Speaker Date Topic

The Annual DMAM Santa Program is a fun way to call out members who made Santa's naughty and nice list! 

To clarify...this is not a program for young ones, so please do not bring them to this meeting.  They would be terribly disappointed as Santa will not have treats or gifts for them!

Meeting at Capitol View School Jan 04, 2019 7:00 AM

DMAM Rotary meeting at Capitol View Elementary School, 320 E 16th St, Des Moines, IA 50316.



Founder's Day Jan 11, 2019 7:00 AM
Meetings at Member Businesses


A DMAM Founders Day is a throwback to the days when meetings were held at members’ businesses. In fact, the name Rotary originated from acknowledging the rotation of meeting locations.  For our January 11thmeeting, members can sign up to attend Rotary at one of three locations.  We ask that you sign up by January 4th.  Those signing up late may be reassigned to another location if their original choice is at capacity.  Sign-up sheets will be available at upcoming meetings.  Choose from the following:

Saxton, Inc. – Kim Augspurger, Owner & President
108 3rdSt., Suite 100,  Des Moines  
(Attendance Limited to 30)

R&R Realty – Adam Kaduce, Sales & Leasing Vice President
Meeting to be held at their new Westfield Complex
1080 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines
(Attendance Limited to 50)

MTS Iowa, dba Majestic Truck Collision & Frame Repair – Marc Hyland, Owner
503 1stAvenue N., Altoona
(Attendance Limited to 30)

NOTE:  Members must sign-up for the location they want to attend in advance!


Kris Saddoris - Vice President of Development Jan 18, 2019 7:00 AM
Hubbell Realty Company
Hubbell Realty Company

Kris Saddoris serves as Vice President of Development for Hubbell Realty Company, directing the Development division of Hubbell.  She provides strategic insight and planning for the division and works with developments ranging from multi-family housing, mixed use development, affordable housing, retail and industrial warehouses. Hubbell Realty currently has over one million square feet in approximately 1,000 units under development in Greater Des Moines, as well as Des Moines’ newest 75 acre urban neighborhood, Gray’s Station.  

She serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for HOME, Inc., a local non-profit affordable housing developer and as Chair of the Downtown Economic Development Committee.  She is a member of ULI Iowa, CREW Iowa and was a national CREW Impact Award nominee.  Kris was named one of the “15 People to watch in 2016” by theDes Moines Registerand recognized as the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Downtown Des Moines Chamber.  Ms. Saddoris holds both a BS and an MBA degree from Iowa State University. 

Sue Woody, Director of the Downtown DM Library Jan 25, 2019 7:00 AM
Literacy and the status of the downtown Library
Mark Nook, President of UNI Feb 01, 2019 7:00 AM
University of Northern Iowa
Courtney Crowder, Des Moines Register Columnist Feb 08, 2019 7:00 AM
Storytelling to Create REAL Change: The Des Moines Register Storyteller's Project

Courtney Crowder is the first female Iowa Columnist for the Des Moines Register and a founding coach with the Des Moines Storytellers Project. She focuses on telling human stories with an investigative eye and a narrative touch. A graduate of New York University, Crowder is a gummy bear aficionado and a parallel parking master acquainting herself with gravel roads. Her Storytellers colleagues are Brian Smith, engagement editor, and Allen Vaughn, consumer experience director.

Note:  Courtney will lead the presentation,  but Brian and Allen will be a part of the Q&A session.

Storytelling to create REAL change.

Description: You’ve got to make people feel something to make them believe it. Using the Des Moines Storytellers Project model, Courtney Crowder and her colleagues from the Des Moines Register help regular people tell a 10 minute story with a meaning and a point. In each of these stories, these people own their space, deliver their truth and change minds – and communities – in the process. In today’s discussion Crowder and her colleagues will discuss the mission of the project, how they coach people to tell and how they throw one of these events. 



Andrew Tomes and Cory O'Neel Feb 15, 2019 7:00 AM
The Foundry Distilling Story...the New Templeton Rye
Nora Everett, President of RIS and Chairman of PFG Feb 22, 2019 7:00 AM
Your 401K and Investment Strategy

Nora Everett
President of Retirement and Income Solutions (RIS) and
Chairman of Principal Funds PFG

Nora Everett is president of Retirement and Income Solutions (RIS) and chairman of Principal Funds at Principal Financial Group®. She is responsible for U.S. retirement, annuity, broker-dealer and banking businesses at Principal®.

Everett joined Principal in 1991 as an attorney and was promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel in 2004. She was promoted to senior vice president, Retirement and Investor Services and President of Principal Funds in 2008, and CEO of Principal Funds in 2010. Everett was promoted to her current position in 2015. Prior to joining Principal, she practiced law in Washington, D.C.

She earned her bachelor’s degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Iowa State University and her J.D. degree from William & Mary Law School. Everett serves on several boards, including Principal Funds, Principal International, Principal Asset Management Company (Asia) Limited in Hong Kong,Origin Asset Management, Finisterre Capital, United Way of Central Iowa, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Greater Des Moines Partnership. She also serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Board of Governors.

About Principal®

Principal Financial Group®(NYSE:PFG) helps people and companies around the world build, protect and advance their financial well-being through retirement, insurance and asset management solutions that fit their lives. Our employees are passionate about helping clients of all income and portfolio sizes achieve their goals – offering innovative ideas, investment expertise and real-life solutions to make financial progress possible. To find out more, visit us at principal.com.

Mary Vermeer Andringa, Chair of the Board Mar 01, 2019 7:00 AM
Vermeer Manufacturing: Rebirth After the Tornado
Vermeer Manufacturing: Rebirth After the Tornado


Mary Vermeer Andringa, Chair of the Board
Vermeer Corporation

Pella, Iowa

Mary Vermeer Andringa is Chair of the Board at Vermeer Corporation, a global industrial and agricultural equipment company headquartered in Pella.  Prior to assuming her current role in 2015, she was CEO and Chair of the Board for one year and President and CEO for five years.  Earlier roles at Vermeer included Co-CEO and COO, focusing on her passion for continuous improvement and innovation.

Ms. Andringa is a member of the B20, the private sector's channel into the G20, providing leadership on small business and entrepreneurship with the intent to use her voice to remove obstacles and create a better business environment for small businesses to thrive.  She also currently serves as the Vice President of the Iowa Business Council.

Ms. Andringa was inducted into IndustryWeek's Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2013. She served a two-year term as chair of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation's largest manufacturing association and has recently been named Honorary Vice Chair. She also served on President Obama's, Export Council where she represented manufacturing on important trade matters.  She is also a past member of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee.

Ms. Andringa credits her background in education for her inherent proficiency at leadership and inspiring team members to reach new heights in their personal and professional development.  After her degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she taught in the Iowa public school system and later in Omaha, Nebraska, for approximately 6 years.  She recently completed a two-year term as the co-chair of the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and has been named one of the Top 100 CEOs in STEM by STEMconnector.



Brian Nelson: Disruptive Technologies, Crypto Curr Mar 08, 2019 7:00 PM
Disruptive Technologies,

Brian Nelson: Disruptive Technologies, Crypto Currency Expert


Brian Nelson is an Exponential Technologies Entrepreneur, cofounder of 7tk (a private crypto currency club), and a Blockchain Advisor. His fingerprint on the history of Bitcoin was made in 2013 when he, and a couple of key partners, developed the very first surety bond solution for Bitcoin companies that ultimately led to the launch of the first regulatory-compliant Bitcoin exchanges in the U.S. Those exchanges are still around today and continue to play a major role in the massive growth of the ecosystem.  As a recognized figure in the Bitcoin and blockchain technology ecosystem, Brian has consulted with many of the top digital currency companies, spoken at numerous industry events, and was one of 40 industry insiders invited to attend the Blockchain Summit with Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island.

Vanessa McNeal, Director of Gridshock Documentary Jun 07, 2019 7:00 AM
Gridshock Documentary: Human Trafficking in Iowa
Gridshock Documentary: Human Trafficking in Iowa

BIO:  Vanessa McNeal, Director of Gridshock Documentary

Vanessa McNeal MSW, is an award winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and 2x TEDx speaker.  She speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others.  She is known for her investment and wisdom in topics that are often difficult to talk about.  Her message has resonated with audiences around the world through the influential topics of overcoming adversity, sexual violence, social change, leadership and empowerment.

At an early age, Vanessa experienced child sexual abuse and neglict.  Due to the neglect, she wasn't taken to school regularly, so she was placed in a remedial class.  She spent time in foster care before she was raised by her grandparents.  At age 15, Vanessa was sexually assaulted at a college preparatory program and overcame the many faces of rape culture. Vanessa was the first in her family to graduate high school and went on to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Iowa State University.  She received her Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa.

In 2017, Vanessa founded her production company McNeal Media with the goal of creating social change through the art of storytelling.  She is the Director of the internationally recognized documentary, "The Voiceless".  The film features the stories of male survivors of sexual violence.  She won "Best Director" for the documentary at the Newark International Film Festival.  At Indiefest she received Woman Filmmaker Award of Recognition.  She is currently directing "Gridshock", a documentary that investigates the flourishing sex trafficking industry in Iowa.

Vanessa won the 2017 YWCA "Woman of Tomorrow" award.  She was also honored with the 2018 STATEment maker award in the entrepreneurial sprit category.  She has also been featured in numerous publications, articles, and news broadcasts.