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
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 bloch.umkc.edu/eoy.