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Our Team

Paul Kinghorn

Paul Kinghorn
Director, CBGI


Paul Kinghorn will utilize his extensive entrepreneurial counseling and training experience to help with strategic planning and community assessments. He will also assist in facilitating planning sessions and guiding stakeholders as they plan interact with entrepreneurs and service providers.

Drew Conrad

Drew Conrad
Senior Program Manager, CEcD, CCR, IDM


As a Senior Program Manager with IDM, Drew is a consultant, researcher, and grant writer. As a consultant, Drew will use his experience serving communities, state agencies, utilities, and others with practical technical assistance and facilitation to oversee the community assessments and assist with the strategic planning process.

James Hoelscher

James Hoelscher
Program Manager, UNI IDM


James will serve as PI/PD, supervising all activities involved in the performance of this project. He will employ his experience developing and facilitating community planning sessions for short and long-term needs, business retention, marketing, tourism, and organizational structure to assist with the planning process and follow-up initiatives for each Region.

Patrick Luensmann

Patrick Luensmann
Program Manager, CBGI


Patrick currently manages the Iowa Business Concierge program on IASourcelink. He will utilize his experience with entrepreneurs to assist with the strategic planning process and use his market research skills to assist with the community assessments.

Karla Organist

Karla Organist
Program Manager, IDM


Karla will use her planning and research experience to assist Regions with their entrepreneurship planning and implementation. She will also assist with program administration and scheduling.