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Board Officers


                            2014 Chairman                            Immediate Past Chairwoman
                          Wayne Chambers                                          Deborah Gann
                         President and CEO                       VP, Corporate Communications
                    High Touch Technologies                               and Public Affairs
                                                                                             Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.


          Chair Elect                                         President and CEO
     Jon Rosell                                            Gary Plummer
          Executive Director                              Wichita Metro Chamber
  Medical Society of Sedgwick County                                                                    



 First Vice Chair                                              Treasurer
    Barry Schwan                                             Mark Tucker
          Owner                                                    Vice President
House of Schwan, Inc.                                  Cox Business

Letter from the Chair

Third Quarter 2014


Dear Chamber members,

Fifty community leaders participated in the Chamber’s city-to-city visit to Austin, Texas, this year. Some very familiar themes emerged from our visit with Austin leadership.

They’re the same themes that we heard from Jim Clifton, the CEO of Gallup, when he spoke at the Chamber’s annual meeting last year. And they were repeated by respected demographer James Chung when he made his Fuel the Fire presentation to the community on Sept. 17.

Jumpstarting Wichita’s economy requires focusing on three important things:

• community alignment and partnerships
• an educated workforce
• activation – an understanding that no one else will do this for us

It’s obvious that Adam Smith’s “invisible hand of the market” won’t fix our local economy. We must take different actions if we expect different results. Mr. Chung put it even more succinctly: “Wichita must decide now whether to stagnate or innovate.”

Shaping a more positive future requires investments in a long-term water plan, street maintenance, transit, and a proactive jobs plan. Let’s not miss the opportunity to say YES to these investments and vote YES on Nov. 4 for the city sales tax. We’ll be sending the right message to the workforce and businesses that we’re trying to grow and attract. “Wichita is open for business.”

Wayne Chambers
High Touch Technologies


Executive Committee

(Includes Board Officers above)


    Vera Bothner                          Claudio Ferraro                         Jeffrey Fluhr
  Managing Partner         Sr. Administrator/Chief of Staff             President
Bothner and Bradley, Inc.       Via Christi Health                      Wichita Downtown
                                                                                                    Development Corporation


  Sommer Keplar                        Martha Linsner                 Michael Monteferrante
 Manager Design,                            President                             President and CEO
Development & Learning         TCK - The Trust                            Envision, Inc.
Via Christi Health, Inc.            Company of Kansas


    Mark Nichols                           Gary Schmitt                       Scott Schwindaman
  VP Government                       Division Director,                     President & CEO
   & Public Affairs                   Commercial Banking           Lubrication Engineers, Inc.
 Koch Companies                & Real Estate Lending
Public Sector, LLC                      INTRUST Bank


     Jim Walters                            William Wood                            Ian Worrell
       Senior VP,                                    Partner                         Small Business Lender
Human Resources                  Foulston Siefkin LLP                   INTRUST Bank
Cessna Aircraft Company                                                                      

                                                            Rod Young
                                                       President & CEO
                                   Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.


PAUL ALLEN | Chief Executive
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C.

JOHN ALLISON** | Superintendent
Wichita Public Schools

DR. JOHN BARDO** | President
Wichita State University

JOAN BARRETT | President & General Manager
Sunflower Broadcasting/KWCH/KSCW

LORI BECKER | Vice President, Global Human Resources
The Coleman Company, Inc.

LAURA BERNSTORF | Sr. Project Management Specialist
Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.

Newman University

GREGORY COLE | Chairman, President, & CEO
Good Life Company, LLC

All Metal Recycling, LLC

JOHN DIEKER | VP, Strategic Projects 
Bombardier Learjet

JOHN EK | Publisher
Wichita Business Journal

JUNETTA EVERETT | VP, Professional Relations
Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc.

DAVID HODGE | Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking
Emprise Bank

MARK HUTTON | Chairman and CEO
Hutton Construction Corporation

COL. JOEL JACKSON**| Commander, 22nd Air Refueling Wing
McConnell Air Force Base

COL. JEFFRY JORDAN** |Commander, 184th Intelligence Wing
Kansas Air National Guard

DR. TONY KINKEL** | President
Wichita Area Technical College

Klenda Austerman LLC, Attorneys at Law 

DR. KIM KRULL** | President
Butler Community College

SHAWN LANCELOT | President, Bank of America Wichita
Bank of America

Kennedy and Coe, LLC

MICHAEL MARTIN | Director of Communications
Cargill Meat Solutions

RIPTON MELHADO | General Manager
Hyatt Regency Wichita 

DAVID MURFIN | President
Murfin Drilling Company, Inc.

TIM NELSON | Executive Vice President, Chief Lending Officer
Fidelity Bank

KIM NUSSBAUM | President and Publisher
The Wichita Eagle

GARY OBORNY | Chairman and CEO
Occidental Management, Inc.

Wichita Community Foundation

TODD RAMSEY | Chief Strategist
Apples & Arrows

SUSIE SANTO** | President & CEO
Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau

Legacy Bank

HUGH TAPPAN | President and CEO
Wesley Medical Center

J.P. Weigand & Sons

Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates

GLMV Architecture

BILL WEST | Senior Director of Engineering Operations
Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.

Sulllivan Higdon & Sink

DR. DARCY ZABEL** | Interim President
Friends University

**ex officio

Section Highlights:
  •  The mission of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce is to drive economic growth and community advancement in the Wichita region.
  • The vision is that the Wichita region will be the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities.


Gary Plummer
President & CEO
Aeroflex Wichita, Inc. Airbus North America Engineering, Inc. Ambassador Hotel Wichita Armstrong Chamberlin AT&T Berry Companies, Inc. BKD, LLPBuilding Trades Council of Central & Western Kansas Butler Community College Capital Enterprises, Inc. Carlos O'Kelly'sCNH Industries CHOOSE Networks, Inc. Clear Channel Media + EntertainmentConco ConstructionCornejo & Sons Coventry Health Care, An Aetna CompanyCox Machine, Inc. Davis-Moore Automotive, Inc. Delta Dental of Kansas, Inc. Dillon Food Stores Dondlinger & Sons Construction Company Inc.Eby Construction Co. Envision, Inc. Friends University GLMV Architecture, Inc. Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau House of SchwanHigh Touch Technologies Hyatt Regency Wichita IBEW L.U. 271 - Electrical Workers IMA, Inc. Johnson ControlsKAKE-TV Kansas Health Foundation Kennedy and Coe, LLC Key Construction, Inc. KSNW-Channel 3 Law Company Inc. LawKingdon Architecture LDF CompaniesLegacy BankLubrication Engineers, Inc. Martin Pringle Oliver Wallace & Bauer, L.L.P. Metro Courier, Inc. MKEC Engineering Consultants, Inc. Murfin Drilling Company Inc. Newman University Occidental Management, Inc. Pioneer Balloon Company Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 441 Poet Ethanol Products Range Oil Company, Inc. Ritchie Exploration, Inc. Rusty Eck Ford Security 1st Title LLC Slawson Real Estate Company Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas TECT Aerospace UCI United Way of the Plains Value PlaceWichita Area Assn. of Realtors Wichita Area Technical College (WATC) Wichita Business Journal Wichita Community Foundation Wichita Downtown Development Corporation Wichita State UniversityWorkforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, Inc.Yingling Aviation