About the Urbandale Chamber

 

Serving, Protecting, and Promoting You

For more than 62 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 830 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

Jeremiah Terhark

Jeremiah Terhark

2024 Chair

Webspec

CEO/Founder 

(515) 334-9544

www.webspec.com  

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Jeremiah has a talent for technology and an entrepreneurial spirit, Jeremiah founded Webspec Design in the fall of 2000. He is passionate about digital marketing and working with clients to see their goals achieved.

Jeremiah focuses his energies on managing upcoming website projects, interacting with clients, and programming. He graduated from Evangel University with degrees in Accounting and Political Science. When not working, he and his wife enjoy doing activities with their four children.

Jason Parkin

Jason Parkin

2024 Past-Chair

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. 

Benjamin Winters

Benjamin Winters

Treasurer

Forge Financial & Management Consulting

Audit Manager

(515) 657-5800

www.forgeahead.com

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Ben has 7 years of experience in public accounting. He currently serves as an Assurance Manager for TDT CPAs & Advisors specializing in audits of non-profits, governmental entities as well as employee benefit plans. Outside of work Ben enjoys golfing, cheering on the Chiefs and the Cyclones, and spending time with his family. Ben and his wife live in Waukee with their daughter Baylor.

Creighton Cox

Creighton Cox

2024 Vice Chair

 C2 Consultants Inc. 

Owner

(515) 778-5516

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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.

Eric Williams

Eric Williams

Director at Large

2024

AO Wealth Advisory

Certified Financial Planner

(515) 334-9544

www.aowealthadvisory.com

 

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Eric Williams, CFP® is a financial planner and part owner at AO Wealth Advisory. Through his own family’s journey of paying off debt, Eric discovered a passion for helping families set goals, make financial plans and create healthy money habits. He is the author of “It’s Your Money” and also serves on the Midland Credit Union board of directors.

 

Raised in Belmond, Iowa, Eric started his collegiate education at North Iowa Area Community College and graduated from Simpson College with a degree in business management. Eric worked in transportation and marketing before finding his career in financial planning, joining AO Wealth Advisory in 2015.

 

Outside of work he enjoys biking and spending time with his wife and two children

Rob Olney

Rob Olney

2024

Van Meter, Inc.

Regional Vice President

(515) 262-9609

www.vanmeterinc.com

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With more than 20 years’ experience working in construction and electrical distribution, Rob Olney understands the importance of progress and has contributed to the success of countless commercial, institutional, and industrial projects.

He currently leads Van Meter Inc.’s contractor business as Vice President of Sales. Van Meter is an award-winning workplace with more than 800 employee-owners serving the electrical and automation needs of customers in 25 locations across the country—including Des Moines and Urbandale.

Rob considers it an honor and responsibility to give back to the communities where he works and lives. He has served on the American Lung Association Local Leadership Board since 2018 and is a past board member for the Urbandale Food Pantry.

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Rob is a proud Iowan and Hawkeye. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Business in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Communications. Following graduation, Rob spent the next 13 years expanding his skills as a leader and business strategist while working in various roles and cities throughout the Midwest. In 2011, he was thrilled to join the Van Meter team and Urbandale community, where he continues to make an impact personally and professionally.

Rob and his wife, Wendi, have two children – Carly and Luke. The Olney family is passionate about sports, loves spending time outdoors, and appreciates the quality of life found in central Iowa.

Sandee Cook

Sandee Cook

2025

Career Search Associates

Executive Recruiter

(515) 440-1423

www.careersearchassoc.com 

 

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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.

Jon Ingraham

Jon Ingraham

2027

Homemakers Furniture

Talent Acquisition and Community Engagement Manager 

(515) 309-4629

homemakers.com 

 

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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.

Renee Blakely

Renee Blakely

2027

Director of Operations
Delta Dental of Iowa

(515) 261-5581

www.deltadentalia.com 

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Renee has more than 25 years of experience working in the insurance industry with a focus on employee benefits and customer service.  She spent many years working for a local insurance broker and joined the carrier side in 2018.  She is now the Director of Operations for Delta Dental of Iowa. As a highly organized, motivated, and positive individual, Renee thrives on process improvements, collaborating with and leading others.

Raised in central Iowa, Renee is a proud graduate of Dowling Catholic High School.  She attended Iowa State University and earned a degree in Communications, with minors in History and Sociology.   Renee is also a 2010 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute and has previously served on the St. Pius X School Board.

Renee lives in Johnston with her husband Dave and three kids, Tyler, Josh, and Libby. Outside of work, Renee can be found spending time on her container garden and with her perfect dog Frankie and her crazy dog Lulu.  Come February, she’ll be following and cheering on the Chicago Cubs because for Renee, “baseball is life.”

Justin Williams

Justin Williams

2025

Owner 

A New Look Exteriors

(515) 276-1900

www.anewlookexteriors.com 

 

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A New Look Exteriors is an exterior remodeling company.  Specializing in Roofing, Windows, Siding, Gutters, Soffit & Fascia and Concrete work.

We bring many years of experience paired with a drive to make our customers experience a great one.  

We are here to give clients the best customer experience when choosing to remodel their homes.  We do this by:

  • Choosing the best materials
  • Choosing the best installers
  • Continuously pursuing certifications and training to be the best in our field
  • Relentlessly pursuing our customers experience 
Katie Wheeler

Katie Wheeler

2027

Two Rivers Bank & Trust

Mortgage Loan Officer

(515) 221-3026

www.tworivers.bank

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Katie has over 15 years of experience working in community banking; she started as a part-time teller, enjoyed numerous positions in retail banking, and now leads the residential mortgage and construction lending department for Two Rivers Bank & Trust in Central Iowa. Katie has a passion for helping people achieve their dream of home ownership and building wealth through real estate investments. Katie also serves as the Chair for the City of Urbandale Board of Adjusters and thoroughly enjoys serving the community in which she lives. 

Raised in Iowa City, Iowa, Katie is a proud Hawkeye. She attended the University of Iowa where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance, a minor in Spanish and an international business certificate. Outside of work, Katie enjoys traveling, attending live music events and spending time with family and friends. Katie lives in Urbandale with her husband, Josh, her two sons J.R. and Sawyer, and her two geriatric dogs, Molly and Zoey.

Tiffany Menke

Tiffany Menke

President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

tmenke@urbandalechamber.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

 

Gina Wright

Gina Wright

Vice President – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

gwright@urbandalechamber.com 

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Gina is a small town Iowa girl. Proud of her roots, she was born and raised on a farm. Her work ethic stems from the life her parents instilled in her and her 5 siblings. She was raised with strong Christian values and the belief she could accomplish anything if she put her mind to it. 

Gina has spent the majority of her professional career in hospitality and working in the community. It was in this industry she found her passion for management, leadership and most of all, working with people! This simple position led her into development with multiple well-known brands.

In her free time, Gina is family focused. Family time is spent with her husband, Bobby and daughter, Shae. They enjoy time on the deck, grilling and entertaining. 

 

 

Mary Knueven

Mary Knueven

Administrative Assistant – Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

mknueven@urbandalechamber.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.

Sidney Jacobson

Sidney Jacobson

Marketing Coordinator- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

Sidney@urbandalechamber.com

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I was born and raised in Hawkeye country- Iowa City! Go Hawks! While attending the University of Iowa, I was involved in many student organizations, where my passion for event coordinating began. After 5 years primarily in the wedding industry, I was ready to take on a different and new avenue of events, leading me to the Chamber world! I am dedicated to bringing impactful event opportunities to life for our community’s professionals. 
When I’m not running around Urbandale, you might find me trying to keep my flower garden alive, in the kitchen cooking an extravagant meal, boating at the lake with my family, or at a country concert. A few of my favorite things include iced coffee, any form of pasta, cats, Kenny Chesney, and gnomes (solely because they’re cute).

Anna Mable

Anna Mable

Event Coordinator- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

amable@urbandalechamber.com

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I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with an Elementary Education degree and spent many of my college years involved in my sorority and volunteering at schools. The past few years, I have been teaching middle school math in Des Moines. I cannot be happier to join the Chamber and pursue my passion of event planning.

While I am not at the chamber, I attempt many DIY projects around my house, take my dog to the park and spend the majority of my time brewery hopping around Des Moines with my friends and family!

Fletcher Barry

Fletcher Barry

Membership Director- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

fletcher@urbandalechamber.com 

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I graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors in Sports and Recreation Management. The beginning part of my career has been spent working in the sports industry as a sales professional including for a few of the local Des Moines teams. I am looking forward to transitioning my career to serving my hometown and having a positive impact on the Urbandale community through the chamber! In my free time I enjoy spending it with my family, my girlfriend and our dog Suzie. 

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