Timm to serve as next NR Chamber director
A lifelong New Richmond resident and local business owner is set to become the next executive director at the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce.
Jonathan Timm, owner of JET's Coffee Bistro (244 S. Knowles Ave.), has lived in New Richmond his entire life, minus the four years he attended UW-Stout in Menomonie.
Chad Derrick, president of the Chamber Board, made the announcement Thursday night to chamber members gathered at The Laurel Supper Club (1905 Highway 64) for a Chamber "Business After Five" event.
"Jonathan is a local community member who will bring a lot of great things to the Chamber," Derrick said. "Being from New Richmond is an added benefit for the Chamber to have someone who's from the community and knows what New Richmond stands for. Jonathan is young, exited and really understands that the Chamber is growing, and so is New Richmond."
Timm will assume executive director duties on Tuesday, May 27, at the Chamber office, which is directly across the street from the coffee shop he opened in August 2011.
"Being a native here, I have definitely seen New Richmond change and grow," Timm said. "By opening a business here, I've learned so much about that aspect of it, and I'm really excited to take that next step and be a more active person to help develop our community and keep it growing."
Timm said when he heard that Lisa Woletz resigned from the executive director position in February, he immediately went to work on updating his resume. He said he submitted it before the Chamber was even ready to accept applicants.
"Lisa has paved a wonderful path for us," Timm said.
While growth is on the top of his mind, Timm also seeks to retain the community's small town charm.
"It still is a small town. I does have that small town feel to it, even though we continue to grow," Timm said. "I like that. It's a good place to raise a family. It's a good place to open a business. As a small community we really do support each other. As a business owner, you try to help other businesses. Now, in this position as executive director, I can be all over the place and help a ton of businesses."
Derrick, who works as a project manager at Derrick Building Solutions, also noted that Timm's entrepreuerial background brings a valuable perspective to the Chamber position.
"Jonathan is someone who started his business from the ground up," Derrick said. "He understands what small businesses have to do to make it work. From that standpoint, he'll be great for the Chamber and for small business, and even larger businesses. In general, business is the same whether it's small or big. In the end, I think Jonathan will be a big asset for businesses and the community as a whole. We are extremely exited to have Jonathan as our executive director."
As for JET's Coffee Bistro, Timm said he has promoted a few of his employees to manage the shop's day-to-day operations allowing him to step off the front line into a purely ownership role.
In his spare time Timm likes to hike at Willow River State Park, run and cook.