Business owner and community leader Kent Pilcher has been named as the new chair of Quad Cities Community Foundation’s board of directors.
With nearly seven years of service to the foundation, he most recently served as board vice chair and investment committee chair. Mr. Pilcher replaces outgoing chair Randy Moore. Mr. Pilcher’s term will run through 2024.
Mr. Pilcher is president and owner of Estes Construction, the Davenport-based regional construction and contracting firm known for its strong corporate culture and social responsibility.
In addition, the foundation announced that LaDrina Wilson has been named as the new vice chair. The founder of Quad Cities-based Iman Consulting, she recently was named president and CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.
“Kent is an asset to the Quad Cities and to the Quad Cities Community Foundation,” President and CEO Sue Hafkemeyer said in a news release announcing the leadership change. “He shares our commitment to regional collaboration, equity and inclusivity, and transformational generosity. We will look to his partnership and leadership as we continue to address our community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.”
In addition to the foundation’s board, Mr. Pilcher serves on the boards of Q2030, Palmer College of Chiropractic, and the YMCA of the Iowa Mississippi Valley, among others. He and his wife, Judi, are generous contributors to community causes.
“I see so much potential for transformation in the Quad Cities, and we can only achieve that potential by coming together — businesses, nonprofits, governments, and generous Quad Citizens,” Mr. Pilcher said in the release. “I’m proud to take my next step in service to an organization whose mission is so central to our community’s future.”
Mr. Pilcher moves into the new role as his predecessor, Mr. Moore, wraps up nearly 10 years of service on the foundation board. The president of Iowa American Water, Davenport, Mr. Moore stepped up as the Community Foundation’s interim president and CEO from September 2021 through May 2022 while a national search was conducted for the next president and CEO. Ms. Hafkemeyer took the helm on June 1.
“If my years with the Community Foundation have taught me one thing, it’s that the people who are moved to support the work of this organization – as staff members, as volunteers, or as donors – are unwavering in their commitment to our community,” Mr. Moore said. “I will continue to cheer them on, and I know that under Kent’s leadership, they will be in good hands.”
Thanking Mr. Moore for his dedication and service, Ms. Hafkemeyer added: “As we look ahead to building on our partnership with Kent, we should recognize how fortunate we are, as a community, to have so many visionary leaders in our midst.”