Executive Director, Iowa Business Council
Georgia serves as Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council, where she leads the organization in addressing policies and issues to make Iowa a highly competitive state offering great careers and sustained job growth.
Previously, as Assistant Vice President of Community and Government Relations at The Principal Financial Group, Georgia was responsible for policy development and the establishment of legislative priorities for The Principal, where she lobbied state legislative and executive branches to implement company priorities and implemented the company’s national public affairs program. Georgia also was state policy advisor for Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and legislative liaison for the Iowa Department of Economic Development (now Iowa Economic Development Authority). In addition to her governor appointment to the IICorp Board, Georgia has a governor appointment to the Teacher Leadership and Compensation committee. She is a past executive committee member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership board and is on the advocacy committee for the United Way Women’s Leadership Connection.
Georgia holds a degree in finance from Iowa State University and worked in banking and finance for a number of years before becoming involved in government relations.
Founder, CEO, Chair, Kingland Systems Corporation
David is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kingland Systems Corporation, a leader in providing software, analytics, data, consulting services and solutions to the accounting, banking, financial services, insurance and technology industries. Kingland Systems has operations in the United States and China and its cloud-based technology solutions are used by institutions in over 140 countries to help manage risk and improve the data they use to make decisions.
David has been active in the financial services industry for over 25 years, founding and selling three broker dealers that provided institutional trading, investment banking, research services, and personal financial planning. He also co-founded a company that works in the entertainment business producing theatrical and made for TV movies and has engineered and produced albums.
David lives in Clear Lake with his wife Deb; they have 3 grown children.
Managing Principal, Bridgepoint Merchant Banking
Adam Claypool is cofounder and managing principal of Bridgepoint Merchant Banking, a full- service investment banking firm with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, strategic and transaction advisory services, and private equity fund management. As such, he works closely with private/family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capital-backed companies, and private equity/venture capital firms across Iowa and the Midwest.
Adam is a member or observer to the boards of BirdDogHR, GCommerce, and TrueChoice Solutions. He also serves on the board of trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Hospice of Central Iowa Foundation, as well as the Finance and Investment Committee for the Plymouth Church Foundation. He is currently president of the Rider Club Youth Football Board.
Adam received his bachelor of arts degree in political science with an emphasis in economics at the University of Iowa. He and his wife Megan live in Des Moines and have three children.
Worldwide Vice President for Specialty Crops, Kemin Industries
Dr. John A. Greaves is the worldwide vice president for Specialty Crops at Des Moines-based Kemin Industries, Inc. In his current role, Greaves coordinates a global team of plant breeders, horticulturalists, analytical chemists, organic chemists, research agronomists, and field agronomists who help develop innovative molecular solutions for the company.
John is a native of Lancaster, England. He graduated with a B.Sc (Honors) degree in 1984 (Agricultural Botany), and a Ph.D. degree in 1987 (Plant Physiology), both from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom.
Among his many civic and industry roles, John serves on the board of advisors of the ISU Plant Sciences Institute and the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and is an independent director on the board of Chromatin, Inc. He is an inventor on over 12 U.S. and international issued patents and 6 pending patents. John lives with his wife and family in Ankeny.
Vice President for Business and Community Development, MidAmerican Energy
Kathryn is very involved in the community and has served as past president and member of both Rotary DMAM and the Professional Developers of Iowa. She serves as a board member for the Iowa City Area Development Group , the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, Siouxland Initiative, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Cultivation Corridor as well as the United Way of Central Iowa.
Kathryn is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, a Forty Under 40 class member of 2002 and graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy in 2014.A native of Mason City, Iowa and graduated from UNI with a bachelor’s in public administration. Kathryn lives in the Des Moines Area with her husband, Randy.
Deputy Director, Iowa Workforce Development
Myron is the Deputy Director for Iowa Workforce Development. Recently retired from Pella Corporation, Myron also serves as State Director for the Selective Service System in the State of Iowa. He has served as board chair of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry; is past chair of the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee; past chair of the Board of Directors of the Iowa Taxpayers Association and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations committee.
Myron is also retired from the Army Reserve and a graduate of the Iowa Military Academy. He was appointed by the Clinton administration to the position of State Director of the Selective Service System.
A former high school mathematics and physics teacher, Myron holds a BA in mathematics and physics and MA in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. He and his wife Leanne live in Pella.
Government Affairs, Nyemaster Goode Law Firm
Brad is a member of the firm’s Governmental Affairs Department, involving a broad spectrum of public policy issues, including economic development, labor and employment issues, workers’ compensation, gaming, and utilities. In addition, Brad also practices in the areas of creditors’ rights, construction law, and general civil litigation, representing Wells Fargo Bank and the Iowa Economic Development Authority, serving as general counsel for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, and representing contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
Brad began his legal practice with a firm in Omaha followed by employment as in-house counsel with Norwest Financial, and then as a shareholder with a West Des Moines law firm before joining Nyemaster Goode. Brad has been a regular speaker in the area of creditors’ rights. He is a past Board member for the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served on the Board for the youth baseball program in West Des Moines.
Brad received his B.B.A. with honors from the University of Iowa in 1990 and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1993.
Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority
Debi Durham was appointed by Governor Terry Branstad in January 2011. As one of her first orders of business, Debi worked with the Governor and legislators to restructure the department to create a public-private partnership to update and improve Iowa’s delivery of economic development services. That led to the creation of the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress – the umbrella organization for the new structure. Debi now serves as the director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the public arm that replaces IDED and oversees the traditional economic development programs.
Prior to leading Iowa’s economic development initiatives, Debi served as president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce since July 1995. She also served as president of The Siouxland Initiative (TSI), the economic development corporation serving the tri-state metropolitan area, and the Siouxland Chamber Foundation. In both 2007 and 2008, TSI was recognized as one of the “Top-Ten” economic development groups in the nation.
In June 2009, the Downtown Rotary Club in Sioux City recognized Debi as their Key Way award winner. The annual recipient is recognized as a local leader who has “contributed greatly to the health and prosperity of the area through business and community involvement.” Debi was also recognized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry as one of “Five Iowa Women You Should Know” in 2007. In 2003, she was named to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and was the Republican Lt. Gubernatorial candidate in 2002.
Debi holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Marketing and Management degree from Missouri Southern State University. She and her husband Joel have two children, Beau and Jordan.
Vice President for Economic Development and Business Engagement, Iowa State University
Mike led the initiative to create the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR) which serves as the gateway or entry point to campus for organizations wanting to connect with the university’s research, technical, and business expertise and capabilities.
Mike is also a faculty member in the College of Business at ISU, where he has served as Department Chair, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and Interim Raisbeck Endowed Dean. He currently holds the Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management and previously held the John and Ruth DeVries Endowed Chair in Business.
Mike teaches business logistics, supply chain management, and transportation management at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 research publications, and he has been a principal investigator on three U.S. Department of Transportation research projects. He is the former editor of two academic journals and is currently on the editorial review boards of four academic journals. In 1988-89 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Warsaw School of Economics in Warsaw, Poland. Mike earned his B.S., M.B.A., and D.B.A. degrees from Indiana University.
Executive Director, Business and Community Services, University of Northern Iowa
Randy also serves as the director of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and helped create and manage a regional angel investment fund. He also served on the board of spinoff biobased products company.
For the past 25 years, Randy has served as director of the UNI Institute for Decision Making, an economic development decision-to-action organization that has worked with more than 700 communities across the state. He also assists with intellectual property activity on campus and co-chairs the UNI Research Foundation Board.
Randy currently serves on the Iowa Business Council Deputy Committee and the Iowa Innovation Council and is a past president of Professional Developers of Iowa. Locally, he is actively involved in Cedar Valley economic development and community service groups, including the Cedar Valley TechWorks. Randy received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNI in economic geography.
Executive Management Resource Group
Peter has more than 35 years of manufacturing and business development experience with many leadership positions in engineering, business and public service with a variety of companies including John Deere, Positech Corporation and Columbus McKinnon.
While acting as division president of the Material Handling Institute of America, Peter led the formation and growth of the Ergonomics Council there. As founding partner of EMRG, he helps businesses grow by coaching owners to focus goals, reorganize for effectiveness and navigate the network of assistance programs and venture capital groups. He is COO of New Tech Ceramics and serves on the Iowa Innovation Council.
Peter received his degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.