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

Christy Jones

Christy Jones

2022 Chair

Accelerate Action Coach

Owner

(515) 202-8898

www.accelerateactioncoach.com

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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.

Jason Parkin

Jason Parkin

2022 Vice Chair

Clear Mortgage

Business Development

(515) 371-8880

www.clearmortgage.com

(515) 371-8880

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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

TDT CPAs and Advisors

Assurance Manager

(515) 657-5800

tdtpc.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.

Jeremiah Terhark

Jeremiah Terhark

2022 Director At Large

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.

Clint Dudley

Clint Dudley

2022 Past 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.

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.

Creighton Cox

Creighton Cox

2022

Turner Construction

Manager of Business Development

(515) 778-5516

www.turnerconstruction.com

 

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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

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

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

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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 with the community. She started as a server/waitress in college. This was truly the point in which she realized her passion for management, leadership and most of all, working with people! This simple position led her into development with multiple well-known brands. For the last 8 years she has been a Franchise Business Coach with the corporate entities of Subway and Pancheros. Leading a team and being results driven has excelled Gina’s career and made her who she is today. Relationship building and working with the community has always been her passion. Gina values working with a team that is committed to impacting change. This makes her a great match with the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce. As the Vice President, she is excited to get involved with your organization and start building strong, lasting relationships. 

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. Shae is a student at Des Moines Christian and quite involved with softball, show choir and band.  It keeps them very busy in much of their free time but they wouldn’t have it any other way! 

 

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.

Tara Knight-Ortiz

Tara Knight-Ortiz

Membership Director- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

tara@urbandalechamber.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.

Sidney Jacobson

Sidney Jacobson

Event Coordinator- Staff

Urbandale Chamber of Commerce

(515) 331-6855

Sidney@urbandalechamber.com

 

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