When Don and Gina Martin moved to Iowa City from Chicago last year, they didn’t know anyone in their new community.
While Gina met people in her graduate program right away, Don still needed to find a job and get connected with other Iowans.
What Don needed was someone who knew the community inside and out and could introduce him to likeminded folks; a local connector to jumpstart his networking efforts, both professionally and socially.
What Don needed was a wingman.
Luckily, the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids region was ready to provide. Thanks to their innovative ”wingman” program, Don Martin got paired up with Iowa City resident Leighton Smith, who put them in touch with a local realtor, helped them find a church and shared information about how to join local sports teams. Later, because of his connection to Smith, Don Martin landed a full-time job at a local software company.