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Entrepreneur Matt Condon Elected Chair of the KC Chamber



Matt Condon, founder and CEO of two healthcare-related businesses in Kansas City, has been unanimously elected Chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The vote by the Chamber Board of Directors was unanimous. At 42, Condon is the youngest Chair in the history of the business organization.
 
Condon founded ARC Physical Therapy+ in 2003. Ten years later, he sold a majority stake in ARC in a $36 million deal, while remaining CEO. Turning to the data/analytics side of the healthcare equation, Condon founded Bardavon Innovations – named after Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon. (Condon keeps a Shakespeare quote above his desk that says, “And yet words are not deeds.”)

Condon says he didn’t know much about the Chamber when he joined the Board of Directors – an appointment that accompanied ARC’s Mr. K Award as the Chamber’s Small Business of the Year in 2010. “I became genuinely impressed by the Chamber and the Board and the approach to Kansas City issues. I was impressed that there were so many people who really cared about the community and were willing to give of their time and energy."
 
For the last few years, Condon has also served as Champion of the Chamber’s Big 5 goal to make Kansas City America’s most entrepreneurial city. “There’s been tremendous growth,” he says, “but we still have a long way to go. We need to stay focused on promoting entrepreneurship – it’s part of the foundation of whether Kansas City will still be vibrant ten years from now.”
 
Condon’s one year term as Chamber Chair begins November 1, 2017. He succeeds current Chamber Chair Karen Daniel, CFO of Black & Veatch. He lives in Fairway with his wife Carrie and four children.
 
In addition to Condon’s election as Chair, the Chamber Board unanimously approved the following slate of officers and new Board members:
 
Chamber Officers:
 
Chair Elect:  Michael Hagedorn, UMB
Vice Chair:  Gordon Lansford, JE Dunn
Treasurer:  Carolyn Watley, CBIZ
Immediate Past Chair:  Karen Daniel, Black & Veatch


New Board members (3 year term):
 
Kelly Carnago – Google
Mark Garrett – Smithfield Foods
Heather Humphrey – KCP&L
Chase Simmons – Polsinelli
Michael Viazzoli – mobank / BOK Financial
 

Special one-year term Board members:
 
Ike Nwabuonwu, Alpha Energy & Electric (2017 Mr. K Award Winner)
Elizabeth MacLeod Walls,  William Jewell College (Chair’s Appointment)
Brenda Sharp, REACH Healthcare Foundation (Chair’s Appointment)
Steve McDowell, BNIM, (Chair’s Appointment)
Frank Allen, Federal Reserve Bank (Centurions Chair)
Mike Daley, Bank Midwest (genKC Chair)
 

Educational & Nonprofit Institution Board Members:
 
Barbara Bichelmeyer, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Fr. Tom Curran, Rockhurst University
Doug Girod, University of Kansas
Marc Hahn, Kansas City University
Bridget McCandless, Greater Kansas City Health Care Foundation
Clyde McQueen, Full Employment Council
 

Board members serving as representative of another organization:
 
Scott Smith, Chair, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
Nate Orr, Chair, Downtown Council of Kansas City
Chuck Caisley, Chair, Kansas City Area Development Council
 

Public Official Board members:
 
Kirby Brown, Deputy to the Commanding General, US Army Combined Arms Center
Mayor Peggy Dunn, City of Leawood, KS
Ed Eilert, Chair, Johnson County Commission
Mayor/CEO Mark Holland, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS
Mayor Sly James, City of Kansas City, MO
Troy Schulte, City Manager, City of Kansas City, MO
Mayor Eileen Weir, City of Independence, MO
Frank White, County Executive, Jackson County, MO
 
 
New Chair Matt Condon and outgoing Chair Karen Daniel will be celebrated as part of the KC Chamber’s Annual Dinner, Tuesday, November 21 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Bartle Hall Convention Center Ballroom.
 
Media Contact:
Pam Whiting
whiting@kcchamber.com