Join Me in Thanking a Terrific ABI Staff

September 7, 2017 | Mike Ralston

ABI is all about its members. Providing value for members is at the core of everything we do, because if we aren't providing value for you and your company, there is no reason for you to be involved in the association.

The secret to ABI's success is fantastic leadership by the ABI Board of Directors and fantastic support by ABI members. We never, ever take that leadership and support for granted.

As I do every September, however, I am calling attention to something else this month. That is the work of a terrific ABI staff.

In its 114 years, ABI has been incredibly fortunate to have a high quality staff. Women and men who have comprised the association's staff have traditionally been some of the very best at what they do. They are attracted by the leadership and support I mentioned previously and by their desire to advance economic opportunity and business growth in Iowa.

Over the years, these staff members, while implementing the vision developed by the board, have helped ABI achieve some big things. Big things externally, like some of the nation's best pro-business policies and regulations, and internally, by building a strong organization with great high-value programs and events.

So, please join me in thanking a truly exceptional ABI staff. In alphabetical order, they are: Kathy Anderson, Nicole Crain, Jane Galloway, Jessica Harder, Brad Hartkopf,  Dorothy Knowles, Holly Mueggenberg, Kay Neumann-Thomas, Amanda Nuzum, Jessi Steward, Chrissy Viers, and Michelle Vollstedt. A new staff member, David Hildahl, joined us last week and we are excited to have David and all of these terrific people on the team. We also appreciate those folks who lead our affiliated work: Alex Monaghan, Gary Nash, and Kerry Servas.

You have likely heard me say often that I work FOR the best people anywhere, ABI members and the board, and WITH best people anywhere, the ABI staff.

Let me close with a reminder about the upcoming Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Conference (the lead sponsors are ABI, CIRAS, and DMACC). You don't want to miss this conference, or the Legends in Manufacturing Dinner the preceding evening. Both promise to be terrific events. Register and find more information here. See you there!