My Wausome Story: Aging is Changing
Randall Jeweler’s Susan Randall was born and raised in Wausau. She and her husband have owned and operated Randall Jewelers for the past 35 years, 24 years at the current downtown site. At 80 years of age, Sue is still working with no plans to quit. In fact, she does not want to retire – she’s too busy! Why has Sue stayed in Wausau all these years? She says she’s stayed in Wausau because, “It offers everything you need for a good quality of life. Everything you need is convenient, you don’t have to spend all your time driving.”
My Wausome Story: Chad Lemmens
My story begins with graduating from DC Everest in 1999, spending two years at UW-Marathon County and three years at UW-Eau Claire to earn a degree in Business Administration Entrepreneurship.
Soon after graduation, I spent a few years exploring other parts of Wisconsin and ultimately led me back into Central Wisconsin to begin my career with Innoviant which later became Optum Rx, a part of UnitedHealth Group.
Ten years later, I am the Director of Data Governance with OptumRx with my main mission "Helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone."
My wife Jamie and I, our 3 children Von, Eliahs, and Thomas, plus our animals - reside in Kronenwetter (a village just outside of Wausau). We are constantly busy and thinking of creative ways to give back to the Wausau community which has given us the opportunity to start two companies including an Aerial Photography/Videography company, Lemmens Creative Design, in 2016 and a Property Management company, JLM Homes, in 2018.
Lemmens Creative Design specializes in aerial photography and videography (both land and air). We have worked and partnered with many local companies, municipalities, and individuals to help bring a full service videography firm to Wausau and Central Wisconsin. Our work has been included in Wisconsin Public Television series, magazines, on walls on websites, and throughout the US including Florida, the East Coast, Ohio, Minnesota, and many more.
JLM Homes, a property management company, allows us to build our personal brand by purchasing residential properties and turning them into rentals. We feel there are ways to build a better sense of community through finding creative and inexpensive ways to bring a full size home to families who may not be ready to purchase their own home.
As a family, we love to explore, traveling whenever we can including yearly trips to Florida, the East Coast, and other Central US states. The kids enjoy traveling and exploring areas outside of the Wausau area but also love the small town activities we have here at home.
Community is a big part of our lives. Social Responsibility is not only a large blue chip within OptumRx but also something we look to do whenever possible. For the past 7 - 9 years, I have run the Greater Wausau Area High School Bowling team, which consists of bowlers from Wausau, DC Everest, Mosinee, and other local schools. I also volunteer with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, running the Our Company programs at Wausau West and East, plus a 3rd and a 4th grade class and any other opportunities to fill in where needed.
We constantly look to build our footprint here in the Wausau area, while we work, live, raise our family, grow our businesses, and build our careers.