Posted by Susan E. Judkins Josten
Chances are, you’ve met new member Mark Imerman before, maybe not in person but through the many times his economic analyses have been cited and he’s been quoted over the years in newspapers and elsewhere. Mark is Senior Consultant for Regional Strategic LTD where he undertakes economic analysis, strategy development, community and regional profiles, and similar projects with a primary focus on Iowa, surrounding states, and industries in this region. Former Des Moines Register “Iowa Boy” Kyle Munson said Mark Imerman “analyzes Census data more readily than the rest of us can count small change.”
 
A lifelong Iowan, Mark was born on a farm. His interests in agriculture and communities started with feeding livestock, doing fieldwork, working in small retail stores, and later working with farmers’ cooperatives and on road construction crews during college. With bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from Iowa State University, Mark became a Market Development Economist for the Iowa Department of Agriculture. In 1990, he joined ISU as an economist, eventually taking on leadership roles there and retiring as Director of Business and Institutional Relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2015 to form his private consulting firm.
 
Mark has done much more than pro forma development, feasibility studies and market analysis. He’s a trustee for the Children and families of Iowa Foundation and has volunteered as Strategic Internship Committee Chair and Workforce Attraction and Retention Council member for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. When his children were young he served as board member and president for a preschool and then a Catholic school in Ames. Mark has been a member of the Des Moines AM Rotary Club, and we’re very fortunate to now welcome him as a new member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines!