Lamar Hunt, Jr. is the founder of Loretto Properties, LLC, a real estate investment company specializing in the operation and management of residential properties, as well as Loretto Foundation, LLC, a private charitable organization.  He also owns the Kansas City Mavericks, LLC, a member team of the East Coast Hockey League, which plays its home games in the Independence, Missouri Events Center.  All companies are based in the greater Kansas City area. He is a member of the founding family of the Kansas City Chiefs, a National Football League member team. The family also operates FC Dallas, a member franchise of Major League Soccer. Lamar serves on the board of directors of Hunt Midwest Enterprises, a real estate development company based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the board of the Hunt Family Foundation and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Catholic Radio Network, a religious broadcasting group that operates radio stations in the greater Kansas City, Wichita, and Denver markets. read more...

A video essay on sincerity in leadership.

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Lamar Hunt, Jr. recorded a short video essay on the effect of sincerity in leadership and interpersonal relations earlier today.

Reflections on a 60th Birthday Party

Saturday evening, we were blessed to celebrate my wife Rita’s 60th birthday with about 100 friends and family. What always strikes me about events like this is the variety of people we have come to know over the years. Friendship can blossom in any setting, and my lovely wife is a testimony to that. There are, of course, family friendships that have deep strong roots and then there are friendships from shared activities or business relationships.  Examples include things that Rita has participated in over the years, including tennis, aerobic dancing (jazzercise), and Bible study (to name a few).

To relate to others is to live. As part of the celebration of Rita’s 60 years, I asked someone to help me assemble a scrapbook of some of Rita’s most cherished moments.  When I say “help,” I really mean “rescue.” You see, while I had a grand idea, I had no aptitude for the execution of that idea. Enter a new friend, Anna Slocum (scrapbooker extraordinaire) who my son-in-law, James Arkell, found through the “Scrapbook Page” store located at 13205 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Shawnee, Kansas. Anna did all of the actual work and I supplied her with information, ideas, and themes to incorporate. She handled the rest.  One hundred and six pages, 203 pictures, and 83 mementos later, we had a two-volume scrapbook that reflects the joy and beauty of Rita’s… Continue reading →

The City Union Mission Perspective on Homelessness

Today my wife, Rita, and I attended a luncheon honoring three women who have changed the heart of Kansas City. The luncheon was actually called "Women Who've Changed the Heart of the City," and it is an annual luncheon that serves as a benefit for City Union Mission, an organization that addresses homelessness in the Kansas City area. The three women honored were Jane Chu, who currently serves as the president and CEO of the new Kaufmann Center for the Performing Arts; Laura R. Hockaday, who in a 38-year career with The Kansas City Star expanded the role of the society page of the Star to include, well, all of society including those from diverse cultural backgrounds; and Dr. Sharon Lee, the founder and director of Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City. These are three amazing and gifted women!

Homelessness is a word that is very disturbing to many people and all kinds of assumptions enter into one's head about homelessness and what causes it. City Union Mission raises all of its funding without any government assistance. They have a men's shelter, a camp for underprivileged boys and girls, and most recently have added programs and services to uplift homeless women and children. What daunting, yet fulfilling, work! 

In listening to Dan Doty, the executive director of City Union Mission, speak about homelessness, I would like… Continue reading →

The Four Pillars of Leadership

All leadership begins with “self-leadership.”  There are four unique pillars that create the “substance” of leadership. The first is self-awareness, whereby an individual understands fully their own strengths, weaknesses, values, and worldview. Socrates, the Greek philosopher, thought it very important to “know thyself.” The second pillar is ingenuity, whereby a person can be innovative and adapt to embrace a constantly changing world. One thing that is known for sure is that change is a constant in any business or leadership endeavor. The third pillar is love. This means engaging others with a positive, loving attitude. Sadly there is a lot unloving behavior in the world today that disrespects human dignity. Love people, not things. Lastly, the fourth pillar is heroism. This is where an individual energizes himself/herself and others through heroic ambitions. Look around because there are heroes everywhere doing big things and maybe even more importantly, the little things too.
Leaders figure out where we need to go, point us in the right direction, get everyone to agree that we need to get there, and rally us through the inevitable obstacles that separate us from the promised land. Harvard Business School professor John Kotter, a leading commentator on corporate management practices, offers a sorry indictment of… Continue reading →

Lamar Honors His Father with FC Dallas Scarf

Lamar Hunt Honors Father with FC Dallas ScarfLamar Hunt Jr. attended the FC Dallas home soccer match against the New England Revolution at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Thursday April 5.  He participated in the FC Dallas traditional pre-game "scarfing ceremony" by placing an FC Dallas scarf on the larger-than-life-size statue of his father, the late Lamar Hunt, that is located on the north concourse of the stadium.  FC Dallas won the match (1-0) in thrilling fashion with a late-game goal by Ugo Ihemelu.  Lamar proclaimed that "it was a glorious evening at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, and a very exciting victory for FC Dallas!"  For more about FC Dallas Soccer, visit FCDallas.com.