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David Bywater named ABI Chair

06/14/2018 12:00pm

David Bywater, of Bankers Advertising Company and Tru Art Color Graphics of Iowa City, IA, has been named chair of Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI).

Mr. Bywater is a longtime ABI board member and a well-known Iowa business leader. He is president of Bankers Advertising Company and Tru Art Color Graphics, founded in 1896.

david-bywater.jpgThe election marks the first time a third-generation family member will chair ABI. Mr. Bywater's great great grandfather and Bankers Advertising founder, Samuel Wakefield Mercer, served as chair of the organization in 1907 - then known as the Iowa Manufacturer's Association - an organization that he assisted in creating. His father, Bill Bywater, also of Bankers & Tru Art, served as chair in 1995.   

“We are proud of this legacy, and I have a passion for the work of this organization”, Mr. Bywater said in his remarks at the annual Taking Care of Business Conference last week in Iowa City. “In the coming year, we look forward to actively building on the best. Our goal is to continue the momentum currently helping to create opportunities in this state and build great, sustainable organizations that all stakeholders can proud of.”

Mr. Bywater will formally take up his post July 1 when the organization begins its new fiscal year.

For over 120 years, Bankers Advertising Company and Tru Art Color Graphics have been committed to their partnership with clients and their sales partners to develop marketing strategies using print and promotional products to achieve the client’s business goals.