Wichita Independent Business Association

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Wichita Independent Business Association 
Hires New President

After an intensive search, WIBA is pleased to announce Lon Smith has been selected as President. Lon is currently employed with Integrated Facilities Group as Vice President of Business Development and was past Executive Director of the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Joe Johnson, WIBA board chairman, says, “Our board was impressed with Lon’s outstanding accomplishments at the Kansas Aviation Museum. He has a wealth of business and nonprofit management experience that will ensure WIBA’s continued growth and success.”

Ray Frederick has been serving as interim President and will assist with the transition.

Lon will start in his new role October 1, 2015.

The Wichita Independent Business Association is the advocate for advancing independent business in the greater Wichita area. WIBA provides resources, influence and economic development for independent businesses.


2015 - 2016
Strategic Plan

There is a new mission and vision for the association and five key strategic objectives have been determined. 

Vision Statement

WIBA - The advocate for advancing your independent business. 

Mission Statement 

WIBA provides resources, influence, and economic development for independent business.

Key Objectives

  1. Enhance the success and capabilities of the Association, members and employees.
  2. Provide the voice of influence on public policy.
  3. Promote economic development of local and independent businesses.
  4. Create a strategic advantage through technology and innovative business processes.
  5. Provide increased member value.

Core Values

Integrity  Professional Development - Respectful Relationships -Accountability - Innovation - Growth

The board of directors is working diligently on these five key objectives to ensure that WIBA will continue to provide resources, influence and economic development for independent business. Every member of WIBA is important to our continued success.  We want to hear your comments, suggestions, or questions and welcome your support of our initiatives. Feel free to contact the WIBA office or any member of the Board of Directors at any time. 

WIBA already provides many benefits for our members – opportunities for networking, excellent luncheon presentations by business and government leaders, meetings with local, state and regional elected officials as well as educational seminars. We plan to build on those benefits to increase the value of membership. WIBA has always promoted doing business with other members and to “keep it local”.  Working together benefits everyone. Our vision is clear: WIBA is the advocate for advancing your independent business.

Click Here to download a copy of the complete strategic plan. 

The Boathouse
12/1/2015 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
Wichita Area Builders Association
12/3/2015 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
12/8/2015 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
WIBA Offices
12/17/2015 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
9100 Corporate Hills Drive
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