Board of Directors
Jill has been executive director of Hancock County Economic Development since 2015. Jill’s previous experience has been human resourses, risk management, business management, marketing, sales and is a licensed real estate agent in Iowa. Jill is a North Iowa native and lives with her family in Garner, Iowa. Jill was named outstanding Young Iowan in 2001 by Iowa Jacyees.
President of Hancock County Economic Development
Jerry is Hancock County Supervisor serving his 5th-4 year term, Grain and livestock farmer, DeKalf Dealer, past president of Hancock County Pork Producer and Hancock County Farm Bureau.
Vice President of Hancock County Economic Development
Eric has 30 years of banking and finance where he has had role as President and CEO of three community banks. Eric is also very active in Britt Industrial Development Group Corporation (BIDCO).
Treasurer of Hancock County Economic Development
Dave Backus is Assistant to the President having been the CFO for the previous 12 years for Stellar Industries, Inc., Garner, Iowa. He has led several companies in the acquisition of strategic firms and participated in the initial public offering of a then Fortune 500 company. He also worked with an investment banking firm assisting in the preparation and guidance of private companies for sale. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hancock County Economic Development Corporation serving as Treasurer and is on the Prairie View and Prairie View Foundation Board of Directors.
Secretary of Hancock County Economic Development
Randy Lansing is the city administrator of the City of Garner, since December 2012. Randy has previous experience as economic development director, economic development coordinator, and housing specialist. Randy has served on a number of boards and commissions including the Garner Chamber of Commerce, Hancock County Economic Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa, the Garner Community Christian Child Care, the Garner Betterment Committee, and the Garner Vision Committee
Mayor of Britt
Ryan has been the Mayor of Britt since 2015. Ryan serves on several boards and committees; Iowa Bankers Association Marketing Committee, Wright the Park, Britt Hobo Days and Habitat for Humanity.
Key Account/Economic Development Director for Prairie Energy
Todd graduated from Northwest Iowa Technical College has worked for Prairie Energy since 1985. Todd currently serves on several boards and very active in Iowa Area Development Corporation.
CEO/Administrator of Hancock County Health System
Zwiefel has been with HCHS for 28 years, the last 21 years as Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Administrator.
President-CEO of Manufactures Bank and Trust
Dennis has been working in several aspects of banking since the late 1980’s. Dennis is very active in Economic Development with strengths in finance and housing.
Owner and Agent of the State Farm Agency in Britt
Previously he worked for Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals as a Regional Territory Manager and Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies and an underwriter. Jay is also assistant Basketball coach as West Hancock.
Vice President / General Manager of Iowa Mold Tooling Co, Inc.
30 years of business development and manufacturing experience. Previously Jim worked with Stanley Works (now Stanley Black and Decker) as well as Wasbash Corporation in various leaderships roles.
President / CEO of Communications 1 Network, Inc.
34 years of experience in the communications industry. Served on the Kanawha City Council, Iowa Telecommunications Association Board and currently serves on the Goldfield Telephone Company Board, Southern Minnesota Broadband Board and the Hancock County Economic Board. He also serves on the Kanawha Fire Department for the past 28 years and is the Treasurer.
Iowa State Graduate with a BS in Agronomy
Dave has nearly twenty years’ experience as a rep with Pioneer Hi-bred International. Dave is also a partner in a farm operation raising corn, soybeans, and contract hog finishing.
Senior Council at Winnebago Industries
He previously held the VP position.
Mayor of Klemme
Ken is currently the serving his 18th year as Mayor of Klemme. He grow up in rural Hancock County and graduated from Britt School. He has been a General contractor in this area for over 40 years.
Corwith City Council Member
Sharon has had 26 years of working in school districts, 13 years owning and working in a trucking business with her husband.
HCEDC Advisory Board Member
Retired after 38 years in the banking industry in Hampton, Mason City, Clarion, Lake Mills, and 17 years in Garner. Involved in Economic Development work since 1983, serving as President of Lake Mills and Garner Development Groups. Currently serving on the NIACC Pappajohn Advisory Board, Garner Community Betterment and Garner Main Street Boards.
HCEDC Advisory Board Member
David is the current Britt Industrial Development Group Corporation (BIDCO) board president. Dave is currently an Ag and Commercial loan officer with Farms Trust and Savings Bank in Britt. He is actively involved in Britt Lyons club, Britt Chamber. Dave also is involved in his family’s crop and livestock operation.
HCEDC Advisory Board Member/Previous HCEDC Board Member
Retired Bank President and worked in commercial banking for 47 yrs., working with farmers and agribusinesses and other commercial projects from small to large enterprises. Dave sits on Boards of Directors, including venture capital funds.
Hancock County Attorney
As Executive Director I see the HCEDC board as partners, mentors and keys to the overall success to Hancock County Economic Development. I would say HCEDC has a “Passion Approach” to economic Development with our board member all having a passion for this organization. Hancock County could not ask for a better well rounded board to lead Hancock County to stronger Economic Health.
Business Investment Members
A – F
- Alliant Energy
- Athletico Physical Therapy
- Dave Boehnke - Pioneer Seed Representative
- Black Hills Energy
- City of Britt
- Britt Auto Service
- Britt Veterinary Clinic
- COMM 1
- Christensen Farms
- Clear Lake Bank & Trust
- Concord Care Center
- Cornbelt Power
- City of Corwith
- Corwith Farm Services
- City of Crystal Lake
- DK Arndt, P.C.
- Dean Snyder Construction
- Diemer Realty
- Family Eye Care
- Farm Bureau
- Farmers Trust & Savings Bank
- Neil Fell
- First Citizens National Bank
- First State Bank
- Scott and Dana Folkers
- Forest City Economic Development Corp. - Forest City
G – K
- City of Garner
- Garner Chiropractic
- Garner Inn & Suites
- Garner Vet Clinic
- Gifts Sew Sweet
- Hancock County Co-op Oil
- Hancock County Community Foundation
- Hancock County Health System
- Hankins Trucking
- Hawkeye Pride
- Henkel Construction
- Holland Contracting
- Hueneman Farms LC
- Iowa Mold Tooling Co., Inc.
- Iowa Northern Railway
- Iowa State Bank
- Jaspersen Insurance & Real Estate Ltd.
- John K. and Luise Hanson Foundation
- City of Kanawha
- City of Klemme
- Kramer Hardware
L – Z
- Randy and Luann Lansing
- Larson Contracting
- Marting MFG of Iowa, INC.
- Michael Foods
- Miller & Sons Golf Cars
- Ollenburg Motors
- Orginal Saw
- Plas-Tech Tooling
- Prairie Energy
- Pritchard Auto
- Reliance State Bank
- Smidley MFG. INC
- State Farm Ins-Jay Hiscocks
- Stellar Industries
- Storey Kenworthy
- The Leader
- Titonka Savings Bank
- Weiland Farms
- Winnebago Industries
- Yohn Co.