Industry Outlook Group Shot

(seated, left to right)
Nancy Russell, Metropolitan Community College
Steve Dunn, J.E. Dunn Construction (co-sponsor and host)

Ralph Reid, Sprint Corp. (co-sponsor)
Maurice Watson, Husch Blackwell

John Murphy, Shook, Hardy & Bacon (co-chair and co-sponsor)

Bill Ebel, City of Overland Park
Mark James, Metropolitan Community College (co-chair and co-sponsor)

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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