2008 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient - Jim Braunschweig
Jim Braunschweig graduated from Johnson Creek High School in 1966. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1970, Jim began his career in the communications field, starting as a service technician for Rock River Telephone Company in 1971. When TDS Telecom purchased the phone company in 1982, Jim became the local manager and went on to be the TDS Telecom manager in Wisconsin and then moved on to his current position as TDS Telecom Regional manager in 2006. In recognition of his outstanding career with TDS, Jim received the TDS Presidential Inspiring Excellence Award in 1996.
While advancing in his profession, Jim worked tirelessly in the Johnson Creek community to create, develop and establish programs and opportunities for others. He reflects that his parents instilled in him and his siblings the importance of becoming involved in community projects and activities. Jim heeded their advice and says he believes, as they did, that “giving back” is essential to leading a full and satisfying life. His wife Cyndi is his partner in his current community roles and Jim refers to her as the driving force behind his community involvement. Over the years, Jim, an avid sports enthusiast, has been a player, coach and manager of numerous sports teams. He has coached baseball at every level, from T-ball to Legion Baseball. As an acknowledgment of his long involvement with local sports activities, Jim received the Johnson Creek Athletic Council Award in 2002. Always interested and involved in the community, Jim has served on the Economic Development and the Park and Recreation Committees of the Village of Johnson Creek. He has been involved in the building and maintenance of Johnson Creek’s Fireman’s Park. A volunteer fireman, he is also an EMT. A member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, he has served as church council president.
Jim’s wife, Cyndi, is an art teacher at Johnson Creek Elementary School. Daughters Lyndsi and Lyssa are graduates of UW-Oshkosh and are teaching as well. Son Josh is a member of the 2008 Johnson Creek High School graduating class and plans to attend UW-Platteville in the fall to study engineering or business.