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Eric Idehen

President & CEO

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In 11 years, Eric Idehen climbed from being a dish washer to a Vice President at one of the largest banks in the United States of America, Wells Fargo.  He was born in Nigeria, lived in the Ukraine and Spain and is now a naturalized citizen of the United States. He has been a community development and diversity consultant, as well as a banker and construction economist. His wide-ranging career trajectory has given him a tremendous wealth of experience to assist clients in the areas of diversity training and education, community development and leadership.  Mr. Idehen is currently the President/Chairman of OPX International LLC, registered in the United States and Nigeria, where he is responsible for leading the company’s strategic plans.

Mr. Idehen has 16 years of experience in construction and real estate, working for companies such as VITA Construction Ltd (Nigeria), Gilda Nigeria Ltd and New Century Holding Advisors (Ukraine). He worked for Wells Fargo Bank for 10 years in several roles including teller, customer service representative, personal banker, community development and diversity consultant. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.

In 2009, Mr. Idehen was one of 12 Arab American Business Fellows and Senior Advisory Council members sent to the Middle East (Dubai and Egypt). This opportunity came through the Business for Diplomatic Action program in association with the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy.  He served as a business ambassador, engaging with local government leaders, business groups, NGO’s, nonprofits, and media companies to identify emerging business opportunities in the region and how American businesses can best approach and work with Middle Eastern companies.

Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Mr. Idehen including recognition in 2010 from the Federal Bureau of Investigation which presented him with the Director’s Community Leadership Award.  A year prior, he also received the Dr. David J. Wang Humanitarian Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa.  In 2006, the Des Moines Register listed him as one of the top 30 Influential Business and Civic Leaders in Des Moines.  During his years at Wells Fargo, he also received numerous awards for his volunteering and diversity efforts.  Mr. Idehen has served on many boards including the American Red Cross and the Political and Economic Research Council (PERC) as well as serving as a member of the Des Moines Chapter of the Rotary International where he was a member of the International Service Committee.

Mr. Idehen is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and five Nigerian dialects.  He holds a degree in Quantity Surveying from Auchi Polytechnic – Nigeria and graduated from the Wells Fargo & Company African American Leaders Program at the John E.  Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California – Los Angeles.  Mr. Idehen also has the unique experience of having achieved one of his lifelong dreams, founding and leading an orphanage in his native country of Nigeria called the Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage.

Awards and Recognition

  • Wells Fargo – 2001 Star Teller, 2003 Service Award, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 Diversity Champion, 2003 Online Star, 2005 Sales & Service Medal, 2006 and 2009 Central Iowa Diversity Champion, 2007 Volunteer Leave Program National Award, 2007 Volunteer Service Excellence National Award
  • #21 on the 2006 Des Moines Register list of Influential Business & Civic Leaders in Des Moines
  • 2007 Community Commitment Award from the African American Leadership Coalition
  • 2007 Iowa Council for International Understanding (ICIU) Community Leadership Award
  • 2007 International Trends and Services Award from the Des Moines Chapter of the Links Incorporated
  • 2008 Heroes of the Heartland – International Impact Award from the American Red Cross Central Iowa Chapter 
  • 2009 Dr. David J Wang Humanitarian Award from the Chinese Association of Iowa
  • 2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Board Memberships

  • Cornerstone of Hope Inc. (Founder & President)
  • American Red Cross – Central Iowa Chapter (2006 – 2010)
  • Iowa Council for International Understanding – ICIU (Vice President At-Large 2006 - 2010)
  • Alianza - Latino Business Chambers of Iowa (Vice President  2006 - 2010)
  • Political and Economic Research Council (PERC)

Committee/Council memberships;-

  • Member of the Des Moines Chapter of the Rotary International (member International Service Committee)
  • Wells Fargo Central Iowa Diversity Council  (2006 – 2010)
  • Grand View University Diversity Committee
  • The New Iowans Policy Task Force for the State of Iowa (2008)
  • Lutheran Church of Hope West Des Moines (2006 – 2010)
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Committee
  • The New Iowan Centers Community Advisory Committee (2007 – 2009)
  • Africans National Association of Iowa

Eric’s goal is to contribute talents to his community and enhance its quality of life.

Mission Statement

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“ Be unselfishly concerned for and devoted to the welfare of others through business and trade that provides affordable housing and peoples’ development."

Vision Statementpicture

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“ Ordinary People doing eXtraordinary things through business - making difference in the live of others.”