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Most Influential

The CBJ’s Most Influential list recognizes the people who have made the biggest mark on the Corridor within the past year, whether through their leadership, business accomplishments or philanthropic efforts.

The CBJ asked readers in October to cast their votes for the Corridor’s most influential business leaders, and then tallied those votes to build our final list of the top 25.

Here is our list:

  1. James Klein – President, CRBT
  2. Tiffany O’Donnell – Mayor, Cedar Rapids
  3. Nick AbouAssaly – Mayor, Marion
  4. Michelle Niermann – President & CEO, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids
  5. Jason Smith – CEO, TrueNorth Companies
  6. Doug Neumann – Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
  7. Tom Cilek – Senior Vice President, West Bank
  8. Duane Smith – Executive Chairman, TrueNorth Companies
  9. Lura McBride – President & CEO, Van Meter Inc.
  10. Barbara Wilson – President, University of Iowa
  11. David Tominsky – Chief Relationship Officer, The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo)
  12. Jack Evans – Chair of the Board, Hall-Perrine Foundation
  13. Jeff Pomeranz – City Manager, Cedar Rapids
  14. Lisa Bluder – Head Coach, University of Iowa Women’s Basketball
  15. Noreen Bush – Former Superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District
  16. Ryan Waller – City Manager, Marion
  17. Steve Shriver – CEO, Eco Lips
  18. Willie Ray Fairley – Owner, Willie Ray’s Q Shack
  19. David Sorg – Principal, OPN Architects
  20. Kalvin Grabau Keele – Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual
  21. Sandy Steil – Director of Business Development, Bishop Engineering
  22. Kelly Hayworth – City Administrator, Coralville
  23. Josh Schamberger – President, Think Iowa City
  24. Mugisha Gloire – Executive Director, United We March Forward
  25. Janet Godwin – CEO, ACT