As some of you may know, the Wichita Business Journal puts together an annual list of the top 40 business men and women in Wichita, who are all under the age of 40. Brother Jon McConnell, who follows another Albert Pike attorney Hugh Gill IV (Past Master in 2009), made this prestigious list. Below is some information, including a photo, courtesy of the Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 :
Place of birth: Louisville, Ky.
Where do you live? Old Town.
What was your first job? Assistant facilities director (a/k/a evening custodian) at Hillside Christian Church.
Fantasy job: Being a criminal defense trial attorney.
Tell us about your career highlight: Watching a jury have the courage to find someone not guilty.
Best business advice for others: Never give up.
Mentor: Daniel E. Monnat – He has raised me as an attorney.
Favorite book: “Tender is the Night,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Favorite musician: Sam Cooke.
Person I would most like to go to lunch with: My late mother.
Hobbies: Golf, shooting sporting clays, and the Midian Shrine Center.
What is your workout routine? Attempting to wrestle away my cheeseburger, which was stolen by my overweight basset hound (“Buford”).
Farthest you’ve traveled from Wichita? Egypt.
What is your dream vacation? Sitting by the wa ter in Tahiti and enjoying an adult beverage.
Favorite quote: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”