With an eye toward the future of economic development and business incubation and acceleration, Door County Economic Development (DCEDC) announced the addition of Thomas Strong to their team. A graduate of Silver Lake College’s Masters of Science program and a resident of Egg Harbor since 2016, Strong served in various roles at Direct Supply of Milwaukee since 2011. He has telecommuted since making Door County his home full-time. Strong replaces Paula Sullivan, who has been with DCEDC for the past eight years and has moved on to an accounting role with the County of Door.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to serve the people of Door County through DCEDC.” Strong said. “Paula has been incredibly helpful to get me settled into this role during the transition.”
“Paula has developed a great foundation for us to build upon,” stated DCEDC Executive Director Jim Schuessler. “She has been a great ambassador for economic development and will serve the county well. We are thrilled to have someone with Tom’s multifaceted skill join us as we work to expand our success with start-ups and business expansions across the county. His knowledge adds another dimension to our team and we look forward to his contributions to our mission of improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents.”
Strong has significant experience rolling out new business practices throughout organizations as well as helping develop models for efficiency. He begins work at the corporation immediately.
In other DCEDC news, the board unanimously elected the 2019 Executive Board members: chair, Patricia Vickman; vice chair, Todd Thayse; treasurer, Jeff Miller; secretary, James Schuessler; and past-chair, Darren Voigt. Vickman serves as administrator for Southern Door Schools; Thayse is VP/general manager for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding; Miller is VP for commercial banking at Nicolet Bank; Schuessler serves as executive director for DCEDC; and Voigt serves as chief lending officer for Bank of Luxemburg.