Alumni / Spring 2014

Three Mount Mercy University alumni named to 2013 Forty Under 40 honorees

This year, three Mount Mercy University alumni were named to the Corridor Business Journal’s 2013 Forty Under 40 list: Joel Althoff, ’02, Brooke Fitzgerald, ’03, and Wesley Hilleshiem, ’11.

Joel Althoff

Joel Althoff, ’02, earned his bachelors of science in math and computer science. After working as a senior remote access specialist at Rockwell Collins from 2001 to 2004 and as an IT director as Cascade Manufacturing Company from 2004 to 2007, Althoff became the president of Infrastructure Technology Solutions, LLC, which he founded. He received the Iowa Venture Award in 2009 and specializes as a Certified Ethical Hacker, Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator, Certified Continuity Manager, Cirtrix Certified Administrator, and Certified SonicWALL Security Administrator.

Brooke Fitzgerald

Brooke (Murphy) Fitzgerald, ’03, earned her bachelors of arts in business admiration and majored in administrative management. She recently acted as the show liaison for the Young Parents Network’s musical production Baby, and manages The Early Bird Coffee Shop and Boutique, a local, family business providing downtown Cedar Rapids with the perfect nesting place for coffee, breakfast and lunch.

Wes Hilleshiem

Wesley Hilleshiem, ’11, earned his masters of business administration. He worked as an investment representative at Life Investors Financial Group, Inc. from 2001 to 2002, and then worked as a personal banker and Investment Specialist at Regions Bank until 2006. He then began serving as a trust officer at Wells Fargo until 2009. Since then, he has worked as a trust officer at BankIowa. He received a 40 and Under award from the Society of Financial Service Professionals in 2012, and is a member of Cedar Rapids Area Estate Planning Council, ImpactCR, the Iowa Trust Association Peer Group, and the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council, among other associations.

The Forty Under 40 awards are given annually by the Corridor Business Journal to recognize and thank leaders under the age of 40 who have made a significant impact in their organization, community or both early in their careers. This is the ninth year these non-partisan, nonpolitical awards have been presented in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

In recognition of this award, the CBJ published a special Forty Under 40 focus issue of the CBJ on Oct. 28 that featured profiles of each winner. An awards dinner was also held on Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort to honor all the recipients.