Kansas Chamber Announces 2017 Annual Dinner Speaker

December 2, 2016

Topeka, Kan. (December 1, 2016) - The Kansas Chamber is pleased to announce Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University and former Governor of the State of Indiana, as the 2017 Annual Dinner keynote speaker. Presented by Spirit AeroSystems, 2016 Ad Astra Award Winner, the Chamber's dinner is the largest annual statewide gathering of business and political leaders in the state. Join us on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the Kansas Expocentre's Exhibition Hall in Topeka to hear Mitch Daniels address the key challenges facing America in Topeka. 


"We are pleased to have someone with such an impressive background in both the education and political arena as the keynote speaker for our Annual Dinner," said Kansas Chamber President and CEO Mike O'Neal.  "Mr. Daniels will offer his unique perspective based on his experiences, and will be a speaker with a fresh message that our business and political leaders will surely appreciate."


Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Governor of the State of Indiana.


At Purdue, Daniels launched a series of initiatives called Purdue Moves that provide bold answers to some of the greatest challenges facing higher education today. The four pillars of Purdue Moves-affordability and accessibility, transformative education, world-changing research, and STEM leadership-leverage Purdue's historic strengths and promote investment in new ideas, guiding the university in its mission to deliver higher education at the highest proven value.


Daniels came to Purdue University at the conclusion of his term as the 49th Governor of Indiana. He was elected Governor in 2004, in his first bid for any elected office. He was re-elected in 2008, receiving more votes than any candidate for any public office in the state's history.


During his first term, Daniels spearheaded a host of reforms aimed at improving the performance of state government. These changes and a strong emphasis on performance measurement have led to many state agencies, including the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Department of Child Services and Department of Correction winning national awards.


Click here to read Mitch Daniels' full biography.


Presenting sponsor Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest independent producers of large aerostructures. Its core products include fuselages, pylons,

nacelles and wing components. Spirit has long-term agreements in place with its largest customers, Boeing and Airbus. Other customers include Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi, Sikorsky, Bell Helicopter and Northrop Grumman. Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit operates facilities in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. Spirit also provides aftermarket customer support, including MRO, spare parts and engineering services in North America, Europe and Asia. 


Registration for the Annual Dinner is now open!  Visit www.kansaschamber.org/17dinner to register today!


The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise. 


For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, visit www.kansaschamber.org.