Meet your WG44 Chairs!


Get to Know your Chair & Co-Chair!

The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Chair & Co-Chair of the 44th Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games scheduled for January 25-28, 2024.

The Chair of the 43rd Annual University of Okoboji Winter Games this year is Rachel Fandel. Rachel works at Fillenwarth Beach Resort in Arnolds Park. She is a 2008 graduate from Estherville Lincoln Central and a graduate from the University of Iowa. Rachel, her husband Craig and their two children reside in Spirit Lake.

When it came time to choose an area to settle in, the lakes area was a simple choice. Her love of the lake, for the community and her roots in the area help drive her to give back whenever possible.

Fandel is a member of the Okoboji Tourism Committee and a past IGLACC Board member. She enjoys helping area businesses thrive and helping visitors from all over the world learn about what makes Okoboji special. She is also the President of the Spirit Lake Elementary PIE and truly enjoys volunteering her time to benefit the kids in the area.

When Rachel isn't busy working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, while taking full advantage of all that being an Iowa Great Lakes Area resident has to offer.

Over the years, Rachel has been involved in Winter Games as a spectator, participant, volunteer and Co-Chair. She is thrilled to yet again represent the community, the IGLACC and the University of Okoboji at this year's Winter Games!

Co-Chair this year is Andy Lux. Andy has lived in the Lakes Area since 2003 and has been employed at Rosenboom for the past 18 years where he currently serves as the Director of Purchasing. Andy and his wife currently reside in Spirit Lake and raised their two daughters in the Lakes Area where they both graduated from Spirit Lake Community School District.

Lux was drawn to the Lakes Area for its unique opportunity raise his family in a community that offers an ideal work life balance. He enjoys the incredible small-town community that often has a bigger town feel. Andy often enjoys the many avenues for professional growth as well as getting involved with all the great things that the area has to offer.

Andy is the current the acting Board President of the IGLACC and has previously served as the Board President of the Bedell Family YMCA as well as Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair t the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church.

In his free time, Andy enjoys boating, golfing, biking the many trails, taking in live music, and dining at the many fine food and entertainment venues that this area has to offer.

Andy was elected as a Winter Games Cheerleader during the 40th Annual Winter Games. He enjoys being involved in the constant growth and enhancement of the event and looks forward to helping ensure that this year’s Winter Games continues to thrive while grasping on to the important traditions of the past.

Rachel and Andy are looking forward to the preparation ahead for our awesome winter tradition, and they are ready to make this year the best yet!

To get involved in the University of Okoboji Winter Games, please contact the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber at 712-332-2107.