Past Power Lunches

Men Balancing Life, Family, & Work

Thursday, May. 17th, 2018

Keith Tompkins

“Lessons From The Ironman”

Keith recently completed the Louisville, Kentucky Ironman Triathlon which he describes as “the adventure of a lifetime.”

For the past four years Keith and his wife Terri have been helping those in need of long-term assisted living and memory care through their four facilities in Wisconsin.

Keith and Terri founded Leading With Power in 2012. With chapters in five cities, LWP has been inspiring men to find “life, family and work balance while building servant leadership skills.”

Thursday, Apr. 19th, 2018

Ray Howell

“The Two Greatest Gifts”

Ray Howell’s youthful years were filled with boyhood dreams of hunting and fishing, however, these dreams were not to become a reality until after he turned 18 due to working on his foster parent’s farm.

He didn’t have anyone to teach him about hunting or fishing until Tom Poukey, his social worker, took Ray on his first whitetail hunt. He only hunted with Tom and his family four times during his high school years – but he was hooked!

Following his boyhood dreams has taken him to the frigid cold and snow of the Arctic, the wilderness areas of Mexico, throughout the forests of Canada, the remote regions of the Yukon, and in many of the 50 states including Alaska. Come hear Ray’s story of how God has used the struggles in his life as well as the gives He has given him to make an impact in the lives of underprivileged youth.

Thursday, Mar. 15th, 2018

Armin Assadi

“Get Real”

Born in the Islamic Republic of Iran right after the Islamic Revolution, Armin is a man that has lived more lives than most his age. His family went from a wealthy lifestyle to being on the run to avoid execution for being the ‘wrong’ religion. Armin and his family escaped the country, fled to the projects of a third world country to live in Pakistan for 17 months.

Upon receiving their refugee pass to the USA, Armin moved to MN, learned his fifth (5th) language and embraced an entirely new culture. Since then, he has gone from student and family boy, to Organized Crime leader, to leading in a vocational ministry role at one of the fastest growing churches in America, and is now a serial entrepreneur who continues to speak to Christian and non-Christian audiences around the country and globe.

Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018

Van Harden

WHO Radio Host
“Being Led By Power”

Although he may not be known for “the rest of the story” like Paul Harvey, radio’s Van Harden is arguably the most recognizable voice in Iowa. You can find him every weekday morning with his co-host Bonnie Lucas on the “Van and Bonnie In The Morning” show on WHO radio. Van has impacted thousands in how they start their day for more than 30 years. His spirit-filled joy comes through in his voice and choice of uplifting words, making it obvious to many listeners that he is above all a one-of-a-kind man of faith.

Van’s career began in Perry, Iowa on KDLS-FM while attending Drake University where he graduated with a degree in Radio/TV Journalism. After 10 years as the mid-day radio personality at KRNT in Des Moines, Van became the Morning Man and Program Director at WHO Newsradio 1040. Van has personally received the nationally given Marconi Award five times and, under his leadership, WHO has received the award 13 times. He recently retired as Program Director of the station after 30 years, but continues to encourage listeners with his morning program heard across the state and beyond.

Thursday, Dec. 14th, 2017

Simon Estes

Internationally Renowned Opera Singer
Humanitarian, Educator and Philanthropist

Come hear the story of one of the most famous Iowan’s in history, Simon Estes. A native of Centerville, he first sang in his church at the age of eight. While at the University of Iowa, he became the first black member of the Old Gold Singers. A scholarship to Julliard School of Music followed by winning the Bronze Medal in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky competition in 1966 ignited his storied career. Simon has performed with 84 of the major international opera companies; has sung for Popes, Presidents and Kings; and taught at many of the prestigious schools in the world.

Now living back home in Iowa, his passion for students and making the world a better place continues as he teaches at DMACC and Iowa State. A man of great faith who is grateful for the talents and gifts he has been given, Simon’s desire is that through his singing he can share God’s love in order to touch peoples’ heart to love God and one another.

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2017

Dana Wingert

Police Chief Des Moines Police
“To Protect and Serve, Every Day”

The Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) is the largest law enforcement agency in Iowa. With nearly 500 officers and civilian staff members, they protect and serve our Capitol city 24 hours a day.

But times have changed. Police Chief Dana Wingert says, “30 years ago, a police department was judged by response time and solving crime. Although still important, today equally it is, ‘What does the community think of you?’”

Chief Wingert is highly regarded by his officers and staff, and the community. During times of tragedy within the DMPD that would rock anyone’s world, many looked to Chief Wingert for leadership and comfort. He believes, “in controlling the things you can, and faith will take care of the rest.” But also asks, “What are you thankful for? Do we thank God for our blessings?”

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 2017

Jay Coughlan

Chief Executive TruBalanced

Jay Coughlan has been a CEO, a national keynote speaker, and a mentor to aspiring business leaders. He is also a convicted felon, and has spent time in prison. During this dark part of his life, he began developing a framework for dealing with the troubles that life inevitably brings. Jay uses lessons gleaned from his own missteps to help change the paths of individuals and organizations. He has captured the energy from his true passion and combined it with his experience as a chief executive, creating TruBalanced™: Building Better Business Leaders.

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 2017

Rick Boxx

Founder and CEO Integrity Resource Center

Rick Boxx is the Founder and CEO of Integrity Resource Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training and equipping leaders to do business God’s way. Rick has a daily radio program and broadcast email called “Integrity Moments” that reaches over 2 million leaders and is featured on over 200 radio stations. He’s authored six books, including his latest book, “Unconventional Business.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mike Whalen

CEO & Founder, Heart of America Restaurant & Inns
“Most Important Lesson Learned in (almost) Four Decades of Business”

Mike is the founder of Heart of America Group and has served as President & CEO since 1978. Through his entrepreneurial leadership and vision, the company has grown from a single restaurant operation to a profitable and growing real estate development and hospitality enterprise with twenty-seven existing restaurant/hotel properties, several retail/office development/leasing activities, and plans for future property developments. Mike received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1975 and his Law degree from Harvard Law School in 1978. He is heavily involved in several trade, professional, real estate, political, and civic organizations.

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Terry Brands

Associate Head Coach, University of Iowa Wrestling
“Eternal Salvation – Now What!”

Terry is a two-time NCAA champion and Olympic medalist who is in his 19th season at Iowa. Since 1974, Iowa has captured 23 team titles, crowned 69 NCAA champions, and earned 262 All-American honors. Simply put, the Hawkeyes win championships.

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

Adrie Groeneweg

President and Co-Founder, Pizza Ranch

Adrie has led the company from the opening of the very first restaurant in Hull, Iowa in December, 1981 to the franchising of 190+ restaurants in thirteen states with an annual volume of over $200M. A true entrepreneur, Adrie casts the vision and puts the resources in place to make it happen.  He understands the key to Pizza Ranch’s continued success is each restaurant’s commitment to providing a legendary guest experience on each and every visit.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Tom Thibodeau

Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University
“Positive Power of Servant Leadership”

Tom is the distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University where he has taught for 33 years. He is founder of the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership, the only Master’s degree of its kind in the nation. Tom is a popular professor, talented public speaker, and active community member who lives by what he calls the 11th commandment – thou shalt not stand idly by! Tom is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, active community member and part owner of a country tavern.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Randy McPherson

Founder of Abra Collision Centers and self described “serial entrepreneur”
“Number One Key to Success: Fail Often!”

Randy McPherson has been described as a serial entrepreneur and knows first-hand what it takes to start and grow a company. Over the past 30 years, Randy has started and built several companies that collectively generate billions of dollars… including one that began with a $30,000 investment that is now over one billion a year in revenue.

Randy says, “Nothing significant happens without some pain and suffering.” Though he has known some great success, he has also been a member of “The Crash and Burn Club” and has been almost wiped out. Never the less, Randy has found out that extraordinary things can happen from ordinary people!

Randy and his wife, Susan, live in Wisconsin. They have four children, all of whom (according to Randy) act more grown up than their father.

Randy will be giving away 2 Mathews bows worth $1600 as door prizes (Mission Craze and Halon bows), as his brother owns the largest archery company in the world and loves to give his stuff away!

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Andy Wyatt

Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Management
“Without Leadership, Nothing Happens”

Andy founded Cornerstone Capital Management LLC in 1993 in service of private clients. Under his leadership, today Cornerstone has grown to a world-class, institutional caliber, investment management firm with $2.2 billion under management.

Prior to Cornerstone, Andy was Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Investment Advisors Inc. where he gained investment experience in serving both institutional and individual clients in portfolio management. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in agricultural economics and concentration in futures trading, Andy is a leader whose vision, passion, and energy results in an unwavering commitment to helping clients achieve their financial objectives.

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

John Peterson

Olympic Gold Medalist
“Championship Leadership”

As a personal development coach, John Peterson knows how to win. An Olympic champion, three-time World Cup champion and a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the father of five and grandfather to six children has built his life on a solid foundation of faith and family… and being a positive influence in the lives of all he meets..

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Steve Prohm

Head Coach – Iowa State Cyclones Basketball Team
“Laying the Foundation”

Holiday Inn at Mercy Campus