The KC Chamber announces Centurions Leadership Program class of 2015

Date: July 25, 2013

Contact: Pam Whiting, (816) 374-5481; e-mail
Katie Erwin, (816) 374-5465; e-mail

The KC Chamber announces Centurions Leadership Program class of 2015 The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome the class of 2015 to its Centurions Leadership Program. Members of the Centurions Leadership Program spend two years exploring the opportunities and issues of the Kansas City region. Established in 1976, Centurions was the first program of its kind in the metro. Over time, it has developed the reputation as an unequaled training ground for future leaders of Kansas City. Centurions are focused on building community awareness through civic opportunities and on community issues that affect Greater Kansas City. The mission is to prepare a representative cross-section of the community’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of Greater Kansas City. Task forces include topics such as entrepreneurship, diversity, arts and entertainment, and education. “Centurions is one of the premier programs of the KC Chamber,” said Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “Members of the incoming class will find themselves in the good company of some of our community’s key leaders and will have a vital role in the future of Kansas City.” Applicants are selected on the basis of proven professional success and community engagement, as demonstrated through a written application, recommendations, and personal interviews. The program selects a group of men and women from diverse ethnic and professional backgrounds, each with strong potential as a future community leader. Congratulations to the class of 2015: Jensen Adams- Metropolitan Energy Center Jim Allin- Applied Industrial Technologies Sara Anthony- Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Emeka Anyanwu-KCP&L Amy Bretall- Arvest Bank Kim Champlain- Gillis (Cornerstones of Care) Bess Covert- United Way of Greater KC Tom Dowling- Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Cameron Duff- Colliers International Dave Dumbauld- Orbis Biosciences, Inc. Ryan Evans- Henderson Engineers, Incorporated Renee Flowers- Higher M-Pact Katy Griffin- PKD Foundation Cemal Gungor-City of Kansas City, Missouri Agela Harse-Dentons US, LLP Colleen Hochberg-Hallmark Cards Kersten Holzhueter- Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP Richard Hu- HJM Architects Jim Humphrey-Polsinelli Michael Judy- Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. Meg Knauth-Sprint Jacob Littrell-360 Architecture Kara Lowe-Highwoods Properties John Minnis-Bank Midwest Karen Moore-Metropolitan Community College Ashlee Parker-Bank of Kansas City Suzanne Prendergast-Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Lynn Price-Terracon Consultants, Inc. Melissa Robinson- Black Health Care Coalition Patrick Sallee-American Red Cross of Greater Kansas City Ken Schaefer-The Weitz Company Megan Stock-Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics Brian Sulley-Tortoise Capital Advisors Matt Tritz-Lockton Companies Angela Tsevis-Lathrop & Gage, LLP Jeff Turner-Commerce Bank Joy Vann-Hamilton-ITT Technical Institute Crystal Ward-Hogan Preparatory Academy School District Ryan Weber- KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City Brent Wilson-CBIZ MHM, LLC Amy Young-Muller Bressler Brown Alumni of the program go on to serve on nonprofit boards, run for public office, and otherwise step into leadership roles in the interest of making Greater Kansas City a great place to live and work. A list of alumni and a complete list of active Centurions is available online at


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