Boards and Councils

Policy Board

The Policy Board serves as the Economic Alliance's board of directors, setting policy and overseeing the budget.

Tatum Buse (Vice Chair) Collins Aerospace
Hugh Ekberg CRST
Pankaj Monga Channel Fusion
Gene Neighbor Farmers State Bank - Marion
Anne Parmley Pearson - Iowa City
Jeff Pomeranz City of Cedar Rapids
Charlie Rohde King's Material Inc.
Chris Skogman (Chair) Skogman Companies
Dr. Lori Sundberg Kirkwood Community College
Charity Tyler Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation
Chris Wheeler Point Builders


Large Investor Council

The Large Investor Council consists of representatives from organizations in the top three investment levels at the Economic Alliance.

ADM-Corn Processing Division
Scott Drzycimski Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light Co.
Terry Kouba Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light Co.
Mary Meisterling Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light Co.
Greg Luerkens Amana Society
Todd Wishman Bankers Trust Company
Bill McCartan Bradley & Riley PC
Jeff Parker Casey's General Store #2767
Larry Helling Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
James Klein Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Jeff Pomeranz City of Cedar Rapids
Lon Pluckhahn City of Marion
Kim Downs City of Hiawatha
Cindy Dietz Collins Aerospace
Stefanie Rupert Collins Community Credit Union
Hugh Ekberg CRST International, Inc.
John Smith CRST International, Inc.
Mike Goble Diamond V World Headquarters
Linda Mattes Downtown SSMID
Gene Neighbor Farmers State Bank - Marion
General Mills Operations, Inc.
Rebecca Neades GreenState Credit Union
Jack Evans Hall-Perrine Foundation
Rick White HR Green
Robert Garrison Ingredion
Thom Pritz KCRG-TV9 / Gray Television
Charlie Rohde King's Material Inc.
Kim Becicka Kirkwood Community College
Chris DeWolf Lil' Drug Store Products, Inc.
Ben Rogers Linn County Board of Supervisors
Tim Charles Mercy Medical Center
Kathryn Kunert MidAmerican Energy Company
Greg Theis MidAmerican Energy Company
Michael Oldman Nordstrom
Michael Sundall Physicians' Clinic of Iowa, P.C.
Jay Hardeman Quaker Foods & Snacks a Division of Pepsico Inc.
Dennis Winders RCI Imaging Center
Doug Bottorff Shive-Hattery Inc
Laurie Dawley Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.
Brian Fagan Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Lynn Hartman Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
Kyle Skogman Skogman Companies
Hunter Skogman Skogman Companies
Martin Lenss The Eastern Iowa Airport
Daniel Goldstein The Gazette
Jim Beardsworth Transamerica Companies
Duane Smith TrueNorth Companies LLC
Curt Heideman U.S. Bank NA - Downtown Office
Randy Ramlo UFG Insurance
Michelle Niermann UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital
Lura McBride Van Meter Inc.
Becky Ditch Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa
John Dorfler Wells Fargo Bank - Main
Sara Nichols Whirlpool Corporation - Amana Operations

Business Support Innovation Council

The Business Support Innovation Council focuses on core function of Business Support, which is dedicated to economic growth and business success, particularly of small and locally owned businesses, by supporting employers through networking, business support programs, initiatives and professional development programs.

Anthony Arrington Top RANK
Allan Boettger University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center
Nina Brundell Kieck's
Natalie Clouse Bradley & Riley PC
Daniel Dyson Legacy Manufacturing
Dan Gross AAVIN Private Equity
Barbara Hames Hames Homes
Tim Hanna Hanna Plumbing & Heating
Julie Hein KZIA
Tom Hughes Hughes Nursery & Landscaping
Michelle Jensen CarePro Health Services
Scott Kruger NewBo City Market
James Nelson House of Carpets
Greg Neumeyer Kirkwood Community College
Michelle Owens Saxton Inc.
Quinn Pettifer The Gazette
Kayla Phelan Phelan's Interiors
Kevin Platz Cedar Rapids Association of Realtors
Lisa Rowe Q4 Real Estate
Patrick Sauter King's Material Inc.
Patti Seda Seda Consulting
Jamie Siefken Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery
Jason Vestweber Skogman Realty

Community Development Innovation Council

The Community Development Innovation Council focuses on the core function of Community Development, which grows core central districts in Cedar Rapids and supports surrounding communities. The council works to implement strategic plans for core districts, and also to inform and educate businesses.

Kari Cooling Holmes Murphy & Associates
Paul Desmond Form Function
Jon Dusek Armstrong Development
Travis Fell RSM US LLP
Gary Ficken Bimm Rider Sportswear
Destiny Hastings Geonetric
Darryl High High Properties
Abby Huff Czech Village New Bohemia Main Street
Brad Joens Hills Bank and Trust Company
Carissa Johnson Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, Inc.
Nathan Kass Fehr Graham
Ted Kepros Kepros Physical Therapy
Mike Kurek HDR Inc.
Jill Mast de Novo
Craig Montz Miron Construction
Josh Moore Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Kathryn Nash Raining Rose
Toby Olsen OPN Architects Inc.
John Osako Informatics, Inc.
Emily Petrzelka Braun Intertec
Brooke Prouty Marion Chamber of Commerce
Katie Ripke VenuWorks
Cecilia Rokusek Czech Museum & Library
Kristy Staker Hy-Vee Food Stores

Economic Development Innovation Council

The Economic Development Innovation Council focuses on our core function of Economic Development & Workforce which grows and retains local business.

Lynn Allendorf John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
Ed Barrett HR Green Inc.
Jon Bartleson SecurityCoverage, Inc.
Stephanie Bredman Kirkwood Community College
Laura Dement hibu
Kim Downs City of Hiawatha
Scott Drzycimski Alliant Energy
Vince Ellison BerganKDV
Eric Engelmann NewBoCo
Timothy Faughn Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Nick Glew Marion Economic Development Corporation
Kris Gulick Kris G. Gulick CPA, P.L.C.
Jesse Hammes Weitz Industrial
David Hayes Coe College
Bre Horstman South Slope
Duane Jasper Travel Leaders/Destinations Unlimited, Inc.
Nate Kaeding Build to Suit, Inc
Paula Land Catherine McAuley Center
Martin Lenss The Eastern Iowa Airport
Kelly Lind-Daufeldt U.S. Bank NA - Downtown Office
Robb Loftsgard Bankers Trust
Cydney Lovell ITC Midwest
Shawn Lueth Rathje Construction
Mark Nolte Moxie Solar
Alphonce O'Bannon LBA Foundation
Matt Sampson U.S. Cellular
Jessica Schamberger Goodwill of the Heartland
Scott Stimart Genova Technologies, Inc.
Tara Welsch Collins Aerospace
Brett Wilson Bayer Crop Science

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