Carl L. Chinnery
Director — Chairman of the Board
Mr. Chinnery is founding partner of Chinnery, Evans & Nail, one of Lee’s Summit’s oldest and most respected law firms. He has established an exceptional reputation for his extensive expertise in estate planning, business law, real estate and charitable giving, as well as his active and exhaustive support of the civic and educational efforts of the community. His charitable service includes serving as Chairman of the Truman Medical Center Planned Giving Council, Chairman of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Planned Giving Council, and Chairman of the Community Foundation of Lee’s Summit. Mr. Chinnery’s civic activities include the Rotary Club, serving as a District Governor of Rotary International in 2002-2003; the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, serving as its president in 1978; the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council as president in 1996-1997; and the Rockhurst College Small Business Development Corporation as past Chairman. Mr. Chinnery has served as president of the Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education, president of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and is a Charter Life Underwriter.
Mr. Chinnery holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Beloit College and a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Richard L. Viar
President, CEO, Director
Rick Viar has more than 35 years of banking experience. He began his career with the former Boatmen’s Union National Bank in Springfield, Missouri, and has taken the opportunity to continually learn the best practices that would eventually lead to the successful strategic development of Summit Bank of Kansas City. By implementing and embracing the core values of customer focus, community leadership, and collegial integrity, he has enabled the bank to realize his vision of true community banking.
Mr. Viar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Drury University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. In addition, he attended the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin, and the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
Mr. Viar currently serves as Vice Chairman of the John Knox Board of Directors and is President of the Lee’s Summit Industrial Development Authority. He is past Chairman of the Lee’s Summit Civic Roundtable and the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council. In addition, Viar is past President and current member of the Lee’s Summit Market Center of Ideas Board of Directors and a Lee’s Summit Education Foundation Advisory Director. He is past member of the Truman Medical Center Philanthropy Board, Lee’s Summit 360 Implementation Committee, and Lee’s Summit Symphony Board. Viar is the Charter President and member of the East Independence Rotary Club and was appointed by the Mayor to serve as facilitator of the 2015 Lee’s Summit Downtown Master Plan Task Force.
Mr. Accurso is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and has owned several successful businesses during his career. In 1986, he founded American Foodservice Company with three of his sons, which has grown to one of the region’s largest independent, full-line distributors as well as one of Lee’s Summit’s most visible employers. American Foodservice’s customer base includes many prestigious restaurants, grocery stores, specialty retailers and casinos. He is currently an honorary director of the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association.
John W. Bluford III is the President Emeritus of Truman Medical Centers (TMC) where he served as President/CEO of the hospital for fifteen years. Bluford’s tenure at TMC is part of a distinguished career in hospital and health system administration that has spanned more than four decades. In 2011, John served as Chair of the American Hospital Association. Bluford is also a Past Chair of the National Association of Public Hospitals, Past Chairman of the Missouri Hospital Association, and Past Chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Among his career accomplishments, Bluford is most proud of helping to change the culture of the organizations he has led in order to become more competitive, customer service oriented and more innovative. Innovative programs that he helped to initiate have included school based clinics and pre-paid capitalization programs in the 1980’s, the TMC Corporate Academy, the “Hospital in an Art Gallery” concept and his “Thinking Outside of the Bed” community outreach initiative. Financial accomplishments at TMC include increasing total net revenue by 165% and managing more than $300 million in capital investments.
Bluford began his career as a CDC trained Epidemiologist and later ran Pilot City Health Center in Minneapolis. He began his hospital work in 1973 as the evening administrator at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to coming to TMC, he served for 21 years in various leadership capacities at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, including the last six as its CEO and as founder and Director of the Metropolitan Health Plan from 1983-1999 –the first Public Sector HMO in the country.
Mr. Bluford has been granted numerous awards and recognitions including being designated Most Influential in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review and the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award in 2013. John is currently President of the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute.
Dr. Fender is a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Following dental school, he founded Fender Family Dentistry, a comprehensive practice specializing in general dentistry and orthodontics. He is also co-owner of ProCorp Images Inc., a promotional products company, and ProLeasing Investments. Dr. Fender is a member of the Lee’s Summit Community Church.
Dr. Fender earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Central Missouri State University and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School.
Robert E. “Bud” Hertzog is the face of Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital, widely known throughout the area for his community service. Dr. Hertzog, a Lee’s Summit High School graduate, graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1956. He returned to his home town to practice at the Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital which was mainly a farm animal practice providing care in Jackson, Johnson and Cass Counties. Dr. Hertzog became the veterinarian for the Kansas City Zoo and the American Royal. With his extensive work with zoo animals, Dr. Hertzog is still regarded as the “expert” on monkey and large cat medicine in the Midwest. Due to his expertise, you never know what type of creature you may see at the Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital. In addition to providing veterinary care, he is the practice manager at Lee’s Summit Animal Hospital. He and his wife Betty have five children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Mr. Limpus spent an illustrious career in the limestone mining, processing, and ready-mix industry before selling various related entities to Ashland Paving and Lafarge North America. He is the developer and owner of Winterstone Golf Course in Independence, Missouri, and a managing member of Western Materials & Design. He is also an Executive Member of Mid-America Sand Co.
Mr. Limpus is a native of the area and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.
Mr. Ross, a Blue Springs resident for 42 years, was initially elected as Mayor in April of 2008 and reelected in April 2012. He is the first African American Mayor of Blue Springs, Missouri.
Mayor Ross presently serves as a Past President and member of the Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors, a member of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors and serves as the Missouri CoChair of the MARC Total Transportation Policy Committee. Mayor Ross serves as Co-Chairman of the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council and as Chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Board for the Little Blue Valley Sewer District where he also serves as the current Vice Chairman for their Board of Trustees.
Ross has served the City of Blue Springs and surrounding regions for numerous years, in an array of capacities including: Chairman of the Blue Springs Personnel Board, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Blue Ridge Church of Christ, President of St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Associates, member of the Carondelet Health Board of Directors and the Carondelet Health Finance Committee, Founding Member and Ministry Leader of Blue Ridge Church of Christ, former Chairman of the Missouri Veterans Commission and Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League (MML), MML Board of Directors Chairman of the Metropolitan Mayor’s Caucus and Co-Chairman of the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council. Mayor Ross currently serves on the United Way of Greater Kansas City and Little Blue Valley Sewer District Board of Trustees as well as the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Elected to the Blue Springs Board of Alderman in 1981, Mayor Ross served Districts 2 & 3 for eight consecutive years as Alderman and one year as Mayor Pro Tem.
Prior to his election as Mayor, he served in the Legislative Branch of the State of Missouri. In 1988, Mayor Ross was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, representing the 55th District. Ross served a total of 14 years in the Missouri House of Representatives (1989-2003). He served as Republican Whip in 1991-92.
Outside of his legislative duties, Mayor Ross worked for Hallmark Cards, the company from which he retired after working in various positions for 39 years. He is President of Graves & Ross Investment Co., dba Smoking Hill Bar-B-Que at the Lake of the Ozarks.
A 1964 graduate of Bradley County High School, Mayor Ross attended the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rockhurst University in 1977.
In 1995 and 1996, Mayor Ross was recognized by the Kansas City Globe as one of Kansas City’s most influential African Americans. He was awarded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Black Achiever in Industry Award in 1985. He also received the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the Missouri Chamber of Commerce in 1991 and was a recipient of the Outstanding Legislator Award in 1996 by the Missouri Federation Grand Order of Pachyderms.
He received the 1997 state award by the Kansas City Globe as the Most Influential African American, only the second time this award has been given. Mayor Ross was also honored with the United States National Guard (NGAUS) Major General Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award in 1998, the Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association State Representative of the Year Award for 1998, as well as a variety of other awards and recognitions for his years of community and government service. He is a US Army Vietnam Combat Infantry Veteran serving from 1967-69. He received several citations including two Valorous Unit Awards while serving in Vietnam from 1967-68.
Recently, Ross was given the following awards for his continuous civic engagement: Senior Service Award from Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder, the Leaders Honor Roll Award from the University of Missouri Extension, the 2015 KC Globe Lifetime Award of the Most Influential African Americans in the Greater Kansas City Area, the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Municipal League. The League also rewarded his commitment to expanding his knowledge of the constantly changing local government by giving him the designation of Certified Municipal Official.
Mayor Ross was born on December 15, 1946 in Warren, Arkansas and has been married to his wife Eloise for 45 years. They have three daughters: Rechele, Carla and Diana; six granddaughters, one grandson, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Charlotte Shelton is President/CEO of Unity, an international movement dedicated to positive, progressive spiritual principles. She previously held management positions at First National Bank of Kansas City, Boatmen’s Bank, UMB, Franklin Savings, Ferrellgas, and The Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University.
Dr. Shelton is the author of Quantum Leaps: 7 Skills for Workplace Re-Creation, coauthor of The NeXt Revolution: What Gen X Women Want at Work and How Their Boomer Bosses Can Help Them Get It and co-editor of Good Business: Putting Spiritual Principles Into Practice at Work. She contributes to numerous trade and academic journals and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. and Glamour magazines. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences throughout the world.
Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor’s degree from Drury University, a Master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Doctorate from Northern Illinois University.
A board-certified ophthalmologist and fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Silverstein is active in a number of professional medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Midwest Cornea Society, the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Missouri Medical Society, and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Silverstein serves as a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and the University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Silverstein is a councilman, mayor pro tem, and police commissioner for the city of Lake Winnebago, Missouri. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Truman Heartland Foundation and the advisory board for the Gift of Life organ transplant organization. He has published in major medical journals and lectures extensively around the world.
Dr. Silverstein earned his B.A. degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.