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Kansas Citian of the Year Award

The Kansas Citian of the Year Award is the highest honor the KC Chamber can bestow.

Presented at the Annual Dinner in November, the award is given “only to those persons whose civic contributions and achievements have reflected the insight, creativity and consciousness necessary to build and maintain a quality urban community.”  The Kansas Citian of the Year Award is now recognized as the most significant honor bestowed upon a single individual by any organization in the metropolitan area.

The announcement of the award is a surprise – and each year presents a different challenge in making sure the unsuspecting award winner is, in fact, in the audience to receive it!

An indication of how times have changed: when the award was first presented in 1960, it was called the “Mr. Kansas City Award.”

Since that time, the list of award winners has grown to include dozens of men and women who have made a lasting and positive impact on their community. 

Past Kansas Citians of the Year



Don Hall Jr.2016 Kansas Citian of the Year
 
Don Hall, Jr., President & CEO of Hallmark, was named “Kansas Citian of the Year” at the 129th Annual Dinner of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Tuesday night. The annual award is given “only to those persons whose civic contributions and achievements have reflected the insight, creativity and consciousness necessary to build and maintain a quality urban community.”
 
The theme for the evening was “What’s Next, KC?” with the audience and speakers answering the question in a variety of ways.
 
Kansas Citian of the Year Award is a family affair
 
Don Hall, Jr., joined his family’s company in 1971, working in a variety of areas including manufacturing, product development, sales, and creative, before being named CEO of Hallmark in 2002.
 
“Don’s impact on Kansas City has been tremendous,” says Bill Berkley, CEO of Tension. “His fingerprints – in a very positive way – are all over important Kansas City initiatives. He’s a father, a husband, a family member, a CEO, a community leader. And he moves between all of these roles effortlessly.”
 
“Don Junior doesn’t just work in one part of Kansas City’s communities. He is ubiquitous. He works all around,” says Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (Cleaver was named Kansas Citian of the Year in 1999).
 
Don Hall, Jr., is a member of the Board of the Hall Family Foundation, which has provided millions of dollars to improvements to Union Station and the Nelson-Atkins Gallery of Art, toward the KU Cancer Center’s efforts to achieve Comprehensive Cancer Center status, and to early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education, neighborhood revitalization, the arts, and community improvement.
 
He’s the fourth member of his family to be named Kansas Citian of the Year. His mother, Adele Hall, father Don Hall, Sr., and his grandfather and Hallmark founder Joyce C. Hall all received the award previously.