Kendall Randolph, Entrepreneur of the Year
Kendall has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur. In addition to running several successful local businesses, he has supported countless other entrepreneurs in St. Joseph to help make their dreams come true. As a cornerstone of the business community, Kendall, his partners and team have grown Sunshine Display into one of the largest producers of electronic displays in the industry, staying on the cutting edge of technology and adapting to meet changing needs. Kendall is also committed to utilizing Downtown St. Joseph properties to house. Sunshine’s expanding needs as well as local his other businesses Gold n’ Glaze and the Hi-Ho. A vital and growing community is critical to Kendall, as is his dedication to helping others.
Kendall supports many community organizations as well, both personally and through his businesses, including Missouri Western State University, United Way, YWCA, YMCA, Noyes Home, The Crossing, Historic Charities, St. Joseph Police Department and the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce. He is also passionate about supporting individual entrepreneurs. Through professional and financial support he has assisted many with their entrepreneurial dreams.
Chris Lanman, Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
Chris grew up in St. Joseph and graduated from Missouri Western State University. Before becoming a successful craft beer brewery owner, Chris was a home brewer and rafting guide. After college, he turned to business development for start-up operations of passenger rail systems throughout the United States. His last corporate project was the Kansas City Streetcar. After leaving corporate life, Chris and his brother started a brewery on the East Coast in 2014. After Learning about the best practices of brewing. Chris returned to his hometown with the vision of starting a brewery in St. Joseph. River Bluff Brewing has rapidly becomea St. Joseph staple. River Bluff was awarded a Silver medal from the Great American Beer Fest, one of the world’s largest and most distinguished beer competitions. Currently he is spearheading River Bluff’s expansion, with a new location opening in Kansas City’s River Market area in late summer. Chris also is the owner or operator of three other companies, two of which call St. Joseph home.
Enriching the economy and community of his hometown of St. Joseph is important to Chris. River Bluff reflects this passion with its commitment to preserving history within its walls as well as crafting unique beers that reflect the area’s local flavor. Chris and his partners also focus on collaborations with fellow entrepreneurs by featuring local products in their recipes, supporting the region’s growing brewery industry and staying actively involved in the business community. Chris is a father and husband and considers family his first job, with the brewery close behind.