2019 Connectors

Lisa Hanrahan
Iowa Sign Company
Project Coordinator
Lisa is the Projector Coordinator at Iowa Sign Company on Merle Hay Rd.. She was a Sales Manager at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Merle Hay Rd. in Urbandale for 2 years. Before that 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 GVU, 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 5) 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. 
Jay Mathes
Edencrest at The Legacy
Community Relations Coordinator
I am the Marketing Director at Edencrest at The Legacy in Norwalk. Our award-winning facilities offer assisted living and memory care in five locations in the Des Moines metropolitan area.
My hometown is Shell Rock, Iowa, and I attended Waverly-Shell Rock HS. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Health Promotion in 2000 and moved to the Des Moines metro in 2002 as a salesman with Kraft Foods and Nabisco.
I recently retired from the Mid-Iowa Baseball League (2015 All-Star), and I am the biggest Atlanta Braves fan on this side of the Mississippi.
I currently reside in West Des Moines with my wife Heidi and my eight year old son Emerson.
Bernie Stone
Strategic Scouts Consulting LLC
Founder | President
Military retiree and combat veteran that is passionate about helping others.  I work with small businesses to generate income, and individuals to create wealth.  In short, I love to connect people with their goals.

As a side gig...an International Political Strategy professional that provided time-sensitive situational awareness to executive decision-makers in the U.S. Government; high-level experience in foreign affairs and national security policy; 15+ years of overseas experience in Europe, Central Asia, and East Asia; experienced, comfortable, and eager in multi-cultural and multi-lingual working environments; served in five U.S. Embassies.  Awarded the Medal of Merit from the Republic of Lithuania.  Urbandale Chamber Connector of the Year for 2018!
Andrew Cooper
Social Chair
MidWest Security Patrol Inc.
Director of Training and Public Relations
I work for MidWest Security Patrol and Investigations and wear many hats for my organization. I have been doing safety and security in the Des Moines Metro area for over 8 years. It seems that during the winter months I am always working since I cannot get outside. Once summer hits I am either out swimming, biking, riding the Harley or playing Rugby. I love to workout downtown and I am guilty of grabbing a beer after a hard workout to reward myself. The chamber for me is truly just a great way to meet people and explain my products. I also enjoy being able to provide people that sense of safety and security that they deserve.
Nicole Berger
Iowa Living Magazines
Account Executive
Nicole works with local businesses in growing their brand and visibility through the Iowa Living Magazines which are free publications that are mailed to every resident in the community. Nicole grew up in Johnston and now she and her family reside in Urbandale. Nicole is an active member of the Urbandale community and volunteers her time locally through the Urbandale Kiwanis Club, the Karen Acres Elementary PTO and Urbandale United Church of Christ. She is also on the Board of the Waukee Chamber of Commerce and a past Waukee Chamber Ambassador of the Year. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, running on the paths throughout Urbandale and volunteering to help youth in the community.
Alan Bernard
Beyond - Alan Bernard
Division Sales Director
Beyond is an electronic payments processing company (Credit Cards, Employee Management/Payroll, Small Business Lending and Point-of-Sale Systems) that strives to simplify operations, reduce costs and streamline payments for owners of small and mid-size businesses across the country. We are committed to the highest levels of technological innovation, contract terms and customer service—earning our customers’ business every day.

Alan has a diversified background in business development and management, politics, law and sales that make him a unique member of the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce.
John Cannon
Wintrust Mortgage
Mortgage Consultant
An 18-year veteran of the mortgage industry but a relative newcomer to Des Moines, I'm eager to establish mysef as the person you want your friends or family to go to for mortgage advice. My emphasis is on counseling and helping clients understand the many options, and guide them through what, unfortunately, is not an easy process. Please keep me in mind when you come across someone looking to buy, sell, or refinance a house.
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, in 2008 Mark was honored as the Urbandale Citizen of the Year and was named the best insurance agent in the Des Moines area for 2018 by Cityview.
Titus Morrow
Midwest Heritage Bank
Bank Manager

I grew up in Dayton Ohio, went to college in Wisconsin, and moved to Des Moines in 2011. I have a 3 year old son named Jaxson and 5 year old daughter named Kaitlyn. In my spare time I love spending time with my kids or riding my Harley everywhere. I have worked a lot of jobs including landscaping, library, maintenance, industrial food batching, road construction, as well as overseas volunteer work. Before banking I was a salesman for 6 years. I've sold residential HVAC, life insurance, and furniture. Now I manage the retail side of the bank inside the Urbandale Hy-Vee. I spend a good portion of my time developing relationships with local business in order to be an asset to their financial needs; whether its deposits, LOCs, merchant capture, ACH, or any other business banking need, I love to help direct in any way I can.

James Patten
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. 
Jennifer Paulsen
REMAX Concepts - Jennifer Paulsen
Residential Realtor
I moved to Urbandale in 2011 and have been a proud member & Connector of the Chamber ever since. I received my real estate license in 2006 and have been honored to help many members & their families with their real estate needs over the years. 

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at church, hiking with my husband & our black lab, cooking, gardening & spending time with family. 

Please reach out anytime, I would love to connect with you! 
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
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.

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..
Matt Shaw
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
Reonna Snyder
Hotel Renovo
Sales Executive
Some say, I do deals in heels!  Hi, I’m Reonna – a business professional that has been in the hospitality, event planning industry my entire life.  I graduated with honors at AIB College of Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Travel and Tourism.  Following graduation, I accepted a job at AIB as the Alumni Relations Coordinator then moved up to Director a couple years later.  Throughout the years, I’ve been in sales and management positions at hotels and restaurants.  I'm currently a Des Moines area Sales Executive for Heart of America Group.  A flourishing company!
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family plus friends, volunteering and venturing out to any community event. 
Roger Stalheim
I have an advanced certification as a business coach and consultant.and a member of the top 12 Business coaches in the USA and Canada for T.A.B. international business coaches.  
I have owned 4 start up companies and grew them and sold them.
?T.A.B. Iowa is made up of Roger Stalheim, President, Lori Day 20 year business consultant and Coach and Paul Koenequer, Advanced Sales trainer and teacher.
?Our 20 business expertises are; Succession Planning, S.C.O.R.E. , Executive Coaching and training managers to be managers, Building leadership and managerial skills in managers, 17 personality and personal assessments, One on one coaching and consulting, Strategic Planner, E.OS. Model and implementor and trainer, H.R. Expertise, Advanced Sales Training, Operations,Bbusiness plans, Accountability Coach, Employee development, P & L and balance sheet teacher. Public speaking.      
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 (particularly Corvettes), gardening. He and his lovely wife, Janet, live in Urbandale and have two adult children: Jonay (Houston TX) and Andrew (Denver, CO).
Samantha Winebrenner
Dream Street Realty

I am an Iowa native who was born and raised in Des Moines and a proud graduate of East High School! Real estate has always been a dream of mine so I earned my license in 2011 and enjoyed serving clients until 2014. Since then I have been on the mortgage/finance side of the business and received my loan originator license in the fall of 2017. I have learned so much about the financing and what goes on behind the scenes during a real estate transaction. I am so excited to be back at real estate and know that the knowledge I have gained will be a great asset to serve my clients and make sure their transaction is as worry free as possible! I look forward to teaming up with you and helping make your dreams come true! I currently reside in Urbandale with my two daughters, Lucy and Gwen. If I am not working, I am with them doing things around town, going to the movies, spending time with family and baking yummy desserts!

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.

Kirsten Radke
Core Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
I am formerly from Ottumwa, IA and a graduate of Eddyville-Blakesburg High School. I traveled to Storm Lake, IA to attend Buena Vista University where I received my BS while majoring in Biology. I was 4-yr member of the BVU volleyball team and graduated Cum Laude from BVU in 2012. In 2015 I graduated from Des Moines University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I have worked at Core Physical Therapy, in our West Des Moines location, since 2015. As an Osteopathic trained DPT I specialize in 1:1 treatment, using manual techniques, to treat a wide variety of diagnoses from common orthopedic conditions to chronic pain, headaches, migraines, and women's health. I have advanced specialty training in treatment interventions of Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, and Pelvic Rehabilitation.
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.
Linda Franker
Optimal Health & Wellbeing

Hi, I'm an Independent Certified Health Coach.  Certified through the Villanova School of Nursing, with a personal drive of continuous learning.  My professional career of 30 years in corporate America, affords me a wide experience in the financial, customer service and technology arena’s.
As a Coach, my passion is sharing this amazing gift of life, guiding, supporting, creating hope and walking the dream of a healthy tomorrow with others!
I love spending time with my family, gardening, and living my best self.

Christine Barrows
Century 21 Signature Real Estate
Realtor of residential properties
Christine grew up in a small town in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, where she also met and married her husband. They remained in the region while raising their four children.  Christine owned her own business running a licensed Family Daycare.  Moving to Madison, Wisconsin in 2009, she continued working in the field of Early Childhood Education.  They moved to Des Moines in 2016 and shortly thereafter Christine obtained her real estate license for the state of Iowa.  Having a passion to help others and a love for houses, Christine now enjoys working as a realtor and helping people with their home buying and selling needs. Her hobbies consist of trying her hand at gardening, crafting of all types, learning how to knit, flea marketing, junking and going to estate sales.  Her attractions to the estate sales is partly to view the actual homes.
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.

Mike Johnson
AO Wealth Advisory
Financial Planner
Mike is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with AO Wealth Advisory. His passion is to help others identify and attain their financial objectives by walking with them along their unique journey. He especially enjoys the process of helping clients go from a place of anxiety and confusion about their finances to a place of peace and understanding.
Jason Parkin
Compass Financial Services
Business Development
I am the business development representative for Compass Financial Services, located in West Des Moines. Compass is local, independent, and has no minimum account size balance. We help people match their dollars to their dreams. 
Corey Fowler
Amy Wise
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - Urbandale
Home Mortgage Consultant
With over 50+ years of experience backing me up, I have the knowledge, confidence and professionalism to help customers from start to finish with the greatest of ease. My focus is on providing excellent customer service and make the mortgage process as smooth as possible. Helping people achieve their financial goals is why I love what I do. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, running, and trying new local restaurants. I am a huge Iowa State fan. Will be getting married in September of 2018!
Sandra Rohrer
Controlled Access of the Midwest, LLC
Marketing Director
Sandra does Business Development and Marketing for Controlled Access of the Midwest. Controlled Access is a family owned, small business that's niche is gate automation and access control. 

Sandra grew up in Eastern Iowa moving to Ankeny in 2012. She graduated from Carsten Institute in Arizona and was a self-employed esthetician for almost twenty years until the opportunity to work for Controlled Access came along. 

She enjoys spending her time watching her three children play soccer, baseball, and trap shooting. Sandra considers herself an adventurerer and would like to be on the ultimate adventure. Survivor. She recently attended a casting call in Minnesota and is waiting for them to call her people. 
Jason Trenkamp
Account Executive

Banleaco offers partners and their customers the flexibility and exceptional service they won't find anywhere else. Small business owners, medical professionals, start-ups and established organizations take advantage of our Express Application process making the approval process quick and simple.

Innovative equipment financing programs have helped make Banleaco a trusted lending partner for equipment financing and leasing for more than 70 years.  To learn more about how I help our partners and clients, call me today at 515-471-1028

Dave Makin
Nexus 6 Marketing
Co-Founder / Huge Head

The Nexus 6 name comes from Blade Runner and has its roots in the concept of a perfect blend of tech and the human experience. 

You’ll find that our brand is more about connecting with people and adding something to their day rather than focusing on likes or retweets.

Yes, we swear sometimes, we laugh all the time, and without shame, we can admit we cried when we watched the Notebook.

But at the end of the day, we find that when we close a deal, we also make a new friend.

Sandee Cook
Career Search Associates
Executive Recruiter
I’ve been a Head Hunter since 2015 and love it! Previous to that, I have 25+ years of Human Resources 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 respected recruiters who also help the passive candidate that wants to explore opportunities in a confidential manner.
Jennifer Oredson
Dinner Dispatch

Do you hate the question, "what's for dinner"? Do you never seem to have enough time to get to the grocery store and get a healthy meal on the table?​

That's where Dinner Dispatch comes in! With each delivered menu, we have you covered for the next 3 weeks, all for about $4 per serving. That's about $80-$85 per week!

We do all the shopping and prep and deliver 10 meals to your doorstep or workplace. Set aside 30 minutes to follow a set of simple instructions to turn your groceries into gourmet meals, and then toss them in the freezer. Then all you have to do is thaw, cook, and enjoy!

Check us out at www.dinner-dispatch.com

Amy Engstrom
2Men&ADame Cleaning
I am owner of 2MEN&ADAME Cleaning. I have 30+ yrs of experience in this industry, My business is involved in several chambers, I am Ambassador of 4 chambers. I love helping make life easier for people I come in contact with.
Mellissa Wynkoop
Diamond Residential Mortgage Corporation
Sales Manager
My name is Mellissa Wynkoop, I have 28 years experience in the mortgage industry. I have been a Loan Officer, Processor, Underwriter, Closer, Auditor and Manager. I opened my own mortgage company in 2000 specializing in non qualifying mortgages. Since I closed my company down in 2008, I have worked for different mortgage companies such as Wells Fargo, Franklin American Mortgage and Gateway Mortgage. I am proud to now work for Diamond Residential Mortgage Corp out of Chicago as their Sales Manager/Loan Advisor. I am excited to open the first office in Iowa for Diamond Residential Mortgage Corp. We offer all types of residential and commercial loans including Construction loans as well as several Non Qualifying Mortgage loans such as Fix & Flip and Bank Statement loans. I am here to help you with all of your home loan needs.
Brian Houk
Key Mortgage Group
Mortgage Advisor
I am locally born and raised Des Moines resident who has 10+ years of experience in the Insurance and Mortgage Industries.  I am here to help anyone who is looking to Purchase a new home or simply help complete a Refinance of your current home and maybe even get some cash back to help pay current bills or want to do some home improvements.  Please ask questions so I can help lead you to the best loan for you and your specific situation.  Let me know how our team can help!! 
Brenna Young
Quality Marble & Tile
Business Development Representative

My business background comes from my family business of 25 years. I wanted to change my career but still be in a business with family values well it took me 6 months but I found it. To know more about me hit the link below

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Zak Schneider