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Keith Rahe

President & CEO

Keith Rahe

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

33

Years at
Travel Dubuque

16

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
8
Event Planning Skills
10
Morning Mood
8
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Keith Rahe

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Cubs
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Caeser Salad with Chicken
Favorite Concert
Too many to name
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Taking my boat out on Lake Delhi or spending time with my grandkids.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

General knowledge of history

Keith Rahe

In my own words
Portrait of Keith Rahe

I'm charged with the overall management and oversight of Travel Dubuque. I've been involved with tourism for over 30 years, getting my start with the Field of Dreams. I have led many events including Ghost Players tours, America’s River Festival, Team of Dreams, the Dubuque Grand Excursion, and RAGBRAI to name a few. I serve on boards for Upper Midwest Convention & Visitors Bureau (UMCVB) and other organizations across the state of Iowa and Dubuque.

Portrait of Sara Hanten

Sara Hanten

Vice President of Operations

Sara Hanten

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

20

Years at
Travel Dubuque

20

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
8
Event Planning Skills
9
Morning Mood
7
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Sara Hanten

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Bears
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Drunken Noodles at Lina's
Favorite Concert
Brother's Osbourne at the Q Casino Backwater Stage
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Exploring the tri-states, concerts at the Q Casino, toting my sports loving son to whatever sport he’s playing or forcing my kids to have family fun before we are not cool enough to hang with (which I think has already happened)!

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Where to find the best deals and coupon codes!

Sara Hanten

In my own words
Portrait of Sara Hanten

My focus is to direct, coordinate, and oversee operational processes. Day to day you'll find me performing tasks from accounts payable to human resources to helping colleagues with IT issues or being the Jack of All Trades. One of my favorite things about working here is your input is always valued and heard! More to know: Vice President of the Schmitt Island Development Corporation, Board Member of the Peosta Community Centre, Dwelling Custodian for my two kids and husband.

Portrait of Julie Kronlage

Julie Kronlage

Vice President of Sales

Julie Kronlage

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

20

Years at
Travel Dubuque

15

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
8
Event Planning Skills
10
Morning Mood
7
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Julie Kronlage

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Iowa Hawkeyes
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Rosies Coffee in Epworth Vanilla Chai Latte
Favorite Concert
Foo Fighters at Wrigley
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Watching our kids play ball, golfing, riding bikes on the Heritage Trail, swimming, or our annual trip on the Fenelon Place Elevator.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

I think many would say that I probably know the most odd and random facts about our area and State!

Julie Kronlage

In my own words
Portrait of Julie Kronlage

I execute the overall sales strategy, from conventions and meetings to group tours, riverboats, SMERF market and more. I love what I do because every day is different! My favorite things about working here are the team and the opportunities we bring to this area. More to know: President of Meeting Professionals International Heartland Chapter, Board of Directors for United Way Dubuque Tri-States, and committee member of Iowa Travel Industry Partners.

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Taylor Kellogg

Vice President of Marketing

Taylor Kellogg

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

13

Years at
Travel Dubuque

13

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
10
Event Planning Skills
7
Morning Mood
6
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Taylor Kellogg

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
AFC Richmond
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Drunken Noodles at Lina's
Favorite Concert
Regina Spektor
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Taking my kids to the River Museum with a stop to get ice cream after!

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Quoting TV Shows and Movies.

Taylor Kellogg

In my own words
Portrait of Taylor Kellogg

My overall focus is to maintain and execute the Travel Dubuque brand across our many channels and mediums including our award-winning Travel Guide. Day to day you can find me designing, planning, and strategizing our next creative project or advertising buy. One of my favorite things about working here is the freedom to be creative and watch hair-brained ideas come to life. There is never a boring day in this office!

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Carrie Koelker

Vice President of Community Engagement

Carrie Koelker

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

30

Years at
Travel Dubuque

1

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
5
Event Planning Skills
7
Morning Mood
4
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Carrie Koelker

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
New York Yankees
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Brazen's Jalapeno Margarita!
Favorite Concert
Jimmy Buffett
Favorite
Season
Summer
Go To
Weekend Plans

Anywhere near the water! Love the Mississippi River, it's so calming

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Great locations to eat in our neighboring counties! The left side of the menu is my favorite!

Carrie Koelker

In my own words
Portrait of Carrie Koelker

My overall focus is to execute partnerships and build our brand within the region. Day to day you can find me visiting with our people and places. My favorite part is working with passionate team members! I serve on the Iowa Tourism Industry Partners Board, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and the Dyersville Area Community Foundation. In my spare time I serve in the Iowa Senate championing tourism, economic development, and enhancing Iowa.

Portrait of John Sutter

John Sutter

Vice President - Field of Dreams Operations

John Sutter

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

13

Years at
Travel Dubuque

1

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
8
Event Planning Skills
8
Morning Mood
6
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

John Sutter

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Field of Dreams Ghost Players
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Numero Dos a Los Aztecas
Favorite Concert
Fleetwood Mac
Favorite
Season
Summer
Go To
Weekend Plans

Bike Camping

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Seinfeld.

John Sutter

In my own words
Portrait of John Sutter

I oversee the management of the Field of Dreams Movie Site and expansion projects. My favorite memory is from when I worked at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium I served as the Travel Dubuque board chair so at one time I was my current boss's boss! I also once opened an aquarium with no fish in it and made national news. I'm a board member of the Dubuque Area Triathlon Club and received baseball advice from Hall of Famer Lee Smith.

Portrait of Becky Carkeek

Becky Carkeek

Sales Manager

Becky Carkeek

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

8

Years at
Travel Dubuque

8

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
9
Event Planning Skills
8
Morning Mood
3
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Becky Carkeek

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Cubs
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Hot Spaghetti at Marcos
Favorite Concert
Luke Combs in Nashville
Favorite
Season
Summer
Go To
Weekend Plans

Play pickleball, get ice cream from Dairy Queen on Rhomberg, and ride bikes on the Heritage Trail.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Where to get lunch.

Becky Carkeek

In my own words
Portrait of Becky Carkeek

I assist in planning and executing the overall efforts for group tours, reunions, and other large groups. Day to day I'm chatting with planners, creating new itineraries, and finalizing plans for booked groups. My favorite memory is planning for the Paralyzed Veterans of America who made memories at the Field of Dreams Movie Site by taking a lap around the bases in their power chairs. I am a mother, enjoy being with my family, playing sports, and love Halloween.

Portrait of Willie Tigges

Willie Tigges

Content Marketing Manager

Willie Tigges

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

1

Years at
Travel Dubuque

1

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
10
Event Planning Skills
7
Morning Mood
1
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Willie Tigges

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Any team that serves snacks and drinks.
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Yummy Roll & Fried Rice at Ichiban
Favorite Concert
WAY too many to list!
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Grabbing an iced coffee from Monks, Farmers' Market, shopping on Bluff St. & a ride up the Fenelon Place Elevator!

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Random Dubuque history! (Did you know Abraham Lincoln's 4th cousin twice removed lived in my house?)

Willie Tigges

In my own words
Portrait of Willie Tigges

My goal is to promote Dubuque and all it's hidden gems as the FANTASTIC destination I know it to be. My day to day consists of managing social media, website, articles, photos, video, and more. My favorite thing about working for Travel Dubuque is getting to flex my creative muscles in every way possible!

Portrait of Michelle Rahe

Michelle Rahe

Director of Guest Services

Michelle Rahe

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

2

Years at
Travel Dubuque

2

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
6
Event Planning Skills
8
Morning Mood
1
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Michelle Rahe

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Chicago Cubs
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Chad's Pizza in Dyersville
Favorite Concert
Garth Brooks
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Going to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Grand Opera House, or the Iowa State Fair. I have gone for over 35 years.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch. (I speak a little German.)

Michelle Rahe

In my own words
Portrait of Michelle Rahe

As manager of the Welcome Center, I help visitors find their way around the Dubuque area and the state of Iowa. I love meeting people from all over the world who travel to Dubuque for many different reasons. 99.9% of them are in a great mood since they are on vacation. I grew up on a farm outside of Dyersville so it is especially fun to tell people about the Field of Dreams, the Basilica of Saint Francis Xavier, and all the cool things to see and do in Dubuque County.

Portrait of Noah Westhoff

Noah Westhoff

Sports & Events Manager

Noah Westhoff

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

1

Years at
Travel Dubuque

1

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
9
Event Planning Skills
10
Morning Mood
9
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Noah Westhoff

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Iowa Hawkeyes
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Enchiladas Monterrey at Mixteca Grill
Favorite Concert
Eric Church Heart & Soul Tour in Des Moines 2022
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Going swimming and getting ice cream.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

I can organize everything and anything.

Noah Westhoff

In my own words
Portrait of Noah Westhoff

I manage the Dubuque Regional Sport Commission and provide logistical, human resource support for the many events in the area. You can find me creating, planning, or working events. My favorite memory from working at Travel Dubuque is the watching the USA Patriots walk out of the corn at the Field of Dreams. I'm a recent graduate from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), enjoy traversing the world, and am a superhero movie buff!

Portrait of Eric Manson

Eric Manson

Riverboat Liason

Eric Manson

Industry quick facts

Years In
Tourism

13

Years at
Travel Dubuque

1

Rate from 1-10

Creativity
8
Event Planning Skills
6
Morning Mood
8
Industry Knowledge
1,000,000,000,000

Eric Manson

Personal Fun Facts
Favorite Sports Team
Iowa Hawkeyes
Favorite food in
Dubuque County
Breitbach's Country Dining German Buffet
Favorite Concert
Chris Botti and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Favorite
Season
Autumn
Go To
Weekend Plans

Heading to local concerts, theater or festival.

Subject of
superior
knowledge

Concierge Level Service, Intercultural Guest Experience

Eric Manson

In my own words
Portrait of Eric Manson

My name is Eric and I am the Riverboat Liaison, welcoming cruise ships into the Port of Dubuque. Day to day I help our U.S. and international riverboat guests with their itineraries and exploration of where Iowa started, serving as a portside concierge and interpretive guide.

Portrait of Joan Frommelt

Joan Frommelt

Welcome Center Associate

Joan Frommelt

In my own words
Portrait of Joan Frommelt

My name is Joan and I assist travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. I've been with the Welcome Center since 2022.

Portrait of Robin Nauman

Robin Nauman

Welcome Center Associate

Robin Nauman

In my own words
Portrait of Robin Nauman

My name is Robin and I assist travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. I've been with the Welcome Center since 2022.

Portrait of Nancy Treanor

Nancy Treanor

Welcome Center Associate

Nancy Treanor

In my own words

My name is Nancy and I assist travelers as they plan and navigate Dubuque by providing information and positive experiences. I started working in the Welcome Center in 2024.

Portrait of Marv Maiers

Marv Maiers

Brochure Distribution

Marv Maiers

In my own words
Portrait of Marv Maiers

My name is Marv and I serve as the facilitator of brochure distribution and distribute visitor information across the Tri-State area. I've been working with Travel Dubuque since 2016.