Longtime Carroll businesswoman Kimberly Tiefenthaler, who also has served as a regional director for America’s Small Business Development Center across a wide swath of Iowa, will be the new executive director of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce and Carroll Area Development Corporation.
A hiring committee comprising representatives from the CADC and Chamber selected Tiefenthaler from a multi-state candidate pool that included several strong Iowa prospects. Tiefenthaler begins the new role Dec. 6.
“It’s exciting to step into a position like this in my hometown and Carroll County,” Tiefenthaler said.
She succeeds Shannon Landauer, who left the Carroll County position in June for a move north in Iowa to become the president and CEO of the Spencer-based Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. Landauer had been in Carroll since 2014.
For her part, Tiefenthaler, 56, has served the last five years as the 13-county North Central Iowa Regional Director of America’s Small Business Development Center in Fort Dodge. She is also the co-owner of Performance Tire & Service in Carroll, a role she’s held since 1984.
Kimberly Tiefenthaler has worked closely with area businesses and brings detailed understanding of the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers — with which she worked especially closely during the pandemic.
Carroll Area Development Corporation President Jim Auen said Tiefenthaler brings a skill set that meets the times in Carroll County.
“Kimberly already knows our community,” Auen said. “She knows our large employers. She knows the county, the cities in it, and for that matter, surrounding counties with whom we partner. She brings experience from the Small Business Development Center side, which helps with businesses that are upstarts or businesses that need some consultation. She is going to be a great resource for existing businesses and some of the new ones that come to town. Bottom line, she has experience in business herself, too.”
Tiefenthaler and her husband, Kim, have three children: Lacey Wolf of Ames, a speech pathologist, who has four daughters with her husband, Taylor; Mitchell Tiefenthaler of Carroll, who works for Farm Services Cooperative in Denison and has a son with his wife, Kendra; and Shaela Tiefenthaler, a student at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.
A daughter of a preacher, the late Pastor Logan Dunham, Kimberly Tiefenthaler was born in Saybrook, Illinois, and lived in several Midwestern communities growing up. She has been in Carroll since 1984