Pierce Lohman, a junior at the University of Iowa, has set the bar high as a Hometown Hawkeye. In addition to being an Ambassador in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), he is also a member of the Founders Club and an entrepreneur in his local community.
Lohman, who hails from Davenport, began his business four years ago in the Quad Cities. Since then, Lohman has taken his business, Lohman Earth Works, through multiple iterations, from mowing and landscaping to patio installation and grounds maintenance specialization.
As an excelling entrepreneur, he has utilized resources in the JPEC curriculum, Founders Club, and the Iowa City community. These resources have enabled him to take his company from the startup stage and expand into a full business consisting of several employees, a shop, and two company vehicles.
In classes at JPEC, Lohman has taken advantage of the opportunity to develop and analyze his business ideas. He has built a sound business plan, evaluated the company financially, and learned the ins and outs of brand identity and marketing.
Lohman identified community involvement as one of the most important lessons that he has learned during his experience as an entrepreneur. “I know a lot of small to large business owners who are well connected in the community. Several of [them] have actually reached out to me to talk about ways to promote entrepreneurship in the Davenport area since Iowa City and JPEC have such outstanding programs.”