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2016 Connectors

Julie Abel
Pro Commercial
Director of Project Developement
We are an Iowa Contractor that has built well over $150 Million dollars’ worth of projects across the country for the past 15 years.  We are a specialty construction company for specialty clients.  Our services range from construction management, development, and general contracting. Custom builds, remodels, new.  We specialize in apartments, hospitality, retail, military, general education, and health care facilities. We work throughout the United States with our specialty partner clients to deliver the best quality construction possible for all our clients needs. Your needs are what we focus on.  Generally speaking, we can categorize the majority of our clients needs in cost, schedule, and quality.  
Brian Bolton
Bolton Financial Group - Bolton Insurance Group
Independent Agent
Actively serving members of the Urbandale Chamber as a Connector. Protecting Personal and Business Assets as an Insurance and Financial Representative of over fifty top rated companies. Passionate about improving the lives of the people whom I associate in preparing them for Life Events.
Susan Bonnicksen
Superior Printing & Promotions
Independent Sales Executive
Mark Courter
State Farm Insurance - Mark Courter
Mark has owned and operated his State Farm Agency in Urbandale since 1985 and moved into his office location at 6773 Hickman Rd in November, 2009. Shortly after starting his State Farm career, Mark joined the Urbandale Chamber and has been a member ever since. Mark has been involved in the chamber in many capacities and has served on the Board of Directors, has been the Chair of the Connector committee during two different tenures as well as serving on the government affairs committee, the communications committee and the advocacy committee. Mark has been named the Connector of the month numerous times, Mark Courter Insurance was the 2005 Urbandale Chamber Business of the Year and in 2008 Mark was honored as the Urbandale Citizen of the Year.
Lonnie Davison
HealthMarkets, Inc.
Licensed Insurance Agent
Jane Dirks
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Des Moines-Urbandale
Rasheila Dolleman
Account Executive
I am married with a child in college and a child graduating high school in 2016. I've heard it said, "Find something you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life." I am very blessed to be able to say I have that. No two days are the same, and I like it that way. I have office time, location time, networking time, and family time, in an every changing order.
MacKenzie Dreeszen
Licensed Insurance Agent
MacKenzie Dreeszen is a licensed insurance agent with Health Markets.  Health Markets is an insurance broker offering health, life, supplemental, small group, and Medicare plans for individuals and families.  MacKenzie joined the Urbandale Chamber in February of 2015 to meet new people with similar interests and to grow as a professional.  
Susan Dunn
Orangetheory Fitness
I have been with the Urbandale Connectors since 2008!  I am also proud to say I was selected as Connector of the Year 2 times!  My upbeat attitude and never ending energy can be seen at Chamber Events year round.  Working for Orange Theory Fitness finds me in a perfect spot to promote the healthy lifestyle I cherish and share my passion for a great fitness routine with others. I am married to my best friend of 37 years; we have 2 sons and a grand daughter.  I have served on various Chamber Boards along with other Associations – never saying no to an opportunity to volunteer and make positive changes along the way.   Born and raised a Jersey girl; we have lived in NJ, CT, MI, IL and own a beach retreat in South Carolina where we go to unwind!
Ruth Ebke
LegalShield / IDShield
Independent Associate
Joan Ellis
IN the BAG Corporate Cuisine
Sales & Marketing
Keelie Fisher
Midwest Professional Staffing
Staffing Manager
Keelie is an Iowa native with a sales and marketing background. She graduated from Kirkwood with degrees in Marketing Management and Apparel Merchandising. Keelie recently joined the Staffing Industry after working in the Commercial Insurance world. In her spare time, you can find Keelie at the gym, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Linda Franker
OPTAVIA, Independent Certified Health Coach, Linda Franker
I am a health transformation agent, an Optavia Independent Coach. Certified through the Villanova School of Nursing. My professional career of 30 years in corporate America has well prepared me to serve as a leader. My experience in various leadership positions has allowed me to focus my efforts on supporting and guiding others to reach to that next level of personal and team development which results in success. I am passionate about supporting the success of others to reach their goals, creating hope that leads to action. Action allows my clients to improve their health, both physical and mental as well as improve their finances, well beyond their initial expectations. The ?giggle? moment of seeing others have hope is a blessing knowing how it positively affects them and their families as well, as they arrive at the ?Sweet Spot? in their lives with their health. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, working out, and hiking in CO.
Wanda Greif
Century 21 Signature RE
H.A. Gross
Plaza Printers
Sales Manager
Lisa Hanrahan
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites DM Northwest
Corporate Sales Manager

Lisa has been the Corporate Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Merle Hay Rd. in Urbandale since August 2016. She was a Graphic Designer at Image360 (formerly Signs Now) for 6 years. She graduated with honors from Grand View University in 2009 with a B.A. in Graphic Design/Journalism. Before school, she had 9 years experience in Sales & Marketing in the hotel industry. She is married to Timothy Hanrahan and share two children, Cailin (age 14) and Adilia (age 4) and resides in Des Moines. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, exercising, traveling, photography and designing. To keep her creative juices flowing, she does freelance design and photography on the side. 

Monica Hoover
2016 Co-Chair
Shelter Insurance - Monica Hoover
Andrea Irwin
Webspec Design
Business Development
I love connecting others with people that can help them do more in their business, professional goals or personal goals. I strive to have meaningful conversations with my connections and foster professional relationships with them. During the day I can typically be found at a chamber event, meeting with prospects and clients, or around the office assisting our SEO and Digital Markeitng team with their endeavors.
Sara Jacobson
Fusion Boutique
I am an entrepreneur, lover of dogs, fitness and shopping. I own Fusion Boutique in West Des Moines and love helping my clients look and feel beautiful through a positive customer service experience. Our mission is to uplift women in the community enabling them to better serve those around them! When I am not working at Fusion I enjoy spending time with my husband, volunteering with Dress For Success and watching The Voice.
Susan Lunning
Colonial Life Oskaloosa
District Executive Assistant
Susan Wynne Lunning is a business professional with expertise in a wide variety of areas. Having earned several degrees in the medical profession including a Medical Secretarial Degree from Wadena Technical College, her ADN from Indian Hills Community College and a Bachelors of Nursing from Mercy College of Health and Sciences. She currently serves as the District Executive Assistant for Colonial Life, as a licensed insurance agent with the State of Iowa. Susan also maintains a strong interest in skin care and is a Senior Brand Partner with Nerium International. Currently serves as a part of the outreach committee for the Committee Against Human Trafficking, and has been named Connector of the Month for January 2016 for the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. Served as VP of the Iowa Motion Picture Association. She has appeared in multiple plays and film. A proud mother of three grown children, and the grandmother of two.
Rhonda Marx
Van Wall Equipment
Van Wall is known for being THE John Deere dealer in the area,  but we are also in the Powersports business.  We sell Yamaha and Victory motorcycles,  and Polaris sports vehicles ( side by sides and snowmobliles). We are also a John Deere Lawn equipment retail store.    We also offer Honda generators, Arhens snowblowers and Stihl tools and equipment.  

As for me,  I have been in the sales world for 30 years and I love helping people find the right equipment for their needs at an affordable price point and back it up with exceptional customer service.    
Randy Pelham
APICS Central Iowa Chapter
Director of Finance
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Operations from Iowa State University. I have many years' experience working on senior management teams of companies to help make them more profitable and stronger companies. This is my passion and I will use it to serve you as a connector & Total Resouce Campaign 
*  Urbandale Chamber of Commerce: Ambassador of the year (2011)-Ambassador from 2005 to Present
Holly Poort
Manpower of Central Iowa
Business Development Manager
Michele Reeves
2016 Chair
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.   
Michele is employed at Vision Park Family Eye Care as the office manager, which means she wears many hats, however her favorite hat is networking for the 4 Optometrists she works with to help grow the practice. 
Michele and her husband Mike live on an acreage in Mingo. 
Andy Richardson
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 Devolopment committee and began serving on the Urbandale Chamber board in 2017.  Andy is employed with Electronic Engineering where he consults with his customers to develop 2 way radio communication, video security, access control 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.
David Russell
Abendroth and Russell Law Firm
Of Counsel
Dave is "Of Counsel" with his Law Firm Abendroth and Russell and is still available for referrals and assistance. He splits his time between the Law Firm with his duties as an Urbandale City Councilman, Deacon on the Church DEACON Board, Missions Board , Church Treasurer and Adult Bible Study Teacher at Des Moines First Assembly of God .Dave also serves on the Board of Directors of Adult and Teen Challenge of the Midlands of Colfax Iowa..
Mirna Ruby
Tarbell & Co., PLC (Formally Konek P.C.)
Jeana Schultz
Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Vice President
Jeana Schultz, IOM, began working at the Urbandale Chamber in 2008. In her role, she plans and implements events for the membership and oversees the Connector program as well as the Young Professional organization, genYP. She graduated from Iowa State with Distinction, majoring in Journalism/Mass Communication. In her free time, Jeana enjoys family time with her husband, Eric and daughters, Leighton and Lucy. They love cheering on the Cyclones and spending as much time as they can in Okoboji.
Tiffany Tokarz
Modern Muse
At Modern Muse Consulting, we work with sales professionals and business owners "on" their business so they can be more productive & profitable "in" their business. In order to accomplish this, we offer one-on-one consulting, group work, workshops, retreats and an annual conference.
Norm Trentmann
Trentmann, Norm
Thomas Wheeler
ABC Sign & Display
Account Representative
Casee Woodley
RE/MAX Precision - Woodley Real Estate

I was born and raised in central Iowa, but moved away long enough to appreciate the midwestern values.

I am a Grand View University graduate, and small business owner in several Des Moines suburbs, so I have a vested interest in seeing the community prosper.

My husband, Andy, and I reside in Johnston. We have four children: Drew (15), Alyx (8), Ryah (6) & JJ (2). We spend a lot of time in the fall & winter cheering on the Grand View Vikings football and Iowa Energy basketball programs.

Joel Hall
Guide Financial Group
Financial Advisor
Megan Ries
Keystone Chiropractic
Owner/NeuroStructural Chiropractor

Megan is a co-owner of Keystone Chiropractic in West Des Moines. Her clinic's unique focus, NeuroStructural Correction aims to identify core issues that may be affecting a person's body in ways they notice or feel, but more importantly, in ways they have no idea about. Dr. Megan also assists people in making changes to their lifestyle both in the office and in the Des Moines community through her Community Education Services. This improves the likelihood that people can make lasting improvements to their health.

Megan joined the chamber in 2016 and is currently involved with the chamber Connectors and serves on the Leadership Committee for genYP. When she's not in the office or out in the community, she enjoys running, trying new workout classes or recipes, volunteering at church, and reading.

Rob Sayer
Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisor
Michael Gettler
Account Executive
My name is Mike Gettler and I'm an Account Executive with OnMedia Ad Sales. As a military brat I have lived all over but Iowa has always felt like home. I went to Ankeny High School and studied history at the University of Iowa after serving in the United States Marine Corps. If your a fan of useless/fascinating information, look for me at an Urbandale Chamber Event. 
Chandler Faldet
Faldet Marketing, Inc.