The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Advisory Council is a select group of members who advise ABI on trends and critical business issues in the marketplace to deliver the best possible programming for its members. These trusted advisors invest in ABI both monetarily and through regular meetings to stay at the forefront of business issues and share best practices.
For more information about the Advisory Council and how to get involved, contact Holly Mueggenberg, 515-235-0572.
Marketing and Technology - Anthologic is a collective of highly-specialized companies living at the intersection of marketing and technology that combine their expertise to bring you more impactful solutions.
- Performance Marketing: Delivers marketing solutions with an emphasis on connected content
- Blue Traffic: Maximizes online visibility with SEO and SEM
- Vector Haus: Engages audiences with video, animation and motion graphics
- Flatout: Extends brand reach though engaging and scalable brand imaging solutions
- Sarah Miller
Property/Casualty Insurance - As one of the nation’s largest independent brokerage firms, AssuredPartners helps our clients prosper, protect value and reach their goals by providing tailored property casualty insurance, employee benefits, retirement plans and risk management services. Reduce your total cost of risk and gain access to AssuredPartners’ expertise and value-added resources.
- Jack Carra
Commercial Banking - Since 1917, Bankers Trust has been a leading financial institution for commercial and consumer banking services. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, and with total assets of $6 billion, Bankers Trust is the largest independently owned depository institution in the state. The company employs nearly 600 people across the country, with branches in Central Iowa (including Ames), Cedar Rapids, and Phoenix, and offices in Omaha and Sioux Falls. Bankers Trust invests more than $1 million annually into the community, and Bankers Trust employees volunteer 11,000 hours each year at nonprofit organizations. Learn more at BankersTrust.com.
- JAYME FRY
M&A/Business Valuation/Litigation Support/Real Estate Appraisal - Known for our technical expertise and commitment to excellence, BCC Advisers specializes in merger & acquisition consulting and business valuation services for privately held businesses. We provide ownership transition, succession planning, ESOP valuation/consulting and litigation support. Commercial and agricultural real estate appraisals are provided by our affiliate, Iowa Appraisal.
- Jim Nalley
Legal/Law - BrownWinick is proud to work with many of the most innovative companies in Iowa, delivering tailored commercial solutions through our dedicated and uncompromising approach to quality and service. BrownWinick provides a broad range of legal services across practice areas and industries, including securities, tax, corporate law, employment, government relations, intellectual property, environmental, manufacturing, estate planning, construction and litigation. We bring the courage, vision and understanding that you would expect from a good business partner and complement it with deep legal knowledge to ensure our clients are in a stronger competitive position in the marketplace.
- Drew Larson
Business Operations - Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) makes businesses better. Its “Engage. Educate. Embed.” approach creates a specific solution that allows each business to prosper and grow.
- Mike O'Donnell
Wealth Advisory/Outsourcing/Audit, Tax and Consulting - CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting services. With more than 7,400 people, 120 U.S. locations and a global affiliation, we promise to know you and help you. For more information visit CLAconnect.com. Investment advisory services are offered through CliftonLarsonAllen Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.
- David Weber
Property/Casualty Insurance - EMC Insurance Companies has stood the test of time. Founded in 1911 to write workers’ compensation insurance in Iowa, EMC has grown to become one of the largest property and casualty companies in Iowa. EMC ranks among the top 50 insurance organizations in the nation and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the premier insurance credit rating organization.
- Amy Ferguson
Law/Legal - Fredrikson’s growing Iowa office serves businesses throughout Iowa and beyond. Clients appreciate our broad range of legal services including corporate and securities, banking & financial, construction, employment and labor, employee benefits, energy, government relations, immigration, intellectual property, international, commercial litigation, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, administrative law, and higher education law.
- Kendra Simmons
Employer Administrative Services - G&A Partners, one of the nation’s leading professional employer organizations (PEO), has been helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses, take better care of their employees and enjoy a higher quality of life for more than 20 years. By providing proven solutions and technology in the areas of human resources, employee benefits and payroll administration, G&A Partners alleviates the burden of tedious administrative tasks and allows business owners to focus their time, talent and energy on growing their companies. Headquartered in Houston, G&A Partners has offices throughout Texas, as well as in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.
- Michael Teachout
Business Valuation/M&A/ESOPs/Litigation Support - HDH Advisors focuses on providing premium professional consulting services to privately-held businesses and their advisors, including ownership transition, exit planning, ESOP advisory, mergers and acquisitions, litigation support and over 800 business valuations every year for a variety of purposes. Our 30+ professionals bring over hundreds of years of valuation experience to every engagement and testified hundreds of times as an expert witness in various court proceedings. We serve clients across the country from offices in Des Moines, Iowa and Atlanta, Georgia.
- Brian Crotty
Principal® Financial Network of Central Iowa
Financial Services - Principal® Financial Network of Central Iowa, with its multiple locations, is a client-focused financial services organization representing Principal. We help individuals, businesses and their employees establish priorities and develop strategies to achieve financial success. Our financial professionals will work closely with you on a consultative needs-based approach to find solutions that will help you reach your goals. Insurance products offered by Principal National Life Insurance Co (except in NY) and, Principal Life Insurance Co. are issuing insurance companies of the Principal Financial Group®. Securities and advisory products offered through Principal Securities, Inc., 888-774-6267, member SIPC. Principal National, Principal Life and Principal Securities, Inc. are members of the Principal Financial Group®, Des Moines, IA 50392.
- Lance Gardner
The Iowa Clinic
Wellness - The Iowa Clinic mission is to provide excellence in healthcare through a patient-focused, physician-governed multispecialty clinic. Our Employer Health Services program collaborates with companies to keep their employees healthy and productive. Services include: executive physicals, high performance networks, flu-shot clinics, vein screenings and on-site clinics, just to name a few.
- Jodi Schweiger
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Insurance - We're Wellmark, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. We're also a mutual insurance company, which means we're owned by our policy holders, not investors — and that's important. Since we're owned by our friends and neighbors throughout Iowa and South Dakota, we know what's important. Wellmark members demand exceptional value. We work hard every day to deliver that by carefully managing costs, providing outstanding customer service and empowering our members to stay healthy.
- Dean Gilkes, Director, Group Sales & Account Retention
Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC)
Commercial Banking - Wells Fargo is a diversified, community-based financial services company with total assets of $1.9 trillion. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, consumer and mortgage, insurance, merger and acquisition, treasury management and commercial banking services through more than 8,400 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States.
- Casey Cason