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Kansas Profiles - Leaders of the Year

Leaders of the Year
Each year, Entrepreneurship and Ag Communications students select the most outstanding of those previously profiled as Leaders of the Year in several categories.


Agribusiness - Joann Knight, Dodge City/Ford County Devleopment Corp.

Ag Entrepreneurship - Renata Goossen, Renata's Garden

Community Service - Brett Schmidt, Learning Cross Childcare Center

Diveristy - Rebeca Herrera and Patricia Saenz-Reyes, Emporia HOTT-Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow

Entrepreneurship and Business Development - Jennifer Kassebaum, Flint Hills Books

Food Retail/Restaurant/Lodging - Kirk and Treva Johnston, Shiloh Vineyard

Rural Manufacturing - Nancy and Chip Crum, C Cross Custom Welding


2022 Leaders of the Year


Shown left to right:  Entrepreneurship - Cassidy Cage and Halle Schindler, C&H Designs; Entrepreneurial Development - Steve Radley, NetWork Kansas; Creative Arts - Roxie Yonkey, Author of "100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die"; President Richard Linton; Entrepreneurial Development - Christina Long, NetWorked for Change; Technology - Daniel Friesen, IdeaTek; Agriculture - Landon and Vicki Oldham, Heartland Soil Services. Not pictured:  Community Service - Danny Scott, Caney Community Betterment Group Foundation/PRIDE


2021 Leaders of the Year


Community Service - Heather Hartman, Mitchell County Strong

Entrepreneurship - Scott Andersen, Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Company

Value-Added Crop Production - Tonya Martisko and Julie Ball, Gaeddert Farms

Value-Added Food Marketing - Rick McNary, Shop Kansas Farms

Value-Added Snack Foods - Thaddeus and Kelly Perry, Perry's Pork Rinds

Value-Added Specialty Products - Melinda Williamson, Morning Light Kombucha

Community Betterment - Kansas PRIDE Program


Business Development - Todd Steinbach, Aero-Mod

Community Service - Martha Hadsall, Patterson Health Center

Entrepreneurship - Darin Miller, Iron Clad Coworking

Food and Agribusiness - Adam and Maggie Pounds, Simple Abundance Farm

Tourism - Jan Leonard, Stevens County Economic Development


Agriculture - Dennis Wright, Wright Farms Sunflower Oil

Community Service - Corning Community

Entrepreneurship - Cody Foster, Advisors Excel

Food and Retail - Joe and Cathy Broeckelman, The Satisfiers

Technology - Anjan Ghosh Hajra, Immersion 3D Plus

Tourism - Casey Cagle, Prairie Earth Tours


Agriculture - Kathy and Eric Youngquist, Farmers Markets of Kaw Valley

Business Development - Russell Disberger, Aspen Business Group

Community Service - Joy and Brian Miller, New Horizon Ranch

Entrepreneurship - Earl Roemer and Rachel Klataske, Nu Life Market

Retail Development - Tyson and Emily Mullen, Grant County Drug and Next Door

Tourism - Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe, Kansas Guidebook 2


Agribusiness - Alan VanNahmen, Farm Buddy

Community Service - Tracy Teeter, The Main ARTery

Diversity and Service - Cameron Bradshaw, Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Fields

Diversity and Service - Kim Thomas, Stockton Mayor and President, League of Kansas Municipalities

Entrepreneurship and Business Development - Jill Mason, Confetti &  Cashmere Party Boutique

Rural Grocery and Retail Foods - Terry Olson, Eastside/Westside Markets

Rural Manufacturing - Mike Kilkenny, Taylor Forge

Tourism - Dan and Brenda Pace and Amanda Kaufman, Collingwood Barn


Agribusiness - Dave Schultz, Seed Research Equipment Solutions

Business Development - Ralph Lagergren and Ethan Eck, Entrepreneurial Development

Community Service - Matt Deighton, Molly and the Tornado

Entrepreneurship - Chad May, Meltpoint Environmental

Technology - Ken Woods and Pat and John Farley, Kansas Regenerative Medicine Center

Tourism - Martin and Cheryl Rude, Treehouse at the Barns @ Timber Creek B&B

Value Added Agriculture - Shane Tiffany, Tiffany Cattle Company


Agribusiness - Matt Wolters, Surefire Ag

Business & Entrepreneurship - Ward Morgan, CivicPlus

Community Service - Dennis Vanderpool, Associated Youth Services

Tourism, Hospitality & Retail - Sherrie Conklin, Forgotten Item Market

Multicultural Diversity - 4-H Reaching New Families, SW Kansas, KSRE 4-H


Agribusiness - Greg, Nathan, and Kendal Peterson, the Peterson Brothers

Business & Entrepreneurship - Jerry and Debbie Brown, RevHoney

Leadership - Brenda Chance, League of Kansas Municipalities

Local Retail - Matt and Bronwyn Douglas, Kistner's Flowers

Tourism - Carlos Navarro, Santa Maria Ranch


Agriculture - Tom McCarty, McCarty Family Dairy

Business & Entrepreneurship - Cody Heitschmidt, Digital Communications Consultant

Community Service - Bill Broadie, All American Beef Battalion

Retail & Tourism - Kim Coslett, Kaleo Cafe

Leadership - Judge Tommy Webb


Agriculture - Doyle Pearl, JB Pearl

Entrepreneurial Development - Chris Sramek, Hometown Prosperity

Community Service - Diane Stiles, Northwest Tech

Entrepreneurship - Dave Dreiling, GTM Sportswear

Tourism - Jeff Oakes. Flint Oak


Agribusiness - John Brewer, Wyldewood Cellars

Business Development - Scott Bergkamp, Bergkamp, Inc.

Community Leadership - Bruce McMillan/Sharon Brown, Tri-County Congress/Flint Hills Regional Council

Community Service - Perry Schuckman, Non-Profit Chamber of Service, south central Kansas

Entrepreneurship - Dan Ledeboer, Quest Center

History & Tourism - Doug Thompson, Auto Racing Museum

Retail & Food Service - Betts Abraham, Coffee Loft


Agribusiness - George and Rita Arnold, Arnold's Greenhouse

Entrepreneurship - Amy Lund, The Swimming Hole

Community Leadership - Marci Penner, WeKan! Bank

History & Tourism - Chris Day and Janet Armstead, Santa Fe Trail Educational Trip

Technology - Wayne Alexander, Electric Blue Auto Conversions


Tourism Development - Alan and Kim Nelson, Nelson's Landing

Community Leadership - Gene and Jan West, Greensburg

Agribusiness Development - Homer Krehbiel, Krehbiel's Specialty Meats

Entrepreneurship - Larry Grimsley, GS Inc.

Business Development - Don Landoll, Landoll Corporation


Tourism Development - Emily Hunter, Symphony in the Flint Hills

Craftsmanship & Entrepreneurship - Kevin and Lori Kaster, Kaster Masonry

Leadership Development - Glenn Brunkow, PALS

Business Development - Ed McKechnie, Watco Companies

Food & Agriculture - Matt Jonas, Balls Food Stores


Agribusiness - Frank Reese, Good Shephard Turkey Ranch

Business Development - Leland and Robert Orr, Brooke Corp.

Entrepreneurship - Carl and Vivian Redden, TRG

Tourism Development - Marci Penner, The Kansas Guidebook

Community Leadership - Kathy Swezey, SEK Leadership Academy


Business Leadership - Steve Pickman, MGP Ingredients

Entrepreneurship - Tabetha and Noel Ketzner, Bird City Brid Seed

Tourism Development - Jean Mettlen, Amazing 100 Miles

Community Spirit - PRIDE Roosters, Burns


Tourism Development - Cheyenne Bottoms

Community Leadership - Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance

Value Added Business - Kay Emrich, Emrich Family Creamery

Business & Entrepreneurship - Sally and Jay Brandon, Shepherds Mill


Deb & Bill Brown, Red Rock Guest Ranch

Jack Lindquist, KARL

Roger and Sue Pine, Pine Family Farms

Chuck Comeau, Dessin Fournir

Misty Schultz, Curio's Inc.


Galen and Karen Huffman, Formation Plastics 

Mark and Krista Ball, USA Gymnastics

Lee and Kathy Borck, Ward Feedyard

Dan and Carla Kuhn, Depot Market

Bill Kurtis, Red Buffalo Ranch/Gift Shop


Bud and Marti Newell, Serenata Farms

Bob Rosander, Nanoscale Materials

Glen Keller, Trio Enterprises

Thomas and Cheryl Etheredge, Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Suppers


John Hotaling, Southeast Kansas Inc.

Randy Rundel, Fifth Avenue Antique Auto

21st Century Alliance, Ag Fibers

David Govert, Machinery Link

Tom Pivonka, BOC Gases

Greg Smith, Pratt Telecommunity Center


J.B. Voss, Leadership Wilson County

Florence Metcalf, Southwest Kansas Rural Leader

Mike Wernette, AmerSeal

John Cyr, North Central Community Network


Mila Bandel, Leadership Cheyenne County

Larry Sevier, Rural Telephone

John and Susan Howell, Website Development for Kansas Communities


Glenn Newdigger and Connie Hoch, Leadership Barber County

Mark Smith, Smith Cattle Company

Loren Medley, KEPCO

Calvin Meyer, Free State Entrepreneurial Association


Vickie Stonecipher, Tomorrows Leaders for the Community

Biddy Hurlbut, Peruvian Connection


Frank Meyer, Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc.

Gary Anderson, Gateway to the Future, Window on the World

Marvin Malcom, Pi Bear

John Stutz, Kansas League of Municipalities

Tom Ryan,The Barn

Allan Lindfors, Marquette Revitalization

Merle Meyer, Belleville Telescope and Pan American Highway Association