Palmer Group is Des Moines' premier employment firm. We were founded in 1998 with a mission to become the best firm in Iowa and that continues to be our goal today. We have 63 professionals in our West Des Moines office and provide more than 350 client companies with a broad range of employment services that include outplacement services, recruiting, professional temporary staffing and high level contracting.

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David Leto

David Leto

Executive Vice President

David has over 16 years of experience in employment services working with individuals at all levels and industries. As Executive Vice President of Palmer Group, David leads our daily operations including temporary and contract placement, direct-hire placement, and outplacement services. He strongly values the positive impact that employment services can have on the lives of others. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa.

Donna Bigg

Donna Bigg

Senior Consultant

Donna has more than 17 years of experience in employment services and outplacement coaching at all levels. Her style is low key and genuine, she truly enjoys helping people. She has experience with all levels of employees and most industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Upper Iowa University and is a Certified Coach.

Lee Johnson

Lee Johnson

Senior Career Consultant

Lee has over 25 years of experience in employment services. Lee worked for a global Fortune 500 employment organization for 16 years and has been with Palmer Group since 2006, where she has held various roles. From 2008 to 2010, Lee provided support in outplacement services to hundreds of candidates. From 2010 to January of 2015, Lee developed new applicant tracking software system and in January moved into the role of Senior Career Consultant. Lee attended the University of Iowa.

Gregory Thomas

Gregory Thomas

Director

Greg is a Director at Palmer Group. His responsibilities include leading the Outplacement Division, working with Executive Search clients and candidates directly, and supervising other areas including Engineering and Human Resources consulting, placement, and staffing. He has 22 years of experience in employment services at Palmer Group, McGladrey, and Robert Half. His bachelor’s degree is from Northwest Missouri State University and he is a former licensed Certified Public Accountant.