— Christie Ryan, a property manager for Gateway Apartments on the
corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Silver Lake Street, has been placed
as the new president of the Downtown Oconomowoc Business
Ryan was the vice president prior to former President Ed Matthes
Ryan said she was born and raised in Oconomowoc and has been at
Gateway Apartments for four years and with DOBA for two years.
“If I’m going to be working in a business downtown, I obviously want
to be a part of downtown in some sense,” Ryan said about joining
DOBA. “I found out that being part of DOBA, you’re a part of all the
events and everything that brings the community to downtown and
helps make it thrive.”
Going to meetings and being a part of event committees really put
Ryan onto the association, she said.
“I just really enjoy being able to go in and out of a lot of the
businesses and see how fulfilled the businesses look when everyone
was in the community,” Ryan said.
In her new role, instead of being a part of a few select committees,
Ryan said she will oversee all of them, making sure everything comes
together in a cohesive manner.
“We have become bigger and more known and it takes a little bit more
to put on the events. Just kind of seeing from a bird’s eye view, I
get to be involved in all that,” she said.
Ryan said she is going to be looking to the other merchants for
“As president, since I’m new, I look to my board as mentors,” Ryan
said. “I hope we can continue what we’re doing because it’s super
fulfilling and it’s been phenomenal. Turnouts are great and I am
looking to see what the members have to say.”