2016 Industry Leader: Bob Hanson

Bob Hanson Wichita Sports Commission
Bob Hanson President/CEO, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission Wichita, Kan.

Driven to work hard from a young age and learning perseverance as a coach, Bob Hanson was destined to grow the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission from a concept on paper into a thriving organization that has changed the landscape of the community.

Career Accomplishments

Following a 34-year career as a college basketball coach, Hanson transitioned to the nonprofit world as head of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. His success was largely in part to both his persistence and networking ability, which led to key strategic partnerships. He was manager of the 2004 Downtown Arena Campaign. INTRUST Bank Arena opened in 2010 and was fully paid for at the time of its opening. He has also developed events including: the Johnny Bench Award, Wichita Corporate Challenge and Prairie Fire Race Series. The strategic partnership between Visit Wichita and the dynamic team Hanson leads at the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission means events hosted in Wichita are handled with ease and amazing hospitality. NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships First/Second Rounds, USA Track & Field Junior Olympics and the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships are just a few of the events to benefit from this partnership. Since 1997, affiliated events have had an economic impact of more than $407 million.

Words to Live By

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.”  —John Wooden

My dream event to attend is…  the Summer Olympics.