DCEDC hires new Executive Director, July 16, 2018
The Board of Directors of the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) selected Jim Schuessler to be the
New DCEDC Executive Director
next Executive Director of the organization, following a search throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states. Schuessler will replace DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman, who resigned earlier this spring. Schuessler will begin working for DCEDC on July 16, 2018.
Prior to his emphasis in economic development, Schuessler, a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, spent two decades in television, working up the ladder from sales to group president of a company with $400 million in revenues. After the sale of the television group, he and his wife Karla, who works in education, moved home to Wisconsin to rear their three children in the positive educational environment offered here. Jim served as the Executive Director of the Forest County Economic Development Partnership, and most recently held the role of Business Development Manager for the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, where he focused on business retention and expansion, entrepreneurial development, non-traditional finance, and workforce development solutions.
“For many years, DCEDC has been highly regarded for providing best practices in achieving economic development excellence on behalf of their stakeholders,” Schuessler said. “It is a privilege to join a talented team focused on executing the mission of the organization. Working with the DCEDC board and team, it will be my goal to understand the needs of the business community and execute strategies that will nurture a vibrant and expanding economic ecosystem.”
DCEDC Board Chairman Darren Voigt (Bank of Luxemburg) stated, “We had a highly qualified pool of applicants and feel very fortunate to be able to bring a leader of Jim’s caliber to Door County and DCEDC. His business background and demonstrated unique solutions to economic development issues really impressed the search committee. Special thanks go to my fellow Board member and Personnel Committee Chair Patti Vickman (Superintendent, Southern Door School District) for leading the search and to Diane Biersteker from Human Resources Consultants, LLC. The Board also appreciates the leadership provided by retired DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir, who served the organization in the interim.”