Author Archives: Ken Gilkerson

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Member Spotlight: Lauren Foxwell

Category : News

Name: Lauren Foxwell
Hometown: Monona, IA
Other places you’ve lived: Ames, IA; Monticello, IA; Red Wing, MN; and Muscatine
Employer: HNI Corporation
Position: Product Development Engineer for HNI Leveraged Furniture Operations
Favorite Local Restaurant: Tee’s, especially for the ice cream snowstorms
Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience: I just finished the Early Career Development Program at HNI where I completed 6 rotations in either engineering, operations, or supply chain
College/Major: I attended Iowa State University and my degree is in Mechanical Engineering
What do you like to do for fun? Outdoor things in the summer like hiking, kayaking, or camping; otherwise traveling, photography, crocheting, painting, and learning new instruments
Why did you join YPN? Being from a small town, I see a lot of value in community involvement and I wanted to be part of a group of other people who might also be new to town and looking to get plugged in
What is your favorite YPN event? Visiting Ardon Creek winery was probably one of my favorites!
What event would you like to see YPN do? I would like to see a joint event with the quad cities YPN group
Anything else? Ich kann Deutsch sprechen!

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Member Spotlight: Josh Nichols

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Name:    Josh Nichols

Hometown:  Urbandale, IA

Other places you’ve lived:     I lived in the Des Moines area my whole life until recently

Employer:    Kent Corporation

Position (provide a description if you’d like):  Associate Transportation Analyst.  I work with a network of freight forwarders to arrange export shipments for the companies under the Kent umbrella.

Favorite Local Restaurant: Boonies

Previous employer/positions or general overview of experience: I took my position with the Kent Corporation after graduating from Grandview University last May. During my time at Grandview I worked as a Sales Trainee for the Fastenal Company.

College/Major:  Bachelors in Business Administration from Grandview University

What do you like to do for fun?   I love spending time on the water in the summertime, and in the fall I am all about Iowa Football.

Why did you join YPN? I joined YPN, because I am new to town and wanted to meet new people

What is your favorite YPN event? I really enjoyed bags at the Brew

What event would you like to see YPN do? A group outing to a sporting event like a River Bandits game

Anything else? Go Hawks !!!