Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Wes Ruden

Meet Wesley Ruden
General Manager

Hailing from Remsen, Iowa—Wesley is the current General Manager of Prairie Winds Event Center. Wesley utilizes his previous experience as event coordinator of PWEC and his passion for aesthetics, people, and events to help make every event unique and perfect.

Wesley obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration (emphasis in marketing) from the University of South Dakota in 2015. When he’s not working at the event center, you can find him brunching at Town Square, binge watching “Stanger Things” on Netflix, scrolling through Instagram, or planning out different adventures with friends.

Meet Krista De Jong
Assistant General Manager

Coming from Hospers, Iowa—Krista is the currently the Assistant General Manager of Prairie Winds Event Center. Krista brings her extensive experience and degree in hospitality management to the Prairie Winds team to create memorable experiences for all who attend our events.

Krista moved back to northwest Iowa from Kansas City, where she was working as the reservations coordinator at the Crowne Plaza for 3 years. In her free time, Krista enjoys traveling the world, going to wineries, cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, and spending time outdoors.

Krista De Jong
Tiffany Pettus

Meet Tiffany Pettus
Event Coordinator

Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa—Tiffany is currently the event coordinator at Prairie Winds Event Center. Tiffany’s bubbly personality and wide range of experience with events and hospitality brings life to each event.

Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Social Work at Northwestern College. Besides working and studying, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Jonah. Any other free time she has is spent thrift shopping, crafting, eating sushi, or playing board games.

Meet Kelly Shortenhaus
Public Relations Intern

Originally from the small town of Buffalo Center, Iowa, Kelly is currently the summer Public Relations/Events Intern for Prairie Winds Event Center. Kelly has a passion for collaborating with clients and watching their dreams become realities.

She is fascinated with the fast-paced, action-packed environment of the behind-the-scenes work. In her spare time Kelly enjoys water color painting and spending time in the beautiful outdoor ceremony space Prairie Winds Event Center has to offer.

Kelly Shortenhaus