Two Members of The Weitz Company’s Iowa Business Development Team Selected for Leadership Programs

October 12, 2021  /  Press Releases

Des Moines, Iowa – Two members of the Iowa Business Development team, Vince Ward, Business Development Director, and Ryan Tousley, Senior Business Development Manager, have recently been accepted into Leadership Programs in Central Iowa.

Vince is one of forty individuals selected for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) Foundation’s Leadership Iowa program. The program is considered the premier statewide issues-awareness program which actively brings together top Iowa professionals to learn about issues currently impacting the state. Session topics include agriculture, renewable resources, manufacturing, government, economic development, workforce, education, and healthcare.

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to experience the entire state of Iowa with a diverse group of leaders from across the state. In a career that has given me exposure to many Iowa cities; it will be a chance to peel back another layer to view and experience the entities that make small and large communities thrive.

-Vince Ward

This year marks the program’s fortieth anniversary. You can learn more about this year’s class and the programs distinctive year here.

Ryan has been selected for the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program for 2022. The program prepares leaders from across Central Iowa to be effective stewards for the community’s future. The three pillars of the program are Issue and Opportunity Awareness, Leadership Development, and Practice through Service. Each year, members apply what they’ve learned through the completion of a class project that benefits a local non-profit organization.

The chance to learn, develop, and impact the community that I’ve grown up in and spent most of my life in is something really special to me.

Ryan Tousley

See the full Class of 2022 list here.  

Please join us in congratulating Vince and Ryan on their accomplishments as they live our Weitz Core Value of Nurturing Personal Growth.

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About The Weitz Company

Founded in 1855, The Weitz Company is a national, full-service general contractor, design-builder and construction manager that serves all 50 U.S. states. Weitz is one of the oldest general contractors in the United States and an industry leader in lean construction; senior living; sustainable building; and virtual design and construction. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, The Weitz Company annually ranks in the top tier of Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors and Building Design+Construction’s Giants 300 Contractors lists.