Palmer Group Celebrates 25 Years of Service

April 24, 2023 | West Des Moines, IA – Palmer Group celebrates 25 years of making lives better in the employment industry. The company was founded in 1998 by Austin Palmer with the mission of becoming Iowa’s premier employment firm.  

“The most rewarding part of what we do is the positive way we improve the lives of our team members as well as the candidates and clients we have the privilege of supporting,” Austin Palmer, founder and Board Chairman.  

David Leto, President & CEO, shares similar gratitude stating, “I find great joy in knowing the impact our organization has on our internal team and within the communities we serve. It is such a gratifying and rewarding profession to make lives better with every single person we interact with”. 

In 2016, Palmer Group became 100% employee-owned and has since expanded its service offerings and presence in the Midwest to six states and three offices, with continued growth on the horizon.  

Chief Financial Officer, Traci Ellis, weighs in on Palmer Group’s future, “While I look forward to our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) shares increasing in value, ultimately I’m excited to watch the next generation turn into leaders and develop in their roles”.  

As a growing business, Palmer Group is committed to meeting the needs of those they work with and keeping the same values on which it was founded: trust, love, fun, and passion.  

“Expanding throughout Iowa and now to more states has been challenging and exciting. We’re working to replicate our proven employee-ownership culture throughout our new offices and hope to shape the business community for many years to come,” states Greg Thomas, Chief Operating Officer. 


Palmer Group is a premier employment agency that provides a range of services including Employer Services, Job Seeker Services, Outplacement Services, and Managed Services. 

Areas of Expertise: Accounting & Finance, Administrative & Customer Service, Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Mortgage & Banking, Sales & Marketing.