KC Chamber honors Royals owner Sherman as Kansas Citian of the Year

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce named John Sherman, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Royals, as its Kansas Citian of the Year. Sherman accepted the chamber’s highest honor Tuesday night at the organization’s 134th annual dinner.

Before leading a group that bought the Royals in 2019, Sherman made his name as an entrepreneur and philanthropist in Kansas City.

He built his fortune in the energy industry, founding and leading companies including LPG Services and Inergy, L.P. He took Inergy public in 2001 before guiding the propane supplier to an acquisition by Crestwood Holdings in 2013.

Sherman and his wife, Marny, founded the Sherman Family Foundation, which focuses on education. He is the chairman of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Missouri Business Alert supporter, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. His past civic posts include chair of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Truman Presidential Library Institute.

Earlier this year, Sherman made headlines when he said the Royals were analyzing options for a home when their current stadium lease expires, and that a downtown Kansas City stadium is among the possibilities.

Recent past recipients of the chamber’s Kansas Citian of the Year award include local sports icons Tom Watson and Buck O’Neil, activist Alvin Brooks and former University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor Leo Morton.

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