CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ken Knepper, Chamber Board President
Citizens State Bank

Debbie Pierce
Citizens State Bank

Des Martens, Officer
Mirror Inc.

Casie Powell, Secretary
Krueger Insurance

Gary Hill, President-Elect
Berkshire Hathaway

Mark Breese
Kustom Karriers

Greg Hanson
B & B Lumber

Jane Nichols
USD #373

Composition: As per Chamber by-laws
Purpose: To direct the affairs of the Chamber through policy decisions, leadership and personal improvement.
Meetings: Monthly, 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. in Chamber Board Room

Steve Johnson, Officer
Cornerstone Law


Dan Heinze
Conrade Insurance


Ryan Fitzgibbons
Newton YMCA

Arlan Newell
J.P. Weigand

Kris White, Officer
Kidron Bethel Village

Christa Jahay
Regier Construction

Sal Lujano
INTRUST

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STAFF

Group Staff Photo

 

Pam Stevens

Executive Director

pam@newtonchamberks.org

 

 

 

Rachael Gibbons

Director of Marketing and Communication

rachael@newtonchamberks.org

 

Mary McCabe

Director of Membership Investments

mary@newtonchamberks.org

 

 

 

Dyan Roberson

Director of Financial Operations

dyan@newtonchamberks.org

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


Ken Knepper, President
Citizen’s State Bank


Casie Powell, Secretary
Krueger Insurance

Kris White, Officer
Kidron Bethel Village

Gary Hill, President- Elect
Berkshire Hathaway

Steve Johnson, Officer
Cornerstone Law

Des Martens, Officer
Mirror Inc.

Composition: As per Chamber by-laws
Purpose: Shall act on behalf of the Board of Directors when the Board is not in session, provides direction to CEO; works with CEO on internal affairs. Is responsible to the Board.
Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. in Board Room

GREATER NEWTON FOUNDATION

President: Board of Directors
Composition: Per GNF by-laws
Purpose: To oversee the activity and make policy decisions for GNF Investment.
Meetings: As needed

PAST PRESIDENT’S MEETING

Staff Liaison: Pam Stevens, Executive Director

Members:
Alex Carbajal
Bev Metcalf
Bill Hake
Charles Koehn, Jr.
Dan Heinze, Jr.
Dick McCall
Evelyn Gregg
Gary Hill
James Suderman
Jean Coleman
Joe Robb
John Robb
John Suderman
Keith Rhoades
Ken Hall
Leroy Koehn
Merrill Raber
Phil Anderson
Ray Penner
Rod Nicholson
Ron Lang
Ted Ice
Tim Richards
Todd Tangeman
Tom Williams
Meetings: 1st Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Chamber Board Room

CHAMBER’S COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL

Chair: Ken Knepper, President

Citizens State Bank

Members:
Randy Riggs, City Manager Newton
Leroy Koehn, City of Newton – Mayor
Mickey Fornaro-Dean, HCEDC
Tim Johnson, City of Newton
Ray Penner, Member at Large
Doug Scheible, Full Vision, INC
Pam Stevens, Executive Director
Meetings: 1st Friday at 7:00 a.m. at Newton Medical Center

PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERS’ COUNCIL

Chair: Ken Knepper, President

Citizens State Bank

Members:
Representatives from Cities of Newton and North Newton
Harvey County
USD #373
Harvey County Economic Development Council
Hutchinson Community College
Bethel College
Newton Young Professionals
State Legislative Representatives
Newton Area Chamber of Commerce
Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Friday at 7:00 a.m. at Charlie’s Restaurant

COMMITTEES

AMBASSADORS/MEMBERSHIP DEV. & RETENTION

Goal Statement: To continue to grow membership while strengthening relationships with current members. Serve as hosts at Chamber events and promote Chamber good-will throughout the community.

Meetings: monthly, 4th Tuesday at Noon. Location TBA

Action Steps: Support the Membership Services Director in membership recruitment, and the retention of current members.

Staff Coordinator: Mary McCabe

 

NEWTON CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT PROGRAM (“Promotions Committee”)

Advisory Council made up of chairs of Promotion committees, CEO of the Chamber, City of Newton representative, Chamber board member and Chamber staff coordinator for the program.
Meetings: Monthly

Staff Coordinator: Pam Stevens and Dyan Roberson

Action Steps: To coordinate the different ad hoc and task forces and events set-up by the advisory council. Marketing & Strategy, Image Building, Retail/Business Promotion, Special Events.

 

LEADERSHIP NEWTON COUNCIL

It’s imperative that a community have ample and quality leaders with leadership skills for the 21st century. The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program is the impetus behind fulfilling that community need. This annual program open to the membership and community at large provides leadership skills development training for adults and youth. Contact the Chamber office for more information.

 

NEWTON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

The Vision of the NYP is: Personally and professionally connected young professionals involved in leadership roles for the benefit of the community.
The Mission of the NYP is: To provide opportunities for networking, community involvement and growth for young professionals and businesses in the Newton area. Meetings: Monthly on the 2nd Thursday at noon.

Staff Coordinator: Rachael Gibbons

 

TASK FORCES

In order to ensure continued economic vitality, task forces are created to give attention to various priorities from business attraction and retention to planning for the annual banquet.