Sandy Lowe Joins LPN Staff
By Susan Thompson
There is a new employee with a familiar face at Lake Panorama National. Sandy Lowe now is the LPN, LLC chief accountant, but she and her family have a long association with the operation.
Lowe began work at the LPN May 20, replacing David Thompson, who retired after holding the position for six years. She is a native of Peterson, Iowa, which is located in Clay County in northwest Iowa. After high school, she attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, earning an associate of applied science degree in accounting.
“I am excited to welcome Sandy to the LPN,” says John Rutledge, LPA general manager and LPN, LLC director of operations. “She brings a strong work ethic and a sharp mind to the position and has already become a key contributor to our management team.”
Lowe came to the LPN after 17 years as senior accounting specialist for Brokers International. Earlier, she was Panora’s deputy city administrator, bookkeeper for Quam & Associates in Jefferson, and an accounting specialist at Microware Systems Corporation in Clive.
Lowe says she was looking for a position close to home that fit her skill level when she was hired at the LPN. Her responsibilities include managing LPN, LLC accounts payable and receivable, preparing monthly financial statements, assisting with annual budget preparation, cash flow analysis, processing payroll, and processing sales and use tax.
Sandy married Mike Lowe in 1985 and moved to Panora. “The conference center had not been open very long,” Lowe says. “Mike was working for Boulder Cove Construction, owned by Irv Gerlich, who built the conference center. We were members of the golf course and leagues for several years.”
Lowe started working part-time as a server at LPN in 2007 and continued through 2016. “During that time I gave up golf, and decided to spend my free time cycling,” she says. “Mike had shoulder surgery a few years ago, and isn’t able to golf as often as he would like anymore.”
In 2008, Mike Lowe and Benji Searl built Spikes, the snack and restroom facility between the golf course’s first and 10thtees.
The couple has two children. Michael and his wife Taryn live in Dallas Center with their two children. Clara is two years old, and Alden is five months. Mallory and her husband, Bob Seger, live in Hickman, Nebraska, with their two sons. Ben is four years old and Cole is one.
Mallory had her wedding reception at LPN in June 2014. And there are more connections. When Mike was in college, he mowed as part of the LPN grounds crew, and also worked in the pro shop. Michael also worked on the grounds crew and for the LPA maintenance department while attending college. And Mallory was a server while she was in high school.
Lowe says she spends most of her free time with her grandchildren, but cycling also is a big part of her life. She currently serves as chair of the Raccoon River Valley Trail Association board of directors. Her hobbies also include sewing and crochet.
“I mainly make things for my grandchildren, but I also make some items for the local Farmers Market Square Friday’s with my friend Barb Wollner,” Lowe says. “Our vendor name is ‘Never Enough Time,’ because there is never enough time to do the things you really want to do.”
“I am very happy to be a part of the LPA/LPN family,” she says. “I am enjoying the short commute, working with some familiar faces, and meeting many new ones.”