President & CEO
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce
My family moved to Wichita in late 2011, when I joined the Wichita Chamber. It was shortly thereafter when I had the opportunity to meet President George W. Bush at the Chamber’s annual meeting. It was then that I truly realized what an outstanding organization and community we had joined!
Be prepared to be “wowed” about all the things Wichita has to offer. It seems every time we host a guest they comment about how Wichita exceeded their expectations. Although that’s a positive thing, it may also be a commentary on how Wichita is telling its story. There’s a lot we can do to improve in that arena.
We need to be able to speak to how we have met and overcome the whole young talent issue. We have such a vibrant community where young people can make a significant contribution. I think part of the answer is how we communicate that fact to the rest of the world.
There’s a lot of momentum along the riverfront, which I think most communities would love to be able to say. The real prospects for a new baseball stadium will be a major step forward. I’m also optimistic the public will see the return on investing in new convention and fine arts facilities in that general area. I think INTRUST Bank Arena is a perfect example of how investing in ourselves sends a positive message about the community.
Keeper of the Plains