Room with a View
The view from my Chamber office energizes me each morning. It is a panoramic sweep north from the 26th floor of Commerce Tower at 9th and Main. I can see the traffic on I-70, the activity and development in the River Market and flow of aircraft in and out of the Wheeler Downtown Airport. To the east, there’s the Berkley Riverfront Park, a beautiful development that has grown from what was a decrepit city dumping ground. It’s a place where people can actually drive and walk along the mighty Missouri. It’s a fitting tribute to one of the city’s most popular Mayors and all-around great guy Dick Berkley, mayor of KC from 1979 to 1991. Oh yes, he’s also my former boss and remains a close friend. And then of course just a stone’s throw from Berkley Park is the new Missouri River bridge, KC ICON, otherwise and aptly named the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. The new bridge will be a stunning landmark for Kansas City, scheduled for completion in 2011. The next time you’re at the Chamber, come by my office – the view is a keeper!
Search Process Underway
Speaking of landmarks, a living one is preparing to depart at the year’s end. Pete Levi, who has led The Chamber as president for 19 years is moving on and the search for his successor is underway. The search committee led by incoming Chamber chair Peter deSilva and former AMC CEO Peter Brown and a stellar group of business leaders has hired local firm EFL Associates to conduct the search which is expected to generate hundreds of applications. Pete will be missed by the community, particularly by the talented Chamber team he has built. He’s been both a boss and a friend to us – he goes a mile a minute and keeps us on our toes – always ready to share a laugh or joke – just an all around good guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously. We’ll miss him around here.