The FENG Kansas City, KS Chapter

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About the Kansas City, KS Chapter

The Kansas City chapter is growing and prospering with great speakers and friendships. Don't miss out on the friendships and thoughtful dialog available to you as a member of this great organization.

Please note that during 2019, we meet the second Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of October which is the third Tuesday and no meetings are scheduled for July and December. We will alternate with Networking Meetings and Business Meetings. Business meetings include a speaker and group discussions on topics of interest to the group. Networking meetings are held in a relaxed setting and allow members a chance to get to know each other. Please check your schedule and RSVP for the meetings that you can attend. Note that there are no registration fees for attending our meetings.

Take a minute to search the FENG Membership directory for the Kansas City Chapter. You will be impressed by the quality of our members. While there you are encouraged to reach out to a member with a background similar to yours. You could even plan to attend the next Chapter meeting.

Remember: This is the best time of year to network!

Chapter Leadership

Mark Blackton
(816) 668-8682
Mark provides financial consulting services, concentrating on business brokerage, valuation and financial strategy for small to mid size businesses. Mark’s valuation and business management experience are well placed in this role. Mark enjoys providing high level financial advice to a business sector that has limited access to this level of expertise.

Mark's expertise includes significant business valuation and project management expertise. His experience includes developing financial models to support the acquisition, financing, operation and disposition of tangible and intangible assets.
Gary Gates
(816) 536-7159
Mr. Gates is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a privately held consumer products company. He is experienced in a broad range of accountabilities including strategic planning, treasury and cash management, risk management and P&L management.

He has served in all sizes of organizations ranging from start-ups and small business to mid-size companies to multi-billion dollar entities. His career has been heavily focused on food and consumer products with companies such as Oscar Mayer, General Foods, Kraft and American Italian Pasta.
Tony Kelley
(816) 213-5731
Tony Kelley has extensive experience as a start-up/turnaround manager, with a proven track record of delivering tangible results. He most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer and Controller for a distributor of food service equipment.

Senior executives have recruited him into major firms like AT&T and Western Union. He has led major reengineering and start-up initiatives. At AT&T, he created the operations portion of the consumer products division from scratch to a $500 million division. While at Western Union, he fixed a multi-million dollar issue by implementing changes in three critical areas; policies and procedures, appropriate human resources and implementing new financial systems.

He has management experience in four functional areas, Finance/Accounting, Information Technology, Operations, and Supply Chain Management. His experience includes businesses in the computer, financial services, consumer products, telecommunications, premium incentive, food service, health care, and pharmaceutical industries. He received his MBA in Finance/accounting, MA and BA from the University of Missouri-St Louis and a Certified Credit Executive (CCE) designation from the National Association of Credit Management. He has taught classes at the college level and has written articles published in professional journals.
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He has led several cross-functional project teams that have selected, installed, and modified ERP/WMS packages. He has re-engineered the business processes as well as create specifications for system changes and implementations.