AC President & CEO
The Fond du Lac Area Association has endorsed two candidates for the April 2 City Council election – both newcomers. Representing nearly 900 businesses in Fond du Lac and northern Dodge counties, the Association of Commerce is recommending Catherine Block and Dan Manning for Fond du Lac City Council.
Block is a self-employed owner and attorney for Block Law Office, LLC and has been a resident of Fond du Lac for seven years. Block received her undergraduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, attended Marquette Law School and received her Masters at Marian University.
Manning is a manufacturing engineer at MAG-IAS in Fond du Lac and has been a resident of Fond du Lac for one and half years. Manning is a graduate of West Point; he was commissioned in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer and was selected to serve as a Battalion Operations Officer. Since leaving the Army, he has held leadership roles in various manufacturing settings and has training in 6 Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. Manning received an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is pursuing an MS-Engineering Management from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
“We are confident that these are the best candidates to represent the business community,” explained AC president and CEO Joe Reitemeier. “These individuals have proven themselves to have the greatest understanding of the issues facing Fond du Lac, as well as what is needed to ensure the financial security and economic growth of this city.”
The AC Board created an ad hoc committee of local business leaders to interview City Council candidates. The committee invited each of the candidates to sit down for an in-depth interview examining their position on the critical issues facing our city. Candidates sat for one-hour interviews and were asked identical questions on issues important to commerce. Based on the interviews there are two candidates, Block and Manning, who demonstrated the leadership, knowledge and commitment to the community needed to serve the city of Fond du Lac. The committee came to its conclusions and the Board of Directors adopted their recommendations on March 22, 2013.
The Political Action Committee of the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce is the funding agent for campaigns and issue related referendums that are of interest to the Association. The business community has a vested interest in what government is doing at all levels and this committee sees to it that the voice of business is heard.