PRINCETON – The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce has four new members on its board of directors.
Holly Martinson, Liz Christianson, Kyle Wensmann and Michelle Czech were elected to the chamber board at the chamber’s annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Other nominees were Susan Gillson, Beyond Sport, and Faith Goenner, Mama Gracie’s.
A chamber board nomination committee consisting of Martha Ahlschlager, Eric Zebrowski and Brian Leyh worked to compile the list of nominees. Eight names were brought forward to the full chamber board. Six accepted the nominations.
About the new
Czech is the director of business services for the Princeton School District. She has been with the school district for four years. She previously worked in the Foley school district for over 20 years.
Czech says she appreciates the community support of the school system and that people are willing to be involved in their community. She believes that by working together people can achieve more for the community than by working alone.
As a new chamber board member, she will continue to work with others to grow a strong partnership with local businesses and schools.
Martinson is an executive assistant with Crystal Cabinets and works in community outreach. She is the daughter of Crystal Cabinets founder Jeff Hammer.
Martinson has regularly attended chamber meetings and events and wanted to be a part of what she calls a remarkable organization and so she could work toward building on what exists today.
“I really appreciate the welcoming and friendly atmosphere the chamber and its members give and the sense of community it has created,” she said.
Wensmann is the store director of Coborn’s in Princeton. He has been an active member of the community for the last year since assuming the manager position at the store over a year ago.
He is involved in the Princeton Rotary Club, the board of directors for Sherburne County Area United Way and attended various PACC functions in town, including monthly meetings.
He was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. He joined Coborn’s at the age of 16 and has been with the company in various roles ever since. He enjoys traveling, walking and learning.
As a PACC director, Wensmann says he will be passionate about the growth of the community. The community is set in a great location for growth in many sectors such as manufacturing, housing and retail, he said. He said he will greatly enjoy the challenge of working to attract new entrants in these areas into the market.
Christensen is the administrative assistant at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home. She is a resident of Princeton. She and her husband Robert are raising their three children on a Princeton hobby farm. Her husband is a lifelong resident of Princeton.
Christiansen said she is an animal lover and volunteer with Ruff Start Rescue. She said she is self-motivated and willing to listen to the needs of her community while preparing the community to advance.