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Among the Des Moines Business Record’s distinguished “Forty under 40” class of 2008 are a few of our NIEC members. There is a reception on March 11 at the Polk County Convention Complex at 4:30 pm. ?Costs $20.00 and you can register on-line at the Des Moines Business Record site http://www.businessrecord.com
Please take a moment and extend your personal congratulations to:
Owner, Griffin Transfer & Storage
Whenever Brian Griffin needed to earn some extra money during college, he would hire on with the local moving companies.
“My dad had moved furniture for years,” said
After earning his way through college on football scholarships at
currently serves as president of the African-American Business Association and
on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Central & Eastern Iowa,
Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa and the American Diabetes
“When you’re a small business like ours, just struggling to stay in business, it’s hard to advertise your company,” he said. “The best outlets for us are word of mouth and networking. What better way to get your name out than to be involved and stay involved?”
The small business owner credited his staff of 12 with enabling him to succeed. “I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do in the community during the day if it wasn’t for my staff here,” he said. “I used to literally not be able to leave my office for the first three or four years of the business.” Getting out more has also enabled him to drum up more business, he said. “One of our goals is to be one of the most up-and-coming and exciting companies in Des Moines.”
One of the mottos Isaiah McGee lives by is “in order to get what we’ve never received, we must do what’s never been done.”
This comes as a talent for McGee, who started a consulting firm and is
mayor pro-tem on the Waukee City Council, receiving the most votes ever for a
candidate when he ran in 2005, all before age 28. He also serves as vice
president of the African-American Business Association (AABA), is on the
community advisory board of the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers and is part of the
inaugural class of the
Though he is inspired by a family tradition of civic engagement, he also has the skills and motivation to gain leadership positions quickly. He claims it’s his love for relationships and analyzing different people’s perspectives. Ted Williams, co-principal of the Williams Group and president of the AABA, says it’s his ability to communicate.
“When you see someone who can communicate in a way that everybody understands what he said, what it means to him, what it means to you and what it means to others, then that’s something,” he said. “Call it a skill or an art form. I would say it’s a critical component to success.”
McGee’s achievements include writing the public policy for the
business climate recommendations in the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s
2005 and 2006 legislative agendas for its
Now, his 18-month-old son Elisha also keeps him busy.
“He understands you can find that balance between being a successful business person,” Williams said, and “also [having] an obligation to the many communities we all serve.”
Growing up, Warren Morrow watched his mother go from being a community
leader with a master’s degree in education in
This experience has inspired Morrow in his career endeavors.
He left the nonprofit world to serve as an emerging markets and diversity consultant for Principal Residential Mortgage Inc. from 2003 to 2005. There he helped develop a strategy to achieve more Hispanic loan originations and increase the bilingual and minority workforce.
At the same time, he started Diverse Innovative Solutions with
“Not only do I think it’s a good thing to do, in terms that it will fulfill me,” Morrow said, “but I also think it’s a huge economic opportunity to serve communities others are ignoring.”
Though his work keeps him busy, Morrow still finds time to serve on the
boards of Making Connections and
Morrow said this about his childhood: “It’s not something to overcome, but something to inspire so that we can bring out the best in people and help people see the value of immigrants.”
Do not forget our next meeting – March 25 for those of you who
will be in
Go to our web site http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/864/ and let me know if you plan to be at the next meeting
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