Bob Schwartz, left, and Tony Luppino
Award recognizes faculty who have successfully developed and nurtured entrepreneurs
COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri System Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs Bob Schwartz awarded the first UM System Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year Award Feb. 3 on Friday to University of Missouri-Kansas City Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law Anthony Luppino for his distinguished activity in developing and nurturing entrepreneurs.
“As the state’s premier research land-grant institution, we serve as an economic engine for the state,” Schwartz said. “By cultivating entrepreneurs who contribute to this crucial part of our mission, Professor Luppino represents everything an entrepreneurship educator should be and his many contributions illustrate the very reason we created this recognition.”
Robert Rinne (MBA ’89), Director of technical procurement and contracts, Allegiant Air
Pilot turns lifelong passion into career
From engineering to pilot training, Robert Rinne’s (MBA ’89) life revolves around aviation.
Rinne spends his weekdays as a director with Allegiant Air, a Las Vegas airline that operates across the U.S.
On the weekends, he’s flying small planes and gliders. He also gives sightseeing flights and jointly owns a business that buys, restores and leases gliders.
Bill Dunn Sr. and Steve Dunn are welcomed by Dr. Jeff Hornsby, Tom Bloch, Henry Bloch and Dr. Dave Donnelly
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Bill Dunn Sr., Chairman Emeritus of JE Dunn Construction, provided business insights to more than 200 aspiring student entrepreneurs and enthusiastic community supporters. “With an education, determination, desire, and enjoying what you get into, you will be successful,” he said.
The event was moderated by Dunn’s son, Steve, JE Dunn Chairman of the Board, and captivated the audience from start to finish. Bill told the audience his life story, giving Bloch students tips about good business along the way.
The Regnier Institute is excited to announce the line-up for the spring First Wednesday events. The speaker’s series takes place on the first Wednesday of the month to provide a forum for entrepreneurs to tell their stories of struggle and success to inspire Bloch students to start their own new ventures.
This spring’s series includes:
February 1st – Bill and Steve Dunn
Since joining the organization in 1946, Bill Dunn was the leader of JE Dunn Construction, growing the company his father founded into Kansas’s City’s largest construction firm. Based on his father’s philosophy of hiring the best, treating employees and partners as you’d want to be treated and sharing benefits with the company and the community, Dunn and his family have created a legacy of success and philanthropy in our community. Dunn will be in conversation with his son and former J.E. Dunn C.E.O, Steve Dunn.
March 1 – Panel of KC’s Start Ups to Watch in 2017
Bobby Burch, Editor-in-Chief of Startland News, will moderate a panel discussion of some of Kansas City’s rising entrepreneurial stars.
April 5th – Annie Hurlbut Zander
Annie Hurlbut Zander was an anthropology student at Yale 36 years ago when she fell in love with vintage textiles and the feel and durability of alpaca while visiting Peru. Her passion for these textiles led to relationships with upscale retailers and blossomed into the launch of Peruvian Connection, a line of clothing with five internationally renowned collections a year that are sold through catalogs, online and in the brand’s retail stores across the United States and in London. Zander is a 2017 inductee into the Bloch School Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
May 3rd – Roo Idea Jump
The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will announce the winners of the fourth annual Roo Idea Jump, an annual competition open to all for-credit undergraduate and graduate UMKC students. To be eligible, students must present an idea for a new, independent venture currently in the concept or seed stage. Students submit a report covering their venture’s value proposition, customer segments, revenues, costs and partnerships, as well as a business model canvas.
Assistant Professor Leigh Salzsieder was recently awarded the BKD Faculty Fellowship in Accounting at the Bloch School of Management. Salzsieder, a former BKD accountant, teaches various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
“Receiving this recognition from my former firm is especially meaningful to me. Hardly a day goes by in class when I don’t discuss the real world experiences I had while working at BKD.”
Salzsieder, who is recognized for his talent in both teaching and mentoring, received the UMKC Chancellor’s Early Career Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.
“I am still passing down wisdom I gleaned from my mentors at BKD. There’s no doubt that my experience there shaped not only what I teach, but how I teach. There is no replacement for real world experience, and I know that a career in accounting is very rewarding and opens an incredible set of opportunities.”
BKD made this commitment to acknowledge the success of the accounting program and Salzsieder. BKD Kansas City Managing Partner, Abe Cole, says BKD has always had tremendous success recruiting talent from UMKC.
“It was important to us to give back to the school. We’re pleased that Leigh received the fellowship. He was an absolute superstar at our firm. We couldn’t be more proud of his success at UMKC.”
Salzsieder recognizes the significance of the firm’s commitment.
“Given the ever decreasing level of funding in higher education, it is a priority for our department and the Bloch School to find identify more fellowships and named faculty positions. Support like that provided by BKD is necessary for us to realize our vision of developing talent to lead businesses and not-for-profit enterprises in Kansas City and beyond.”
BKD Kansas City has committed $50,000 to the Bloch School to support the fellowship over the next 10 years. For information establishing fellowships or other giving opportunities, please contact Jeffrey Chapman at (816) 235-5554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our 5 Questions series, we will hear from those at the heart of the Bloch School – our faculty, staff, students and friends.
Why did you choose the Bloch School?
Three main things led me to the Bloch School: the faculty, the focus on innovation and the fact that it is an urban institution. I believe that all three of these things will be extremely helpful moving forward in my career. The faculty is tremendous in helping in the classroom and out. The innovation the school provides both with coursework and entrepreneurship is working to become a leader in the industry. Lastly, the fact that UMKC is an urban institution is beneficial when creating connections with those leaders in the business world.
How did you get involved in Enactus, and what are some of the rewards?
I became involved with Enactus because I wanted the opportunity to utilize entrepreneurial skills to help my community – and it has been more than I could have ever imagined. Not only am I making an impact on my community, but I am growing professionally and personally. I have had the opportunity to network more than ever before, my public speaking skills have grown, and I am implementing what I learned in the classroom into real life applications.
Kenji Takada (B.B.A. ’87), President and CEO, TBK America
Finding a new home at UMKC
Kenji Takada (B.B.A. ’87) is originally from Japan, but he considers himself an all-American businessman.
“I always tell my kids how lucky they are to be born as Americans and to be able to live here,” Takada says. “I am Japanese by birth, but an American by choice.”
Four of Kansas City’s most celebrated innovators make up the 2017 class
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management welcomes some of Kansas City’s most exemplary entrepreneurs as its second class of honorees.
The hall is a vision and a gift from Joe and Judy Roetheli, founders of the Lil’ Red Foundation. Their vision was to have a permanent, immersive and interactive hall of fame, designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. The hall is located on the main level of the Bloch Executive Hall, 5108 Cherry St.
“The goal of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is to celebrate the stories of Kansas City’s most iconic entrepreneurs – those who built businesses from the ground up,” said Beverly Stewart, director, Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. “I can’t think of a better representation than these four individuals.”
Two Graduating Bloch Students Honored for Their Leadership and Service
“When I see a tree, I am reminded that the tree must have strong, deep roots to withstand strong winds,” said University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton as he paralleled the foundation and support that family, friends, and UMKC faculty and staff have provided four exceptional graduates.
The four graduates were honored at the fall 2016 Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Honor Recipients Breakfast on Dec. 16.
The Bloch School honorees for fall 2016 included Kathleen Crow, MPA and Xiaomei Grazia Xiong. Osasere Eke, School of Biological Sciences and Kartik Sreepada, School of Medicine, were also honored.
Four teams receive startup funding in Roo Idea Jump
Four undergraduate teams walked away with investments to their ventures following the Roo Idea Jump Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The Roo Idea Jump is an annual competition open to all for-credit undergraduate and graduate UMKC students. To be eligible, students must present an idea for a new, independent venture currently in the concept or seed stage. Students submit a report covering their venture’s value proposition, customer segments, revenues, costs and partnerships, as well as a business model canvas. From this initial business plan, finalists are selected to pitch their venture to a judge’s panel of local area entrepreneurs.