Four Awards Honored Bloch School Alumni

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Julie Wilson won the Bill French Service Award at the Alumni Award Luncheon April 21

Alex Garza started with a laugh and ended in tears.

Garza, a physician and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Professor of Epidemiology at Saint Louis University, was standing on stage at Swinney Recreation Center, accepting the Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“UMKC holds a special place in my heart,” said Garza, a 1990 graduate of the UMKC School of Biological Sciences. “It’s not just the place where I received a great education, but also the place where I matured as a person and set me on course for everything that followed.”

Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board and the campus recognize outstanding alumni at a luncheon event that also serves to raise funds for student scholarships.

Garza was one of 16 individuals and one family honored at the event, one of the university’s largest. In the last eight years, the Alumni Awards event has garnered more than $900,000 for student scholarships and immediate aid. This year’s luncheon attracted more than 500 attendees and brought in more than $120,000 in student scholarship support.

UMKC Chancellor Leo E. Morton and Raymond Cattaneo, president of the UMKC Alumni Association Governing Board, alluded to the importance of student aid during their opening remarks.

“Imagine having to choose among paying for school, utilities or food,” Morton said, citing the story of one student who could not have remained in school without aid funded by the program.

Urging the guests to donate, Cattaneo added, “Let’s make sure that our students get the opportunities they deserve.”

Following are the 2016 UMKC Alumni Awardees with a degree from the Bloch School:

Bill French Alumni Service Award: Julia M. Wilson (’84 Management)
Teamwork is a value Julie Wilson wields daily in her role as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Cerner Corp. That central focus characterized her time as a UMKC athlete and describes the volunteerism and dedication Wilson has shown to UMKC and, specifically, to UMKC athletics. Following an exciting basketball career including two NAIA Honorable Mention All-American selections and three NAIA All-District 16 selections and the NAIA Frank L. Hesselroth Award, Wilson became a central supporter of the UMKC Athletics program.

Defying the Odds Award: Judy G. Jacobs (’77 Management, ‘86 Education)
After Germany occupied Hungary in 1944, Judy Jacobs and her family were placed in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when she was 7 years old. She lost many loved ones in the gas chambers of Auschwitz. When she and her parents were freed, she was sent off – young, alone and scared – to boarding school while her parents attempted to rebuild their lives. In 1946, Jacobs and her family moved to the United States. Despite everything they had experienced, her parents passed on their belief in the importance of education and Jacobs went on to college. Jacobs came to UMKC to earn her MBA and a Ph.D. in higher education administration and finance, and completed her degrees while working and raising a family. Today, Jacobs utilizes her education and her experiences during World War II to teach others about the Holocaust and makes every possible effort to accept all the speaking engagements she can.

Legacy Award: The Armacost Family
The Armacost family’s Kangaroo tradition began with the University of Kansas City (UKC), the predecessor to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Lucille Cahill Armacost graduated from UKC in 1938 and her husband, the late Don R. Armacost, Sr., former owner of Peterson Manufacturing Company, graduated in 1940. Their son, Don R. Armacost, Jr., CEO of Peterson Manufacturing Co., graduated from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management in 1968 and received that school’s 1990 Alumni Achievement Award. Other graduates from the Armacost family include Jarrett Bertoncin (B.A. ’94, M.F.A. ’96, Arts & Sciences), who is an active member of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board and current board president. In 2010, Lucille Armacost created the Don & Lucille Armacost Scholarship, one of the largest and most prestigious scholarships at UMKC.

 

Bloch School of Management Award
Doug Baker (M.B.A. ’95)
Doug Baker is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Discovery Networks International, the world’s no. 1 nonfiction media company reaching 2 billion subscribers in 220 nations.

 

 

KCSourceLink Report Describes State of Entrepreneurship in Kansas City

KC SourcelinkPublished on April 25, 2016
‘We Create KC’ report cites progress in several areas
KCSourceLink today released its third We Create KC report, which looks at progress in key areas central to supporting entrepreneurs and business growth in the region. Last year, KCSourceLink, a network of 240+ business-building resources, made more than 155,000 connections to help entrepreneurs and small business owners find the help they need to start and grow.

“At KCSourceLink we are committed to supporting the entrepreneurial community—the pioneers, champions and heroes who’ve gotten us to this point. And we’re also committed to tracking the numbers to measure our progress,” said Maria Meyers, founder of KCSourceLink and head of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center, of which KCSourceLink is a part.

The good news: Kansas City is making progress in terms of access to capital for entrepreneurs, the idea pipeline and resources to support startup growth.

The full report can be downloaded at www.wecreatekc.com.

Access to Capital

Capital for early-stage entrepreneurs and education for both investors and entrepreneurs has been a focus for development. In the past year:

OneKC for Women launched a new WE-Lend microloan program.
AltCap announced new funds available for contractors and artists.
The Microloan Coalition was formed to bring additional dollars to Kansas City area microenterprises.
LaunchKC and Digital Sandbox KC provided grants for early-stage businesses.
Mid-America Angels and Women’s Capital Connection had their largest year ever in investments.
Northland Angel Investor Network got off the ground and iiM focused its funding on human and animal health and agriculture.
The Collective and a re-formed Angel Capital Group are providing more options on the local investment scene.
KC Rise has announced a new fund that will invest side-by-side with other VCs.
Flyover Capital made its first investments.
Out of town funds like Royal Street Ventures, Lewis and Clark Ventures and Dundee Capital have set up shop and invested in regional businesses.
The Idea Pipeline

Moving innovations from universities and research labs into the marketplace is a difficult process. The Whiteboard2Boardroom program has been working hard to improve the innovation pipeline. Launched in 2009 with four partners, that number has expanded to 22. Whiteboard2Boardroom has identified more than 40 projects in the innovation pipeline, from biodiesel to drug development. This is the first time there’s been a clear snapshot of what Kansas City’s innovation pipeline looks like.

Resources to Support Startup and Growth

Kansas City has a strong, interconnected web of resources that support entrepreneurial ventures at all stages and in all industries. During the past year, resource organizations came together to form the Multicultural Business Coalition, designed to better engage diverse business owners with programs and services.

We Create KC

The We Create KC report, produced under an award from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, covers six imperatives that were identified as key areas of development in the region’s quest to nurture entrepreneurship and economic growth. These six imperatives came out of research conducted by several local organizations, and helped focus this particular Big 5 initiative defined by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

The six areas are:

Maximize entrepreneurial support resources
Tell the story
Create a strong entrepreneurial pipeline of ideas
Build entrepreneurial talent
Dramatically increase available startup and growth capital
Engage the broader corporate community
Stories that typify the success being driven by area entrepreneurs are highlighted, including:

17°73°, a solar-powered solution to charge cellphones in developing countries
blooom, an online platform that helps average Americans manage their 401(k)s
Jazzy B’s, a BBQ fusion food truck that recently opened a restaurant in Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Weave Gotcha Covered, custom drapery and furnishings business with a social entrepreneurship angle

Bloch Hires Assistant Director of Development

Jonnae Hill will join Jeff Chapman, Assistant Vice President of the UMKC Foundation, on the fundraising team as the Assistant Director of Development.

Hill has a strong fundraising background, coming to UMKC after serving as a Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer at Rockhurst University since May 2013.

Prior to that, she spent five years as a Community Manager in Income Development with the American Cancer Society.

“Jonnae’s enthusiasm, professional background and established network will be great assets as we continue to build relationships, making the Bloch School and UMKC stronger,” Chapman said.

Hill will be located in Bloch Heritage Hall 221, and can be contacted beginning Feb. 15 at hilljonnae@umkc.edu or  816-235-2791.

Strategic Planning Retreat Feb. 26

A strong strategic plan is critical to any organization. The Strategic Plan Steering Team has collected information from departments to prepare for the upcoming faculty and staff retreat. On Feb. 26, the retreat, held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will focus on selecting themes and possible priority areas for the plan. Sue Mosby, President of Infinium, will facilitate
the retreat.

“The success of any strategic planning process is bringing as many of the core stakeholders to the table as possible,” said Brent Never, Steering Team co-chair. “We want our Bloch faculty and staff to own this process and feel a stake in how the school develops over the next five years. One of the most important steps is to have everybody at the retreat to help chart our future here.”

Following the retreat, the team will combine their research with the faculty, staff and stakeholder input. Using the wide set of data, they will begin to draft an updated strategic plan that will be shared throughout the Bloch School’s internal and external network. After receiving feedback on a first draft, the Steering Team will update a new draft to be shared with key stakeholders. The team wants to have the plan finalized by the end of the spring semester.

The Steering Team is composed of Bloch School employees, with participation from academic and administrative departments. Selected participants have extensive experience in leading strategic planning for organizations. The members of the Steering Team are:
Brent Never, Co-Chair
Doranne Hudson, Co-Chair
Larry Garrison
Fred Hays
Rita Cain
Mark Parry
Chuck Connely
Kimberly Young
Kami Thomas
Jeff Chapman
Leigh Salzsieder
Sheri Gormley, Facilitator

The team is committed to leading a thoughtful, transparent, collaborative and research-based process. The Steering Team has analyzed feedback from faculty and staff on the current plan; gathered input from key stakeholders such as the Bloch Advisory Council, Dean’s Student Advisory Council and Bloch Family Foundation; identified mega-trends that will affect higher education, and more specficially schools of business, in the next five years; identified differentiators the school uses to compete in the marketplace; determined key beliefs to understand why the school operates the way it does; used research to create a future state of where the Bloch School will be in the next five years; and, finally, revised strategic themes through the lens of this future state, creating a sense of how to reach this vision in the next five years.

Hornsby Receives Award for Entrepreneurship

 

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Jeff Hornsby received the John E. Hughes Award for Entrepreneurial Advocacy at the recent 2016 USASBE Conference.  He is the Henry W. Bloch/Missouri Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Regnier Institute.

The award, named after its first recipient John E. Hughes, recognizes an individual who has consistently over time contributed encouragement, support, resources, time, development, talent and skills to further the field of entrepreneurship and support structures that nurture emerging and practicing business owners.

Hornsby has spent his career as an advocate and educator in entrepreneurship. He has authored or co-authored 148 refereed journal and proceedings articles appearing the top journals in entrepreneurship and management including Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Journal of Operations Management. His research has earned five conference best paper awards

He  has coauthored five books entitled: “Innovation Acceleration: Transforming Organizational Thinking, New Venture Management: The Entrepreneur’s Roadmap,” “The Human Resource Function in Emerging Enterprises, Frontline HR: A Handbook for the Emerging Manager” and “Training Systems Management.”

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.

Three Professors Awarded Research Prize

 

“Entrepreneurs' Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives.”Three professors were awarded the 2016 Association of Fundraising Professionals Skystone Partners Research Prize. Marilyn Taylor, D.B.A., Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Chair of Strategic Management; David Renz, Ph.D., Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership; and Robert Strom, Ph.D., Adjunct Instructor of Business Administration; received the prize for the book they wrote together, “Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy: Perspectives.” The group will receive the award at the March 2016 AFP International Conference on Funding.

Members of the selection committee cited the trio’s publication because it exemplified the high standards of scholarship the prize’s originators sought to encourage. The prize is awarded to a group or author who makes a substantive contribution to knowledge and understanding of fundraising and/or philanthropic behavior; relevant insights for donors, grant makers or fundraisers; creativity and depth of analysis; and quality of style, readability and format.

Career Center Hosts Events for Career Month

The Bloch Career Center is starting the new year off strong by meeting with employers and hosting events for graduate and undergraduate students.

Career Services will celebrate Career Month with two events in February. On Feb. 12, the Job and Internship Fair will allow all students to network, seek internships, or apply for jobs with employers from various industries. On Feb. 26, the Regnier Career Accelerator, held in partnership with the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will focus on connecting students with innovation-centric organizations.

Later this spring, the Career Center will host on-campus interviews with area organizations including State Street, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, DST Systems and PWC, among others. Employers will be assigned interview spaces within the Career Center, and will have the opportunity to meet with selected Bloch students who have applied for positions through Roo Career Network. Many of the events will be held in the Career Center, located in Bloch Executive Hall, Room 102

“If a company commits to spending half a day here, they’re bound to extend second interviews to students, and hopefully, full-time positions,” Surprenant explained.

In addition to on-campus interviews, the Career Center staff meets with area companies to coordinate on-site visits at their firms as well as information sessions with students. The department has added several new staff members, creating capacity to offer services for all students, no matter the degree track. New hires include Amanda Moore and Maggie Reyland Career Coaches; Erin Christensen, Employer Relations Coordinator; and Vanessa Herring, Corporate Outreach Officer.

The Career Center provides services such as mock interviews, resume reviews and job search strategies, in addition to several career-focused special events Surprenant and her staff plan to look into ways to track Bloch students after graduation.

“Our goal is to have information on where students are employed, what positions they hold and what their salaries are by 90 days post-graduation,” she says. “Ideally, we will receive this information for over 90 percent of our graduating students.”

Registration is required for the Career Accelerator.  Visit Career Services for more information on the Job and Internship Fair.

Entrepreneur David Brain Kicks Off Spring First Wednesdays

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David Brain, 2014 Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductee

“Don’t succumb or be deluded by the myth that entrepreneurship is about working for yourself, it’s not. It starts first with the needs of others. If you answer a need of others, are sincere on that and put that first, you will be served well.” This is advice David Brain, inaugural member of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.  gave in a video that is featured in the hall.

Brain, founder of EPR Properties , will share more of his entrepreneurial experiences at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall, Room 218. The Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presents the First Wednesdays series for students and community members. Each presentation focuses on the journey of successful entrepreneurs who capture the innovative mindset of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

A Kansas City native, Brain has been a strong advocate for the Bloch School’s entrepreneurship programs, having served as a mentor in the E-Scholars program and a judge in the Regnier Venture Creation Challenge. Additionally, Brain serves on the advisory board for the Lewis White Real Estate Center and has been a guest lecturer in several Bloch classes. He was recognized in 2013 as the Regional Entrepreneur of the Year by the Regnier Institute.

Brain co-founded EPR Properties in Kansas City in 1997 with little more than a computer and two telephones in a few sublet cubicles. The company is a specialty real estate investment fund that builds and leases entertainment, recreation and education properties that traditionally were thought to be too volatile for institutional investment. By 2015, the company had built an investment portfolio of $4.5 billion with more than 240 properties across 39 states, investing in theatres, retail centers, water parks, ski parks, public charter schools and more.

The seeds for EPR were planted while Brain attended Tulane University in New Orleans, earning a B.A. in Economics and an MBA. In fact, Brain attributes the success of the company to the ability to identify a market need paired with simple problem-solving. This semester’s First Wednesdays speakers will continue to tie in with the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, following three fellow inductee presentations held during the fall term. . Bob Regnier, Bank of Blue Valley and Regnier Family Foundation, will present March 2 and Lamar Hunt, Jr., on behalf of the Hunt family, will present April 6. The final First Wednesday event will be the Regnier Institute’s Roo Idea Jump. The competition awards prizes to new, independent UMKC student ventures in the concept stage.

For more information on First Wednesdays, please contact the Regnier Institute at entrepreneurship@umkc.edu, by phone at 816-235-6200. or register online to attend.