DKBEP Business and Education Manager
DKBEP Administrative Assistant
Bill is Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation in Sturgeon Bay, WI. The corporation is the lead economic development advocate in the County and coordinates the provision of business retention, expansion and recruitment programs. Bill has held this position for the 20-year history of the organization. During this tenure, Bill has helped develop innovative programs in business incubation, entrepreneurial training, international business and workforce development.
Previous work experience was in regional, county and municipal planning.
- University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Bachelor of Science Degree, Community Services.
- NDC – Economic Development Finance Certification
- WI Technical College System Part-time Instructor Certification
Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
Governors Workforce Development Council – Member
Baylake Bank – Regional Board of Directors
Wisconsin Economic Development Association – past Board of Directors & Treasurer
Wisconsin Business Incubation Association – past Board of Directors & Vice-President
Door County Chamber of Commerce – Board of Directors
Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. – Board of Directors
Northeast WI International Business Consortium – Executive Committee
Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership – Board of Directors
Door County Manufacturers Association – Member
Adjunct Instructor – Northeast WI Technical College
Door County Memorial Hospital – Ministry Health – Board of Directors, Treasurer
Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club – Past President
Sam Perlman is the Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation, a position he has held for almost seven years. Responsibilities include: leadership and administration of the DCEDC Technology Council, Attainable Housing Committee, Workforce Taskforce and Business Retention Committee; application for and administration and oversight of multiple state and federal grants awarded to DCEDC and local municipalities for technology, workforce training, attainable housing and other community development programs; principle coordinator of marketing activities for the Corporation, and administration of a $5.9 Million Revolving Loan Fund portfolio.
His efforts on behalf of local entrepreneurs were recognized by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center, which named Sam a 2007 “Wisconsin Innovation Champion Award” winner.
He is President of the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership, Chair of the Door County Job Center Management Team, Treasurer of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and serves on the Family Selection Committee of the Door County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He is also on the Boards of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and Door County YMCA.
Prior to joining the DCEDC staff, he was the program director of the Peninsula Art School in Fish Creek. Before moving to Door County, Sam lived in Chicago and New York City, working in sales and marketing in the music business and dreaming of great fortune in the dot-com world.
He is a graduate of Grinnell College (IA) with a BA in music and an undeclared concentration in Russian cultural studies. He is a past member and President of the Grinnell Alumni Council and also a former ex-officio member of the College’s Board of Trustees. He is also a contributing editor to Door County Living magazine. Sam and his wife Mariah Goode live in Baileys Harbor with their sons Theo and Trey.
As Operations Manager, Paula performs highly responsible work assisting Bill in executing the programs and supervising the clerical procedures and practices of the Corporation. She oversees all accounting functions and prepares and presents monthly financial statements to the DCEDC Board of Directors. Paula maintains tenant relations in the Business Development Center by serving as the primary contact for current and potential tenants and facilitating the resolution of tenant problems and concerns.
Paula graduated from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. Before joining DCEDC, she worked as an Accountant with GreenStone Farm Credit. She also has experience in Loan Processing and Credit Analysis. Paula volunteers for many of her children’s school activities and at her church. When she is not busy with the kid’s activities, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading and going to movies.
Cindy has been employed at DCEDC since July 2010 as the Office Assistant on a part-time basis. In that role she provides clerical and accounting assistance to the Operations Manager, the Economic Development Manager, the Business and Education Manager and the Executive Director. In general, Cindy assists in the administration, tenant support and maintenance of the Business Development Center.
Cindy and her husband Tim are in the process of purchasing a home in the area. Sturgeon Bay is Cindy’s hometown, and both she and her husband are enthusiastic about living in Door County. Cindy has always been active in her community and church and looks forward to getting involved in this area.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Previous employment includes clinic management and substitute teaching.