By Barb

As we close 2017 and look forward to 2018, I am excited to reflect on this past year and thank the people who are the reason Heartland Marketing Group continues to grow and change.

First, our great customers! Each one of you bring a different set of excellent products and services to offer and we love being a part of telling your story. Working together to bring out the best is our way of helping you reach your goals. So many of our customers have become friends and how great is that – the people you work with are the people you enjoy being with!

Second, our great staff! Who in today’s marketing agency world can say their key colleague has been with them for 30 years? Not many! Ann Trimble-Ray, our vice-president, has shared her fabulous talents and skill set with us for 30 years on February 10, 2018. Quite the milestone we here at HMG and our customers appreciate! While Katie and Jen haven’t been here quite that long, they have revolutionized our graphic design department’s professionalism and creativity tremendously. We offer the level of expertise and creativity of big agencies from small town Iowa.

Third, my family! When we started the predecessor to Heartland Marketing Group in 1982, Steve and I were newly married, starting to go through the farm crisis and I was adjusting to small town life. During the past 36 years, we’ve raised three great children who have found their own careers and passion. We still farm, Steve still does HMG’s books, and we both love our town of Early. I thank all of them for the support during this wild ride.

As I approach a big birthday next week, I’ve been asked if I’m going to slow down. The answer is absolutely no! I love all the parts of Heartland Marketing Group – customers, staff and of course my family! Being a part of HMG has given me so many opportunities and I truly appreciate those as I’ve learned from everyone involved.

Thank you for being our customer. Thank you for your business. Thank you for your friendship. And thank you to our partners and vendors who help us tell our customers’ stories. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We’re looking forward to serving you in 2018.


All of us at Heartland Marketing Group wish all of you the Merriest of Christmases and most joyous New Year. We are blessed with a great team and being able to work with incredible customers to tell your stories.

To celebrate these holidays, HMG will be closed from December 22 at noon until January 2. During this time, you are welcome to call Barb at 515-249-8460 or Ann at 712-660-1152 with any needs you may have.