The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce has announced its Centurions Class of 2013:
- Jamie Arnold, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
- Kate Bender, City of Kansas City, Missouri
- Jessica Best, emfluence
- Kara Bouillette, BNIM
- Gordon Braun, Protiviti, Inc.
- Jami Byer, Dean & Deluca
- Barb Cross, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
- Megan Day, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
- Steve Erickson, M&I Bank
- Leslie Fields, Saint Luke’s Health System
- Mike Funkey, Grant Thornton LLP
- Brett Gray, Commerce Bank
- Suzy Hall, Mariner Wealth Advisors, LLC
- Ashley Z. Hand, AECOM
- Jessica Hembree, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
- Phillip Hickman, Genesis School
- Nikki Hininger, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
- Leah Huddleston, KCP&L
- Megan Hunter, Harvesters—The Community Food Network
- Jake Jacobson, Garmin International
- Tricia Jaworski, Morningstar Communications
- Jennifer Jordan, The University of Kansas
- Russell Keller, Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
- Frank Koranda, SNR Denton US LLP
- Jennifer Kraenzle, Alphapointe Association for the Blind
- Troy Lillebo, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Marshall Lockton, Lockton Benefit Co.
- Korb Maxwell, Polsinelli Shughart PC
- Callie Merritt-Jones, Sprint
- Christopher Mitchell, McHenry Shaffer Mitchell Architects
- Bud Reynolds, The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC
- Jodi Robinson, CBIZ
- Bridget Romero, Lathrop & Gage LLP
- Kris Ryan, AT&T
- Becky Schieber, KU Endowment
- Greg Sikora, The Weitz Company
- John Teasdale, Haake Companies
- Jason Waldron, HDR Engineering, Inc.
- John Waller, Helix Architecture + Design
- Louis Williams, Bank of Kansas City
Centurions are talented and knowledgeable women and men, nominated by their companies and non-profit organizations as deserving the benefits the Centurions leadership development program brings.
Becoming a Centurion means a commitment of time and energy. One day a month, they hold a day-long task force meeting on critical issues facing the Kansas City region. There’s a yearly retreat and an annual benchmarking trip to another city. Plus, there is an obligation for regular community service.
The two-year program is also self-directed – the Centurions themselves are responsible for organizing everything.
Since 1976, the Centurions Leadership Program has earned its reputation as an unequaled training ground for future Kansas City leaders.