About the Urbandale Chamber

 

Serving, Protecting, and Promoting You

For more than 50 years, the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has served as the voice for businesses in and around Urbandale. We are committed to helping our members thrive and accomplish their greatest goals. As Urbandale’s largest coalition of businesses, we serve more than 780 members and 24,000 representatives

Each year, we put on more than 150 events for members to connect and do business. These events range from educational seminars to networking breakfasts, to young professional development and more. To learn more, meet our chamber staff, and drop us a line with any questions you may have.  Already a member?  Log in to access additional benefits!

Chamber Board and Staff

Clint Dudley

2021 Chair

Shade Tree Auto

Owner

(515) 986-5241

www.shadetreeauto.biz

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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.

Christy Jones

Christy Jones

2021 Vice Chair

CKJ Properties

Owner

(515) 202-8898

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Christy Jones, Former Owner of R Jones Collision 1 has been helping customers through the collision claim process since 2001. Christy was a second-generation owner, who bought the business from her Father and Uncle in 2015. As someone who has grown up, worked in and purchased a family-owned business, Christy brings a wealth of knowledge to her employees and customers each day. She serves as an ambassador for her customers. She takes a hands-on approach by educating them about the collision repair process. Christy can sum up her dedication to collision repair with this service statement: Our customers feel safe and secure trusting their vehicle to the care of our knowledgeable employees who produce quality repairs. We write it right, fix it right and bill it right.

Al Kaduce

Al Kaduce

Treasurer

Kaduce & Company, PC 

CPA

(515) 223-1040

www.kaducecpa.com

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Jason Parkin

Jason Parkin

2021 Director At Large

Clear Mortgage

Business Development

(515) 371-8880

www.clearmortgage.com

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Jason grew up in LeMars, IA and attended the University of Iowa, receiving a degree in Communications, and Iowa State University, where he received a degree in meteorology. He has worked at WHO-TV, KCCI-TV, and KCWI-TV forecasting and covering Iowa’s ever-changing weather. Jason joined Compass Financial Services as a Sales Assistant in Oct. of 2016. He lives in Urbandale with his wife Kelly and sons Nolen, Maddox, and Hudson and their trusty dog, Radar. 

Michele Reeves

Michele Reeves

2021 Past Chair

Vision Park Family Eye Care

Office Manager

(515) 270-2490

www.vision-park.com

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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

Andy Richardson

2021

Electronic Engineering

Communication & Security Consultant

(515) 283-1100

www.eengineering.com

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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.

Creighton Cox

Creighton Cox

2022

Turner Construction

Manager of Business Development

(515) 778-5516

http://www.turnerconstruction.com/office-network/des-moines

 

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Creighton has over 20 years’ experience working in areas of economic development, construction, and municipal and state government.

His background in construction, land development, lobbying and working with local municipalities has helped many companies and leaders with regulatory requirements and working together to improve the quality of life of central Iowans through good planning and strong infrastructure.

Prior to joining Turner Construction, a General Contractor, Creighton worked at Olsson Engineering and served as the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines. He also worked in the office of the Iowa Senate Republican Leader and as a consultant and lobbyist for M & R Strategic Services. He served eight years as a City Council Member for the City of Urbandale, 2011-2019.

Creighton currently serves on the Polk County Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors, and has served on the boards of the Better Business Bureau, Developers Council of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines HBA Green Building Council, Iowa State Extension Iowa Housing Policy Roundtable, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, Iowa HOBY, and Think Green Iowa. In addition, he is a member of the Des Moines Business Record Forty Under Forty class of 2010 and is a graduate of Leadership Urbandale.  Creighton also enjoys coaching Urbandale Little League and Urbandale Rec youth basketball.

Creighton graduated from the University of Iowa in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. He was born in New York and as part of a military family lived in Vermont, Alabama, and Michigan before moving to Iowa 1986. He has lived in Urbandale since 2006 with his wife Katie, and two children, Braeden and Stella.

Jeremiah Terhark

Jeremiah Terhark

2021
Webspec

CEO/Founder 

(515) 334-9544
www.webspec.com  

 

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Todd Herren

Todd Herren

2023

Vice President, Technology & Operations

Delta Dental of Iowa

(515) 261-5581

www.deltadentalia.com 

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Todd Herren graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and earned an MBA from Drake University.

Linda Franker

Linda Franker

2022

Owner 

Optimal Health & Wellbeing

(515) 988-8251

https://www.facebook.com/coachlindafranker

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Hi, I am a Independent Certified Health Coach.  My professional career spans wide with 30 years in Corporate America, providing a wide range of experience in the financial, customer service, collections and technology industries.
Today, as I coach lifestyle and transformation, I am passion driven on the success of others creating hope with their health, mindfulness and overall wellbeing.  Empowering others with their health is a true blessing in life, to them with the choices they get to make with their life, as well as, making memories with family.  Sharing this gift of life is what I do, guiding, supporting and walking the dream of a healthy tomorrow, one day at a time.
I love spending time with family, friends, gardening, outdoor activities and living my best possible life.

Lance Farrell

Lance Farrell

2023

Farrell’s eXtreme Body Shaping

Owner

(515) 252-0889

https://fxburbandale.com/ 

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Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping’s founder and CEO, Lance Farrell, is a sixth-degree black belt with one mission: to inspire people to live with power and purpose.

Lance Farrell began his Taekwondo journey under Master Yong Chin Pak while studying at Iowa State University in 1980. In 1982, Lance began teaching Taekwondo over the summer in his hometown of Guthrie Center, Iowa. In 1985, to accommodate the growing number of Taekwondo students, Lance relocated his program to Creston, Iowa.

Inspired by the art of Taekwondo, the concepts of bodybuilding, and the martial arts culture of accountability, Lance created the Farrell’s 10-Week Challenge.

In 2001, the first 10-Week Challenge was held in Des Moines, Iowa. Over 40 Taekwondo parents and instructors joined–and the results were groundbreaking. The transformations the first 10-Week students experienced were remarkable, and word quickly spread.

To further the mission of empowering others, Farrell’s became a franchise in 2007. Headquartered out of Urbandale, Iowa, Farrell’s has since expanded to over 60 locations across 12 states–and counting! Over 200,000 members have experienced their own transformation with Farrell’s. Since the inaugural 10-Week Challenge, members have lost over 4.5 million pounds of body fat. (That’s the weight of 356 elephants!) No other fitness company can produce results like Farrell’s.

For nearly 20 years, Farrell’s has stood the test of time. Today, Lance continues to lead the company with one mission in mind: to inspire others to live with power and purpose.

Tiffany Menke

Tiffany Menke

President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

tmenke@urbandalechamber.com 

www.uniquelyurbandale.com

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Since 2004, Tiffany Menke, 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 ex-offenders.

In 2017, Tiffany was honored as a Woman of Influence through the Des Moines Business Record. Other honors include 40 under 40, and an Ovation award from the Iowa Women’s Foundation and Des Moines’ Most Likeable People in 2018. 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.

To schedule an appointment with Tiffany, visit:

 https://calendly.com/tmenke 

Denise Day

Denise Day

Vice President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

denise@urbandalechamber.com 

www.uniquelyurbandale.com

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Since 2004, Tiffany Menke, 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 ex-offenders.

In 2017, Tiffany was honored as a Woman of Influence through the Des Moines Business Record. Other honors include 40 under 40, and an Ovation award from the Iowa Women’s Foundation and Des Moines’ Most Likeable People in 2018. 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.

To schedule an appointment with Tiffany, visit: https://calendly.com/tmenke 

Mary Knueven

Mary Knueven

Administrative Assistant – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

mknueven@urbandalechamber.com 

www.uniquelyurbandale.com/ 

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Mary has had careers in banking, was Executive Assistant to the President of USG Annuity & Life Company, a Fundraiser & Events Director at Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa, & employed for 11-years at the Partnership. 
Mary is a member & is active in a number of organizations. She is past president & member of LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association)-Amateurs of DM, current President of the Willow Creek Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf League, past president & current member of PEO Chapter KD of Des Moines, & current member of the Urban Heights Covenant Church among various other organizations.
 
Mary married Pat Knueven in 1980. Their son (Jason) and daughter-in-law (Becky) live in Gardner, Kansas, with their 2 boys, Cael & Cameron. She loves to play golf, travel, & spend time with her two grandsons.

Tara Knight-Ortiz

Tara Knight-Ortiz

Membership Sales Director- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

tara@urbandalechamber.com 

www.uniquelyurbandale.com

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Tara grew up in Iowa, joined the United Sates Army and is now a retired veteran. The army instilled several values in her that she continues to hold close including honor, integrity, respect and selfless service. These characteristics make her a great match for her position within the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, in addition to her caring nature and ability to make everyone feel welcome. She previously worked in the Des Moines area as a financial advisor to help her clients plan for their future. It was her deep understanding of what was important to her clients that guided her to develop strategies to reach their financial goals. While Tara is not at work you can find her spending time with her husband, Edgar, and their daughters growing families. She also loves to camp and hit the open road on her motorcycle.

Anna Wisnieski

Anna Wisnieski

Events & Communication Coordinator – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

anna@urbandalechamber.com 

www.uniquelyurbandale.com

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Anna is the Events and Marketing Coordinator at the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. She has previously worked in commercial real estate management as a property management coordinator. She thoroughly enjoys working with people and forming genuine connections throughout her community. She was born and raised in the Des Moines area and attended Dowling Catholic High School. Following high school she went to Iowa State University and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Event Management in the fall of 2018. Outside of work she enjoys playing volleyball, being creative in any way and hanging out with her family, friends and dog, Sadie.