Ingram’s magazine, a local business publication, highlights business, industry and economic development trends throughout the bi-state region. The publication explained its methodology in choosing the top 250 business leaders in the region:
While the inaugural line-up in the Ingram’s 250 is loaded with C-suite power players, sprinkled throughout are key executives from non-profit and public-sector settings, those whose day-to-day decisions go a long way toward influencing regional business. It all comes down to throw-weight: The financial power they have at their fingertips, the influence their companies exert on business transaction volume and public policy, their presence in civic affairs as well as corporate. We started with lists of the largest employers in the region, we factored in the top public and private revenue generators, we combed public data for executives whose skills command the highest compensation—we even made allowances for companies whose cultures that promote civic engagement, rather than cases of bottom-line tunnel vision. For many in the Ingram’s 250, objective criteria helps make the case. A certain element of subjectivity, however, must necessarily be involved, and ours was informed by this staff’s combined half-century of editorial experience covering the region’s business scene and its key influencers.
That we know of, Mark James is the only member of the Ingram’s 250 to have actually been shot at — he was in law enforcement in a previous life. So running a community college, while not without its challenges in this public-funding era, was considerably less stressful in that regard. James became chancellor of MCC in 2010 after a long career in public safety, and will retire at the end of the current school year.
COLLEGE: B.S., Criminal Justice & Administration, University of Central Missouri; Strategic Intelligence, National Defense Intelligence University; completed coursework for Ph.D. in Business Administration; L.L.D., UCM.
BEST ADVICE: “Seek first to understand, then to be understood. Treat others as you would like to be treated. You will never have all or perfect information; get enough information, then follow your gut and strive to do the right thing. Lastly, just know that being a leader means you have to have the courage to make a decision that people will not like.”
MOST-ADMIRED CEO: “Bill Dunn Sr. (retired) of J.E. Dunn Construction is a highly intelligent, hard-working man who started at the bottom and learned every aspect of his company’s business before leading it into the company it is today.”
The publication shared: In a metropolitan area of 2.77 million people strewn from Topeka to St. Joseph to Sedalia, is it possible to pick out 250 people that are absolute pillars of commerce? Yes … yes it is. But for every slam-dunk choice that went into selecting the Ingram’s 250—high-profile chief executives of the region’s largest companies—there are vast numbers of people who operate behind the scenes, in key roles on corporate or non-profit boards, in private-capital environs, or in other important ways. We asked them about their best advice for young executives and biggest achievements, and threw in a few off-the wall questions, just for fun.
Sometimes, the nature of their work keeps them flying below the radar. Sometimes, they simply prefer to occupy that space. In this, our first-ever Ingram’s 250, we bring you our take on where business muscle is being flexed, where influence is being exerted, and by whom. Some you’ll see as naturals; some you may take issue with, and some not on this list will, in readers’ minds, be missing. We’re prepared for this, and we’re open to that discussion. So let us know who you think we’ve overlooked, and why you think they belong. We don’t do this one often, but when we do, you can bet it will once again include 250 people who are, unequivocally, the drivers behind business being done in the greater Kansas City area region.
To read the full list, click this link:ingrams.com/article/the-ingrams-250/