Ehrecke honored with Leadership for Iowa award

July 14, 2016 | View a PDF of this release.

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation and Leadership Iowa are proud to honor Wes Ehrecke of West Des Moines with the Leadership for Iowa Award, an honor bestowed annually on a distinguished alumnus of the Leadership Iowa program.

Ehrecke is president of the Iowa Gaming Association and a member of the 1990-91 Leadership Iowa class. He has served in leadership positions in several state organizations, including the Iowa Bankers Association and the Iowa Association of Electrical Cooperatives. He has directed the IGA since its inception about 17 years ago.

In addition to his professional roles, Ehrecke has provided leadership to numerous foundation and civic boards, including Leadership Iowa, the Iowa Parks Foundation, the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism, the St. Francis Pastoral Council, the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others. In addition, Ehrecke speaks to companies and organizations about leadership and goal setting.

“Wes has worked for more than two decades to better Iowa communities and the state as a whole through his professional endeavors and the many organizations he committed to helping in his free time,” ABI President Mike Ralston said. “ABI and its members are grateful for his work and his commitment to helping develop Iowa’s future leaders.”

Recipients of the prestigious Leadership for Iowa award must show a demonstrated commitment to serve Iowa, have held a leadership role volunteering for civic and/or professional organizations, have demonstrated the ability to lead on difficult or controversial subjects and be involved in projects designed to enhance the quality of life in Iowa.

Honorees also must have a responsible position of leadership in employment or volunteer organizations that results in the potential to contribute to leadership development within a local or statewide setting.