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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
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!
Mark Courter
State Farm Insurance - Mark Courter
Mark has owned and operated his State Farm Agency in Urbandale since 1985 and moved into his current 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
Director Of Sales
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.
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 Coach
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.
H.A. Gross
Plaza Printers
Sales Manager
Lisa Hanrahan
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites DM Northwest
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 15) 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
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.
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
Regional Business Development Manager
Holly Poort, Regional Business Development Manager, has been with Manpower since February 2015. Manpower has been a part of the Greater Des Moines community for over 65 years. As a permanent placement and temp-to-hire staffing agency, Manpower is known for assisting job seekers and employers in meeting their employment and hiring needs. As the Regional Business Development Manager, Holly is responsible for identifying, prospecting and securing business opportunities to support new revenue growth. She focuses on building client relationships through marketing campaigns and on-site appointments while creating a professional relationship through community-based organizations.
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.
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 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.

David Russell
Abendroth Russell Barnett 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 (Formerly Konek P.C.)
Tiffany Tokarz
Modern Muse
Intentional Growth Strategist
At Modern Muse Consulting, we work with sales professionals and business owners on their business in order to increase productivity & profitability.  We do this through consulting, training & coaching.
Norm Trentmann
Trentmann, Norm
Retired Engineer
Norm Trentmann, a Registered Professional Engineer, retired from MidAmerican Energy in 2015 after 43 years of service.  He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla with BSEE (Electrical Engineering),  has served on the Midland Credit Union Board of Directors, and the Engineering Club of Des Moines.  Norm has served on the Urbandale Chamber Board of Directors and is active as a Chamber Connector.  HIs current interests include volunteer work, travel, cars, gardening. He and his lovely wife, Janet, live in Urbandale and have two adult children: Jonay (Houston TX) and Andrew (Denver, CO).
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 Onsite Health Education. 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.

Robert Sayer, CFP®, MBA
Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisor
Robert Sayer, CFP®, MBA is a financial advisor at Waddell & Reed located in West Des Moines, IA.  Mr. Sayer has been at his current position since he and his family moved to Iowa in 2014 from Las Vegas, NV.  He specializes in comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, insurance planning, education planning, investment planning, and estate planning.  Previously, Mr. Sayer worked as a Registered Representative with World Group Securities in Rockville, MD.  He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Nuclear Medicine and furthered his education by graduating from the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. with an MBA in Finance and Global Information Technology.  He enjoys golf, sports, spending time with his wife and kids and staying active within the community.
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.