2015 Honorees
2015 Honorees

Danny O'Neill

Bean Baron, The Roasterie
Danny O'Neill's passion for coffee was ignited during a trip to Costa Rica his senior year of high school. His fervor led to founding The Roasterie in 1993 on three basic premises: to find the best coffees in the world, to roast them the best way known to man, and to get them to his customers as fast as humanly possible. In 2005, the first Roasterie Café opened in Brookside. The company has grown to include three cafés and a roasting factory with event space. O'Neill is well regarded in the industry and has earned "Super Taster" status on the Specialty Coffee Institute Sensory Aptitude Test in 2001. Additionally, O'Neill serves on a number of advisory boards for Kansas City companies and associations, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City Board of Trustees.

This award honors a successful innovator whose organization was founded, or is headquartered, in the Kansas City region.

CEO & Co-Founder,
Recognizing a need to empower people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation, Gary White established in 2009, the result of a merger between WaterPartners International, co-founded by White in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon. White's entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed. By the end of 2014, served more than three million people. White is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and WASH Advocates and a leading member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water.

This award honors individuals, foundations or organizations that have been giving back to the community and making a difference for the city or region.

Gary White

Student Entrepreneur of the Year
This award honors an entrepreneurship student who has successfully developed and launched a business, product or venture. The winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and is selected by the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation leadership and Regnier Institute Advisory Council.

Honorary Chair

Anne St. Peter

CEO & Co-Founder,
A longtime friend and Bloch School volunteer, we are proud to have Anne St. Peter, Founder, Global Prairie, as our honorary dinner chair.

Henry W. Bloch School of Management
5110 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110

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