Connections MADE: Meet & Eat
Connections MADE: Meet & Eat is a popular Mason Deerfield Chamber networking event that provides:
- Lunch from a rotating member restaurant or venue.
- An opportunity to connect with members to expand your personal and professional networks.
- An opportunity to make a brief introduction of yourself and your business to the group.
About April's EventApril's featured speakers are each 2022 Gems of Excellence award winners, including: Jen Barcenas with BoxFull, Kevin Eldridge with Great Wolf Lodge, and Amy and Mark Lortz with The Common Beer Co.
Jen Barcenas, BoxFull
Jen Barcenas is a mom of two and a hugger. She has 15 years of experience in corporate HR and pursued multiple entrepreneurial ventures as a realtor and daycare franchisee.
She created BoxFull when a close friend was having a difficult time during the early days of the COVID pandemic. The circumstances of the time meant she was unable to hop on a plane to be with them in-person. Sending flowers just didn’t feel personal enough.
That's when Jen decided to create a handmade box full of hugs – the first BoxFull. She wanted to curate a care package that was personal – so that when the friend needed a hug, they had one. They could squeeze a bear and imagine her giving them a big bear hug back.
As the world begins to heal from the height of the pandemic, the expanse of our world still remains. Sometimes you just can’t be there in person – and if you can’t be there, at least BoxFull can. A box of love, warm thoughts, comfort, or laughs – you can send it all to your loved ones with BoxFull.
Kevin Eldridge, Great Wolf Lodge
Kevin Eldridge is the General Manager of Great Wolf Lodge – Mason and has been with the resort for 16 years. Great Wolf Lodge is the indoor water park resort perfect for your next family getaway! Come as a family, leave as a pack.
Experience a world of play where you can splash, play, eat and relax together, all under one roof. Go with the flow in our water park resort or find adventurous dry-play throughout the lodge — with over 50+ attractions, this is one the family will never forget. Great Wolf Lodge started in 1997 with its first lodge in Wisconsin -- today Great Wolf has 19 indoor water park resorts in the United States and Canada (with a 20th location coming soon!). You're invited to escape the distractions of everyday life and come together to strengthen the pack.
Whether you're planning a special occasion or just need a quick escape, our Great Wolf Lodge resort provides top-notch service that creates memories of a lifetime. No matter what the weather outside is doing, Great Wolf Lodge’s resort keeps the indoor water park fun flowing 365 days per year. Splash, swim, and slide with the whole family, then dry off and head into our adventure park to delight in dry-land attractions such as bowling, arcade games, mini golf, our immersive MagiQuest adventure game, and more. Kids will love the assortment of entertainment included in your stay—from yoga and arts & crafts projects to a dance party and story time that wrap up the day—and be sure to keep your camera handy for a photo op with the Great Wolf Kids characters who have been known to roam around the resort.
Amy & Mark Lortz, The Common Beer Co.
Let’s face it, great brews start from the beginning, and Amy and Mark Lortz at The Common Beer Co. pride themselves on utilizing only the best local ingredients to deliver the quality you expect.
They rise for the COMMON MAN and the UNCOMMON BEER and are all about great beer and building community. Common doesn’t mean boring and it certainly doesn’t stand for plain. It’s the ground between us and the place where bright flavors meet colorful conversations.
Everyone loves a place they can go with friends and family that is comfortable and inviting. A place where everybody knows your name and they are always glad you came! The Common is a throwback to the days when people gathered with others in their community for a great time of food and fellowship. A time of sharing stories and swapping tales of the big one that got away. A place where all are welcome, and everybody leaves with a smile on their face.