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Board of Directors & Leadership

IGA President

Wes Ehrecke, CAE, FASAE

Wes Ehrecke is the President and CEO of the Iowa Gaming Association, a position held since 2000. Ehrecke is a 44-year veteran in the association management profession. He’s also held senior management or CEO positions in three other utility and banking associations.

Ehrecke is a graduate of Iowa State University. He has served on several foundation and professional boards as a director or officer including:

  • the Iowa State Parks Foundation
  • the Travel Federation of Iowa
  • the Iowa and American Societies of Association Executives
  • Iowa 4-H
  • American Gaming Association
  • ISU Greenlee School of Journalism Advisory Council

Wes has received several honors, including the Leadership for Iowa award, the ISAE Distinguished Executive award and the Iowa 4-H Foundation’s highest honor, the Meritorious Award.

Board of Directors

Board Officers

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Sharon Haselhoff


General Manager, Grand Falls Casino & Resort, Larchwood


Janae Sternberg

VIce Chair

VP of Finance, Harrah's Casino & Hotel and Horseshoe Casino & Bluffs Run Greyhound Park, Council Bluffs

Ann Atkin

Ann Atkin


Senior VP of Operations/COO, Prairie Meadows, Altoona

Scott Smith

Scott Smith


General Manager, Diamond Jo Worth Casino, Northwood

Board Members

Paul Czak

Paul Czak

General Manager, Ameristar Casino Hotel, Council Bluffs

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Sean Bateman

General Manager, Casino Queen Marquette Inc.


Wendy Runde

General Manager, Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque

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Rob Higgins

General Manager, Catfish Bend Casino, Burlington

Doug Fisher

Doug Fisher

General Manager, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City


Thomas Roberts

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Harrah's Casino & Hotel and Horseshoe Casino & Bluffs Run Greyhound Park, Council Bluffs

Nancy Ballenger_new

Nancy Ballenger

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Isle of Capri Casino, Bettendorf

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Chad Moine

Senior Vice President, General Manager, Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo

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Dave Monroe

Vice President and General Manager, Lakeside Hotel Casino, Osceola

Brian Rakestraw

Brian Rakestraw

General Manager, Q Casino & Hotel, Dubuque


Mo Hyder

General Manager, Rhythm City Casino, Davenport


Karlyn Ollendick

Chief Operating Officer, Elite Casino Resorts, Riverside Casino

Rick Gilson

Rick Gilson

Director of Regulatory Compliance & Internal Audit; Wild Rose, Emmetsburg

Steve Nauman

Steve Nauman

General Manager, Wild Rose Clinton


Travis Dvorak

General Manager, Wild Rose Jefferson