The role of Western Iowa Development Association is to facilitate economic opportunity, business success, community engagement, prosperity and quality of life for rural western Iowa. Our primary functions are to provide services that are effective to both its business members and the communities as a whole and to act as a voice for the business and professional community.
Kevin Zimmerman is the owner of Zimmerman Sales and Service Inc. in Neola Iowa. Zimmerman Sales specializes in offering a full line of sales and service of Grain Bins, buildings, electrical, plumbing and concrete work in Western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. Zimmerman Sales today in 2023 is a 60 year old 3rd generation company. Kevin is the long time Mayor of Minden Iowa, he serves on a few boards including the Wida, Look Out Village, Pott County Emergency Management Board and he tries to volunteer and give back as much as he can to his community and surrounding area. Kevin and his late Wife Paulette of 34 years have two sons and two grandchildren.
Michael has been in the role of Vice-President of WIDA since 2020. He is the city administrator for the city of Treynor, and also serves on the Iowa League of Cities executive board and advocates for small and rural communities. Michael and wife, Christine moved to Treynor from northeast Nebraska, where he was Plainview's city administrator for 12 years. Prior to becoming city administrator, he worked as director for the Center of Rural Affairs from 2001-2008. Both Michael and Christine remain active in teaching and volunteering with St. Patrick's Church in Council Bluffs. Michael is currently finishing his Ph.D. n public administration.
Stacie is excited to join WIDA as the incoming director. She has been proud to call Western Iowa home since 1997, and has a passion for Pottawattamie County's small businesses, art organizations, main streets, and off-the-beaten-track sunset views that only locals know about. A professional photographer for more than 25 years, Stacie has a special place in her heart for using photography to tell the story of communities and individuals in their element. Stacie is eager to connect with WIDA members and learn new ways to increase community engagement and support the local businesses
Susan accepted an early retirement offer from First National Bank of Omaha after 42 years opening the door to her election to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors (term began 2023). She has served on the Iowa West Foundation Board of Directors from 2007 to 2022, the Carson City Council from 2001 to 2005, and Western Iowa Development Association (WIDA) from 2000 to 2005. She is looking forward to re-engaging with WIDA and the communities in Pottawattamie County. Susan and her husband of 42 years, Randy, live in Carson, where they volunteer countless hours for their community and church. They have two sons and two grandchildren.
Brian Shea currently sits on the Pottawatamie County Board of Supervisors . Married to Jody, his wife of 27 years, with daughter, Stephanie and 2 grand children Brian comes from a family of 9 children, and has lived in Crescent 54 years. He has owned motorcycle business 7years, and worked in sales for 5 years Among Brian’s other accomplishments include Owning Shady Shea Landscapes 33 years, Elected to Crescent city council, Active community service volunteer, was elected mayor 3 times, has been a WIDA board, E-911 board, and EMA board member, as well as being elected to Pottawatamie County Board of Supervisors 2020.
Trace Frahm is a small business owner diversified in wholesale distribution, online prep center, a local public vending machine lobby, and local commercial property development. He has an Associates of Arts degree from Grace University and studied business management at UNO. Trace and wife, Claudia have been married 40 years and enjoy six grandchildren. Trace has served 7 years on city council, is a current board member on the Walnut Community Center Foundation, and a member of the Walnut Merchants Association. Trace was introduced to WIDA over 20 years ago. Trace enjoys supporting our WIDA board and executive director with marketing work.His wish list is to see WIDA business sponsorships grow in number and flourish, to enrich the quality of life for everyone.
Ron has been a member of WIDA for the past 36 years and past vice president, as well as a city council member for 12 years then Mayor for 19 years and was just elected to another 2 year term. Married to his wife Sheila and have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He has been a member of the Shelby Fire dept. since 1987, for 25 of those years as an EMT on the ambulance squad and currently Shelby’s Fire Chief. Ron is the owner of Kroll Construction engaged in new construction and remodeling for 45 years. Ron is a member on the Shelby Economic Development Group and currently the president of that pro-active board who work hard to build their community all that it can be. He can be seen volunteering for community events and functions. Ron is a strong believer that everyone should volunteer in their community to help improve the quality of life for those around them.
Randall Cody / Cala Hough / Adam Houser / Joe Riddle
Council Bluffs Representative
Chuck Hildreth / Brian Shea
Lynn Grobe / Steve Guyer
Susan Goos / Gary Wax
Nishna Valley REC/Western Ventures Representative
Dennis Bardsley / Cindy Sorlein
Golden Hills RC&D Representatives
Lance Brisbois / Michelle Franks