Honorary Chair: Brenda Tinnen
This award honors an innovator whose organization has reached a national or global level.
Philip Anschutz founded The Anschutz Corporation in 1965 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a business degree. The company's major business interests are in the fields of communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate, lodging, publishing and entertainment. Included within The Anschutz Corporation is the subsidiary Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) which built and operates the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Anschutz is a governor of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS) and an executive member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Additionally, he serves as an emeritus trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a lifetime honorary trustee of The American Museum of Natural History and an alumnus member of the Smithsonian National Board.
This award honors a successful innovator whose organization was founded, or is headquartered in the Kansas City region.
With a focused goal of leveraging technology to create a better way for carriers and shippers to work together, Tim Barton founded Freightquote in 1998. Barton's innovation and leadership has been acknowledged by Entrepreneur magazine with a top 5 spot on their "Hot 100" list. His vision and success is evident in the recognition Freightquote has received over the years as well, including Forbes "Best of the Web" and Kansas City Business Journal's "Top 150 Private Companies". Over the years, Barton has grown Freightquote to more than 1,200 employees with annual revenue exceeding $500 million.
This award honors individuals or foundations that have been active in giving back to the community and making a difference for the city or region.
Responding to pleas from central-Kansas City parents who needed quality care and education for their children, Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas founded Operation Breakthrough in 1971. The not-for-profit agency provides childcare and a broad range of social services for working-poor families. Today, it is the largest single-site childcare center in Missouri, caring each weekday for more than 500 children who come from homeless shelters, foster homes and struggling single parent families. Operation Breakthrough also provides medical and dental care, mental health services, tutoring, parent education, a food pantry, emergency aid and case management for families in crisis.
STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This award honors an entrepreneurship student who has successfully developed and launched a business, product or venture.