ALLSTARS 2017

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of the Creative Corridor

MAY 2017

Meet Makenzie Kimm and

other ALL STARS who are

making an impact in the

region’s business sectors.


Passion runs Deep.

HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT

Congrats to our regional manager dave baker for being

named as a creative corridor all-star honorable mention!

Highway equipment company is proud of dave,

and all our team members who have the passion to

build the best today for a better tomorrow.

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Company. All rights reserved.


of the Creative Corridor

Mick Starcevich

President

Kirkwood Community College

Iowa’s Creative Corridor is a great

place to live and work. Many different

communities, businesses,

organizations and people all come

together like pieces of a puzzle

to make a greater whole. One integral

piece holding it all together is the area

workforce. It’s central to everything that

happens here in our seven-county area of

Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn

and Washington counties.

For 50 years, Kirkwood Community

College has understood the important

connection between a talented workforce,

employers, education and training, and the

Corridor as a whole. Those four components

form a relationship where each affects

the other. That’s why Kirkwood works

with local business and industry to develop

relevant curriculum that puts our graduates

in a position to succeed. When they

thrive, employers flourish and so does the

Corridor. When workers need retraining,

Kirkwood supports area employers to make

sure their employees have the knowledge

and skills to take the organization, and

their own careers, to the next level.

Because the future of the Corridor is

directly related to the success of this relationship,

every single person has a vested

interest in cultivating the area workforce

and growing it to its potential. One way to

encourage success is by celebrating those

among us that are truly standing out in

their field.

In this magazine, you’ll be introduced

to some of the promising Corridor

employees making a huge impact today.

It’s a glimpse of the younger workforce

who will very soon become the movers

and shakers of the future. These stories

are inspiring. The best part is, they can

encourage the next wave of talent whose

time is fast approaching.

These Creative Corridor All-Stars are

proof that if you put in the time, and you

work hard, you can accomplish any goal.

I would encourage those inspired by these

examples to take control of their future.

When anyone is ready for the next step –

whatever that may be – Kirkwood is ready

to help them get there. Whether it’s career

exploration and opportunities for our

youth, or training for our more experienced

workforce, Kirkwood is a one-stop

shop for everyone in the Corridor when it

comes to career development.

Let the stories within these pages be an

inspiration to motivate us as we move toward

the bright future of our community. •

CONTENTS

ALL STAR SECTORS

ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION,

ENGINEERING

Brandon Minick ............ 4

Besnik Mucogllava.......... 6

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Cassie Ellis ...............10

Amber Westemeier........ 12

FINANCIAL SERVICE, INSURANCE,

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Amanda Wendling.........14

Natasha Leiran............16

HEALTHCARE

April Golwitzer............18

Sara Wattnem.............20

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Matt Lapka ...............22

Samantha Dahlby..........24

TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS

Phil Reges................26

Makenzie Kimm...........28

INTERNSHIPS

Trent Brandenburg.........30

INFORMATION

AND RESOURCES

Pathway to an

All Star Career......... 11

How Can I

Be an All Star?......... 15

About Sector Boards ... 23

All Star Honorable

Mentions ............. 31

Main Campus, 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard

Southwest, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

(319) 398-5411 • www.kirkwood.edu

A print product of the

Corridor Business Journal

May 2017

Shuva Rahim, Writer and Photographer

Julia Druckmiller, Designer

Rhonda Roskos, Media Consultant

MAY 2017

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ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING SECTOR

DIRECTOR OF

VIRTUAL DESIGN

AND

CONSTRUCTION

Brandon

Brandon Minick

Modern Piping, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job would be the completion

of a project, to be able to go home at night and tell

your wife or your kids, ‘I helped build that building or I

helped be part of the design team on that building.’

What does your company do?

Modern Piping is a full-service mechanical contractor. We do

plumbing, piping, sheet metal, controls and also compressed

air. We also have a service division we handle. We basically call

it a “one-stop shop.”

What are your job duties?

I lead and manage the Virtual Design team within the day-today

operations. We have five locations. I oversee 15 employees

at three different locations, including Cedar Rapids, Blaine,

Minnesota and Oklahoma City. Modern supports the company

from pre-construction all the way to final completion of a project.

The projects we work on are typically commercial. We also

do a very large amount of industrial projects. We just recently

completed the Children’s Hospital project, along with the U of I

Hancher Auditorium and the U of I Art Building replacement.

What is most interesting about your job?

The most interesting thing is the day-to-day challenges we have,

specifically in the technology we use. The different software and

hardware we utilize to complete a project – a robotic total station,

3-D scanner and software – is pretty neat.

How did you decide on this career path?

I decided on this career path based on my childhood. My

stepfather was a CAD designer in the Quad Cities. Really

just watching him do it interested me and took me to the

next level of wanting to do it myself. I went to Morrison

Institute of Technology, a two-year tech school. I did CAD

Design and Drafting with Engineering Technology. I also

worked for another mechanical contractor before I got hired

on at Modern Piping. I worked there for five years, and day

to day kept learning and taking on more responsibility.

What do most people not realize you do in

your job?

One thing people don’t realize would be juggling a lot

of tasks, having many responsibilities and really keeping

them all in motion at the same time. I’m doing a lot of

other things with managing 15 employees, and working

with the day-to-day operations within the company between

the fab shop, the project management team, the IT

department and within my own department. •

ONLINE: Watch Brandon discuss

working at Modern Piping.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

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Design - Build

With our 69,000 s.q./ft., state-of-the-art fabrication facility in

Cedar Rapids, IA we’re able to offer many plumbing, piping and

duct fabrication benefits to our customers that are not

provided by other mechanical contractors.

Modern Piping, Inc. is ISO 9001:2008 certified, which is a

third-party validation of our extensive quality control and

continuous improvement processes used in our fabrication and

VDC operations.

15

virtual

designers

on staff

VDC Capabilities

Our robust Virtual Design and Construction Department (VDC)

is the largest of any mechanical contractor in the region. Our

in-house engineers work closely with our VDC staff, estimators,

fabricators, installers, and outside engineers to deliver the best

designed and installed system for the customer’s budget.

3D

scanning

capabilities

Our Timble TX5 3D Scanner and Trimble Robotic Total Work

Stations fully integrate with our 3D VDC software to provide

extremely precise measurements, improve accuracy, and

accelerate design and construction schedules.

Stay In Touch

modernpiping.com

moderncompaniesinc.com

(319) 841-1111


ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING SECTOR

SUPERINTENDENT

Besnik

Besnik Mucogllava

Woodruff Construction

Tiffin, Iowa

“Due to the

experience

I had in

the past I

progressed

very fast.”

ONLINE: Watch Besnik discuss his

work at Woodruff Construction.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What does your company do?

My company does general contracting and

design-build services for commercial, corporate

office and health care industries.

What are your job duties?

As superintendent my job duties are to

plan, schedule and coordinate with other

trades and also delegate work to our employees

and subcontractors.

What is the most interesting thing

about your job?

The most interesting things about my job are

learning new things and ideas, and the continued

improvement of ways things are built.

What is the most rewarding part

of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is the

finishes toward the end of the project. For

instance, now I’m running a project at the

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, and

we’re at the finish part right now and it’s very

exciting to get stuff done. It’s a rewarding

part that you see how things are finished.

How did you decide on this

career path?

I like construction, and I wanted to do

something that is field-related but with

more office responsibility. So superintendent

gives me the opportunity to

have both.

I came to the U.S. in 2009 from Greece.

I did construction in Greece for almost

10 years. When I started with Woodruff,

the construction was slightly different

compared to Europe. So I started as a

laborer even though I had experience.

But due to the experience I had in the

past I progressed very fast. Also, I have

a degree in construction management. I

graduated in 2014 from Kirkwood Community

College. I’m currently at UNI pursuing

a bachelor’s degree, to graduate

next spring in technology management.

What do most people not

realize you do in your job?

I’d say coordination between the other

trades is easy for people not to notice,

especially on this latest project (the UI

Children’s Hospital). It’s very time-consuming.

I personally don’t even know

where my time goes. •

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Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE)

Median hourly

earnings in the

ACE Sector in the

Creative Corridor:

$27.52

In Iowa,

Construction

occupations are

projected to

grow by 24%

from 2015 –

2025 (EMSI)

Careers with growth expected by 2020 in

Iowa’s Creative Corridor (EMSI)

Architects, Except

Landscape and Naval

Surveyors

Architectural

and Civil Drafters

Cement Masons and

Concrete Finishers

Construction

Laborers

Drywall and

Ceiling Tile

Installers

Construction

and Building

Inspectors

+ 21

%

+ 10

% + 10

% + 26

% + 12

% + 36

% + 9

%

EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

Don Hummer Trucking Salutes the

2017 CBJ

ALL STARS

Don Hummer Trucking is proud to help Eastern Iowa develop a

sustainable workforce by offering great career opportunities. We

thank the CBJ All Stars for their commitment to do the same—

together, we can develop and foster local talent to make our region

more competitive, successful, and a better place to work.

888-323-6115

donhummertrucking.com

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Build your foundation for success with

> Earn while you learn

> Acquire no student debt

> Receive regular pay raises

Benefit with a

Building Trades

Union Registered

Apprenticeship

for a professional

career in the

Commercial

Construction

Industry

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Must be 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent. Must have good

attendance, a great work ethic and willingness to work in all conditions.

“Earn and Learn” in a Registered Apprenticeship for

Union Construction careers. Apprenticeships provide a

unique combination of on-the-job training working with

Union professionals and structured learning from certified

instructors. And the rewards are tremendous:

A Paycheck with Benefits. From day one, you are on

the payroll with guaranteed increases as you master your

craft. Benefits include healthcare and much more.

Hands-On Career Training. Apprentices receive

practical on-the-job experience and regularly scheduled

training and instruction in their Union Apprenticeship

Training Centers.

A Long-Term Career. Once you complete your

apprenticeship, you’re well on your way to a truly

rewarding and successful career with competitive salary,

benefits and no student loans to pay off.

MAY 2017

9


ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR

OPERATOR

“The most rewarding part of

the job is learning something

new every single day.“

Cassie Ellis

Frontier Co-op, Norway, Iowa

Cassie

What does your company do?

For Frontier, we bottle quality, natural and organic

spices and seasonings. We also have a plant in Urbana

that does essential oils and distributes them as well.

Our products are distributed to natural grocery stores

that sell organic products, such as Sprouts Farmers

Market, 365, New Pioneer Co-op and Hy-Vees.

What are your job duties?

I operate the equipment. We have several different

bottling and packaging lines. On any given day

I can be on any of them. I’m in charge of setting

up the capper,

the sifter, the

ONLINE: Watch Cassie discuss her

labeler. We get

job at Frontier Co-op.

the spices in as

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

raw material,

and then we put

it in bottles, have all our QA checks and balances,

and send it out the door for our customers. Each

run is a different quantity. In eight hours, on any

given line, we can get 10,000 bottles out. I’ve been

here going on six years. I come a little bit early to

drop my kids off at daycare. Our shift starts at 7:30

a.m. We wear special coats, hairnets, earplugs,

and special shoes, wash our hands coming in and

going out for food safety. Other than that, you’re on line

throughout the whole day.

What is most interesting about your job?

One of the most interesting things about my job is seeing all

the different types of natural and organic products that come

through. Some of them I’ve never ever heard of before.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of the job is learning something

new every single day. Frontier also is very good about giving

back to the community. They’re active in the Honor Flight,

Breast Cancer Walks, Junior Diabetes Walks, Heart Walk and

Feeding Iowa First. So that’s very rewarding because they

give us volunteer time to help serve our community.

How did you decide on this career path?

This job is a very family-friendly environment, and they

have an on-site daycare. So it was a definite plus for me

when I knew I wanted to start a family. It’s nice because

you can just walk right down there, see your kid and

go back to work. After high school, I went to the Army

National Guard. When I decided to start a family, the

environment is what attracted me here. I started as a

production worker for Frontier. Everything I’ve learned

has been hands-on. •

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Pathway to an All Star Career

FINDING THE ROADMAP TO YOUR FUTURE

An All Star Career does not have to be difficult. Through the many

resources at Kirkwood Community College, it is possible to start a future

in any of the industries represented in the Creative Corridor All Star

magazine in several different ways.

CAREER ACADEMIES: An option for High School Juniors

and Seniors, Career Academies offer an opportunity for young

adults to explore careers as part of their high school experience.

In cooperation with area school districts, high school students

land in hands-on technical programs and arts and sciences

classes while earning both high school and Kirkwood Community

College credit. Whether your interest is in Advanced

Manufacturing, Engineering, Patient Care, Graphics Design,

Business or in any of the other academies, Kirkwood Community

College Career Academies are an excellent opportunity to

move forward in your career exploration and development.

For more information on Kirkwood’s Career Academies, visit: www.

kirkwood.edu/careeredge and select your local Kirkwood County or

Regional Center.

KPACE: The KPACE program (Kirkwood Pathways to Career

Education and Employment) is designed to provide a training

opportunity for individuals that may need additional support

in their journey through training and toward employment.

Kirkwood Community College has developed four complete

training pathways in health care, business and manufacturing

so you can build skills for a new career. Whatever your personal

situation, you can stop and start anywhere along the pathway.

We’ll help you find funding, and provide the guidance, support

and encouragement you need along your pathway to success.

For more information on Kirkwood’s KPACE program, visit: www.kirkwood.

edu/kpace

KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Kirkwood’s Continuing Education Division offers short-term

training options in all of the industries represented in this

Creative Corridor All Stars magazine. Through strong employer

relationships, Continuing Education creates the certificates and

programs that employers want and need. This provides the

education and connections students need as they move forward

toward their All Stars future. From Certified Nurse Aid, to Class

A Truck Driving, to CNC Machining, to Customer Service

Professional, Kirkwood Continuing Education meets the needs

of employers and individuals looking to start their next step in

getting the skills needed to jumpstart their careers.

For more information on the trainings offered through Kirkwood Continuing

Education, please visit: www.kirkwood.edu/ce

KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY

COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAMS

Students that start with a Career Academy, the KPACE program

or Kirkwood Continuing Education often consider taking the

next step in their education by considering a Kirkwood Community

College Associates degree. For over 50 years, Kirkwood

Community College has been serving the Creative Corridor

through quality education that meets the needs of the region.

More than 70,000 futures have started at Kirkwood Community

College, yours can be one of them!

To take your next step in exploring a possible Kirkwood Community College

degree, visit: www.kirkwood.edu/academics

BALANCE

At Frontier Co-op, we are all about openness, teamwork,

and honest communication. With a positive and supportive

work environment, our employees thrive personally and

professionally. Our growing organization provides a wealth of

opportunities that allow you to decide what balance of work

and life is best for you.

Visit our website

www.frontiercoop.com

3021 78th Street

Norway, IA 52318

Frontier is a growing provider of organic herbs and spices, and aromatherapy products, and

we offer easy access to high-quality choices that are earth-friendly.

MAY 2017

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING SECTOR

OPERATIONS

ASSISTANT

Amber Westemeier

Raining Rose, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Amber

What does your company do?

My company produces organic lip balms, body lotions,

soaps and hand sanitizers.

What are your job duties?

I basically do quality checks to make sure the correct

ingredients got into batch, that we’re following

all procedures – whether they are safety or FDA

requirements. I also deal a lot with our production

floor – getting the paperwork

out to them, making sure the lines are

organized, calendars are correct. I’ve

worked a lot with our production planner

to learn how to run MRP (Material

Requirement Planning), which gives me the opportunity

to help ensure we get the product out in time.

ONLINE: See Amber talk about

her work at Raining Rose.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What is the most interesting thing about

your job?

The most interesting thing about my job is getting

to see the whole process of how everything is

made. I get to see when the raw materials come

in, when they actually go into the product, seeing

it get filled and then labeled and sometimes even

seeing it go straight out the door.

What is most rewarding about your job?

The rewarding part is knowing the quality checks I

do on the paperwork side is ensuring what goes out

to our customer is excellent. I am one of the people

who sees the paperwork and can say, ‘OK, we put

too much of one ingredient in the batch, let’s see

what we can do to correct the issue.’ It’s being able

to know everything that passes my desk is quality

and done correctly. There’s definitely a big sense of

pride on that, especially when you get to see the

product out in the real world.

How did you decide on this career path?

My path leading up to this is actually just high school. I graduated

in May 2014. I got onto Twitter one day, saw the ad and applied as

a machine operator. I really wanted to broaden my knowledge of

manufacturing, so I started doing different classes through Raining

Rose University, a leadership program that helps employees learn how

to deal with difficult situations in a manufacturing setting and how to

be a proactive leader to your peers. In the future, I plan on attending

Kirkwood for Business Management/Human Resource Management in

hopes of becoming more knowledgeable of the safety processes/rules

manufacturing facilities must abide by.

What do most people not realize you do in your job?

I’m highly involved in the safety committee. I’m a first responder here

and I’ve worked very closely with our safety coordinator making sure

everyone’s doing his or her job safely every day. We have a daily safety

check I actually worked on which produced a guideline that everyone

needs to follow throughout the shift. Safety is my No. 1 priority. I treat

everyone here like family and make every effort possible to ensure they

have a safe shift while producing a high-quality product. •

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Advanced Manufacturing

Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

Careers with growth expected by 2020

in Iowa’s Creative Corridor (EMSI)

Median Hourly

Earnings in Advanced

Manufacturing in the

Creative Corridor:

$18.06/hour (EMSI)

Industrial

Machinery

Mechanics

Maintenance

Workers,

Machinery

Maintenance

and Repair

Workers,

General

Millwrights

First-Line

Supervisors

of Mechanics,

Installers, and

Repairers

Welders,

Cutters,

Solderers, and

Brazers

+ 19

%

+ 16

%

+ 9

%

+ 13

%

+ 6

%

+ 8

%

EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

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FINANCIAL SERVICE, INSURANCE, CUSTOMER SERVICE SECTOR

MARKETING

DIRECTOR

Amanda

Amanda Wendling

BerganKDV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What does your company do?

BerganKDV is a financial services firm.

We have CPA services, wealth management

and then a division we call

our outsourced services, anything an

organization would outsource – payroll,

technology, accounting services.

What are your job duties?

I’m charged with building our brand

– this ranges from graphic design to

marketing planning – across all six of

our markets. We’re in Cedar Rapids,

Des Moines, Coralville/Iowa City, Waterloo/Cedar

Falls, and in Minnesota in

Bloomington and St. Cloud. So I work

with all of our different divisions on

how they can grow their service areas.

What is the most interesting

thing about the job?

Day-to-day it’s never boring. We, the

marketing team, get involved in pretty

much all aspects of the business, and

that means I work with our operations

director a lot. I work with our talent

team on recruiting and creative ways

to do that, and each of our different divisions.

We also assist with our merger

and acquisition teams, which has been

a pretty active opportunity within our

firm the last few years.

What is the most rewarding

part of your job?

I like to see the work I do have

an impact on our clients and

our people. It’s cool to see how

marketing contributes to that

growth and offers opportunities for our

people. As the marketing director, I obviously

love when I tell someone where I

work and they know what it is, they have

good connotations about what BerganKDV

is and they’re excited.

How did you decide on this

career path?

I knew in high school I wanted to go

into advertising or marketing. I liked

the idea of psychology and understanding

how people think, but I also

really liked writing. So I have a journalism

degree in advertising. I worked at

a couple different design firms early

in my career, found my way to insurance,

and actually BerganPaulsen (now

BerganKDV) found me.

ONLINE: Watch Amanda discuss her

work at BerganKDV.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What do most people not

realize you do in your job?

We really get involved with the business

in ways you don’t think a marketing

department would. I work heavily

with our merger and acquisitions team.

So I manage our merger and acquisition

opportunities. With this, we get

our talent director and myself involved

to look at the culture and people,

which is key for us. •

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Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

Financial Service, Insurance, Customer Service

Careers with growth

expected by 2020 in Iowa’s

Creative Corridor (EMSI) >

In Iowa, Finance and

Insurance occupations

are projected to grow

by

18 %

from 2015-2025

(EMSI)

Claims Adjusters,

Examiners, and

Investigators

+

30 %

Loan Officers:

+

11 %

Credit

Insurance

Analysts

Sales Agents

+

22 %

Financial

Examiners

+

12 %

Bill and Account

Collectors

+

11 %

+

32 %

Insurance Claims

and Policy

Processing Clerks

+

21 %

EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

How Can I Be

An All Star?

All Stars represent outstanding employees who are

between the ages of 18-35 and have great stories to

tell about their achievements. All Star and Honorable

Mention winners represent careers within one of these

industries:

• Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE)

• Advanced Manufacturing

• Financial Service, Insurance, Customer Service

• Healthcare

• Information Technology

• Transportation, Logistics

All Stars can represent any career area within the six

identified industries and are nominated by Creative

Corridor employers and partners.

Want to be a future All Star?

Learn firsthand from the All Stars about their training

and career paths by exploring videos of the All Star

award winners on the online version of this publication,

http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

Congratulations,

Amanda Wendling!

Thank you for all you do to live BerganKDV.

WE ARE BERGANKDV

bergankdv.com

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FINANCIAL SERVICE, INSURANCE, CUSTOMER SERVICE SECTOR

ACCOUNT

SUPPORT

ADVISOR

Natasha

Natasha Leiran

GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

ONLINE: See Natasha discuss her work

at GreatAmerica Financial Services.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What does your company do?

GreatAmerica is a finance company,

providing financing for various types of

equipment. We have multiple business

units, so anywhere from office

equipment to telecommunications and

health care systems. We have different

value-add services we provide as well,

such as HR consulting, remote desktop

support and portfolio servicing.

What are your job duties?

My main job duty is to provide our

GreatAmerica experience to all of

our customers. That means providing

exceptional customer service

when communicating with the end

users, who are the people using the

financed equipment. I’m answering

any questions they would have on their

invoices, agreements or end-of-term

information.

What is the most rewarding

part of your job?

I’m always learning something new every

day, especially while sitting with new

business units or different teams. I’m

able to find more process improvements

just by listening to other people talk.

How did you decide on this

career path?

I graduated from Coe College with a

degree in business administration. I

knew that I wanted to work with people,

whether it be over the phone or face-to

face. I enjoy talking to people every day,

and so that was something I wanted in a

career. But I also wanted to be working

somewhere where I really enjoyed what

I was doing, the people I was working

with and what the company stood for.

Touching on that, GreatAmerica strives

to provide the best customer experience

to all of our customers – vendors

and end users – so that they’re going

to come back and tell people about

GreatAmerica. But they also believe

highly in helping their employees grow

wherever they have passion. I feel really

lucky I got in early because I never want

to leave GreatAmerica. I said that from

the day I started.

What do most people not

realize you do in your job?

Most people would think we are a call

center. We do answer the end user’s

phone call, but we work with them

from the moment they call in, are following

through and making sure they

don’t need any other information. If

they do find they need more, we’re the

ones providing that directly. We get

to do that and that’s really something

that’s different. •

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MAY 2017

17


HEALTHCARE SECTOR

NURSE

April

April Golwitzer

UnityPoint – St. Luke’s Hospital

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

ONLINE: See April discuss her work

at UnityPoint – St. Luke’s Hospital.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What does your company do?

We are here to serve the community

and take great care of patients.

What are your job duties?

The first thing I do is I am a leader to

the float pool staff. That means I manage

and help lead 35 team members,

a combination of IV therapy and critical

care nurses, medical surgical nurses

and patient care techs. Aside from

that, I am the lead for pain management

at St. Luke’s. I also assist with

advanced practice work, so I help with

education for the patient care techs

and nurses who work our front lines

on the units. I oversee the telecenter

system, which is a video monitoring

system. Finally, I attend committees

and councils, and support three

specific units within the hospital with

quality-control metrics and educationbased

topics.

What is the most interesting

thing about your job?

The most interesting would be the

variety of things I actually get to do. I

get to see a lot of patients, but I also

do a lot of chart auditing. So I get to

see both sides of the spectrum. I like

to be able to identify on both sides of

‘What is the front-line nurse needing?’

and then ‘What type of education can

I and my colleagues help provide to

be able to reach that goal or outcome

that they’re working on?’

What is the most rewarding

part of your job?

The most rewarding is when I’m able to

see one of my team members succeed,

or a team member from another unit

I have coached or worked with on the

side in regards to a skill succeed. I see

everything click in their minds and then

I watch them achieve what they wanted

to. When I see the pride on their faces,

their inner confidence starting to build

– that’s most rewarding.

How did you choose this

career path?

I had a grandmother in a nursing home

and a grandfather who was in critical

care and then went through hospice

– I saw nurses at the bedside who did

exceptional care, and I saw nurses who

did not quite deliver on that family,

patient-centered care. I wanted to figure

out how I could make a difference.

So I went to Mount Mercy College,

and graduated with my bachelor’s. I

worked in the hospital setting. Then I

wanted to go back for my master’s. I

completed my master’s in Leadership

and Management at Allen College in

Waterloo in December 2016.

What do people not know

about your job?

I do a lot of data collection. I think

when people think of a nurse or a

nurse educator, they don’t always

understand we link ourselves to data

as well. We like to see specific metrics

improving because we put in this quality

initiative on this specific unit. We

are very data driven. I do a lot of chart

audits. I pull a lot of data to be able to

support the work I’m doing. •

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– We connect with each person treating

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– We enthusiastically engage in our work.

– We are accountable for our individual

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19


HEALTHCARE SECTOR

Sara

REGISTERED

DIETITIAN

Sara Wattnem

Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinics, Nursing & Rehab

Vinton, Iowa

“Dietitians like

junk food, too.”

ONLINE: Watch Sara discuss her

work at Virginia Gay Hospital and

Clinics. Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What does your organization do?

We make sick people better and enrich the lives of our long-term

care residents. In the hospital and clinics we see different illnesses

and disease processes. For our long-term care, we help residents

who can no longer live in the community alone. Virginia Gay

includes family practice clinics, skilled nursing, operating room,

and a long-term care facility attached to the hospital. Virginia Gay

also has home health services to which people can get referrals.

If a patient needs to see me, their physician will refer them.

Patients can see a dietitian for diabetes management, weight

management, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, etc.

What are your job duties?

I’m responsible for the food service department (planning,

organizing, coordinating in accordance with state, federal, and

local standards governing the facility to ensure quality nutritional

standards are provided daily and the department is maintained

in a clean, safe, and sanitary manner). I supervise dietary staff,

assess the nutritional needs and plan therapeutic diets to meet

patients’ requirements, and provide patient instruction on diet

therapy to patients and family members, if needed. Also, I provide

outpatient dietary consulting and assessments.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

I always get to do something different. No two patients or diseases

or illnesses or nutritional needs for any two people are the same.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding is when I get to see patients or

long-term care residents get passionate about their

health and their diet, whether it’s getting to plan a

meal or how they can make their lives a little better

through healthier nutrition.

How did you decide on this career path?

I became a dietitian later in life. I started working at a

long-term care facility when I was 14. I worked my way

up the ranks. When I became the supervisor, I was talking

to the dietitian and she said, “Why don’t you just

become a dietitian?” So I did. I always liked how food

can impact your life. The education and training for a

dietitian at a minimum is a bachelor’s degree. I have

two: one in nutrition from Kaplan and one in dietetics

from Kansas State. Then you complete a 1,200-hour

supervised practice internship, and I completed mine

at Iowa State.

What do most people not realize you do in

your job?

Dietitians like junk food, too. People would be surprised

to see the variety of options learned from dietitians.

People think dietitians will take away food you

like or make them eat rabbit food, and that’s not the

case. We want to take your lifestyles and tweak them a

little bit to help you with what you want to achieve. •

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Healthcare

Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

Health Sector occupations are

projected to grow in Iowa’s Creative

Corridor by

12 %

2014-2020 (EMSI)

Median Hourly Earnings in

Healthcare in the Creative

Corridor: $23.74/hour (EMSI)

Careers with growth expected by 2020 in

Iowa’s Creative Corridor (EMSI):

Personal Care Aides +27%

Insurance Claims and Policy

Processing Clerks +21%

Nurse Practitioner +21%

Surgical Technologist +17%

Home Health Aides +16%

Medical Assistants +16%

Phlebotomists +15%

Occupational Therapy Assistants +13%

Medical Records and Health

Information Technicians +12%

EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

MAY 2017

21


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

SENIOR

DEVELOPMENT

OPERATIONS

PROGRAMMER

Matt Lapka

MediRevv Inc., Coralville, Iowa

Matt

What does your company do?

MediRevv is a revenue cycle management company in the health

care industry. We partner with hospitals and physician groups

all over the United States to help them with their revenue cycle

needs, whether that’s working with insurance companies to make

sure they’re paying what they’re obligated to or taking phone

calls from patients or working in the medical coding division. We

help our clients increase their revenue stream.

What are your job duties?

I oversee a team of three, including me. I was the only programmer

when I started. It’s pretty exciting. Being in charge of the

programming team, I get to set the practices we do. I don’t

adhere to rigid standards all the time, because I want to be flexible

enough to meet client A’s needs as well as client B’s needs.

There’s a lot of different facets to our business, and being able to

understand the uniqueness of it is very important in knowing how

the technology we develop in-house can help the company. Coming

up with different documentation and different elements a lot

of people don’t see gives me quite a bit of creative freedom.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing about my job is translating the business

needs into technical and programmatic requirements my

team then can turn into applications.

How did you decide on this career path?

I was working in retail management and I was working

40-50 hours a week. So I decided I needed to

make a change. I’d always been around technology.

Both my parents were programmers. But for some

reason, I never saw that as a viable career option. I

just was thinking one day, and decided ‘hey, I work

with computers. Why don’t I do that?’ I decided to

try out some online courses through MIT’s Open-

CourseWare program, and I absolutely just loved the

problem solving. So I went to Kirkwood and got my

associate’s in computer software development. While

I was finishing my degree I started at MediRevv.

What do most people not realize you do

in your job?

I don’t think most people realize the planning,

design, testing and documentation that actually

go into application development and deployment.

I don’t just start coding right away and then I’m

done. There’s actually a lot of behind-the-scenes

work. It’s also really important to help my team

grow in their professional and personal lives, so

there’s a lot of mentoring that goes on. •

ONLINE: Watch Matt discuss his

work at MediRevv.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

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About Creative Corridor

SECTOR BOARDS

QUESTIONS?

Employer members of the Creative

Corridor Sector Boards work

to collectively develop workforce

solutions tailored to an industry

sector. Workforce solutions include

development and sustaining a comprehensive

regional career pathway

system that is targeted to meet the

needs of the talent pipeline, employers

and workers. Sector Boards

use data to forecast labor needs

and identify specific jobs and skill

needs, develop career and training

pathway maps, and develop workforce

strategies that address supply

and demand.

These Sector Boards are employer

led, and membership comprised

of employers as well as economic

development, workforce, nonprofit

and community groups. The region’s

six Sector Boards include:

• Architecture, Construction,

Engineering

• Advanced Manufacturing

• Financial Service, Insurance,

Customer Service

• Healthcare

• Information Technology

• Transportation, Logistics

Through this partnership, the

Creative Corridor Sector Boards

are able to collectively promote

the opportunities for training and

employment for the region’s growing

industry sectors through various

activities and projects, such as the

Creative Corridor All Stars. •

If you are interested in learning more about

the Creative Corridor Sector Boards, or want

to become an employer board member,

please contact:

Architecture, Construction, Engineering (ACE)

Erica.Bergfeld-Reed@kirkwood.edu

Advanced Manufacturing

Erica.Bergfeld-Reed@kirkwood.edu

Financial Service, Insurance, Customer Service

Judy.Stoffel@kirkwood.edu

Healthcare

Judy.Stoffel@kirkwood.edu

Information Technology (IT)

Gary.Vogt@kirkwood.edu

Transportation, Logistics

Chris.Kula@kirkwood.edu

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MAY 2017

23


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

K-12 EDUCATION

COORDINATOR

Samantha Dahlby

NewBoCo

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Samantha

What does your company do?

NewBoCo’s mission is to accelerate world-changing ideas

from Iowa through many initiatives. I’m part of the Imagination

Iowa initiative, which encourages K-12 students to

get excited about STEAM (Science Technology Engineering

Art & Math) and foster the technical and creative

talent for future startup leaders.

What are your job duties?

My primary role is with our Code.org partnership. Code.

org advocates computer science for every student in every

school, and selects regional partners. Our region is all

of Iowa. Through this, we can offer free (no subscription),

high-quality teaching training through Code.org’s curriculum.

We get to help teachers implement it and provide

support so they aren’t alone. I also get to work with K-12

students through events. Coder Dojo, which is free for

elementary students every first and third Saturday from

1 to 3 p.m., has volunteer-run stations that include Lego

Robotics, coding and electronics. I also enjoy our Summer

Challenge Camps for second through eighth graders. The

focus is STEAM and entrepreneurial experiences. Some

unique camps are Young Authors Accelerator, Social Robotics

and Fashion Business.

ONLINE: Watch Samantha talk

about her job at NewBoCo.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

The variety is interesting to me. I’m teaching programming or

basic circuits one day, talking with our state computer-science

working group another, or strategizing with other regions on a

national level a different day.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love seeing when students conquer challenges and actually

build things and are excited about it being hard. Also, I like

knowing I’m spreading that impact through Iowa by providing

teachers the tools, training and support to help them succeed.

What was your career path?

My degree is in computer engineering and was an embedded

software developer with Bluetooth. I loved the tinkering

and solving problems. But at the end of my maternity leave,

I wanted a bigger purpose to drive me. While home with my

daughters, I kept active with software development through

doing side projects and our family attending Midwest industry

conferences. As our oldest started preschool, I began volunteering

at Imagination Iowa Coder Dojo events. I realized

I wanted to show kids what is possible in STEAM relating to

jobs they may not think about.

What do people not know about your job?

I work part-time. I do a lot of stuff and I fit it in. It works because

as a nonprofit, budget is important and as a parent, I’m

easing back into the workforce as our kids get older. So this is a

great marriage where I can do something I’m passionate about

and still provide the time my family needs. •

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Information Technology

Careers with growth expected by 2020 in

Iowa’s Creative Corridor (EMSI)

+ 3

%

+ 9

%

Computer Systems

Analysts

+ 5

%

Information

Security Analysts

Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

In Iowa, there is a projected growth

in jobs of 8.3% from 2014-2020 in

Information Technology (EMSI)

Median Hourly Earnings in the

Information Technology Industry (EMSI):

Computer and Information

Systems Managers $58.72

Computer Systems Analysts $35.96

Network and Computer

Systems Administrators $34.36

Web Developers $33.55

Computer User Support

Specialists $20.69

Computer User

Support Specialists

Median Hourly Earnings in

Information Technology in the

Creative Corridor: $37.48/hour

EMSI occupation employment data are based on final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

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of the Corridor

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MAY 2017

25


TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS SECTOR

DIRECTOR OF

OPERATIONS FOR

AFTER HOURS

Phil

Phil Reges

CRST Expedited, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

ONLINE: Watch Phil talk about his

work at CRST Expedited.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

What does your company do?

Our company provides a service by moving goods for customers

across the country. Cedar Rapids is the headquarters

for CRST International and CRST Expedited.

What are your job duties?

My job is to facilitate the operations for anything outside

the normal business hours of Monday through Friday 7

a.m. to 5 p.m. I have four managers who directly report

to me. Then, they have each individually underneath them

anywhere from 10 to 20 people who report to them for

different job duties, such as customer service, load planning

or accounts. Between me, the four managers and the

people who work for them, we all help to manage all the

customers and the 4,000 different drivers working for us at

any given time.

What is most interesting about your job?

The most interesting thing about the job is no two days are

the same. Every day is something different and there’s always

a curve ball. So you never know what you’re going to

get, but that makes it interesting and fun at the same time.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The rewarding part is seeing people coming into this industry,

growing and being successful within their own specific

job function, especially in the After Hours. We hire a lot of

college grads and they don’t know anything about the

transportation industry. Watching them grow, knowing

everything there is to know and progress to their next

role is really the most rewarding part for me.

How did you decide on this career path?

In college I talked to a recruiter who talked to me about

supply chain management. From there, I researched it

and started off working at Target as a logistics manager.

Then I transferred into CRST in 2009, and have

been doing it ever since.

What do most people not realize you do in

your job?

We provide a service for everyone, especially with the

After Hours. Most people don’t realize all of the things

we do and all the things we measure are geared to our

service level to our customers. We still have to provide

a service to answer the phones for our drivers and answer

the phones for our customers as well as meet their

expectations for on-time delivery. Also, everyone is our

customer. We consider ourselves more of a triage center

because we are here to execute from A to B. When

something goes wrong – whether a truck breaks down

or a driver has an emergency – we figure out a quick

fix for it, and output almost the same result as far as

execution goes. •

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2. Aggressive energy; pep, initiative, guts or attitude

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If you’ve got moxie, we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today at www.crst.com/careers


TRANSPORTATION, LOGISTICS SECTOR

HUMAN

RESOURCE

MANAGER

Makenzie

Makenzie Kimm

JMS Transportation Co. Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

“We continually problem solve and grow to make our customers happy.”

What does your company do?

My company is a trucking and brokerage company. It was

established in 1992, and primarily hauls corrugated products

through the Midwest.

What are your job duties?

I do accounting and human resource functions. I interact with

multiple employees on a daily basis. In our company, we have

our brokerage, dispatch, billing and accounting [departments],

and I handle all those areas. I also assist the president and

owner of JMS with the business‘s day-to-day activities.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

The most interesting thing about my job is in the trucking

industry there are new changes every day, so it keeps you on

your toes and challenges you on a daily basis. Some examples

of new changes in the trucking industry would be new DOT

regulations and rules, as well as new employment laws.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The rewarding part of my job is rewarding employees and giving

them recognition for the work they do. We reward employees by

compensation or letting them know how good they’re doing.

How did you decide on this career path?

I decided on this career path when I went to Mount

Mercy College. My degree is in Human Resource

Management and Business Management. While I was

in college, I worked for a bank. I was in banking for

quite some time until I received a call one day from

JMS. I didn’t have any background in trucking. It was

overwhelming in the beginning. Trucking grows on you.

The employees grow on you. The drivers grow on you.

We are a family in this industry. We continually problem

solve and grow to make our customers happy.

What do most people not realize you do in

your job?

One thing people do not know I do is I handle IT issues,

so any computer issues that come up I try to figure out

what‘s going on before I send it out to the outsourcing

company that we use. •

ONLINE: Watch Makenzie discuss

work at JMS Trucking.

Go to http://bit.ly/CCAllStars

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Transportation, Logistics

Quick Facts about All Stars Industries

Careers with growth expected by 2020 in Iowa’s Creative Corridor (EMSI)

Industrial Truck and

Tractor Operators

+9 % +13 %

Transportation, Storage

and Distribution Managers

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers

In the Creative Corridor, the

transportation and logistics

sector is projected to grow

6.6 %

(EMSI)

+33 % 2014-2020

Cargo and Freight Agents

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck

Drivers, is projected to grow by

20% with median earnings at

First-Line Supervisors of Transportation

$41,454. It is the fastest growing

+15 % and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle occupation in the Creative

Operators

Corridor (EMSI)

+30 %

EMSI occupation employment data are based on

final EMSI industry data and final EMSI staffing

patterns. Wage estimates are based on Occupational

Employment Statistics (QCEW and Non-QCEW

Employees classes of worker) and the American

Community Survey (Self-Employed and Extended

Proprietors). Occupational wage estimates also affected

by county-level EMSI earnings by industry.

MAKENZIE

Congratulations from

JMS on being named an

All Star! We’re lucky to

have you on our team!

Please visit our website at

www.jmstransport.com

and “like” us on Facebook

@jmstrucking!

MAY 2017

29


INTERNSHIPS

ENGINEERING

INTERN

Trent Brandenburg

Hall & Hall Engineers Inc.

Hiawatha, Iowa

Trent

What does your company do?

They are a civil engineering firm. They specialize in

four main areas, which include municipal engineering,

landscape architecture, land development and land

surveying. So that includes designing things like trails,

roadways, sewer systems and parks. Other things that

we do include traffic engineering, drainage, site development

plans and erosion control.

What are your job duties?

Currently, I’m an intern. I’m at Kirkwood Community

College right now, my sophomore year. Some things

I do around the office are CAD (Computer-Aided

Design) work. Currently I’m mapping several subdivisions

in the city of Urbana onto CAD. I prepare and

deliver plan sets and submittals. During the summers,

I’m mainly out with the survey team doing things like

pavement staking, finding property boundaries, and

creating topographic maps. Some other things I’ve

done include traffic studies, inspections, career fairs,

and posting signs for rezoning.

What is most interesting about your job?

My two favorite parts of this job are working with

CAD – getting to know the program, all the ins and

outs and everything – and going with the survey crew.

My favorite part’s probably the survey crew because I

actually get to go out into the field. It’s a lot of manual

labor, but it’s very rewarding because at the end of the

day you know you’ve done something to help out your

community, which will be there for a very long time.

How did you decide on this career path?

Growing up I was always interested in building things

out of K’nex and Legos. I always liked building dams

out of mud,

sticks and

rocks. So,

I kind of

knew I was

interested

in designing and building things.

ONLINE: Watch Trent discuss his

internship at Hall & Hall Engineers Inc.

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What do most people not realize you do in

your job?

One thing most people don’t realize I do is probably

going out in the field and doing lots of manual labor,

such as pavement staking. Most of the time during

the summers I’ll be out with the survey crew unless it’s

really slow or it’s cold and rainy. •

30 ALL STARS of the Creative Corridor


HONORABLE MENTIONS

The following individuals are All Star Honorable Mentions and should be

commended for the contributions they make toward their industries:

Leslie Allred, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity Dave Baker, Highway Equipment Company

Sam Jones, McCreedy Ruth Construction

Kari Pollard, NIS

Kip Opheim, Rapids Foodservice Contract & Design Gabriel Glambo Akpalo, Raining Rose

Spencer Osborn, Shive Hattery

Brad Dockendorf, GreatAmerica Financial Services

Kyle Faille, Shive Hattery

Cheryl Paradiso, Veridian Credit Union

Mayra Barajas, ACH Foam Technologies

Jenni Kasper, Pleasantview Home

Amanda Russell, Bazooka Farmstar

Stephanie Brady, Pleasantview Home

Andrew Witte, Centro

Rachel Bowers, St. Luke’s Hospital

Craig Radnich, Centro

Jessica Bertling, NewBoCo

Wendi Kafer, Clickstop

Benjamin Joseph Kreger, Iowa Department of

Belgica Murillo, Engineered Building Design

Transportation

Arice Lefebvere, Frontier Co-op

Erin Cowden, CRST Logistics

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MAY 2017

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