Title: Vice president, enrollment and external engagement, Mercy College of Health Sciences
Family: Wife Hilary Romkey; sons Charlie and Owen
A reason why he is a Forty: Romkey has raised nearly $50 million to support children’s hospitals throughout Iowa, Michigan and Florida.
What drives him: “Having twin boys under the age of 1 and another baby on the way, I continually strive to be more present with my family. By being actively engaged in philanthropy and volunteerism in the Des Moines community, I know I’m making a better place for my family and others. Leading by example for my family, peers and colleagues is rewarding, and watching our work make an impact is even more fulfilling,” he said.
An interesting fact about Romkey: He and his wife, Hilary, trekked to Mt. Everest Base Camp for their honeymoon. Nothing says I love you like gasping for oxygen at 18,000 feet above sea level.