Butler County Times Gazette
  • Butler Community College to honor three new inductees with Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame

  • The 2013 class of the Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame will be inducted on October 23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita
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  • EL DORADO, Kan.—The 2013 class of the Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame will be inducted on October 23, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Each year the unique celebration honors three individuals, couples or businesses who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of the Heartland. Gold sponsors Laham Development and Hinkle Law Firm have partnered with Butler to recognize this year’s inductees. 
    Emerging Entrepreneur Dr. Pat Do will be recognized for his landmark achievements in the world of orthopedic surgery and community involvement. Dr. Do founded Mid-America Orthopedics in 2000. He practices in El Dorado and at his east Wichita location as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in general orthopedics, sports medicine and workers' compensation injuries, and is currently accepting new patients. A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Do is a champion for best practices medicine. He is the founder of a national consulting effort to help physicians across the country establish and improve their practices.
    Social Entrepreneur Fidelity Bank Foundation will be recognized for its handprint on the community, in particular the renovation of the Carnegie Library in downtown Wichita and the “Bravely Onward” campaign promoting Wichita. Headed by brothers Clark Bastian and Clay Bastian, both third-generation Bastians to work in the family business, their leadership in Wichita has impacted organizations such as the Wichita Community Foundation, Monart School of Art, House of Hope, United Way of the Plains and more.  
    Business Entrepreneurs Gene and Yolanda Camarena will be recognized for their groundbreaking steps as business owners. Gene Camarena is President/CEO of La Raza Pizza, Inc., one of the top 150 Hispanic owned companies in America. Business interests include Pizza Hut, Marriot Hotels, banking and real estate development. Gene and Yolanda take a vested interest in the community, especially focusing on the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships to Hispanic college and graduate students.
    The evening will include food and wine pairings by Hyatt Chef Paul Freimuth in concert with Butler Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts students and Jacob Liquor Exchange as well as feature entertainment provided by Butler men’s barbershop quartet, the Smorgaschords under the direction of Valerie Lippoldt-Mack.
    To learn more about the Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame or inquire about attending, please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Stacy Cofer, 316.323.6729 or scofer@butlercc.edu.   
     
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