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    Tribute to Lori Gelhaar

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-03-12

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate and recognize Lori Gelhaar for being named a 2013 Forty Under 40 honoree by the award-winning central Iowa publication, Business Record.

    Since 2000, Business Record has undertaken an exhaustive annual review to identify a standout group of young leaders in the Greater Des Moines area who are making an impact in their communities and their careers. Each year, forty up-and-coming community and business leaders under 40 years of age are selected for this prestigious distinction, which is based on a combined criteria of community involvement and success in their chosen career field. The 2013 class of Forty Under 40 honorees join an impressive roster of 560 business leaders and growing.

    Lori Gelhaar serves as Kaplan University's Director of Career Services and Corporate Relations, where she manages all aspects of the Career Services department after redeveloping the entire department from scratch. Under her tenure, Kaplan University has seen career placement for graduates spike to an average of 94% as she coordinates and markets all employer relations events. Her work at Kaplan University has earned herself, her college, and her department numerous awards at the state and national levels. Outside of work, Lori is the chair of the Employers' Council of Iowa, on the board of directors for the Urbandale Chamber of Commerce, and founded Keeping Educated Youth in Des Moines. Lori has been married to her husband Gerry since 2003, and together they have three children: Tyler, Devin, and Madison. In every facet of her life, Lori is an example of service and Iowa work ethic that our state can be proud of.

    Mr. Speaker, it is a profound honor to represent leaders like Lori in the United States Congress and it is with great pride that I recognize and applaud Mrs. Gelhaar for utilizing her talents to better both her community and the great state of Iowa. I invite my colleagues in the House to join me in congratulating Lori on receiving this esteemed designation, thanking those at Business Record for their great work, and wishing each member of the 2013 Forty Under 40 class continued success.


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