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CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM

Leaders in Greater Des Moines (DSM) are encouraged to consider signing a CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM. The Greater Des Moines Partnership and its Inclusion Council have outlined the commitment that was developed with input from The Directors Council through its One Economy Blueprint for Action, as well as Capital Crossroads leadership. The Partnership is asking CEOs and top-level leaders of companies, organizations and public entities in DSM to consider signing onto this commitment to racial equity and to create equitable, inclusive and diverse workplaces and communities.

Commitment

We have reached a critical moment in our nation and region's history that calls us to address racial equity in meaningful ways. Now is the time to reset expectations and recognize the role we play in creating equitable, inclusive and diverse workplaces and communities. As CEOs we prioritize and commit to:

  • Leveraging the power and privilege that we each possess to influence local and state policies that lead to racial equity and social justice.
  • Supporting the One Economy Blueprint for Action, its problem-solving goals, strategies and key metrics that help us meaningfully move toward racial equity in DSM.
  • Ensuring diverse representation in our businesses at all levels that is propelled by inviting diverse perspectives to every conversation and every table.
  • Embracing inclusive talent attraction, hiring and career development practices that increase access to and support the advancement of people of color in our workplace.
  • Investing in diversity, equity and inclusion education and training that is rooted in racial equity and recognizes the impact of systemic racism past and present.
  • Promoting supplier diversity initiatives that support minority-owned businesses and leverage the purchasing power of our organizations.
  • Affirming that our efforts will endure and that we will continually discuss and share ways to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive DSM.

To businesses, nonprofits, government leaders, community leaders and the broader community: Join us in this commitment to make DSM better for all.

Supporters

Thank you to many companies, organizations and public entities in DSM who have signed the CEO Commitment to Racial Equity in DSM. If you are a CEO/top executive at your organization and would like to sign the commitment, please email Angie Stepsis at astepsis@DSMpartnership.com.

  • Brad Anderson, State Director (AARP Iowa)
  • Deb Bengtson, President (Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce)
  • Doug Bickford, Executive Director (Alzheimer's Association — Iowa Chapter)
  • Tom Swank, President & CEO (American Enterprise Group)
  • Tom L. Colvin, CEO (Animal Rescue League of Iowa)
  • Joey Beech, Executive Director (Ankeny Economic Development Corporation)
  • Kirk Tyler, Chairman of the Board (Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company)
  • Jim Plagge, CEO (Bank Iowa Corporation)
  • Donald Coffin, CEO & President (Bankers Trust Company)
  • Kavi Chawla, Partner (Baton Global)
  • Kelsey Knowles, President (Belin McCormick, P.C.)
  • Renee Hardman, CEO (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa)
  • Jeffrey R. Naig, Managing Principal (BKD)
  • Anne Shimerdla, President & CEO (Blank Park Zoo)
  • Sally Dix, Executive Director (Bravo Greater Des Moines)
  • Greg Halford, Des Moines Plan Manager (Bridgestone Americas)
  • Jody Jenner, CEO (Broadlawns Medical Center)
  • Mark Williams, President & CEO (Brokers International)
  • Chris Sackett, Managing Member (BrownWinick Law Firm )
  • Connie Wimer, Owner & Chairman (Business Publications Corporation)
  • Suzanna de Baca, President & Group Publisher (Business Record, dsm and ia magazines)
  • Jon L. Shanahan, President & CEO (Businessolver, Inc.)
  • Emily Westergaard, CEO (By Degrees Foundation)
  • Christian Comito, CEO (Capital City Fruit, Co.)
  • Jennifer Carruthers, President of the Board of Directors (Capital City Pride)
  • Emily Kessinger, Director (Capital Crossroads)
  • Darren Rebelez, President & CEO (Casey's General Stores)
  • Greg Edwards, President & CEO (Catch Des Moines)
  • Mark L. Putnam, President (Central College)
  • Janice Lane Schroeder, CEO (Children & Families of Iowa)
  • Dr. Teri Wahlig, CEO (ChildServe)
  • Jake Christensen, President (Christensen Development)
  • Scott Sanders, City Manager (City of Des Moines)
  • Ryan Waller, City Manager (City of Indianola)
  • Jim Sanders, City Administrator (City of Johnston)
  • J. Benjamin Champ, City Manager (City of Pleasant Hill)
  • Robert Andeweg, Mayor (City of Urbandale)
  • Mary Sparks Thompson, CEO (Clive Behavioral Health)
  • Kristi Knous, President (Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines)
  • Kurt A. Gibson, President & CEO (Community State Bank)
  • Chris Della Vedova, President/CEO (Confluence)
  • Judd O’Connor, U.S. Region President (Corteva Agriscience)
  • Billi Hunt, Executive Director (Cultivation Corridor)
  • Sherry Gupta, Executive Director (CultureALL)
  • Raj Kalathur, Chief Information Officer (Deere & Company)
  • Elizabeth Presutti, CEO (DART, Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority)
  • John Pietila, President of the Board of Directors (Davis Brown Law Firm)
  • Jeff Russell, President & CEO (Delta Dental of Iowa)
  • Rob Denson, President (Des Moines Area Community College)
  • Todd Ashby, CEO/Executive Director (Des Moines Area MPO)
  • Frank Cownie, City Mayor (Des Moines City Council)
  • Linda Westergaard, City Council Representative (Des Moines City Council Ward 2)
  • Jennifer Chittenden, Executive Director (Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce)
  • Kevin Foley, Executive Director (Des Moines International Airport)
  • Michael Egel, General and Artistic Director (Des Moines Metro Opera)
  • James Hayes, Executive Director (Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center)
  • David R. Kilpatrick, Executive Director (Des Moines Playhouse)
  • Tom Ahart, Superintendent (Des Moines Public Schools)
  • Dr. Angela Franklin, President & CEO (Des Moines University)
  • Darrell Sarmento, Executive Director (Des Moines West Side Chamber of Commerce)
  • Amy Ventling Hester, President (DLL Finance LLC)
  • Matt Unger, CEO/Executive Director (DMARC)
  • Dr. Dan Ryan, President (Dowling Catholic High School)
  • Marty Martin, President (Drake University)
  • Brady Harris, CEO (Dwolla)
  • Sherri Nielsen, President/CEO (Easterseals)
  • Blake Crow, Partner-in-Charge (Eide Bailly LLP)
  • Scott Jean, President & CEO (EMC Insurance Companies)
  • Kevin Zaugg, Des Moines Office Managing Partner (Ernst & Young LLP)
  • Kent Pilcher, CEO & President (Estes Construction)
  • Timothy Leslie Lancial, CEO (Event Decorators of Iowa, Inc.)
  • Tray Wade, President & CEO (EveryStep)
  • Chris Blunt, CEO (F&G)
  • Tom Froehle & Andy Kassner, Co-Chairs (Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP)
  • Chris Snyder, CEO & President (Feed Energy)
  • Dean M. Whitaker, Market President (First National Bank)
  • Trish Flaherty-Barnes, President/CEO (FuseDSM, Your Chamber of Commerce)
  • Kent Henning, President (Grand View University)
  • Geoff Wood, CEO (Gravitate Coworking)
  • Brad Botos, Group President (Great Western Bank)
  • Lance Henning, President & Executive Director (Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity)
  • Amy Jennings, Executive Director (Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute)
  • Jay Byers, CEO (Greater Des Moines Partnership)
  • Anne F. Harris, President (Grinnell College)
  • Dan Carlino, General Manager (Hilton Des Moines Downtown)
  • Dan Keough, Chairman & CEO/Shareholder (Holmes Murphy)
  • Rick Tollakson, President & CEO (Hubbell Realty)
  • Randy Edeker, CEO (Hy-Vee)
  • Anne Bacon, Executive Director (Impact Community Action Partnership)
  • Sean Kennedy, President & CEO (IMT Insurance)
  • Lynn Wilson, Broker (Insurance Broker)
  • William Anderson, FAIA Chair (Iowa Architectural Foundation)
  • Lisa Bartusek, Executive Director (Iowa Association of School Boards)
  • Bruce Anderson, President (Iowa Automobile Dealers Association)
  • Jaimie Miller, Executive Director (Iowa Credit Union Foundation)
  • Murray Williams, President & CEO (Iowa Credit Union League)
  • Jennifer Terry, Executive Director (Iowa Environment Council)
  • Jami Haberl, Executive Director (Iowa Healthiest State Initiative)
  • Aaron L. Todd, CEO (Iowa Primary Care Association)
  • Chuck Long, CEO/Executive Director (Iowa Sports Foundation)
  • Jamie Pollard, Athletic Director (Iowa State Athletics)
  • Alan E. Gross, President (Iowa State Bank)
  • Paul Gibbins, Regional Director (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Polk County)
  • Steven W. McCullough, CEO (Iowa Student Loan)
  • Todd Weidmaier, CEO/Owner (Iowa-Des Moines Supply, Inc.)
  • Terry Dusky, President (ITC Midwest)
  • Tom Mahoney, Chairman of the Board (ITA Group Holdings, Inc.)
  • Brent VanderWaal, President & CEO (ITA Group)
  • Raj Kalathur, President (John Deere Financial)
  • Ryan Osborn, President (Junior Achievement of Central Iowa)
  • RW Nelson, Chairman (Kemin Industries, Inc.)
  • Fred Buie, President (Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company)
  • Brian Sather, President & General Manager (KCCI)
  • M. Sean Vicente, Office Managing Partner (KPMG LLP)
  • Chris Costa, President & CEO (Knapp Properties)
  • Kyle Krause, Chairman & CEO (Krause Group)
  • Tanner Krause, President (Kum & Go)
  • Joel Nelson, President & CEO (LCS)
  • Ruth Haus, President (Living History Farms)
  • John Twardos, President – CEO (LSI)
  • Paul Juffer, Managing Partner (LWBJ)
  • David Farnsworth, Managing Shareholder (McGowen Hurst Clark Smith)
  • Dr. Christopher Nelson, CEO (MedPharm Iowa)
  • Larry Taylor, President (Merchants Bonding Company)
  • Matt Romkey, Executive Vice President & Chancellor (Mercy College of Health Sciences)
  • Bob Ritz, CEO (MercyOne)
  • Karl Keeler, President (MercyOne Central Iowa)
  • Tom Harty, President & CEO (Meredith Corporation)
  • Adam Wright, President & CEO (MidAmerican Energy)
  • Suzanne Mineck, President (Mid-Iowa Health Foundation)
  • Tony S. Kaska, CEO & President (Midwest Heritage)
  • Brandi Bretthauer, Executive Director (Mosaic — Central Iowa)
  • Kerrie M. Murphy, Managing Partner (MWH Law Group LLP)
  • Ashley Adams, Board of Directors President (National Alliance on Mental Illness — Greater Des Moines)
  • J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director (National Speech & Debate Association)
  • Jeff Rommel, Senior Vice President of Property and Casualty Sales (Nationwide)
  • Troy W. Vincent, Founder & CEO (Navigate Wellbeing Solutions)
  • Mike McCoy, CEO (NCMIC Group, Inc.)
  • Michael G. Simpson, President & CEO/Shareholder (Neumann Bros.)
  • Craig Ibsen, Managing Principal (Next Level Ventures)
  • Lucinda Sperry, Executive Director (Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce)
  • Frank Harty, Chairman (Nyemaster Goode)
  • Teree Caldwell-Johnson, CEO (Oakridge Neighborhood)
  • Jim O'Halloran, Jr., President (O'Halloran International)
  • Jean Shelton, CEO (On With Life)
  • Courtney Reyes, Executive Director (One Iowa)
  • Bethany Sweeney, Ph.D., Director of Iowa Operations (One Smart Kid, LLC)
  • William Dodds, President & CEO (Optimae LifeServices, Inc.)
  • Anne Starr, President & CEO (Orchard Place)
  • David Leto, President (Palmer Group)
  • Kevin Lentz, President (Performance Marketing)
  • Felix Gallagher, Principal & Co-Founder (PharmServ Staffing)
  • Kelly Huntsman, CEO (PHC)
  • Gary Palmer, President/CEO (Prairie Meadows)
  • Dan Houston, Chairman, President & CEO (Principal Financial)
  • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, CEO (Proteus, Inc.)
  • Mark A. Rupprecht, President (R&R Realty Group)
  • Justin Platts, President (RDG IA)
  • Philip A. Hodgin, CEO/President (RDG Planning & Design)
  • Robert G. Riley, Jr., Chairman (Riley Resource Group)
  • Rodney Foster, Office Managing Partner (RSM US LLP)
  • Ben McLean, CEO (Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc.)
  • Raymond E. Meister, SVP/Market President (Security National Bank)
  • Claudia Schabel, President (Schabel Solutions)
  • JC Risewick, President/COO (Seneca Companies)
  • Brandon Foldes, Founding Partner & CEO (SHYFT Collective)
  • Marsha C. Kelliher, President (Simpson College)
  • Dan Drendel, Principal & CEO (Slingshot Architecture)
  • Jon Grannis, Executive Director (Sollah Interactive, LLC)
  • Steve Havemann, Executive Director (St. Vincent De Paul)
  • Craig T. Patterson, Partner (The Advocacy Cooperative)
  • Barbara L. Stinson, President (The World Food Prize Foundation)
  • Art Wittmack, President (Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa)
  • Matthew Minniear, Director of Iowa Operations (TEK Systems)
  • Rowena Crosbie, President & Founder (Tero International)
  • John Irving, President (Tri-City Electric — Central Iowa Division)
  • Ron Maahs, CEO (Trilix)
  • Brian Jones, President (Two Rivers Marketing)
  • Mike Helak, Market President (U.S. Bank)
  • Jayne Armstrong, District Director (U.S. Small Business Administration — Iowa District Office)
  • Elisabeth Buck, President (United Way of Central Iowa)
  • David Stark, President & CEO (UnityPoint Health — Des Moines)
  • Tucker Anderson, CEO & President (Universal Pediatrics)
  • Izaah Knox, Executive Director (Urban Dreams)
  • Steve L. Bass, Superintendent of Schools (Urbandale Community School District)
  • Patrick Lusk, President & CEO (Venerable Insurance and Annuity Company)
  • Ken Clark, President & CEO (VIA Group, Realtors)
  • Carlos Acebey, Executive Director (Vision Soccer Academy)
  • William Anderson, FAIA President (WA.Architecture)
  • Levi Rosol, CEO (We Write Code)
  • John Forsyth, Chairman & CEO (Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield)
  • Marta Codina, Region Bank President (Wells Fargo)
  • Rob Kretzinger, President & CEO (WesleyLife)
  • Katherine Harrington, President & CEO (West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce)
  • Dr. Lisa M. Remy, Superintendent (West Des Moines Community Schools)
  • Richard M. Willis, Dealer Principal (Willis Automotive)
  • Leisa Fox, CEO (YESS)
  • Leisha Barcus , President/CEO (YMCA of Greater Des Moines)
  • Kari Zimmerman, Executive Director (Young Women's Resource Center)