New chamber executive director knows Muskego well
Recent experiences aid long-time resident
Muskego — Denise Konkol, a long-time resident who has had an active role in the city's business activities in recent years, has taken over as head of the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce.
She succeeds Tina Weiss, who stepped down earlier this month as executive director to devote more time to her family.
In a message to chamber members, Konkol praised Weiss as a "great ambassador for the business community of Muskego" and for her focus and "seemingly boundless energy."
Using her experiences
Two years ago, Konkol coordinated the first of many successful Jammin' on Janesville events sponsored by the chamber. In addition, Konkol until recently covered the business community as part of her duties as a reporter for the Muskego Patch, an online newspaper.
Those experiences should help with chamber initiatives, she said. For instance, as a reporter, she was accustomed to digging for information. As chamber executive director, Konkol now will dig for business trends and other factors that impact local commerce.
"You have to be able to work with a lot of different organizations," Konkol said.
Even though she has lived in Muskego most of her life, Konkol said she learned a lot about the community from her recent roles.
"The best part of the job was to uncover hidden treasures that were under your nose all the time," she said.
Konkol, who has a bachelor's degree in journalism and advertising from Marquette University, also has experience with social networking and events planning. She previously worked as collateral manager with retailer Carson Pirie Scott, making sure that advertising materials were where they needed to be and on time, she said.
"They're all hats I've worn," she said.
Her first challenge as chamber director will be the Sept. 12 golf outing, a major event for the chamber, but beyond that are action initiatives the chamber will likely try to address.
Muskego residents and local government officials alike all want to attract more businesses to take some of the property tax burden off of homeowners, Konkol noted. The chamber could play a role in that, and she will contribute to the effort "if there is any way I could help out — like go on visits."
She also wants to help the chamber's membership grow, as well as make sure current members get what they need to do well, she said.
— Jane Ford-Stewart
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