Annual Dinner 2019
Join 1,800 area business leaders and legislators at the region’s premier business event. The KC Chamber’s 132nd Annual Dinner is the largest and single most anticipated event encompassing businesses, education and community organizations across the metropolitan area.
This year, we can’t wait to unveil GREATER KC – a celebration of our city, our home - coming together above the state line.
You won’t want to miss the highlight of the evening when we announce the 2019 Kansas Citian of the Year! Past recipients include Kay Barnes, Robert Regnier, Tom Watson, James and Virginia Stowers, Thomas McDonnell, Shirley and Barnett Helzberg, The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., Donald and Adele Hall, James B. Nutter Sr., Phil Kirk, Greg Graves, and Leo Morton. Learn more about past Kansas Citian of the Year recipients here.
We will also be celebrating a successful year with our outgoing Chair Gordon Lansford, III, JE Dunn Construction Company and looking forward to what's next from our incoming Chair Carolyn Watley, CBIZ/MHM.
We are excited to announce that this year’s keynote presenter, Rob Riggle - actor, comedian, and proud Kansas Citian – is back by popular demand.
Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films and television for more than 15 years. He is known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like The Hangover and Step Brothers, as well as his stints on Saturday Night Live and as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His most recent projects include his own television show, Rob Riggle: Global Investigator, and ABC’s new extreme min-golf series Holey Moley, produced by NBA All-Star Stephen Curry.
As he broke into comedy, Rob was still on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, which he initially joined at the age of 19. Lieutenant Colonel Riggle retired from the Marine Corps Reserve, having served 23 years total (nine years active duty, 14 years in the reserves) and earned more than 22 medals and ribbons, including the Combat Action Ribbon.
Raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Rob attended Shawnee Mission South High School, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Theater & Film. He later received a Master’s in Public Administration from Webster University.
Frequently Asked Questions
We are looking forward to celebrating with you at the KC Chamber’s 132nd Annual Dinner! In preparation for a fun evening, look at the information below to answer some frequently asked questions:
When and where is the event?
Tuesday, November 26
Kay Barnes Grand Ballroom | Kansas City Convention Center
301 W. 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
What’s the itinerary for the evening?
5 p.m. | Networking Reception
6:15 p.m. | Dinner and Program
What is the attire?
Attire for Annual Dinner is business professional.
How can I join the conversation?
This year, the KC Chamber is celebrating GreaterKC. We are excited to host local social media influencers at the event to help facilitate the conversation too!
We are also proud to host Kansas City native actor and comedian Rob Riggle as our keynote presenter this year! Rob will be answering questions during his presentation, and yours could be one of them! Tweet your questions in to #AskRobRiggle. We will be taking questions until November 8, at 5 p.m.
Where should I park?
We recommend parking in either the Barney Allis parking garage or the Arts District parking garage. Please note that Wyandotte Street is closed between 15th Street and 16th Street. The sidewalk along this stretch is also closed due to construction.
For our guests who have received complimentary valet, we ask that you either come from Broadway to 16th Street or take Baltimore to 17th Street and then up Wyandotte to Valet. Valet will be stationed at 16th and Wyandotte and will be taking cars from both directions.
Tickets will be emailed to your company prior to the event. Please get in touch with the email recipient at your company to secure your tickets.
What do I need to know about food and beverage for the evening?
The salad for the evening is both gluten and dairy free, and the entrée is gluten free. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact the KC Chamber events staff no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase event tickets or to notify about any dietary restrictions.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Presenting Sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City;
Premier Sponsors Burns & McDonnell, Hallmark, JE Dunn Construction, Plexpod and UMB;
Executive Sponsor: Black & Veatch;
Partner Sponsors American Century Investments, Commerce Bank, Evergy, H&R Block, Harvest Productions, Lathrop Gage, Lockton Companies, Polsinelli, SS&C, Trozzolo Communications Group, and Wellington
Corporate Sponsors Bardavon Health Innovations, Bayer, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, CBIZ/MHM, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Deloitte, Dimensional Innovations, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, FleishmanHillard, Grant Thornton, HCA Midwest Health, Honeywell, Husch Blackwell, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), KPMG, PNC Bank, Spire, Sprint, Stinson, The Roasterie, Truman Medical Centers, VanTrust Real Estate, and Waddell & Reed.