Des Moines Corporate Games News

Des Moines Corporate Games 2023 Winners Announced

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 8, 2023 – Winners of the eigth annual Des Moines Corporate Games presented by Schaal Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will be recognized at the Awards Celebration sponsored by Eide Bailly at the Iowa State Fair on Friday, August 18. Over 18,000 people participated in the 2023 Games, the most ever for the annual event.

“Participation in the 2023 Des Moines Corporate Games was tremendous,” according to Chuck Long, CEO and Executive Director of the Des Moines Corporate Games. “We’re thrilled to have so many companies involved that enjoy the team-building and friendly competition of the games!”

Corporate champions (listed in order of first, second, third, fourth place and fifth place):

  • Division 1: Corteva Agriscience; Pella Corporation; Principal; City of Des Moines; Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Division 2: American Equity; FHLB Des Moines; Collins Aerospace, Wellabe, Krause Group
  • Division 3: R&R Realty Group; Schaal Plumbing, Heating & Cooling; IMT Insurance; DLL Finance; Farmers Mutual Hail
  • Division 4: Iowa Soybean Association; Foster Group; Ernst & Young, First Interstate Bank, MODUS | OPN
  • Division 5: Zirous, FRB Des Moines, UHY, Keen Project Solutions, JLL

The 2023 Des Moines Corporate Games saw two new champions crowned, one being Iowa Soybean Association won Division 5 in 2021 and is a Division Champion once again, this time in Division 4.
American Equity is the other new champion. It held off a great push from defending champion FHLB Des Moines. It came down to the last event as the winning margin was less than 200 points.

“The Des Moines Corporate Games has been an amazing opportunity for American Equity over the last 5+ years!  Interest and engagement have increased every year, and so many team members look forward to participating and meeting new people each summer,” says Derek Johnson, Employee Experience Specialist at American Equity. “It is truly a team effort every year, and after an EPIC last two months we can finally say we are division champions this year!”

Three divisions saw repeat champions, which included Corteva Agriscience, R&R Realty Group and Zirous. Corteva has now claimed six Division 1 titles in a row after a great battle all summer with Pella Corporation. R&R Realty Group bumped up to Division 3 this year and went toe-to-toe with Schaal Plumbing, Heating & Cooling all summer before pulling away at the end of July.

We look forward to the DMCG every year!  While our team enjoys competing to win the title, we have found that the games increase energy, camaraderie, company engagement, and commitment to succeeding together.  The different games create unique opportunities for our employees to connect and create relationships, and fit with our company culture of a “we before me” mentality. It’s been fun to cheer each other on, celebrate wins together, and laugh at missteps along the way.  We absolutely enjoy it all!  - Mark Rupprecht, President of R&R Realty Group.

Blood Donation Challenge, Meals from the Heartland Challenge, and Volunteer Service Awards
In addition to the physical activities offered, two challenges were offered in 2023 to promote service within the community. Supplies of blood products typically run low in the summer, and the Des Moines Corporate Games participants partner with LifeServe Blood Center to increase donations during these crucial months. In total 1105 participants donated throughout the summer; up slightly from a year ago.

Top donors:
  • Division 1: Corteva Agriscience
  • Division 2: ITA Group
  • Division 3: IMT Insurance
  • Division 4: RMH Systems
  • Division 5: UHY
The Des Moines Corporate Games partnered with Meals from the Heartland once again to create a challenge aimed at providing volunteer opportunities for participating companies to package meals that serve hungry people in the Des Moines area and around the world. Nearly 1,900 participants packed meals this summer.

Top participants:
  • Division 1: Pella Corporation
  • Division 2: Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines
  • Division 3: Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa
  • Division 4: LBS/Corporate Image/Archival Products
  • Division 5: UHY
Many companies supplied volunteers to assist with the operation of the events during the Corporate Games. The companies with the most volunteers in each division were given the Volunteer Service Award.

Division winners:
  • Division 1 Pella Corporation
  • Division 2: Federal Home Loan Bank Des Moines
  • Division 3: Schaal Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
  • Division 4: Iowa Soybean Association
  • Division 5: Zirous

About the Corporate Games
The Des Moines Corporate Games is a project of the Iowa Sports Foundation and the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The company-based competition, starting June 1 and ending July 31, enables and supports teamwork, company pride and corporate wellness through healthy competition. There are 25 activities that include both competitive and non-competitive events. All events are held in the evenings and on weekends. Additional metro partners included area parks and recreation departments, Drake University, and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. To learn more visit

About the Schaal Plumbing, Heating & Cooling
Schaal has been providing HVAC services to the Des Moines area for over 75 years! Over the years, our services have expanded to include plumbing, carpentry, electrical, and commercial HVAC services as well. Staying true to our values is what has made and kept us Iowa’s Most Trusted name in home comfort. Call Schaal Ya’all!

About the Iowa Sports Foundation
The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) is a nonprofit organization that helps develop amateur sports in Iowa and promote positive lifestyles and physical fitness through athletic events and health initiatives. The five pillars of the ISF include the Iowa Games, Live Healthy Iowa, Adaptive Sports Iowa, Iowa Senior Games, and the Iowa Corporate Games. To learn more visit



2023 Final Standings

Division 1

Corteva Agriscience                  22748
2 Pella Corporation   20702
3 Principal   12025

Division 2

American Equity 18674
2 FHLB Des Moines 18432
Collins Aerospace                  

Division 3

R&R Realty Group                    20173
2 Schaal 16845
3 IMT Insurance 14971

Division 4

Iowa Soybean Association       17988  
2 Foster Group    15925  
3 Ernst & Young 10107  

Division 5

1   Zirous                                           16426
FRB Des Moines   14464
3 UHY   13051


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