​Who is Suku?

Thomas and Carline Phillips with Suku RadiaSuku has been making a positive impact on individuals and our community for far longer than the 10 years he has been with Bankers Trust.

From his first days in Iowa, as an immigrant from Uganda studying at Iowa State University, Suku has shown a strong commitment to hard work, leadership and service to others. Before joining Bankers Trust, Suku built an impressive career with KPMG and then Meredith Corporation, all while showing a remarkable commitment to giving back to community organizations throughout Central Iowa.

Suku’s presence as a leader has been felt far and wide. From the team members he leads to the young professionals he mentors. We can only begin to scratch the surface on the positive impact Suku has had individuals at Bankers Trust, in the communities we serve, and far beyond.


Suku Radia with Solheim Cup Committee membersCommunity Involvement Highlights

  • Tournament Chair - 2017 Solheim Cup
  • Vice Chair and Executive Committee member - Board of United Way of Central Iowa
  • Campaign Chair - United Way of Central Iowa, 2009 and 2016
  • Executive Committee - Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Executive Committee - Drake University
  • Board Chair - Mercy Medical Center
  • Member - Iowa State University Foundation Board of Governors
  • Member - Iowa State University Dean of Business College’s Advisory Council
  • Past Chair - Bravo (arts and cultural alliance for Central Iowa)
  • Past President - Rotary Clubs of Des Moines and West Des Moines
  • Past Chair - Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Past Chair - Greater Des Moines Committee
  • Past President and Founder - Greater Des Moines Junior Soccer League
  • Past Chair - Better Business Bureau of Iowa
  • Past Leadership Chair - Oakridge Neighborhood Campaign
  • Past Board Member - Des Moines Golf & Country Club
  • And at least another dozen civic organizations

Rich and Kim Willis with Suku Radia 

​Awards and Recognitions

  • Bravo Award (2017)
  • Des Moines Business Record’s Most Influential Business Leader (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017)
  • Des Moines Business Record’s Best Metro Business Leader (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Des Moines Business Record’s Best Minority Business Leader (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit's Immigrant Spirit Award (2015)
  • Iowa State University’s Alumni Merit Award (2012)
  • Des Moines University’s Glanton Scholarship Award (2011)
  • Inducted into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame (2010)
  • OneIowa Business Leader of the Year (2010)
  • Iowa Council for International Understanding-Passport to Prosperity Award (2009)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals' Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2009)
  • American Diabetes Association Honoree (2008)
  • Mr. Habitat for Humanity (2006)
  • United Way’s Tocqueville Society Award (2005)
  • Iowa State University’s Citation of Achievement Award (1995)
  • Frequent convocation speaker, including at Iowa State University, Drake University, Simpson College, and Grand View University
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