The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is a 15-director, 6-ex-officio/associate assembly of diverse talent from across the Fairfield business community which convenes monthly to address Chamber policy considerations, community issues of concern or importance and institute directives and recommendations for the leadership of the Chamber. The position of Director on the Chamber Board represents an opportunity to exercise influence over the direction of the Chamber and leadership of the Fairfield community at large.
The Board is charged with maintaining the Chamber’s course and mission through the improvement of the business climate for Chamber members through the stimulation of economic growth, enhancement of political awareness, promotion of civic development and improvement of quality of life in the Fairfield area.
Michael Halley, Chamber President, Danaher Oil, 641.233.0445
Michael Halley has lived in Fairfield since 1993 when he came to attend MUM. He co-founded Natural Selections in 1995, expanding the store space twice and creating an international online presence in the following twelve years. In 2007 Michael was elected president of the Fairfield Convention and Visitor's Bureau and began working at Danaher Oil Company. Since then he's served with Live on the Square, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Jefferson County Wellness Action Coalition, Go-Green Commission, Fairfield Cultural Alliance, and is the 4th Ward representative on the Fairfield City Council.
In his free time he enjoys playing team sports such as basketball and floor hockey, competing in local triathlons, hosting a weekly radio show on KRUU FM, and spending quality time with his children Lily and Skylar.
Sue Gail, Fairfield Nutrition, 641.469.5770
Sue Gail grew up in Chicago, but had been visiting Fairfield for many years before she moved to Fairfield in 1993.
Sue has had a long career with Herbalife International, which has taken her to Washington, DC, and to Europe for 2 ½ years of her 30 year career. Sue and her partner, Art Atkinson, are the founders of Fairfield Nutrition on the square.
One of her favorite activities is creating the Oktoberfest every year. She is also a member of the Fairfield Rotary Club.
In her free time, Sue loves to travel, dance, garden and participate in the many Fairfield events. Sue says, “I am honored to be a part of the Chamber Board, to help our town continue to be one of the great places in Iowa.”
Josie Hannes, Josie Hannes Design / Flair Vintage Decor, 641.472.3948
Josie Hannes, a Fairfield native, graduated from Fairfield High School, served in the National Guard, then later attended Indian Hills College.
Josie worked at Chappell Studio as a graphic designer and a photographer for over 12 years. In 2005, she opened her own graphic design studio. Since then, the business has evolved into a large photography and design studio, Josie Hannes Design. Recently, a vintage boutique, “Flair”, which sells vintage furniture, home décor and gifts, has been added to her studio. The shop is located inside the large front area of the studio building, located just off the Fairfield Square. She and her husband also own three rental properties.
Josie is married to Lyle, who works at Dexter Apache Holdings Inc. and is a captain on Fairfield’s fire department. They have four children: Eric - 22, Dani - 19, Jace - 7, Teague - 4.
She is a member of Professional Photographers of Iowa, a member of P.E.O., serves on the board of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Committee. Josie and her family attend Faith Christian Outreach Church in Fairfield.
Aaron Kness, Iowa State Bank & Trust Company of Fairfield, Iowa, 641.469.5285 x247
Aaron Kness is President and CEO of Iowa State Bank & Trust Company in Fairfield, IA. He has been in banking for over seventeen years, and is a graduate of both the University of Iowa’s College of Business and the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Aaron previously served on the board of directors for the Washington (Iowa) Chamber of Commerce as well as the Fairfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Aaron grew up in rural northeast Iowa and has worked in a variety of communities including Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Chicago. He and his wife, Terri, have lived in Fairfield since 2007 and have two children, Rowan (4) and Ryder (1). When he’s not working Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, running, fishing and following Major League Baseball.
“A strong Chamber of Commerce benefits everyone that lives and works in our community. I am proud to serve on such an impactful board, and look forward to contributing.”
Seth Miller, Vice President, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc., 641.472.5100
Seth Miller, Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. and Cedar Valley Winery 641.472.5100
Seth Miller was born and raised in Batavia, Iowa and graduated Fairfield High School in 1997. He obtained a B.S. with honors from Iowa State University’s College of Business in 2001 graduating with majors in Finance and Management. Seth later obtained his J.D from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2004.
From 2004 – 2008 Seth practiced law at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in Kansas City as a toxic tort litigator in the firm’s environmental law group. Seth moved back to Fairfield in 2008 as Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.’s in-house counsel and currently serves as First Vice President, Risk Management and General Counsel.
Seth helped establish Cedar Valley Winery in 2002 on the family farm located near Batavia, IA. Seth currently serves as part owner and full-time winemaker.
John Oleson, TrafFix Devices, Inc., 641.472.5096
John has been the General Manager of TrafFix Devices in Fairfield since 2009. Prior to coming to Fairfield he spent 22 years in the US Air Force stationed around the world and has over 20 years of experience in the plastics industry at various locations in the US. John and his wife, Robin, have been married 45 years and have two children; a daughter, Randi, a school principal in Des Moines, and a son, Matt, a school teacher in Newton. They also have seven wonderful grandchildren.
John earned a bachelor of sciences degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master of arts in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University. He is a registered professional engineer and past president of the Grinnell, IA Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past president of the Poweshiek County Extension Council Board.
Ken Ross, Global ID Group, Inc., 641.472.9979 ext. 103
Since 2006, Ken Ross has served as the CEO of Global ID Group, Inc., a leader in the testing and certification of agricultural products for the presence of genetically modified organisms with offices in Fairfield, Brazil, Japan, Germany and the UK. From 2000 to 2005, Ken was the President of Fourth Street Partners, LLC, a consumer products development firm and from 1990 to 2000, Ken served as CEO of PackageNet, Inc., a nationwide network of consumer service centers. Prior to PackageNet, Ken was the Founder and President of Atrium Information Group, an enterprise software tools company. In the years before moving to Fairfield in 1983, Ken served as the Director of Information Systems at Celebrity, Inc., a consumer goods manufacturer and in various IT positions at Irving Trust Company and Salomon Brothers. Ken has also served on the Board of a number of firms in Fairfield including MasterHouse Products, 3mix, Vaytek, Fairfield Software, Technical Advances, Full Partner and Keyboard Advancements.
Ken received his B.A. from the U. of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.B.A from New York University in Finance and Information Technology. Ken was a founding member of the Fairfield Entrepreneur’s Association in 1989 and still serves on the Board of the FEA. Ken is also currently serving as the President of the Green Business Council of Fairfield and Jefferson County and he is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Graduate Business Department at Maharishi University of Management.
Ken has been residing in Fairfield since 1983 with his wife, Sheila, and his two daughters, Taylor and Julia, both graduates of MSAE. Ken enjoys golf, softball, basketball, and tennis, going to Iowa Hawkeye football and basketball games, music (you may occasionally see him playing the drums at the Sondheim), computers, reading, and cruising the square on 1st Friday Art Walks.
Joan Allen, Revelations Café, 641.472-6733
Joan Allen, originally from the east coast, has lived in Fairfield since 1990. First arriving to attend MUM and shortly after co-established the family business Revelations Café. Starting out with a few books and a pot of coffee in a garage in the parking lot of Everybody’s, Revelations has grown to its current location just off the Fairfield Square, home to thousands of books and a café best known for its wood fired pizzas.
Joan is married to Mel Allen, who co-owns several Iowa businesses including Winfrey Storage and Allsup Pallets of Fairfield. They are happy to be raising their three boys, Mason, Jaxen and Casey in the Fairfield Community. She enjoys supporting them in their many activities. Joan is a member of PEO and her hobbies include drawing and painting.
“I feel blessed to live in an area where we can work on the continual betterment of our community and I’m honored to be a part of this great group of Chamber members.”
Laura Atwood, Fairfield Community School District, 641.472-5019
Laura is a Fairfield High School graduate. She is currently the principal at the Fairfield Middle School in Fairfield, Iowa. She attended Central College where she played softball and earned a BA in Social Sciences, with a Spanish minor. Laura holds a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa. Prior to her current position, she taught Social Sciences at the Fairfield High School and Social Studies at Hanes Magnet School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Laura has been actively involved in coaching softball and volleyball. She is married to Spenser Atwood and has a son named Easton.
Dawn Bechtel, Golf Links to the Past, 641.469.6652
Dawn Bechtel, a Fairfield native, recently moved back to Fairfield with her husband and two teenage sons. An Associates of Arts graduate from Indian Hills Community College, Dawn has worked for local companies, The Beckley Group, Hawthorne Communications, & Megacards, as well as been Assistant to the Principal at Seton Catholic School, Shift Manager at the Beach and an In-home support worker for Children & Families of Iowa in Ottumwa. Dawn has worked for Steve Juskewycz from 1991 to 1996 and from 1997 to Present and is currently Vice President of Operations at Golf Links to the Past, Inc. and Project/Accounting Manager for The FairField Group, Inc. Dawn is also a Sales Consultant for SIMPLYSAID DESIGN, LLC.
Dawn is a member of The Walton Club, a team Captain for the local Cancer Exterminator’s Jefferson County Relay for life Team, and a member of the Fairfield Pool/Gym Fundraising team. Dawn founded and maintains the Fairfield Freecycle/Buycycle Group and Page on Facebook encouraging recycling, reducing and reusing within our community. She has both the environment and the community at the center of her focus and serves as a coordinator for several individuals, organizations and events including Pizza Hut’s largest tip night ever [over $2300], two Shop for a Cure, a Pitch for a Cure, two Silent Auctions in memory of Sandy Worley, the 2012 & 2013 Jefferson County Relay For Life calendar, as well as the homecoming parade, welcoming home our Inspirational Archer, Matt Stutzman, after winning the Silver medal at the Paralympics in London. This event was organized in less than 22 hours.
Dawn is married to Todd Bechtel, who works as a Restoration Specialist at Vintage Power Wagons. They are former Foster parents, who have four children, Tara, 28, a Staff Sgt in the U.S. Army’s Joint Special Operation Command, Austin, 26, a construction worker, James 13 and Hunter 12, both students at Fairfield Middle School.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys knitting, scrapbooking and quilting, but most of all spending time with her family, camping, biking, walking, and playing cards or other unique family games, like Dizios and Qwirkle, which they’ve found at Finnywicks. Dawn says her favorite time of the year is the Power Wagon Rally, the first full week of June each year, when almost 100 power wagons and their owners, who are like family roll into Fairfield and spend almost a week here in Fairfield.
“I consider it an honor to be a member of the Fairfield Chamber Board and am looking forward to being part of an impressive group of people who work hard towards the enhancement of all of Fairfield’s businesses, as well as improvements to our community.”
Gavin Hammes, Sears Hometown Store, 641.472.2234
Gavin Hammes was born and raised in Fairfield, Iowa. He graduated from Fairfield High School and went to Kirkwood Community College where he graduated in Retail Marketing and Marketing Management.
Gavin has been around agricultural equipment and has worked for the local John Deere dealer for over 15 years – as a Tech, Service Manager, Parts and in Sales.
In 2011 Gavin started a new career and opened Sears Hometown Store in Fairfield. Gavin and his wife Amanda who is employed at Cambridge Investments Research, Inc., have one daughter Avrie.
When he is not working, Gavin loves to spend time with his family and friends. He, also, enjoys working with his hands, snowmobiling, boating and motorcycles.
Joneane Parker, Jefferson County Health Center, 641.469.4313
Joneane grew up in Libertyville. She graduated from Fairfield High School and then Truman State. She is currently V.P., Clinical Services at Jefferson County Health Center. Over her Nursing career she has practiced in a wide variety of Nursing areas with special emphasis on advanced cardiac and critical care, for many years teaching these with the University of Iowa Team. Professionally, she has been very active both locally and on the State level including the Iowa Hospital Association and the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders. In 2003, she was named the “Outstanding Nurse Leader” for Iowa and in 2007 one of Iowa’s “100 Great Nurses”.
She and husband Gene, Business Development Officer at 1st National Bank, farm SW of Libertyville. They have 3 grown children and 6 delightful grandchildren. Volunteerism and giving back to this community are near and dear to both Joneane and Gene who have each been named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year.”
“Recognizing the importance of our strong Chamber in this community, I am really looking forward to serving on the Chamber Board, learning more about it and contributing to this vital organization.” In her spare time, she enjoys being on the water, anything outdoors, travel, reading and spoiling her grandchildren.
Stephen Pedrick, French-Reneker-Associates, Inc., 641.472.5145
Stephen is a native of Douds, Iowa and represents the fifth generation Pedrick to be a member of the business community in Southeast Iowa. Pedrick graduated from Van Buren High School in 2005 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Pedrick is an Engineer Intern at French-Reneker-Associates, Inc., (FRA) and will be eligible to sit for the Principles and Practice of Engineering licensing exam in 2014. Since starting with FRA, Pedrick has been involved with all phases of a project starting with initial planning and progressing to final design through construction phase services. Pedrick has worked on many types of general civil engineering projects ranging from railroads to wastewater treatment plants to recreational trails.
Since returning to the area in 2010, Pedrick has been involved in the community as Chairman of the Jefferson County Trails Council and as a member of the Fairfield RAGBRAI 2013 Housing and Camping Committees. Pedrick is a member of First United Methodist Church, Fairfield and Celestial Masonic Lodge in Douds. In his free time, Pedrick enjoys running, biking, disc-golfing, kayaking, backpacking, and reading, among other activities.
Chad Romer, Hy-Vee, 641.472.4119
Chad Romer has lived in Fairfield since 2013 when he moved here with Hy-Vee. His Hy-Vee career began part-time in 1993. Chad is a native of Muscatine, Iowa, and has lived throughout the mid-west during his time with Hy-Vee. Chad graduated from Muscatine Community College and continued his education at the University of Iowa. Chad has served as a passionate Hy-Vee leader with over 15 years of diverse training and supervision. Since moving to Fairfield, Chad has been involved with the First Friday’s Art Walk and is a member in the Rotary Club of Fairfield.
Chad is married to Megan and they have two daughters Taylor and Becca and a black lab Jasmine. In his free time he enjoys golfing, barbequing, and spending time with family. Chad is also an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan and enjoys the music of Jimmy Buffet
Darien Sloat, Temp Associates, 641.472.2025
Darien Sloat is currently the Fairfield Branch Manager at Temp Associates, a family owned business based in Muscatine, Iowa in 1986. The business now includes offices in Mount Pleasant, Burlington, Grinnell, Marshalltown, and since March of 2007, Fairfield. Holding a B.G.S. from the University of Iowa, Darien has held previous positions as a Director of Human Resources, Administrator of two care facilities, social worker and counselor.
Darien moved to Fairfield from Washington, Iowa in 2003 with his wife Roberta and their three kids, Madeline, Max, and Claudia. Roberta has a degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and is the Supervisor of the Parents as Teachers Program in Washington, Iowa where she has worked for 11 years. Madeline will finish her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant in spring 2012 and hopes to stay in the area. Max a senior, and Claudia a sophomore at Fairfield High School, are involved in vocal and instrumental music groups, large-group speech team, theater, and soccer.
The whole family has been involved in all aspects of the Fairfield Area Community Theater (F.A.C.T.) since moving to town. Darien enjoys set-building for shows with FACT, the High School, the Middle School, as well as the High School Large Group Speech Team.
Darien is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Fairfield Area Soccer Association and has coached soccer in Fairfield and Washington for many years. Any remaining free time is spent with friends, using the trail system in Fairfield, golfing, fishing, walking the dog and playing cards.
Ed Malloy, City of Fairfield, Mayor
Ed Malloy was elected Mayor in 2001 and is in his seventh term. He served on the Fairfield City Council form 1992–2000. Mayor Malloy is also President of Danaher Oil Company — a fuel brokerage operation that began in Fairfield 1983. Mr. Malloy was one of the founding-members of the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association in 1989. He serves on the Board of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Board of Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa and the Board of Trustees of Maharishi University of Management.
“The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has long been a vital part of our community leadership and represents the best of our diverse economy. The Chamber Board of Directors is best exemplified by its vision and caring attitude for our community welfare. It is my honor to serve as one of the Ex-Officio members of the board.”
Scott Herriott, Maharishi University of Management
Scott Herriott is co-director of the Department of Business Administration at Maharishi University of Management. He received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in management science and engineering at Stanford University. He taught as a business professor at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa for six years before joining MUM in 1990.
He teaches economics, finance, operations management, strategic management, and sustainable business. He is the author of a 700-page textbook College Algebra Through Functions and Models published in 2005 by Cengage. He is currently working on two more textbooks, Fundamentals of Financial Analysis for undergraduate business students and Sustainable Technology: An Engineering-Economic Perspective.
Scott is married to Vicki Alexander Herriott, with whom he co-directs the Business Department at MUM. Vicki is an attorney teaching business law, mediation and human resource management and serves Fairfield as a board member for the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center.
Scott enjoys his tennis with the Monday-night men’s doubles group, hikes and skis on vacations, and would restore old wood-and-canvas canoes if he had more time.
Rustin Lippincott, Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rustin Lippincott is the Executive Director of the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Lippincott has been with the Bureau since February 2007 and with the Convention Center since February 2009. He is responsible for tourism and community development efforts in the Fairfield area and overseas the operations of the Convention Center located in downtown Fairfield.
Lippincott serves on the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association Board of Directors, Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance Board of Directors, Tri State Development Tourism Task Force, Fairfield Iowa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and in advisory positions with several organizations. Lippincott is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and is a native of Fort Madison, Iowa. Lippincott along with his wife, Lindsay and two children, Jada and Alex live in Fairfield.
Richard Reed, Jefferson County Supervisor
Dick Reed graduated from Fairfield high school before attending San Diego Community College where he received an A & P license. Reed worked as an aircraft mechanic before owning his own Construction and Home Improvement business for over 30 years. Reed served three years on the Fairfield City Council, twelve years on the Fairfield Planning and Zoning committee and eighteen years on the Jefferson County Board of Review.
Reed presently is the owner of Reed’s Consulting and has served as a Jefferson County Supervisor for the past twelve years.
Reed and his wife, Mary, have been married for 46 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. In his leisure time Reed works on home projects, rides his Harley, enjoys golf and continues to enjoy doing volunteer construction.
Adam Plagge, Fairfield Economic Development Association
Adam joined Fairfield Economic Development Association in January of 2014 as the Executive Director. Prior to joining FEDA, Adam worked at Adam James Consulting and ACT in Iowa City. Adam is a long time North Eastern Iowan who lived in Waverly, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City prior to coming to Fairfield.
Serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for FEDA, Adam is charged with administrative oversight; policy and program development; new and existing business growth and retention; membership relations; and local, regional, state and federal governmental relations and policy advocacy.
Adam received his B.A. in business from The University of Northern Iowa and joint Masters Degrees in Business and Urban Planning from The University of Iowa. In his free time he enjoys playing volleyball, racquetball and hiking in the great outdoors.
Cory Larsen, Fairfield Manufacturers Association
Cory is the 2014 President of the Fairfield Manufacturer’s Association.