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IADG operates with direction from the IADG Board of Directors.

IADG Staff

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    Bruce Nuzum


    Nuzum has served as IADG's finance expert for 25 years. He brings a broad knowledge of banking, financial tools, incentives, and tax programs to every project. For many years, he has served as IADG’s primary contact for the USDA REDL&G program and also assisted IADG members to administer their revolving loan funds, which collectively total over $78 million. 

  • Bruce Hansen

    V.P., Business Development

    Hansen has a strong background in business development and marketing 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.

  • Brian Tapp

    V.P., Value-Added Agriculture

    Tapp has a strong background in economic development, finance, business advising, and value-added agriculture. His experience includes leading the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission and Central Arizona Association of Governments; SBA Loan officer; and Value Added Agriculture, Farm Food and Enterprise Development at Iowa State University.

  • Ethan Pitt

    V.P., Community Initiatives and Ripple Effect Program Director

    Pitt has a diverse background in advising start-up businesses, research and analysis, and marketing. Most recently, Pitt served as the Client Advisor for tech and innovation start-ups for America’s SBDC in Iowa. Pitt leads the strategic partnership between IADG and Aureon, supporting the economic development efforts of Aureon’s shareholder network of Independent Telecommunications Companies in Iowa.

  • Steve Benne

    V.P. , Development Finance

    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.  

  • Susie Wilhite

    Sr. Manager, Accounting & Human Resources

    Wilhite brings 20 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. 

  • 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.