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Deb Boland, relocation director Mel Foster Co.


Henry Marquard is taking his skills of lobbying and advocacy, which he honed at the Quad-Cities Chamber, to his new job at Genesis Health System. 

Marquard, the chamber's government affairs director, soon will become Genesis' government and community relations officer. He is filling part of the role held by the now retired Ken Croken. 

"Health care has always been a big passion of mine, it's one of the reasons I got into politics," said Marquard, who worked as a district representative for U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack prior to joining the chamber in November 2015.

The challenges as well as the "political turbulence" surrounding the health care industry attracted him to the new job, he said.

He will lead the day-to-day government relations, advocacy and community relations efforts for Genesis working closely with its leadership to further develop local, state and federal relationships.

"Henry brings a high level of experience and knowledge to the position," said Paul Bollinger, Genesis' chief counsel and vice president of legal affairs.

"Henry has been a great asset not only to the chamber but to our entire community," said Kristin Glass, the chamber's interim CEO. "Advocacy wins achieved under his watch, such as legislation that secured Exelon in the region and protecting crucial economic development incentives to name a few, will have a long-lasting impact on the Quad-Cities economy."

Marquard, 31, was a member of the last graduating class of then St. Katharine's/St. Mark's (now Rivermont Collegiate) in Bettendorf. He attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 2010 from St. Ambrose University, where he met his wife Kelsey on the mock trial team.

His last day at the chamber is March 2 — leaving time to join the chamber's Springfield lobbying trip this week. His new job begins March 5.

Dress for Success

hosts 2nd Chance sale

Dress for Success Quad-Cities, the nonprofit that helps give women a chance to work toward economic stability, will host a Second Chance Sale for the public.

The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at Dress for Success' boutique at 311 E. 2nd St., Davenport.

The popular sale gives the public a chance to buy new and gently used brand name attire and accessories at bargain prices — all while supporting the good work of Dress for Success.

One of 147 affiliates around the globe, the nonprofit offers professional clothing, a network of support and career development tools to women who are unemployed or under-employed.

The Second Chance items are too casual or too formal for Dress for Success' Suiting Program, which provides women with free interview and employment attire. Clothing items are $5 a piece. Accessories are $2.50. They accept cash only.

For more information or to donate and volunteer, visit

Mel Foster rep speaks at conference

about military move program

Deb Boland, Mel Foster Co., relocation director, was among the speakers at the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World's annual conference in Las Vegas.

The event drew more than 3,000 real estate professionals from 24 countries all affiliated with LeadingRE, an invitation-only network of real estate companies. The conference covered a variety of real estate trends including the economic landscape, home technology and design, and consumer preferences.

Boland discussed LeadingRE's Military on the Move program and Mel Foster's implementation of the program. The rebates are available to homebuyers who are active duty, retired military, wounded warriors and career firefighters.

"To be able to share thoughts and processes with our colleagues who have the same goals is important as it helps us grow and enhance our relocation systems for our clients," she said.

Boland joined a notable line-up including keynote speakers former Chicago Cubs player David Ross, a two-time World Series champion; Celeste Headlee, award-winning journalist and host of Georgia Public Broadcasting's "On Second Thought;" and real estate experts Darryl Davis and Dr. Marci Rossell, LeadingRE chief economist.

Coming soon

Construction is underway on a new Pancheros Mexican Grill for west Davenport.

The restaurant will open soon in the Village Shopping Mall at 902 W. Kimberly Road. It will be Davenport's second Pancheros — joining one on Utica Ridge Road.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or