IGIA Women in the Industry Event—Session 1

Challenges, Opportunities and Insights | 9–10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Join us for a morning of industry discussion and networking at the next IGIA Women in the Industry event. RSVP prior to Friday, January 20 to plan accordingly for the event.

Location: Loffredo Fresh Produce Co., Inc. | 4001 S.W. 63rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50321

Directions: Click here.

Featuring Industry Speakers:

  • NIKI E. DEPHILLIPS, senior vice president of store development | Kum & Go, L.C.

  • Kirk Tyler, president, Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

These two industry leaders will share how to move effectively though the executive levels of organizations while providing practical insights on ways to take advantage of opportunities.

This session is a great opportunity to:

  • Gain insights from our panelists’ experiences and listen to motivating stories of success,
  • Analyze various challenges panelists encountered in their careers, and
  • Discover the strategies these leaders use to balance and achieve their family, work and life goals.

Donation Drive:

Female Undergarments for Central Iowa Shelter & Services

At this event, IGIA Women in the Industry will host a drive to collect female undergarments for Central Iowa Shelter & Services. Socks and underwear must be in brand new packages, while bras can be gently used.


For questions or to RSVP, please contact Stacy Horner at 515.270.2628 or shorner@iowagrocers.com. We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP prior to Friday, January 20 to plan accordingly for the event.


NIKI E. DEPHILLIPS, senior vice president of store development | Kum & Go, L.C.

Niki DePhillips leads both the real estate and construction departments as senior vice president of store development for Kum & Go. In this role, she oversees all activities related to site selection, government approvals and the construction of 20-30 new convenience stores annually. Niki is also heading up the design and construction for the new Kum & Go corporate office being built in downtown Des Moines.

Niki joined the company after graduation from college and has held various roles in the Real Estate and Grow People (HR) departments of Kum & Go, including: vice president of real estate, director of real estate, real estate manager, director of recruitment and retention (HR), and interim senior vice president of Grow People.

A dedicated community and business leader, Niki is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and received her Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification. Niki’s community involvement includes service on the board for the Iowa CCIM Chapter and as a member of the City of Waukee’s Economic Development Council. In 2014, she chaired the Children’s Cancer Connection “Couture for a Cause” event. Niki is also involved with United Way Emerging Leaders, Young Professionals Connection, Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association and International Council of Shopping Centers. She was honored as a “Forty under 40” by the Business Record in 2014.

Niki has a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Iowa State University and a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Iowa.


Kirk Tyler, chairman of the board and CEO | Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company began as an ice cream and ice business in Villisca, Iowa around 1905 by Frank P. "Perk" Tyler. Frank’s sons expanded the business by producing soda and later acquired the franchise rights for their Atlantic, Iowa, plant to bottle and distribute Coca-Cola. By 1930 the Tyler Brothers sold their ice cream business and turned their focus to soft drinks.

Since the beginning, three generations of the Tyler family have “delivered the refreshment" of Coca-Cola products to customers throughout the Atlantic Bottling Company's franchise territories. Join us as the company’s newest leader Kirk Tyler, son of former CEO Jim Tyler, shares the company’s proud history and impressive growth on its path to success, paved with hard work, dedication to quality and innovation.

Kirk Tyler is a third-generation owner of the 111-year-old Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Kirk graduated from Atlantic High School in 1974 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in business administration from Dana College, Blair, NE, in 1978. After graduating, he went to work for the family business and was placed in charge of sales for the company in 1981. He was later named president and recently succeeded his father, Jim Tyler, as CEO and chairman of the board.

In addition to leading a highly successful, privately owned company, Kirk is involved in a large number of community groups and professional organizations: Rotary Club, Junior Achievement, Iowa Association of Business & Industry, Iowa College Foundation, Wesley Life, American Beverage Association and Iowa Soft Drink Association, to name a few.

Kirk lives in Waukee, Iowa, with wife Janel. The couple has daughter Jessica, 34; son, Jay, 30, and three grandchildren.














Kirk Tyler