Helping vibrant communities create a sense of place online is our passion.
We empower organizations to unify their businesses online and connect them with customers through one local marketplace.
Our platform is a new tool in business support programs within the era of digital commerce. We offer affordable turnkey solutions to full-scale white-label marketplaces depending on your needs. We manage the platform, support and train businesses, and provide customer service to shoppers.
Co-Founder & CEO
Before devoting her work to helping small businesses and communities sell online together, Cherie was a small business owner herself, selling her products both locally and via online outlets. It was that experience that led Cherie to find a better way to help small businesses leverage their shared connection and help customers discover and buy from local businesses easier through a single customer experience.
Cherie has her Masters and Bachelors from the University of Northern Iowa, and fun fact, is one of twelve children in her family.
National Partnership Manager
Jody has worked in sales and business development throughout her career, more recently managing membership services and business support strategies for an economic development organization. Jody earned her Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Iowa, focused in public policy and economic development.
As the National Partnership Manager, she uses her experience to help guide strategic initiatives for our partners across the U.S.
Business Development Manager
Ann has been in business development and account management for most of her career. As the Business Development Manager she will bring awareness of Member Marketplace’s many capabilities to economic development organizations, small business development centers and chambers of commerce across the United States.
Olivia has worked closely with many small businesses and is passionate about supporting communities through shopping local. As a Product Manager, she helps businesses onboard, maintain, and successfully navigate through their accounts while providing overall customer service. Additionally, Olivia assists in managing social media and marketing efforts.
Kara brings to our team her years of experience in managing people, processes, and projects throughout her various roles working for a large corporations. In addition, she has her own small business experience in managing her online rental properties in Nashville and the Alabama Shore. Kara keeps busy with her husband, 3 children, 2 step children, 3 dogs, 5 goats, 2 chickens, 1 duck, and a lizard named Rango.
Madelyn Houser Webb
Marketing Content Manager
Madelyn has worked in sales and marketing throughout her career. She has a passion for all things social media, marketing, and content. She leads in creating, executing, and analyzing digital marketing campaigns as well as managing social media channels.
Business Development Intern
Andrew is goal oriented and is gaining experience in the sales and marketing world and getting a good grasp of what it takes to run a small business. Andrew is currently a senior at the University of Iowa where he is majoring in Marketing with a focus on the Professional Sales Track. Prior to this year, Andrew attended Drake University where he played basketball for two years and was also studying marketing. In his time at Drake, he was a part of the first team in 50 years to make the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) tournament.
Co-Founder & CTO
Robert had an epiphany one day after talking Cherie about a recent local craft show they attended. With such low attendance due to weather, there had to be a better way for people to support and buy products from local vendors. He got to work on the first prototype soon after and the first of many local marketplaces was born. Robert manages Member Marketplace’s network of e-commerce marketplace websites that are making a positive impact to communities and helping local residents shop local, online.