Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is the Economic Alliance's signature event where valued member businesses and regional champions come together to celebrate achievements and learn about the organization’s goals for the year ahead.

2020 Annual Meeting

Economic Alliance members who attend the event will hear from Economic Alliance Board Chair and President of Skogman Realty, Chris Skogman, Vice Chair and CFO at Collins Aerospace, Tatum Buse, Economic Alliance Executive Director, Doug Neumann, Economic Alliance Staff and member businesses. They’ll discuss the highlights from 2020 and roll out the 2021 strategic vision.

Members consistently rate networking opportunities as one of the most important benefits the Economic Alliance can provide. Based on this feedback, we are offering a special networking session, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. prior to the Annual Meeting program. Come early and connect with other Annual Meeting attendees and Economic Alliance staff in a very unique virtual networking platform that you've likely not experienced before.

2020 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award Recipient

Charlie Rohde, President King's Material Inc. and Dakota Red

The Economic Alliance is proud to honor and congratulate Charlie Rohde, President, King’s Material Inc. and Dakota Red Corporation, as the recipient of the 2020 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award.

Since 1988, Rohde has led King’s Material Inc. as President. The company has been in business since 1882 and has continued to expand from the plaster mill that began on the bank of the Cedar River. King’s Crown Plaster, as it was then known, began delivering ready mix concrete in ¾ yard mixers to industrial, commercial, infrastructure and residential construction projects in the area in 1935. In the late 1970’s, several concrete block manufacturing plants were acquired. In 1988 additional concrete plants were acquired. A new manufacturing facility was built in 2000 in Eldridge, IA. From 2003 to 2014, more manufacturing and sales locations were acquired in Clear Lake, Waterloo and Marshalltown to serve central and northern Iowa as well as southern Minnesota and Illinois. These locations, known as Midland Concrete Products, offer a wide variety of landscaping, concrete masonry, brick and a large assortment of building products. King’s parent company Dakota Red Corporation today operates ready mix concrete, masonry manufacturing and sale facilities out of 15 locations in Eastern Iowa.

In addition to his role at King’s Material Inc., Rohde also currently serves on several Boards in our community including the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Policy Board, Economic Alliance Large Investor Council, ICR Iowa, Brucemore, Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Sigma Chi-Alpha Eta Chapter, U.S. Bank Cedar Rapids and the City Manager Business Advisory Council. He is well known for his long-standing support and Board roles at Mount Mercy University as well.

Economic Alliance 2020 Annual Report


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