The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (KC Chamber) recently graduated 34 individuals as its 2014 class of Centurions. The group of young leaders has spent the last two years immersing themselves in Kansas City issues, community service projects, and self-directed leadership training.
“These outstanding young people are among the best our region has to offer,” says Jim Heeter, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber. “They are a diverse group of young people nominated by their companies or organizations to spend two very intense years learning about and working in their community. Our goal through Centurions is to prepare Kansas City’s future leaders, and these young men and women are certainly on their way.”
The 34 graduates, and the 36th class of Centurions, include:
- Adam Abrams, RED Brokerage, LLC Ruben Alonso, KCMO CDE
- Steve Altobello, BKD, LLP
- David Bagot, Ultrapom
- Joshua Brewster, Trozzolo Communications Group
- John Burgess, Walsworth Publishing Company, Inc.
- Kristen Cillessen, Cillessen Financial
- Alex Couchonnal McManus, Bayer Healthcare LLC
- Chris Dove, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
- Adam Eakes, IMA, Inc.
- Ashley Earnest, H&R Block, Inc.
- Matthew Flynn, US Bank
- Tracey Hannah, CommunityAmerica Credit Union
- Amy Holsopple, FleishmanHillard
- Lily Maxwell, Global Prairie
- Brian Hayhow, The Hayhow Group
- Jeremy Hegle, KC SourceLink
- Lindsey Heinz, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
- Stephanie Hemberger, HNTB Corporation
- Seft Hunter, Communities Creating Opportunities
- Shelly Koehler, JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc.
- Aaron Link, Perceptive Software
- Sean Manners, American Century Investments
- Bridget Moss, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
- Darren Prenger, ECCO Select Corporation
- Kris Rauh, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Michael Reardon, McCownGordon Construction, LLC
- Zac Richmond, Federal Reserve Bank of KC
- John Russ, UMB Bank
- Eva Schulte, Communities Creating Opportunities
- William A. Sosna, MRI Global
- Brian Stewart, ARC Physical Therapy +
- Chris Underwood, Burns & McDonnell
- Christopher Vukas, Greater Kansas City LISC
- Brett Wacha, Clickfarm Interactive
In addition to studying the region and its issues in monthly task force meetings, Centurions in 2014 also devoted 2,541 hours of community service in more than 140 projects. Also, the 2014 Class selected the Gillis Center for their annual Legacy Project, devoting 433 hours to the Center, including building a backyard deck.
Interviews for potential members of the Centurions Class of 2016 have been underway for the last several weeks, with a selection announcement anticipated within the next month.