URBANDALE, IA –The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce has hired Tara Knight-Ortiz as Membership Sales Director of the membership-based organization. The Membership Sales Director’s role will focus to bring on new member businesses to add and enrich the diverse business community created by the chamber. She will also support the Urbandale Chamber’s mission to serve, protect, promote, and provide resources and access to a rich network to promote economic prosperity throughout Central Iowa.

Tara grew up in Iowa, joined the United States 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. Tara said “The Chamber has been such a great experience for me as a member. I’m thrilled and humbled to be a part of the growth and development of our community now as a member of the Urbandale Chamber staff. I am honored to serve you, your business and your families”.

The Urbandale Chamber is one of the largest business membership organizations in the Des Moines metro, representing more than 700 businesses in Urbandale and Central Iowa. The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based business organization that serves, promotes, and protects its members and the community.