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.

Presenting the 2013 winners:

Desmund Adams, Principal, AdamsDouglas
Lindsay Alderman, Client operations manager, LightEdge Solutions Inc.
Erica Axiotis, Director of development, Mercy Foundation
Kate Banasiak, President and CEO, Diversified Management Services Inc.
Erin Beamis, Senior vice president of logistics and operations, IronWorks
Jonathan Brendemuehl, Marketing events coordinator, Bankers Trust Co.
Curtis Brown, Economic development director, city of Ankeny
Matt Connolly, President, Generation Green Builders Co.
Lawrence Cunningham, Director of business development, Catchfire Media LLC
Angela Dethlefs-Trettin, Director of community investment and initiatives, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Josh Fleming, Digital strategy director, Lessing-Flynn Advertising Co.
Felix Gallagher, Principal, PharmServ Solutions
Lori Gelhaar, Director of career services/ corporate relations, Kaplan University
Tina Gray Carstensen, Marketing coordinator, Shive-Hattery Inc.
Shane Greenleaf, Vice president/commercial banker, First American Bank
Danielle Haindfield, Shareholder attorney, Ahlers & Cooney P.C.
Emily Harris, Patent attorney and shareholder at Davis Brown Law Firm
Matthew Harris, Division administrator, Iowa Arts Council, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
Angela Hilbert, Sales and marketing director, Deerfield Retirement Community
Joey Hinke, President, Miller, Fidler & Hinke Insurance Agency Inc.
Hannah Inman, Director of communications, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Keegan Kautzky, Director of national education programs, The World Food Prize Foundationn
John Lozier, Pediatric interventional cardiologist, Pediatric Cardiology P.C.
Dennis McDaniel, Police chief, Windsor Heights
Rachel McLean, Vice president/consultant, Ruan Cos
John Mickelson, Associate managing director, The PrivateBank & Trust Co.
Keith Olson, Commercial associate, NAI Ruhl & Ruhl Commercial Co.
Matt Ostanik, President, Submittal Exchange LLC
Benjamin Page, Director, Des Moines park and recreation
Dustin Peterson, Partner, McGladrey LLP
Nick Renkoski, Director of marketing and communications, Des Moines Metro Opera
Rachel Rowley, Partner, BrownWinick PLC
John Ruan IV, Vice president, financial institutions, Bankers Trust Co.
Jennifer Soma, Business lead, IDI Actuarial and Product Development Group, Principal Financial Group Inc.
Heather Starr, Real estate agent, RE/MAX Innovations
Aimee Staudt, Director of development, Knapp Properties Inc.
Courtney Strutt Todd, Shareholder attorney, Davis Brown Law Firm
Nikki Sylverson, Event Director, Des Moines Wine Festival Foundation
Howard Tempero, Experience design strategist, Spindustry Digital
Tony Timm, Executive director, Central Iowa Shelter & Services