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.


Lyle Borg (Pella)

Lyle W. Borg is an International Market Development specialist with particular expertise in the Pacific Rim and Eastern Europe. 

Mr. Borg has established regional offices in Adelaide, South Australia, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and Manchester, England. He has worked as Vice President Sales and Marketing for various industrial and agricultural manufacturing companies.   

During the Viet Nam war, he received a Special Assignment from the Department of the Army for work at West Point, N.Y. He has served on a number of boards including CROP, Iowa 4-H Foundation, his church board, President of the Pella Chamber of Commerce. Lyle also has been a long-time electronics official for the Iowa High School Track and Field Championships and the Drake and Duncan Relays.

John Eisenman (Clinton)

John Eisenman is the President of Abstract & Title Guaranty Company, a full service title company serving Clinton and Jackson counties. Joining the firm in 1997, he was responsible for the creation of the company’s closing department. He has held numerous positions within the company until becoming its President in June 2016.  John’s prior work experience includes eight years in residential mortgage lending and eight years in the insurance and investment industries.

Eisenman has been very active in the Iowa Land Title Association, having served as Southeast Regional Vice President in 2001 – 2003 and as President in 2005 and again in 2009. He also assisted in the development of the association’s Certified Land Title Profession program.

John grew up in Grinnell and graduated from Cornell College in 1981, majoring in Business and Economics. Having moved to Clinton in 1987, John has served on numerous boards including Clinton Regional Development Corporation, Downtown Clinton Alliance, and United Way of Clinton County.

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.

Amy Reasner (Cedar Rapids)

Ms. Reasner is an attorney and shareholder with Lynch Dallas, P.C., law firm, where she practices in the areas of employment law and trial work.

In addition to an active litigation practice, Ms. Reasner spends a substantial amount of time performing complex internal investigations involving allegations of civil rights violations, ethics violations and employment misconduct. She is also a frequent speaker and trainer on human resource compliance including harassment prevention training.

Ms. Reasner has been an attorney with Lynch Dallas, P.C. since graduating with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2001. Before law school, Ms. Reasner worked in broadcast journalism in Cedar Rapids.

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.

Michael C. Van Milligen (Dubuque)

As long-serving City Manager for the City of Dubuque, Michael C. Van Milligen has been the recipient of many awards throughout his time in Dubuque.

Michael C. Van Milligen has served as City Manager for the City of Dubuque since January of 1993. The City of Dubuque has been named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2017, under Van Milligen’s leadership.    

Prior to joining the City of Dubuque, Van Milligen served as the assistant village manager for the Village of Skokie, Ill., from 1987-1993.