UMKC Bloch School Announces its Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City celebrates Kansas Citians for their entrepreneurial spirit and innovative business success.

The inductees – an impressive list of the community’s foundational entrepreneurs – demonstrate Kansas City’s position as “America’s most entrepreneurial city.” They include a jeweler, real estate developer, pharmaceutical company founder and beer brewer. Henry W. Bloch, the school’s namesake, also is one of the class members. The new hall of fame and its inaugural class of inductees were officially dedicated on Friday, Dec. 5.

The hall is a result of a vision and a generous gift from Joe and Judy Roetheli, founders of the Lil’ Red Foundation. It was their vision to have a three-dimensional physical presence for the hall of fame – a place where students and visitors could come for inspiration. It is located on the main level of the Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry St. Admission is free.

“The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is a natural outcome of our strategic mission – to support entrepreneurship in Kansas City,” said David Donnelly, dean of the Bloch School. “This hall serves as a teaching tool as it provides role models for our students, graduates and the community to emulate.”

The criteria for admission to the hall of fame is high. The selected individuals either founded or substantially grew a for-profit business; gave back to the community in a meaningful way; and live in or have ties to the Kansas City region.

“Creating an Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is exactly what we should be doing as Kansas City’s university,” said UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton. “It’s about honoring and preserving the past; educating and inspiring the present; and laying the foundation for the future.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation have always been key to Kansas City’s growth and development, starting with the Hannibal Bridge in 1869. The bridge was the first railroad bridge to cross the Missouri River, establishing Kansas City as a major metropolitan center,” continued Morton. “Each succeeding generation has learned from, and been inspired by, the one before. The hall of fame will provide a focal point for our finest role models and the inspiration they provide.”

Peter deSilva, President and COO, UMB Financial Corporation and Vice Chairman, UMB Bank, was the master of ceremonies at the induction ceremony; deSilva led one of the “Big 5” campaigns sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the effort to brand Kansas City as “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City.”

“With resources like the Bloch School, KC Sourcelink, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Digital Sandbox, the Start-up Village, Google Fiber and others too numerous to mention here, we have a healthy, vibrant environment for entrepreneurs,” said deSilva. “With the right conditions in place, there are no limits to what visionary entrepreneurs can accomplish.”

The inductees, who were able to thrive as a result of Kansas City’s supportive/creative environment, will be recognized with a display that shows not just their faces and their history of value creation, but also an artifact – a tangible representation of their success. Exhibits of the Hall include an interactive touchscreen featuring inductee biographies, educational kiosks, artifacts from the lives of the entrepreneurs, a QR-code-enabled mobile video experience and words of inspiration from the entrepreneurs themselves.

The 2014 Inaugural Inductees

Kenneth Baum, George K. Baum and Company

Henry W. Bloch, H&R Block

David Brain, EPR Properties

Mike Brown, Euronet Worldwide

William Dunn, Sr., JE Dunn Construction

Barnett and Shirley Helzberg, Helzberg Diamonds, Inc.

Lamar Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs

Ewing Kauffman, Marion Laboratories

Bonnie Kelly, Teresa Walsh, Jerry Kelly, Silpada

John T. Lockton III, Lockton Insurance Cos

Dan Lowe, RED Legacy

John McDonald, Boulevard Brewing Company

Regnier Family, Regnier Family Foundations

John Sherman, Inergy

Terry Van Der Tuuk, Graphic Technology, Inc.

William Zahner, A. Zahner Company

Hugh Zimmer, Zimmer Companies

Intensive new MBA program for future leaders

An intensive new one-year full-time MBA program at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is designed to attract a new generation of high-achievers and future leaders to Kansas City from across the nation and around the world.

Unlike most traditional two-year full-time MBA programs, this is one of a handful of top MBA programs in the U.S. that will enable high-potential young adults to complete their MBA in only one year.  The Intensive Full-Time MBA will serve as a “career accelerator” – a break that will set students on an express path to achieve their professional goals, whether that is starting their own business, taking on leadership roles in a small business, or rising to the C-suite of a Fortune 500 company.

The bar for admission will be high: Prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of two years’ experience in a for-profit business, and minimum GMAT score of 650. Only about 20 percent of all students taking the GMAT score 650 or higher.

The high bar comes with a correspondingly high return. Admitted students will receive free tuition in each of the first two years of the program, financed by the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. During their year at Bloch, they will benefit from classes with Bloch’s globally-ranked faculty that blend innovation and entrepreneurship immersion experiences with classic business training. Students will be required to complete 42 hours of coursework during the year, which includes a paid internship and a three-week global experience.

“This is a perfect time to implement a full-time MBA. This program will allow the Bloch School to reach a new level of quality,” said Henry W. Bloch, longtime Bloch School benefactor and chairman and director of the Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. “We want to continue to be recognized as an outstanding school of business, so we need to grow and add new programs that will benefit the Kansas City business community. The new Bloch Intensive Full-Time MBA’s innovative curriculum will transform the way students approach challenges and prepare students to lead in today’s fast changing business world.”

Dustin Cornwell, director of MBA programs at the Bloch School, said he is excited by the prospect of what this influx of top students will mean for the Bloch School, for UMKC and ultimately for Kansas City.

“Graduates of this program will become collaborative, team-building problem-solvers who see solutions that elude others. They will be well-equipped to become the business leaders of the future,” Cornwell said.  “We can keep a lot of these high-potential young people here in Kansas City if the right relationships are built and the right opportunities develop for them. We’re eager to partner with local companies to offer internships, guest lectures, networking opportunities and sponsorship opportunities for student programs and events.”

The Bloch full-time MBA becomes one of about 20 such AACSB-accredited one-year programs in the country, joining an elite list that includes Northwestern, Cornell and Emory universities.

Cornwell believes the Bloch curriculum will provide students a strong foundation in business, communication and leadership skills.

“Employers say they expect graduates of an MBA program to have technical skills. But what really sets graduates apart is being able to give presentations, communicate effectively and manage people,” said Cornwell.

In addition to the new MBA program, the Bloch School will continue to offer traditional part-time professional MBA and executive MBA programs.

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

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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.

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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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