Marilyn Pauly: 2016 Uncommon Citizen

Pauly, Marilyn_cropMarilyn Pauly, Vice Chairman of Commerce Bank, will be recognized as our 2016 Uncommon Citizen at the annual Honors Night celebration on Thursday, April 7.

Established in 1974, the Uncommon Citizen is the Chamber’s most prestigious individual award. It recognizes those who, by their individual efforts year after year, have made uncommon contributions to the people and institutions of Wichita and the surrounding area. Recipients are honored not only for their role in business but for their participation in cultural, civic, social and philanthropic activities.

Marilyn has dedicated herself to her family, job and the city of Wichita for many years. She began her banking career at the Fourth National Bank and currently fills the role of Vice Chairman at Commerce Bank. A graduate of Wichita State University, she has received numerous business and civic awards and honors.

During her career she has donated countless hours to various local organizations. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Wichita State University Foundation in addition to serving on the following boards:  YMCA of Wichita, United Way of the Plains, Heartspring Foundation and Women of Wichita, Inc.

“Marilyn Pauly’s roots as a trailblazer in business and community affairs go back 47 years, to her first part-time job in banking while she was getting her business degree at WSU,” Wichita State University President John Bardo said. “Her rise to professional prominence has run parallel to her public service contributions, and we benefit today from her leadership of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and her unstinting support for the university.”

Her love for Wichita is evidenced by her desire to continually give back to the city. “I can’t imagine living anywhere but here,” she said. “The professional opportunities, deep-rooted friendships and philanthropic organizations I’ve been able to engage with are truly immeasurable.”

Look for the announcement of the remaining Honors Night awards recipients next week. Reservations for Honors Night may be made online. For tickets and additional information, visit wichitachamber.org/HonorsNight or call 316-268-1123.

GWEDC to market WSU’s Innovation Campus in Germany next month

Wichita State University (WSU) announced this week that Airbus has signed a letter of intent to locate a major engineering center on WSU’s new Innovation Campus. Around 400 Airbus employees will move from their current location in downtown Wichita to a new two-story building on the Wichita State University campus in January 2017. The development firm MWCB LLC, led by David Murfin, Nestor Weigand Jr., Ivan Crossland Jr. and Steven Barrett, will finance and manage the project, known as Partnership 1.

David Murfin of MWCB LLC and Dr. John Bardo, President of Wichita State University, both serve as Members At-Large on the Greater Wichita Economic Development (GWEDC) Steering Council. GWEDC President Tim Chase said that his team will be using the announcement to market Wichita at upcoming trade shows and other events.

Chase said, “We have an opportunity next month at the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology in Hannover, Germany, to target executives that represent robotics, energy storage devices and advanced materials. They’ll be extremely interested in the fact that WSU has aligned itself with such an influential global company. Airbus is known for its innovative culture and this news will further demonstrate to our targets that Wichita should receive full consideration for their future expansions and partnerships.”

WSU will make an announcement on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. regarding the plans for the building in downtown Wichita that Airbus will no longer occupy after January 2017.

Follow these links to learn more about the WSU Innovation Campus:

Dr. Bardo shared his appreciation for the four local developers who are helping the University align with business needs. Pictured from left to right at the WSU news conference are:  Nestor Weigand, Steve Barrett, David Murfin and Ivan Crossland, Jr.  The four investors are  developing the project as MWCB LLC.

Dr. Bardo shared his appreciation for the four local developers who are helping the University align with business needs. Pictured from left to right at the WSU news conference are: Nestor Weigand, Steve Barrett, David Murfin and Ivan Crossland, Jr. The four investors are developing the project as MWCB LLC.