Inaugural Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala

First Annual Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Gala

The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala celebrates the entrepreneurs who make our communities a great place to work and live. Join us for the Inaugural Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. We will share our story and annual report, recognize the region’s entrepreneurs, and honor John and Mary Pappajohn’s vital contributions and support to North Iowa with the Legacy Award.

The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala will be held at NIACC Activity Center with a reception, dinner, program, and awards honoring entrepreneurs.

We are pleased to announce John Pappajohn as the keynote speaker, and invited guests Governor Kim Reynolds and Director Debi Durham of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

Entrepreneur Awards

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Business of the Year Award

Innovation Award

For a complete list of award winners and finalists please click here.


The Pappajohn Entrepreneur Gala is made possible with the support of our sponsors and community partners. Thank you.

CEO Sponsors

  • BrownWinick Law Firm
  • Sukup Manufacturing Co.
  • First Citizens Bank

COO Sponsors

  • The NIACC Foundation

Entrepreneur Sponsors

  • BerganKDV
  • Cabin Coffee
  • DealerBuilt
  • Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • JD Thoreson
  • Moorman Clothiers
  • Murphy, Coe & Smith PLLC
  • Norsemen Trucking

Hospitality Sponsors

  • Atlas Mini-Warehouses (Zanios Family)
  • Ted Bair
  • Brook & Carol Boehmler
  • Clear Lake Area Chamber
  • CL Tel
  • Henkel Construction
  • Hovland Property Development (Tom & Barbara Hovland)
  • Legacy Transportation
  • North Iowa Lumber & Design
  • Woodharbor Custom Cabinetry
  • UNI Center for Business Growth & Innovation