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Our Team

IADG operates with direction from the IADG Board of Directors.

IADG Staff

  • Rand Fisher


    Fisher has a proven record in business and community development at the local and state level, including five years as an Executive Assistant to the Governor. He is a leader and plays an active role with Iowa community foundations. Fisher can call upon an extensive network of local, state, and national resources and partners to meet individual project needs.

  • Bruce Nuzum

    Senior V.P., Finance & Operations

    With a background in finance and banking, Nuzum brings a broad knowledge of banking, financial tools, incentives, and tax programs to every project he works with.   Nuzum serves as IADG’s primary contact for the USDA REDL&G program and helps IADG members administer their revolving loan funds, which collectively total over $48 million. 

  • Mike Meissen

    V.P., Value-Added Agriculture

    Meissen has a broad background in all aspects of agriculture and agri-business ventures. He is an active contributor to agricultural projects statewide. His knowledge of Iowa’s assets, resources, and partners have proven invaluable to the large number of dairy, poultry, and agriculture projects which he has assisted.

  • Bruce Hansen

    V.P., Business Development

    Hansen has a strong background in marketing and business development within the rural electric cooperative industry in Iowa and Illinois. His primary focus is supporting Iowa’s existing industry by identifying company needs and connecting them with the resources to foster growth.

  • Brittany Morales

    V.P., Community Initiatives

    Morales manages the Ripple Effect partnership between IADG and Aureon. She provides economic development support to the Iowa Independent Telecommunication Companies through technical assistance and financial packaging. Morales brings extensive knowledge in finance, strategic planning, project management, and business growth.

  • Steve Benne

    Project Finance Analyst

    Benne’s background includes working at the Iowa Economic Development Authority as a Project Manager in Community Development, focusing primarily on housing programs. He also worked at Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and CoStar. Benne will be assisting with the REDL&G program applications, RLFs, and other financial tools.  

  • Kay Snyder

    Director of Marketing and Communications

    Snyder’s background includes marketing positions in public and private organizations at the local and state levels. Her primary focus is to foster growth by positively marketing Iowa and the assets within the IADG member territories. She is available to assist with marketing initiatives, as requested.

  • Jennifer Helton

    Administrative Services Manager

    Helton has worked in the transportation industry for 22 years, first at Contract Transport, Inc. and most recently for Niece Trucking, Inc. She has an abundance of office administrative experience with strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. She also brings 22 years of well-rounded accounting experience. 

  • Susie Wilhite

    Administrative Assistant

    Wilhite brings 15 years of experience in various roles with both public and private accounting firms. Most recently, she worked for an e-commerce division of a company based in Naperville, IL. Wilhite provides a broad range of support to the IADG team and our members.