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Monday, Nov. 7, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do. That’s a fitting quote that I read to those in attendance at the CITYVIEW Business Journal’s “22 from 2022” event last Thursday night at the Sherwood Forest Events Center. This is an annual celebration we host to recognize people who made positive contributions to the central Iowa business community.

We asked for nominations from our readers, and then we narrowed the list down to the folks we deemed as most deserving. That was not an easy task, as we are fortunate to have so many people in our midst who give their time, energy and money to not only grow their businesses but to help promote economic development in general. Of course, many others contribute greatly as well, but we only choose from the nominations we receive. As you read this, you may be thinking of someone who deserves this recognition. Be sure to nominate that person next year.

Our intent was to honor 22 business people, as the event name indicates, but several of the honorees were unfortunately unable to participate this year, for a variety of reasons. We were still able to recognize 16 individuals for their incredible contributions.

As most worthwhile things do, this event has evolved since we started it in 2017. It has become more of a lifetime achievement award than a recognition of successes in a single year. The event was originally tied in with the two business publications we were publishing and mailing to businesses: the Northwest Suburbs Business Journal and the Western Suburbs Business Journal. Ultimately, in a decision to expand the reach of those publications significantly, we merged them into one that is now part of CITYVIEW magazine each month — and, we continued this wonderful event.

Our honorees this year are Jay Brewer, Shirley McAdon, Lu Anne Gafford, Steve Albrecht, Val Veiock, Tom Boesen, Tiffany Luing, Michael Krantz, John Forbes, Claudia Schabel, Brian Buethe, Brenda Easter, Barb Wiedenman, Susan Patterson Plank, Reynolds Cramer and Angela Jackson. This is a great mix of people from various communities, backgrounds, industries and organizations who truly show how everyone can make an impact to the business community. Sharing the contributions from each of these folks reinforced how, when business and industry grows, we all grow. Be sure to check out the story in CITYVIEW’s Business Journal.

I again send my congratulations to each of these business and community leaders, and I look forward to honoring more of these folks whose successes will inspire others in years to come.

Have a magnificent Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We’ll be in the 50s today and Tuesday with a slight chance of rain in Tuesday’s forecast. Warming kicks in on breezy days Wednesday and Thursday. Rain Thursday night along with plummeting temperatures. Cold and windy conditions for the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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From the Food Dude

Starbucks reported 3% revenue increases in the fourth quarter and 11% increases in average ticket prices. Millennials and Gen Xers now comprise over half of Starbucks traffic.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Marshalltown police identify four teens killed in crash

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Marshalltown police have identified the four teenagers killed in a car crash. Sisters Linette Lopez, 15, and Yanitza Lopez, 17, lost their lives in the crash. Brothers Adrian Lara, 13, and Isacc Lara, 16, were also killed in the crash. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Insiders: The issues inside what could be Grassley’s closest re-election race

DES MOINES, Iowa — The persistently high increase in annual inflation has made economic issues the top national issue for American voters going into Tuesday’s midterm elections. And the record number of apprehensions of migrants at the country’s southern border has also magnified decades of failed actions by numerous presidential administrations. ....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Pieper Lewis, who pleaded guilty to killing alleged rapist, escapes custody

DES MOINES, Iowa — Pieper Lewis, a sex trafficking victim who pleaded guilty to killing her accused rapist, has escaped custody. According to officials with the Iowa Department of Corrections, Lewis walked away from the Fresh Start Women's Center in Des Moines shortly after 6 a.m. on Nov. 4. She cut off her ankle monitor before departing. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Thrift Shop
1. Many Hands Thrift Market
2. Goodwill
3. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores



Elvin McDonald at Allora

By Jim Duncan

Elvin McDonald is the grand gentleman of Des Moines style and taste. As a longtime editor of Better Homes & Gardens, as director of the Des Moines Botanical Gardens, as a guiding light of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, the gardens of Terrace Hill, and those of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, he has done as much to make Des Moines beautiful as anyone else. Since he moved here a quarter century ago, he has been friends with all of Iowa’s governors, plus their spouses and the volunteers who worked in their kitchens and gardens.

... Read More In the November issue of CITYVIEW.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Belated Birthday Brian Buethe, who celebrated Nov. 4

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Lorde, Reid Ewing, Chris Mortensen. Celebrating yesterday were Emma Stone, Sally Field, Ethan Hawke, Thandiwe Newton, Maria Shriver, Lamar Odom

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did my chef friend say when I asked how hard it would be to make a stir-fry in a meadow?
IT'S A WOK IN THE PARK! Shane Goodman, Carolyn Rogers, Lori Bluml, Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle
A chef borrowed my car. How was it when he returned it?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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