The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce

East Troy is an exceptional place to live, work and play. We're here to help keep that going.

East Troy is a friendly town, filled with residents and business owners who value small town living. We have a strong public school system, which is complimented by a variety of private school options. Our local clubs and organizations provide a variety of hometown events that allows residents and visitors alike to "Enjoy East Troy."

The Chamber functions as the hub of East Troy, providing the communication link between the various sectors of the community. Our Web site is filled with valuable information for visitors, businesses and our Chamber Members.

Our members benefit from the many services and programs the Chamber provides:

  • Member networking, referrals and promotion
  • Community events, marketing and public relations
  • Member advocacy in local government relations
  • Accurate and current member and community information
East Troy Electric Railroad, 2015

Meet the Board of Directors

Next Chamber Board of Directors Meeting:

Dennis Ackeret
Director • 2015-2017

Ellie Griffa
Director • 2016-2018

Linda Kaplan
Secretary • 2016-2018

Ben Keating
President • 2017-2019

Tony LaShay
Director • 2017-2019

Shannon Manske
Director • 2015-2017

Kyle Resler
Vice President • 2017-2019

Lori Szolwinski
Director • 2016-2018

Ann Zess
Treasurer • 2016-2018

Vanessa Lenz
Executive Director • 2013—2015

Vanessa Lenz is the current Executive Director of the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce. She works daily to serve the Chamber Board of Directors and the membership to further the wellbeing of the East Troy community.

Lenz brings extensive knowledge of East Troy to her work at the Chamber. A former editor of local newspapers, the East Troy Times and East Troy News, she has been a leading advocate for East Troy for nearly a decade.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lenz started her career in East Troy as a community newspaper reporter and worked her way up to editor positions at several papers. She spent the last seven years getting to know to the ins and outs and giving her time to the East Troy community. In addition to keeping the community well informed, Lenz always showed a deep care for the people, businesses, municipalities and school districts in which she reported.

Since taking the helm as Chamber Director in June of 2013, Lenz has focused on community-wide collaboration within East Troy, as well as enhancing the local business climate through revamped marketing efforts. Contact Lenz by emailing

Chamber Committees

Programs & Events Committees

Subcommittees report at Board of Directors meetings the second Wednesday monthly for the following:

  • Farmers Market: Fridays, May 20- Oct. 7, 2016 (plan Feb.-Sept.)
  • Corn & Brat Roast/Community-Wide Rummage Sale: May 27-30, 2016 (plan Jan.-May)
  • East Troy Cycling Classic: June 17, 2016 (plan Jan.-June)
  • Chamber golf outing: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 (plan May-Sept.)
  • East Troy Bluegrass Festival: Sept. 10-11, 2016 (plan March-Sept.)
  • Santa on the Square/Santa Train: Dec. 3, 2016 (plan Oct.-Dec.)
Ambassador Committee

Co-chaired by board members and open to general membership. Welcomes new members with plaque presentation and photo for New Member Profile in Good Neighbors and helps recruit new member businesses.

Networking Committee

Co-chaired by board members and open to general membership. Coordinates networking and other social events, including the Chamber’s fall membership luncheon and annual meeting and awards banquet and multi-chamber networking events

Executive Committee

Comprised of current officers (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer). Meets first Wednesday monthly. Advises executive director about Chamber operations, monitors local government relations and oversees membership meetings.

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