Three chief information security officers of Iowa companies spoke to cybersecurity professionals during Pratum’s Secure Iowa conference on Sept. 21 about the role of a CISO and their approaches to making information security decisions. Speakers included:Meg Anderson, CISO, Principal Financial Group.James Johnson, CISO, John Deere.Ben Schmitt, CISO, Mary Greeley Medical Center. Here are three takeaways from the panel’s […]

Des Moines-based specialty beverage company BLK & Bold announced it is holding its first community-centered event on Oct. 1 to celebrate National Coffee Day and International Coffee Day. In partnership with Minneapolis-based Mill City Roasters, the “BLK & Bold Coffee Celebration” will be open to the public and include a roastery tour, food trucks and music. Five percent of […]

Business owners name access to resources, connections as challenges The Business Record partnered with Hola Iowa on Tuesday to host a virtual panel discussion focused on Latino entrepreneurship as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on Sept. 15. There are more than 1,500 Latino-owned businesses in the Des Moines metro area generating $160 million […]

Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa, has been elected to the 2022-23 board of directors of the Technology Councils of North America. His term began Aug. 1. TECNA serves its members and the technology industry through its peer-to-peer network, benchmarking research, sharing of best practices and advocating for policies that promote a thriving […]

The Technology Association of Iowa has announced it has hired Nick Donovan as vice president of marketing and communications. He will lead the organization’s marketing and communication initiatives, including developing and executing integrated strategies to further the TAI’s mission of elevating and driving statewide growth for Iowa’s technology industry. Donovan’s 15 years of experience include working in B2B marketing […]

State Auditor Rob Sand has announced the counties, cities and school districts that have been recognized for their participation in the 2022 Public Innovations and Efficiencies program (PIE). According to a news release, Sand created the PIE program in 2019 “to encourage governmental entities to implement cost-cutting measures and spark innovative ideas to save public […]

The Envision Iowa event on Aug. 17 dived into innovation, exploring the state of Iowa’s business ecosystem, discussing how to develop partnerships and looking at resources that keep innovative ideas moving forward. Speakers included: Keynote: Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI). Candace Karsjens, director, NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Billi Hunt, executive […]

The Iowa Technology Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Technology Association of Iowa, is accepting applications through Aug. 31 for the 2023 cohort. All professionals in the technology industry looking to expand their understanding and influence within their organization to advance into a leadership position are eligible to apply. The program will run from January […]