Business Barometer, February 20-24

Here is what has been announced this week at local businesses and in economic development:

Kevin J. Ralofsky has been named CEO of CitizensFirst Credit Union.  He will begin his duties May 29.  Ralofsky is currently the CEO of Vacationland Federal Credit Union in Sandusky, Ohio.  CitizensFirst’s former CEO, Carla Altepeter, announced last summer that she had accepted the CEO position at a larger credit union in Washington state.

A familiar face is returning to Oshkosh as the general manager of the City Center Hotel and Convention Center.  Dan Schetter will return to Oshkosh after managing the CopperLeaf Hotel in Appleton for seven years.  Previous to that, Schetter had spent more than eight years as the food and beverage director of the Pioneer Inn & Marina.  City Center Hotel will be taking over management of the convention center in the next few months.

Evergreen was recognized as a 2011 Wisconsin Forward Award Mastery distinction recipient.  The program is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.  Award winners demonstrate refined approaches, good-to-excellent results, and are considered industry leaders and role models for other organizations.

The Oshkosh Chamber completed its annual Business Outlook survey.  Overall, CEOs and business managers are optimistic that 2012 will be a better year than 2011.  Highlights of survey results include:

  • 162 CEOs and business owners responded to the survey
  • 63% predict that 2012 sales revenue will surpass 2011 levels
  • Nearly half of respondents say employment levels will remain the same
  • 60% of respondents say salaries and wages will increase in 2012
  • Business leaders say the most critical issues facing their business are the economic/business climate, the political climate in the State of Wisconsin, and the cost of doing business
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