67th Annual Meeting
The nominating committee is presenting three individuals for the open seats in this year’s election to the board of directors. Qualifications of these nominees are provided below. Other eligible members may be nominated by means of petition provided the requirements presented below are met. If no additional nominees are advanced by petition, the members present at the annual meeting will be asked to cast a unanimous ballot for the committee’s selections. Directors will serve a term of three years.
If there are individuals nominated by petition, members may vote in one of two ways:
- By ballot in person at the annual meeting, February 19.
- By voting at www.covantagecu.org. Online voting will begin on February 4 with the last day of voting on February 14. For more information, watch your email, check our website, or look for an announcement in our lobby.
Any member who wishes to be placed in nomination for a board opening may do so by submitting a written petition. Nominees must have been a member for one year prior to December 31, 2019 and must be eligible to vote. Said petition should include a signed and dated statement of willingness to serve, along with qualifications. The petition must be signed by at least 50 CoVantage members who are eligible to vote. The deadline for petitions is January 24, 2020. Send petitions to: CoVantage Credit Union, ATTN: Chairman, PO Box 107, Antigo, WI 54409
Matt Kolling, Stevens Point, WI
Matt has been a CoVantage member for 18 years and has served on the CoVantage Board for the past six years. He has previously held the positions of chairman and vice chairman. Matt owns Genesis Farms, LLC serving landowners in WI, MN and MI as they seek to improve their wildlife habitat and forestland. In addition, he owns Genesis Outdoors, LLC providing wildlife seed sales and other outdoor products to consumers. Previously, Matt owned Benefit Partners, LLC and PopSpring Wellness, LLC both of which were acquired by an outside firm in 2014. Matt holds a bachelors degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, graduating Magna Cum Laude. In addition, he serves on the board of Global Hands of Hope, serving the educational and medical needs for children and their families in Bukeka, Uganda. Having owned several businesses, along with his prior six years of experience on the CoVantage board, Matt looks forward to continuing to use his financial management expertise and business knowledge to work with the other board members and CoVantage management to grow new opportunities for CoVantage members. Matt is a 22-year resident of Stevens Point, where he lives with his wife Sarah and their two daughters.
Paul Payant, Antigo, WI
Paul has been a CoVantage member for 41 years and has served on the CoVantage board for nine years. He has held the positions of chairman and vice chairman, and also serves on the personnel committee. Paul is an attorney and partner of Sommer, Olk, & Payant, LLC in Antigo. He is a graduate of Antigo High School, and continued his education at Marquette University, receiving degrees in both business and law. Paul is past president of Antigo Community Health Foundation, and the Foundation of the Antigo Unified School District. Paul believes his legal background, and the experience he has gained serving CoVantage’s board for the past nine years, continue to be a benefit to the credit union. Paul and his wife, Shelly, are lifelong Antigo residents and have four adult children – Alex, Chelsea, Ellie, and Nicole.
Willis Qualheim, Shawano, WI
Willis has been a CoVantage member for 18 years and has served on the CoVantage board for three years. He is the owner of Qualheim’s True Value in Shawano and Park Falls True Value hardware located in Price County. While most of his time is spent in Shawano, he is responsible for the overall performance and long range planning for both locations. Willis graduated from Shawano High School and has continued his education at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He served on the Town of Wescott board for 12 years and the Midwest Hardware association board of directors for 12 years with two years as the president. Willis was a firefighter for the Shawano area for 25 years and a first responder for 14 years. He has also served on the Marketing Advisory Council for True Value. Willis believes he can be an asset to CoVantage not only because of his background with other boards, but more importantly from his 40 years of experience in helping his customers. He provides support through listening and understanding what the customer is trying to accomplish and helps to make their goals a reality. Living in Shawano for the past 40 years, Willis has two daughters, Karissa and Casey. In his free time, WIllis enjoys reading, yardwork, and spending time with his family, which is the most important part of his life.
Need a ride to the meeting?
We sponsor buses to bring members to the Annual Meeting that depart from branch parking lots. For information or to reserve your seat, call 800-398-2667, option 4.
All buses depart from Antigo around 9pm after meeting is complete. *Same bus stops in Crystal Falls, Iron River, and Crandon. **Wausau area branches picked up at Rib Mountain branch. ***Same bus stops in Rhinelander and Elcho. ****Bus stops in Merrill at the former Walmart parking lot near McDonald's.