2015 Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence includes organizations from Education, Non Profit, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Service

Governor Branstad, The IRPE Executive Council and the Iowa Quality Center are announcing the organizations that applied for the 2015 state performance excellence process.SBDC


The Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence is Iowa’s National Baldrigebased process designed to recognize role model organizations in education, manufacturing, nonprofit, healthcare and business.


The purpose of the state of Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence process is to recognize role model organizations that complete a rigorous organizational assessment leading to sustainability and maintaining a future focus on performance excellence.


The leadership in these businesses has made a commitment to attaining higher levels of performance by receiving feedback from volunteer examiners willing to spend over 140 hours of assessment time to help build quality and competitiveness in Iowa­based organizations.


Gary Nesteby, Executive Director, Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence


  • The IRPE has been administered by the Iowa Quality Center since 2000 and has received 103 applications
  • The Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence is one of 39 state award programs aligned with the National Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
  • Applicants for the 2015 IRPE process receive feedback from board of examiner teams made up of 58 trained volunteers across the state of Iowa.


The Governor’s Celebration of Excellence will be recognizing the following applicants on March 31, 2016 at the Meadows Conference Center in Altoona:


Honored at the Tier 3 Leadership Level – Silver Achievement


Firestone Farm Tires, Des Moines, Iowa


Firestone Farm Tires (FSAG) Des Moines plant which designs and manufactures forestry, floatation, production agricultural, construction and implement tires. FSAG is a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and committed to “Feed and Fuel the world” through innovative products and be the “Leader in the Field” through true value to the end user.


FSAG employs 1,684 employees at two locations in Iowa.


Contact Greg Halford, Plant Manager, 515-­237-­5620 or Alissa Russelburg, russelburgal@bfusa.com, 515-­243-­1211 x 5422


Urbandale Community School District, Urbandale, Iowa


Urbandale Community School District (UCSD) is a second year leadership applicant to the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence process. UCSD includes over 3800 students in Preschool through 12 th grade. UCSD has been deploying the Baldrige philosophy into the district along with tools of continuous improvement and teacher excellence.


Contact Denise Wood, Coordinator of Quality and Continual Improvement, 515-­457­-5023 woodd@urbandale.k12.ia.us or Steve Bass., Superintendent of Schools, (515)669­-7309


Honored at the Tier 3 Bronze Leadership – Bronze AchievementSBDC Lisa S


Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty and Johnston, Iowa


Iowa Donor Network is a small non­-profit organization operating as the primary contact for organ, tissue and eye donation services in Iowa. Located in North Liberty and Altoona, Iowa the Iowa Donor Network mission is: Transforming lives through organ and tissue donation.


Contact Jennifer Houtman, Quality Manager, 319­-665-­3787 jhoutman@iadn.org or Suzanne Conrad, CEO, 319-­665­-3787


Being honored at the Tier 2 Progress Level:


D & B Agro Systems, Ltd, Hubbard, Iowa


D&B Agro Systems is a small business started in 1979 to design, manufacture and construct grain storage and multi­purpose building solutions. D& B employs 35 people and spans service areas in Canada and the United States.


27845 Hwy 65

Hubbard, Iowa 50122


Contact Steve Doering, Co­Owner, (641)864-­2604 steve@dandbsystems.com


SBDC GN Gov LisaBeing honored at the Tier 1 Commitment Level:


Americas Small Business Development Center Iowa


The Small Business Development Center in Iowa is a national outreach entity funded in part by the Small Business Administration. The Iowa Small Business Development Center program was established on September 1, 1981. They have counseled almost 5,500 clients and presented 140 training workshops to 4,267 business people. The SBDC network has now become a mature organization with emphasis towards planned growth and development. The organization currently has 15 sub­enters which are hosted at the three regents, 10 community colleges and one county extension service.



2321 N. Loop Dr., Ste 202

Ames, Iowa 50010­8218


Contact Lisa Shimkat, State Director 515-­294-­2030 lshimkat@iastate.edu


Fairfield Community School District

Fairfield Community School District serves 1769 students within a community area covering 350 sq. miles. Their administrative mission is­ Serve with compassion, learn collaboratively, lead with integrity, dream to inspire, and expect results.


Laurie Noll, Superintendent

403 S. 20th St. Fairfield, Iowa 52556


Contact laurie.noll@fairfieldsfuture.org, 641­-472-­2655



For more information regarding the IRPE process and the Governors Celebration of Performance Excellence, contact:


Gary Nesteby, Iowa Quality Center Director, 319­-398-­7101 gnesteby@iowaqc.org or visit us at www.iowaqc.org


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To see the list of all past IRPE recipients, click here


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