Patty Koehler

President & CEO
JR Custom Metal Products, Inc.

Patty Koehler, President & CEO, JR Custom Metal Products, Inc.

What makes Wichita a great place to live?

Wichita is a wonderful place to live because of it’s caring people and their diversity. It’s a great place to raise a family; it’s a safe and clean community and a great place to have a business. Wichita is a diverse city when it comes to industries, with aviation, agriculture, the manufacturing of medical devices, construction equipment, and transportation equipment. People would be surprised if they researched what all is being manufactured in Wichita.

What is the biggest challenge or opportunity for our community in 2016?

The biggest challenge in our community in 2016 will be all the construction projects on Kellogg creating traffic congestion and inconvenience. It will be great when the projects are complete, and we have safer highways.

What lasting impression do you hope the community will have of Together 2016?

The lasting impression I hope will come out of Together 2016 is that the business leaders in this group are willing to give back and invest in our community we love. The key will be coming up with a project that will enhance the community and is shared by all of Wichita.

Why did you choose to get involved in Together 2016?

We chose to get involved in Together 2016, because of what we have accomplish in the past two years with Together Wichita: the “ I Live Here, I Love It” Chalkboard project, the Memories Park in Sedgwick County Park, and the signage for the Wichita Bike paths in east Wichita. All of these projects enhance the community.

One of the principles of Together 2016 is to invite every citizen to participate. Who would you invite first?

I would invite other business owners and managers in our family business to participate.

What would you tell a person who is considering moving to Wichita?

Wichita is the best of small town living in a Big City atmosphere (but not too big) and the people are great! We are in Kansas, so if you don’t like today’s weather, wait until tomorrow it might be like the arctic or like the tropics.

How has Wichita changed since you first moved here?

Wichita is constantly growing, improving, and keeping up with the times and the needs of our community. Wichitans take pride in our community.

Who could be better served by our community?

Today, I see an increase in homeless people in our community. It saddens me to know there are individuals with out shelter and food, and even homeless veterans walking and living on the streets. We have non-profit organizations and churches of all denominations working to help the less fortunate, however there is never enough resources to go around.

What is Wichita’s best kept secret?

I think Wichita’s best kept secret is the People of Wichita. They love their community and are always working to make it a better place for all who live here.

Who is someone locally that has influenced you?

My parents were the biggest influence as they were great role models for me. They were the founders of our family business, but they always put God first and family next. They showed us dedication, perseverance, faith and determination.

How long have you lived in Wichita?

I was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, came to Wichita as an infant.

What is the first thing you would show a visitor to Wichita?

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception