has made herself available to any woman
her help in business – and in life.”
–Joan Fitzpatrick Bolin, 2002
Connie Wimer, of Des Moines, has been an active
business and community leader for many years. She was the owner
and President of Iowa Title Company from 1976 until 1985 when she
sold the company to Central Life Insurance Company, but continued
as President until 2001. In 1981 she purchased a small legal paper
and transitioned it in 1983 to become the Des Moines Business Record.
She publishes another ten publications including dsm, Intro, Daily
Business Record, and Book of Lists. Additionally, she created a
number of annual events, including Women of Influence and Forty
under 40, recognizing women and younger people who contribute to
the community. In addition to the publishing business, Wimer sits
on a number of business and charitable boards. She founded Winefest
Des Moines and was the first woman to chair the Des Moines Chamber
of Commerce as well as the first woman to chair the National Alliance
of Area Business Publications. She was the first woman elected to
the Greater Des Moines Committee’s Business Hall of Fame in
2002 and she has received many other awards throughout her career.
Born in Merrill, Iowa in 1932, Wimer moved to Des Moines in 1950
and in Des Moines she earned her reputation as a competent, caring
and sharing business leader. She was inducted into the Iowa Women's
Hall of Fame in 2007.