Three Cultivation Corridor board members made the Business Record’s 2016 list of Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders.
Corridor Advisory member, Steve Zumbach, was ranked number three on the list. The Manchester, Iowa native studied economics at Iowa State University and earned a law degree from the University of Iowa. He has been an attorney at Belin McCormick since 1977 while also serving as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School. In addition to his Cultivation Corridor involvement, he is a member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Executive Committee and a member of Iowa State University Board of Governors.
Number five on the list went to Corridor Board of Directors member and Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO, Jay Byers. The Meriden, Iowa native attended Simpson College and earned a law degree from the University of Iowa. His career background includes serving as Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at the Partnership, District Director for Congressman Leonard Boswell’s office and an attorney at Ice Miller Law Firm. He also serves on the ChildServe Board of Trustees, The Homestead Board of Directors and the Simpson College Board of Trustees.
Corridor Board of Directors member and Summit Agricultural Group CEO, Bruce Rastetter, placed 21st on the list. The Alden, Iowa native and University of Iowa graduate serves as the President for Iowa Board of Regents, was the CEO of Heartland Pork Enterprises before selling it to Christensen Farms in 2004 and co-founded and led Hawkeye Energy Holdings as CEO until 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hawkeye Energy Holdings and Iowa Premium Beef, and contributes to all three regents universities.
The online survey of Business Record readers was conducted in the summer of 2015. Read bios on all 25 leaders in the 2016 Book of Lists.