What is West YP?

West YP is the West Des Moines Chamber’s program developed by young professionals for young professionals. 

It provides the opportunity to grow your leadership, make an impact on the community, develop lasting connections, and have memorable experiences

To move forward with your personal and professional goals, go west. Go West YP. 

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Young professionals across the metro can join this dynamic and driven group that meets monthly, rotating between socials and professional development opportunities. Check out the 2022 schedule of events below, as well as all the other opportunities to set you up for success! 

  • Event fees waived for the whole year. No additional payments each month!  
  • Access to exclusive YP directory to further your connections.
  • Read what the CEOs are reading. Get a one-year Business Record membership for $31, discounted from $75.
  • Position yourself as a connector and resource with 3 free guest passes throughout the year.
  • Recognition opportunities such as the monthly WDM Watch List, YP of the Year, and Emerging Citizen of the Year. 
  • Automatic acceptance into the WDM Leadership Academy for one nominated West YP leader (others can go through the regular application process here).

You get all of this and more for only…

  • $60/year if your business is a member of the WDM Chamber
  • $84/year if your business is not a member 

Businesses can also pay a flat fee if they want 5+ of their young professionals to experience West YP. 

  • $300/year for 5 – 10 young professionals
  • $500/year for 11 – 20 young professionals
  • $750/year for 21 or more young professionals 
*Rates will be automatically prorated

2022 West YP Event Partner

West YP is brought to you by

How do I get involved?

Businesses looking to sign up 5+ members, complete this form. Individuals looking to join, complete the form below. 

If we haven’t already, we can’t wait to meet you! Welcome to West YP. 

Once you complete the form above, you will be redirected to a page for payment options. Once paid, you will receive a welcome email that will provide all information needed to start taking advantage of your benefits. 

Thank you to the following host & supporting sponsors for welcoming our young professionals:

Questions? Reach out to Kara Matheson, VP of Workforce Development & Culture or the leaders on the 2022 West YP Committee: 

Kara Matheson,
Chamber Lead

WDM Chamber 

Adam Ries,

Yost Family Chiropractic

Nora Walsh,
Vice Chair

SVN Create

Alec Wilcox,
Past Chair

Cushman & Wakefield Iowa Commercial Advisors

Emma Gerdis,
Membership Co-Chair

Wright Service Corp.

Isaiah Thomas,
Membership Co-Chair

Century 21 Signature Real Estate

Richelle Smith,
Marketing Co-Chair

Merkle Retirement Planning

Emily Cooper Smith,
Marketing Co-Chair

Cooper Smith & Company

Britton Klomstad,
Professional Development Co-Chair

SVN Create

Edward Wollner,
Professional Development Co-Chair

UCS Healthcare

Haley Gutschenritter,
Philanthropy Chair

Merkle Retirement Planning

Logan Reisinger,
Social Co-Chair

Community Business Lenders

Gretchen Schrock,
Social Co-Chair

Country Financial