Hanawalt elected chairman of ABI Board

July 3, 2014

Hanawalt elected chairman of ABI Board

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Mark Hanawalt, president of United Equipment Accessories in Waverly, will serve as chairman of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, or ABI, Board of Directors for the 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1.

The ABI Board of Directors unanimously elected Hanawalt during its annual meeting on June 10 in Cedar Rapids. Hanawalt served as the vice chairman in 2014 and has been an active member of ABI for 15 years.

“Mark Hanawalt is a terrific businessman and a great Iowa leader,” Ralston said. “ABI members across the state are excited about the months ahead.”

Hanawalt was appointed president of United Equipment Accessories in 2000. The family-owned company is one of the largest slip ring manufacturers in the world and recently broke ground on a 14,000-square- foot expansion at its Waverly facility.

As chairman, Hanawalt is responsible for leading the Board of Directors in developing ABI’s strategic goals and objectives and in overseeing the implementation of that work. He also will help to communicate ABI’s mission to Iowans.

ABI’s Executive Committee for 2015 also includes Vice Chairman Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher in Marshalltown, Treasurer Lori-Schaefer-Weaton of Agri-Industrial Plastics in Fairfield; Secretary David Zrostlik of Stellar Industries in Garner and Immediate Past Chairman Myron Linn of Pella Corp., in Pella. Roger Hargens of Accu-Mold LLC in Ankeny and Drew Vogel of Diamond Vogel Paint in Orange City also joined the Executive Council this year as district representatives.

Other new board members in 2015 include Richard Davidson of Thombert Inc., in Newton; Jared Graening of GMT Corporation in Waverly; Todd McDonald of ATW Training & Consulting Inc., in Des Moines; Jack McFarland of Miller Products Co., in Osceola; Jack Pray of Reynolds & Reynolds, Inc., in Des Moines; Lori Thielen of East Dubuque Savings Bank in Dubuque; and Kirk Trede of Eastern Iowa REC in Wilton.


The Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) has been the voice of Iowa business since 1903, and its mission is to collectively provide a strong, unified voice to business and industry on issues impacting Iowa employers. ABI is currently comprised of approximately 1,400 Iowa members of all types and sizes in all 99 counties employing more than 310,000 Iowans.