September 5, 2019, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Palmer Group Cedar Rapids celebrates its first year of business in eastern Iowa. An employment firm founded in West Des Moines, the company opened its second office in the Town Centre building in August of 2018. The first twelve months have proven to be a success, full of connections in the community, growth with new employee-owners, and progress for the entire company.

Derek Nelson, Territory Manager for eastern Iowa, is appreciative of the warm welcome they have received from the community. “We are very fortunate to have put an office in a thriving part of our state that invests in both its businesses and people. It is an exciting time to live in eastern Iowa, as shown by the development the area has seen. The people here have shown outstanding character, offering their time, resources, and advice every step of the way. 

“I’m grateful for the people in our Cedar Rapids office,” states Greg Thomas, a Palmer Group director. “Our team in the Cedar Rapids office is outstanding, starting with Derek and Joye Moore who accepted a tremendous challenge by relocating to establish the foundation for our new office.” Thomas, a mentor for the team, has enjoyed seeing additions to the staff as well. “I’m thankful for Kaitlyn Spellerberg, Whitney Vance, and Michael Coulter for joining the team and helping us build the framework for success that we have today. Lastly, I’m indebted to the leadership team and staff in West Des Moines for their confidence, encouragement, and support in this expansion.” 

Dave Leto, president of Palmer Group, is overjoyed with the progress of this branch. “The first year has been remarkable, and I have been thoroughly impressed with all the city of Cedar Rapids has to offer its citizens. I am grateful to the community and business leaders who have embraced our company and provided the opportunity for us to be their employment partner. I am proud of the team we have built and all they have accomplished in year one. We truly have a distinguished group of professionals who care about each other and the work they are doing.” Looking to the future of the company, Leto is optimistic and says, “We will continue to focus on hiring individuals who show commitment to our brand of excellence, honesty, and integrity, along with those who live out our purpose of making lives better. This chapter is just beginning for us in Cedar Rapids, and the future is unquestionably bright.”

The Cedar Rapids team is grateful to have reached its first milestone. Year one has been full of excellent relationships within the community while building unity as a group. They look forward to expanding their connections in eastern Iowa and reaching more milestones in the years ahead.  


With consistency and confidence, Palmer Group has shown they have what it takes to be Iowa’s leading resource for employment services since 1998. The business is employee-owned and has over 70 professionals in the West Des Moines and Cedar Rapids officesThey provide temporary and contract staffing, direct placement and outplacement services in multiple disciplines to organizations large and small. They continuously recruit and qualify candidates from entry to executive levels.  

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Office Administration & Customer Service, Mortgage & Banking, Engineering & Manufacturing, Human Resources, Sales & Marketing, and Insurance.

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