Tell us about your job.
I serve as President/CEO of the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce. In this
role, I provide administration to further the healthy quality of life and business climate in Waukee. I lead the 330 members—including strategic planning, business advocacy, recruitment, motivation and recognition of volunteers, recruitment and retention of memberships, fund raising, budgeting, and community development. I’ve served in this role since November of 2010.
For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us what the Waukee Chamber tries to accomplish?
The Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting growth and prosperity in our local economy.
The Chamber’s Board of Directors are business members of the Waukee community, and they chair six different committees through which the Chamber’s work is completed—Membership, Community Development, Government Affairs, Scholarship, Ambassadors and Economic Development. All Chamber members are invited to participate on our committees.
The Chamber puts on numerous events throughout the year. Do you have any personal favorites?
Yes, I have two! First is “What’s Cookin’ in Waukee: A Business Expo and Tasting Experience.” It’s a business expo and tasting experience highlighting all of the great things going on in our business community! Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce members host booths with business information and offer food tastings. The expo is a great way to connect the community to the services offered by our businesses. All members and residents are invited to come check it out and grab a bite to eat at the same
The other is the “Waukee Economic Development Bus Tour.” This will be our sixth year hosting the event, and that’s coming up quickly—Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. The tour provides a closer look at the new development projects in our rapidly
growing community. It’s a wonderful partnership between the City of Waukee and the Waukee Chamber business community. We look forward to filling four buses this year. The tour will start and end in Waukee with a reception to follow at 5:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and will highlight community information, business, school and residential development.
What’s the best way for those interested to learn more about The Waukee Chamber of Commerce?
The best ways to learn more are to visit our website at waukeechamber.com or join us for a luncheon, after-hours event or ribbon-cutting ceremony. I look forward to meeting you in person!