Tony Dickinson, president of NCMIC, with former Meredith executive chairman Steve Lacy at the opening of the Girls & Boys Club of Central Iowa’s Meredith club at East High School.
A lot of business in Des Moines gets done by way of connections. For a great number of us, including insurance company executive Tony Dickinson, a lot of fundraising and charitable work get done that way too. He was making some calls a few years back, trying to raise some money for a nonprofit he was engaged with, and found that donor doors opened just a little easier when he mentioned he was working on the project with Steve Lacy, then executive chairman at Meredith Corp.
“I built a relationship with Lacy,” as a result of working together on those capital campaigns, said Dickinson, who is president of NCMIC in West Des Moines.
Dickinson, 41, said Lacy and others served as mentors to him as he worked his way through the corporate and charitable giving sides of Des Moines. He ticked off a number of influencers he met while working previously at Wells Fargo, such as Cara Heiden, the retired president of its sprawling home mortgage operations here, and Scott Johnson, on the banking side; and NCMIC CEO Mike McCoy, who now is Dickinson’s boss. All of these people, plus more, guided him both professionally and in the many nonprofits he has served with in the community, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, United Way and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
And when it came time for the Knights of Columbus to raise money, “there I was – I sold Tootsie Rolls.”