Executive Alert is a weekly report on C-level news from across the Show-Me State.
Joseph Sopcich will become the new President and CEO of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., after the retirement of Terry Calaway this July. Sopcich has been with the school for more than 20 years and currently serves as an executive vice president.
Phyllis Ellison has been promoted to executive director of Innovate Venture Mentoring Service (IVMS), a nonprofit program in St. Louis that works to connect entrepreneurs to mentors. Ellison has served as a finance administrator for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University and as a manager in Ernst & Young’s consulting practice.
Susan Aselage has been appointed as the president of Sabreliner, an aircraft manufacturing and repair company based in Clayton. Aselage will be in charge of maintaining current customers and expanding new business. She has been with the company since 1983, when it was founded.
Awards and recognition
Robin Rath has drawn national attention from the Verge, the Wall Street Journal and the Forbes magazine for his idea of “drawing your own video games.” He’s now working on the prototype of a application called Pixel Press, which allows users to design their own video games by drawing maps or obstacle courses.
Five Kansas City business leaders will be recognized with honorary doctorates by the University of Missouri-Kansas City. They are Greg Graves, the CEO of Burns & McDonnell; philanthropist Shirley Helzberg; Crosby Kemper Jr., the former chairman of UMB Bank; James Polsinelli, the founder of Polsinelli PC; and Ralph Reid, a vice president at Sprint.
In the news
Lester Dean Jr., the CEO of Dean Realty, has sued Kansas City law firm Berman Deleve Kuchan & Chapman for its alleged failure in advising him to avoid a preventable sale of his property. Dean hired an attorney from the firm to handle a federal income tax debt and says he wasn’t told to make a payment on a property until the Internal Revenue Service had sold it to meet the tax obligation.
Stan Kroenke increased his offer for the Outdoor Channel from $8.75 per share to $10.25 per share after being challenged by the initial bidder, InterMedia Partners, which previously raised the stakes to $9.75 per share. Kroenke’s new bid at about $266 million in total has already been approved by Outdoor Channel’s board.