About Central Iowa Business Conference

About Central Iowa Business Conference

The Central Iowa Business Conference is the premier event for CEOs and executive teams, business owners, investors, community leaders, and entrepreneurs to attend and experience a full day of inspiration and education to take your business to a new level. The conference boasts top-level speakers, cutting-edge topics, and fantastic opportunities to connect with other leadership teams from across Central Iowa.

The Central Iowa Business Conference is organized by the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, which strives to provide an educational opportunity for ALL businesses in Central Iowa, regardless of whether the business is a member of the Chamber.

Mission and Purpose

Our goal is to bring together the brightest minds across multiple disciplines for an inspiring and meaningful experience.

2024 Planning Committee

Andi Fagen

2024 Co-Chair

Andi Fagen is a native of Urbandale, and started assisting in brand launches after her time at ISU, in 2009. The journey brought her to Los Angeles, Miami and eventually home to the Midwest-Best; Des Moines.

Andi opened Creative DSM to continue helping others launch their dreams and to get involved in the community. When not strategizing SEO, she is a mom, traveler, sushi connoisseur and a $3 wine fan.

Matt Nuetzman

2024 Co-Chair

Matt Nuetzman served on the Urbandale Chamber Board of Directors for 6 years and is a Past Board Chair. In 2011, Matt helped launch the genYP Program and later served as genYP Chair, and he has volunteered and led many Chamber programs since first joining in 2009. Matt is a Strategic Business Consultant at Paychex where he has worked since 2012, which was then known as Merit Resources. Paychex is a Human Resources services provider, through whom the Urbandale Chamber offers its PEO Partner Program for its members. Matt and his wife Sheena live in Urbandale with their 2 children.

Todd McDonald

2024 Committee Member

Todd McDonald founded ATW in 1999 after spending 15 years in various Human Resource and Training roles in industries such as finance, insurance, banking and manufacturing.  He also served as Executive Vice President of American Media, Inc., the largest producer of training videos at the time with products in 72 countries and 27 languages.

Todd has authored two books: one on communication between managers and their employees, “I Wish You Would Just…” and the other on time management, “How to Find 100 Extra Minutes a Day.”

When not leading the efforts of ATW, you can find Todd volunteering and serving on numerous boards on a local and national level.  And when there is free time, you can find Todd spending time with his wife, kids and growing family of grandchildren.

Jeremiah Terhark

Jeremiah Terhark

2024 Committee Member

Jeremiah Terhark has a talent for technology and an entrepreneurial spirit. Jeremiah founded Webspec Design in the fall of 2000. He is passionate about digital marketing and working with clients to see their goals achieved.

Jeremiah focuses his energies on managing upcoming website projects, interacting with clients, and programming. He graduated from Evangel University with degrees in Accounting and Political Science. When not working, he and his wife enjoy doing activities with their four children.

Christy Jones

Christy Jones

2024 Committee Member

Christy Jones was born and raised in Des Moines, growing up in her family owned auto body shop, R Jones Collision Repair. Like many of you, Christy’s life journey has been full of twists and turns.

Having the desire to contribute to others, Christy decided to become a teacher. After graduating from UNI, she landed her first real job as a 6th grade resource teacher at Brody Middle School, in Des Moines. After realizing that institutional teaching was not her jam, she lifted stakes and moved to Charlotte, NC where she spent a year and a half working for a NASCAR engine builder, as their office manager.

Christy’s journey brought her back home to Iowa in 2001 when she was asked to help run the family business. Over time she grew to be the sole estimator and the frontline face of the business. And in 2015 she became the first and only women owned body shop owner in the Des Moines area. Christy’s journey wasn’t done yet. After buying another body shop in 2020, she then sold both shops in 2021 to Caliber Collision, effectively retiring at the young age of 44.
In 2022, Christy emerged from full retirement to become a certified business coach with Accelerate ActionCOACH, working with her former business coach. Today Christy has gone out on her own to form her own company, Clarity Business Coaching. Christy continues to work with large and small business owners providing them the focus and accountability needed to navigate the murky waters of business ownership.

Christy is very active in her community. She currently volunteers for UCAN, Urbandale Community Action Network and SCORE, an SBA backed free mentoring program for business owners. She is active in the Urbandale Chamber, most recently serving as the past board chair. She loves to read and enjoys learning more about wine and whiskey. Even with her new job and her many volunteer activities she partakes in, it is her goal to travel at least one time per month.

Curvin Larson

Curvin Larson

2024 Committee Member

Curvin Larson joined Comparion Insurance Agency, a Liberty Mutual Company, in August 2022 as a Sales Representative offering Personal & Casualty Insurance as well as Life Insurance. Comparion Insurance Agency helps individuals transfer the risks during life’s most uncertain moments. Curvin’s goal is to understand his customers’ needs and align them with the proper products and coverage they deserve; knowing their property and families are protected against uncertainty in the event of a loss.

Abbey Van Wyngarden

Abbey Van Wyngarden

2024 Committee Member

Abbey Van Wyngarden is the Project Manager at Creative DSM Digital Strategic Marketing, an outsourced marketing agency that takes a data-driven approach to creative strategies for local businesses.

She attended Iowa State University, majoring in advertising and minoring in entrepreneurial studies, looking to make an impact after graduation.

Abbey is an integral part of internal project and account management, seeking continuous opportunities to provide insight and collaborate with team members and clients.

Christy Jones

Gina Wright

2024 Urbandale Chamber Staff, Vice President

Gina Wright is a small town Iowa girl. Proud of her roots, she was born and raised on a farm. Her work ethic stems from the principles her parents instilled in her and her 5 siblings. She was raised with strong Christian values and the belief that she could accomplish anything if she put her mind to it. 

Gina has spent the majority of her professional career in hospitality and working in the community. It was in this industry she found her passion for management, leadership and, most of all, working with people! This simple position led her into development with multiple well-known brands.

In her free time, Gina is family focused. Family time is spent with her husband, Bobby and daughter, Shae. They enjoy time on the deck, grilling and entertaining.

Anna Mable

Anna Mable

2024 Urbandale Chamber Staff, Event Coordinator

Anna Mable graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018 with an Elementary Education degree and taught Middle School Science and Math right out of college for a few years. As an educator, she was involved in the Social Committee and learned more about my passion for event planning. Through learning more about event management, she was drawn back to where I was raised.

Having grown up in Urbandale, Anna was excited to take on the Event Coordinator position at the Urbandale Chamber and has been in the role since spring of 2023. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and, of course, her dog, Beau.