Heartland Chapter hosted local NACD members and entrepreneurs for a special program and reception at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Attendees were able to gain insights on when early stage businesses should engage outside advisors, advisory directors and full-fledged directors (beyond mentors, rainmakers and funders) and how to find them, while NACD directors had an opportunity to connect with local entrepreneurs seeking directors. This highly interactive chapter program and cocktail reception provided a unique opportunity for networking.
Wendy Guillies, President and CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
David Fowler, Retired KPMG Managing Partner
David M. Fowler is the retired Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP in Kansas City. He subsequently served three years as the national chair of the KPMG Retired Partner Council. He is actively involved in the community, having serving on numerous boards of directors of various charitable and civic organizations including: the American Royal; Boy Scouts, Heart of America Council; United Way; The Children’s Place; Turning Point; Civic Council of Greater Kansas City; Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Kansas City Area Development Corporation; and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He also is an adjunct professor in the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. Dave most recently served for one year as the sixteenth President of Park University and co-chaired the Mayor’s KCI Terminal Advisory Group.
Matt Condon, Founder and CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations and incoming Chair, Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Matt is Founder and CEO of Bardavon Health Innovations (a Kansas City based healthcare data/analytics company) and ARC Physical Therapy+ (one of the fastest growing physical therapy companies in the country). His organizations have been recognized for excellence throughout his career, including Best Place to Work and Hall of Champions - Champions of Business by the Kansas City Business Journal and was honored with the coveted Mr. K Small Business of the Year in 2010. Matt is a recognized thought leader on Innovation and Healthcare – speaking at conferences throughout the country and serving on two congressional Health Care Advisory councils. Locally, Matt is a member of the Boards of KU Advancement, KC Rising, KCInvestEd, and Phoenix Family while Championing the Greater KC Chamber’s Big 5 Initiative to Make Kansas City’s America’s Most Entrepreneurial City. A registered attorney in Kansas and Missouri – Matt and his family live in Kansas.
Bill Gautreaux, Co-Chair, KC Rising and Business Partner at MLP Holdings LLC
Bill is the former president of Crestwood Midstream in Kansas City, a leading provider of midstream services for natural gas liquids (NGL) across the United States. He has had a 30-year career in the energy industry and was co-founder of Inergy LP, where he played a significant role in developing and managing the company’s NGL and crude oil business unit. Prior to joining Inergy, Bill also co-founded LPG Services Group, which merged with Dynergy, Inc., where he served as vice president. He is currently a Partner at MLP Holdings, LLC where he evaluates and manages private equity investments. Bill also serves as an active board member or trustee for numerous non-profit and charitable organizations, with a particular focus on arts, education and civic leadership.
An enthusiastic leader, marketing and sales strategy specialist with 12+ years of experience helping businesses communicate and group revenues through broadcast, digital and experiential platforms. Todd has a proven track record of success including business and personnel development along with client growth in highly competitive sales environments. Todd led a $25MM annual sales operation and staff of 40 for seven premium radio stations and digital assets within the iHeartMedia major markets enterprise. Prior to iHeartMedia, Todd held various management, account management and senior account executive positions with leading companies in the media industry.
Greg Maday, Co-Founder, Sporting KC and Chairman and CEO, SpecChem LLC
Greg is a General Partner and Co-Founder of Rock Island Capital, a private equity fund with $160,000,000 in capital raised and returns in excess of 20% IRR since 2006. Rock Island’s offices are in Chicago and Kansas City.
Additionally, Greg, along with four partners, purchased the Kansas City Wizards from Lamar Hunt in 2006, the team is now known as Sporting KC and plays in an award-winning soccer specific stadium, Children’s Mercy Park.
Greg is a Co-Founder and Co-Owner of FanThreeSixty, a high-performance sports related technology company based in Kansas City.
Greg currently serves on the following business, social and advisory boards: SpecChem, DBB, Rock Island Capital, OnGoal, FanThreeSixty, Executive Airshare, UMB, na, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, American Royal, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation Board, Trans Mississippi Golf Association and The River Club.
Greg, and his wife, Elizabeth, are involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. Greg has embraced the opportunity to encourage other potential entrepreneurs by offering his time to various entrepreneurial mentoring programs. Elizabeth and Greg have two children, Alexandra, 22 and Maxwell, 17. The family enjoys playing golf and soccer, attending Sporting KC matches, traveling and walking the family dog, Lola.
Greg earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Finance from the University of Missouri and completed the nine-year, executive YPO program from the Harvard Business School.
Closing Statement and Next Steps
Maria Meyers, Vice Provost & Executive Director of UMKC Innovation Center and KCSourceLink