Tom Aller is proud to call Iowa “home”. A lifelong Iowan, Tom grew up in the humble town of Martelle, Iowa where he learned his strong work ethic from his parents. Exemplifying entrepreneurial skills at a young age, Tom sold strawberries to the local community and exhibited sound leadership talents on the baseball field that can be seen as core to his management style to this day.
After graduating from Creighton University, Tom’s advocacy for business, and his commitment to the community, became evident while he was the first Executive Assistant to the Mayor and City Council at City Hall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his role in the public sector, Tom completed a Master’s Degree in municipal and public administration from the University of Iowa. Described as a true Iowa patriot and champion for growth and investment in Eastern Iowa, Tom’s stewardship of the 2001 Development Corporation in the 1980’s ignited the economic vitality of Cedar Rapids and the growing Corridor as we know it today. “He is a civic entrepreneur marshalling private enterprise and treating it as a public asset,” states Pat Deignan, President, Bankers Trust.
The first initiative of the 2001 Development Corporation was “Filling the Montrose Hotel hole.” Out of a growing fear for the future of downtown, the purpose of 2001 Development Corporation was to invest in projects that would attract new employment and construction. The Town Centre, Federal Courthouse, Great America Building, Ground Transportation Center, Library, Art Museum, Science Station, Helen G. Nassif YMCA and the newly renovated Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance building are some of the most influential and visible projects that embody Tom’s true civic and entrepreneurial spirit.
Tom’s tireless efforts and eye for constant growth and prosperity for the City of Cedar Rapids and the citizens will forever be remembered. “There is no single individual, past or present, who has made a greater impact on downtown buildings and infrastructure as he recognizes this to be essential to the overall health of the Cedar Rapids community,” says Steve Dummermuth, President, IGD Industries.
In 2003, Tom Aller was tagged for a critical position to serve as President and CEO for Interstate Power and Light (IPL), owned and operated by Alliant Energy. Under his leadership, Alliant Energy was awarded the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Recovery Award two consecutive years for his response to the February 2007 ice storms and 2008 floods. Despite the widespread damage, Tom’s steadfast leadership and integrity was evident through his commitment to bring thousands back to work, provide heat, and more importantly, secure sources of steam for area operations. The recovery in Cedar Rapids has not stopped since. “It’s impossible to calculate the positive impact Tom has had on Cedar Rapids and the state of Iowa,” said Patricia Kampling, Chairman, President and CEO Alliant Energy. “It has been an honor to work with a man of such integrity as Tom Aller,” says Dennis Murdock, EVP & CEO, CIPCO.
Outside of the energy industry, Tom has had a profound impact on diversity initiatives and board involvement in the community. He has served on the board for Theatre Cedar Rapids, Brucemore, Iowa Business Council, Eastern Iowa Airport Commission, and the Iowa Department of Transportation Commission amongst others.
Tom is a devoted husband, father and grandfather. “If asked to describe the legacy of Tom Aller in one word, it would be ‘genuine.’ Tom has never forgotten his roots and has remained genuine to his true love for Iowa and his community,” states U.S. Senator Charles Grassley.