Kyle Van Ausdal

A Message from your President

Kyle Van Ausdall


Greetings!  Welcome to all new and returning business teachers across the state of Iowa.  I hope everyone is off and running in 2nd semester or 2nd trimester by now.  It is a great time to be a business teacher in Iowa with so many opportunities for us as educators, which translates to more opportunities for success for our students.  Did you know that MBA Research provides many resources free of charge to Iowa Educators?  Check out the various MBA sites at and request a free login today!

This past October, IBEA held its annual Fall Conference. The venue changed for the conference for several reasons to the Holiday Inn & Suites in Urbandale, IA.  The biggest reason was from a financial standpoint.  Yes, there were a few “hiccups” during the conference, but everyone in charge is aware of these few areas that need a bit of tweaking and adjusting.  At this point, the conference will again be at the Holiday Inn, and the date for the 2017 fall conference is October 22 & 23. 

This year’s conference will again allow participants to pre-register for various breakout sessions.  This set-up will help the planning committee arrange appropriate speakers into the appropriate rooms.  Participants will have the opportunity to view the “Schedule at a Glance” and breakout session descriptions, which will help plan their time at the conference more effectively.

There will be a few pre-conference opportunities for participants, as well.  One of those opportunities will be to take an ASK Certification Test.  Hopefully by now many have had a chance to take one or more of these certification tests, but if not the IBEA Fall Conference will be another opportunity.  We welcome all to take all of the exams as they see fit and as long as there are vouchers available. 

Andrew Thonstad from Akron-Westfield Schools has been elected as the President-Elect of IBEA, and he has assembled a fine group to help him plan the 2017 IBEA Fall Conference.  On behalf of IBEA and myself, I wish to thank those educators who helped me plan the 2016 conference.  I also wish to thank those who have stepped forward to help plan this year’s conference.

It is high time we promote our great business programs across the state of Iowa to everyone including all of our stakeholders.  With legislative changes on the horizon and budget cutbacks imminent, it is more important than ever before to “toot our horns” loudly about what we do for our students.  One fear many have is that when business teachers retire, programs may be discontinued.  As such, we need good new teachers in the pipeline to perpetuate our lineage of outstanding business programs.

Please get involved in IBEA—you can help us promote the importance of IBEA and MBA Research.  Please contact any of the Iowa Business Leadership Team Members, any iBELT Team member, Kelli Diemer from the Department of Education, or myself.  It is going to take all of us working together to move our Business programs forward, not only in the upcoming years but in the next decade as well.