Three Laureates Added to the Wichita Business Hall of Fame
Wichita, KS – Three Wichita businessmen were inducted into the Junior Achievement (JA) of Kansas Wichita Business Hall of Fame, Wednesday March 6, at the Hyatt Regency. Tim Buchanan of Legend Companies; Tim Farrell, Retired Owner and CEO of Weaver Manufacturing; and Chris Goebel of Star Lumber & Supply Co., joined the ranks of over 60 distinguished Wichita entrepreneurs. Susan Peters of Susan's Kids and Steve McIntosh of KNSS Radio emceed the evening, attended by nearly 500 community members.
The Fran Jabara Scholarship was awarded to Kaitlyn Morrison of South High School. Kaitlyn, a senior planning to attend Wichita State University in the fall, was "blessed and thankful," to receive the award.
Jim Means was recognized as the Othal Vrana Volunteer of the Year. The Executive Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Wichita Public Schools, Jim works hand in hand with JA. He oversees 25 career pathways with courses delivered in all the middle and high schools, and partners with JA to ensure programming is provided within the district. Means also serves on the JA of Kansas Wichita Advisory Board.
The Velma Wallace Memorial Recognition Award was presented to Textron Aviation. Textron Aviation annually provides multiple volunteers to teach the JA curriculum in and around Wichita. In 2017-2018, Textron provided 53 volunteers to serve 53 classrooms.
Student presenters from Seltzer Elementary assisted Peters and McIntosh in the presentation of the 2019 laureates.
Tim Buchanan noted that, "As a lifetime Wichitan, it has been the great joy of my professional life to share this journey with all of you." He noted mentors that had assisted him in his career along the way, and boasted his pride of the strong character and genuine caring nature of Wichita. He encouraged the audience to take moments to share little yet impactful words with young students, remembering that small words of encouragement changed his life and entrepreneurial course.
Tim Farrell most notably credited his mother for her instilment of faith, loyalty and strong work ethic in his life. He reminisced on his business beginnings, including the story of receiving "red marks" on his reports – thereby instilling a drive to strive toward a report with no red marks. He ended with thankfulness of being glad to be working on the "second half" of his life, referencing Bob Buford's book, "Halftime," in which the author remarks that the first half of a person's life is directed inward while the second half gains significance by pouring out.
Chris Goebel shared that with a large family, even larger extended family and even larger still work family, he has always been a small part of something bigger. Working in the industry for over forty years, he reflected on multiple occasions of sharing in the work with many outstanding and talented people. Their "secret to success," as he stated, is "not really a secret – it's the people." They operate by tried and true practices and principles, driving them toward over 80 years of progress and prosperity.
The Wichita Business Hall of Fame is held annually to support the mission and objectives of Junior Achievement of Kansas.
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"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."