A story of forward thinking and leadership was shared at Wednesday’s Circle of Champions Luncheon during DAPCPA Business Week.
Business Week began with the Circle of Champions Induction of Michl McGee, presented by Blue Federal Credit Union. Phil Van Horn moderated this fire-side chat. During the conversation there were many insights of how McGee, Hearne & Paiz became the business we know today. Michl McGee, a retired Certified Public Accountant, has played a crucial role in the economic development of Laramie County. He has spent countless hours giving to the community and is this year’s inductee into the Circle of Champions.
McGee retired from MHP, LLP, formerly known as McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP. He has been instrumental in economic development projects to include, the Cheyenne Business Parkway, which sits on 900 acres east of Cheyenne and hosts such businesses as EchoStar, Green House Data, Sierra Trading Post, the Lowe’s Distribution Center, and more. McGee has also been an active member of the Cheyenne Rotary Club, the Cheyenne Young Men’s Literary Club, Honor Flight and more. He has served on boards to include STRIDE Learning Center, the Laramie County School District 1 Board of Trustees, and United Way of Laramie County.
Michl McGee who was inducted into this elite group of business leaders shared the story of how what is known today is McGee Hearne & Paiz (MHP) got its name and joked, “They gave me the name McGee first because, you see, when you take the initials of McGee Hearne & Paiz, M-H-P, it is the same that McGladery had at one time, M-H-P. So, we didn’t have to buy any new stationary.”
An active member of our community, McGee has set an example through his volunteerism, and was instrumental in guiding MHP, LLP as they donated accounting work for various charities and non-profit organizations. Additionally, he and his wife, Ellen, have raised a family of 14 children 11 of which were lovingly adopted by the family.
Followed by the Circle of Champions was the Schmooza Palooza Business to Business Expo which featured over 80 businesses and had more than 500 attendees from the public. Currently, the booths are participating in a photo competition on the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. Go through the ALBUM and LIKE the photo you want to vote for. November 11th a winner will be announced.
Yesterday, the Chamber in partnership with the Wyoming Business Report hosted a educational event, SE Wyoming Economic Forecast. Panelists shared their insights on regional growth, problems and areas of opportunity. Business Week presented by DAPCPA then conclude today after the Horizons Lunch & Learn which addressed the top ten influences shaping the future for businesses in the next ten years.