Wersen recieves ABI Advocacy in Action Award

October 5, 2015

Bob Wersen, right, of Interpower in Oskaloosa, receives the 2015 Advocacy in Action Award from ABI Chairman Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher in Marshalltown.
Bob Wersen, right, of Interpower in Oskaloosa, receives the 2015 Advocacy in Action Award from ABI Chairman Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher in Marshalltown.

The Iowa Association of Business and Industry is pleased to present its 2015 Advocacy in Action award to Bob Wersen for his work to advance ABI’s public policy agenda. The award was presented during the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Sept. 30.

Wersen is the president of Interpower, an Oskaloosa-based company that manufactures power cords, cord sets and other electrical components. He serves on the ABI Board of Directors and is a past chairman of ABI and the ABI Foundation.

The Advocacy in Action award was created in 2014 to recognize ABI members’ commitments to ABI advocacy efforts.

Wersen became an Iowan by choice in 1993 when he moved his business to Iowa from California, where the state’s tax and regulatory climate were stifling Interpower’s growth.

Wersen has been a vocal advocate for Iowa business issues over the past 22 years, inviting legislators to visit his facility to discuss the importance of policy decisions that drive economic growth and add jobs. He takes part in ABI’s annual Legislative Reception and Business Day on the Hill events, and regularly contributes to ABI’s Iowa Industry PAC at the platinum level.

“Bob and his wife, Sharman, could have moved anywhere in the U.S., and we are fortunate they chose Iowa,” said ABI President Mike Ralston. “Bob has been a vocal advocate for smart business policies and economic growth as well as an integral component of ABI’s overall success.”

In addition to Interpower, the Wersens own and operate Tassel Ridge Winery in Leighton.

Photos of the award presentation are available upon request. Contact eschettler@iowaabi.org
Learn more about the award and selection criteria here.