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Wichita Emerging Leaders Inaugural Class Ready To Start

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Friday, April 11, 2014
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Michael Aumack (316) 269-6275

WICHITA, Ks.  After three months of planning and recruiting, the SBA's Wichita District Office along with its 15 cosponsor organizations are proud to announce the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders, a seven month training program limited to 15 executives of existing small businesses poised for growth. Wichita is one of 27 communities across the country hosting the Emerging Leaders initiative in 2014. Read more online at http://www.sba.gov/emergingleaders.

After receiving more than 40 applications to participate in the program, 15 business owners and executives were selected for the 2014 class. The selection process involved choosing a mix of executives who represent the varied sectors in the economy, including manufacturing, retail, wholesale, technology, and services. A balanced representation of both demographic and industry sectors in the class is aimed to promote a good dynamic in the peer-to-peer learning that is integral to the Emerging Leaders curriculum. The first of 13 classes held two times per month will occur on April 29, 2014.

The 2014 Wichita Emerging Leaders Class (in alphabetical order):

William Carey of ARC Technology, LLC

Carmen Colemen of Economy Mfg. Co, Inc.

Candace Cottner of Global Aviation Technologies,LLC

Tarrance Floyd of Floyd Construction Corporation

Jim Foster of Buffco Engineering, Inc.

Alex Harb of Ribbit Computers, LLC

Leslie Hentzen of Cherokee Construction, Inc.

Dan Reisig of Concergent, LLC

Joshua Shorter of Integrated Components, Inc.

Martin Tinker of VASI Aerospace IPG

Harold Welch of Allied Energy and Battery, Inc.

Curtis Whitten of VendTech Enterprise, LLC

Ginger Wise of Associated Industries, Inc.

Blane Wood of GSI Engineering, LLC

Monte Ysidro of Specs Eyewear


                   Wichita Emerging Leaders Cosponsor Organizations:

Cosponsorship Authorization #14-0767-65. SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.


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