Cornelius Seed starts local district
BELLEVUE - Cornelius Seed is pleased to announce the formation of a new formal sales district comprising Marshall, Tama, Jasper and Poweshiek counties in Iowa. Emily (Lyle) Ryherd, a recent graduate of Iowa State University, has been hired to serve as the District Sales Manager of this area.
Ryherd will be responsible for recruiting dealers and customers throughout the four counties. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural studies and a minor in horticulture. She and her husband, Patrick, reside in rural Haverhill, which is centrally located to the district.
Iowa Sister States elects new board president
Iowa Sister States is pleased to announce that at a recent board meeting, Paolo Bartesaghi was elected as president of the board of directors. Bartesaghi has served on the Board for nearly 15 years, while also serving as chair of the Veneto Country Committee. He will serve as president for two years beginning immediately.
Joining Bartesaghi on the executive committee are: Monty Freeman, President-Elect; Terri Smith, Treasurer; and Kyle Munson, Secretary.
Iowa Sister States (ISS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to manage Iowa's official relationship with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. There are nine of these, including: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (1960), Yucatan, Mexico (1965), Hebei Province, China (1983), Terengganu, Malaysia (1987), Stavropol Krai, Russia (1988), Taiwan (1989), Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (1996), Veneto Region, Italy (1997) and Kosovo (2013).
MidAmerican Energy 'most trusted' utility
MidAmerican Energy Company ranks first among the nation's combination electric and natural gas utilities in terms of customer trust, according to a report released July 9 by a national market research firm.
Cogent Reports, a division of Market Strategies International, surveyed 19,000 residential electric and natural gas customers served by the nation's 125 largest utility companies as part of its 2014 Utility Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement study. Researchers called it the first study of the utility industry to provide a holistic view of the relationship consumers have with their utility providers by including measurements for brand trust along with operational satisfaction and product experience.
MidAmerican Energy earned a brand trust score of 703 out of a possible 1,000, the highest brand trust score among all utilities in the survey providing both electric and natural gas services to customers. MidAmerican Energy was one of only 15 utilities in the survey to achieve a brand trust score of at least 700.
Chris Oberle, senior vice president for Market Strategies and lead author of the report, said brand trust is critical for strengthening the overall relationships utilities have with their customers. He said customers of utilities with strong brand trust scores tend to enroll in more programs offered by the utility and speak positively about the company in social media forums and elsewhere.
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