WEST DES MONES, IA (TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2024) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced its 2024 Board of Directors, a diverse group of leaders that will guide, serve, and shape the WDM Chamber and West Des Moines community.

“Our 2024 Board of Directors are made up of key leaders in our city and region who represent a wide range of industries and businesses from small, medium, and large.” said Katherine Harrington, President and CEO of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. “We are very excited for this particular group to be involved, especially since we will be celebrating our 100-Year anniversary this entire year.”

The 2024 Board of Directors slate was approved by the current WDM Chamber membership in December. The board term officially begins January 1, 2024, with the first official meeting taking place on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.

“It is an amazing opportunity to serve a Board Chair during the 100-year anniversary.” Said Paul Schut, Technology Advisory with Marco. “Since starting to serve the Chamber in 2018 as an Ambassador, it has been nothing short of inspiring to witness the rapid growth of the organization. I look forward to helping strengthen the chamber by growing membership to 1,000 members and establishing a legacy in the community through their brand-new Foundation. Thank you to our existing members and, if you’re not a member today, considering joining us during this milestone year!”

Members of the Board of Directors Include:


· Chair: Paul Schut, Technology Advisor / Marco

· Chair Elect: Terrence Thames, Owner & Creative Director / Cocoa Creative Agency

· Treasurer: Dave Baccile, Chief Investment Officer / NCMIC

· Secretary: Maria Davis, Vice President Commercial Real Estate / R&R Realty

· Past Board Chair: Jon Hummel, VP Commercial Banking / West Bank


· Harrison Kruse, Vice President / CBRE | Advisory and Transaction Services

· Kourtney Perry, CEO / Privacy, LLC & Ladie Lex Scented Candles

· Sanita Dzafic, West Des Moines Branch Manager / Wells Fargo

· Robert Palmer, General Council & Director Government Affairs / Iowa League of Cities

· Mark Peiffer, SR VP & Chief Financial Officer / Des Moines University

· Jennifer Smith, Partner / S&S Employment Partners

· Marcia Treichel, VP, Market Expansion Branch Manager / JPMorgan Chase & Co.

· Liza Veren, SR VP, Human Resources / Athene


· Anne Cooper, SVP Chief Human Resources Officer / Sammons Financial Group

· Sailu Timbo, Business Advisory / Creative Planning Business Services

· Eric Shepard, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Talent Director / MidAmerican Energy Company

· Jim Dunaway, Regional Director of Central Iowa / Casey’s General Store


· Representative for the City of West Des Moines: Renee Hardman – Owner & Principal / Hardman Consulting, LLC & West Des Moines City Council Member; Member At-Large

· WDM Community School District: Dr. Matt Adams, Superintendent

· Waukee Community School District: Dr. Bradley Buck, Superintendent

· DMACC: Dr. Anthony Paustian, Provost

· WDM Leadership Academy: Ashley Charnetski, Member Attorney / Whitfield & Eddy Law

· West YP: Britton Klomstad, Associate Advisor / SVN CREATE

· WDM Ambassadors: Allison Barnes, Sales Representative / Comparion Insurance

· WDM Leads/Latino Trade Network: Amner Martinez, Founder & CEO / Infinite Resources

To learn more about the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the 2024 Board of Directors, visit wdmchamber.org.


About the WDM Chamber of Commerce The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, established in 1924, is a dynamic organization dedicated to championing all things West Des Moines. With a focus on strengthening local businesses, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top-tier workforce, the Chamber aims to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. Celebrating a century of excellence, the Chamber boasts a diverse community of over 800 members, offering something for everyone. Explore the possibilities, learn more about the chamber, and discover how you can get involved in shaping the future of West Des Moines at wdmchamber.org.

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