Ask me about: DCEDC organization, business financial assistance and counseling, workforce development, developer recruitment, Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park
Ask me about: Incubator inquiries, AP/AR, budgeting, HR
Ask me about: New business inquiries and existing business consulting, Entrepreneur Training Program, Buy Local, business financial assistance and counseling, technology council, marketing, tourism and travel, Door County Coastal Byways, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Ask me about: High School Home Construction Project, youth apprenticeship programs, Inspire program, 8th Grade Career Day, Manufacturing Day
Ask me about: Incubator inquiries, AP/AR, event assistance
Current Position: Executive Director
Caleb Frostman, a Green Bay native and graduate of the UW-Madison School of Business with a degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, comes to DCEDC from a career in banking, most recently as Vice President, Commercial Real Estate with US Bank in Minneapolis. Prior to that post, Frostman was a Commercial Real Estate Analyst/Officer for M&I Bank. His volunteer engagement includes the Downtown Minneapolis YMCA, Minnesota Shopping Center Association and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities.
Sam Perlman was the Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation, a position he has held since October 2003. Responsibilities include: existing business counseling and entrepreneurial assistance; leadership and administration of the DCEDC Workforce Taskforce, Business Retention Committee, Technology Council and Workforce Housing Committee; principle coordinator of marketing activities for the Corporation; administration of a $5.9 Million Revolving Loan Fund portfolio; 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.
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 a Past-President of the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership, an active member and former Board of Directors member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Chair of the Door County Job Center Management Team, Treasurer of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and serves on the Family Selection/On-going Support Committee of the Door County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. He was recently appointed to the Broadband Advisory Group of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He is also on the Boards of Door Shakespeare and the 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 has also been a contributing editor to Door County Living magazine and freelancer for the Door County Advocate. 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 the Executive Director 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.
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.
Current Position: Economic Development Manager
Paige has called Door County home since 2003, when she took a job as a Staff Reporter with the Door County Advocate after graduating college. She is a California native and graduate of the University of California-Santa Cruz with a BA in Literature and Journalism (Go Banana Slugs!…seriously!).
She started working at DCEDC in September 2017 as the Economic Development Manager. Responsibilities include: existing business counseling, entrepreneurial and business start-up assistance; leadership and administration of the DCEDC Workforce Taskforce, Business Retention Committee, Technology Council and Workforce Housing Committee; principle coordinator of marketing activities for the Corporation; administration of a $5.9 Million Revolving Loan Fund portfolio; 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.
Paige comes to DCEDC with a professional background in marketing, PR and community development, most recently as Events and Promotions Director for the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC). Prior to the SBVC, Funkhouser served as the Community Coordinator for the Sister Bay Advancement Association for six years during the Village’s planning and downtown redevelopment, and served the community of Fish Creek as Fish Creek Civic Association coordinator. In each community, Paige developed, organized, and hosted community-wide festivals and events, doing everything from building relationships with corporate donors and local business members, to helping service clubs haul recycling at the end of the weekend, booking musicians and promoting it all via social media.
In the Door County and Northeast Wisconsin communities, Paige has been involved with the following: Active member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association; Founding member of the Door County young professionals group “NexGen”; LGBT Friendliness, Accommodation, Acceptance & Marketing Training; Door County Women in Business group; Habitat for Humanity Womens’ Build, marketing/PR committee; Door County Humane Society marketing committee. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador, and Door County Master Gardener.
Paige regularly freelances for Edible Door magazine, writing about all things flora, fauna and cooking. She has also been a freelance news writer for the Peninsula Pulse. Paige splits time between Fish Creek and Little Sturgeon, living, loving and exploring all parts of the Door Peninsula.
Korey Mallien, a Door County native and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh alum, was hired as the DCEDC’s Business & Education Partnership Manager in September 2017. He is responsible for connecting schools and students to businesses for many career-awareness and work-based learning activities.
Korey joined the DCEDC staff following a distinguished journalism career in which he earned more than 30 state and national writing awards, including 11 top honors. He was a Green Bay Packers correspondent for four seasons and covered the team’s Super Bowl XXXI championship over the New England Patriots.
Korey previously worked as an adjunct communications instructor at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. He volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spent many years as a volunteer board member and coach for the Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League softball program. He is a WIAA-certified basketball official and works many high school and middle school games throughout Door County and the surrounding area. He enjoys spending time with his family – wife Jodi and daughters Kayli and Hanna – and friends.