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Press Release

Date: January 24, 2014

Jerry Mathiasen, Senior Vice President

Iowa West Elects New Members, Officers

(Council Bluffs, IA) The Board of Directors of the Iowa West Racing Association (IWRA) and the Iowa West Foundation (IWF) held their annual meetings on January 21, 2014, and elections were held for the respective organizations.

Three new Iowa West Board members were elected:

     • Mark Genereux of Council Bluffs;
     • Doug Goodman of Council Bluffs; and
     • Warren Weber of Council Bluffs. 

Genereux is an investment advisor, who has owned and operated Genereux Investment Management, Inc. of Council Bluffs for nearly 15 years. Prior to starting his own business, he was Director of Institutional Sales and Marketing at First National Bank of Omaha. He resides in Council Bluffs, where he graduated from St. Albert High School. Genereux is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State. He has been active on several Boards in the community, including: the Arts Council, Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Lake Manawa, Omaha Symphony, Phoenix House, and the City Water Works Board. He will serve on the Iowa West Foundation Board.

Goodman is the Manager of Clear Title & Abstract LLC in Council Bluffs. He retired from Peoples National Bank of Council Bluffs/American National Bank in 2012 after 20 years, the last 12 years as Bank President. Goodman is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School, Iowa Western Community College, and Buena Vista University. In addition, he gained a Master of Professional Accountancy from Creighton University. Goodman has been active in many local organizations highlighted by holding Board officer positions with the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Council Bluffs Alumni Association, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Pottawattamie County Development Corporation, Red Cross, Westfair, and the 2005 Rebuild Bayliss Park Committee. He will serve on the Iowa West Racing Association Board.

Weber retired from the Council Bluffs Community School District in 2002 after 29 years. His final eight years were as principal of Thomas Jefferson High School. Prior to being principal, Weber was the District’s Director of Curriculum, Director of Secondary Education, and Social Studies Coordinator. He also has been a social studies classroom teacher. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa where he received a Master of Arts – Social Science and his educational administration certificate. From 2002 until 2012, Weber did independent consulting, much of that with the State of Iowa Department of Education. He has been active in many professional associations and community organizations such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Southwest Iowa Educational Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and the Council Bluffs Library Board. He will serve on the Iowa West Foundation Board.

Genereux, Goodman and Weber succeed three long-serving Board members: Emma Chance and Chuck Smith of Council Bluffs, and Georgia Sievers of Avoca. They had reached their term limits.

“This is an important time for Iowa West. A significant Board transition is taking place. We are grateful for the tremendous service of our three retiring Board members who served in important leadership positions. Chuck Smith, who served as the Chair of the Iowa West Foundation for five years, Emma Chance, who led the Iowa West Racing Association and Georgia Sievers, who was an early Iowa West Board member. She served for many years.”

In other Iowa West election news, Board officers were elected for 2014:

     • Susan Miller of Carson was re-elected as IWF Chair;
     • Deb Bass of Council Bluffs was re-elected as IWRA President;
     • Rick Crowl of Council Bluffs was elected as IWF Vice Chair;
     • Gary Woods of Council Bluffs was re-elected as IWRA Vice President;
     • Rick Killion of Council Bluffs was elected as IWF Secretary-Treasurer; and
     • Theresa Barron-McKeagney of Council Bluffs was re-elected as IWRA Secretary-

The Iowa West Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the Midwest. It has distributed more than $300 million in grants to non-profits and governmental agencies throughout southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska since the inception of its grant program in 1996.

Funding for the grants comes from investment earnings and the Iowa West Racing Association, which receives contractual fees from casino operators, Ameristar and Harrah’s. IWRA is the license sponsor for Ameristar and Harrah’s and the license holder for Horseshoe-Bluffs Run. For more information on the Foundation, visit

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