ISSA Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meeting - June 24, 2019

War for Talent


Presenter: Kristi O'Brien & Brian Glass

What does the future job market look like? With a 2.4% unemployment rate in Iowa, finding the right IT talent is not as simple as it once was. Yet there are steps you can take to help your company succeed in these current conditions. By creating efficient hiring processes, observing the population trends and labor pools, and focusing on key retention strategies, you can support your business and be prepared for what the future holds.


Kristi O’Brien – Information Technology Account Executive

Kristi O’Brien has been providing top IT talent in the Des Moines area for over 11 years. She decided to get her degree from Iowa State University in Management Information Systems. After graduation, she started her career with a local, Des Moines company as a computer programmer. Eager to explore the country, she took an opportunity in sales for a national company. In 2007, she learned about a great opportunity to get back into IT at Palmer Group and couldn’t pass it up! She is as passionate about helping people as she is about technology. Her focus is on information technology recruiting contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire positions. Kristi’s goal is to connect IT professionals and grow their careers with a mission to make lives better. In her spare time, Kristi loves spending time with her family and instructing group fitness classes.

Brian Glass – Information Technology Director

Brian has over 20 years of professional IT recruiting, sales and human capital management experience. He’s worked in the Des Moines market for 19 years and is passionate about people and technology. During those years, Brian has built hundreds of high performing teams for local companies and has a reputation for conducting business at the highest ethical standards. He is involved in everything from hiring and recruiting sales professionals to interview and screening top local IT talent.


FBL Financial Group, Inc
5400 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA


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