Age 39 | Experience design strategist, Spindustry Digital

Howard Tempero has learned the importance of balance, and his life in Des Moines has helped him find that.

A Central Iowa native, Tempero spent a number of years in New York and Chicago after graduating from Roosevelt High School. Living in two of the largest metro areas in the country, Tempero discovered for himself a perspective of what Des Moines could offer.

He and his wife started looking for opportunities to move back, and he found one with Spindustry Digital, starting there in 2007.

“I’m very fortunate,” Tempero said. “I just feel so fortunate that I was able to realize how great of a place it is.”

He also feels fortunate to work at Spindustry, where he primarily works with clients on website design, digital promotional material and any other online messages.

A graphic designer by nature, Tempero likes to think about business strategy and how that crafts the message that organizations deliver online. It’s a matter of asking, “What do you want to get out of this website? Who do you want to connect with?” he says.

A “strong believer in the creative thinking process,” Tempero has participated in Hanawalt Elementary School’s “A Day in the Arts” for three years in a row, and is currently the co-chair for the program. Through the program, artists come into the school and work with students to create different types of art, whether it be a painting or a story.

He’s also involved in the Rotary Club of Des Moines AM, which Spindustry chief operating officer Stephen Fry helped found.

Of course, with having a work-life balance, Tempero enjoys spending time with his four children, “whether it’s going and watching a swim meet or going and watching a soccer game” or going on cabin trips with the Cub Scouts, he said.


Five reasons he’s a 40:

• “When we first met Howard six years ago, we had no idea what to do with him but we just had to have him,” said Stephen Fry, chief operating officer of Spindustry Digital.

• He has helped Spindustry Digital generate millions of dollars of business.

• He has worked with such big-name clients as Tyson Foods Inc., Principal Financial Group Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., Eastman Kodak Co. and Motorola Inc.

• “Howard is a wonderful role model for kids (and grown-ups too). In five years, I have never once seen him get angry, or criticize someone, or say he didn’t have time to do something,” said Edward Mansfield, an Iowa Supreme Court justice, whose son is in the Cub Scout troop with Tempero’s sons.

• Tempero was a finalist for the NOVA Award from the American Marketing Association for work on Spindustry’s Marketing Assurance Program in 2012.


Mentors: Spindustry leaders Stephen Fry and Michael Bird

Fun fact: Tempero learned of Spindustry through an advertisement at Des Moines International Airport, and built a relationship with Stephen Fry and Michael Bird at the company for about two years before getting offered a job.


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