Former Entrepreneur of the Year Receives 2016 Award of Distinction

Photo credit: Keith Gard for Cristo Rey

Photo credit: Keith Gard for Cristo Rey

The UMKC Foundation is presented its 2016 Award of Distinction to Marny and John Sherman September 22. In 2009, the Bloch School of Management and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, now the Regnier Institute Advisory Council, named John its Entrepreneur of the Year in recognition of his leadership in the growth of Inergy, an industry leader in natural gas storage and transportation. John was also inducted into the inaugural class of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame in 2014. He continues to be a leader in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

The Shermans are cornerstones of the UMKC Foundation. Since the beginning of the Campaign for UMKC in 2009, Marny and John have lent their energy through both personal involvement and financial investment. Their gift to the School of Education is not only one of the largest gifts of the campaign, but one that will have a deep impact on the university for years to come.

The Shermans’ community giving is focused primarily on urban issues.  Making their decisions together, they partner with organizations that have defined their missions and have the ability to achieve their goals. Marny and John are committed to UMKC because of their belief that Kansas City needs a strong urban, public, comprehensive research university to call its own.

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