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Dickinson departs Wells Fargo for next stage with NCMIC
By Joe Gardyasz | Senior Staff Writer
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Tony Dickinson, who oversaw Wells Fargo's marketing operations for its seven-state Great Plains region, is leaving the bank effective today after 11 years to take a position with malpractice insurance provider NCMIC in Clive.

Dickinson, vice president of marketing and field support, also sat on the bank's charitable contributions committee that reviews contributions to Iowa organizations. "Things aren't going to change in that regard," Dickinson said of Wells Fargo's local charitable giving. "I have a great team behind me, and Wells Fargo will continue to be a great corporate citizen."

Dickinson served in a number of charitable and nonprofit board positions, among them past president of Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, communications and marketing board of the Greater Des Moines Partnership and its Investor Campaign, as well as chair of the marketing committee of the Iowa Bankers Association. "We've identified replacements in all those positions," he said.

Mark Nichols, marketing program manager, will be the contact for the local marketplace until a permanent replacement is announced.

At NCMIC, Dickinson was recruited by CEO Mike McCoy, whom he worked with at Wells Fargo, to be vice president of strategy and business development. "It was really just the perfect opportunity at the perfect time for me," Dickinson said, noting that it was appealing to him that future advancement with the company should keep him in Greater Des Moines. To read a 2012 Forty Under 40 profile of Dickinson, click here.

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In case you missed it, here is a look at some of the top notebook items featured in our June 23 issue of the Business Record.

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6. One Good Read - Anbang chairman detained by Chinese government

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All-clear for big banks raises fears of a return to risk
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Valley's Kapur touches on perception vs. reality and growing up Sikh-American in championship speech 

BY BEN SWANSON: In May, the Business Record reported on Valley High School's JJ Kapur being crowned champion of a national speech competition for his original oratory titled "Let's Dance." You can now watch his full performance, which, since being uploaded just five days ago, has accrued more than 100,000 views on YouTube. Kapur's performance touches on the discrepancy between storytelling and reality in Indian culture, the realistic legacy of Gandhi, and his experience as a Sikh-American youth. His full performance can be found here.

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