Banquet will feature Griswell, Bouma

Our upcoming Spring Banquet on May 8th is fast approaching.  It will be held from 6:30-8:30p at the Holiday Inn on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, south of I-80.  If you would like to RSVP for this free event (space is limited) e-mail us or call us at (866) 620-9037  Our speaker for the evening is Barry Griswell,  former CEO (and now chairman of the board) of the Principal Financial Group.

Griswell joined the Principal in 1988 as an officer and agency vice president. He became senior vice president in 1991 and executive vice president in 1996. He was named president in 1998, became CEO in 2000 and chairman of the board in 2002. Prior to his association with the Principal Financial Group, he served as president and CEO of MetLife Marketing Corporation, a brokerage and supplementary distribution-marketing subsidiary of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, J. Barry Griswell was the product of a troubled home. With an alcoholic father and a stressful family life, he sold newspapers and bagged groceries to help the family make ends meet. By the age of 15, he was loading trucks. The adversity seemed to strengthen him. On a full scholarship, he attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Stetson University in 1972.

Griswell lends his leadership and expertise to many industry and community organizations, among them the American Council of Life Insurers, The Business Roundtable, Herman Miller Inc., the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education and the United Way of America. Among his numerous honors are the Horatio Alger Association Distinguished American Award, the Oscar C. Schmidt Iowa Business Leadership Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He is also an inductee into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame.

He is a member at Ashworth Road Baptist Church in West Des Moines.

Our emcee for the evening will be Brooke Bouma who is the anchor of the Today in Iowa program seen weekday mornings from 5 to 7 on WHO-TV 13.

Raised on a farm outside of Ottumwa, IA.  Bouma graduated from Eddyville High School, and later attended Central College graduating with a degree in Communication in 1996.  She first worked KTVO in Ottumwa, and then worked as a the morning show anchor and reporter for WIBW in Topeka, KS.

Bouma started with WHO-TV in 2000 as a reporter, and then  in 2003 became Today in Iowa anchor.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and their son, Evan.

We look forward to having both Barry Griswell and Brooke Bouma with us at our upcoming banquet.

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