Fearless Creativity

Judy Roetheli and her husband, Dr. Joseph Roetheli, were cited for social entrepreneurship. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Judy Roetheli and her husband, Dr. Joseph Roetheli, were cited for social entrepreneurship. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

2016 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebrate those who care enough to dare

It’s all about the love.

People often talk about entrepreneurship in terms of risk and effort. Those who succeed – and many of those who don’t – extend themselves and their resources beyond normal limits.

But those honored for their entrepreneurial success often talk about something else entirely. They flat-out love what they do, and that, more than fame or money, is what makes the risk and effort worthwhile.

Take Dave Kiersznowski, who founded the firms DEMDACO and Red Rock Traditions with his wife, Demi.

“Do what you love.  An entrepreneur who loves their work creates a really fun work environment, and their excitement is contagious,” he said, as the couple was honored as Kansas City’s International Entrepreneurs of the Year.

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‘Serial Entrepreneur’ Shares His Secrets

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Photo by Brandon Parigo, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Gary Fish does what he loves: unlocking potential

Gary Fish never used to be a morning person. Now, he can’t wait to get out of bed in the morning and start another day.

Fish also used to be a B-C student – closer to C, he admits. Then he went to college and earned straight As. What changed? Something simple but fundamental: he took charge of his own life and became his own boss.

“Life is too short to do things you don’t want to do,” he likes to say. That is the motivation that has made him a “serial entrepreneur,” a multi-millionaire, a computer security pioneer and the 2016 Regional Entrepreneur of the Year recognized by the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Honoring an “Uncommon” Hero

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UMKC Celebrating Ewing Kauffman as Honorary International Entrepreneur of the Year

Kansas City native Ewing Marion Kauffman was known for his successful businesses and his philanthropy. During 2016, the Kauffman Foundation is commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth on Sept. 21, 1921 – EMK 100 – by celebrating his legacy that guides the foundation and inspires others to ‘Be Uncommon.’

The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Henry W. Bloch School of Management are joining in the commemoration by recognizing Kauffman as its Honorary International Entrepreneur of the Yearat the UMKC Entrepreneur of the Year Banquet on Nov. 10. The theme of this year’s banquet is “Fearless City: Celebrating Those Who Fearlessly Create.”

According to the Foundation, “Ewing Kauffman’s life took him on an unconventional path that allowed him to enrich the lives of others along the way. He saw himself as a common man who did uncommon things, and he challenged everyone he knew to be uncommon.”

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Lewis White Real Estate Center Names New Director

Charles Connely, IV will focus on growing enrollment and enhancing Center’s name recognition

The Lewis White Real Estate Center has appointed Charles C. Connely, IV as its new director, with goals to grow programs and enrollment, and become an even more significant resource to the real estate industry. The Center is part of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Connely, CCIM, CFP®, CPM®, also is an associate teaching professor in the Department of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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Barnett Helzberg Shares Secrets for Success at First Wednesdays

Photo Credit: Ben Gruber

Photo Credit: Ben Gruber

What is Barnett Helzberg’s secret to success? That there is no secret.

Helzberg, the former Chairman of Helzberg Diamonds, spoke to approximately 200 students, faculty, staff and mentors at First Wednesdays Nov. 2 in Bloch Executive Hall. During his presentation, “How Barnett Helzberg Turned his Small Diamond Business into an Empire,” Helzberg discussed his successes, failures and lessons learned throughout his career.

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Creating a Partnership: Dave Renz and Tim Sweeny

Photo Credit: Dan Videtich Photography

Photo Credit: Dan Videtich Photography

The relationship built between Dave Renz, Ph.D. and Tim Sweeny (M.P.A. ’06) has turned out to be a mutually beneficial partnership.

Renz was the instructor in Sweeny’s first graduate course, and he knew from the get-go that he wanted to connect with Renz further.

“From that initial class, I knew Dr. Renz was an outstanding and unique professor,” Sweeny says. “From then on, I sought his classes out. Even if they didn’t directly correlate to my curriculum plan, I knew it would be worth it if he was teaching.”

Renz felt an instant kinship with Sweeny as well.

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A Celebration of Ideas

Bloch School Honors 2016 Entrepreneurs of the Year

It starts as a tiny idea, then becomes a plan and then hopefully morphs into a lucrative business. The 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year awardees took their seeds and created successful businesses, and they are fitting examples for any entrepreneur hopefuls.

The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will honor the recipients of its 31st Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards celebration, “Fearless City: Celebrating Those Who Fearlessly Create” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Kansas City Convention Center, Great Hall, 301 W. 13th St., Suite 100, Kansas City, Mo. A Student Venture Showcase and Reception begins at 6 p.m. with the dinner immediately following at 7 p.m.

“The Bloch School of Management and the Regnier Institute are always pleased to honor deserving and praiseworthy entrepreneurs, and this year is no exception,” said Jeff Hornsby, professor and director, Regnier Institute. “We look forward to an evening celebrating their accomplishments.”

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Millennial Mindset

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Understanding the next generation of managers in the workplace

There is no doubt the millennial generation is changing the shape and feel of the workplace The millennial population is larger than the baby boomers and almost twice the size of Generation X.   A generation who has never known a world without Apple, they work – and define success – differently than the generations before them.

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Finding a Champion: Kimberly Young and Barney Hill

Photo Credit: Dan Videtich Photography

Photo Credit: Dan Videtich Photography

Meeting Kimberly Young has proven to be a life changing experience for Barney Hill (EMBA ’15).

After more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army, Hill was considering what to do next. As part of his personal development plan, he selected the UMKC EMBA program due to its broad-ranging networking opportunities.

During his application process, Hill met Young, executive director of Executive Education and Executive MBA programs. Little did Hill know, this initial meeting would set him on a path to a new career in information technology with UMB.

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5 Questions with Stephanie Bedard (MBA ’16)

In our 5 Questions series, we will hear from those at the heart of the Bloch School – our faculty, staff, students and friends.

Photo Credit: Janet Rogers

Photo Credit: Janet Rogers

 

You’re originally from South Carolina. How did you end up choosing the Bloch School for your MBA?
Having an opportunity to be a part of the first class of the Full-Time MBA stuck out to me. I love learning, and I’m a student at heart, so a full-time program was the only option in my mind. I like to think out loud and discuss how things can change in the future, so the Bloch program appealed to me over more buttoned-up programs.

Being new to the area, what was your first impression of Kansas City?
I arrived in Kansas City on July 31, so my initial thought was that it was hot as blazes! Kansas City has grown on me over the past year. I love the Midwestern hospitality, and that when people are nice to you, they really mean it. And obviously, I arrived at the perfect time to experience the World Series and the excitement surrounding it.

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