2019 Executive of the Year - Ron Askland, Horizons Unlimited

Ron grew up in the Des Moines area and was a Recreational Therapist on an inpatient hospital unit in his early career.  Ron is the CEO of Horizons Unlimited in Emmetsburg. 

Emmetsburg is a small community of less than 4000 people in NW Iowa.  Within a rural community, Ron and his team took the bold step to move all of the individuals supported to community-based services, closing their segregated services, placing over 45 individuals in a variety of employment settings. 

Ron has been a strong leader within the IACP family of community providers, including serving as IACP’s Employment Advisory Chair and member of the Board of Directors.

Please join us in congratulating Ron Askland as IACP’s 2019 Executive of the Year!



Each year, IACP identifies a leader of one member organization for the IACP Executive of the Year Award. This year, Bob Bartles was chosen for this distinction. Bob's leadership at Hope Haven, on the IACP board, through his volunteer work, and advocacy at state and federal levels has benefited IACP members and Iowans with disabilities in tremendous ways. 

We thank Bob for his work, advocacy and leadership.