Chairman of the Board: Thank You!

Dec 1, 2019

Michele Starkenburg, 2019 Chairman of the Board

My year of service as Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chair is already coming to an end. Representing the over 1,000 members of the chamber has been an honor and a privilege. It has been my goal this year to help connect our members to the many resources available to help each business grow and thrive. Ankeny and the Chamber have experienced amazing growth – a strong business community being one of the reasons. Ankeny continues to be a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

As we look ahead to next year, the chamber is right in the hub of Ankeny’s growth. Your new Board Chairman, Patti Hood, will take over in 2020. Patti is with Charter Bank and has been highly involved with the Chamber for several years. I have confidence that she will serve our community well and bring many innovative ideas and action items. Our 2020 Board of Directors held a strategic planning session creating goals to help achieve next year’s vision.

Thanks to the 2019 Board for their hard work and dedication. Without their support, creative minds, and professional expertise we could not have accomplished all that we did in 2019. Thank you to Lydia Hornung, our 2018 Chair, in serving as Ex-Officio this year. On behalf of the Board, we appreciate all that you’ve done for the organization.

Thank you to Julie Todtz our President/CEO for the leadership you’ve exhibited over the years at the Ankeny Area Chamber. And thank you to Jamie Anderson (Membership), Sharlyn Estrem (Office), Kris Oakie (Member Engagement) Jessica Erickson (Events), Ali Krogman (Communications) and Mike Fischer (Marketing) who serve with Julie as our wonderful welcoming Chamber staff. It is because of their commitment we can provide value to our members and the community through great events, business promotion, and outreach.

I also want to thank my family and friends for supporting me through the year as Chair.

I’d like to introduce the new members joining the board in 2020! Please welcome Ashley Cundiff (Ankeny Children’s Dental), Laura Luetje (Lamberti, Gocke & Luetje Law Offices), Ted Rapp (Nilles & Associates), Jeff Reed (The Elevate Co.), and Brandon Converse (Luana Savings Bank) to the Chamber Board of Directors. Welcome Corey Morrison (On With Life) to the Executive Board. I look forward to serving with you as Ex-Officio in 2020.

As you finish up your holiday shopping, my request to you is to get out and support our Ankeny businesses! I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season filled with time with your loved ones. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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