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

Ben Buenzow

Ben Buenzow

2018 Chair
Agent/Owner

State Farm Insurance
(515) 270-8870
www.benbuenzow.com

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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!
Pat Pithan

Pat Pithan

2018 Vice Chair
MMIT Business Solutions Group

(515) 251-1501
Director, Sales and Consulting
www.mmitiowa.com

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Pat Pithan is currently Director of Sales and Consulting at MMIT Business Solutions Group (formerly M & M Sales and Imaging Technologies). He has been with MMIT since 1986.  Prior to his current position he spent many years as a Major Account Manager and Territory Business Manager. Pat is especially proud of the fact that his staff currently serves the needs of over 1,500 businesses in the central Iowa area. He provides them with their office equipment and IT technology needs.

Pat resides in Urbandale with his wife, Katie, and their two daughters, Jaime and Jennifer. Katie is currently a substitute teacher in the Johnston School District.. His daughters are currently attending college at the University of Northern Iowa and the Drake University Law School.

Al Kaduce

Al Kaduce

Treasurer
Kaduce & Company, PC

CPA
(515) 223-1040
www.kaducecpa.com

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Michele Reeves

Michele Reeves

2018 Director at Large
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.

Lori Gelhaar

Lori Gelhaar

2018 Past chair
Emory Dry Ice

Vice President – Sales
[email protected]

(515) 491-2771
www.emorydryice.com

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Lori Gelhaar has served on the Urbandale Chamber Board since 2012 and a member since 2002.  Over the years, Lori has been actively involved with many of the Urbandale Chamber events, programs and committees.  In addition to her role with the Urbandale Chamber, Lori is the Vice President of Sales for Emory Dry Ice, providing dry ice equipment rental and blasting services for restoration, remediation and cleaning needs.  Lori has served on a wide variety of local boards and associations including the Employers’ Council of Iowa, KEY in Des Moines, Greater Des Moines Business Resources and Community Development and ALS. She is also a past recipient of the Business Records Forty under 40 (2013).  Lori and her husband Gerry currently live in Adel, Iowa with their three children.
Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

2018

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.
Susan Bonnicksen

Susan Bonnicksen

2019

Superior Printing & Promotions
Independent Sales Executive

(515) 975-1284
www.superiorprintingpromo.com

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Russ Schroader, P.E.

Russ Schroader, P.E.

2018

Shive-Hattery
Team Leader

www.shive-hattery.com

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Todd McDonald

Todd McDonald

2020

President
ATW Solutions

(515) 727-0731

www.atwtraining.com

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Todd is the Founder and President of ATW Training Solutions and President of New Horizons Computer Learning Center, both Urbandale  businesses. The mission of ATW and New Horizons is to unleash the human potential in organizations to propel business success. Todd is also a board member of the Waukee Betterment Foundation, a board member of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, and serves on the Advisory Council of the Ken Blanchard Companies.
Clint Dudley

Clint Dudley

2019

Shade Tree Auto

Owner
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. Clint is also a graduate of the Community Leadership Program through the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, and was named a Forty Under 40 in 2016.

Clint and his wife Mindy currently live in West Des Moines with their two children, Molly and Henry.  

Amy Eaton

Amy Eaton

2020

IWLC (Iowa Women Lead Change)

Director of Marketing & Strategic Development

(515) 724-3101
www.iwlcleads.org

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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.

 

Amy graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Journalism & Mass Communications. She was the Client Experience Director at Allegra Marketing for nine years and previously worked for the Des Moines Arts Festival and Downtown Events Group, Stanford University and Iowa State University. Amy is past chair of genYP and Young Variety.

Tiffany Menke

Tiffany Menke

President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
President

(515) 331-6855
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. 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.

Ryan Moon

Ryan Moon

Membership Director – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Membership Director

(515) 331-6855

www.uniquelyurbandale.com

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Ryan Moon began working for the Urbandale Chamber in 2017. Previously, he worked in Washington, D.C. for 270 Strategies and various projects for the United States Global Leadership Coalition and Union of Concerned Scientists. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Iowa House of Representatives. He is responsible for membership recruitment, development, and retention for the organization. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Political Science. He enjoys spending time with friends, family, and his dogs Hilton and Stark.

Denise Day

Denise Day

Vice President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce
Vice President

(515) 331-6855

www.uniquelyurbandale.com/ 

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