In 1976, the KC Chamber launched a new program designed to prepare Kansas City’s leaders of tomorrow. They called it the Centurions Leadership program. Throughout 2017, in honor of the Centurions 40th Anniversary, we’ll be sharing some of the stories of Centurions alumni.
Where were you in your career when you went through the Centurions program?
I was an experienced sales person, but I was at a point where I needed to decide what my next step was, either stay in sales or move into management.
What would you say about the program to companies that have never participated in Centurions?
With the right employee, it's probably the best investment you can make in developing an excellent ambassador for your business and a leader for your company.
What is your fondest memory during your time as a Centurion?
My 2 tours of duty on the Trip Committee. Even though it's a yearlong commitment, it's the best way to really connect with the group.
What committees or task forces did you serve on while in the program?
Benchmarking Trip and Leadership Up Close.
How did Centurions make you a better leader?
Having to follow once in a while is a great opportunity to observe.
What did Centurions teach you about service and giving back to the community? Tell us about one of your most meaningful service experiences?
Like many, I think that Project Uplift was the most eyeopening and humbling, but I enjoyed the opportunity all of the projects provided to just get to know others in the program. You can find out a lot of information in 8 hours of rearranging a storage area, or renovating a classroom.
What advice would you give to current and future Centurions?
You get out what you put in. And that doesn't mean that you have to have the most service hours or be Centurion of the Year, but do what you say you're going to to, don't be a marytr and be genuine.
What boards do you currently serve on?
Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Children's Mercy Hands and Hearts Auxillary, JDRF, and Junior League of KC Community Advisory Board.