Sean Weaver

EVP, Assurance Services
Allen, Gibbs & Houlik

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What makes Wichita a great place to live?

Wichita brings together a great combination of terrific characteristics: First, although perhaps a bit cliché, it’s absolutely true that Wichita’s people make it the friendly, community-oriented and livable place it is. Second, there’s an entrepreneurial drive and Midwestern work ethic here that builds businesses and pushes our community forward. Third, as a community, we’re willing to take a candid look at what we need to do to make this an even better place to live, work and prosper. The revitalization and redevelopment of the downtown area is one great example.

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

James Chung’s presentation highlighted a reality for Wichita – that we have to take action now or risk the vitality of our community. The most important thing we can do is work together to create an environment in which jobs and economic development can thrive – and then ensure that our self-image reflects that environment. Both will help us attract new jobs; new jobs will boost household income, and that in turn spurs the local economy.

Why did you choose to get involved in Together 2016?

This is our firm’s third year of participating in Wichita Together. We see it as a way to help raise the visibility of organizations working together to create positive change in Wichita. It highlights good things happening in the city and helps spur conversations about how we can work together to keep our city a great place to live, work and play.

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

There is much more than meets the eye here – Wichita should be experienced firsthand to understand its benefits. Only by living here and experiencing them can you fully understand the economic opportunities, active cultural life, educational strengths, commitment to civic and charitable organizations and that famous Midwestern work ethic and friendliness. We’re a great place to raise a family, to start a business, to get a terrific education, to make a difference in your community … but sometimes it takes actually visiting or living here to really understand all that Wichita can offer.

What is Wichita’s best kept secret?

We are a creative community. We’re often thought of in terms of our aviation or Western heritage, which are all important parts of who we are. However, creativity also encompasses our history of entrepreneurship – creating jobs from new ways of doing businesses or new inventions – along with our ability to look at issues such as downtown revitalization and address them. It takes a lot of creative thinking and ways of working to build the kind of community Wichita has become, but we don’t often hear about that important aspect. Creative ideas and hard work have to go hand-in-hand.

How long have you lived in Wichita?

3 years in ICT, 18 years in Hutch

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

Old Town area and the Keeper