(seated, left to right)
Ralph Reid, Sprint Corp. (co-sponsor)
John Murphy, Shook, Hardy & Bacon (co-chair and co-sponsor)
Bill Ebel, City of Overland Park
Margaret Bowker, J.E. Dunn Construction (co-chair, co-sponsor and host)
Terry Dunn, J.E. Dunn Construction (co-chair, co-sponsor and host)
(back row, left to right)
Dave Frantze, Stinson Leonard Street
David Gentile, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Michelle Sweeney, Ingram's Media
Mike Viazzoli, Bank of Kansas City
Joe Sweeney, Ingram's Media
Tom Turner, Grandbridge Real Estate Capital
Jim Rine, UMB Bank
Jim Heeter, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Pete Fullerton, Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
Ed Eilert, Johnson County Commission
Michael Droge, Park University
Kent Huyser, Metropolitan Community College Foundation
Tom Metzger, Bank Midwest
Pat McCown, McCownGordon Construction
Kevin Trimble, Saint Luke's Health System
Greg Carlson, Burns & McDonnell
Jonathan Kemper, Commerce Bank
Don Greenwell, The Builders' Association
Greg Swetnam, Kessinger/Hunter & Co.
Area Leaders See Promise in KC’s Future
“The biggest threat I would say is one that’s been looming forever: that is we fractionalize ourselves into smaller communities,” so said Jonathan Kemper, chairman of Commerce Bank, speaking to one of the perennial challenges that bedevil the Kansas City region. Yet Kemper, like the other 27 area leaders who gathered for Ingram’s General Assembly Industry Outlook, saw a positive side to the area’s unique bifurcation.
“The last time I counted,” said Kemper, “we had four senators representing us and at least four representatives in Congress. We have a very charismatic mayor in the central city and a lot of young people here with a tremendous amount of talent.”
That much said, Kemper added, “The biggest opportunity is for all of us to pull together and have some aligned goals.” It was precisely to align regional goals that Ingram’s convened the assembly, as it does every five year anniversary. This year’s assembly was made possible by the sponsorship of the J.E. Dunn Construction, Sprint Corp., Metropolitan Community College and the law firm of Shook Hardy & Bacon.
J.E. Dunn hosted the event. Terry Dunn, CEO of J.E. Dunn; John Murphy, managing director of Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and Mark James, chancellor of MCC, ably managed the discussion. And a lively discussion it was.
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