While the state of Iowa is experiencing a
crisis of losing bright young college graduates to other states,
some talented African-Americans are opting to stay .
It didnt make sense for me to go anywhere else when
I already have so many contacts here, says John Wilder,
23, a financial representative for New England Financial in Des
Moines. A native of Sioux City, Wilder received his business
degree from The University of Iowa, where he was also a member
of the football team and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society.
Wilder believes that while it is nice to be near his family,
staying in Iowa has also helped him professionally. My
goal is to bring awareness about the necessity of taking control
of your financial future to the African-American community throughout
Iowa. He meets with individuals and families and helps
them to identify their needs and make wise decisions to improve
their financial situation. He recently presented information
at the 1999 African-American Womens Conference in Sioux
After receiving his degree in math and computer
science from Loras College and an MBA from Drake, Derek Holmes,
29, also decided to make Iowa his home. Born and raised in Chicago,
Illinois, Holmes would like to inspire African-Americans to take
more leadership roles in computer technology & management.
His Des Moines-based consulting firm, TEC-LINK, brings together
technology-business strategists and computer consultants, who
assist companies with implementing technology-business solutions.
TEC-LINK will offer African-Americans and other minorities career
opportunities (including internships) that expose them to computer
Holmes agrees with Wilders philosophy on community involvement
and plans to become a more faithful giver to his church and local
community centers. He strongly believes that youth is our future
and said, We need to provide them with alternative measures