Age 34 | Director of communications, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

We’ve all said it: There are only so many hours in a day. Here’s how Hannah Inman fills them.

Since 2011, she has been the director of communications for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. That’s a full-time job in which she has redesigned the conservation organization’s 33-year-old magazine, formed alliances with businesses to expand its reach and joined the communications team that helped pass a major conservation bond issue last year in Polk County.

She is the co-owner of two businesses. Maverly Lands is an agribusiness that repurposes shipping containers into multilevel hydroponic farms that produce organic microgreens and herbs. And she handles the marketing chores for KDC Built, a home-building operation that she owns with her husband, Mike. The business was launched during the financial crisis. It survived.

The home-building business donates the proceeds from one house to charity. The idea of growing food in a controlled, environmentally friendly environment – she says that five levels inside a storage container can produce the equivalent of 1.5 acres of land – suits her mission to provide healthy food to “everyone.”

“It’s my passion product,” she said. Inman would like for homeless people to learn to grow food in the containers.

Inman also is mom to Maverick, 6, who just lost his first tooth, and Everly, 19 months, who peppers her chatter with the word “no.”

Though busy enough for many people, Inman also is something of a Greater Des Moines recruiting tool. A Kansas native who attended college at the University of Iowa, she recruited her brothers and their families to the city after moving here with her husband.

“Her energy, vision, charisma and excitement are contagious,” said Robert Stewart, vice president at CBRE/Hubbell Commercial.


Five reasons she’s a 40:

• Part of a three-person communications team for the Polk County Water and Land Legacy Bond, the state’s largest conservation bond issue, which was approved by more than 72 percent of voters.

• A member of the Broadlawns Advocate Circle marketing committee.

• Executive committee member of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute class of 2011, which remodeled Amos Hiatt Middle School.

• Co-owner of two businesses.

• Member of Winefest Des Moines 2013 Young Professionals Cru, which helps plan and promote Winefest events to people 35 and younger.

Mentor: Robert Stewart, vice president at CBRE/Hubbell Commercial

Fun fact: The Inmans “embrace change.”


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