John Skubal Recognized with the Richard A. Worrel Community Legacy AwardPosted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 by Kristen Kocen
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Late last year, the Overland Park Chamber presented John Skubal with the Richard A. Worrel Community Award. Senator Skubal was selected, because of his work within our community. He believes investments in education, infrastructure, and business development are critical components to an area’s success.
Before becoming a senator in the Kansas Legislature, John served on the Overland Park Planning Commission and the Overland Park City Council. As a state senator, he has been a proponent for investing in education and critical community infrastructure. We asked Affinis engineer John Spell, a former colleague of Skubal’s, to share why he was a natural fit for the award. He responded, “While it can be difficult to pass meaningful legislation, during his time as a State Senator, John used a bi-partisan approach to co-sponsor some extremely important bills. A city grows through development, and he is always seeking investment in Overland Park, whether it is for schools, new businesses, or infrastructure.”
About the Richard A. Worrel Community Legacy Award
The Overland Park Chamber established the award in 2019 to honor our founder and former president, Rick Worrel and to recognize individuals who exemplify his legacy of lifetime service to the community. It acknowledges individuals who have demonstrated a long history of local leadership and engagement, a commitment to enhancing quality of life, and leadership that has made a tangible difference. The Chamber looks for candidates who exhibit the highest ethical standards and mentor leadership development in others.
When asked how it honors Rick’s memory, current Affinis president Kristen Leathers-Gratton had this to say, “Rick was passionate about servant leadership. It is one of Affinis’s core values and is engrained in our company culture. Rick was active in government affairs at the local, state, and national level. He was an advocate for infrastructure investment and the protection and promotion of the engineering profession. Committed to moving communities forward, he served on boards for the United Community Services of Johnson County and the American Heart Association. He was a man of action. After surviving a heart attack in 2016, he shared his story of survival with anyone who would listen and helped educate our community about Hands-Only CPR.”
The Overland Park Chamber will begin accepting applications for the 2021 award this fall. Look for updates on their website or our social media channels.