And The Winner Is…

This year’s Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony attendees were treated to great food, great entertainment, and a celebration of a great round of winning communication recipes.

On June 17, attendees gathered at the Des Moines Social Club downtown for a live cooking demonstration; entertainment from Masters of Ceremonies Lou Sipolt and Jackie Schmillen from the KCWI 23 “It’s a Great Day on KCWI 23” morning show; and of course, recognition of our 2014 award winners.

Congratulations to our Bronze Quill 2014 Winners

More about Bronze Quill

Winners of coveted Bronze Quill Awards serve as the industry benchmark for excellence in communication management, skills and creativity. The Bronze Quill Awards are open to both IABC/Iowa members and non-members alike. It recognizes small and large communication projects from corporate communication departments, private companies, government and education, PR firms, advertising agencies, human resources and benefit professionals, investor relations and freelancers.

The common thread amongst all entrants is the pursuit of communication excellence that contributes measurable results to their company or to their client’s bottom line.

This year, 17 entrants competed in categories ranging from media relations and marketing communications to audio visual and special events.

August 13 – Free IABC Networking Social

Save The Date!

We would be delighted if you can join us at Bar Louie at Jordan Creek  for a networking event on Wednesday, August 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This evening is a unique opportunity for you to network with your peers and experts in the communication industry. Meet people who share a common interest, problem, or profession benefit from spending face-to-face time with like-minded people — plus increase the frequency of visiting with people you already know. Also, meet and mingle with your new 2014-15 IABC Iowa board!

Need another reason to join us? Consider the following:

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND. Appetizers are on us. You are responsible for your drinks.
Bring your business cards and a friend and get ready to talk shop! On behalf of the Iowa board members, we look forward to welcoming you at this special venue for what promises to be a most enjoyable evening.

Bar Louie at Jordan Creek | 7105 Mills Civic Parkway| West Des Moines, IA 50266

IABC/Iowa Honored as 2013 Small Chapter of the Year

 IABC/Iowa has been named the 2013 Small Chapter of the Year, topping the worldwide list of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapters its size.

 Along with the highest honor for chapters with 75 members or fewer, IABC/Iowa earned a Professional Development Excellence Award, recognizing the chapter’s strong local programming for communication professionals. Both awards were handed out at the Chapter Management Awards, part the annual IABC Leadership Institute, this year in New Orleans, La.

IABC is composed of 14,000 members from more than 70 countries, representing all walks of life in business communications.

The Iowa chapter’s mission is to connect communication professionals and help them advance their careers. Anyone is welcome to attend IABC/Iowa events. See what’s coming soon.

The Chapter Management Awards recognize outstanding volunteer chapter leaders worldwide in the areas of leadership abilities, management skills, creativity and teamwork.

Welcome IABC Iowa’s Newest Members!

 A warm welcome to our newest professionals to the Iowa Chapter of IABC.

  • Dan Bernick, Senior Writer at Deere & Company
  • Samantha Borcherding, Manager, Corporate Communications at Athene USA
  • Claire Celsi, Director of Public Relations at Lessing-Flynn
  • Kate Guess, Director of Communication at Vermeer
  • Erin Hockman, Corporate Communications Manager at Kemin Industries
  • Tom Petersen, Director, Communications at ITC Holdings Corp.
  • Beth Schlotfeldt, Production Specialist at Principal Financial Group
  • Clarice Thompson, Director of Marketing/Comm./PR at YWCA
  • Dana Woods McNeill, VP, Corp. Comm. And Stakeholder Engagement at CoOportunity Health

Current members are encouraged to introduce themselves to new members at future luncheons or events and make them feel welcome.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Seeks Marketing Specialist

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines has an opening for a Marketing Specialist who will have responsibility for executing marketing campaigns dedicated to heightened brand awareness, enhanced member activity and increased sales efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience in the creation and deployment of campaigns including planning, writing, design work, coordination and measurement of effectiveness. Qualified candidates will have hands-on experience with Adobe Creative Suite, reporting/analytics and content creation.

Essential Functions

  • Ability to strategize, create and manage marketing campaigns from inception to distribution. Must be able to creatively write content and develop a finished product within Adobe Creative Suite to be used in a variety of marketing channels.
  • Track and analyze campaign effectiveness to determine when campaigns are successful or changes need to be made. Use analytics for the creation of business dashboards and reports.
  • Remain current on digital marketing trends, especially email and mobile technologies.
  • Demonstrate innovation in thought and action, always testing, improving and asking “what’s next?”

Minimum Requirements

- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business, communications or a related field

- One to three years of marketing experience, preferably in a financial services environment.

- Strong written and oral communication skills with working knowledge and proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite.

- Basic understanding of web analytics and online reporting tools. Experience with a marketing automation system (i.e., Marketo, SilverPop) a plus but not a requirement.

- Self-motivated, ability to work tactically with a sense of urgency

- Ability to collaborate and communicate at all levels with internal and external stakeholders

To apply, use this link:

If you have questions, contact Araceli Villanueva at 515.281.1099 or



Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony – June 17, 2014


Great Location. Great Food. Great Hosts. Great Event.

When Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where Des Moines Social Club
900 Mulberry St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Join us June 17 at Des Moines’ newest attraction -

Masters of Ceremonies Lou Sipolt and Jackie Schmillen from KCWI 23 “It’s a Great Day on KCWI 23.”

For an appetizer – Enjoy a live cooking demonstration/show and explore Des Moines’ newest attraction: restored Firehouse and Social Club.

Followed by a fantastic main course – Discover who “cooked up” award-winning communication recipes in 2014 at the annual IABC Bronze Quill Awards Ceremony.

Top off the evening with dessert – Stick around to view all the entries and celebrate the winners.