Regnier Institute Advisory Council

The Regnier Institute Advisory Council is a by-invitation group of successful business leaders representing an array of industries who are devoted to fostering the growth of entrepreneurship globally and in Kansas City. Members of the council serve in an advisory role with respect to the continued success of The “Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (RIEI), within the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. The Council supports the RIEI and its mission to inspire and nurture entrepreneurs and innovators through transformational education, research, and programs designed to accelerate early startups from ideas to sustainable launch in a safe environment of learning, experimenting and mentoring. Additionally, the council celebrates entrepreneurship each year by planning the Entrepreneur of the Year event, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by honoring innovative and creative accomplishments, as well as inspiring a new generation of successful entrepreneurs.

Mary S. Bloch:

Civic Leader

Randolph Buseman:

Retired Partner at Ernst & Young, Kansas City Office

Tom Collins:

COO of Dimensional Innovations

Chad Feather:

Fund Analyst of KCRise Fund

Jordan Garcia:

President of JNA Advertising

Donald Hawkins:

Co-Organizer of KC Collective

Walt Lane:

Founding Partner and President of NetStandard Inc.

Benny Lee:

CEO of Duracomm

Maria Meyers:

Director of UMKC’s Innovation Center and Founder of KCSourceLink

Zach Pettet:


Brett Posten:

Highline + Partners, Principal

Robert Sprague:

Senior Vice President of Lockton Companies

Ryan Sprott:

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Great Range Capital

Anne St. Peter:

Co-chair Advisory Council
Founder of Global Prairie

Evan Stewart:

Retired Vice President and CIO at B/E Aerospace

James Stowers III:

Owner and Founder of Oxford Companies