J-School alumnus named NextGen leader

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jim BrownJim Brown, j’92, partner at MBB/hippo Advertising, and president of the Kansas City Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, was recently honored as one of the Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Leaders.

The NextGen program identifies and develops individuals that will become leaders in the business and civic communities in Kansas City, inspiring collaboration and innovation for the region.

Brown says his day-to-day inspiration comes from several different places, but credits his family and the community as big influencers.

“I get inspired by my kids and the community around us. Kansas City right now is in a very inspiring time… if you go out and seek information and inspiration, then you will find it,” said Brown.

What is one of his most memorable moments as a Jayhawk?

“The basketball moments have been some of my best Jayhawk memories. But, quite honestly, nothing feels as good as a fall afternoon walking along Jayhawk Boulevard. Pride in school and in your state are in full bloom. It is why those of us who live here, remain here—simple beauty.”

Learn more about Jim Brown and his experiences in Kansas City here, and view a listing of all of the Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Leaders here.

—Jessica Nelson, Community Awareness Chair, Greater Kansas City Chapter of the KU Alumni Association

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Jayhawk recognized as future leader for KC

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Recently, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce announced its Centurion Leadership Program class for 2016.

Matt BengeMatthew Benge, j’07, board member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the KU Alumni Association and a consultant at Schifman Remley Associates, is among the 40 young professionals named to this exclusive group of up-and-coming leaders.

The Centurions program is known as a business boot camp in Kansas City for future community influencers. Alumni from this group have gone on to lead nonprofits, run for public office and drive innovation in the business community.

Benge has served on the chapter’s board since 2011, and is currently the committee chair for the KC Alumni Jayhawk Open, an annual golf tournament sponsored by the chapter. This year’s event takes place at Hillcrest Country Club in Kansas City, Missouri.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, hunting, fishing, playing basketball and golf and reading. His most memorable Jayhawk moments? Growing up going to games with his dad and winning the 2008 National Championship.

Along with Benge, several other young professionals in group have ties to Jayhawk nation. To view a listing of the entire 2016 Centurions class, click here.

—Jessica Nelson, Community Awareness Chair, Greater Kansas City Chapter of the KU Alumni Association

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‘Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

'Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event in KC

Our popular summer event in Kansas City, ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars, was held last weekend at the KU Cancer Center’s Westwood Campus.

Despite having to be rescheduled—it was originally planned for the first weekend in June, but early-morning rains caused a change to the calendar—the event was a great success.

Children picked up complimentary bike helmets and had the opportunity to ride their bikes through a bicycle safety obstacle course, meet and take pictures with Big Jay, and even climb on a fire truck! Many thanks to the Johnson County Consolidated Fire Department #2 for providing a fire truck at the event.

“The weather was just gorgeous and we could not have asked for a better morning!” said Betsy Winetroub, director of Kansas City programs. “It was a rare opportunity for the Greater Kansas City Alumni Chapter to reach a wider audience.”

Prior to the event, the alumni chapter partnered with the Healthy Hawks program at the KU Medical center to host two bicycle donation drives. As a result, 95 bikes were distributed to needy children and their families. Healthy Hawks was founded in 2004 to help children and their families overcome weight-related issues.

“We hope that we were able to leave a positive KU impression on the Healthy Hawks families, and maybe—someday—those kids will attend KU!”

Check out a compilation of tweets and Instagram posts from the event. Thanks to chapter volunteers John Holt, j’81, l’84, and Jessica Nelson, j’11, for sharing the event through social media.

Volunteering at the #KUAlumni Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event with Healthy Hawks. #KC #instakc #KU

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Had such a great morning with #KUAlumni for Hawks, Helmets & Handlebars! We provided 85+ bikes and helmets to future Jayhawks through the Healthy Hawks program. #KU #KC #instakc #rockchalk #jayhawks #futurejayhawks

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