Age 34 | Senior vice president of logistics and operations, IronWorks

Erin Bemis doesn’t mind working behind the scenes to help others excel. In fact, she has built a successful career around that talent.

“I have a weird sickness – keeping other people on task and organized,” Bemis said with a laugh.

For the past couple of years, she has worked for IronWorks, a group of coaches that provide individualized training for triathlons, marathons and other fitness goals. Prior to that, she worked in several administrative roles with The Integer Group, most recently as programs and events manager.

Working for IronWorks “actually came about because I had twins a couple of years ago,” said Bemis, a mother of three. “I needed something that would keep me involved in things, but not take me away from my kids.” As a “multitasking guru” for the business, she manages the company’s back-office operations, from billing to communications and board meetings.

Whether it’s her involvement with Junior League of Des Moines or her work in helping to launch The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Run fundraiser last year, Bemis “gives her all in absolutely everything she does,” wrote Nikki Syverson, event director of Winefest Des Moines, and a fellow member of this year’s Forty Under 40 class. “Erin’s energy, organizational skills and sense of community are apparent in everything she touches.”

With those same skills, Bemis and her husband are undoubtedly passing along a love for community involvement and responsibility to their children. Last November, the family celebrated “giving thanks month,” each day doing something special for someone for whom they were thankful. On their first day, they gave hot cocoa and cookies to a school crossing guard they passed every day on the walk to their own school.

Her husband’s job with Aviva Investors originally brought the family to Greater Des Moines from Omaha, and 10 years later, “we can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Five reasons she’s a 40:

• Balances job responsibilities at IronWorks with parenting and serving in community volunteer roles.

• Active volunteer for Junior League of Des Moines, where she serves on the board as assistant community vice president.

• Through IronWorks, coordinating iCan, a free marathon training program for 12 previous non-runners, beginning in March.

• Has organized numerous charitable fundraising events, among them successfully chairing The Salvation Army’s inaugural Red Kettle Run fundraiser.

• Planning a mission trip to Rwanda in June to visit orphans.


Mentor: Loran Storts, president, IronWorks

Fun fact:
Ran the Chicago Marathon last year; gets up every morning at 4:30 a.m. to work out.