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As Iowa’s 43rd Governor, Kim Reynolds is determined to make sure that Iowa’s success is every Iowan’s success. Whether it’s preparing Iowans for cutting-edge careers, fighting for education, improving healthcare and mental health access, or empowering our rural communities, Kim’s priorities are making a difference in all four corners of the state. Her vision keeps Iowans at the center of all decisions, especially in the area of fiscal responsibility. Kim knows that when Iowa taxpayers are able to keep more of their money, great things happen. She also believes in redemption. Kim’s justice reform initiatives carefully balance second chances with victim rights. As Governor, Kim’s strong voice for international trade, agriculture, and advanced manufacturing is opening new markets and maintaining relationships with leaders in China, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Germany, Brazil and Argentina, to name just a few. Although she’s traveled the world telling Iowa’s story, Kim is still a small-town girl at heart with common-sense values. These principles are reflected in the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative and Future Ready Iowa. At age 57, Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University. Then, nearly two years later, on Nov. 4, 2018, she was elected by Iowans to become their first woman Governor. Family means everything to Kim and her husband, Kevin. They have three daughters (Jennifer, Nicole and Jessica) who are happily married, and Kim and Kevin love spending time with their 10 very active grandchildren.

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Today, 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, workforce 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, CEO of Ruan Transportation 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 Ben McLean, CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems and 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 Bowdesh, President & 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 Schmitt, 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

This content provided by the Office of the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds as a press release.

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