• Ambassadors

  • Annie Giudicessi, HeyGiud Communications

    I’m Annie Giudicessi and I am the owner and brains behind HeyGiud Communications. I take my obsession for Social Marketing, my passion for Branding and combine that with my knowledge and experience to help businesses and organizations grow and thrive in the ever changing Socialsphere. I have spent years learning the nuances and details of Social Marketing and have a passion for helping businesses and Non-Profits utilize the tools available through Social Marketing and digital channels to enhance and grown their brand. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Central College in Communications Studies and a Social Marketing Specialization from Northwestern University. In the rare hours where I manage to disconnect I enjoy photography, writing, exploring the amazing city of Des Moines and spending quality time with my family. My love of music is shown through my company name as HeyGiud is a spin on the song by The Beatles and my last name. 

    You can reach me at annie@heygiuddsm.com or connect with me online via www.heygiudcommunications.com.

  • Mike Mathweg, Marine Credit Union

    I relocated to Des Moines, IA in March 2016 from Fond du Lac, WI. I attended Marian University in Fond du Lac where I graduated with a degree in both Accounting and Finance along with Marketing and Business Administration minors. While at Marian I also played 2 years of Division 3 NCAA hockey. I decided on a banking career and ended up at Marine Credit Union because we treat people are more than must a credit score. As a Consumer Loan Officer, we provide common sense lending to people in the Des Moines Community when other financials only see numbers. If you know anyone who is struggling to get approved for traditional financing and is looking for other options, please send them my way.


  • Tim Smid, Iowa Des Moines Supply

    Tim is originally fro Northwest Iowa, a UNI grad, and recently relocated to the Des Moines area with his wife and children from Algona, IA. He joined the sales team at Iowa Des Moines Supply, a commercial supplier and distributor. Their customers span a variety of industries, including hotels, restaurants, country clubs, schools, grocery and convenience stores, commercial builders, and manufacturers. He can be reached by email at tsmid@iowadesmionessupply.com  or by phone at (515) 263-1200. Tim is looking forward to making many connections here in the region. 

  • Matt Pick, West Bank

    Iowa born and raised, Matt Pick is a compassionate, outgoing person with a strong desire to help his community. Matt is currently a branch manager

    for West Bank at its Southside Des Moines location. Matt believes the chamber is a great place to meet others who share the common interest of serving their community and their customers.

  • Tyler Weig, South Suburban YMCA

    I am driven by the challenge of finding solutions to complex social problems. 
    I am serving as the Executive Director of the South Suburban YMCA, a branch of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
    Here is where you can contact me .


  • Melissa Anderson, Aerotek

    Hey Y’all, I just moved to Des Moines from Houston, TX in pursuit of my career with Aerotek. I grew up in a rural city outside of Houston playing soccer, competing in equestrian, and always being involved with my community. Once I graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor degree in Communication, I started my career in the staffing industry in Downtown Houston. After 3 years of success with TEKsystems I was rewarded the opportunity to transfer to our sister company, Aerotek, here in Des Moines in our Professional Services Division that specializes in all business office positions. Through hard work, determination, and maintaining a positive attitude I look forward to building great trusting relationships with my new clients, community, and professional network. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything that either I or Aerotek can help you with!!!


  • Allise Feldman, Heart of America Group

    Allise is the Executive of Sales for the AC Hotel by Marriott & The Republic on Grand, Heart of America's first project in the Des Moines East Village. 

    A native of Des Moines, Allise holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Grand View University. While at Grand View, she received scholarships for both soccer and basketball. Allise is passionate about making connections and building long lasting relationships in the community. Outside of work, Allise enjoys spending her free time with her husband and three dogs, cooking, and exploring the plethora of local establishments the city has to offer. 

    Email: afeldman@hoari.com    Phone: (515) 480-4083

  • Amy McAninch, Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel

    I grew up in Indianola and moved to Des Moines in 2006 with my husband. I am the Senior Sales Manager for the Ramada on Army Post Rd. Prior to that, I was the Front Office Manager of the Hotel. I really enjoy working in the hospitality field and am looking forward to all of the networking and volunteer opportunities available with the Chamber. Please feel free to contact me for any hotel or banquet needs at amcaninch@airporthotel-dsm.com or (515) 287-6464.

  • Renee Chapman, Athletico Physical Therapy

    I grew up in Eastern Iowa and moved to Des Moines in 2010. I remember visiting Des Moines off and on in the past and can't believe how much the area has grown just in the past 10 years! I currently work at Accelerated Physical Therapy in South Des Moines as a Physical Therapist Assistant, helping patients return to functional activities.  Being able to help community members achieve his/her goals for the past 13 years has been very rewarding. I look forward to increasing my participation in community events and learning more about all the great opportunities Des Moines has to offer by being a part of the East and South Chamber.


  • Nicky Wallace, Aerotek

    'I grew up in Fort Dodge, and moved to Des Moines several years ago after graduating from Iowa with my Finance and Management Degrees. I am happy to call Des Moines home!  I currently am an Account Manager with Aerotek, a Recruiting and Staffing company that supports business here in the Des Moines area throughout many different industries! I manage my team of three recruiters on part of our Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades team, as well as handle Business Development for our division. My recruiters and I work together to place our top skill sets, including Machinists, Welders, Industrial Painters, Forklift Operators, and Shipping and Receiving personnel to name a few.'


  • Stephanie Hoskins, CareMore

    My name is Steph, I am currently the Provider Relations Manager for CareMore Essentials.  CareMore is a primary care clinic serving IA Health Link (Medicaid) program members here in the Des Moines area.  It is my job to help facilitate the connections between healthcare practitioners to ensure that business relationships are harmonious so that patient care is consistent across all spectrums of care.  At CareMore, we truly believe that it is our job to break down barriers in order to ensure that each of our patients receive the highest quality of care in a loving environment.  I am passionate about the healthcare of all Iowans, specifically Medicaid beneficiaries, and really love working in this industry.

    Email: stephanie.hoskins@caremore.com; Phone: 515-981-3613


  • Kristen Strawhacker, ARC Physical Therapy

    Kristen is a Physical Therapist at ARC Physical Therapy+. Kristen evaluates and treats patients with a variety of work related injuries. She also has experience working with youth and collegiate athletes. A native of Des Moines, Kristen holds a Bachelors in Athletic Training from the University of Iowa and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Outside of work Kristen enjoys spending her free time biking, running, cooking, and exploring all that Des Moines has to offer.


  • Monica Langin, Visionary Services 

    Monica is the Vice President at Visionary Services where she has been in professional bliss for the last 10 years, and intends to stay (if they will let her). Outside of work, Monica enjoys listening to live music, playing the piano, cooking, home brewing, and hanging at home with her family.


  • Quentin Huston, East Village Chiropractic

    Dr. Quentin Huston just celebrated his 10th Anniversary serving Des Moines. He is a graduate of Palmer Chiropractic College in 2004. We at East Village Chiropractic strive to diagnose what is going on. If we can not help you, then we refer you to the heath professional that will. Dr. Huston has been involved with the chamber since 2009. 

  • Alyssa Arends, Norwalk Chiropractic

    Iowa born, Iowa raised, Iowa proud. Currently I serve as the practice representative for Norwalk Chiropractic. I moved back to Iowa in 2016 after attending the University of Northwester - St. Paul in Minnesota where I graduated with degrees in both psychology and kinesiology, and where I also realized how much I truly love my home state! I have a passion for people, health, good weather, and coffee. I am excited to see the progress Des Moines has made in the past few years and I look forward to being a part of all the exciting things that are yet to come!

  • Jessica Griffin, Trixies Aveda Salon

    Jessica has been with Trixies since the beginning as front desk coordinator and has always had a passion for the beauty industry. After graduating in early 2015 from the Aveda Institute Des Moines, she is now an Image Consultant at Trixies Salon. When she is not working at Trixies or going to school, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.

    Contact information jessica@trixiessalon.com


  • Hayley Knight, Trixies Aveda Salon


  • Emily Cory, Lamar Advertising

    I'm an Elkhart, IA native and Wartburg College graduate (Go Knights!). While at Wartbug, I was a member of the Track & Field team while majoring in communications. After graduation, I moved out to Dubuque to pursue my career in sales at Lamar Advertising. I spent 2013-2016 in Dubuque until an opportunity opened up for me here in Des Moines in November 2016. Since I've been with Lamar my love for the outdoor/billboard industry continues to grow and I am so grateful to be back in the Des Moines area - I love this city! I really enjoy meeting new people and any opportunity for a new experience, I'm the first one to sign up! Feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help out your business. Email: ecory@lamar.com

  • Kenzie Wiskus, Speck USA

    Iowa is home to me and always has been! I have lived in several places within Iowa: Mason City, Waverly, Coralville, Cedar Falls and I have happily made my way down to Des Moines. I am a 2017 graduate for the University of Northern Iowa with my Leisure Youth and Human Service Degree, Tourism Certificate, and many even planning internships under my belt. Des Moines has led me to a lot of new hobbies and activities that I enjoy - bike riding, yoga, running, visiting wineries/breweries, the farmers market, and so much more! I am now the Administrative Events Manager and Marketing Director with Speck USA. Speck USA is a Decorative Concrete and Patio business and has over 40 years of experience as a commercial parking lot maintenance company (commercial concrete, pavement, and parking lot maintenance_. Speck USA offers more than just concrete services, of course - we have events in our Showroom, tool! It's a real hidden gem, so you should come check us out! The Showroom Event Space by Speck USA is "Where Concrete, Cocktails, and Fun Meet" and I would love to help plan your next event in our space. I can be reached at mwiskus@speckusa.com or (515) 331-4209. 

  • Andrea Kontor, Iowa Wild

    Experienced Client Services Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Skilled in Event Planning, Leadership, Public Speaking, Customer Service, and Teamwork. Strong program and project management with a Bachelor's Degree focused in Sports Management, Human Resource Management, Business Administration from Briar Cliff University. 

  • Aaron Darr, A+ Lawn & Landscape

    Aaron made his passion for the outdoors official by earning a degree in Turf Science from Ohio State University in 2005. He has worked in and around the green industry since 1997, most recently as the Assistant Superintendent at Echo Valley Country Club before joining A+ in 2014. Aaron is passionate about improving homes and properties through quality outdoor environments. He is certified in Iowa for turf, ornamental and aquatic chemical applications and is currently working towards his SIMA (Snow and Ice Management Association) Certification. Aaron is a firm believer that building strong, personal relationships drives a positive long-term business partnership. He fosters his relationship building within his industry through his involvement in both IREM and BOMA Iowa. 

  • Michelle Swanson, Trial Lawyers for Justice P.C.

    Michelle Swanson is so passionate about her role at Trial Lawyers for Justice. 
    One of the reasons she was extended the opportunity at Trial Lawyers for Justice is because of her being the founder of the BeYouTiful Initiative.  The BeYouTiful Initiative is focused on empowering and supporting women.  The attorneys at Trial Lawyers for Justice not only liked what the BeYouTiful Initiative stands for, they also took notice of Michelle’s follow through and relentless commitment to her marketing campaign. They knew she would be a great addition to their team due to this! To connect with Michelle- feel free to visit http://tl4j.com/michelle-swanson/ In wrap-up, Michelle wants to thank Tiffany Tokarz with Modern Muse for helping her create a clear vision and a step-by-step plan that led her to where she is today.  Learn more about Tiffany by visiting www.modernmuseconsulting.com.


  • Chad Shellmyer, NXGEN-Iowa

    I have lived in Des Moines since 1998, with my wife Erin and 2 children, Skyler and Blake.   Owner of NXGEN-Iowa, bringing Integrity and Transparency to the Credit Card industry.  A 20+ year Iowa High School basketball official, I enjoy Golfing, Softball, Coaching my kids sports, and spending time with my Labrador Retrievers, Junior and Josey.  Let me know if there is anything I can do to make your Chamber experience more rewarding!


  • Meredith Luksetich, Animal Rescue League of Iowa

    Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Meredith graduated from Johnston High School in 2009 and continued her education at Iowa State University. At ISU, she majored in Event Management and graduated May of 2014. Starting out as an intern at the Des Moines East and South Chamber, Meredith was soon hired to be their Vice President in September 2014. At the Chamber, Meredith was in charge of all events, marketing, interns, and financials. Meredith is now the Signature Events & Corporate Development Coordinator at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. At the ARL, she plans and promotes 8 key events throughout the year and is in charge of all corporate sponsorships. If you are ever interested in partnering with the ARL, please contact her at mluksetich@arl-iowa.org

  • Tabatha Podrazik, Straub Marketing

    As the Director of Creative Strategies, Tabatha is responsible for the development of branding strategies and design for the clients of Straub Marketing. 

    A proud Iowa captive since 2007, Tabatha holds a Bachelors of Arts, Mass Communication from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. While studying in her home state, her passion for fine art steered her toward a career in graphics. She currently has over 15 years of design experience. 

    As a lifelong creative and lover of community relations, Tabatha has volunteered her design services to many local charities such as the American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald Home Charities, and JDRF. She is an ambassador for the Des Moines East + South Chamber, a member of the Ankeny Chamber, and American Marketing Association (AMA), is a volunteer for the Des Moines European Heritage Association's Christkindlmarket, and has attended the Leadership Education and Advancement Pipeline (LEAP) Series for two years running. 

    In her free time, Tabatha enjoys traveling, live music, baseball, sewing, all things art, and spending time with friends and family - all in the company of her husband Kenny, two sons Ethan and Graham, and pup Charlie. 

  • Ciara Ladroma, DMACC Urban Campus

    I moved to Des Moines almost 5 years ago from Iowa City. I love that Des Moines is a constantly growing, impressive city while it maintains its small town vibes. I am a Career Coach at the DMACC Urban Campus for the HiSET Program. This role allows me to support adults in attaining their High School Equivalency Diplomas. Being a Career Coach has strengthened by knowledge of community resources and opportunities available to all students. To me, the community is priority. I volunteer on varying platforms and am the 2017 Des Moines Jaycees Chapter President. The Jaycees are the Young Professionals group of the East & South Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. We are proud to represent the East & South Chamber of Commerce as we partner to empower young professionals and make a positive influence in our community. I was born in the Philippines but have been raised throughout the Midwest. I enjoy traveling, supporting local businesses, and spending time with friends & family. To connect, please feel free to contact me at culadroma@dmacc.edu

  • Justin Bogers, Goodwill Career Connection Center

    I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve the public in an employment capacity over the last seven years, assisting members of the community from all walks of life to prepare for and attain employment opportunities and skills training. Whether entry-level or upper management, the mission is simple: Learn, Prepare, Connect, Succeed! After spending five years working for Link Associates, empowering individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their quest toward personal and professional success, I took on the role of Supervisor of the Goodwill Career Connection Center, a free resource for job seekers and employers alike. I am passionate about making connections and am excited to help others within the Chamber.


  • Traci Shoemaker, Owner of NRI Insurance 

    I’m proud to have lived in Iowa my whole life; I grew up on a small farm near West Branch and moved to Des Moines in 1994 after graduating from the University of Iowa – GO HAWKS! My two children had fun in Des Moines’ public schools and at Iowa colleges while my husband and I had our own fun starting a company in 2003. We keep pretty busy with Notary Rotary, our nationwide company, and NRI Insurance Services, our independent Iowa agency, but I love to support the Chamber and other local businesses when I can.
    If you ever need a buddy to go to an event with, just send me an email at traci@insurance515.com. Also, if you’re a business owner or president, ask me about MOXIE! MOXIE—Member Owners eXchange Information & Experience—meets once a week to talk about issues impacting their business. It’s really helpful and a lot of fun.


  • Lynn Foreman, Straub Marketing

    Lynn Foreman is a Promotions Consultant with The Straub Corporation | PAW Marketing.   Family-owned, with 66 years of combined industry experience, The Straub Corporation | PAW Marketing is a comprehensive marketing resource, specializing in promotional products, print, fulfillment and customer specific smart catalog technology.  A member of the WBENC, as well as the only Iowa member of an exclusive buying group The Partnering Group, they bring robust capabilities for all your marketing and promotional needs.  She is committed to helping the community grow by building lasting relationships with her current customers, as well as developing prospective new ones.  She can be reached at (515) 282-5283 or email Lynn@straubcorp.com.  Visit our website at www.pawmarketing.com


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