As we look ahead to 2017, the Chamber is settled in at the new offices in the district at Prairie Trail, right in the hub of growth in our community. Your new Chairman of the Board, Todd Wehr will take over this honor in 2017. Todd is the architectural group leader for Shive-Hattery Architects + Engineers and led the design effort for the Ankeny Market and Pavilion. Todd also worked on the new Chamber office and is involved in Ankeny Economic Development Corporation and Rotary Club of Ankeny. Last month, our 2017 Board of Directors held a strategic planning session where we created goals for 2017 that will keep us on track for our 2019 vision. It was great to listen to all of the innovative ideas and put some things into action for the coming year!
I would like to thank the 2016 Board of Directors for all of their hard work and dedication in making this year a phenomenal year for the Chamber and for the Ankeny community. These 18 people are some of the best people that I’ve had the pleasure to know and work with. Without your support, creative minds and professional expertise we could not accomplish all that we have in 2016. Thank you to Jennifer Walter, our 2015 Chamber President who has continued to serve as Ex-Officio this year. With Jennifer’s love for our community and her passion for the Chamber, I’m sure she will be continuing to serve for many years. On behalf of myself and the Board, we appreciate you and all that you have done for the organization.
A BIG thank you is extended to Julie C. Todtz, our Executive Director, for your time, experience and leadership to this organization. I am also filled with gratitude for the Ankeny Chamber staff: Kris Oakie (Membership Director), Sharlyn Estrem (Office Manager), Jessica Erickson (Events Director) and Elisha Doss (Communications Director). It is because of these ladies’ commitment that we are able to provide huge value to our membership and the community through wonderful events, business promotion and outreach. They do a fabulous job and are greatly appreciated.
We have some amazing people joining the board in 2017! Please welcome Antoni Konecne of Fong’s Pizza, John Peterson of Peterson Planning Strategies, and Brad Whipple of Iowa Clinic to the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. I would also like to welcome Patti Hood of Charter Bank to the Executive Board. I look forward to serving with you as Ex-Officio.
I hope you can spend some quality time with your loved ones, making memories and cherishing each other this holiday season. I will definitely be reflecting on the blessings of this past year and again, thank you to everyone who has supported me in this role as your Ankeny Area Chamber President. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As always, if there is anything that I can do for you or your business, please let me know.
-Doug Beech, 2016 President of the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce