Age 26  |  Marketing events coordinator, Bankers Trust Co.

Originally from Spring Valley, Ill., Jonathan Brendemuehl moved to Des Moines for college. But his decision to study at Drake University rather than the University of Illinois caused a bit of a stir because his mother, sister and many family friends all attended the latter.

“But I wanted to live in a city that still functioned during spring break,” he said.

Brendemuehl has now made Des Moines his home and works as the marketing events coordinator for Bankers Trust Co., where he puts on the company’s Business and Technology series, community-focused events and internal events for customers.

“I have known Jonathan since 2005 and have enjoyed watching him succeed in the business world and grow as a community activist,” wrote Soozie McBroom, past president of the Ingersoll Business Association. “He has a love for Greater Des Moines and is constantly looking for ways to get involved.”

The co-chair of last year’s Des Moines Community Playhouse’s Hollywood Halloween party and the Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops, Brendemuehl said he loves being a part of Des Moines’ active philanthropic community. “Once you get involved, it’s hard not to want to be a part of it,” he said.

But the two things he’s most passionate about are the downtown area and animals.

An active member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association since he was 23 and its current president, Brendemuehl said he’s looking forward to efforts to revitalize downtown’s core area.

“I love all of the things they’ve done with the Western Gateway and the East Village,” he said. “But now it’s time to focus on the core. I can’t wait to see what happens with Walnut Street.”

He also sits on the the advisory board of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, an organization close to his heart because he and his partner, Chris Diebel, have a rescue dog named Halsted.

Five reasons he’s a 40:

• Manages Banker’s Trust Co.’s role in 126 events annually.

• 2012 co-chair of Des Moines Symphony’s Yankee Doodle Pops.

• President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

• 2012 co-chair of Des Moines Community Playhouse’s Hollywood Halloween, the Playhouse’s annual fundraising event.

• Member of Winefest Grand Cru, a young professional offshoot of Winefest Des Moines.

Mentor: Jana Rieker, vice president of sales and marketing for Bankers Trust

Fun fact: Brendemuehl and his family went to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta when he was 10 years old.

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