CC1 - Thursday

The Thursday CC group meets the last Thursday from 11:30 - 1 p.m. in the RODAN Board Room
Sandee Cook
EMPLOYEE/PLACEMENT & STAFFING
Career Search Associates
Executive Recruiter
I'm a Human Resources professional with 25+ years of recruiting and human resource management experience, with  Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. My full range of HR knowledge, coupled with a multitude of business and professional connections, ensures my success in identifying top talent to meet my client's needs. Here at Career Search Associates, we help businesses fill full time positions ranging from the front desk to the CEO. We specialize in Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Project Management, Call Center Management and Retail Store Management. We are also respected recruiters who help the passive candidate that wants to explore solid opportunities in a confidential manner.
Kevin Riggins
PHOTOGRAPHY - 2018 VICE CHAIR
Kevin Riggins Photography
Owner/Photographer

Kevin Riggins Photography is a studio that has two things it cares about above all else: you and the art we produce for you. That focus means that you will have a fantastic experience which is all about you and what you want, not what we want.

Well, that’s not true. We want what you want!

We will guide you through every step of the process and use our experience, knowledge, and skill to guarantee you the results you deserve.

We are located in Urbandale, Iowa and serve the Des Moines metro area which includes, but is not limited to, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale, Waukee, Johnston, Ankeny, Clive, and surrounding communities like Adel, Indianola, and Altoona.

Ben Buenzow
INSURANCE/FINANCE - AUTO, HOME, LIFE, DISABILITY, SUPPLEMENTAL & FINANCE LENDING- 2018 Sponsor
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!
 
Scott Belloma
NON-TRADITIONAL, HIGH-RISK MORTGAGE
Marine Credit Union
SR. Mortgage Loan Representative
I've been a mortgage lender in the Des Moines area for approximately 14 years.  At Marine Credit Union I'm able to help serve the under served borrowers who are having a difficult time to secure home mortgage financiing. 
Monique Elgersma
COUNSELING
Real Connections Counseling
Owner
I am Monique Elgersma, sharing a Couples Counseling practice with my husband, Rick. We are a couple that, as a couple, works with other couples to help build healthy relationships. I grew up moving around a lot as a daughter of an Army officer, settled into Des Moines back in 1999, not counting a 5 year stint in Colorado to get my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. We moved back in November of 2016 with a heart to change marriages for the better here and are actively pursuing that at Real Connections Counseling in Urbandale. 
Besides being married to my best friend for over 22 years and working to get our therapy practice thriving, I have one adult daughter and a sheltie named Zylie that both keep me content and busy as well. When I am not working, I like to ride my bike, go camping, watch movies, read for both business and pleasure and go to marriage retreats and conferences. 
Micholyn Fajen
MARKETING
Fajen Consulting
Director of Marketing
With 17 years experience in marketing, Micholyn specializes in market research and analytics, social media and campaign design. She has created marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as, Dr. Pepper, Snap-on Tools, Solutia/Shaw Carpeting, NAPA, and Cadillac. Recognized as an award-winning writer/editor, Micholyn strives for excellence, delivering high-quality solutions. She graduated with honors from Grand View University and is an adjunct Web instructor.
Linda Franker
WELLNESS/HEALTH FOOD
OPTAVIA, Independent Coach
Owner
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.
Ryan Lynch
REAL ESTATE/RESIDENTIAL
Blake Overton
TRADITIONAL MORTGAGE
James Patten
A/V Equipment
AVI Systems
Account Manager
James is an Account Manager with AVI Systems where he works with clients to connect audio/video technology with digital communication strategies.  Solutions include video conferencing, video/audio distribution, Digital Signage, interactive displays, Video walls, and Streaming made easy.  James spends his time away from work with his Wife and Daughter, various volunteering, and hobbies including Kite building & flying, bicycling, and zymurgy. 
 
Tiffany Menke
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.
Mike Hansen
COPIERS
MMIT Business Solutions Group
Business Solutions Consultant
I'm a Business Solutions Consultant with MMIT Business Solutions Group and in this role I work with current and potential customers to solve and simplify technology related issues within their orgnizations.  My goal is to increase efficencies and productivity while also acheiving financial goals through the products and services we offer!
Amy Eaton
NON-PROFIT
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.
 
Lindsey DeWitt
CLEANING-MAINTENANCE/JANITORIAL
Matt Shaw
REAL ESTATE/COMMERCIAL
Keller Williams Greater Des Moines
Commercial Real Estate Broker
I've been  in the Real Estate industry since 2001.  KW Commercial is a full service commercial brokerage specializing in the marketing of retail, office, multi-family, industrial and agricultrial property
Jonathan Glassman
HEALTH INSURANCE
Rico Starling
OFFICE FURNITURE
Emerson Adams
WATER
Iowa H2O
Des Moines Area Manager