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FALB, Mark

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FALB, Mark. (Postville, IA-- ). A graduate of the University of Iowa in 1969, Falb was employed with MCGLADREY, HENDRICKSON AND PULLEN prior to joining WCB GROUP in October 1973. He became the Director of Operations in October 1978 and advanced to Corporate Vice President/Operations in June 1979. He held this officer until August 1981 when he became the Executive Vice President. He served as the president and chief executive officer of Westmark Enterprises, Inc. from November 1992 to November 1993, before becoming chairman and chief executive officer. Beginning in November 1992 he also served as chairman and chief executive officer of KENDALL/HUNT PUBLISHING COMPANY. Despite substantial offers to relocate to other states, Falb has maintained his company's ties to Dubuque. (1)

Active in the community, Falb established a permanent Publisher's Collection at the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE containing four hundred of the leading books published by WILLIAM C. BROWN PUBLISHERS from 1962 to 1982. (2) He served as a director of Citizens Finance Company, DUBUQUE BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE TRI-STATES INC., Dubuque Bank and Trust Insurance, and Dubuque Bank and Trust Community Development Corporation; director/vice chair of Heartland Financial USA and the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE; trustee of the Grand Opera House Foundation; and president of the University of Iowa Scholarship Fund. He was past president and chairman of the DUBUQUE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB; member of the DUBUQUE SHOOTING SOCIETY, Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee; and board member of the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, Boys and Girls Club of Dubuque, and FINLEY HOSPITAL (THE). (3)

Falb's appreciation of music led him to establish and play trumpet in the Dubuque Brass, a local group that by 2014 had entertained audiences for nearly two decades. He supported many music and theater programs including the DUBUQUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and COLTS DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS. Falb has also sponsored concerts at the FIVE FLAGS CIVIC CENTER to introduce orchestral music and instruments to young children. (4)

Philanthropic activities undertaken by Falb include his $235,000 purchase of an old grocery store and land on South Grandview and Rockdale Road. It was donated to the City of Dubuque as city park. He has offered financial support for those in need and with his wife, Cheryl, counseled people facing trying conditions. (5)

On January 1, 2014, Falb joined the list of illustrious Dubuque residents to be a recipient of the FIRST CITIZEN AWARD.



1. Murphy, Erin. "Mark Falb's Feats Worth Trumpeting," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2014, p. 1

2. Peterson, Walter J. A History of the Wm. C. Brown Companies, Dubuque: William C. Brown Communications, Inc. 1994, p. 274

3. Murphy, Erin

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.