Corridor Business Journal: University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (UNI JPEC) has appointed a new director following the retirement of former director Laurie Watje. Patrick Luensmann is a 2012 graduate of the economics and finance departments at the University of Northern Iowa. “We are fortunate and excited to have Patrick lead the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center team,” said Randy Pilkington, executive director of UNI’s business and community services department, where the UNI JPEC is housed. “He has spent the past dozen years working with entrepreneurs and is well respected around the state and throughout the Cedar Valley.” In addition to his status as an alumnus, Luensmann began his career at UNI as a counselor for Small Business Development Center clients and began working with the MyEntre.Net family of programs to connect business owners with important resources. He led a joint venture between UNI and the Iowa Economic Development Authority called IASourceLink, which provides online resources to over 60,000 entrepreneurs each year. In 2021, the UNI JPEC merged with IASourceLink, and Luensmann became associate director.