Michael Sadler Posthumously Receives the 2019 Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Weindruch Award

Michael Sadler Posthumously Receives the 2019 Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Weindruch Award

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For Immediate Release

Iowa Taxpayers Association (ITA)

Contact: Tom Sands, President & CEO, Iowa Taxpayers Association

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Michael Sadler Posthumously Receives the 2019 Iowa Taxpayers Association’s Weindruch Award


DES MOINES, IA — (November 19, 2019) The Iowa Taxpayers Association, the state's leading nonpartisan business tax policy resource since 1935, in conjunction with the family of Linda S. Weindruch is pleased to announce that Michael Sadler, CenturyLink, has been chosen posthumously as the recipient of the 2019 Linda S. Weindruch Award. This prestigious award will be presented to Sadler’s retired colleague, Wayne Johnson, on behalf of Sadler’s daughter, Mykal Sadler, at the ITA Annual Tax Symposium on November 21, 2019, at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.


The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions in promoting and protecting the principles and policies of fair business taxation. The Iowa Taxpayers Association offers this award in memory and in recognition of Linda S. Weindruch, who passed away after a long battle with multiple sclerosis in October 2004. Weindruch was an active, longtime member of the Iowa Taxpayers Association. She was elected to serve on its board of directors in 1994 and served 10 active years. A tremendous friend of Iowa business, Weindruch worked diligently to develop and shape legislative and regulatory policy that supported sound taxation principles.


“Michael Sadler was selected as the recipient of the 2019 Iowa Taxpayer’s Association Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to promote fair tax policies for Iowa’s telecommunications industry. Michael was a stranger to no one, and his friendly demeanor and measured approach to solving difficult tax policy issues had a positive influence on everyone, regardless of their position on the particular issue at hand,” said Bruce Baker, Nyemaster Goode, P.C., Linda S. Weindruch Award Committee chair.


Sadler was a 1985 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School and a 1989 graduate of Simpson College. He received his MBA in management from Upper Iowa University. Sadler was a long-time employee of CenturyLink (US West/Qwest), where he began in the call center in 1994 and climbed the ladder quickly to become assistant vice president of public policy. Sadler was very active in his community and received numerous accolades for his efforts and dedication to service. He was named “Fundraiser of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association in 2003, “Iowan of the Day” for the 2009 Iowa State Fair and “Forty Under 40 Alumnus of the Year” in 2014, just to name a few of the honors he received.


Sadler was an active member of the Iowa Taxpayers Association. He had all the attributes that epitomized Linda S. Weindruch and worked tirelessly on developing sound tax policy for the benefit of Iowa.  




Michael Sadler




The Iowa Taxpayers Association (ITA) is a business-sponsored tax policy organization founded in 1935. The ITA mission is to educate and inform Iowans about sound fiscal policy; provide state policymakers with objective, nonpartisan research about the impact of specific tax and spending policies; and advocate for the adoption of rational public fiscal policy as it relates to business taxes. 


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