Governor's Luncheon for Scouting

The 9th Annual Governor's Luncheon for Scouting

The Governor's Luncheon for Scouting is the only event of its size and scope in the country, where Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts work with the Governor to support programs for our future leaders. Hundreds of business and civic leaders, along with Governor Kim Reynolds, are expected to attend and help financially support these organizations. The goal for this year's Governor's Luncheon for Scouting is to raise $200,000 for youth leadership development.


February 6, 2018

Iowa Events Center

833 5th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50309


11:15 a.m. Check-in

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Program Begin

Complimentary lunch provided by our sponsors



Event Chair


Don Coffin
President, Bankers Trust

Don Coffin is President of Bankers Trust, the largest community bank in Iowa, a role he assumed in March 2016. In January 2018, Don will also become the Bank’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, upon the retirement of Suku Radia.

Prior to being named President, Don served as Chief Lending Officer where he managed an experienced team of lenders with a total loan portfolio exceeding $3.5 billion. He joined Bankers Trust in October 2008, bringing with him 25 years of commercial banking experience.

Prior to becoming part of the Bankers Trust team, Don served as the Managing Director – National Commercial Banking with The PrivateBank and Trust Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. In the nine years prior, he was Senior Vice President and Region Head – Central Division for LaSalle National Bank, where he successfully managed the Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa offices. He gained additional experience as Executive Vice President of Mercantile Bank of Iowa, now US Bank, where he was responsible for the development and management of the bank’s loan portfolio. Don earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in financial management from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in 1983.

Don is active in a number of community organizations, including Easter Seals Iowa, where he is President of the Foundation Board. He is involved with the Greater Des Moines Partnership and serves on the boards of Iowa Bankers Mortgage Corporation, Blank Children’s Hospital, Iowa Business Growth and United Way of Central Iowa. Don assists with fundraising for the Tocqueville Society, Water Works Park Foundation and Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa. He is a Past President of Des Moines Golf & Country Club, a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Des Moines A.M. and is active in his church.  

In June 2011, Don was awarded the Individual Governor’s Volunteer Award for his 20 years of service to Easter Seals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside; and he received the organization’s first annual Bob and Billie Ray Board Leadership Award in 2012. Don was a member of the Des Moines Business Record’s inaugural “40 Under 40” class in 2000, and was named the 2016 “40 Under 40” Alumnus of the Year.

Don and his wife, Mary, live in West Des Moines. They have three children: a son, Chris, who is a graduate of Loyola University and the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Chicago; a daughter, Caeli, who attends Iowa State University, and a son, Cole, who attends the University of Iowa. In his spare time, Don enjoys golf and spending time with family and friends.


Keynote Speaker


Jamie Pollard
Director of Athletics, Iowa State University

Jamie Pollard is in his 13th year as the Director of Athletics at Iowa State University and his vision for success and energy to execute that plan continue to have major impacts on campus, in the Big 12 and nationally.

Under Pollard’s leadership, the department has invested over $175M in facilities, tripled its revenues, set attendance records in nearly all of its sports, and recorded all-time program bests on the field and in the classroom.

A former All-American and national champion long-distance runner at UW-Oshkosh (where he is in the school’s Hall of Fame), began his career as a CPA before ultimately channeling his competitive drive into an athletics administration career. Prior to arrival at Iowa State he served in various athletic administrative capacities at Wisconsin, Maryland, and Saint Louis.

He received a 2003 Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal “Top Forty Under 40” award, the first college administrator ever honored with that award. Pollard has served as chair of the Big 12 Athletics Directors Committee, as President of the Division 1A Athletics Directors Association, and the Collegiate Athletics Business Manager’s Association, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of NACDA.

Jamie and his wife, Ellen, have four children. The family’s local philanthropic efforts have benefitted Blank Children’s Hospital, Variety Children’s Charity, and United Way of Central Iowa.



More than 40,000 youth learn critical leadership skills through Scouting each year.

Communities in 67 Iowa counties are served by the service projects led by Scouts.

More than 10,000 adult volunteer leaders serve as mentors, guides and leaders.

Over 1,700 acres of wilderness preserve are maintained by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in six camps.

Through Scouting, boys and girls develop leadership and character.

Both organizations believe in the power of working together for today's youth and tomorrow's leaders.

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