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Fairfield CVB; Colette Clark; Jessica Ledger-Kalen

Apr 24, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Rustin Lippincott, director of the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, left, presents Ron Haines with a plaque recognizing his six years of service on the board of directors.

Haines recognized for service to Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau board

Ron Haines, market president for MidwestOne Bank was recognized by the Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors for his six years of service, 2011-2017, serving two years as president of the board in 2013 and 2014.

As the primary policy making body of the bureau, the board of directors is responsible for the fiscal integrity, operating policy and programmatic oversight of the staff and its programs. The board provides collective intelligence to promote the diverse events available in the community and to attract and promote events that will inspire tourism and conferences, conventions and meetings, and to support the continued development of a rich, cultural and thriving environment.

The Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau mission is stimulate the economic vitality of Fairfield with a travel and tourism strategy and establish Fairfield and Jefferson County as a unique travel destination.

Fairfield’s destination marketing organization is crucial to the economic health of the community. The bureau has an immediate impact on promotional dollars and visitor spending. The bureau’s effective at creating a compelling image, generating local option sales tax and marketing Fairfield as a great place to visit, to live, locate a business or study.

“We are grateful for civic minded leaders like Ron Haines in our community,” said Brian Reid, president of the board, Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Ron has been active and influential throughout the last six years as the bureau increased visitor spending, and he was involved in our community assessment and branding processes.”

Maharishi School graduate posted at Liberian embassy as foreign officer

Colette “Coco” Clark, a 2011 graduate of Maharishi School, has recently been hired by the U.S. State Department as a foreign service officer.

Her first posting will be at the U.S. embassy in Liberia, beginning in June.

Clark is the daughter of Fran Clark of Fairfield and the late Henry Ogden Clark. She received a Bachelor of Science in foreign service, summa cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2015 and a Master of Arts in security studies the following year, also from Georgetown.

Clark is proficient in Arabic and has worked for the past two years at the Department of Justice on legal negotiations between the U.S. government and Middle Eastern countries.

Foreign service officers spend their career serving in a variety of locations around the world. They are expected to be skilled in representing the interests of the United States in economic, political, and cultural matters. They help overseas Americans in distress and process visa applications for those wanting to visit America for the first time.

Clark also will handle a portfolio of responsibilities encompassing environmental, energy, and trade policies.

Liberia, located on the western coast of Africa, is the continent’s oldest independent republic, enjoying a stable democratic government whose president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in international peacekeeping.

Local entrepreneur finds global success

Local entrepreneur Jessica Ledger-Kalen, owner/president of Royale Concrete, was elected to the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association Board of Directors.

CSDA is a nonprofit trade association of contractors, manufacturers and affiliated members from the construction and renovation industry and has 500 member companies worldwide. Ledger-Kalen accepted the nomination during the 45th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair in Puerto Rico in March.

“I consider it a great honor to be elected to the CSDA Board’s Polishing Committee and I look forward to working with a team full of dynamic, forward-thinking industry leaders,” said Ledger-Kalen.

In addition to this board assignment, Ledger-Kalen also participates on the Concrete Polishing Council for the America Society of Concrete Contractors and is a member of the Southeast Iowa Builders Association.

Ledger-Kalen will graduate in May from a two-year mentorship and guidance program from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Iowa Chapter. Students of the EO Iowa Fellowship Program are selected by the heads of the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Schools based on their fundamental business plan, ability to scale to $1 million in revenue and generated revenue to date. The Fellowship includes five full-day sessions with set curriculum, as well as mentoring and roundtable discussions that focus on mission statements, operations, sales, marketing and branding, working capital and cash flow, and leadership and culture. Ledger-Kalen has continued to become more involved in EO, last December she became a full member of EO Iowa.

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