Why Kansas?

Their reasons are as varied as the diverse economy of the state, but in the end, choosing Kansas as a home base has one factor in common among business executives: It makes for a stronger enterprise.

Lenora Payne
Founder, Technology Group Solutions, Lenexa 

“One great attribute of this region is the willingness of people to collaborate. When we were first building TGS, we had to rely on professional networking groups and local organizations to assist us in getting our name out there. Even today, organizations like all the local Chambers of Commerce are great resources to us. With their innovative programs and advocacy for local businesses, they help organizations like Technology Group Solutions, LLC (TGS) succeed.”


Tom Devlin
Flint Hills National/Devlin Enterprises, Wichita
(Founder: Rent-A-Center)

“From the time of the early cattle drives, Kansans have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. While they may initially spend some time working for another business, commonly they in time transition to starting or buying their own company. This mindset is further nourished and supported by a network of banks and professionals who understand entrepreneurs.”


Tammy Peterman 
The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City

“I can’t respond without mentioning the people: We believe people are the most important asset of any organization. There are great people everywhere—I believe the combination of competence and humility are trademarks of Kansans. Kansas is full of business leaders and entrepreneurs, leading and innovating in our region. We all benefit from the vision and investment made right here.”


Dan Smith
CEO, Watco, Pittsburg

“Watco is blessed to be a Kansas-born and Kansas-based business. While we now perform services all over this great nation, we will always be proud of our Kansas roots. The men and women of Kansas understand the value of hard work and the importance of staying humble when success finds you. The spirit of business in Kansas resides within the very special people who make it happen every, single day.”


Charlie Chandler IV
Chairman/CEO, INTRUST Bank, Wichita

“Kansas businesspeople tend to be independent, entrepreneurial, and innovative. They are willing to take responsibility for the present and future well-being of the communities and the people they serve.”


Michael Kiley
CEO, Security Benefit Corp., Topeka

“When we set out to rebuild Security Benefit, we knew we’d have to rely on its people. We gave them the chance to step up—and they did. Kansas provided a very stable talent base that allowed us to recruit skilled professionals who helped engineer our historic corporate turnaround. I believe the state’s pro-business, pro-growth efforts made this possible, and have positioned Kansas for an exciting future.”