May 21, 2014

UMKC’s Bloch school will honor four entrepreneurs

This year’s honorees are Philip Anschutz of the Anschutz Corp., Tim Barton of Freightquote, and Sisters Berta Sailer and Corita Bussanmas of Operation Breakthrough.

The head of an international business conglomerate, the founder of an online freight brokerage and two social service nonprofit leaders will be honored in October by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

The Bloch School’s Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation on Wednesday announced the four honorees for its 29th annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebration Oct. 14 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

The awards:

International Entrepreneur of the Year: Philip Anschutz, who founded the Anschutz Corp. in 1965 after graduating from the University of Kansas. The company’s business interests include communications, transportation, natural and renewable resources, real estate and entertainment. Its Anschutz Entertainment Group subsidiary built and owns the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City.

Regional Entrepreneur of the Year: Tim Barton, founder and executive chairman of Freightquote. Barton founded the Kansas City-based online freight shipping broker in 1988. The company has more than 1,200 employees and annual revenues of about $500 million.

Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship: Sister Berta Sailer and Sister Corita Bussanmas, the founders of Operation Breakthrough. Launched in 1971, the Kansas City-based not-for-profit agency provides child care and a range of social services for working-poor families. Operation Breakthrough is the largest single-site child care center in Missouri, caring each weekday for more than 500 children, according to UMKC.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Regnier Institute.

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