Chairman of the Board: Ready for 2020!

Jan 1, 2019

Patti Hood, 2020 Chairman of the Board

As I begin the New Year as the Ankeny Area Chamber Chairman, I am reflecting on 2019 and looking ahead to what 2020 will bring. The chamber continued to grow over 1,000 members in 2019 and had a successful year of events. We have been fortunate that the Ankeny community continues to grow and prosper. The start of the New Year is a time for both reflection and anticipation. I look forward to working with the chamber team, our members, and the community as a whole as we plan for the upcoming year!

The Ankeny Area Chamber was lucky to have the leadership of our past chairperson, Michele Starkenburg, and we are thankful she will continue to serve as ex-officio and stay involved in 2020. I am also excited to work with our current Board of Directors; we look forward to serving our growing membership.

In the New Year, the Chamber will provide our members and the Ankeny community with many valuable chamber events and services. Our next big event is the Annual Dinner on Thursday, February 20 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC Campus. If you’re a Chamber member, hurry to register at, Tables fill up fast for this popular event. We also welcome everyone to attend our Business After Hours and Lattes and Leads networking events each month. These events are an opportunity to expand your personal and professional network while enjoying coffee or an after-hours drink. Visit the Chamber online events calendar for future dates and locations. And, as always, the chamber will continue to provide opportunities to market your business and connect you with resources in order to grow your business in 2020.

I hope you take time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the successes and opportunities available in 2020. What changes will you experience in the New Year? Do you have goals for 2020? Maybe it’s making new business contacts or marketing your business in a different way. Whatever it may be, let the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce assist you! By getting involved in the Chamber business community you will meet business members that become customers and friends.

I am honored to serve as your 2020 Chairman. If there is anything I can do to help you or your business, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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