The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 127th anniversary November 25, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom, and will showcase the KC Chamber’s entrepreneurship initiative. The theme for this year’s event is “For KC, By KC”. Entrepreneur Daymond John will be the guest presenter.
“This year’s Annual Dinner offers the opportunity to celebrate our collective desire to grow and nurture business in Kansas City,” said Jim Heeter, president and chief executive office of the KC Chamber. “We grow our own, and we do it well. We’ll honor that commitment, and continue our effort to reach our Big 5 goal of becoming ‘America’s most entrepreneurial city’ as we gain some insight from a nationally-recognized entrepreneur with a proven record of success.”
Daymond John started a clothing company in his mother’s basement and transformed it into a global fashion empire. John appears on ABC’s reality business show “Shark Tank.” He’s the founder and CEO of FUBU (standing for “For Us By Us”), a company that has amassed more than $4 billion in worldwide retail sales. John is the author of Display of Power: How FUBU Changed A World Of Fashion, Branding And Lifestyle, recognized as a road map for those who aspire to succeed in business and in life.
He also wrote The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth to the Boardroom, examining the relationship between companies’ affiliation with celebrities and how that impacts the consumer. In addition to being the top shark on TV, John is a consultant and public speaker. He’ll share with Kansas City his expertise in marketing and entrepreneurism.
The KC Chamber’s Annual Dinner will honor outgoing Chamber Chair Roshann Parris of Parris Communications and incoming Chair Terry Dunn of JE Dunn Construction. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the chamber’s Kansas Citian of the Year – the highest civic honor awarded in the KC region.
The dinner is open only to KC Chamber members and their guests.