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    Our Mantra

    We are the spark and energy our chamber needs to ignite growth and prosperity for our members while exploring new businesses to inspire. We are advocates. We are passionate and authentic. We are Firestarters.


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    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.


    Laura Gibson,  Central Iowa Center for Independent Living

    Laura Gibson, MS, CRC is the Director of Operations for Central Iowa Center for Independent Living. Laura came to CICIL in January of 2017 to continue her passion for working with individuals with disabilities. Laura comes from Candeo where she worked as the coordinator for Project SEARCH and provided employment services to assist people with finding and maintaining employment. Prior to that, Laura worked as a residential coordinator, a respite provider, and a case manager. Laura's desire to work with people with disabilities stems from having a sister with a disability and seeing first-hand the impact the right services an have on someone's independence and quality of life. Laura holds a Master's degree in Rehabilitation and Counseling from Drake University as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Laura enjoys being active in the community and serves on the Access Advisory Board for the City of Des Moines, on the APSE (Association of People Supporting Employment 1st) Board as vice president, and on the IRA (Iowa Rehabilitation Association) Board. Laura is also an Ambassador for FuseDSM and enjoys participating in Chamber events.


    James Walford, State Farm

    James is married to his wife of 4 years, Krystal. James is an avid sports fan, particularly the Iowa Hawkeyes, Miami Dolphins, and Chicago Cubs. He and Krystal both have very close families and love to spend time with friends in their free time. James is the State Farm Agent on SE 14th St. He and his team take pride in protecting what you value most! See James for your auto, home, life, and business needs!


    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.


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    Roginia Moore, Licensed Real Estate Agent

    Roginia Moore is in the business of creating connections, growing relationships, and being involved in her community.  Her goal is to educate buyers and sellers on the local real estate market, be a trusted resource through-out the home buying and selling process, and most importantly, provide a memorable experience. She serves as a trusted advisor to investors interested in investment properties. Roginia Moore is licensed to sell real estate in the State of Iowa and services Ankeny, Altoona, Des Moines Metro, Indianola, Runnells, Pleasant Hill, and Colfax. She is a highly motivated REALTOR® with more than 15 years of experience in finance and account management. She is gifted with a positive perspective that allows her to provide encouragement to others in their time of need.




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