William B. Quarton Society

"I love my community and I want to see it thrive; investing in United Way allows me to support a diverse range of organizations dedicated to making my community better, stronger, healthier and happier." - Kate Beihl

“I love my community and I want to see it thrive; investing in United Way allows me to support a diverse range of organizations dedicated to making my community better, stronger, healthier and happier.” – Kate Beihl=

2014 Quarton Society Committee Members

Kate Beihl (Chair), OPN Architecture
Erin Moeller (Vice Chair), Benchmark, Inc.
Brent Foss, Rockwell Collins
Matt Huber, Modern Piping
Shilo Knapp, Rockwell Collins
Christine Naxera, Mercy
Laura Rainey, Unity Point St. Luke’s
Kelly Slaughter, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Chic Unkel, Whirlpool Amana
Chris Wheeler, Point Builders
Lisa Winterberg Tesar, Morgan Stanley

About the Quarton Society

This Leadership level is United Way’s largest group of donors and make an investment of $500 – $1,249 each year.   These donors share an interest in volunteerism and see a direct impact of their dollars through support of United Way initiatives and programs. This Society is named after Cedar Rapids philanthropist, William B. Quarton.  The William B. Quarton Society at United Way of East Central Iowa was named in honor of Cedar Rapids philanthropist, William B. Quarton.  Bill Quarton was born in Algona, Iowa, and took his first job with Thomas Edison in 1926 in New York.  After several years, his training took him to the stock brokerage business.  He became intrigued with radio as he watched the spread of long wire radio antennas on the roof tops of Brooklyn from his apartment.

He caught the fever for broadcast and moved back to Iowa in 1931 to run a 100 watt radio station in Cedar Rapids.  In 1933 a more powerful station owned by the Waterloo Morning Tribune (WMT) was purchased and the original small station was taken off the air, and the more powerful WMT was moved to Cedar Rapids.  Under the ownership and guidance of Quarton, WMT became one of the radio broadcast pioneer leaders.  In 1953, Quarton’s vision brought the first television station to Cedar Rapids, WMT-TV, now KGAN-TV.  In a career spanning seven decades, Quarton assumed numerous leadership positions.  During his careers Quarton always made contributing back to our community a top priority.  One of his major accomplishments included spear-heading the revitalization of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.  Due in part to Quarton’s leadership and direction, the foundation is well poised to give back to the community for generations to come.

If you would like more information on becoming a Quarton leadership society, please contact Benjamin Hoover at (319) 398-5372 ext. 821 or bhoover@uweci.org.

 

Prior Quarton Chairs

2002 – Clay Jones/Lee Clancey
2003 –
Lee Clancey/Peter Seyfer
2004 –
Larry Helling/Jim Tinker
2005 -
Jim Tinker/Cheryle Mitvalsky
2006 –
Dennis Jordan/Brad Schoenfelder
2008 –
Robb Loftsgard and Stephanie Neighbor
2009 –
Robb Loftsgard and Stephanie Neighbor
2010 –
Brian Frese and Heather Lynxwiler
2011-2012
– Brian Frese, Transamerica, and Colleen Hepner, Kaplan University
2012-2013 – Trace Pickering and Kate Beihl
2013-2014 – (current) Kate Beihl  and Erin Moeller

United Way of East Central Iowa 317 7th Avenue SE, Suite 401 Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Phone: (319) 398-5372 Fax: (319) 398-5381