The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau (GDMCVB) has been serving the community since 1908. Today the GDMCVB celebrates 101 years of serving Greater Des Moines by honoring local individuals and businesses that have helped make the last fiscal year a success.

“We were able to serve more visitors in Greater Des Moines over the last year thanks in part to the support and assistance from these organizations and community champions,” said Greg Edwards, GDMCVB President and CEO. “The task of facing a challenging economy is more manageable with local support. We are sincerely grateful to all whom have helped the GDMCVB during the last fiscal year.”

Fiscal Year Award Recipients

Civic Friend of Hospitality: Des Moines International Airport

Corporate Friend of Hospitality: Liberty Bank

Friend of Hospitality: Jim Miller, Historic Valley Junction

Hometown Hero: Flora Schmidt, Home Builders Association of Iowa

Legislative Friend of Hospitality: Senator Matt McCoy

Media Friend of Hospitality: David Elbert, Des Moines Register

Partner of the Year: Meredith Corporation

Spirit of the Community: Iowa Health – Des Moines

Sport Friend of Hospitality: Drake University

Volunteer of the Year: Mark Kostek, Drake University

These organizations have been recognized for their commitment to the community and the GDMCVB through various acts of generosity, volunteerism, donations and partnerships with the GDMCVB staff, clients and partners.

The GDMCVB Annual Celebration is sponsored by Merit Resources.