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Thompson named 2019 Outstanding Alumnus

Thompson named 2019 Outstanding Alumnus

ICC President Daniel Barwick and ICC Foundation Executive Director Mandy Monroy have announced the selection of Mike Thompson as the 2019 ICC Outstanding Alumnus.

Originally from Independence, Thompson and his wife, Karen, returned to the community after his retirement in 2017 from a 44-year career in the financial services industry. Most recently, Thompson has re-engaged with ICC as the volunteer coordinator of the college’s current strategic planning process.

After attending ICC from 1967-68, Thompson went on to attend the University of Kansas, where he was named a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus of the KU School of Business and remains active on the school’s board of advisors. His financial services career included employment with Merrill Lynch from 1973 to 2007, during which he served in leadership roles in Missouri, Kansas, Phoenix, New York and Texas. He later worked for Union Bank of Switzerland in Kansas City and for Wells Fargo Advisors. 

Along the way, Mr. and Mrs. Thompson raised two daughters: Lindsey and Amanda.

As the 2019 award recipient, Thompson will deliver a keynote presentation at the ICC spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. at Memorial Hall in Independence.

“We are thrilled to present Mike with this award in recognition of his extraordinary accomplishments to date,” said Barwick. “Certainly, he is an exemplary model of success through education, career, family and community involvement, and we’re so pleased that ICC played a role in his life.”