KBA Leadership Team
Kevin Lockett worked for several years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a $2 billion private foundation consulting nationwide to advance education and entrepreneurship.
As general counsel, John sees his role as getting the team – KBA management, portfolio company executives and co-investors – through obstacles to the mutually desired destination.
KBA Investment Consultants
Keith is a KBA Investment Consultant. He loves working every day with entrepreneurs who are changing the face of healthcare.
Tom is a KBA Investment Consultant. He loves science. He went into pharmacy to help people but found it too limiting.
Tony loves figuring out how to make things go. Ideas, companies, his 2002 Harley Road King. Being on the front lines, seeing cutting edge technology and harnessing financial management to the entrepreneurial engine drives him.
KBA Support Staff
Board of Directors
KBA Chairman | President, Schaub Holdings LLC
S.J. “Sherry” Schaub began his professional career in industry after earning a bachelor of science in engineering operations from Iowa State University.
KBA Vice Chairman | Innovative Livestock Services Inc. & Beef Marketing Group Cooperative
Lee Borck is the chairman of Innovative Livestock Services Inc., and chairman of the Beef Marketing Group Cooperative.
Kenneth D. Buchele
KBA Secretary & Treasurer | Senior VP, ESB Financial
Ken Buchele is senior vice president of commercial lending of ESB Financial, a home owned commercial bank with branches in Emporia and Manhattan.
Antonio J. Soave
Kansas Secretary of Commerce
Appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback in October 2015, Antonio J. Soave of Overland Park is the Acting Secretary of Commerce.
President Boettcher Enterprises Inc., Boettcher Supply Inc., Boettcher Aerial Inc.
Jarold “Jerry” Boettcher of Beloit was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius in 2007.
CEO, Valley Hope Association
Nominated by Gov. Sam Brownback, Pat George became Kansas Secretary of Commerce in February 2011.
CEO, Central Financial Corporation
Earl McVicker is chairman, president and CEO of Central Financial Corp. and its subsidiary, Central Bank and Trust Co.
David L. Murfin
CEO, Murfin, Inc.
David Murfin is CEO of Murfin, Inc. whose interests include Murfin Drilling Company, Inc. and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Company.
President & CEO, Cohen Esrey
R. Lee Harris is a graduate of Kansas State University. Upon graduation he joined Cohen-Esrey, LLC where he now serves as president and CEO.
Dale A. Rodman
Former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture
Former Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Dale A. Rodman was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback in January 2011.
Kansas Board of Regents
Kenny Wilk was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents by Gov. Sam Brownback in July 2011.
Research and Development Advisory Council
JOHN WILLIAM BARDO, Ph.D.
President, Wichita State University
BERNADETTE GRAY-LITTLE, Ph.D.
Chancellor, The University of Kansas
KIRK H. SCHULZ, Ph.D.
President, Kansas State University
STEVEN A. SCOTT, Ed.D
President, Pittsburg State University