Exhibits of the Hall include an interactive touchscreen featuring inductee biographies, educational kiosks, artifacts from the lives of entrepreneurs, a QR code-enabled mobile video experience, words of inspiration from the entrepreneurs themselves and more.
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame was made possible through a generous gift from Joe & Judy Roetheli and The Roetheli Lil' Red Foundation. As the creators of Greenies® dog treats, the Roethelis have achieved great entrepreneurial success and wish to pay it forward. It was their vision to create a dimensional space within the Bloch School to honor entrepreneurs and inspire students.
The Bloch School's mission is to inspire and develop purposeful, entrepreneurial, innovative leaders. The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame builds upon that mission, giving entrepreneurs of the future a place to be inspired by the entrepreneurs of the past and present. The Bloch School helps build dynamic leaders by making entrepreneurial thinking a foundational part of its programs, courses and philosophy. Visit bloch.umkc.edu to learn more about the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
The inductees form an impressive group. Their names are synonymous with Kansas City and entrepreneurial success. Inductees are proven entrepreneurs who have made a big difference in their industry or have given back to the community in a meaningful way. Come back and be inspired, year after year, by the latest inductees.
If you would like to suggest a successful entrepreneur for future induction, please email EHOF@umkc.edu.
George K. Baum and Company
“Always keep looking for opportunities. When you find them, be persistent in their development, and never be afraid to take a risk.”
“The Myth of Entrepreneurship is that it is working for yourself or being your own boss. The reality is that you work for your customers and they are the boss. To be successful, you need to focus on meeting a need or solving a problem. By doing that and creating value, you create entrepreneurial opportunity.”
“Integrity does not just mean telling the truth. In difficult situations, integrity forces positive creativity and determination to ethically succeed, thereby keeping your promises to your stakeholders.”
Innovation & Culture
JE Dunn Corporation
“Our philosophy is focused on providing a quality product delivered on time and for the least amount of money. You treat everybody fairly, whether it’s the client, the designer, the employees, the subcontractors, material suppliers; it really is treating everyone the way you would want to be treated.”
Helzberg Diamonds, Inc.
“Build your integrity by avoiding omissions or commissions. Total transparency is key.”
Kansas City Chiefs
“My ‘best day’ is yet to come, because I look forward to the challenge of upcoming projects, always with the knowledge that there are solutions for everything. I look on tomorrow as the ‘best day’ opportunity.”
“You should not choose to be a common company. It’s your right to be uncommon if you can. You seek opportunity to compete. You desire to take the calculated risk – to dream, to build, yes, even to fail, and to succeed.”
“While it's the original, innovative ideas that make the headlines, most successful, new businesses come from simply doing it better or differently. And it's in the ‘doing it better or differently’ that takes experience, vision and commitment.”
Lockton Insurance Companies
“I know a little bit about leadership. And I can tell you the number one most fundamental element to leadership is to do it by example. It's indisputable.”
“Have the audacity to dream big and the discipline to pursue that dream with hard work. The payoff will be greater than you ever imagined.”
“Embrace your vision, then build your business by hiring talented, passionate people. Always do the right thing. Honesty and integrity are key qualities for a successful business, and have some fun along the way.”
Regnier Family Foundations
“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity and innovation in the face of risk, ambiguity and uncertainty, which often results in an unconventional solution where the reward is the added value earned by the product of that pursuit.”
“Successful entrepreneurs must be flexible. No matter how much you plan, you will be confronted by something you did not anticipate. You will be tested early and often.”
kate spade and Frances Valentine
“I like clean modern design with an element of interest.”
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
"Hope for Life."
Graphic Technology, Inc.
“Good enough is never good enough.”
A. Zahner Company
“Never stop learning. Gain an understanding of why things are what they are, but don't accept those limits as unmovable. Expand them and see where it may lead you. Those that follow will have a wider horizon to work within.”
“Having a passion for what you do is essential. When times are good, passion supplies the rocket fuel needed to bring your ideas to life. When times aren’t good, it keeps enough gas in the tank to get you through.”
The Zimmer Companies
“My business life has been one of negotiations on behalf of clients as well as for our own account. Most involve significant financial exposure. We approach every transaction with integrity and expect integrity in return. If we sense that integrity is not on the other side, we avoid the transaction. Integrity is the foundation of all of our business relationships.”
Check back often for the latest news and upcoming events regarding the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and its inductees.
Four of Kansas City’s most exemplary entrepreneurs were welcomed into the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame at a gala celebration March 3 at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 5-6:30 pm
Hear first-hand how Dunn’s commitment to the promises of client satisfaction and adhering to core values helped him grow his father’s company into one of the nation’s leading providers of construction management services, design-build, and integrated project delivery.
The UMKC Foundation is presented its 2016 Award of Distinction to Marny and John Sherman September 22.
If you're interested in learning more about the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, please email EHOF@umkc.edu.
5108 Cherry StreetKansas City, Missouri 64110
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is located on the main level of the Henry W. Bloch Executive Hall for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC.
Parking is available at the Cherry Street parking structure located at 50th & Cherry Streets, levels 5 and 6.
The Entrepreneur Hall of Fame is open Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.
Admission is free.