• Movers Shakers and Newsmakers

Movers, Shakers, & Newsmakers

Inquiring Chamber minds want to know...

Who are the year’s most fascinating people? Who generated headlines, created note-worthy buzz or set social media afire?

Thanks to everyone who joined us Thurs., Dec. 20 for the 2018 Movers, Shakers and Newsmakers luncheon where we congratulated the 20 nominees and recognize our top 10! From watercooler conversations, to front-page headlines, social media trends and professional achievements, these Movers, Shakers and Newsmakers are the talk of the town. 

Our Top 10 Movers, Shakers and Newsmakers of 2018 are:

  • Arsh Pal, 8 year-old Dubuque Student
  • Julie Kronlage & Whitney Sanger, Travel Dubuque
  • Bruce Lee, Heartland Financial
  • Kevin Sharpf, Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar
  • Laura Bies, Mike Heitz, and Jennifer Tigges, K.I.D.S. (Kids In Dubuque Skate)
  • Chad Wagener, Dubuque Main Street Past President
  • Kay Takes, Mercy Medical Center
  • Justin Smith, UD Basketball Coach
  • Nick Schrup, American Trust & Savings Bank
  • Chris Burke, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School

Congratulations to all 20 nominees who were recognized at the event!

Cheryl Rusk, Charlotte's Coffee House, Owner
On July 30, 2018, fire destroyed Charlotte’s Coffee House and Cheryl’s dreams. The coffee house has become a fixture in the community since its opening in the fall of 2015 and with the support of the Dubuque community, rebuilding of the business has begun.

Nick Schrup, President and Chairman of American Trust & Savings Bank
At the end of August 2018, Nick Schrup announced that the family owned and operated American Trust and Savings Bank would merge with MidWestOne Financial Group. American trust has shaped the Dubuque area and paved the way for growth in multiple sectors of our community.

Justin Smith, UD Basketball Coach
When the University of Dubuque women’s basketball team was returning to Dubuque from a tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, the bus driver had a medical emergency and passed out. The bus was going 70 mph and hit a guard rail. Justin, Assistant Coach at UD, jumped up, grabbed the wheel of the bus, hit the brakes and stopped the bus averting a terrible bus accident.

Kay Takes, Mercy Medical Center
In July 2018, a state board approved a certificate of need request from Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque to proceed with a comprehensive cancer center in Dubuque. Mercy President and CEO Kay Takes indicated that the hospital plans to start construction of its cancer center this year, with plans to open the facility in 2020.

Chad Wagener, Dubuque Main Street Past President
Chad was instrumental in the planning and implementation of Build a Better Block.

Arsh Pal, 8-year-old Dubuque Student
Dubuque 8-year-old sells his paintings, with proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. His goal was to raise $1000. He surpassed this goal within 6 months.

Sr. Joanne Burrows, Clarke University
Sr. Joanne Burrows has announced that she will retire effective May 31, 2019. She has spent 40 years ministering in higher education, working in admissions, adult education and student life. She has been Clarke’s president for 12 years.

Dr. Liang Chee Wee, President, NICC
NICC hosts President Trump roundtable with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum in July 2018.

H.R. Cook, Five Flags Center
Cook is spearheading plans to renovate the Five Flags Center at an estimated cost of $68.5 million. This would include renovation of the Five Flags Theater and construction of a new 6,000 seat arena.

Laura Bies, Mike Heitz, and Jennifer Tigges, K.I.D.S. Kids In Dubuque Skate
This group of individuals are members of Kids in Dubuque Skate (K.I.D.S) and have worked for many years to bring a new skate park to Dubuque. Groundbreaking for a new skate park began on July 16, 2018 in Flora Park.

Bob Johnson, Novelty Iron Works, President/CEO of Novelty Iron Works Companies
Bob Johnson purchased the old Novelty Iron Works building in 2005 and began working with the City of Dubuque on development plans which have attracted many new businesses to the Millwork District.

Elizabeth Mary, Musician
Elizabeth Mary, a Dubuque native, is best known as the former lead singer from the band Zero 2 Sixty and with the acoustic duo, Broken Strings. She released her first EP Album “Dance With The Fear” in April 2018.

Representative Abby Finkenaur, Iowa State Representative for the 99th district
In 2014, Abby was elected to represent Dubuque in the Iowa Legislature. This year she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and is one of the youngest to hold the seat.

Congressman Rod Blum, U.S. Representative for Iowa’s 1st congressional district
Rod Blum was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Iowa’s 1st district in 2014.

Kevin Scharpf, Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar
In 2015 Kevin opened Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar and has been named one of Full-Service Restaurant Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars.” He was selected to compete in season 16 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” which airs in December 2018.

Bruce Lee, President and CEO, Heartland Financial
Bruce has served as Heartland’s president since January 2015 and in June 2018 took the reins as president and CEO of Heartland Financial USA Inc. He assumed full leadership of Heartland operations and its 10 bank charters.

Jessica Pfohl, Owner and Senior Stylist, P.S. Styling
Since May 2018, Jessica and P.S. Styling have collaborated with the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA Victim Services Shelter to provide styling for survivors of domestic violence housed at the facility.

Andy Butler, President, SISCO & HealthCorp
Andy Butler and his wife Debi have been actively engaged in Dubuque’s historic preservation. They were prominently featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Preservation magazine.

Julie Kronlage & Whitney Sanger, Travel Dubuque
Julie and Whitney worked to bring 16,600 visitors to Dubuque to view the USS LST 325. According to one crew member of the ship, this one of the largest number of visitors they’ve had for their ship.

Chris Burke, Math Teacher, Eleanor Roosevelt Middle School
Chris was named the Iowa Teacher of the Year for 2019. This is the first time that a Dubuque teacher has received the award in its 60-year history.

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