Lacey Fisher, who recently became the new executive director of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge, says she has the best job in Kansas City.
“Truly, I couldn’t think of a more fun or rewarding position,” she said. “Working for KCCC has been challenging in the best ways,” Fisher said. “I have gained a greater knowledge of sports and recreation activities in which I previously had fairly minimal experience. Additionally, with a participation list of over 33,000 competitors, I get to work with a hugely diverse population of Kansas City professionals. I have been given the chance to get to know Kansas City in a very unique way. I hope to continue the success that KCCC has enjoyed since 1980. For over 40 years, this program has been a staple of KC: an amazing sports town that also enjoys a fantastic corporate culture. I look forward to getting to be a part of the next 40! ”
It also doesn’t hurt that a major aspect of the position is an area which Fisher enjoys and excels in.
“Building and maintaining relationships is a huge aspect of this job” she said. “Whether it’s with sponsors, participants, volunteers, vendors, facility owners, board members, or staff -strong relationships are the basis of this entire program. It also happens to be my favorite part.”
Fisher stepped into the executive director’s position on Sept. 22 after serving since December 2015 as KCCC administrative director & special events coordinator. She previously worked for about a year as marketing & events program manager for the World Leisure Organization in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in leisure, youth & human services from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
A program of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, KCCC is an Olympic-type event that allows Kansas City area corporations to interact with each other through a variety of sporting events. For its 41st season in 2020, more than 250 companies are expected to participate in 29 events offered throughout the city from April 10 to June 27. Officials anticipate a similar number of participants to 2019, when 33,597 folks signed KCCC waivers to participate. Special Olympics of the Kansas City Metro will be the beneficiary of KCCC’s charity efforts again in 2020, and to date, the games have donated more than $350,000 to Special Olympics.
Fisher said she believes KCCC’s greatest strength is its ability to build camaraderie within a company.
“In this program, participants have the opportunity to interact with each other in a way that is unlike any other,” she said. “Additionally, we have such a diverse offering of events that there is literally something for everyone whether it be a participant’s fifth half marathon, first time playing disc golf, or cheering on their coworkers from the stands of the natatorium.”
The organization’s greatest challenge, she added, is staying on top of trends and keeping the games “fresh.”
“Every year, the board of directors evaluates the games in-depth and finds ways in which we can make improvements or incorporate the next ‘big thing’,” Fisher said. “Of course it’s challenging to travel down a road we’ve not yet been, but it’s also exciting.”
Even though KCCC has been around for four decades, it’s worth noting that Fisher is only the agency’s fourth executive director. That’s because the agency didn’t get its first executive until 1994.
“There are only a handful of employees that work for KCCC,” Fisher noted. “The executive director is the only position that is 100 percent dedicated to KCCC. We may be small but we’re mighty! Everyone else that is involved in pulling off this beast is doing so because they have a passion for it and are willing to donate their time to see that it remains successful.”
Registration for 2020 for companies which participated in KCCC during 2019 will open Nov. 1, and registration for new companies will open Nov. 15. For more information, go to www.kccorporatechallenge.com
or call (913) 831-2222.