Technology Association of Iowa Announces Iowa Tech Connect 2024 Cohort

DES MOINES, Iowa (June 3, 2024) – The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) announces the 2024 cohort for Iowa Tech Connect, a professional and talent development initiative tailored for early-career technology professionals in Iowa.

Brian Waller, President of TAI, expressed enthusiasm about the new cohort, stating, “We are proud to welcome this dynamic group of tech professionals as they build their careers. We are thankful for the partnership and investment from John Deere, EMC Insurance, and Iowa State University in helping support the growth of Iowa’s technology industry.”

The program, spanning six months, offers professional development through expert-led insights, immersive learning experiences, and a strong emphasis on relationship building. The twenty-four cohort members represent a broad range of industries, contributing diverse perspectives and experiences to the program.

“John Deere’s unwavering support for the Iowa Tech Connect program reflects our dedication to fostering a vibrant technical community in Iowa,” said Scott Hany, IT Director at John Deere. “We recognize the pivotal role of emerging technologies in shaping our industry and are committed to nurturing talent that drives innovation and economic success through this program.”

In support of the initiative, Joe Riesberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at EMC Insurance Companies, emphasized the broader impact. “This program is not just a conduit for technical prowess but a channel for cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. We remain committed to nurturing early-career tech professionals, and we are excited to see the innovative contributions they will bring to our businesses and community.”

Adding to the support, The Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University plays an important role. Dean David Spalding added, “The Ivy College of Business at Iowa State is proud to support the Iowa Tech Connect professional development program. As the leading school in business and technology education in Iowa, we are excited to meet the next generation of tech leaders in our state.”

Iowa Tech Connect 2024 Cohort list:

Daniel Alonso

Application Analyst, TruStage

Nathanael Bunge

Retail Systems Analyst, Fareway Stores

Abby Draisey

Cyber Security Analyst, Principal Financial Group

Brooke Erickson

Software Analyst, John Deere

Zachary Hardin

Software Engineer, Lean TECHniques

Danielle Heim

Security Analyst, ITA Group

Joshua Higginbottom

Visualization Technical Lead, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Isaac Hoffman

Business Systems Analyst, F&G

Ian Hughes

Data Platform Engineer, EMC Insurance Companies

Lauren Johnson

Member Services and Engagement Coordinator, TAI

Sabina Johnson

Developer I, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

Allison Kempf

Site Reliability Engineer, Workiva

Mariah Kennedy

System Technician II, ITA Group

Joanna Longwe

Software Developer, VGM Group

Sam McKendree

Information Security Analyst, VGM Group

Josh Prokupek

IT Manager of Infrastructure Systems, Pella Corporation

Grace Quigley

Software Engineer, Principal Financial Group

Justin Ridout

Application Developer, Farm Bureau Financial Services

Dylan Shroll

Systems Security Manager, West Bank

Mikaela Stanislav

Software Engineer, Lean TECHniques

Seth Stoube

Rate Control Test Lead, John Deere

Chase Weida

Operations Analyst, Kingland

Parker Wieseler

Software Engineer, Wells Enterprises

Joe Wilson

UX Product Manager, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield

About the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) 

Founded in 1997, The Technology Association of Iowa is a statewide, member-based organization focused on building and uniting Iowa’s technology community. TAI advances the tech industry through engaging programming, premier events, talent development, driving public policy, and fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion to lead Iowa forward. 

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Media Contact:
Nick Donovan, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Technology Association of Iowa 



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