Whether it’s taking a dive in the ocean, or out of a plane, mastering a garden or the didgeridoo, Greater Des Moines business leaders have their own unique ways to kick back after work.


For the fourth straight year our reporters and staff photographer Duane Tinkey, take a photographic peek at executive lifestyles.


A big thanks to Duane, who rocked it again. And a big thanks to our four models in this year’s issue.


We hope you enjoy this inside look at the talents and interests of our community.


– Chris Conetzkey, Editor of the Business Record

Nominate a business leader:

Do you know a business leader who has an interesting talent, hobby or skill? We're always searching for business leaders to feature photographically in our annual Photo Issue edition of the Business Record, and we want your help.



We took a photographic peek into the hobbies of some of Des Moines leaders. Check out the photo galleries of the leaders below.


Denise Essman
President & CEO, Essman/Associates



Eric Crowell
President & CEO, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines



Rob Smith
Principal, Co-Founder, Architects Smith Metzger



Randy Roth
Owner, Corporate Contracts


Michael Bird
President & CEO, Spindustry Digital

David Maxwell
President, Drake University

Steve Niebuhr
Senior VP, Hubbell Realty

Tim Zarley
President, Zarley Law Firm PLC


W. Kim Austen 

Railroading is a family tradition with this insurance executive, who spends his time on his own HO scale railroad

Scott Bowman 

This mechanical engineer spends his time off the clock building items out of Lego bricks

Rob Denson 

Truck driving is just in the DMACC president’s blood

Kim Waltman

She fancied the frenetic pace of public relations, but open spaces and cattle have Kim Waltman’s attention


Bonnie Campbell
Hobby: Cooking

Jay Byers
Hobby: Musician

Mary O'Keefe
Hobby: Showing Horses

Steve & Susan Skold
Hobby: Big Game Hunting

Seeking Models for 2014:
It’s never too early, the Business Record is currently looking for business leaders with interesting hobbies and/or talents to be featured in next year’s Photo Issue. If you or someone you know would make for an interesting photo shoot, please send the name, hobby and contact info to my email address: chrisconetzkey@bpcdm.com