Meet Tom Cilek - he's the senior vice president of a bank, a reformed lawyer and one of the Corridor's most connected business leaders. He loves making new friends, and making things happen in Eastern Iowa. Catch his inside conversations with the region's leading business minds in this new monthly podcast, presented by West Bank.
Episode 11: Bruce Teague
Banker and master connector Tom Cilek is back with a new edition of “Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend,” featuring Bruce Teague, an entrepreneur and mayor of Iowa City. In this episode, Tom and Bruce discuss his arrival in Iowa City as a teenager, and working as a business owner and public official in the age of COVID and Black Lives Matter.
Episode 10: Craig Byers
In the latest episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, banker and master connector Tom Cilek sits down with Craig Byers, a Realtor with Q4 Real Estate, to discuss the derecho, what's happening now in the Corridor's development scene, and what he sees in the years ahead.
Episode 9: John Lohman
In the latest episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, banker and master connector Tom Cilek sits down with John Lohman, publisher and owner of the Corridor Business Journal, to discuss his time as Herky the Hawk, his decision to start a newspaper and the birth of the Creative Corridor region and brand.
Episode 8: Mike Gerdin
In the latest episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, banker and master connector Tom Cilek calls up Michael Gerdin, chairman and CEO of Heartland Express, to discuss his life and upbringing around trucks, his introduction to marathons and the life of a pandemic-era truck driver.
Episode 7: Kate Moreland
In the latest episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, banker and master connector Tom Cilek calls up Kate Moreland, president of the Iowa City Area Development Group, to talk about the evolution of ICAD, the launch of ICR Iowa and her path to one of the top economic development jobs in the Corridor.
Episode 6: Bob Downer
In the latest episode of Tom Cilek's New Best Friend, banker and master connector Tom Cilek sits down with an Iowa City institution, Bob Downer, to swap memories from the town, Bob's time on the Iowa State Board of Regents and his advice for the next generation of change agents.
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Tom is great
Tom Cilek has brought people together in Eastern Iowa for decades. It’s great to see him continue sharing value and now on a podcast.