The Business Record unveiled their 2021 Book of Lists on January 7, with more than 375 business professionals and community leaders participating in the virtual networking event.

Normally held in the heart of downtown Des Moines, Capital Square, this year’s event was held virtually due to COVID-19. The Business Record and Ivy College of Business teams worked together to create a live-streamed, full-production experience for viewers. A special appearance from Cy made the afternoon even more special.

Chris Conetzkey, publisher of the Business Record, hosted the virtual event, which featured networking breakout sessions and conversations with Sanjita Pradhan, director of diversity and inclusion at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, and Des Moines attorney and community leader Steve Zumbach. Conetzkey and David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean at the Iowa State University Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, spoke from the newly opened expansion to the Gerdin Business Building on the Iowa State campus.

Published each January, the Book of Lists is an essential resource guide for central Iowa business professionals. For the sixth year in a row, the Ivy College of Business was the presenting sponsor for the Book of Lists unveiling event. The college is proud to partner with the Business Record for this annual celebration that brings together CEOs, business and community leaders, and Iowa State alumni and friends.

Conetzkey announced the top five most influential nonprofit organizations and business leaders, as voted on by Business Record readers. Principal Financial Group chairman, president, and CEO Dan Houston (’84 marketing) was voted the Most Influential Business Leader for the third year in a row, while the United Way of Central Iowa was voted the Most Influential Nonprofit Organization. Houston has served on the Ivy College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council since 2004.