DES MOINES, IOWA (June 18, 2020) Governor Kim Reynolds signed an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. The advisory board will be led by Ben McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, and it will focus on modernizing Iowa’s economy as well as education, health-care, work-force, and quality of life.

“Iowa’s success has always been about turning obstacles into opportunities,” said Gov Reynolds. “The Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board assembles an impressive group of business leaders to propel our recovery efforts forward and position Iowa for growth. Iowans will be at the center of this effort as we continue to make our state the best place to live, work, and raise a family. I want to thank Ben McLean... for his willingness to serve as the chair and appreciate all those serving on this advisory board.”

“I look forward to getting to work as soon as possible with the incredibly capable and talented group of leaders that will serve on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board,” said CEO McLean, Chair of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. “This is about the future and taking an incredibly difficult situation and using it as an opportunity to make Iowa an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

The governor’s full remarks from today’s press conference can be viewed here.

Initial members of the Governor’s Executive Advisory Board are:

Ben McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems (Advisory Board Chairman)

Nick Bodesh, President and CEO of Elite Octane

Mary Andringa, Chair of the Board of Vermeer

Randy Edeker, CEO of Hy-Vee

Rosalind Fox, Factory Manager at John Deere

Dr. Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO of UHIC

Dan Houston, Chairman, President & CEO of Principal Financial Group

AJ Loss, CEO of Bush Construction

Megan Mckay, President of Peace Tree Brewing Company

Emily Schmit, General Counsel of Sukup Manufacturing Co

Barbara Sloniker, Executive Vice President at the Siouxland Chamber

Adam Wright, President & CEO of MidAmerican Energy Company

Diane Young, Director of Technical Services/Owner at Foundation Analytical Lab


The signed executive order can be found here.

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