Michael Helak, Market president of U.S. Bank, Des Moines, and Michael Hubbell, a leader in several central Iowa businesses, joined the Des Moines University (DMU) Board of Trustees. Their service on the board will begin at the University’s March board meeting.
Helak has served in his role at U.S. Bank since 1998. His primary duties include market responsibility for coordinating the primary banking services lines of business to the community: middle market commercial lending, business banking, commercial real estate, retail, private banking and wealth management businesses as well as community relations.
Helak has held leadership roles in numerous charitable and civic organizations, including past chair of DMU’s Business Advisory Council. He is past campaign cabinet member and focus group chair for United Way of Central Iowa and currently serves on its executive calling team. He is finance committee chair and 2017 campaign cabinet member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, treasurer of the Greater Des Moines Committee and board chair and past treasurer of the Iowa College Foundation. He also served Junior Achievement of Central Iowa as chair and executive committee member and the March of Dimes of Central Iowa as director and chair as well as past Finance Committee and Audit chair as a board member for Prairie Meadows. He also served as the American Heart Association Heart Ball 2017 event chair.
Hubbell has been involved in business development with the construction firm Taylor Ball, Iowa, and served as interim CEO of Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines. Hubbell also has been involved in home building, rental property purchasing and management, and commercial store front construction and sales. He served as executive vice president of First Realty, Better Homes and Gardens, Des Moines, and worked in commercial sales management with Hubbell Realty Co., Des Moines.
A member of the Hubbell Realty Co. Board, Hubbell is the capital campaign chair and an executive committee member of Blank Park Zoo and treasurer of the Hubbell Family Museum and Library. His past community engagements include serving on the boards of Boys and Girls Club, ChildServe, Youth Homes of Mid-America and Wakonda Club. He also served as senior warden of St. Paul’s Cathedral Vestry and as a member of the Greater Des Moines Board of Realtors.
Founded in Iowa’s capital city in 1898, Des Moines University prepares tomorrow’s leaders in medical and health sciences fields. Approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in DMU’s eight graduate degree programs.