My name is Andrea Dwyer and I have been with that Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for a little over one year. As the Financial and Database Coordinator, my main focus is to take care of our members’ profiles and financials in our database. I love being a part of the Chamber for two reasons. The first is being part of an organization that supports the growth of our community. The second is having a work/life balance. Being able to have flexibility is important to me. This flexibility provides time for me to spend with my family and own and operate my own business.
I own Rustic Haven. I started it as a ministry in 2017 to get the name of Jesus in people’s homes through creativity. I create custom home accents, which are blessed and have Jesus etched on the back of them. Jesus is my foundation and to be able to share my gifts and His name to others is an amazing feeling and opportunity.
In April of 2018, my boyfriend Kyle and I bought a farm! On this farm is a 6,000-square-foot barn that a portion of my store is run out of on weekends and by appointment. There are a lot of plans for our property down the road. We plan to get married on the shoreline of our private lake. We also plan to recruit some chickens and goats and renovate the barn for future purposing.
Another addition to our family in 2018 is Harley, a 1-year-old Yellow Lab German Shepherd mix. She absolutely loves bringing us “dead” surprises, which is great since we are training her to be a hunting dog. Hunting and being outdoors is a big passion of ours, whether it’s bow fishing, musky fishing, hunting, golfing, hiking or camping. We love it all!
Tyler and Rachel Golberg are the owners of CYBERsprout, LLC, a digital agency that helps businesses with website development, website design and search engine optimization (SEO). Their workplace environment is pretty unique and they embrace the old school networking opportunities that the Chamber offers. Watch the video to learn more about why they love living in the Alexandria Lakes Area!
My name is Jessica Ptacek. I grew up in and graduated high school from Parkers Prairie. After high school I moved to Alexandria and started working at McDonalds while attending Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC). In 2015 I graduated from ATCC from the Fashion Management and Marketing and Sales programs. After college, I continued to work at McDonalds as the People Department manager, doing the hiring, scheduling and training. I volunteered in my spare time at Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC), where I helped at the front desk, answered calls, worked on social media sites and helped plan events.
In May 2016 I started my career with the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce as the Visitor Center & Office Coordinator. I work at the front desk, answer phones and greet guests, plan and manage some of our events and programs and organize and stock the Visitor Center with Chamber member information. I am so grateful that I get to work so close with the Alexandria community. Before starting at the Chamber I wasn’t able to appreciate all of the amazing things this community has to offer. Now, not only do I know of all the amazing things to do in the area but I also have time to enjoy them! In May 2017 I joined the Alexandria Jaycees and in 2018 joined the board of directors as secretary. In September 2018 I joined the board of directors for the Red Willow Arts Coalition and was able to help choose bands to play on the courthouse lawn during the summer. I have also been active with other organizations periodically volunteering my time.
My husband, Kevin, and I have been married for three years and have a house in Alexandria with two adopted cats. I have nine beautiful nieces and nephews and one more on the way. In my free time I enjoy watching Netflix with my husband, video games, painting my nails and spending time with my family. I also trained for and ran my first 5K last spring. It was a great accomplishment and made me realize that I can do anything that I set my mind to!
Pike & Pint Grill was founded in 2015 by Kent and Rita Kopp. Kent started in the restaurant industry when he was 12 years old and has used that knowledge and experience to craft a cutting edge scratch menu at Pike & Pint. Watch the video to learn more about Pike & Pint and how Chamber membership has benefited the restaurant!
Amy Olinger recently moved back to the Alexandria area and is a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. Watch the video above to learn why she chose Keller Williams Realty, what prompted her to join the Chamber and how membership has benefited her so far.