Chancellor Beatty honored at KC Chamber breakfast

Joe Reardon, president & CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce (left), with Ramin Cherafat, CEO, McCownGordon Construction; Dr. Douglas Girod, chancellor, University of Kansas; Dr. Kimberly Beatty, MCC chancellor; Rick Smith, chief of police, Kansas City, Mo.; Karen Daniel, CFO, Black & Veatch; and Christine Ricci, CEO, PhoneMedic.

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty was among six Kansas Citians recognized for their leadership at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Recognition Breakfast in January.

The executives introduced themselves and shared personal tidbits, observations of the community, and worldview and passions.

One of the honorees was Ramin Cherafat, CEO of McCownGordon Construction, who is a member of the MCC Foundation board of directors.

The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization that represents more than 2,250 companies and organizations and 300,000 employees across the Greater Kansas City region.  The Chamber’s geographical representation serves 15 counties in the bi-state area: the Missouri counties of Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray; and the Kansas counties of Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte.

While all the area’s largest employers are members of the KC Chamber, approximately 90 percent of Chamber members are defined as small businesses.

The Chamber designed the event to introduce new leaders to the business community. Dr. Beatty became MCC’s eighth chancellor last July.