Community Connections: Pat Dale

Welcome to Community Connections. This week it is my pleasure to introduce you to Pat Dale! Pat is the CEO of Headway Emotional Health Services. Headway is a collective of experienced emotional and mental health care professionals providing outpatient therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), case management services, divorce education, in-school therapy and more throughout the Twin Cities, including Richfield, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Center and Hopkins. Pat has worked for Headway, formerly Storefront Group & Storefront Youth Action, for nearly 30 years and has been the CEO position since 2001. The first thing Pat does when he gets to the office is to say hello to his team members and greet the four-legged friends that have come with for the day.

In addition to running Headway, Pat is currently the President of the Richfield Optimist Club, treasurer of the Richfield Rotary Club and has been a member of the Golden Valley Little League Board of Directors- a position he has held for the last 14 years! Pat was born in Richfield, grew up in Edina and settled in Golden Valley with his wife and their 3 children. Pat truly enjoys volunteering his time and being involved in the communities he lives and works in.

When he is not busy moving community organizations forward, Pat enjoys traveling. His last vacation was to visit his son, who was studying abroad, in Denmark. In November, he is going to travel to Antigua; a gift from his brother, who won the trip from the LIVE with Kelly and Ryan show. We are excited to have Pat as an active Chamber member. Make sure to say hello when you see him around town, chances are he is there volunteering with a community organization!

Updates to the Chamber Site!

When was the last time you visited the Chamber website? If it’s been awhile, now is a great time. We’ve made some updates, added some new features and we would love to hear your feedback! First, notice our Featured Member home page banner! The Chamber is fortunate to have a variety of members, everything from big business to the entrepreneur just starting out, and we want to brag about all of them! Starting us out, we are featuring Fairview Southdale Hospitals and Clinics and all the wonderful services they provide for our community. Fairview is also hosting our August Member Happy Hour, this is a great opportunity to meet Chamber members & see the amazing facilities Fairview has to offer. Best of all, our Happy Hour events are complementary to our Chamber members!  

We have also added a Seasonal Feature and our Signature Event series to the Home Page. The seasonal summer feature is the Richfield Farmer’s Market and our Signature Event Series currently features our Golf Tournament! Our 38th annual Golf tournament tee’s off September 12th at The Wild’s Golf Club and we would love for you to be a part of it!

We are excited about all of those changes, but one additional change that we are even more thrilled about is our MN Job Match partnership. One of a company’s biggest expenses is hiring new workers. Well, what if I told you there is a new job placement website that can offer you the top 5 most qualified candidates for your open positions. We all know that job candidates need to full-fill more than the job requirements, they need to be a good personality fit for your corporate environment. Think of MN Job Match as “ meets” Cut down on your expenses by retaining your new hires. Stay tuned as we bring you more information on how this partnership will benefit you!

Community Connections: Laura Finkel

Welcome to this week’s Community Connections! With the kick-off of our Chamber Ambassador program this week, I would like to introduce you to Laura Finkel – one of our participating Ambassadors! Laura is the Admissions Director for Seven Hills Preparatory Academy. Laura has been with Seven Hills Preparatory Academy for seven years.  Seven Hills Preparatory Academy is a K-8 Charter school that offers a rigorous, content-rich academic program that fosters lifelong learning and character development in each student. Being a people person, Laura loves to interact with all the students and families enrolled at Seven Hills and is looking forward to expanding those connections to the Richfield Community with our Ambassador Program.

Laura’s day starts with coffee and a prayer and then she is ready to sit at her lovely desk and begin with emails.  After she says goodbye to her school family for the day, it’s time to head home and see what her three busy children are up to. Her children are teenagers now, which means that Laura is busy volunteering with multiple youth sports groups and church activities. Their last vacation was to Las Vegas and one day soon, she hopes to hop on a plane and head to Rome! The Chamber has some amazing travel agents to help with your travel plans, Laura!

Until then, we are thrilled to have her as part of our Chamber. Look for Laura at the next Chamber meeting, you’ll be glad you did!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from your 4th of July vacations! Hopefully you were able to take a day or two to relax and enjoy some down-time last week! Thanks to our 4th of July Committee, the whole city was celebrating last week! Congratulations to Heather Lenke who took on the President role this year and helped to organize a wonderful community event! If you are interested in learning more about the 4th of July celebration and how to get your company involved for next year, email Heather today to find out what you can do!

This week we are also kicking off our Richfield Chamber Ambassador program! If you are looking for more ways to network with other Chamber members, the Ambassador program could be a great fit for you! As a Chamber Ambassador, you will accompany me to member visits, be the first to meet new members, and help with general member meetings. The time commitment can be as little as 1 hour per month. Pick and choose the member visits that work in your schedule, or simply plan to arrive at a member meeting 5 minutes early and greet your fellow Chamber members at the registration table.

The Ambassador program is a great way to put yourself in front of all of our members! Our kick-off meeting is tomorrow: Wednesday, July 12, 9:00am at the Chamber office (6625 Lyndale Ave S, Suite 440). Email me today if you would like to attend!

Community Connections: Craig Plekkenpol

Welcome to this week’s Community Connections! It is my pleasure to introduce you to Craig Plekkenpol, founder of Plekkenpol Builders. Plekkenpol Builders is a great family owned and operated company! Craig serves as the President, overseeing every aspect of the company. His wife Judy is CFO and their son Joe is the IT Administrator. Plekkenpol Builders specializes in residential remodeling projects that are as functional as they are beautiful. Recently, Plekkenpol Builders won the 2017 Sun Current Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards and were been named “Best Remodeling Company” in Bloomington, Excelsior and Richfield, and “Best Deck Company” and “Best Handyman” in Bloomington!

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of his business, Craig is also an advocate of the remodeling industry and in 2013 was voted a Life Director by the National Association of Home Builders.

When he is not at work, Craig spends his time hunting, fishing, playing softball, planting trees, doing chores on the family farm, traveling and family activities. And did I mention, he has 11 grandchildren to entertain as well?

While the days are long and you are spending time away this summer, why not let Craig and his team transform your home? Go ahead, give him a call today – the holidays are right around the corner and it would be wonderful to make your own family memories in your newly remodeled home!

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