Employee of the Month -- Larry Bowers NIPCO
The staff of Northwest Iowa Power Cooperative would like to nominate Larry Bowers to be the LeMars Area Chamber of
Commerce Employee of the Month for July of 2017.
Larry Bowers began his career with NIPCO in 1974 as an Engineering Aid in the Engineering and Operations (E&O)
Department. In his formative years, Larry was tasked with various drafting needs, Member Billing and associated
record keeping, Right-of-Way activity and other duties. In the late 1970’s the department introduced its first
“minicomputer” into the business and Larry was responsible for writing software for the E&O Department including
Member Billing, Load Data, Magnetic Tape Translation
and other programming duties.
In the mid 1980’s Larry assumed programming duties
for the Business and Finance Department. In this role,
Larry evolved processes that were tracked on paper
invoices, ledger sheets, and filing cabinets full of
institutional records into system platforms that were
supported by “new” software like Excel, Word and
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and stored on servers.
In 2002, Larry was promoted to Vice President of
Information Systems and when the NIPCO
Telecommunications Department was folded into the IT
area in 2012, creating the new Information Technology
and Infrastructure Department, Larry assumed
leadership and became Vice President of Technology
Infrastructure. Today Larry oversees all corporate IT,
Telecommunications and SCADA operations as well as leads cybersecurity education and awareness training the
But at the heart of all of his professional contributions to NIPCO is Larry’s giant heart, his love of classic 70’s rock, his
dry wit and sense of humor, and an eagerness to always help wherever help is needed. After 43 years of making a
difference to NIPCO, Larry will retire from NIPCO to make a difference in the lives of his family as husband, Dad, and
NIPCO thanks Larry for his leadership and his loyalty to Northwest Iowa power Cooperative. He will be missed.
Boss of the Quarter Dr. Tom Jeneary
For over 30 years, Dr. Tom Jeneary has been providing a dental office that excels in a high standard of dental care and
a stable and enjoyable work environment. With hard work, determination and a zest for telling a good story, he grew a
sleepy one doctor practice into a thriving and well-
As with any business there were bumps along the road,
but he was blessed with an excellent staff that was, and
still is, exceptionally loyal in a world where loyalty is
becoming more and more endangered. Without the
strong team, his success could not have been fully
realized. He viewed his team as not just people, but truly
as cherished friends. The team feel made it easy for
employees to come and talk to him not only about dental
related topics, but for advice and a listening ear for their
As time passed, the practice grew to a point where it was
necessary to add another dentist. It was then that Dr.
Tom was very excited to welcome back his son, Dr. Greg,
to join the practice. Several years later it was time to add another
doctor to the practice. The office and staff were pleased to bring on Dr.
Adam Erdmann in 2012. Dr. Tom helped tutor and mentor these two
young doctors and their growing staff to put patient needs and health
as top priority.
There comes a time in every person’s career where one looks to slow down and focus on life’s most important things,
like fishing. After doing many great things for many great people, Dr. Tom has earned the right to step away with a great
sense of pride and accomplishment.
By epitomizing the “American Dream”, Dr. Tom will leave his scratch built practice in a position where he will be proud of
its direction and know that the people of NW Iowa will always be well taken care of. Thanks to his task driven and
extroverted personality, he created a successful business with a highly motivated and respected staff, and truly is a role
model that we all can look up to. So, it is with great pleasure that we have nominated you (you have been nominated)
for the very well-deserved title of LeMars Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 2nd Quarter Boss of the Quarter.
Congratulations Dr. Tom on your great career.
encourage. . . stand tall
for Le Mars.