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JE Dunn’s Gordon Lansford Elected KC Chamber Chair



The Board of Directors of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously Monday to elect Gordon Lansford, CEO of JE Dunn, as the organization’s new Chair. Lansford begins the one-year term in office November 1, 2018.
 
Officers also elected Monday to a one-year term:
 
Chair Elect - Carolyn Watley, President, CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc.
Vice Chair - Ramin Cherafat, CEO, McCownGordon Construction
Treasurer - Mark Garrett, Chief Diversity & Engagement Officer, Smithfield Foods
Immediate Past Chair - Matt Condon, CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations/ARC Physical Therapy+
 
Board members elected to a three-year term beginning November 1:
 
Debby Ballard, Director of Community Affairs for Sprint, President of Sprint Foundation
Steve Edwards, Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch
Steve McDowell, Director of Design, BNIM
John PeterzalekChief Client Officer, Cerner
John Ricciardelli,  President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies
Brenda Sharpe, President & CEO, REACH Healthcare Foundation
Mark Thompson, Chairman, Country Club Trust Company, Vice Chairman Country Club Bank
Bridgette Williams, Executive Director, Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City
 
As authorized by the Chamber bylaws, six Board members representing educational and nonprofit institutions were elected:
 
Mauli Agrawal, Chancellor, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College
Rev. Thomas Curran, S.J., President, Rockhurst University
Doug Girod, M.D., Chancellor, University of Kansas
Marc Hahn, D.O., President & CEO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Bridget McCandless, M.D., President & CEO, Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
 
Representatives of other organizations elected as Board members:
 
Bill Gautreaux, Chair, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
Jerry RiffelChair, Downtown Council
Beth Soukup, Chair, Kansas City Area Development Council
 
Also as authorized by Chamber bylaws, eight public officials were elected to the board:
 
David AlveyMayor/CEO, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
Kirby Brown, Deputy to the Commanding General, U.S. Army, Combined Arms Center
Peggy Dunn, Mayor, City of Leawood
Ed Eilert, Chair, Johnson County Commission
Sly James, Mayor, City of Kansas City, MO
Troy Schulte, City Manager, City of Kansas City, MO
Eileen Weir, Mayor, City of Independence
Frank White, County Executive, Jackson County
 
Finally, the following were elected as special one-term Board members:
 
Josh Rowland – (2018 Mr. K Award Winner), CEO, Lead Bank
Warren Erdman – (Chair’s Appointment), Executive Vice President, Administration and Corporate Affairs, Kansas City Southern
Mark Bedell – (Chair’s Appointment), Superintendent, Kansas City Public Schools
Greg Gunderson – (Chair’s Appointment), President, Park University
Shalea Walter – (Centurions Fall Cohort), Arvest Bank
Kate McKinney – (Centurions Spring Cohort), Martin Pringle
Dustin Wolfe (genKC), VisitKC