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Kauffman Foundation adds two trustees

Updated: 2013-04-26T04:32:06Z

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation said Thursday that Barbara Mowry and John Sherman have become trustees.

Their appointments increase the number of governing board members of the Kansas City-based foundation to 10.

Mowry is chief executive officer of GoreCreek Advisors in Greenwood Village, Colo., and chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Sherman is chairman and chief executive officer of Kansas City-based Inergy LP and Inergy Midstream LP.

“Barbara and John are entrepreneurs and business leaders of the highest caliber who also have a broad range of experience and working knowledge in the education sector,” Jan Kreamer, chairman of the Kauffman board, said in a press release.

Before she founded GoreCreek in 2011, Mowry had been the CEO of four firms and a senior officer in several Fortune 500 companies. Her previous positions include senior vice president at Oracle, president and chief executive officer of Silver Creek Systems, chairman and chief executive officer of Requisite Technology, senior vice president of customer satisfaction at Comcast, founder and chief executive officer of the Mowry Co. and a vice president at United Airlines.

In addition to being chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Mowry is a board member of Gaiam, Real Goods Solar, the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business and the International Women’s Forum. She also is on the boards at the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota and the Center for Social Responsibility at the University of Colorado.

Among her honors, she was chosen as one of 50 “Women in the U.S. to Watch” by BusinessWeek in 1987 and one of Advertising Age’s “100 Best and Brightest Women in Advertising and Marketing” in 1988. She received the Women in Leadership Award in 2000 from the University of Michigan School of Business.

Sherman founded his first startup, LPG Services, a wholesale propane marketer, in 1991. LPG merged with Dynegy in 1996. Also in 1996, Sherman founded Inergy, an independent natural gas storage operator, which went public in 2001 and has grown to a $2 billion company.

Sherman is a board member of Great Plains Energy Inc. He also serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Truman Presidential Library Institute, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Foundation, Teach For America Kansas City and the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. He is a trustee of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, MRIGlobal and St. Paul’s School.

He has received Entrepreneur of the Year honors from Ernst & Young, UMKC’s Bloch School of Business, and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He also was honored for philanthropy in Kansas City by the National MS Society.

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