Since 2000, Mark Hanawalt has served as President & CEO of United Equipment Accessories, Inc., (UEA) a manufacturer of rotary, electro-mechanical components for capital goods for domestic and international markets.
Mark’s primary role is visionary planning, and he’s been a tireless advocate not only for the manufacturing industry, but the state of Iowa and the City of Waverly above even his own company.
Nominator Marvin Schumacher, president of Schumacher Elevator Company, noted Mark’s importance to the industry in the Cedar Valley: “Mark views leadership as the ability to instill in others the confidence that you have the vision to take your organization forward. He has worked on behalf of all manufacturers to help change the perception of manufacturing and is respected as a key spokesperson and advocate for manufacturing issues in state and national policy discussions. His leadership has resulted in dramatic improvements in numbers of young people considering careers in manufacturing.”
UEA is a family-owned company and Mark began working there as a teenager. A life-long resident of Waverly, he worked there during summers and breaks while attending college. Upon graduating from Cornell College in 1974 – with degrees in Economics & Business, and Music, he returned to UEA and has been there for more than four decades.
Under Mark’s leadership, UEA was one of Iowa’s Top 100 Employers in 2012, and the Cedar Valley Alliance’s Business of the Year in 2015. He takes great pride in the fact that UEA honors family values and treats customers like part of the UEA family.
Some of the initiatives encouraged at UEA include a wellness program for employees, aimed at better health and an active lifestyle. Employees are encouraged to be involved in civic groups, charities and volunteer work.
One of the organizations that Mark is most proud of is the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI), whose mission is to advocate for new jobs and economic growth in the state of Iowa and educate Iowa business owners about issues, solutions and best practices.
Through ABI, Mark helped create Elevate Iowa, a marketing initiative to promote careers and educational pathways in advanced manufacturing. There are now 12 scholarships available to students who go into manufacturing. Michele Farrell of Measured Intentions noted that community college enrollment in advanced manufacturing has gone up 14% due to Mark’s efforts.
Mark has served on the boards of the Waverly Community Fund, Waverly Economic Development, Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community and the State Bank and Trust of Waverly. He serves on the Wartburg College Board of Regents and served on Wartburg’s President’s Advisory Council. He is past president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.
As a member of the Waverly Rotary Club, Mark and his wife, Barbara, participated in a 2016 fundraiser, “Dancing with the Stars.” Mark and Barbara have been married for 44 years. They have four adult sons.