Sponsored by Principal, powered by Iowa kids

Since 2007, the event has contributed more than $53.7 million to charities who invest in the future of Iowa kids. This always exciting and family-friendly event greatly contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in Central Iowa while bringing a strong field of professional PGA TOUR Champions players to Des Moines.

Meet the team

Steve Nieman

Executive Director

Steve began with the Principal Charity Classic in early 2022, serving as tournament director. Prior to joining the team, Steve served as director for the 2019 U.S. Senior Open at Notre Dame and the PGA TOUR Champions event in Biloxi for eight years.  He brings a wealth of experience in sponsor, client, and player relations, budget management and tournament administration. When not working, he and Fiona enjoying traveling the world and being outside; Steve is especially fond of fishing. They are blessed with three children Chandler, Connor, and Emma.


Alex McCarty

Tournament Director

Alex started his career in 2014 as the Tournament Manager with the Principal Charity Classic. Throughout the last seven years he has managed elite professional golf tournaments including the BMW Championship and U.S. Senior Open. He is a native Iowan and a graduate of Simpson College. When not in the office, Alex enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, kids and two dogs.


Skyler Hoth

Sales & Special Events Manager

Skyler spent the last four and a half with the Iowa Wolves Basketball Team leading their ticket sales department to one of the top attendance leaders in the league. He is an Iowa native and a graduate of Upper Iowa University. As the Sales and Special Events Manager, Skyler will work with our sponsors to grow the tournament and support Iowa Children’s Charities. Outside of the office Skyler enjoys golfing, watching football and spending time with his wife and two dogs.


Karena Ries

Community Relations & Marketing Manager

Karena was inspired to pursue a career in community relations from her time working with the Des Moines Buccaneers and seeing the impact and memories a single event can create within the community. She’s been involved in the Des Moines sports landscape for several years, serving as the secretary for the Des Moines Adult Hockey Association. She is a Drake University graduate with a degree in Public Relations and Graphic Design. In her free time, Karena enjoys baking and traveling.


Chris Burch

Operations Director

In his prior career, Chris served as the Director of Racing and Events for the IMT Des Moines Marathon since 2005. He is a West Des Moines native and graduated from Drake University with his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree. When he isn’t running Chris enjoys skiing, biking, golfing, attending events, and spending time with his wife and daughter.


Board of Directors

Ken McCullum – Board Chair

Principal Financial Group

Kristi Knous

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Jo Christine Miles

Principal Foundation

Tiffany Tauscheck

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Dan Houston

Principal Financial Group

Emily Abbas

Bankers Trust Company

Matt Carstens

Landus Cooperative

Lindsay Chase

Holmes Murphy and Associates

Mary Coffin

Retired, Wells Fargo

Greg Edwards

Catch Des Moines

Lynn Horak

Retired, Wells Fargo

Kathryn Kunert

MidAmerican Energy

Mike McCormick

Fareway Stores

Mike McCoy


Rosemary Parson


Suku Radia

Retired, Bankers Trust

Brian Sather


David Stark

UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

Rob TeKolste

Sammons Financial Group

Rich Willis

Willis Automotive

Beth Wood

Principal Financial Group