Category Archives: Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight: Josh Nichols

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Name:    Josh Nichols

Hometown:  Urbandale, IA

Other places you’ve lived:     I lived in the Des Moines area my whole life until recently

Employer:    Kent Corporation

Position (provide a description if you’d like):  Associate Transportation Analyst.  I work with a network of freight forwarders to arrange export shipments for the companies under the Kent umbrella.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Boonies

Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience: I took my position with the Kent Corporation after graduating from Grandview University last May. During my time at Grandview I worked as a Sales Trainee for the Fastenal Company.

College/Major:  Bachelors in Business Administration from Grandview University

What do you like to do for fun?   I love spending time on the water in the summertime, and in the fall I am all about Iowa Football.

Why did you join YPN? I joined YPN, because I am new to town and wanted to meet new people

What is your favorite YPN event? I really enjoyed bags at the Brew

What event would you like to see YPN do? A group outing to a sporting event like a River Bandits game

Anything else? Go Hawks !!!



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Member Spotlight: Monica Fulscher


Hometown: Muscatine, IA

Other places you’ve lived: Quad Cities, North Carolina, California

Employer: Team Staffing Solutions, INC.

Position: Marketing and Advertising Coordinator. I am currently building a brand new media mix, event based marketing strategy for our corporate office and outlying branches.

Favorite Local Restaurant: My kitchen with the family!
(Tantra’s noodles, Wine Nutz’s pizza)

Previous Employer/Positions or General Overview of Experience: Most of my experience is in sales and management with some sort of creative twist and a training role. I’ve tutored, recruited, sold life insurance and cars, managed a furniture and electronics store and played music full time. At Team, I get to use a little bit of experience from each field every day.

College/Major: I went to school for Theater.

What do you like to do for fun? I like to try new things but maintain a fairly rigid family calendar. I’ve been skydiving twice and love spontaneous road trips. I front a band and enjoy writing songs and performing. On the other hand, I’m a sucker for cheesy family activities like cutting down our own Christmas tree or going to an old west shoot out reenactment.

Why did you join YPN? I think to be successful at anything, whether that be raising children, making music, or steering your career, a person needs a solid sounding board. I joined YPN because there are so many young professionals involved in the organization who are really passionate about what they do. I hope to grow both professionally and personally with a group of peers to share ideas with, be inspired by, and gain perspective from.

What is your favorite YPN event? You’ll have to ask me next year…

Anything else? Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming!

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Member Spotlight: Chris Wirkowski

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St. John, IN

Other places you’ve lived:

New Jersey, Pennsylvania


Grain Processing Corporation (GPC)


Research Division Engineer – I work with scientists to scale up new or modified products.  First they develop them in their laboratory with small experiments, usually about 1 gallon or less.  Then we move to the pilot plant where we will do something between 50 gallons and a few thousand gallons depending on the project.  If all goes well then I’ll work with production to scale it up further into a commercial product.  Along with that, I also size and design new equipment, evaluate costs of commercialization, and investigate new processes.

Favorite Local Restaurant:
Tie between The Brew and Boonie’s.

Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience:

I interned with Walsh Construction and U.S. Steel during college.
Purdue University / Chemical Engineering

What do you like to do for fun?

Ice Hockey (Pearl City Black Storm, we are always looking for more players of all ), Volleyball, Spikeball, Softball, Golf, Snow Ski, any ocean/lake/river related activity, travel anywhere I’ve never been.

Why did you join YPN?

GPC pays for the membership fees so when I moved here our HR manager told me about it.  What’s not to love about free food??!?!  Oh, and the meeting people too, I guess.

What is your favorite YPN event?

Anything that Geneva caters.  Also the Friday night QC Mallards game with $1 beers and $1 hot dogs.

What event would you like to see YPN do?

Bungee Jumping.  Or glow ball at the municipal golf course.

Anything else?

I’m good at dog sitting if anyone is going out of town.  I work for free if the dog weighs over 50 pounds.

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Member Spotlight: Dena Ferreira

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Dena started at First National Bank as the 1st Priority Club Director and Marketing Assistant in December 2013.
She plans a wide variety of events on behalf of the bank for its customers and the community such as their Holiday Stroll setup and Business After Hours.  In addition, she assists with campaigns and designing marketing materials.
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