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2005 | Jack Steadman | Executive


Jack Steadman was a pro football executive and served as the Chiefs Vice Chairman of the Board. The only individual other than Lamar Hunt who has been involved with the Texans/Chiefs franchise every year since its inception in '60, Steadman was recognized for his contributions to the franchise with his induction into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. "Jack's contributions to the American Football League, Arrowhead Stadium and the Chiefs franchise have helped positively define the sport in Mid-America," Hunt remarked. Steadman can look with pride at a list of accomplishments the organization has achieved since moving from Dallas for the beginning of the '63 season in the old AFL. It was Steadman who conceived the idea of building the dual Harry S Truman Sports Complex, which houses Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums. The complex is recognized as the finest of its kind in the world. Steadman was promoted from General Manager to Executive V.P. and General Manager in '66; in August of '76 he was named President of the Chiefs; and in '89 was named Chairman of the Board. He enters his initial season as the club's Vice Chairman of the Board in 2005. After establishing himself as an innovative, successful business man with the Chiefs, Steadman later joined Hunt in the development of Worlds of Fun, a 165-acre family entertainment complex which opened in '73. In '82, HME Entertainment, Inc., completed the 60-acre family water recreation park, Oceans of Fun. In '95, Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun were sold to Cedar Fair. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Chiefs and Hunt Midwest Enterprises, Inc., which owns Hunt Midwest Mining, a limestone rock mining company, and Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development Company, an underground and surface real estate development firm in the Kansas City International Foreign-Trade Zone, he also serves as the Chairman of the NFL Employees Benefit Committee and NFL Investment Committee. Steadman is a tireless worker and organizer in many civic and service projects. He is past Chairman, President and Campaign Chairman of the Heart of America United Way and past President of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. He is a past Chairman and Board Member of the Private Industry Council as well as the Full Employment Council. He serves as a director of the American Royal Association and the Starlight Theatre Association. Steadman also serves as an Advisory Trustee for Midwest Research Institute and is a past member of the Civic Council Board of Directors. In '88 he was honored by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City as the "Kansas Citian of the Year." Personal Steadman, who was born September 14, 1928, grew up in Warrenville, Ill., and in Dallas. He attended Baylor University and received his B.A. in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. Jack Steadman passed away on July 5, 2015.