Iconic Mississippi River Destination
- Dee Bruemmer, retired Scott County Administrator, spent 38 years as a local government official. She formerly served as Scott County Administrator and as the Assistant City Administrator and Public Works Director in Davenport. She serves on the advisory board for curriculum at Northern Illinois University’s Public Administration Department and is the current president of the Figge Art Museum Board of Directors.
- Paul VanDuyne, president of KJWW Engineering Consultants, has been with that firm since 1976 and president since 2003. In 2015, he also became President and CEO of IMEG Corp., the holding company of both KJWW and California-based TTG Engineers. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a doctorate degree in chiropractic from Palmer College. Paul serves on the boards of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Skip-A-Long Daycare, Palmer College of Chiropractic, HAVlife, Chief Executives Network, MRA Presidents Roundtable, KJWW and the Milwaukee Region Porsche Club.
- Caitlin Russell, Russell Construction, is involved with both the construction and development of real estate. Her primary focus is seeking new development opportunities in the Quad Cities, performing financial analysis related to the lease-back and sale of developed properties and ensuring the success of projects from start to finish. Caitlin was born and raised in Bettendorf and is committed to making the Quad Cities a better place to live, work and play.
- Nate Clark, Manager of Enterprise Citizenship for Deere & Company and Vice President of the John Deere Foundation. has served in several positions at John Deere, including Manager of Tactical Marketing for John Deere Forestry; Director of Public Affairs for John Deere’s Construction & Forestry Division and John Deere Power Systems and senior attorney. Prior to joining John Deere, Clark worked as an Associate at Lane & Waterman LLP and as a Judicial Clerk on the Arizona Court of Appeals. Nate holds a Juris Doctorate with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.
- Dana Waterman, Managing Partner at Lane & Waterman LLP, joined the firm in 1971 and has served as its managing partner since 2001. Dana serves as Secretary and General Counsel of Lee Enterprises. He also serves on the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on its executive committee, as a business community representative of the Quad City Defense Alliance. He also is a board member for Genesis Health System, the University of Iowa Health Alliance, Augustana College, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, Adler Theater Foundation and the Iowa Law School Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of several privately held companies, as a co-trustee of The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and a founding co-trustor of the Quad Cities Cultural Trust. Dana graduated from Phillips Academy, Dartmouth College with an A.B. in history and from the University of Iowa College of Law.
- Sean Moeller, founder of Daytrotter
Loaned Expert: Carmen Darland, Quad City Arts
- Kelli Grubbs, founded Victory Enterprises and VictoryStore.com with her husband Steve Grubbs. Kelli manages the financial and legal aspects of the companies and oversees the production divisions of VictoryStore.com. Kelli was previously an associate attorney with the Stanley, Lande & Hunter law firm. She serves on the boards of Northwest Bank & Trust Co., the Putnam Museum & Science Center, Quad City Arts, the Scott County Y, Reaching Higher Iowa and Iowa Public Television. She has served on the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission, the RiverVision Steering Committee, the RiverVision Bi-State Coordinating Committee, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce board, DavenportOne board, West Little League board and Davenport Legacy Foundation.
- Rev. Dwight Ford, founder and pastor of Grace City Church, is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His military career included serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, during which time he was listed in the top ten percent of enlisted Marines. Rev. Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University, with a concentration in Business Management and Leadership. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. Rev. Ford is an ordained Baptist minister and has served in pastoral ministry for over 23 years. He provides professional consultation for public school districts, transformative community partnerships, strategic planning and implementation strategy, faith-based and community projects.
Loaned Expert: Brian Hollenback, Renaissance Rock Island
Cradle through 21st Century Workforce
- Dr. Don Doucette, Chancellor, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, is actively involved in eastern Iowa community and economic development efforts, serving on the Quad Cities Chamber’s Regional Opportunities Council and the boards of the Scott County Family YMCA, United Way of the Quad Cities Area, Family Resources and the Figge Art Museum. Dr. Doucette also is a member of the board of Community Colleges for International Development and the Educational Testing Service’s Community College Advisory Board, as well as the American Association of Community Colleges’ 21st Century Initiative Implementation Team. He represents the community college voice on the board of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Dr. Doucette led the establishment of the first community college in Haiti, the Business and Technology Institute in Les Cayes, Haiti, and currently serves as president of its board. Born and raised in Salem, Mass., Dr. Doucette earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education and M.A. in English from Arizona State University, and his B.A. in English from Cornell University.
- Amy Nimmer, retired Director, Global Human Resources Operations at John Deere, was employed there 38 years. As Director, Global Human Resources Operations, Amy was responsible for aligning the human resources strategies, policies and processes across the globe while recognizing and adapting to regional, country and unit-level requirements. Amy’s previous role was president of the John Deere Foundation. In this position, she established a global strategic focus for John Deere’s citizenship and foundation efforts.
- LaDrina Wilson, Dean of Students, Scott Community College, holds a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Education from Western Illinois University. She began work on her PhD in Education at Iowa State University in fall 2015. LaDrina serves on several boards and committees, including Quad City Minority Partnership, Iowa ACAC Access, Success and Inclusion Committee, and the Q2030 Steering Committee. She also volunteers with Delta Sigma Theta, a community service sorority that promotes scholarship and community service and was named the 2014 Young Professional of the Year by Young Professionals of the Quad Cities.
- Scott Crane, President of the United Way of the Quad Cities Area, has served in that position since 2008. He has 26 years of experience in the United Way system, including serving as President of United Way of Cass-Clay in Fargo, North Dakota, Executive Director of the United Way of Anderson County in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Vice President of Allocations and Planning at the Sioux Empire United Way in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History from South Dakota State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University.
- Joy Boruff, President/CEO, Moline Foundation
Loaned Experts: Alex Kolker, United Way of the Quad Cities Area and Dr. Ellen Kabat-Lensch, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Welcoming and Inclusive
- Alvaro Macias, Ascentra Credit Union
- Randy Moore, President of Iowa American Water, has over 30 years of experience in the water utility industry. Randy holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Indiana State University. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the National Association of Water Companies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council. Randy also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Quad Cities, Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and Azubuike African American Council for the Arts. He also is a member of the Davenport Rotary Club, a commissioner on the Bi-State Regional Commission and sits on Davenport’s Blue Ribbon Panel. Randy also is a Senior Associate Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God.
Loaned Expert: Dr. Christopher Whitt, Augustana College
- Dave Heller is President and CEO of Main Street Baseball, LLC and majority owner and managing partner of five affiliated minor league baseball teams, including the Quad Cities River Bandits. In addition to his work in baseball, Dave also is president of Main Street Communications, an award-winning political media firm. Dave graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Brown University and holds a master’s degree in Politics from Oxford University (Nuffield College). He went on to Yale University, where he completed his master’s thesis.
Loaned Expert: Lani Lorenze-Fry, John Deere
Loaned Expert: Kirby Winn, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
- Decker Ploehn, Bettendorf City Administrator, has held that position since 1990. He also served as Bettendorf’s Chief of Police from 1986 through 1990. Decker holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from St. Ambrose University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the National Crime Prevention Institute at the University of Louisville and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Decker is a member of the Bettendorf Rotary Club, the Executive Board of Medic Ambulance Corporation and the Board of Directors of the Illowa Boy Scout Council. He also serves as Chairperson of the First Tee of the Quad Cities Board of Directors and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Managers’ Association and the Center for Active Seniors (CASI).
- Mara Downing, President of the John Deere Foundation and Director of Global Brand Management and Corporate Citizenship at John Deere, leads the groups responsible for community relations, corporate contributions, philanthropy and volunteerism as well as the governance, protection and overall management of the John Deere brand on a global basis. Previously at John Deere, she worked in Public Affairs Worldwide as Director, International Affairs and as Manager, State Public Affairs. Mara began her career with Deere in 2000 in the tax department. Mara holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Ambrose University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
- Kelly Thompson, Director of Programs for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, oversees all grant-making, scholarships, community involvement and the CFGRB’s youth philanthropy program, Teens for Tomorrow. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Augustana College. Prior to joining the CFGRB in 2013, she accumulated nine years of experience in social services, including direct service in the areas of child welfare and homelessness, grant writing and agency leadership.
Manufacturing Innovation Hub
- Bill Ratzburg, Director of Economic and Community Development for John Deere, has led a number of visioning projects that, building on regional assets, identified significant growth opportunities for the local region. He led the planning effort for the Manufacturing Innovation Hub, which is designed to help the 900 manufacturers within an 80-mile radius of the Quad Cities grow and prosper by identifying their barriers to growth and then connecting them with the appropriate “innovation assets” to overcome those barriers. Prior to John Deere, Bill spent almost 20 years in private industry in senior management and owner/operator positions. Bill holds a MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, both from the University of Wisconsin.
- Jim Patterson, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities, joined the WIU-Quad Cities business faculty in 1995 and also served as founding director of the Quad Cities Executive Studies Center in the WIU College of Business and Technology. With nearly 20 years of supply chain and manufacturing experience with the U. S. Marine Corps, Avon Products, the Coca-Cola Company, and Nestlé, S.A., his last corporate position prior to joining academia was as divisional director of manufacturing and factory manager for Nestlé Foods. He earned his B.Sc. from Western Kentucky University, M.Sc. from the University of Southern California, M.B.A. from Western Michigan University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Patterson also holds lifetime C.P.M. and A.P.P. professional credentials from the Institute for Supply Management.
Loaned Expert: Curt Burnett, Director, Technology Innovation, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
I-74 Gateway Corridor
- Frank Clark, Retired, RDA
- Aaron Tennant, founder of Total Solutions, Inc., started that company in 2015. It offers accounting, payroll, IT, employee leasing and HR services to small and medium-sized businesses. Additionally, Aaron has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He is the former CEO of Tennant Truck Lines, Inc. (TTL). While with TTL, Aaron held virtually every position with the company and ultimately purchased it in 2009. Aaron has been an active member on several boards and committees, including the Truckload Carriers Association, American Trucking Association, Machinery Haulers Association, Illinois Trucking Association, Iowa Motor Truck Association, and Trucking Profitability Strategies, University of Georgia. Aaron also serves on the board of directors for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, John Deere Classic, Trinity Health Foundation and the Putnam Museum.
- Sherry Ristau, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, oversees over $116 million in total assets and over $6 million in annual grants and scholarships. Sherry serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Foundations, including its Executive and Audit Committees. She also serves on the Orton Family Foundation Board of Directors and is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Cabinet, the Women’s Connection and Davenport Rotary. Sherry holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Minnesota State University – Mankato.
- Pat Eikenberry, President/CEO of Missman, Inc., identifies acquisition and merger opportunities, directs the implementation of activities and deals specifically with the needs of clients by serving as technical communicator for that company. He also represents the company at legislative sessions, committee meetings and formal functions, promoting the company to local and regional constituencies. Pat has been or is currently engaged in more than 20 organizations, including the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, Bettendorf Rotary Club, John Deere Classic, Bettendorf Development Corporation and the Development Association of Rock Island. Pat holds a AS/Civil Engineering degree from Black Hawk College and is a Registered Professional Engineer and Iowa Licensed Realtor.
Loaned Expert: Bi-State Regional Commission