Chair, Ryan Squier, Nationwide
Vice Chair, Carissa Schmidt, Principal Financial Group
Secretary, Steve Gatton, Meredith Corporation
Treasurer, Karen Karr, BrownWinick Attorneys at Law
Ex-Officio, Past President, Sam Gelb, The Graham Group
Ex-Officio, Kent Mauck, Encore Properties
Ex-Officio, Randy Minear, Terrus Real Estate Group
Erin Olson-Douglas, City of Des Moines

Harold Capps, EMC Insurance Companies
Lisa Coate, Nationwide
Mike Crowley, Wellmark
Chris Della Vedova, Confluence
Niki DePhillips, Kum & Go
John Egan, Principal Financial Group
James Grant, Wellmark
Kerry Gumm, Principal Financial Group
Christine Hensley, Des Moines City Council
Rachel Holst, Wells Fargo and Company
Kate Miller, Draper and Kramer of Iowa, Inc
Angie Pfannkuch, Christensen Development
Ronald Muecke, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
Joe Price, R&R Realty
Sid Ramsey, UnityPoint Health
Ron Romig, Ruan Center Corporation
John Rowen, Polk County
Tim Rypma, R.E. Properties
Steve Stupka, Lawmark
Chris Terhark, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Greg Wattier, Slingshot Architecture

Operation Downtown Management Team

Eugene Meyer, President of Downtown Community Alliance
gmeyer@desmoinesmetro.com
515-286-4917

Amy Lego, Executive Director, Operation Downtown
alego@downtowndesmoines.com
515-286-4962

Scot Blanchard, Operations Manager
sblanchard@downtowndesmoines.com
515-282-0378

Mercedies Beedon, Project Coordinator
mbeedon@downtowndesmoines.com
515-286-4978

 

Directors

The Operation Downtown board consists of over 30 directors who represent various geographic areas of downtown and meet the following requirements:

  • One Director for every $50 million in taxable value for any property or property group valued at greater than $50 million
  • One Director for any property or property group valued at greater than $15 million, but $50 million or less
  • Four Directors representing property valued at greater than $5 million, but $15 million or less
  • Four Directors representing property valued at $5 million or less
  • One Director representing leasehold tenants of property of at least 25,000 square feet
  • Two Directors representing leasehold tenants of property of less than 25,000 square feet
  • One Ward Councilperson or other designated City representative (non-voting)
  • One City Manager or designated representative (non-voting)
  • One representative from Polk County (non-voting)
  • Non-profit organization voluntarily donating