Age 32 | Client operations manager, LightEdge Solutions Inc.


One word to describe Lindsay Alderman is passionate. She’s passionate about her community and making sure young professionals have a voice in how it moves forward.

The client operations manager at LightEdge Solutions Inc., a managed service provider, Alderman oversees a staff of about 15 people and she develops and maintains relationships with the company’s clients.

“It is a rare opportunity to work with a person with the qualities Lindsay displays on a regular basis,” wrote Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge. “The foundation of those qualities starts with great passion and a positive attitude.”

Alderman dedicates her time to a long list of nonprofit organizations and charity events, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, Girl Scouts of Iowa, Salisbury House and Gardens and Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ Chili for Charity.

She also organized and led the Do More Village at the 80/35 music festival, which featured more than 25 nonprofits. “I wanted to bring together the (Greater) Des Moines Music Coalition and the nonprofit community and event attendees,” she said.

But Alderman said the organization she’s most passionate about is the Young Professionals Connection, where she is currently serving as the president.

“Because Des Moines is a smaller city, young professionals have the opportunity to be leaders here at this critical time when the city is expanding,” she said.

Mark Heppner, executive director of the Salisbury House and Gardens, wrote of Alderman: “Over my tenure, I have been blessed to know many outstanding individuals. I remain impressed and inspired by Lindsay’s energy, passion and dedication. She is a natural leader who consistently and constantly strives to make a positive impact on the community in which she lives.”


Five reasons she’s a 40:

• 2013 president of the Young Professionals Connection.

• Helped organize and lead the Do More Village at the 80/35 music festival, which featured more than 25 nonprofits.

• Involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girl Scouts of Iowa.

• Organized Des Moines’ first-ever nonprofit forum, which brought together 56 nonprofit organizations and 400 people.

• Organized the Chili for Charity fundraiser, which raised more than $1,500 for Central Iowa Shelter & Services.

Mentors: Megan Ruble and Blair Patterson

Fun fact: Alderman got to ring in the 2008 New Year in a Wales castle built in the 1100s. “It was always something that was on my bucket list,” she said.


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