Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission Announce 2023 Board Chairs

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The Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Economic Development Commission are excited to introduce the 2023 Board Chairs for their respective Board of Directors. Reynolds Cramer will serve as the Board Chair for the Ames Economic Development Commission and Michelle Vogel will serve as the Board Chair for the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

Reynolds W. Cramer is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Fareway Stores, Inc. He began working at the company at the Boone store in 1985 when he was 16 years old. During college, he moved and worked in the Decorah Fareway store in the meat department for three years. After working in two stores as assistant manager, he was promoted in 1997 to store manager, opening a new Fareway store in Des Moines. In 2000, he was promoted to district supervisor at the corporate office in Boone, Iowa.

​In 2008, Cramer was elected to the Real Estate Committee, and has been instrumental in choosing the strategic placement of new Fareway locations ever since. In 2009, Cramer was elected to the Board of Directors for Fareway, in 2010 he was named as a regional vice president, and in 2012 as an executive vice president in charge of all retail operations. Cramer’s promotion to CEO for Fareway occurred in February 2014.

In addition to his responsibilities with Fareway, Cramer is active in many charitable organizations, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, ChildServe, UnityPoint Health Foundation, and he has served as President for Variety-the Children’s Charity. Cramer is also a board member of the Iowa Business Council. He is an advocate for animal rescue, having adopted several animals from various rescue organizations. A native Iowan and graduate of Boone High School in 1987 and Luther College in 1991, Cramer has a daughter Ashley, 23, and a daughter Zoe, 18. Reynolds and his wife, Sheila, live in Norwalk with their son Benny, 5.

Michelle Vogel is the President of Sigler Companies, an Ames business that has been family-owned since inception in 1958. Michelle began working part-time at Sigler in Customer Service while attending Iowa State University (ISU). Michelle earned her degree in Production Operations Management and upon graduation from ISU in December 2001, she continued working at Sigler in a full-time capacity.

Vogel was invited to join the leadership team in 2008 and held various positions within the company prior to being named President in the fall of 2018. Michelle has seen a great deal of growth and change during her time at Sigler, with the most recent business expansion coming in the form of acquisition when the company welcomed Alpha Copies and Express Signs to its family of brands in November 2022.

​A Carroll, Iowa native, Michelle resides in Ames with husband, Jake, and their three children. In addition to the busy schedules of two professional parents and the many activities of their kids, Michelle is an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), has a personal interest in the Iowans for Adoption non-profit organization, and is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Michelle has served on the Ames Chamber of Commerce Board since 2019.