RDA Happenings July 2015
Posted on July 1, 2015 – By Emporia RDA
As President of the Regional Development Association of East Central Kansas (RDA), it pre-sented the opportunity to serve on various state and national boards.
At the present time, I serve on TEAM Kansas. The purpose of TEAM Kansas (formerly the Kansas Cavalry), was created in 1973 by Governor Robert Docking and a delegation of business leaders who visited Japan. After that trade mission, the Kansas Cavalry was organized with 50 to 75 members who assisted the State of Kansas on recruitment missions to business centers with business leaders to make business leader connections and meetings.
Every June during Business Appreciation Month, businesses and individuals are recognized at an annual banquet with the Governor’s Award of Excellence, Governor’s Exporter of the Year and some years the Kansas Silver Stirrup Award.
The Kansas Business Hall of Fame presents annual inductees in the categories of contemporary and historic. The year I served as the Chair and Board of Director of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. At this year’s annual banquet, I had the honor of presenting the awards on behalf of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame.
The Kansas Business Hall of Fame is located at Emporia State University at the School of Busi-ness. Over 60 individuals have been inducted into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. In the past 26 years. If you want to learn who has been inducted, you can go up to the College of Business to view all of the inductee’s plaques in the Kansas Business Hall of Fame Board Room or go to the website at http://www.emporia.edu/business/community/kbhf/
The 2015 Kansas Business Hall of Fame contemporary inductees are Gary Burrell and Min Kao, the co-founders of Garmin. Both inductees were unable to attend the TEAM Kansas banquet in Overland Park, Kansas. Accepting the awards on behalf of the Garmin co-founders was Garmin Vice-President of Communication Jon Cassat.
The Kansas Business Hall of Fame 2015 Historic inductee was Jess Cornejo who started the Jess Cornejo Trucking Company in 1952, which has grown into Cornejo and Sons, a large con-struction and hauling business in Wichita, Kansas. Two of five Cornejo sons Don and Martin were present to accept the award.
Back to the TEAM Kansas event, the 2015 Governor’s Exporter of the Year was VEKTEK of Emporia, Kansas. This is the third Emporia based company to win the Exporter of the Year award. Didde Web Press and Glendo Corporation are previous winners.
In 1995, Hill’s Pet Nutrition won the award. In 2009 Hill’s Pet Nutrition opened their Emporia plant. By default does that mean Emporia had four Governor’s Exporter of the Year award winners?
TEAM Kansas presented the Silver Stirrup Award this year to Harland Priddle, who has a long and distinguished career in Kansas Economic Development. He served as Secretary of Agricul-ture and was the first Secretary of Commerce. Today, semi-retired, Harland continues to be ac-tive in Haven, Kansas, promotes export trade and advocates Kansas Highway 96 development.
Some of you may recall or maybe not, I was awarded the Silver Stirrup award in 2005. Six past Governor’s, one U.S. Senator, two Lt. Governors and numerous Kansas business leaders have been awarded the Silver Stirrup award.
Other past National Boards are the Southern Economic Development Council Board of Direc-tors, the State Economic Development Associations in Kansas and Nebraska as Board of Di-rectors and all the office positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President.
Serving on various boards helps one grow and learn as a leader.