Silent leaders help drive Iowa's economy

March 10, 2017 | Industry leaders flying under the radar Lori Schaefer-Weaton, ABI Chair, Agri-Industrial Plastics,

As you read this column, ABI is preparing for Iowa Business Day on the Hill 2017. We thank our partners, the Iowa Chamber Alliance and the Iowa chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, for their participation.

We also thank those of you reading this column in advance for your participation. You know that at ABI, we take seriously our job to advocate on behalf of increasing economic opportunity for Iowans. We have great respect for elected officials, and we believe that educating them about business is some of the most important work we do. So again, thank you.

This edition of Business Record Iowa carries a great cover story about silent leaders in Iowa. I believe you will enjoy this feature on some interesting Iowa companies, companies of which you might not be aware, but that are leaders in their respective industries. Let us hear from you about other silent leaders.

Finally, about a month ago, I led a delegation of ABI leaders to Dubuque. While there, we met with media representatives and others about the upcoming Taking Care of Business Conference. I can share with you that there is great excitement in the tri-state region about ABI coming to town in June.

You can count on Dubuquers to roll out the red carpet to help make your 2017 conference experience the best ever. I continue to be excited about the hospitality, speakers, venues and networking that you will see at ABI’s 114th annual meeting.

So, if you haven’t already done so, finalize your plans now to join your ABI colleagues in Dubuque June 6-8 for the ABI Taking Care of Business Conference. You do not want to miss it! Register now at Thank you once more for your support.