Ashley Aust (Des Moines)

Ashley manages the legal department at Hubbell Realty Company, is accountable for the acquisitions, dispositions, and development contracts for land and project developments, and creates strategies for acquisitions, dispositions, and private placements of debt and equity.

During her time as associate general counsel, Ashley has led process improvements and technology implementations at Hubbell Realty Company, worked with the Governor’s office, state agencies, lobbyists, legislators and interest groups for legislative initiatives, amendments, and regulations, and worked with various cities on city ordinance changes, development agreements, and entitlements. 

Prior to her experiences at Hubbell Realty Company, Ashley was a Commercial Underwriting Attorney with Iowa Title Guaranty of the Iowa Finance Authority where she performed closings, provided legal counsel and title coverage specializing in LIHTC and HUD financing transactions. In addition, Ashley provided assistance with the Iowa Finance Authority Section 8 Department with the successful bid proposal for the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development Project Based Contract for the State of Iowa.

Darlys Baum (Burlington)

Darlys (Dar) Baum spent her entire career in the fields of real estate, banking, and affordable housing.  She was employed by the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) for 30 years, and after serving in various Program Director capacities and as Deputy Director for 10 years, Ms. Baum was appointed Executive Director in September of 1995.

During her tenure at the Authority, Ms. Baum held the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, the Affordable Housing Professional Certification from the National Association of Housing Management Officials, served as a member of Fannie Mae’s National Housing Impact Advisory Council, served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board’s Housing and Economic Development Committee.  She was an active member and served on various committees of the National Council of State Housing Agencies and many state and local affordable housing and advocacy organizations and councils.

In 1998, SDHDA was recognized by the SD Home Builder’s Association as Affiliate of the Year.  In 2003, Ms. Baum received South Dakota’s first “Spirit of Housing Pioneer” award, and in 2006, she was honored for “Distinguished Achievement for South Dakota,” an award granted annually by the South Dakota Newspaper Association. 

Prior to joining the Authority in 1975, Ms. Baum was associated with a real estate agency and a financial institution in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Now retired and residing in Burlington, Iowa, Ms. Baum serves on several local boards and organizations.

Jane Bell (Atlantic)

Jane was Director of Government and Community Affairs for Ameristar Casino Council Bluffs from 1995 until November of 2013. Prior to joining Ameristar, Bell was a congressional assistant to Congressman Neal Smith in his Council Bluffs office. Her background includes more than 40 years working in the political arena. She is currently an independent Politcal Consultant.

Jane is a past member of the Offut Air Force Base Advisory Council and the Council Bluffs Noon Rotary. In 1986, she was appointed by Governor Branstad to the initial Board of Iowa Title Guaranty, a division of the Iowa Finance Authority. Bell also served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Touch Play in 2006, at the request of Governor Vilsack.

Elected to total of five years as chair of the Iowa Gaming Association by her industry peers, Bell actively engaged in the formulation of rules and regulations that affected the industry in concert with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and the DCI.

Jeff Heil (Haverhill)

Jeff is a Vice President of Public Finance in the Iowa office of Northland Securities. Jeff has been a public finance professional since 2003, having previously worked with Ruan Securities. Prior to that, he served in the public sector as the County Auditor for Marshall County for 7 years.

Jeff has extensive experience helping Iowa cities and counties finance their infrastructure and utility improvements, as well as their economic development needs. He is currently working with many entities on alternative energy projects that will enhance communities through additional revenue streams.

Joan Johnson (West Des Moines)

Joan Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1992. She was with Iowa Realty Co., Inc. as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, from 2007 to 2016. She was also General Counsel for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices First Realty and Midland Escrow Services and CEO of Iowa Title Company.

Before joining Iowa Realty, Joan was a partner at Pearson Van Houten Law Firm in West Des Moines, Iowa, where her practice focused primarily on business and real estate law.

Joan is a member of the Corporate and Real Estate sections of the Iowa State Bar Association. 

Shaner Magalhaes (Iowa City)

Originally from Illinois, Shaner attended school at the University of Iowa, and loved the area so much he never left. After earning a BBA and MBA from the University of Iowa, Shaner worked in state government for over ten years (with the State Historical Society of Iowa), owned a business for three years (a fitness club) and ran a nonprofit organization for another three years (the Johnson County Historical Society).

With dedication in running his own business, Shaner's experience and education in management and marketing, and an extensive network of contacts from years of active involvement in dozens of organizations and events, he decided in 2006 to pursue working in real estate on a part-time basis.

In May 2010, he made the leap into real estate full-time when he joined the Skogman Realty team in their new office in Coralville. Equipped with the amazing resources provided by Skogman (everything from the most cutting edge website to the most extensive traditional marketing and advertising), Shaner has been pleased to assist even more people with their real estate needs. He attests that it truly is a wonderful experience to help clients get great results no matter what their circumstances might be.

Aside from helping clients with their real estate needs, Shaner is also actively involved in the Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS® as a board member and Chair of the political affairs committee. He has been very involved with the local Chamber of Commerce for years – as a member and/or Chair of numerous committees.

Ruth Randleman (Carlisle)

The Honorable Ruth Randleman was elected Mayor of the City of Carlisle in 2003. Prior to this position, she was a member of the Carlisle City Council since 2000. Mayor Randleman is a board member of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation serving as Vice President during 2008-12; board member and 2010-11 President of the Iowa League of Cities; and member of the Metropolitan Advisory Council, serving as chair from 2007-2008.

Mayor Randleman represents Carlisle on the Metropolitan Planning Organization's Policy Committee, Funding Subcommittee and Bicycle Pedestrian Roundtable. Mayor Randleman has also served as chair for the Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments. She has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Iowa Finance Authority by Governor Branstad, serving as chair, and has served as chair for Congressman Tom Latham's Military Academy Selection Board. Mayor Randleman served as co-chair for the Governor's Smart Planning Task Force and was recently appointed to the Smart Growth America National Local Leaders Council. She is a board member of the Greater Carlisle Community Foundation.

Gilbert Thomas, Bank Iowa (Clarinda)

Gilbert Thomas is currently the Regional President of Bank Iowa. He leads the team providing banking services in the Clarinda region, one of seven regions that Bank Iowa serves.


Thomas grew up in Southwest Iowa and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University.  He has primarily been in the banking field since his college graduation in 1984.


He has been actively involved in each of the six communities he has lived.  Currently, he is Treasurer of the Clarinda Economic Development Foundation, board member of the Clarinda Community Foundation, serves on the Clarinda Community School District Finance Committee, is a representative on the Southwest Iowa STEM Regional Advisory Board and is currently a member of the Iowa Bankers Association Management Committee.


Michel Nelson (Carroll)

Mr. Nelson is Senior Vice President at Iowa Savings Bank in Carroll where he heads trust services and investment management. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (BA) and University of Minnesota Law School (JD). Mr. Nelson was Chair (2008-09) and Council member (2003-2010) of the Probate, Property and Trust Section of the Iowa State Bar Association; President (2004-2005) and Director (2002-09) of the Iowa Trust Association; and, Founding member, Officer, and Director (2012 - ) of the Iowa Academy of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Nelson has drafted various pieces of current Iowa law; authored and co-authored many articles relating to financial and legal topics; and, regularly speaks at seminars for attorneys and CPAs regarding trust, tax and estate planning issues.