Speaker Date Topic
Morning Mtg- Michael Carter, Carter Broadcast Grp Feb 24, 2017
Carter Broadcast Group
Carter Broadcast Group

Michael Carter is the President/General Manager of the Carter Broadcast Group, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. The Carter Broadcast Group owns and operates KPRS-FM and KPRT-AM.

Historically, KPRS is the oldest existing African American owned and operated radio station in the United States, founded in 1950 by Michael’s grandfather, Andrew “Skip” Carter. Since 1995, KPRS has been consistently a top rated station in Kansas City. Growing up in the family radio business Michael made his DJ debut at the age of eight! As an adult he worked for several years as the vice president, and was named president in 1987 by his grandfather.

Mike has been consistently active in the community. He currently serves on the board of the Police Athletic League of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, Vice President of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and advisory member for Wayside Waifs. He is a past board member of the following organizations: Urban League, Swope Parkway Health Center, KCPT-19, Boys & Girls Clubs, the YMCA, the American Red Cross, the Kansas City Art Institute, Starlight Theater, the United Minority Media Association, Carondelet Health, Jewish Community Relations Bureau, Negro League Baseball Museum, Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts of America, KC Friends of Alvin Ailey, Reviving Baseball in the Inner City, Association of Caring Entrepreneurs, KC Sports Commission & Foundation, and the National Youth Information Network. He is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, Radio Advertising Bureau, Missouri Broadcasters Association, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce.

Mike has been named for the past eight years as one of the 100 most influential African Americans in Kansas City by the Globe Newspaper. Radio Ink Magazine has twice named Mike among the 25 Most Successful African Americans in radio today. In 2000, he was awarded the Whitney M. Young Service Award from the Boy Scouts-Heart of America Council. In May 2001 he was awarded a Small Business Philanthropist of the Year Award.

His radio company has been recognized as a Top 10 Small Business of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Carter Broadcast Group, Inc. was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 2000, for their countless work in the community. The Radio Music Awards Academy awarded KPRS the 2000 Urban Station of the Year Award. KPRS won their first Crystal Radio Award in 1995! KPRS has also won a 2001 Omni Award for advertising, a first for the station. September 2001, KPRS was awarded a NAB Marconi Award for Urban Station of the Year! Spring 2003, Mike and his staff won their second Crystal Award for Community Service. September 2004, KPRS was awarded a NAB Marconi Award for Urban Station of the Year!

Mike has realistic plans to buy more radio stations and dreams of playing on the senior pro-golf tour. In his free time Mike enjoys being with his wife, Monica, and their children Michael Andrew, Robinson, Alexander, and Caroline.

Morning Meeting-Christie Kennard Mar 03, 2017
Jesse James in Kansas City
Jesse James in Kansas City

Jessie James was born just north of Kansas City, in Kearney, Mo., the son of a Baptist preacher who helped found William Jewell College. While people know about many of his exploits – from his early days as a bushwhacker to the numerous train and bank robberies – they often aren’t as familiar with his personal life. Our speaker today introduces us to the family man who lived under the alias J. T. Jackson with his wife and children, first on Tracy and then on Woodlawn, during their years in Kansas City.

Christie Kennard has spent more than 15 years as a legal assistant, and more recently as a paralegal, with extensive background in litigation practice. She now works at KCP&L supporting the Community Relations and Energy Solutions departments.

Christie has degrees from K.U. in English and Art History.  She joined the board of the Friends of the James Farm in 2001 and became interested in local history surrounding the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.

She is currently working on a play for the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival, “Mrs. Woodson and Mrs. Howard,” concerning the period of time during which Anna and Zee James lived incognito in Nashville, TN.

Morning Meeting-Mike Higgins, Dir. Championships Mar 10, 2017

For the 12 years prior to coming to the NAIA, Higgins was Vice President of Events for the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., where he coordinated one of the most prestigious events in Olympic track and field.

Higgins worked previously as Senior Vice-President/General Manager for the Portland Beavers, the minor league baseball franchise within the San Diego Padres farm system, and the Portland Timbers professional soccer team. He also was the top executive for PGE Park, a 25,000 seat stadium in Portland.

Before moving to the Portland area, he worked in various management capacities in minor league baseball for 12 years, as well as played professional baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

“As a long-time high school coach, Mike brings an appreciation for the student-athlete and the impact of high quality championship experiences,” said Lynn Meredith, NAIA Vice President Championships / Marketing. “He will be an integral part of the effort to help the NAIA gain sponsorship exposure and enhance championships for student-athletes and coaches.”

Morning Meeting-Merrell R. Bennekin Mar 17, 2017
KC Board of Police Commissioners- Office of Community Complaints
KC Board of Police Commissioners- Office of Community Complaints

Bennekin, 41, who has been with the Board of Police Commissioners for the past 15 years, said he is looking forward to serving in his new role as Kansas City’s Office of Community Complaints.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article128727949.html#storylink=cpy

Bennekin is a native of Eatonton, Ga., and was raised by two educators. After graduating with honors from Morehouse College, Bennekin earned a law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. While there, Bennekin met Kedra Williams. The two later married and now have two daughters.

Long active in the community, Bennekin is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity among other community and civic groups.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article128727949.html#storylink=cpy
Morning Meeting-Tom Tilley Mar 24, 2017
President of the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association
President of the Kansas City Youth Hockey Association

Thomas R. Tilley (born March 28, 1965 in Trenton, Ontario) is a retired professional hockey player who played in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. He played defense and shot right-handed.

Tilley was drafted by the Blues in the 10th round, 196th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted he played for Michigan State for 4 years where he developed a strong defensive presence. Immediately after college Tilley joined the Blues and played his only full season in the NHL during the 1988–1989 season, scoring 23 points. Tilley then bounced between the Blues and their IHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen for the next two years before playing in Italy for another two years. The 1993–1994 season saw a return for Tilley with the Blues, as he skated in 48 contests. This would prove to be the last time Tilley would play in the NHL. Tilley then played out the rest of his career in the IHL, retiring after the 2000–2001 season with the Chicago Wolves.

Tilley currently lives in the Kansas City area, and helps coach youth hockey. He also won the Missouri 4th of July Washers tournament 2 time in a row

Source: Wikipedia


Mark your calendar to join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, March 30th. Destination TBD.

Morning Meeting- Speaker TBD Apr 07, 2017
Morning Meeting-Nate Olson Apr 14, 2017
Crema- Business Development Strategist
Crema- Business Development Strategist



Morning Meeting- Charles A. Serrano Apr 21, 2017
A Trip to Cuba
A Trip to Cuba

Charles Serrano is the Managing Director of the The Antilles Strategy Group, Cuba Trade & Public Affairs Consultants.

No other American has traveled to Cuba more in the past 20 years than Charles Serrano.  Since 1994, Mr. Serrano has planned, coordinated and executed more than 130 missions to Cuba for American business leaders, academics and researchers, scientists, lawyers and other professionals.
Mr. Serrano’s understanding of the socio-historical environment of the island has allowed him to fit into Cuban society, nurturing relationships with its musicians and other artists, its budding entrepreneurial class, and its governmental leaders.  His internal knowledge, awareness and understanding of the Cuban government, the sentiment of the Cuban people and ability to forecast and anticipate Cuban social and policy shifts is truly unique and will be a valuable asset to any strategy development team in which he participates.
For the past two decades, Mr. Serrano has established key relationships in all sectors of the Cuban economy, including government and non-governmental organizations.  He has bridged the gap between the professionals from the U.S. and Cuba, linking counterparts from the two nations in academics and in permitted commercial projects in the areas of agriculture, medicine and telecommunications.  For example, Mr. Serrano has relationships with more than a dozen Cuban ambassadors around the world, including Mr. José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, the present Ambassador of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
In 2002, Mr. Serrano organized and executed the first and only Biotech Conference and Academic Exchange, engaging American business CEOs, executives and leaders and Cuban professional counterparts in the biotech and related fields.
In 1999, Mr. Serrano planned and executed Illinois Governor George Ryan’s historic trip to the Cuba, the first sitting governor to visit the island.  The trip included a delegation of 91 Illinois business, civic and political leaders.  In 1998, Mr. Serrano drafted, lobbied and secured passage of the first state legislative resolution in the United States calling for the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States.
Mr. Serrano is an international policy consultant on Caribbean Basin and Latin American affairs, providing clients with strategic real-time analysis of socio-political activity and changes occurring throughout Latin America, including Cuba.  For over 30 years, he has served as a planning, policy and economic development adviser to non-profits, corporations, institutions and private individuals.
Mr. Serrano is a veteran of the U.S. Army having received an Honorable Discharge.  In 1981, Mr. Serrano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theology and Biblical Languages from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  In 1998, Mr. Serrano earned a Master in Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Mr. Serrano was awarded a HUD Fellowship in 1997-1998.  He is an EDI/MacArthur Fellow.  He is an American Assembly Fellow at Columbia University in New York.  Mr. Serrano is 1999 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.
Born and raised in Chicago to Puerto Rican parents, Mr. Serrano speaks fluent English and Spanish.  He has lived in various Latin American countries and has extensive relationships in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  He maintains homes in Chicago and Puerto Rico.
Morning Meeting- Bob Dusin Apr 28, 2017
Workplace Zombies, and How Leadership is Creating Them
Workplace Zombies, and How Leadership is Creating Them

Bob Dusin is a partner at HPWP Consulting, LLC.

Raised on a wheat farm in western Kansas, Bob has always been driven by the idea of getting a little better every day. He has over 30 years experience in the construction industry and, as a project manager, guided the construction of the tallest concrete high-rise in the United States. As a Business Consultant, Bob has helped numerous organizations create motivating work environments and develop highly effective leaders.