Gordon Kinne was the recipient tonight of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Springfieldian award.
The founder of Med-Pay Inc. received the honor before an audience of approximately 1,100 during the chamber’s annual meeting, held at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. The award is presented each year to an individual who exemplifies outstanding community service, excellence in their field and dedication to improving the quality of life for Springfield and its residents, according to a news release.
In 1984, Kinne founded Med-Pay, a third-party administrator and full-service employee benefits brokerage firm, for which he serves today as president and owner, according to the release. It has nearly 50 employees and offers fully insured and self-insured benefit plans to employers in the private and public sector. Large regional employers, small businesses, municipalities, school districts and higher education institutions are among the firm’s clients.
Kinne is a lifelong Missourian, born in Hamilton before moving to Springfield to attend Missouri State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science before entering the insurance industry.
In addition to his active role with Med-Pay, Kinne is currently secretary and treasurer for the Society of Professional Benefit Administrators Board of Directors, the national association of third-party administrators.
Kinne’s connection to his alma mater has continued, as he serves as chair of the MSU Foundation Board of Trustees. He also has been a board member and past president of the MSU Alumni Association, as well as past co-chairman of the Bears Fund.
Kinne also has been active with a number of local business and civic organizations, including the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Springfield Business Development Corp., both of which he’s served as chairman, as well as the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau. He currently is Missouri’s national committeeman to the Republican National Committee and is a former chairman of the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee.
Among local charitable and community organizations, Kinne has supported the Ozark Empire Fair, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Lake Country Soccer and Council of Churches of the Ozarks.
Last year, the chamber named attorney and Hamra Enterprises founder Sam Hamra as its Springfieldian. Other past recipients include Patti Penny, Jim Anderson, William Darr, Roseann Bentley and John Q. Hammons.
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