Bloch Announces 29th Annual EOY Lineup

UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Announces Honorees for
29th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –  The Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management have announced the honorees for the 29th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Bloch School’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, one of Kansas City’s premiere resources for educating and creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

This year’s honorees are:

International Entrepreneur of the Year
Philip Anschutz, Owner, The Anschutz Corporation


Philip Anschutz founded The Anschutz Corporation in 1965 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a business degree. The company’s major business interests are in the fields of communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate, lodging, publishing, and entertainment. Included within The Anschutz Corporation is the subsidiary Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) which built and operates the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Anschutz is a governor of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) and an executive member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he serves as an emeritus trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a lifetime honorary trustee of The American Museum of Natural History and an alumnus member of the Smithsonian National Board.

Regional Entrepreneur of the Year
Tim Barton, Founder and Executive Chairman, Freightquote

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Tim Barton founded Freightquote in 1998. Barton’s innovation and leadership has been acknowledged by Entrepreneur magazine with a Top 5 spot on their “Hot 100” list. His vision and success is evident in the recognition Freightquote has received over the years as well, including Forbes “Best of the Web” and Kansas City Business Journal’s “Top 150 Private Companies”. Over the years, Barton has grown Freightquote to more than 1,200 employees with annual revenue exceeding $500 million.


Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship
Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas, Co-Founders, Operation Breakthrough


Responding to pleas from central-Kansas City parents who needed quality care and education for their children, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas founded Operation Breakthrough in 1971. The not-for-profit agency provides childcare and a broad range of social services for working-poor families. Today, it is the largest single-site childcare center in Missouri, caring each weekday for more than 500 children who come from homeless shelters, foster homes and struggling single parent families. Operation Breakthrough also provides medical and dental care, mental health services, tutoring, parent education, a food pantry, emergency aid and case management for families in crisis.

More information about the Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards event can be found at

Exec Ed Programs Ranked among Top 10 in Nation by

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UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management Ranked among Top 10 Educational Institutions in Leadership 500 Excellence Awards
Bloch Executive Education Programs Drive Ranking Placement

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been ranked No. 6 in the nation for excellence in leadership programs among educational institutions according’s Leadership 500 Excellence Awards.
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Bloch Executive Hall Classroom Named for Dunn Family

Terry and Peggy Dunn Family Classroom dedicated

From left: Bloch School Acting Dean David Donnelly, classroom donors Terry and Peggy Dunn, and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton.

From left: Bloch School Acting Dean David Donnelly, classroom donors Terry and Peggy Dunn, and UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton.

As the community continues its support of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, a Bloch School classroom was recently named to recognize a family of supporters.

The Terry and Peggy Dunn Family Classroom was recently dedicated and is located on the fourth floor of the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Members of the Bloch and Dunn families, Bloch School supporters and faculty joined with UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton and Bloch School Acting Dean David Donnelly for a dedication ceremony.

Terry Dunn, president and chief executive officer of JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc. and an active civic leader, said his family donated funds for the classroom as a tribute to Bloch School benefactor Henry W. Bloch. He credited Bloch for his commitment to making three local institutions – UMKC, Saint Luke’s Health System and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – world-class leaders in their disciplines.

“I look at Henry as a tremendous mentor,” Dunn said. “We wanted to do this because of this school and the impact it has on this community.”

“UMKC means a lot to us, and we feel very honored and privileged to play a small role in this school,” Dunn added. Turning to Henry Bloch, he said “I want to thank you for all you do.”

Donnelly said naming classrooms for donors plays an important role in the school’s overall mission, inspired by Henry Bloch.

“Part of our mission is to produce purposeful leaders, who recognize that success breeds responsibility – a responsibility to give back to the community,” Donnelly said. “I want students to recognize that this is a real-world example of the kind of people we want them to become.”

Donnelly added that those who follow the Dunn’s lead in donating classrooms in the new state-of-the-art Bloch Executive Hall are not just being good role models for tomorrow’s business and civic leaders, but also paying tribute to Henry Bloch.

“We’re looking for people who don’t want to just name a room, but who want to be a part of Henry’s legacy,” Donnelly said. “With increased cuts in state funding, UMKC and the Bloch School rely heavily on the community and our donors to make what we do possible. There are many more opportunities to name meaningful areas in the school, and these naming opportunities are critical to the sustainability of our programs and growth.”

Additional naming opportunities are currently available in the Bloch Executive Hall.

The newly designated Terry and Peggy Dunn Family Classroom is an 80-seat, tiered classroom incorporating state-of-the-art technology and flexible furnishings to maximize collaborative learning within the room. The classroom is used extensively for graduate and executive education for both Bloch School of Management students and for corporate leaders who receive leadership and entrepreneurship training from the school.

The audio/visual technology in the classroom provides the capabilities to import multiple media sources that are displayed throughout the room and can also provide individual video and computer support for student teams in interactive break-out sessions.

Finance Lab Mirrors Real-World Trading Room Experience

Experiential Learning Gives Students a Competitive Edge

The Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is living up to its promise of “transforming talent” using experiential learning spaces throughout the school. The Finance Lab in the new Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is no exception. Complete with 32-dual monitor workspaces, stock ticker and professional financial software, this distinctive space gives finance students a hands-on learning experience.
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Bloch School Professor of Urban Affairs Jered Carr Named Editor of Urban Affairs Review

Dr. Jered Carr

Dr. Jered Carr

Kansas City, MO (January 22, 2014) Jered Carr, Ph.D., Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Endowed Professor in Urban Affairs and director of the L.P Cookingham Institute at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management, has been named one of four new editors of the Urban Affairs Review (UAR) journal. He will also serve as managing editor.
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Bloch Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program Named Best Model in Nation

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation undergraduate entrepreneurship program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been named the 2014 National Model Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE).

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Students brainstorm in the Regnier Institute’s Innovation Lab

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