The 2019 ICC Outstanding Alumnus has been awarded to Mike Thompson. ICC College President Daniel Barwick and ICC Foundation Executive Director Mandy Monroy announced the selection. He will deliver a keynote presentation at the ICC spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10:00am at Memorial Hall in Independence.
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. And now he's back with ICC as the volunteer coordinator of the college’s current strategic planning process.
“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."
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.