Some days in the business world are just better than others – and having the opportunity to announce the hiring of Jim Heeter ranks right up there as one of my best professional days ever. There is no greater pleasure than knowing you’ve found just the right person, at the right time, for the right job, in this case, the new President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
We have great challenges ahead of us to deliver against our strategic plan, and Jim has the experience, relationships and familiarity with the Kansas City region to make it happen. He has a well deserved reputation for collaboration, integrity and the ability to get things done. Jim served on the KCMO City Council in the 1980s, and, until recently, was the Managing Partner of the Kansas City office of the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP. Jim has operated at the CEO level, served in government and cares deeply for our community.
Out of hundreds of candidates the search committee considered, Jim was by far the most outstanding candidate to lead The Chamber at this critical moment in time.
I’d also like to thank Kristi Smith Wyatt who has kept momentum going as interim president of The Chamber. The success of the recent Governors’ Summit was a direct result of her direction and insight. Thank you Kristi!
We know that the Summit was a call to collaboration and action. I have great confidence that Jim will lead with the necessary strength and collaborative spirit to bring our business community together to resolve regional issues. I look forward to working with Jim on The Chamber’s 2010 focus as well: creating quality jobs and economic growth; advocacy and collaboration; and making Greater Kansas City the best place to live and work.