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David Leto Announced as New President of Palmer Group

September 27, 2017

Des Moines, IA – Palmer Group announces that David Leto has been promoted to President, effective October 1, 2017. Mr. Leto will succeed Austin Palmer who will remain with the company as Board Chairman.

Austin Palmer states: “I am extremely pleased to move forward with this next step in our leadership succession plan. Dave has been a strong contributor throughout his 13-year tenure at Palmer Group and has proven himself as an excellent leader these past 7 years in the Executive Vice President role. This promotion is a natural next step for Dave and I’m confident he will continue to be an excellent leader for our team, our contract employees and our valued clients.”

David Leto brings with him over 18 years of experience in the employment business. David joined Palmer Group in 2004 and has held multiple leadership roles during his time. In 2011, he was promoted to his latest position as Executive Vice President.

Mr. Leto is a native of Des Moines. He attended the University of Northern Iowa where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies in 1999. David started his career in Chicago working in the healthcare staffing and placement business.

“I am grateful for this new opportunity and to have Austin Palmer’s continued guidance as Board Chairman. We have built a strong leadership team over the years and I will continue to rely on this talented and experienced group as we move forward. Additionally, we have a tenured team of professionals across the organization that will help make this transition smooth. I am proud of our team and look forward to all that is to come for our organization.”

David is active in our community. He was the 2017 JDRF One Walk Corporate Chair. He serves on cabinet positions for the Greater Des Moines Partnership and is a Board Member of the West Des Moines Leadership Advisory Board. Mr. Leto also serves as Vice President of the Des Moines Reciprocity Club and volunteers in a variety of leadership capacities at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and School in Beaverdale.

About Palmer Group

Palmer Group was founded in 1998 with a mission to become the best firm in Iowa and that continues to be our goal today. We have 67 professionals in our West Des Moines office and provide our client companies with a broad range of employment services that include direct placement, professional temporary and contract staffing and outplacement services. In June 2016, Palmer Group was sold and the formation of a Palmer Group Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) was created. Palmer Group is now 100 percent employee owned.

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Office Administration & Customer Service, Banking & Mortgage, Engineering & Manufacturing, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing and Insurance.