Entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of Butler’s Hall of Fame

Butler’s Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame will induct the 2010-2011 honorees during an Induction Ceremony on April 25, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita (400 West Waterman). The Hall of Fame recognizes the perseverance, insight and achievements of visionaries who have demonstrated their commitment of time, effort and resources to create a positive impact on the economic and social well-being of the region.

This years inductees are: 

Business Entrepreneur of the Year


Charles Q. “Charlie” Chandler, IV is the steward of a four-generation legacy in his role as the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of INTRUST Bank. He lends his talents to a wide array of community, scholastic and philanthropic efforts, while also offering leadership and guidance to businesses across the state.

Rising Entrepreneur of the Year


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Jason Opat, CEO at Wichita-based Integrated Media Group (IMG), is uncompromisingly driven when it comes to creating futuristic software interfaces with 3D and motion graphics, working on Hollywood blockbusters and designing the Autonomous Sales Kiosk (ASK) full-motion gesture-based interface. In the community, Jason brings his talent and experience to support community and nonprofit boards as well as Kansas filmmakers.

Social Entrepreneur of the Year


The Florida-based Lattner Family Foundation leads charitable efforts that are a beacon of hope for many of its recipients. Championing the legacy and spirit of founder Forrest C. Lattner, the foundation and its chairman Marty Walker promote creativity and innovation through philanthropic efforts by encouraging hope and personal responsibility and inspiring others to give back.

The Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is designed to publicly acknowledge and honor each class of inductees for their entrepreneurial spirit. Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include True Knowles, Fran Jabara, R.D. Hubbard, Ted and Betty Vlamis, Helen Galloway, Clifford Stone, George Laham, Galen Myers, Wink and Libba Hartman, Bill and Janice Hanna and Jon Rolph. Proceeds from the dinner will support entrepreneurship programs and services at Butler Community College, including student scholarships and assistance.


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