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10th Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon { May 7 }
Celebrate with this year's winners!
 Presented by Eric Fisher Academy & Great Plains Communications
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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
Jon Rosell
Executive Director
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

First Quarter 2014


Dear Chamber members,

Thank you for supporting and attending the sold-out Chairman’s Lunch in February. The discussion was centered on Wichita’s economic recovery, which has been stagnant compared to other communities. We left the luncheon knowing what our goals should be. We need a full tool box, meaning ready sites and buildings, a trained labor force, a war chest of money, and an incentive program that our community leaders can use as needed. We need a business-friendly environment and a favorable business tax structure. Overall, we need to “play angry” to be competitive in the economic development game. We need to demonstrate, as a community, that we are “open for business.”

As Chamber Chair, my goals include bringing diverse groups together so that community projects are aligned with a common voice, supporting small business development, encouraging entrepreneurs, nurturing our youth, and embracing a diverse community. Executing this plan includes taking part in a community branding initiative with several other organizations. Additionally, we are promoting entrepreneurial activity in the Wichita area with the support of the Chamber’s Leadership Council.

I am honored to be serving as this year’s Chamber Chair, and I am excited by what we can accomplish in 2014.

Wayne Chambers
President
High Touch Technologies
 

Board of Directors

Chairman

WAYNE CHAMBERS | President and CEO
High Touch Technologies

Executive Committee

VERA BOTHNER | Managing Partner
Bothner and Bradley, Inc.

CLAUDIO FERRARO | President
Via Christi Hospital, St. Joseph Campus

JEFFREY FLUHR | President
WIchita Downtown Development Corporation

DEBORAH GANN | VP, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.

SOMMER KEPLAR | Manager Design, Development & Learning
Via Christi Health, Inc.

MARTHA LINSNER | President
TCK - The Trust Company of Kansas

MICHAEL MONTEFERRANTE | President and CEO
Envision, Inc.

MARK NICHOLS | Vice President Government & Public Affairs
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

GARY PLUMMER | President & CEO
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

JON ROSELL | Executive Director
Medical Society of Sedgwick County

GARY SCHMITT | Division Director, Commercial Real Estate Lending
INTRUST Bank, N.A.

BARRY SCHWAN | Owner
House of Schwan, Inc.

SCOTT SCHWINDAMAN | President and CEO
Lubrication Engineers, Inc.

MARK TUCKER | Vice President
Cox Business

JIM WALTERS | Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Cessna Aircraft Company

WILLIAM WOOD | Partner
Foulston Siefkin LLP

IAN WORRELL | Small Business Lender
INTRUST Bank, N.A.

ROD YOUNG | President and CEO
Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.

Directors

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 | Director, Global HR
The Coleman Company, Inc.

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

DR. NOREEN CARROCCI** | President
Newman University

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

MARTY CORNEJO | Partner
C & S Group

JOHN DIEKER | VP, Strategic Projects 
Bombardier Learjet

JOHN EK | Publisher
Wichita Business Journal

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

RHONDA HARKINS | Treasurer
Beechcraft Corporation

DAVID HODGE | Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking
Emprise Bank

MARK HUTTON | Chairman and CEO
Hutton Construction Corporation

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

COL. JEFFRY JORDAN** |Commander, 184th Intelligence Wing
McConnell Air Force Base

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

GREGORY KLENDA | Partner
Klenda Austerman LLC, Attorneys at Law 

DR. KIM KRULL | President
Butler Community College

SHAWN LANCELOT | Wichita Market President
Bank of America

DIXIE LARSON | Partner
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.

SHELLY PRICHARD | President and CEO
Wichita Community Foundation

TODD RAMSEY | Chief Strategist
Apples & Arrows

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

FRANK SUELLENTROP | President
Legacy Bank

HUGH TAPPAN | President and CEO
Wesley Medical Center

BETH TULLY | Owner
Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates

JEFFREY VAN SICKLE | 
GLMV Architecture

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

SAM WILLIAMS** | Managing Partner
Sulllivan Higdon & Sink

DR. DARCY ZABEL | Interim President
Friends University

**ex officio

Section Highlights:
  •  The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce exists to empower our business members to increase the wealth and well-being of all south central Kansans.
Gary Plummer
President & CEO
Email
316.268.1113
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