Monteferrante says this unique experience will impact your life

Michael Monteferrante and Sal Giunta

We’re only a few weeks away from the Chamber’s November 29 Annual Meeting featuring Medal of Honor Recipient, former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Sal Giunta. Michael Monteferrante is the incoming Chairman of the Board for the Chamber as well as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Envision, Inc. He was instrumental in securing Sal for the event. Monteferrante said, “Sal’s speech will be a goose bump experience that will impact your life. This is a rare opportunity to hear from such a decorated patriot.”

The Medal of Honor is awarded to the nation’s bravest Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen by the President of the United States in the name of Congress. Sal received his medal in 2010 for bravery in battle during his second deployment to Afghanistan while serving as a rifle team leader in the Korengal Valley.

Jack Pulley, Fleet Sales Manager at Davis-Moore Auto Group, is also looking forward to Sal’s presentation, even though he’s already heard him speak on several occasions. “Sal is a true patriot. And this is the perfect occasion for Wichita to honor his bravery as we also welcome the KC-46 to McConnell Air Force Base and celebrate the launch of the Navy’s U.S.S. Wichita in early 2019. He’ll be a fabulous speaker and it will be a very patriotic evening.”

Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta

We hope you’ll join us on November 29 to thank Sal Giunta for his heroic actions and learn more about his determination to serve his country and his fellow soldiers. Please plan to bring members of your team, your clients and other business associates who will benefit from his presentation. Special student, military, and Young Professionals of Wichita (YPW) ticketing pricing is available.

Our thanks to our many sponsors who have made it possible to bring Giunta to Wichita.
Presenting Sponsor:  INTRUST Bank
Premier Sponsors:  Cox Business, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and Westar Energy
Platinum Sponsors:  Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Berry Companies, Black Hills Energy, Cargill Protein Group, Grant Thornton LLP, High Touch Technologies, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Meritrust Credit Union and RCB Bank
Print Sponsor:  Envision, Inc.
Gold Sponsors:  GLMV Architecture, Inc., Hutton, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., Occidental Management, Inc., and Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
Chairman’s Circle:  Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Koch Industries, Inc., and Cox
Presidential Partners:  Textron Aviation, Inc., INTRUST Bank, and Fidelity Bank

Leadership Lessons from Salvatore Giunta

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore “Sal” Giunta was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2010.

On Thursday, November 29, the community will have an opportunity to hear from former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta when he’s the featured speaker at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Giunta is the first living person to receive the Medal of Honor since the conclusion of the Vietnam War. His memoir, titled Living With Honor, covers his journey from being a teenage “sandwich artist at Subway” to his heroic actions during combat in Afghanistan in October 2007 that earned him the U.S. military’s highest honor in 2010.

Most of us won’t ever be tested like Giunta or his fellow soldiers, but his story offers a number of life and leadership lessons that we can incorporate in our daily lives. He shares some of them in his book.

  • Training is essential. You need the right tools and the confidence to use them.
  • Teamwork and communication are vital. Your success depends on everyone understanding their role and embracing the mission.
  • Leadership is critical. You’ll move mountains for leaders you respect.
  • Heroes are all around us. Every courageous deed isn’t documented, captured on film or publicly celebrated. There are lots of quiet heroes among us that we can and should recognize for their sacrifices and heroism.

Living With Honor is a memoir by Salvatore A. Giunta.

Giunta is a true U.S. patriot, but his book doesn’t sugarcoat the hardships and heartbreak that soldiers endure during wartime. His humility is endearing and his endurance is inspiring.

We hope that you’ll join us on November 29 to thank him for his heroic actions and learn more about his determination to serve his country and his fellow soldiers. Please plan to bring members of your team, your clients and other business associates who will benefit from his leadership lessons.

Our thanks to our many sponsors who have made it possible to bring Giunta to Wichita.
Presenting Sponsor:  INTRUST Bank
Premier Sponsors:  Cox Business, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and Westar Energy
Platinum Sponsors:  Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Black Hills Energy, Cargill Protein Group, Grant Thornton LLP, High Touch Technologies, Hyatt Regency Wichita, Meritrust Credit Union, RCB Bank, and Berry Companies
Print Sponsor:  Envision, Inc.
Gold Sponsors:  GLMV Architecture, Inc., Hutton, Lubrication Engineers, Inc., Occidental Management, Inc., and Professional Engineering Consultants, P.A.
Chairman’s Circle:  Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Koch Industries, Inc., and Cox
Presidential Partners:  Textron Aviation, Inc., INTRUST Bank, and Fidelity Bank

Renewing Wichita’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

Barry Schwan 2016 Chamber Chairman

Barry Schwan
2016 Chamber Chairman

By Barry Schwan
Owner, House of Schwan, Inc.
2016 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce

If you’ve followed the work of Wichita native and economic analyst James Chung, you’ve heard him outline the four challenges facing Wichita. One of those is the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Chung’s findings indicate that Wichita is behind the curve in startup density and venture capital investments. He’s challenged Wichita to “move the needle” on entrepreneurship and drive innovation forward as we’ve done in the past.

The Chamber appreciates the efforts of two business leaders who are helping Wichita move the needle on entrepreneurship. As co-chairs of the Entrepreneurship Task Force (ETF), Gary Oborny (Occidental Management) and Scott Schwindaman (Lubrication Engineers) have spearheaded an inclusive approach to strengthening our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Through their efforts, we’ve seen the emergence of e2e (Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur), a new nonprofit initiative where experienced area entrepreneurs are offering mentoring, seed money and programming to startups and scalable business ventures (see e2ewichita.com).

In addition to their involvement in ETF, both Oborny and Schwindaman are members of the Chamber board of directors. Schwindaman will take over the helm as Chamber chairman in 2017. A past Chamber chairman, Wayne Chambers (High Touch Technologies), recently donated a prime downtown location to launch the e2e Accelerator. It’s at that new site that John Dascher, President/CEO of e2e, and Accelerator Director Jacob Wayman have assembled a team who are working daily to recharge Wichita’s entrepreneurship environment.

Awareness was the first step taken by Oborny, Schwindaman and others to face Wichita’s entrepreneurship challenge. They started convening nearly 40 different organizations on a biweekly basis nearly three years ago to focus attention on the most pressing needs of our entrepreneurs and the gaps in our support of them. Our hats are off to the many loyal supporters who are still a part of that movement in the Wichita region.

One of those partners has been the Wichita district of the Small Business Administration (SBA). Entrepreneurs must have access to capital, and it was reported in August that SBA expects to achieve a near-record lending total of $85 million in fiscal year 2016 (ending September 30). That’s up more than 15% from $72.3 million in 2015. Wichita SBA Director Wayne Bell attributes the increase in lending to more awareness about the variety of financing tools available to startups. That’s a very positive step in the right direction.

We’re also impressed with some of the partnerships that private companies are undertaking. GroundWork is a startup incubator housed in the new offices of Builders Plus Construction in downtown Wichita. Builders Plus Construction CEO Chris Callen believes that entrepreneurism is the key to Wichita’s future and he’s committed to housing early-stage startups who are working collaboratively in the new space.

To further energize Wichita’s entrepreneurial spirit, the Chamber has secured one of the most sought after entrepreneurial experts in the country to speak at our December 1 Annual Meeting. As a major investor on ABC’s Emmy-winning Shark Tank series, Daymond John has invested more than $8 million to date on 61 deals with entrepreneurs across the country.  And while he certainly understands the importance of venture capital investments, his most recent book also champions the “power of broke” and the importance of creativity, substance and passion in entrepreneurial ventures.

All of these “good news” activities are renewing and revitalizing Wichita’s entrepreneurial spirit. The community leaders who are supporting these vital programs through financial investments, expertise and mentorship are too many to mention in this column. The Chamber applauds all of these efforts and is proud to be part of the growing network supporting the region’s businesses and advocating for the best possible business environment.

This column was originally published in the September issue of Synergy, the Chamber’s quarterly newsletter. Check this link for the full contents of the six-page issue.

Daymond John Energizing Entrepreneurship on December 1

By Barry Schwan
2016 Chairman of the Chamber Board of Directors
Owner, House of Schwan, Inc.

Accelerating entrepreneurship and economic opportunities across our region is imperative to accomplishing the Chamber’s mission and vision. If you’ve followed the work of Wichita native and economic analyst James Chung (thechungreport.com), you’ve heard him outline the four challenges facing Wichita. As part of the Entrepreneurship Challenge, Chung has challenged Wichita to “move the needle” and grow entrepreneurship in our region.

Daymond's BlackSuitThe Chamber has always played a key role in driving innovation and improving our entrepreneurial ecosystem. And our 2016 Annual Meeting speaker will undoubtedly energize and inspire those developing new opportunities for our region. I’m pleased to announce that Daymond John, one of the most sought after entrepreneurial experts in the country, is speaking at our December 1 Annual Meeting. He will also be interacting on stage with local entrepreneurs.

As one of the stars of ABC’s Emmy-winning Shark Tank series, Daymond John has invested more than $8 million to date with 61 entrepreneurs across the country. And while he certainly understands the importance of venture capital investments, his most recent book also champions the “power of broke” and the necessity of creativity, authenticity, substance and passion in successful entrepreneurial ventures.

Known as “the people’s Shark” on the Shark Tank series, he’s developed a reputation for championing the underdogs on the show and helping them move their business models to the next level. An innovator, angel investor, television personality, author and motivational speaker, Daymond John is also a U.S. Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

Please plan to join me on December 1. And more importantly, please extend an invitation to the entrepreneurs, the innovators and the dreamers in your organization or company to join you. We must all be relentlessly fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation so that Wichita becomes synonymous with economic opportunity.

Follow Daymond John @TheSharkDaymond on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

LINKS
Register to attend
Daymond John bio
Daymond John video – The Power of Broke (2 minutes)

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Morning Joe program headed to WSU campus Nov. 3

In what has been a year of firsts for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting event, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will co-host their daily Morning Joe program from Wichita on Tuesday, November 3 from 5 to 8 a.m. (CST). The live broadcast follows their participation in the Chamber’s Annual Meeting program on the evening of Monday, November 2. After scouting several locations, MSNBC officials selected the dining area of Shocker Hall dormitory on the Wichita State University (WSU) campus for the November 3 broadcast.

From left to right: Jason Neal of NBC News, Rachel Groene and Angie Elliott from the Chamber, and Raymond Herbert of MSNBC discuss broadcast options on the WSU campus.

From left to right: Jason Neal of NBC News, Rachel Groene and Angie Elliott from the Chamber, and Alex Korson of MSNBC discuss broadcast options on the WSU campus.

Angie Elliott, Director of Business Services for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, has been managing both events and worked with three representatives of MSNBC who visited Wichita last week. Elliott said WSU officials have been very helpful to the MSNBC crew and that the University’s experience hosting other nationally televised events makes them a valuable partner to the Morning Joe program. “MSNBC producers were familiar with all the impressive things happening at WSU. They were interested in touring some of the new facilities and thought the vibrancy of the campus would bring the right energy to their programming.”

WSU, Visit Wichita, and the Greater Wichita Partnership are community partners for the broadcast. Students, business leaders, elected officials, and the public will be invited to be part of the live audience for the program.

Morning Joe Broadcast:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the dining area of Shocker Hall dormitory on the Wichita State University campus
  • Televised from 5–8 a.m. (CST) on MSNBC
  • Sign up at Eventbrite to be part of the live audience (MSNBC Morning Joe Live Broadcast)
  • Doors open at 4:30 a.m. and participants should enter through the northeast entrance of the building.
  • Free parking for the public will be available in the lot surrounding Koch Arena.

Chamber Annual Meeting:

  • Monday, November 2 at Century II in Wichita from 6:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Balcony tickets for the Chamber’s evening program are $35, and can still be reserved online at wichitachamber.org/AnnualMeeting.

Chamber welcomes MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

Joe Scarborough

Follow Joe Scarborough on Twitter @JoeNBC

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has secured Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program to interview Koch Industries Chairman and CEO Charles Koch on stage as part of the November 2nd Annual Meeting program. An added feature of the event includes the broadcast of the Morning Joe program live from Wichita the following day.

2015 Chamber Chairman Jon Rosell said that the evening with Koch will be enhanced by two nationally known and experienced interviewers. Rosell said, “All three of the people on stage that evening are thought leaders and authors who will have a lot to share with our community.”

Mika Brzezinski

Follow Mika Brzezinski on Twitter @morningmika

Gary Plummer, President and CEO of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, is especially pleased about the opportunity to showcase Wichita the next day and to tell Wichita’s remarkable story.

Community partners for the next day’s broadcast in Wichita are Wichita State University, Visit Wichita, and the Greater Wichita Partnership.

Learn more about the event, speaker and the moderators:
Bios – Koch, Scarborough & Brzezinski
MSNBC Video
Annual Meeting reservation information

Follow the Morning Joe co hosts on social media:
Mika Brzezinski
@morningmika on Twitter, mikabrzezinski on Instagram, and Mika Brzezinski on Facebook
Joe Scarborough
@JoeNBC on Twitter, joescarborough on Instagram, and Joe Scarborough on Facebook

2015 Annual Meeting Speaker Announced

by Jon Rosell, 2015 Chamber Chairman

Every year the Chamber strives to make the Annual Meeting a memorable and informative occasion. I’m very pleased that our 2015 Annual Meeting promises to be one of the most unique events we’ve presented in quite some time.

Jon Rosell

Jon Rosell is the 2015 Chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

On Monday, November 2, we’ll have an opportunity to hear from a global business leader who is also a Wichita native. The evening will include a discussion between our speaker and a nationally-known moderator, who will be announced at a later date.

We hope that you and your colleagues will join us.

Find out who our speaker is here:
Link to video
Link to news release
Link to program information and tickets

Dr. Condoleezza Rice inspires Wichita crowd at Chamber Annual Meeting

TJ7_6940Last week’s Annual Meeting kicked off with 2014 Board Chairman Wayne Chambers passing the gavel to 2015 Chairman Jon Rosell and ended with Dr. Condoleezza Rice answering questions submitted by the public. A crowd of 3,000 people were in attendance to hear the former U.S. Secretary of State’s presentation, which was packed full of quotable insight as she addressed a wide variety of topics from 9/11 and ISIS to education and football. We have collected some of our favorite Condoleezza quotes below.

  • “If you were in as position of authority on September 11, every day after that felt like September 12. From that moment on, our perception of security would never be the same.”
  • “Before we get impatient, we should remember democracy is really hard. And it takes a really long time.”
  • “The men and women of the military who volunteer to defend us are a gift the United States enjoys.”
  • “When the U.S. steps back, those who don’t believe in free people and free markets will take power.”
  • “When the world is this chaotic, we have to hope someone will lead. I hope it is the extraordinary country of the USA.”
  • “Education is the single most important intervention we have against social inequality.”
  • “We have to make sure if people work twice as hard, they have a chance.”
  • “Your role models and mentors don’t have to look like you. My role models were white men. If I had waited for a black, female Soviet specialist, I would still be waiting.”
  • “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from but it matters where you’re going.”

A big thank you to all our event sponsors (see below) and to all who attended.  See conversation from the event on Twitter using #RiceDec4 and view photos from the events on our Facebook page.

Media Coverage
Wichita Business Journal – “Condoleezza Rice sees education as route to equal opportunity”
Wichita Eagle – “Condoleezza Rice: Education disparity biggest threat to U.S. security”
Carrie Rengers – You don’t say

Presented by Murfin, Inc.

Premier Sponsors
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Cox Business, High Touch Technologies,
INTRUST Bank, Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Lubrication Engineers, Inc.,
Meritrust Credit Union, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., Westar Energy

Dr. Condoleezza Rice Speaking on December 4 at Annual Meeting

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice

By Wayne Chambers

By now our Chamber members have received a digital announcement that our 2014 Annual Meeting speaker is Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the 66th Secretary of State of the United States. Her resume and international experience are very impressive and you can follow this link to view her official bio.

Dr. Rice is passionate about many of the issues that concern area business leaders:  educating our workforce, international relations, and leadership development.

An articulate barrier breaker for both her race and gender, she’s also an accomplished musician and a natural athlete. In fact, she’s such an avid football fan that I’m told she’s never missed a Super Bowl game.

I’m delighted that our sponsors have made it possible to bring her to Wichita. Our special thanks to Murfin Drilling Company, the presenting sponsor for the event. Premiere sponsors include: Bank of America, Cox Business, High Touch Technologies, INTRUST Bank, Kennedy and Coe, LLC, Lubrication Engineers Inc., Meritrust Credit Union, Spirit AeroSystems, Inc., and Westar Energy.

I also appreciate the assistance from Mark Chamberlin of Armstrong Chamberlin Strategic Marketing who developed a special video announcement that was shared with Chamber membership earlier today and is available on the Chamber’s YouTube channel, titled Wichita Metro Chamber.

I look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on December 4 at Century II, and I encourage you to make your reservations for the event as soon as possible.

You can learn more about Dr. Rice by following her on Twitter @CondoleezzaRice and Facebook at Condoleeza Rice. She’s also produced two best-selling books about her experiences and you’ll find those book titles on her official bio.

See the article from Carrie Rengers’ ‘Have You Heard’ column here.

This is My Town

Last night nearly 1,000 area business leaders had the opportunity to hear the Chairman and CEO of Gallup, Jim Clifton, share his thoughts about how to stimulate job growth.  Mr. Clifton’s presentation was part of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting program.

We’ve covered many of Clifton’s ideas in previous posts.  Here are a few additional thoughts that Mr. Clifton provided for us to consider.

  • The start-up conversation is very different in communities that encourage job growth. It’s all about leadership. You need about 100 people in your city who gather together and say, “This is my town and I’d rather die than lose it.”
  • Americans are still an exceptional tribe of people. Winston Churchill said, “You can always count on Americans to get it right—after they’ve tried everything else.”
  • We have to “out-enterprise” the rest of the world if the U.S. is going to rise again.
  • The next group of leaders must have enormous talent for developing people—moving our workforce from unengaged to engaged.

You can follow these links to articles, photos and videos that provide coverage of the event.

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