UMKC announces Entrepreneur Hall of Fame’s second class

Four more entrepreneurs are joining the University of Missouri—Kansas City’s Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The quartet follows a group of 20 Kansas City entrepreneurs enshrined in the hall of fame’s first class in 2015.

“The goal of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is to celebrate the stories of Kansas City’s most iconic entrepreneurs – those who built businesses from the ground up,” Beverly Stewart, director of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, said in a release. “I can’t think of a better representation than these four individuals.”

This year’s inductees are:

  • Tom McDonnell, former CEO of DST Systems Inc. and former CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Kate Spade, co-founder of high-end fashion brand Kate Spade
  • Ollie Gates, CEO of Gates Bar-B-Q
  • Annie Hurlbut Zander, co-founder and CEO of Tonganoxie-based Peruvian Connection

To be considered for the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, the entrepreneurs also had to contribute to the community in a “meaningful way” and live in or have ties to the Kansas City region. The four inductees will be honored during a March 3 ceremony.

Read more: Kansas City Business Journal


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