Coffee with the GM March 9

By Susan Thompson

A program to improve communication between the Lake Panorama Association and LPA members will continue in 2018. The first “Coffee with the GM” was held in April 2015. These events provide LPA members the opportunity to discuss topics of interest in a candid, conversational format.

Priestley Construction: More than Building Homes

Members of the Bill and Marcia Priestley family are (front row, from left) Claire Priestley, Katelyn Priestley, Brynn Coppola, Carter Coppola, (second row) Julie Priestley, Andy Priestley, Bill Priestley, Lia Coppola, Marcia Priestly, Ali Coppola, and Cary Coppola.


Bill Priestley built his first home at the young age of 19, and just months ago, he built his last. Both homes — two of more than a hundred he developed under Priestley Construction — were for his wife, Marcia.

“He told (our son) Andy he built his first house for me and his last house for me,” Marcia said as her husband of 45 years nodded and gave her knee a little squeeze while they sat inside their beautiful new custom home on the south edge of Guthrie Center.

ParadisePad Began at Lake Panorama

In 2011, Austin Hayden (left) and his father Mike Hayden created ParadisePad, a foam water pad designed for people looking for a perfect raft on the water. They have grown the business into a world-class operation with sales in 40 states. The Haydens have been enjoying Lake Panorama for over 20 years.


A father-son business making a big splash got its start at Lake Panorama. Mike Hayden and his son, Austin, created ParadisePad, a foam water raft designed for water enthusiasts in 2011. Seven years later, the company is a world-class operation with thousands of boaters choosing to float in paradise. 

“It’s been quite a ride,” said Austin, 25, a West Des Moines Valley high school graduate who earned a scholarship to play soccer at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. 

A Little About a Lot

By Susan Thompson

In this month’s Q&A, John Rutledge, LPA general manager, reviews several topics expected to get additional attention by the LPA board, staff and membership in 2018.

Q:  LPA recently conducted a member survey. Tell us a little about the response and the preliminary results.

2018 Lake Panorama Golf League Options

By Susan Thompson

At our house, a good way to keep the winter blahs at bay is to look ahead to the next golf season. Fortunately for those who live at Lake Panorama, we have two great golf courses and several golf league options to consider.

The Lake Panorama Association owns two courses – the 18-hole Lake Panorama National on the east side of the lake, and the 9-hole Panorama West on the west side. Both courses are operated by the LPN, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the LPA.