The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) established the Future 5 Award in 2013 as a way to support and recognize upcoming leaders in the community. This award is presented annually to five area young professionals, ages 21-40, that are presently growing and excelling in their respective fields and will continue to positively influence the growth, prosperity and quality of life in Fond du Lac County well into the future.
- All Future 5 award winners must reside and/or be employed in the Fond du Lac area.
- Must be between the ages of 21 and 40 at the time of application.
- Membership in the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) is not a requirement.
- For more information on the Future 5 awards:
- Mail/delivery: 207 North Main Street, Fond du Lac WI 54935
2016 Future 5 Award Recipients
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Future 5 award. Five individuals have been recognized for their outstanding growth, service and leadership in their professional careers and in the Fond du Lac community. The 2016 Future 5 recipients are:
- Holly Luehring, Michels Corporation
- Theresa Menting, Sweet N East Events LLC
- Kelly Norton, St. Mary’s Springs Academy
- Sarah Spang, Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation
- Katie Tank, Agnesian HealthCare
2016 Young Professional of the Year, Holly Luehring
Holly Luehring, Director of Marketing at Michels Corporation, has been impacting her team and company along with the Fond du Lac community, for the past 16 years. Starting as an intern, Holly grew through various roles to her current Director position. Over the past 18 months, Holly has achieved the introduction of a corporate-wide benevolent giving policy, an internal customer service training program and (vastly important to YP culture) a comprehensive engagement and retention program that focuses on team building, families, volunteerism and personal enrichment.
2015 Future 5 Award Recipients
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Future 5 award. Five individuals have been recognized for their outstanding growth, service and leadership in their professional careers and in the Fond du Lac community. The 2015 Future 5 recipients are:
- Jenny Knuth, wisnet.com
- Jenna Floberg, Agnesian HealthCare
- Tony Goebel, GOEBEL Group Benefits, LLC / 5GBenfits, LLC
- Ryan Haase, Society Insurance
- Amy Jessen, Michels Corporation
2015 Young Professional of the Year, Jenny Knuth
Knowledge. Skill. Desire. Those are just three attributes used to describe Jenny Knuth, Art Director at wisnet.com while being named a 2015 Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) Future 5 Award Recipient and 2015 Young Professional of the Year. Jenny Knuth has helped her clients big and small to reach their customers and stakeholders with impressive campaigns and solutions. The importance of community of course needs to be important for the YP of the Year. For Knuth, to say that community is “important” may very well be an understatement. In YPF alone, Knuth is a Past President, Board Member, Marketing and Programming & Events member and past co-chair, as well as a vital part to a successful Leaderfest in 2014 and the inaugural YPWeek in April of 2015. Not to mention her involvement with Fond du Lac Works, Envision Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund, Sophia Foundation and more.
2014 Future 5 Award Recipients
The Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Future 5 award. Five individuals have been recognized for their outstanding growth, service and leadership in their professional careers and in the Fond du Lac community. The 2014 Future 5 recipients are:
- R. Scott Blamey, wisnet.com
- Holly Brenner, Agnesian HealthCare
- Dan Hebel, Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac
- Nick Nell, Mercury Marine
- Gina Popp, wisnet.com
2014 Young Professional of the Year, Holly Brenner
Holly Brenner, VP of Strategic Development & Marketing at Agnesian HealthCare continues to contribute significantly to the advancement of Agnesian HealthCare and their efforts to make our community healthier and happier. Additionally, as Envision Fond du Lac Chairperson, a Noon Rotarian, board member of the Fond du Lac Family YMCA, the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, Fond du Lac Convention & Visitors Bureau and many more, it is clear she is passionate about making the Fond du Lac community even stronger. These accomplishments, and many more, have earned Holly Brenner YPF’s 2014 Young Professional of the Year.
2013 Future 5 Award Recipients
- Amy Collett – Society Insurance
- Dr. David Hammes, O.D. – Family Focus Eye Care
- Steve Leaman – Horicon Bank
- Sam McClone – McClone
- Michael Schumacher – Eden Stone Co. / Valders Stone & Marble
2013 Young Professional of the Year, Sam McClone
Through his involvement and service, McClone’s impact in the Fond du Lac community is remarkable. Even more remarkable however, is his commitment to encouraging others to follow in his footsteps. In the past, McClone has credited YPF for his start in the community. And while the organization is thrilled to have his recognition, it is clear that YPF would not be where it is today without his help. Dedicated and hardworking, McClone has been instrumental in promoting and growing the YPF organization for over eight years. His connection to this organization, on top of his qualifications as one of the 2013 Future 5 support Sam McClone as being named 2013 Young Professional of the Year.