Blackhawk Community Credit Union and Kenosha County Credit Union Announce Merger

On January 2, 2018, County Credit Union in Kenosha, Wisconsin, officially merged with Blackhawk Community Credit Union, which is based in Janesville, Wisconsin, and now has three locations in the Kenosha area.

The membership of County Credit Union voted unanimously in favor of the merger on November 2, 2017, and the final step was that it was approved by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). “We wanted a merger partner that shares our focus on delivering personalized service and value to our members,” said County Credit Union President, Susan Gehri. County Credit Union will retain its name, staff, and branch location at 925 59th Street in Kenosha. The credit union primarily serves the officials and employees of Kenosha County and their families.

“We welcome County Credit Union employees and members into the Blackhawk family of credit unions. We’re proud to be a part of the Kenosha community and serve the residents of southeastern Wisconsin,” said Blackhawk’s CEO, Sherri Stumpf.

This is Blackhawk’s second merger in Kenosha. In addition, a new Blackhawk branch is now open at 7180 75th Street, Kenosha. Blackhawk Community Credit Union is a credit union with over $500 million in assets and almost 50,000 members. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Rock, Dane, Jefferson, Walworth, Green, Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha and Milwaukee Counties of Wisconsin and Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties of Illinois. Products and services include savings, checking, certificates and credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, and home equity loans. Investment services are also available. www.bhccu.org

Ambassador Highlights – Randy Rickman 

On July 1, 2016, Randy Rickman was named Publisher of the Kenosha News, a division of United Communications Corporation. Randy quickly became involved in the greater Kenosha community and he started attending Chamber events and volunteering his time. He joined the Chamber Ambassadors in January, 2017 and he also serves on the Board of Directors for Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), The Goodfellows, and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.

Randy devoted his career to media after serving in the Marines. He worked at a variety of newspapers, a television station, and as a corporate director of database marketing. Outside of his career, his passions include his family and motorcycles.

We are always looking for people with a passion to serve the greater business community. If you, or someone you know, would like to join our Ambassadors, contact Emily at the Chamber at (262) 654-1234 or any one of our Ambassadors.

Leadership Kenosha- December 2017

We started out our day of downtown delights at the Kenosha County Administration Building, where the Kenosha County Board holds their monthly meetings, and you can find the office of the Kenosha County Executive, Jim Kreuser.  If you’ve never been to this building, you should visit.  Its history and stately architecture is surely something to behold – especially the impressive county board chambers, which felt something like a courtroom and church at the same time. Our day, focused on trust in leadership, began here. (more…)

Ambassador Highlights – April Hannon

April Hannon is a Mother of one whose work focus is Business Development for Mechanical Contractors. She creates and maintains industry relationships, including new and existing clients, over a very wide territory.

In addition to serving as a Chamber Ambassador, April volunteers with the Waukesha County Business Alliance, Pleasant Prairie RecPlex Ice Arena, Board Member of Building Healthy Hearts (a subsidiary of the American Heart Association), and is an active Member of CARW, IFMA, IREM, AFE, and MMAC.

We are always looking for people with a passion to serve the greater business community. If you, or someone you know, would like to join our Ambassadors, contact Emily at the Chamber at (262) 654-1234 or any one of our Ambassadors.

Ambassador Highlights – Thomas E. Ogilvie

Thomas E. Ogilvie is the owner of two successful businesses: EZ Pack N Ship Etc, Inc for the last 25 years and Power Fill Ink & Toner for the last 12 years. While running two businesses takes a fair amount of his time, Tom manages to be involved in quite a lot. Through his store, he participates in fundraisers for area nonprofit organizations, like the cheese scarf sales for the Shalom Center.

Tom’s family and friends are very important to him and the source of his inspiration. He loves what he does and that shows in his long-term success. He has been an Ambassador with our Chamber for the past five years and been very involved with the festival planning. Most importantly, he has led the Lighthouse Networking Group, a free Chamber networking group, for the past 10 years. If you are interested in joining the Lighthouse Networking Group, or any Chamber networking group, reach out to Tom at EZ Pack N Ship Etc.

We are always looking for people with a passion to serve the greater business community. If you, or someone you know, would like to join our Ambassadors, contact Emily at the Chamber at (262) 654-1234 or any one of our Ambassadors.