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Q&A: Amy Reasner

November 25, 2014

From her beginnings as a broadcast journalist in Cedar Rapids, Amy Reasner became an attorney in 2001 and a member of the Iowa Transportation Commission in 2008, appointed first by Gov. Chet Culver, and since reappointed by Gov. Terry Branstad. Her current term expires in April 2016.


How effectively are you communicating your brand?

November 25, 2014

By Lynn Manternach / Guest Editorial

As we ponder communications planning and budgets for 2015, now is a good time to take a step back and think about the big picture.

Is ‘Iowa nice’ holding back your board?

November 17, 2014

By Regenia Bailey / Guest Editorial

I’m a proud native Iowan. I appreciate our state’s topography, our first-in-the-nation caucus status and the friendliness with which we generally treat one another.

However, our natural politeness and discomfort with conflict or uncomfortable situations often limit our ability to have difficult conversations with other board members. Constructive conflict can promote new ideas, spur innovative solutions and motivate members to attend to their board work.

Getting to know your financial numbers

November 10, 2014

By Jean Kruse / Guest Editorial

Anyone who longs for the “good old days” probably doesn’t own a small business. Given the variety of powerful, easy-to-use accounting software products available today, it’s difficult to imagine wanting to keep records and prepare financial statements by hand.

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