Maria brings more than 25 years of business and leadership experience to the Dardis team.
She blends this knowledge with the Dardis Communications service portfolio to serve clients’ needs in the areas of professional presentation, image, consultative selling and personal or executive coaching.
A certified consultant in The Birkman Method®, Maria uses industry-leading behavioral assessments to facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career management and interpersonal communication.
Maria began her career at Principal Financial Group, where she held such leadership positions as Senior Underwriter, Senior Account Manager and Director of Operations and Regional Marketing Director.
At Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Maria served as Vice President of Strategic Initiative Implementations, Regional Sales Manager and Senior Vice President of Business Design and Development. During that time, she led the top-producing sales region, which included ten states and more than 320 sales professionals.
Maria rejoined Principal Financial Group as Vice President of the National Accounts Division. In this role, she served Principal’s largest health clients. She led the third party administrator of health benefits for nearly 700,000 members, and she oversaw the Principal Wellness Company that included over 250,000 members.
An active community member, Maria serves the Des Moines metro through board membership with area nonprofits. She has served in many leadership roles with United Way of Central Iowa, and also serves on the board of The Des Moines Social Club, a nonprofit organization that uses the arts as a catalyst to create community engagement. Maria is honored to be a 2019 Inspiring Woman of Iowa Character Award Finalist.
Maria is an Iowa native and a graduate of the University of Iowa. She lives in Urbandale, Iowa, with her husband David.