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2018 Board of Directors

Ben Buenzow
2018 Chair
State Farm Insurance - Ben Buenzow
Agent/Owner
Ben has worked with clients since 2004 to protect their most valuable assets including their family, home, cars and money. Ben's Agency Team is dedicated to working proactively as your insurance and financial services professionals to provide you with peace of mind so you can sleep well at night!
 
Pat Pithan
2018 Vice Chair
MMIT Business Solutions Group
Director,Sales and Consulting
Pat Pithan is currently Director of Sales and Consulting at MMIT Business Solutions Group (formerly M & M Sales and Imaging Technologies). He has been with MMIT since 1986.  Prior to his current position he spent many years as a Major Account Manager and Territory Business Manager. Pat is especially proud of the fact that his staff currently serves the needs of over 1,500 businesses in the central Iowa area. He provides them with their office equipment and IT technology needs.
 
Michele Reeves
2018 Director at Large
Vision Park Family Eye Care
Office Manager
Michele has been actively involved with the Urbandale Chamber since 2013, she served as the Connector Chair in 2016, and began serving on the Chamber Board in 2017.  She is still active with the Connectors, the Total Resource Campaign and other events and activities.
 
Andy Richardson
2018
Electronic Engineering
Communication & Security Consultant

Andy Richardson has been a member of the Urbandale Chamber since 2012.  During the time Andy has been with the Urbandale Chamber he has been a Connector, served on the Gen YP Board leading the Professional Development Committee and began serving on the Urbandale Chamber board in 2017. Andy is employed with Electronic Engineering where he consults with his clients to develop two-way radio communication, video security, access control, GPS telematics and other wireless solutions.  Outside of work Andy serves on the City of Urbandale Parks and Recreation commission and enjoys golfing and bowling. Andy and his wife Nicole live in Urbandale with their two daughters.

Susan Bonnicksen
2019
Superior Printing & Promotions
Independent Sales Executive
Susan has been a member of the Chamber since 2003.  Some of the roles within the chamber include: Chair of Ambassadors (2005-2006, now known as the Connectors), Total Resource Campaign, Sample Urbandale/Celebration of Business, Board of Directors (2007-2012) and as Board Chairman in 2012.  Susan returned to Board of directors in 2016 and is currently fulfilling her own 3 year term as a director. 
 
She serves on the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) committee for the City of Urbandale (2013-present),  served on the board for the Caring Corps and is a graduate of Leadership Urbandale. 
 
Susan is an independent sales rep for Superior Printing & Promotions working with various business to help them brand their businesses through promotional products and apparel.
 
Susan and her husband, Monte enjoy golfing and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones!
 
Russ Schroeder, P.E.
2018
Todd McDonald
2020
ATW Training Solutions
President

Todd is the Founder and President of ATW Training Solutions and President of New Horizons Computer Learning Center, both Urbandale  businesses. The mission of ATW and New Horizons is to unleash the human potential in organizations to propel business success. Todd is also a board member of the Waukee Betterment Foundation, a board member of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Clint Dudley
2019
Shade Tree Auto
Owner
Clint founded Shade Tree Auto in 2001 and grew the company with strong support from the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. Focusing on repair and maintenance for import and domestic vehicles, Shade Tree has been named one of the top 100 small businesses in the country by the US Chamber of Commerce, received the Bronze Company of the Year at the International Business Awards, and was named the 2018 Company of the Year for small retail at the American Business Awards in New York.
 
Tiffany Menke
President - Staff
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
President
Since 2004, Tiffany Menke, IOM, has been the President of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the boards of and is a Past President/Past Chair of ICCE, CITR, and IMA.  She currently represents Iowa on the MACE Board of Directors and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Council through the Greater Des Moines Partnership as well as participates in a pilot program through the Evelyn K Davis center to mentor exoffenders.

In 2017, Tiffany was honored as a Woman of Influence through the Des Moines Business Record. Other honors include 40 under 40, and Ovation award from the Iowa Women's Foundation. She grew up in Newton and went on to Grand View University in Des Moines where she earned a degree in Mass Communications, Journalism and a minor in Photography.
Ryan Moon
Membership Director - Staff
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Membership Director
Ryan Moon began working for the Urbandale Chamber in 2017. Previously, he worked in Washington, D.C. for 270 Strategies and various projects for the United States Global Leadership Coalition and Union of Concerned Scientists. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Iowa House of Representatives. He is responsible for membership recruitment, development, and retention for the organization. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Political Science. He enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his dogs Hilton and Stark. 
Amy Eaton
2020
Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC)
Director of Marketing & Strategic Development
Amy Eaton is the Director of Marketing & Strategic Development at Iowa Women Lead Change (IWLC). In this role, she is responsible for building a structure to create increased awareness of the IWLC brand, including developing and implementing marketing initiatives, projects and programs to grow the organization.
 
Denise Day
Vice President - Staff
Lori Gelhaar
2018 Past Chair
Emory Dry Ice
Lori Gelhaar has served on the Urbandale Chamber Board since 2012 and a member since 2002. In addition to her role with the Urbandale Chamber, Lori is the Vice President of Sales for Emory Dry Ice, providing dry ice equipment rental and blasting services for restoration, remediation and cleaning needs.  Lori has served on a wide variety of local boards and associations including the Employers' Council of Iowa, KEY in Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Business Resources and Community Development and ALS. Lori and her husband Gerry currently live in Adel, Iowa with their three children.