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Mike Mallaro, Grow Cedar Valley Board of Directors Chair

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Grow Cedar Valley Elects New Leadership

WATERLOO,IA – Mike Mallaro, CEO VGM Group, Inc., was elected as Chair of the Grow Cedar Valley Board of Directors and began his term at the annual meeting held July 19 at Grout Museum of History and Science in Waterloo.  Mallaro will chair the regional economic and community development organization through the 2023 fiscal year.

“It is an honor to be part of our amazing community and this important organization. Grow Cedar Valley brings business and community together to enhance the opportunities for the entire Cedar Valley.  I look forward to helping Grow Cedar Valley extend their critical work in the areas of understanding the workforce, talent development, attracting talent and ensuring the community and businesses are creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.  A vibrant, thriving community serves us all.” said Mallaro.

Other officers elected to lead the organization with Mallaro are: Vice-chair, Pam Delagardelle, CEO Unity Point Health-Allen Hospital; Treasurer, Dave Wilson, Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Past Chair Becky Guinn, John Deere Waterloo Factory Manager. The officers are joined by Mayor Rob Green, City of Cedar Falls; Mayor Quentin Hart, City of Waterloo; the newly renamed Community Development Council Chair Tim Verheyan, ISG, and TechWorks Campus Chair Dave Deaver, DWDeaver LLC to form Grow Cedar Valley’s Executive Committee.

The newly elected members of the Board include: Janet Johnson, Courier Communications; Dr. Rebecca Neiduski, Wartburg College; Dr. Jared Smith, Waterloo Community Schools; Brooke Croshier-Sidebotham University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau; and Zach Hansen, InVision Architecture/Main Street Waterloo.

Retiring from the board is Darrel Colson, Wartburg College; Jane Lindaman, Waterloo Schools; Leslie Prideaux, University of Northern Iowa, Tim Hurley; Lexie Heath, Farmers State Bank; Ana Hanisch, Singlespeed; and Matt Meyers, John Deere.  

About Grow Cedar Valley

Grow Cedar Valley, formerly known as The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, is the economic and community development leader responsible for bringing business and community together to grow opportunities for the Cedar Valley. Learn more at