The College of Innovation and Design and the Center for Entrepreneurship have named Lance Minor as the new director of the Kansas Family Business Forum.
With almost 260,000 small businesses in the state of Kansas, a large number of them are family owned and all of them play an important role in driving economic impact, locally and regionally. KFBF has been supporting and promoting family-owned businesses for over 27 years. Companies such as Star Lumber and JR Custom Metals are founding members, with three generations of business leaders participating in KFBF programs.
As director, Minor envisions a purposeful growth strategy to increase KFBF’s local presence, expand membership, and provide valuable and timely programming to family-led businesses in our community, regardless of the stage of growth at which are located. His first day was January. 9, and he hit the ground running, welcoming KFBF’s newest member: Don Klausmeyer Construction.
Minor is no stranger to campus, prior to joining the College of Innovation and Design, he was an ecosystem and alliance manager for Deloitte’s Smart Factory @ Wichita on the WSU Innovation Campus. Prior to that, he was a partnership manager for the Shocker Career Accelerator, as well as CEO of his family business, Aero Plains Brewing.
Minor is a military veteran, having served 21 years in the US Marine Corps. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and education from The Citadel and the University of Maryland and his graduate degree in English from Florida International University. Minor’s career in higher education also includes eight years teaching for Hawaii Pacific University.
More information on the Kansas Family Business Forum
About Wichita State University
Wichita State University is the only urban public research university in Kansas, enrolling almost 22,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the US and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are known for being student-centered and driven by innovation.
Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Wichita State University offers uniquely distinct and innovative learning pathways applied, applied research and career opportunities. for all our students.
The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of Wichita State University’s main campus, is one of the largest and fastest growing research/innovation parks in the country, spanning over 120 acres and home to a number of companies and global organizations.
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