Age 39 | Partner, McGladrey LLP

Dustin Petersen has known the meaning and value of hard work since he was big enough to wield a shovel and a pail on the family farm near Clear Lake. He credits that work ethic for his later professional accomplishments, particularly his promotion to partner at McGladrey LLP in 2007.

“I think hard work kind of makes your own luck sometimes,” said Petersen, who is nearing 18 years with the accounting firm. A certified public accountant, Petersen plays multiple roles at McGladrey, serving as a national practice leader for the alternative energy sector as well as a national tax leader for McGladrey’s consumer products group. He also serves on two national technical advisory groups for the firm.

“I’ve been a longtime career guy here at the firm and I’ve had a blast,” Petersen said. Another “farm kid” at the firm, Jeff Johannesen, took Petersen under his wing when he joined the firm and has been a mentor ever since. “Following (Johannesen) and watching him was a great lesson in how to go about doing things,” Petersen said.

Petersen started the firm’s national renewable energy practice in 2002, primarily working with ethanol and biodiesel producers and later adding producers of other forms of renewable energy, such as solar and landfill gas. The practice now has clients from coast to coast as well as in India and China.

An Ankeny resident, Petersen serves on the Ankeny Economic Development Corp. board. The current effort to develop a bioscience corridor between Ames and Des Moines through the Capital Corridor initiative, while still evolving, “is something I’m very excited about,” he said.

Petersen and his wife, Nicole, have three children, ages 17, 13 and 11, which has kept him involved in youth sports activities. “I’ve always enjoyed anything that relates to kids,” he said.

Five reasons he’s a 40:

• Serves on the boards of the Ankeny Economic Development Corp. and the Blank Park Zoo Foundation.

• Member of the tax committee of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

• Member of the United Way Emerging Leaders program.

• Participates in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Executive Lock-Up fundraiser.

• Nominated as McGladrey national partner of the year in 2012.

Mentor: Jeff Johannesen, partner, McGladrey LLP

Fun fact: He was the first in his family to earn a four-year degree. 

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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