Leading a company or organization can be time-consuming and stressful. That’s why it’s important that executives have time to relax and rejuvenate. Greater Des Moines business leaders have their own ways to kick back after work. For the sixth year, the Business Record has taken a photographic look at some executives and their hobbies. A big thanks to our staff photographers Duane Tinkey and John Retzlaff and the four executives who shared their hobbies in this year’s issue. Enjoy!


– Chris Conetzkey, Publisher of the Business Record



Angela Franklin

President, Des Moines University

Mark Hennessey
Chief operating officer,
ARAG North America


Beth Shelton
Chief Executive Officer,
Girl Scouts of Iowa

Poker player

Mark Weinhardt 
President & Founder, Weinhardt Law Firm
Detective novels and film noir

Nominate a business leader:

Do you know a business leader who has an interesting talent, hobby or skill? We're always searching for business leaders to feature photographically in our annual Photo Issue edition of the Business Record, and we want your help.




Brian Waller

President, Technology Association of Iowa


Megan Milligan 
President and CEO, Iowa Center for Economic Success


Ed Brown
CEO, The Iowa Clinic, P.C.


Tej Dhawan
Partner, Formation Partners; Co-founder, Plains Angels


Sheryl Moore
President, CEO, Moore Market Intelligence and Wink, Inc.



Denise Essman
President & CEO, Essman/Associates

Eric Crowell
President & CEO, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines

Rob Smith
Principal, Co-Founder, Architects Smith Metzger

Randy Roth
Owner, Corporate Contracts


Michael Bird
President & CEO, Spindustry Digital

David Maxwell
President, Drake University

Steve Niebuhr
Senior VP, Hubbell Realty

Tim Zarley
President, Zarley Law Firm PLC


W. Kim Austen 

Railroading is a family tradition with this insurance executive, who spends his time on his own HO scale railroad

Scott Bowman 

This mechanical engineer spends his time off the clock building items out of Lego bricks

Rob Denson 

Truck driving is just in the DMACC president’s blood

Kim Waltman

She fancied the frenetic pace of public relations, but open spaces and cattle have Kim Waltman’s attention


Bonnie Campbell
Hobby: Cooking

Jay Byers
Hobby: Musician

Mary O'Keefe
Hobby: Showing Horses

Steve & Susan Skold
Hobby: Big Game Hunting