BANK IOWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The men and women working to realize our vision

 

​Meet the Bank Iowa Corporation Board of Directors. This team of people was elected to represent the Bank Iowa shareholders and their best interests.

 

Robert Duncan

Chairman Emeritus, Duncan Aviation and Bank Iowa co-founder

 

Robert Duncan, along with his father, Donald Duncan and Harry Barr, co-founded Bank Iowa. Duncan is Chairman Emeritus of Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Nebraska. Duncan Aviation, one of the world’s largest privately-owned business aircraft service organizations, is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, with over 1,400 employees in over 30 cities across the U.S.

 

Paige Duncan

Board Chair

 

Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1991, Paige Duncan joined the Bank Iowa Corporation board of directors. Duncan has participated in various activities within Bank Iowa including loan reviews, human resource management, investment management and acquisitions. She is the daughter of Bank Iowa co-founder, Robert Duncan.

 

Harry Barr

Bank Iowa co-founder

 

Harry Barr co-founded Bank Iowa with Donald Duncan and his son, Robert Duncan. It was from that entrepreneurial ambition and smart business leadership that one of Iowa’s most successful banks would eventually flourish. That same spirit helps Bank Iowa understand the real needs of today’s businesses, farmers, families and entrepreneurs all across Iowa.

 

J.B. Barr

Physical therapist and associate professor of Physical Therapy

 

J.B. Barr currently works as an associate professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he has taught physical therapy students since 1998. Barr is the son of Bank Iowa co-founder, Harry Barr.

 

James L. Plagge

President and CEO

 

Jim Plagge brings over 30 years of financial services industry experience to Bank Iowa, where he serves as President and CEO. Plagge also serves as the Bank Iowa Corporation President and CEO. He has been active in trade and community organizations his entire career.

 

Richard Peterson

Retired Attorney

 

Dick Peterson practiced law for over 50 years. Peterson was vice president of and General Counsel for Duncan Aviation for nearly 20 of those years.

 

Aaron Hilkemann

CEO of Duncan Aviation

 

Aaron Hilkemann was named President and CEO of Duncan Aviation in 1997. Hilkemann provides strategic leadership and direction to Duncan Aviation, Inc. to ensure future development and growth for the enterprise.

 

Thomas C. Dorr

Consultant, Dorr and Associates

 

Tom Dorr is the president of Thomas C. Dorr & Associates. The firm specializes in the development of food and agricultural trade, both domestic and international, with a specific focus on China. Before returning to Thomas C. Dorr & Associates in July 2012, Dorr served as president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Grains Council. Before joining the Council, Dorr served as USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development, appointed by President George W. Bush.

 

Timothy (Tim) E. Minton

CPA/Farmer

 

Timothy Minton is a certified public accountant and worked for Des Moines-based Principal Life Insurance for 22 years. Minton started his tenure with Principal in the Commercial Real Estate department where he worked from 1988 to 1999. For the next 10 years, Minton underwrote and managed a diversified portfolio of structured investments, including venture capital investments for Principal. Tim retired from Principal in 2009 and is now a full-time farmer in the Adel area.

 

 

Dale Heider

Engineer/Farmer

 

Dale Heider, engineer and co-owner of Jet Company located in Humboldt, Iowa, helped move the product line from wagon and truck boxes into semi grain trailers when he joined the family owned business. Jet Company’s product line now consists of trailers for agricultural use, over the road construction and various niche markets. Jet Company employs over 100 people and their trailers are marketed throughout the U.S.

 

 

Meet the Bank Iowa Board of Directors.

 

Paige Duncan

Board Chair

 

Upon graduating from Northwestern University in 1991, Paige Duncan joined the Bank Iowa Corporation board of directors. Duncan has participated in various activities within Bank Iowa including loan reviews, human resource management, investment management and acquisitions. She is the daughter of Bank Iowa co-founder, Robert Duncan.

 

J.B. Barr

Physical therapist and associate professor of Physical Therapy

 

J.B. Barr currently works as an associate professor of Physical Therapy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where he has taught physical therapy students since 1998. Barr is the son of Bank Iowa co-founder, Harry Barr.

 

James L. Plagge

President and CEO

 

Jim Plagge brings over 30 years of financial services industry experience to Bank Iowa, where he serves as President and CEO. Plagge also serves as the Bank Iowa Corporation President and CEO. He has been active in trade and community organizations his entire career.

 

John Hartford

Retired Bank Iowa CFO/Credit Consultant

 

John Hartford is Bank Iowa’s former chief lending officer and executive vice president. Hartford began his banking career in Humboldt, Iowa, as a senior lender for Humboldt Trust and Savings Bank, which later became Bank Iowa. In 1996, Hartford was named president of Bank Iowa Humboldt, a position he held for more than 16 years. In 2012, he was named chief lending officer/EVP for Bank Iowa and relocated to Des Moines. Hartford held that position until his retirement in 2017. In addition to serving on the Bank Iowa board, he is a member of Bank Iowa’s Senior Credit Committee and works as a part-time credit consultant.

 

Jann Freed

Leadership Development and Change Management Consultant

 

Dr. Jann Freed is a leadership development and change management consultant who focuses on helping organizations and individuals get from where they are to where they want to be. Freed has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at Central College, a midwestern liberal arts college, achieving professor emerita of Business Management and endowed chair in Leadership and Character Development.

 

Michael Blaser

Co-chair, BrownWinick Agribusiness Practice Group

 

Michael Blaser is the co-chair of BrownWinick’s agribusiness practice group and the firm’s strategic planning committee. Throughout Blaser’s career, he has been actively involved in value-added agriculture, particularly in the livestock industry. He also served as general counsel to Iowa Select Farms, advising agricultural clients on laws and regulations that affect their businesses and lobbying Iowa livestock regulation laws. Blaser is a member of the National Pork Producer’s Council Environmental Committee, Finance Council for St. Francis of Assisi Parish and a board member of the Board of Adjustment for the City of West Des Moines.

 

Matthew Sells

President and CEO, Shenandoah Medical Center

 

Matt Sells is president and CEO of Shenandoah Medical Center, a large independent critical access hospital in southwest Iowa. He previously served as the CFO of Shenandoah Medical Center, CFO of Brown County Hospital and spent four years at KPMG LLP working in the firm’s audit practice.