What are your goals in your role at your company?
Like any business development professional, my goal is simply to keep my job. I’m able to do that if I’m helping Central Bank deepen our community relationships and bring in some new business. This year, I’ll be seeking out small business financing opportunities around $1 million to $3 million.
What are your goals for your community involvement?
As president of Art For Ankeny, a nonprofit aimed at installing a destination-caliber piece of public art, our goal is to raise a substantial amount of capital through both public and private donations this year – and my major role will be to seek out some of those new donors.
What’s your biggest passion, and why?
I’m passionate about my young family. I have two small children (1 and 3) and have been focusing my time and energy in places and programs that cater to young families – like my role in the planning of DMACC’s TrailPoint recreation facility and the preparation and execution of Ankeny SummerFest.
What is it that drives you?
My older siblings, Jessica and Roger, showed me that professional success was possible, even growing up very poor. Jessica had me looking into CEO-level jobs right after graduation – that’s the kind of belief they have in me, and it’s made me believe those things of myself.
What are your future aspirations?
I’m going to keep doing business the right way at Central Bank by building strong customer relationships and helping businesses grow and connect with one another. There’s only one more award that I could hope to win in my lifetime, and that would be “Father of the Year.”
Four reasons he’s a Forty:
1. Larry was recognized by the Ankeny Chamber as Ambassador of the Year.
2. He won the Ankeny Young Professional of the Year Award and was named a YPC of the Year Impact Award finalist.
3. He co-founded a nonprofit organization currently in its fourth year of operation with over $40,000 in revenues raised for a destination-caliber public art installation.
4. He serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the city of Ankeny, the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and Des Moines Area Community College’s Community Engagement Committee, and is a mentor and board member with Grand View University’s Business Advisory Board.