The internationally acclaimed Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is Iowa’s great celebration, a salute to the state’s best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Gary has served as the CEO / Manager of the Iowa State Fair for over 17 years.
In 2012, John Martin left his job in construction management to follow a longtime passion: brewing beer. The result is Confluence Brewing Company, which he opened with co-founder Ken Broadhead and which has grown into a popular fixture in Des Moines.
Julie joined the agency after receiving her degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Each day, she is a part of the behind-the-scenes work of caring for kids. Her role is to advance YESS' mission through fundraising, community relations, and daily business operations.
The Global Insurance Accelerator is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting insurtech startups targeting the global insurance industry.
Easter Seals Iowa is a leader in supporting individuals with disabilities and dedicated to providing exceptional services to the clients, families and community they serve.
Tim is the Executive Director for Friends of Iowa CASA and ICFCRB, an amazing organization with the mission to find the best outcomes for abused and neglected children -- every child, every time.
Lance has served as President and Executive Director for the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity for 14 years. He oversees the Habitat for Humanity's mission in the Des Moines area to build homes, neighborhoods, and hope.
Scott Siepker is an actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker. Scott started off as a stage actor at Iowa State University, where he received his bachelor degree in psychology. Scott has gone on to co-found the film company, Iowa Filmmakers, which has been responsible for the Iowa Nice series of hit videos that included a two season run on ESPNU’s College Football Daily. Though Scott is best known for his work as the Iowa Nice Guy, he is a versatile, veteran actor of stage and screen, drama and comedy.
The Hall is where you can meet your friends, or make a hundred new ones. Where tables are long and conversations are longer. Where cocktails are crafted and the food is served fresh from your favorite food trucks. Where a refurbished railcar building is not only a location, but also the center of conversation. Where music plays, games are on, communities connect—and all are welcome.
For more than 40 years, the Community Foundation has been working closely with donors, local leaders and hundreds of nonprofit organizations. They are a planner, convener, and catalyst in issues important to the Greater Des Moines community and leverage their resources with others to support crucial community initiatives and create real change.
Aiddy Phomvisay is in his second year as Director of Central Campus. His previous leadership experiences include Assistant Director of Central Campus, Associate Principal West Des Moines Valley High School, and Principal Marshalltown High School. Mr. Phomvisay was named 2014 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year.