Gordon Hibbard was so inspired after taking his first Dale Carnegie Course that he bought the Dale Carnegie franchise that serves Kansas.
Prior to his involvement with Dale Carnegie, Gordon worked 21 years for the farmers and ranchers of Kansas Farm Bureau as Communications & Public Relations Director and as Administrative Vice President for the state’s largest farm organization.
Gordon joined the Kansas 4-H Foundation in 1998, where he served six years as Operations Manager for Rock Springs 4-H Center and 11 years as President/CEO.
While managing the Kansas 4-H Foundation, Gordon led a $12.7 million capital campaign to improve facilities at Rock Springs and provide private support for the state 4-H programs. When he left the Kansas 4-H Foundation in 2015, it was the nation’s largest state 4-H foundation with more than $50 million in assets.
Since purchasing the Kansas Heartland Dale Carnegie franchise, Gordon’s team has conducted events for more than 3,000 people throughout Kansas, including Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita, Manhattan, Salina, and Garden City.
Clients include car dealerships, banks, construction companies, manufacturing businesses, law enforcement agencies, farm cooperatives, U.S. Air Force, and medical clinics. Programs provided by Dale Carnegie include leadership development for front-line employees, leadership training for managers, presentation training and sales training.
Gordon was raised on a livestock ranch near Eureka. He graduated from Kansas State University with dual degrees in Journalism and Education.
Volunteer roles have included his service as a Trustee for the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation, Chairman of the Kansas Farm-City Council, Board of Education Member for Riley County USD #378, Riley County Planning Board, and Chairman of the Kansas Behavioral Science Regulatory Board.
He and his wife Karen have two adult children and a small farm near Manhattan. Gordon’s hobbies include gardening and reading Kansas history.