Sep 14

Brent Willett named Iowa Health Care Association President and CEO


ANKENY, IOWA – The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Executive Committee Chair Tom Swanson recently announced the selection of Brent Willett as the new IHCA President and CEO. Brent will succeed IHCA President and CEO Steve Ackerson who has served as the association’s leader for 20 years.

“The IHCA Executive Committee is excited to have Brent join the association,” said Tom Swanson, Executive Committee Chair. “The Committee members agree that his experience in directing innovation and change will complement IHCA members’ mission of promoting quality long term services and supports for Iowa’s frail and elderly. We look forward to him continuing the momentum of our members’ ongoing pursuit of quality improvement in the long term services and supports continuum.”

Most recently Brent has served as executive director of the Cultivation Corridor. He previously served as President and CEO of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation and in leadership positions at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Fairfield Economic Development Association and Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce in Iowa.

“I am honored to lead the Iowa Health Care Association,” said Brent. “The association’s highly engaged membership, boards and staff provide a terrific opportunity to help contribute to the future of this incredibly important work. I can’t wait to get started.”

An International Economic Development Council Certified Economic Developer, Brent was named a 2017 Development Counsellors International Rising Star in Economic Development and 2015 Des Moines Business Record honoree. He currently serves on the Leadership Iowa Board of Governors; IEDC Higher Education Advisory Committee; Iowa Chamber Alliance Board of Directors; Iowa State University CIRAS Board; University of Northern Iowa Institute for Decision Making Board; and in advisory positions with several organizations.

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Willett, his wife Emily and their daughter live in Ankeny, Iowa.

Willett will assume the IHCA President and CEO duties on September 18, 2017. Current IHCA President and CEO Steve Ackerson will remain on staff as a consultant until December 2017, when he will officially retire.

Willett was hired in 2011 as the “Executive Director” of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation, sometimes known as the EDC, headquartered in Mason City.  He resigned in 2014.

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