ambassador of the Year

Chanel Schmidt

The past few years, the Chamber, along with the newly formed Belgium Tourism Committee, has been working towards the goal of revitalizing our community and promoting tourism. The start of new community events, including Belgium Summer Nights Live, Splash Pad Sundays, and the CGB Job and Career Fair, in addition to the existing events, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, European Christmas, Brew and Chew, and Luxembourg Fest, created a need for a deeper pool of volunteers.  

 

The need for event help, paired with the need to spread the word on all the wonderful tourism assets that Belgium has to offer, brought forth the idea of Belgium Ambassadors. 

 

In our first year, we had five businesses and 22 individuals sign up for the program, and, we should mention, new ambassadors are welcome to join at any time. These ambassadors help us with event promotion, setup, execution and take-down but even more importantly, they exhibit the friendly, helpful, can-do disposition that best represents Belgium. Our ambassadors range from 7 years old through adults, with 16 of our ambassadors being youth under the age of 18.  Our business Ambassadors this year are the LACS, PWSB, Kyotes Bar and Grill, Plus Group Wealth Advisors, and Peggy Wester, Realty Executives Integrity.   

 

We love the excitement and passion that our ambassadors bring to Belgium and look forward to many more years of this program.

 

Tonight we would like to honor our first annual Ambassador of the Year, Chanel Schmidt.  Chanel has helped out with every single event since the start of the Ambassador: all three Summer Nights Live, both Splash Pad Sundays, and Luxembourg Fest, She came early to help set up, and was still there at the end with a smile and a helpful hand.  “What can I do to help” are always the first words out of her mouth, and she goes above and beyond the call of duty as a volunteer.  When we were looking for ideas to keep Splash Pad Sunday fresh, she organized a dunk tank to be delivered, and donated all proceeds to the Cedar Grove and Belgium Fire Departments. 

 

We are very blessed to have Ambassadors like Chanel, and are proud like to honor her with this award.  A plaque listing the Ambassador of the Year will be on display in the Village Hall, and we hope to add ambassadors to it every year.

Business of the Year

Kyotes Bar & Grill

It is a rare business owner who can purchase an already well established and successful business who can elevate that business.  Kyle Simpson – owner and proprietor of Kyotes Bar & Grill is one of those rare people.

 

Originally from Rockwood – as small-town South of Detroit – Kyle came to Milwaukee on a whim.  Kyle earned a degree in Marketing at Northern Michigan University where he was active in club hockey.  At school many of Kyle’s fellow students were from Wisconsin.  It was on a visit to one of his friends after graduation that Kyle thought Wisconsin might be a place for him.  10 days later, he moved to Milwaukee.  Within two weeks he had a job as a teller at Park Bank and picked-up a bartending gig at the Brat House on old world 3rd Street within his first two months.

 

While bartending, the idea of Kyote’s was born.  Kyle knew what he was capable of and he kept himself open to the possibility of opening his own establishment.  Researching markets, developing plans and connecting with people all came into focus with the opportunity to purchase Bic’s place.  

 

Kyle was able to find investors and develop a plan for his business that would take advantage of the space available at the bar, the Volleyball and outdoor elements of the property in combination with a less saturated market.  These elements along with his understanding of the local market and his entertainment savvy have combined to create an entertainment destination in Belgium Wisconsin. 

 

With an exceptional menu and an openness to trying new things (including a catering job that required him to make Treipen Puffs) Belgium has been proud to welcome Kyle.  He described his first year as filled with people who were so welcoming and so nice that he Is proud to call many of them friends.

 

In recognition of the many more successful years ahead, the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce would like to present the 2019 Business of the Year award to Kyle Simpson and Kyote’s Bar and Grill.

Citizen of the Year

Tara Williams

A community is a group of people who shares a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.  A community needs champions - identifiable inspiration from within their group to help others feel this fellowship and achieve these goals.  For that reason, the BACC created the Citizen of the Year Award.

 

Because of her employment with the Chamber of Commerce and the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, people may attribute Tara Williams’ consistent presence in Belgium as “part of her job”.  Those who know Tara, understand that her passion for Belgium extends far beyond the hours for which she is paid.  

Tara’s optimism and joyful spirit put her in the middle of activities and events that move Belgium to be inclusive of all and respectful to everyone.  She accomplishes all of this with warmth, kindness and a sense of responsibility.  

 

Tara brings with her an extraordinary work ethic and a strong sense of personal responsibility.  She is collaborative, gracious, creative, dynamic and always asserts her opinions and suggestions with diplomacy, tact and a sense of humor.  It is through her example that Tara encourages other to volunteer.

 

For her outstanding contributions to the chamber and community, we present 2019 Citizen of the Year awards to Tara Williams.

Business Improvement Award

Buechler Farms

When Buechler Farms was selected as Business of the Year two years ago, we as a community knew they were destined to bring great things to Belgium.

 

Realizing the unique and popular potential for Brian’s family dairy farm as an event venue, Buechlers hosted a circus in 2016, and then a rodeo, and groups began contacting them for private events.

 

In 2019 the Buechlers family has put in an enormous amount of hard work and dedication and made amazing advances in their business.  The magical look of the renovated barn, along with its second floor private bridal preparation area, indoor bathrooms, and the bar, makes for an ideal venue for rustic farm weddings.

 

They dug a pond, complete with a peninsula designed for hosting scenic outdoor wedding ceremonies.  A spacious deck was added on to the barn- some may recognize the Deano’s Steakhouse bull as the deck’s mascot.  Below the deck, a brick patio sprawls from the ground level where board swings swayA large bar, sheltered by the top of a grain bin, stakes its place as the patio’s focal point.

 

Buechler Farms is totally booked up for the 2020 wedding season and already booking into 2021.  In addition to weddings, it has opened its doors for the community, hosting everything from proms for Ozaukee High School, and one just for adults, to the Home Run Club’s annual Packer tailgate party, to craft nights and everything in-between.  They even teamed up with the Belgium Fire Department to host its Fire Prevention Day and the farm’s Family Fall Festival as a joint venture.  Just announced, they have purchased two driving horses named Bill and George, who will be used for sleigh and buggy rides this winter.

 

Guests at Buechler Farms always feel welcome. you’re guaranteed to be greeted with a friendly smile and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.  The family has invested and impressive amount of hard work, improvements, and passion into their business this year.  They continue to bring exciting opportunities to Belgium, and for that, we are pleased to award them with the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business Improvement Award.

Our 2018 Chamber Award Winners!
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Business Improvement-Belgium Community Church

Over the last 20 years, Belgium Community Church has had quite a journey.   When the Christian and Missionary Alliance church opened, the population of Belgium, WI was about 700 people.  As Belgium grew, so did the Church.  As the economy declined, so did congregation size.  At a time when the church had changed its name several times and the congregation had dropped to 17 people, they took a chance – closing for 18 months in order to evaluate the church’s future.

 

This risk paid off.  The State District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance made an investment along with the congregation that returned.  They fully renovation of the Church building and sought a Pastor – Joe Radosevich.   On an average Sunday, they now welcome between 50 and 60 worshipers.

 

Belgium Community Church was nominated for the Business Improvement Award because through their renovation they have significantly improved the aesthetic of the building on Lakeview Drive that is home to their congregation.  

 

While that is admirable, as a chamber we want to recognize their commitment to a future with the Village of Belgium and small-town life.  Pastor Joe and his family live in Belgium and he sees his church as not just being “in Belgium” but as a church for Belgium.  

 

For outstanding improvements to their business, enhancing our entire community, we present the 2018 Business Improvement Award to Belgium Community Church.

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Distinguished Service Award- Richard Uselding

Our next award is one that takes decades to achieve. It represents years of dedication and service to our area.  

 

Richard Uselding was born in the Town of Belgium.  He served in the US Army and after his return he met and married Pat Wundrock.  Richard and Pat raised three wonderful girls – Kathleen, Ann and Mary in Belgium.

 

In 1978 Richard had the opportunity to buy the Hardware Store in Belgium.  Until that point, Richard had worked for Krier Implement as a mechanic for 17 years – a job he loved.  But he remembered his father talking about a once in a lifetime chance that he had taken and felt that this opportunity may be his – a chance to have his own business and work for himself and his family.  With his wife’s support, he took that chance.  Although his wife and all his children helped at Belgium Hardware and Beverage at some point, his daughter Ann worked for him for 32 years and was a true and valued partner in the success of the business.

 

When looking back at the best part of running the hardware store, Richard thought it was helping people find the thing that would meet their needs and he looked forward to Friday nights.  For 25 years, the busiest time for the shop was Friday night and he would have the opportunity to see almost everyone in town.  The business community has certainly changed during the 40years he ran the store.

 

Richard wasn’t just a business owner and a parent, service to others didn’t stop when he left the store and he and his family continue to serve this community still.  

 

  • The  Melvin Wester-Belgium Memorial Post 412

  • The Belgium Lions Club

  • Catholic Order of Forester

  • Belgium’s Volunteer Firefighter

  • Lake Church Choir since 1955

  • Caretaker St. Mary’s Chapel- Lake Church

  • Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce

 

These are just some of the recipients of Richard’s service.  

 

Richard is a Luxembourg Fest Co-Founder and Committee member and without Luxembourg Fest to foster an atmosphere that allowed continued cultural collaboration, there would be no Luxembourg American Cultural Society today.  Richard Uselding is an LACS Founder Member and Organizational Ambassador.  

It is because of this, and so much more, that we present our 2018 Distinguished Service award for continued service to the Community of Belgium to Richard Uselding.

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Community Beautification- Village of Belgium

The Village of Belgium is served by a dedicated group of elected and appointed residents who offer their time and talents to the community.  The Belgium Village Board members must have the vision to create a future for Belgium.  Often that means being able to weigh cost and imposition against possibility and opportunity. 

 

In 2014 the Village of Belgium took a risk.  After being chosen by the State of Wisconsin to partner on the re-construction of Main Street they could have taken the opportunity as offered and moved forward.  They could have backed down and simply shouldered the lower cost of a basic road work and recreate exactly the road conditions of 15 years prior.  Certainly, other communities did just that.   

 

The Village of Belgium Board instead chose to move forward with the State partnered project and added to that the burying of the power lines and upgrading of the Village street lamps.

 

The results are clear.  Not only is buried power more consistent and safe power, the foundation of smart growth is to foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place that reflect the values, culture and vision the Village of Belgium Board and Village Staff has created – through their leadership and education – a community that is poised for the type of growth and success that is meaningful and thoughtful. 

 

For outstanding improvements enhancing our entire community, The Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2018 Community Beautification Award to the Village of Belgium.

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Business of the Year- Port Washington State Bank

Clarence Hill and George Henry opened the doors to their new bank at 206 N. Franklin St in Port Washington WI on September 11, 1899-less than a year after the Great Wisconsin Chair Factory Fire destroyed the town’s business district. 

 

As a fifth-generation, family owned business, PWSB’s mission is to help others achieve their financial goals with a broad array of sound, proven financial management tools and personalized, friendly service. With locations in Port Washington, Belgium, Fredonia, Saukville, Grafton, Cedarburg and Thiensville, the bank employs 118 people in Ozaukee County.  

 

The Schowalter family has demonstrated their commitment to Belgium by being the only bank to serve the Village of Belgium from a location in Belgium.  

 

PWSB supports many local charities and organizations including the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce, the Belgium Fire Department, Buechler Farms’ Rodeo, the Belgium Legion, the Belgium Lions, the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, and they support the Fireworks for Village of Belgium.  

 

Port State Bank also sponsors a financial literacy course that is a part of the required curricula at Belgium Cedar Grove High School.  Further, the allowances that they make for the employees to volunteer in the community are significant.  For example, Annie Noster serves on the LACS Finance Committee and all of those meetings occur during business hours.  

 

 

PWSB has $579 million in total assets and ranks in the top 15% of Wisconsin banks in size.  They are able to leverage their assets to make it possible for Business to grow and expand in the Belgium area.  PWSB is one of Ozaukee County’s premier lenders for citizens and businesses. PWSB offers a full range of locally serviced loans with competitive rates.

 

For Outstanding Achievement and Community Impact we present the 2018 Business of the year award to Port Washington State Bank.

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Citizen of the Year-

Pat Wester

A community is a group of people who shares a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.  A community needs champions - identifiable inspiration from within their group to help others feel this fellowship and achieve these goals.

 

Pat Wester is an Assistant Troop Master for his son’s Boy Scout troop, a coach for his son’s baseball team and is the Vice President of the CGB Athletic Association.  He serves on the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery Board, and is a member of the Catholic order of Foresters.  Pat has been a member of Belgium’s Volunteer Fire Department since 1990 and how serves as the Department’s 1st assistant chief.

 

Born and raised in the Belgium, Pat worked for the Village of Belgium from 1991-1995 and again from 1999 until today.  

 

A perfect example of Pat’s commitment to the community is the youth Baseball tournament held in Belgium this summer.  Pat participated in the tournament as a coach and a player parent, he prepared for the fireworks that followed as a member of the Village staff and supervised the fireworks as a member of the Fire Department.  Finally he cleaned up after the event as a member of the Village Staff.  That is just one example of Patrick’s level of community participation.  Patrick is everywhere for everyone.

 

Pat Wester sets and example to the greater Belgium area through his actions and service and it is with deep gratitude that recognize Patrick Wester for his outstanding contributions to the community by presenting him with the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017

AWARD RECIPIENTS

Citizen of the Year: Annie Noster

Business Improvement: Bertram Wireless

Distinguished Service: Bill May

Business of the Year: RMR Spindle

We appreciate and are indebted to you for your contributions to the Belgium community.

Business Improvement Award

Lanser Garage & Towing

Design of commercial spaces has a very real effect on how successful a company can be at serving consumers and maintaining well-organized operations. As such, commercial architecture is arguably the most economically-important class of design.

 

The re-development of the 800 block of Belgium’s Main Street has been a long time coming.  George Lanser purchased the section of land that is the new home to Lanser Towing shortly after the Allen Edmonds shoe factory fire in 1982.  That property was included in the transfer of the towing business to Randy & Donna Ingelse, George's daughter & son-in-law.

 

Lanser Towing has been serving Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Washington County for many years and because of the type of equipment that they have the ability to tow, they also travel out of state on Long Haul jobs.  

 

Eventually, the property that Lanser occupied on Belgium’s west end was not large enough to accommodate the business and its equipment.  Additionally, Lanser Towing was renting a part of their building to another business (Retro Speed) who was also outgrowing their allotted space.  When Retro Speed was offered the chance to purchase the property, the only question from Retro Speed’s owner was “When can you be out?”

 

All of sudden, the property that had sat mostly vacant for over 30 years could not be improved fast enough!

 

Construction planning for the new Lanser Garage & Towing began in the Spring of 2019 with locally sourced construction completed in 2020.  The building is an attractive and worthy addition to Belgium’s Main Street.  The new Lanser Towing building houses an outstanding team of 12 dedicated employees.  Randy and Donna’s whole crew is instrumental in continuing the success of Lanser towing.

 

For outstanding improvements to their business, enhancing our entire community, we present the 2020 Business Improvement Award to Lanser Garage & Towing.  

Citizen of the Year

Julie Lesar

The Village of Belgium has been lucky to have Julie in its midst since 1992.  

 

After growing up in Minnesota, she and her husband, Jeff, rented in both Sheboygan and Port Washington before purchasing a new home in Belgium’s North Hills subdivision.

 

Through the years that followed, Julie and Jeff added to their family with their two children, Alex and Allie. They purchased a different house in Belgium.  When her children were school-age, Julie worked part-time, first as a substitute teacher and then as the Special Ed Secretary at the Cedar Grove-Belgium Elementary School, where she served some of the youngest members of our community for eleven years.

 

Four years ago, when Allie was a senior, Julie decided to work full-time and applied for the position she currently holds as Belgium’s Village Clerk.  Two years ago, she joined the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, taking on the treasurer role to-boot, and we are very grateful to have her.

 

Julie is thoughtful and kind.  She is a wealth of knowledge regarding so many aspects of the Village of Belgium.  Whether it be a zoning question or researching the detailed particulars of a picnic license, she answers questions patiently, professionally, and thoroughly. But that just makes her a good employee to the Village of Belgium. 

 

What makes her Citizen of the year is not just that, but outside of office hours, Julie continues to selflessly give back to the Village of Belgium and our Chamber of Commerce.

 

Good volunteers are hard to come by, and Julie is a gift.  She can be found at practically every event the Chamber hosts, often taking not just one shift, but two if needed.  She often recruits her family to join in the fun, and doesn’t bat an eye at being there to serve our community from the first beer poured to the final table wiped.  

 

When the Chamber needed to purchase a St. Nick costume for the annual European Christmas parade, Julie volunteered her talents, driving to Chicago to pick out the most beautiful royal red and golden fabrics she could find, and sewing a complete St. Nick costume so perfect that no child would ever doubt his magic.

 

Julie is incredibly invaluable to us, and while we can never thank her enough for all she does, we would like to honor her this year with the Citizen of the Year award.

Distinguished Service Award

Belgium Rescue Squad

The Village and Town of Belgium, Wisconsin is Extremely fortunate to have an amazing group of dedicated men and women who belong to Belgium Rescue Squad.    

 

This team drops everything at a moment’s notice to help out residents in their time of need.  They undergo hours of training and continuing education to make sure that they have the skills and licenses to provide life-saving measures for the neighbors without thinking twice – this is what they signed up for – Right?

 

No one signed up for a Global pandemic.  That idea only existed in history books and disaster preparedness manuals, not in real life.  Although Rescue Squad members knew a that COVID-19 was possibly coming before other members of the community, they could not cause panic.   The group worked tirelessly to find proper PPE in anticipation of what was expected. With supplies dwindling and orders not fulfilled, team members had to learn new cleaning procedures. Properly bagging used N95 masks for disinfection and re-use. Delivering used N95 masks to Ozaukee County Emergency Management for disinfection. 

 

Changes were made on how every patient is treated – sometimes even requiring full hazmat suits. New trainings were done for CPR., team members were given new protocols by medical control on a daily basis (Sometimes several times a day). 

 

We know a lot more today about COVID-19 than we did in March.  How many sleepless nights were spent questioning:  will the members be properly protected? Are we doing all we can to keep everyone safe? What if someone gets infected and we need to quarantine? What will the procedure be? Will we able to staff our rescue squad in the event of an infection? Will the members continue to answer the call by risking their safety?  Even the best Dr’s and scientists didn’t know if what was being done, was being done correctly.

 

The Belgium Rescue Squad continues to serve their community – as they always have - risking their own safety to help residents of Belgium.  For a commitment is nothing short of Heroic and Outstanding Service to our Community, we recognize Belgium Rescue for this year’s Distinguished Service Award.

Ambassador of the Year

Jonah Heisler

With the flurry of activities and opportunities packing the busy days of the high school age demographic, it is a blessing for us to have several high school students join us in our Ambassador program. While 2020 did not afford as many opportunities for our Ambassadors to volunteer as our inaugural year in 2019, we wanted to recognize this wonderful group of people. We currently have more than 20 ambassador businesses and citizen ambassadors ranging in age from 8 to adult committed to helping out through a variety of volunteer projects and helping us spread the word about Belgium tourism opportunities.   

 

We have found that this is a great program to participate in as a family, as all ages are welcomed and encouraged to join us in experiencing the satisfaction that comes with using your talents to give back to your community.  If you would like more information on our Ambassador program, as a business or citizen ambassador, please contact Tara or a board member.

 

This year, we are honoring as Ambassador of the year, Jonah Heisler.  Jonah has been very helpful serving at our Belgium Summer Nights Live events. Whether it’s being a dependable salesman at the Belgium t-shirt stand or patiently minding children in the bounce house for hours on end, we can always count on Jonah to help where needed at these events with a great attitude.  We know he will continue to do well as he moves on to college next year but hope to see his smiling face at Belgium events in the years ahead. Congratulations, Jonah.

Business of the Year

Plus Group Wealth Advisors

Together, Brent Neis & Jay Lauer have been assisting residents of Belgium and the surrounding area through investment management and retirement planning as well as estate plans for over 25 years. More importantly, they are community leaders and supporters who have given of their time and expertise while leveraging partnerships to help organizations in the Belgium Area build a secure future.

For those of you unfamiliar with Plus Group Wealth Advisors, they have been a staple of Belgium’s Main Street for 26 years. Last year, they changed their name from Plus Group Financial to Plus Group Wealth Advisors, as it is a better description for how they serve their customers.

Plus Group is a fee-based planning firm which means they are not about selling you products. As a fiduciary they are simply about focusing on what is best for you.  Jay and Brent have been working together for 26 years, which means they also bring their clients a great deal of experience and expertise.  

As mentioned earlier, however, what makes this company truly special is their dedication to their communities, both on a personal level and business level.  Service to others is not a new idea to either of these men.  Jay served 20 years on two local fire departments, was a former Jaycee, a president of the Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce and has taught DNR Hunter Safety Education Classes since 1984.  Brent is very active in his community. He currently serves as President of the Northern Ozaukee School District, and is also President of the Northern Ozaukee Schools Scholarship Foundation, and volunteers for numerous causes.

Tara Kos is the Director of Client Services & Operations and works tirelessly. She manages the office operations, maintains customer service, and puts up with Jay, which means she should also be receiving an award tonight (haha).  For organizations who receive matching fund from Plus Group, Tara coordinates the reporting and makes sure that the donation reaches the organization quickly.

Other staff members representing the firm tonight are Nikki Grade and Justin Nothem.  Nikki is essential in keeping the office running smoothly and helps with client and community communications. Justin operates the life insurance division of Plus Group.

All of them volunteer their time to raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as:

Belgium Area Chamber of Commerce

Belgium Fire Department

Belgium American Legion

Grafton Youth Hunting Association

National Wild Turkey Federation North Shore Chapter

SnowRunners Ltd

Sheboygan County Quilter’s Guild

Northern Ozaukee School District 

Luxembourg American Cultural Society

Little Free Library Project

Aurora Medical Center NICU, Grafton 

Click for Babies (to promote awareness of shaken baby syndrome)

Operation Christmas Child 

Kevin Wester’s headstone cleaning Project at St Mary’s Cemetery in Lake Church

Saukville Rebels

Cedar Grove Belgium Gridiron

Cedar Grove Belgium Bronco Youth Football

Friends of Harrington Beach State Park

Port Washington Senior Center

Belgium Lions

CGB Educational Foundation

And many more . . .

 

Brent and Jay have also assisted local individuals and families who have been affected by medical or crisis needs. Plus Group Wealth Advisors has left its mark on countless projects and events in our community that could not have happened without their support. Any time there is an opportunity to help, Plus Group Wealth Advisors is there and ready to give back to the community. We are forever indebted to their service to our community.  Belgium would certainly not be the same without them. For that reason, we are proud to present the award for the 2020 Business of the Year to Plus Group Wealth Advisors.