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Chris Hankins
Director Shareholder Relations, McKee Foods




   Chris Hankins is Director of Shareholder Relations at McKee Foods Corp., and has worked for the McKee family business for 12 years. His responsibilities include assisting the family with estate planning strategies, succession planning, next generation development and shareholder communication, as well as administration and compliance. His background includes blue collar work, pastoral ministry, planned giving and law. 

McKee Foods, a family bakery with annual sales of more than $1 billion, is a third generation family owned business based in Collegedale, Tenn. The McKee Foods story began during the height of the Great Depression when founder O.D. McKee began selling 5-cent snack cakes from the back of his car. Soon after, he and his wife, Ruth, bought a small, failing bakery, using the family car as collateral. Today, the company employs more than 5,800 people in Collegedale, Tenn.; Gentry, Ark.; Stuarts Draft, Va; and Kingman, Ariz. It creates and produces Little Debbie® snacks, Sunbelt® snacks & cereals, Heartland® and Fieldstone Bakery food products.

Mike Hamra
President and CEO, Hamra Enterprises and Chairman, FEUSA



‌Michael K. Hamra is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hamra Enterprises based in Springfield, Missouri. Hamra Enterprises owns and operates 47 Panera Bread bakery-café’s in Boston and Chicago and 28 Wendy’s Old Fashion Hamburger restaurants in the state of Missouri. In addition, Hamra Enterprises owns and operates a Holiday Inn Express in Lewisville, Texas.

Prior to joining Hamra Enterprises in 2001, Mr. Hamra practiced law in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Hamra Enterprises, he was the Director of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs for Metricom Inc., a high-speed Internet access company providing mobile wireless Internet access to laptop and personal digital assistance users in fifteen markets in the United States. At Metricom, Mr. Hamra ran the Washington, D.C. office and was responsible for all aspects of the company’s federal and state regulatory and legislative affairs.

Prior to joining Metricom, Mr. Hamra was an attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP from 1997 to 2000 representing telecommunication clients on regulatory and legislative matters. While at Akin Gump, Mr. Hamra specialized in wireless communications and represented a broad spectrum of telecommunication carriers including those in the common carrier and satellite business and specifically advised AT&T on a number of issues.

From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Hamra was the Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. During his tenure he frequently made oral presentations to commissioners and industry groups regarding regulatory rulemakings and policy and drafted a landmark rulemaking that relocated thousands of mobile radio users to new frequency bands creating a national band of frequencies for new commercial users which is now heavily used by Sprint. 

From 1994 to 1995, Mr. Hamra was Special Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration where he assisted the Administration in the drafting of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Prior to his position at the U.S. Department of Commerce, he served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congresswoman Karen McCarthy and Legislative Counsel for the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Hamra also has represented the United States as a speaker specialist on regulatory policies and in 2001, Mr. Hamra was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to represent the United States in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia where he assisted the new Yugoslavian government in rewriting the telecommunications law inherited from the Milosevic regime. 

Mr. Hamra is active within the Panera franchise community and formerly served as an elected franchise official on Panera’s franchise council and was its co-Chairman during his tenure. He is also the Chairman of Oakstar Bankshares Holdings which is a community bank located in Springfield, Missouri.  Finally, Mr. Hamra serves as the Chair of Family Enterprise USA which is a non-profit membership organization that provides education to the general public, policymakers and the media about the collective issues facing family enterprises and publicly promotes their contributions to the common good.

Mr. Hamra is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service and recognized as a Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40. He is also a member of Young Presidents Organization. 

He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, a Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Mr. Hamra is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Missouri.

Mike Lipinski
Vice President, Global Treasury Management,     BMO Harris Bank



‌Mike Lipinski is currently a Vice President within BMO Harris Bank, Global Treasury Management, Product Management. He is responsible for development and execution of strategies related to short-term investment products marketed to corporate clients and deposit attraction/liquidity management. These strategies include selection of high performing funds for BMO’s investment sweeps and tactical development of an investment portal on their web based delivery system. As a member of Global Treasury Management area for over 19 years he has held positions supporting International Cash Management Products, Wire transfer and Multicurrency accounts, Credit and Risk Management and Paper Based Disbursement and Collection products as well as Investments.  

Prior to coming to BMO Harris Bank, Mike has rounded his experience in fields such as risk management, accounting and product management; i.e., In risk management as a Commercial Liability Underwriter at Byrne, Byrne & Co., Insurance Brokers; In accounting as a Financial Analyst within Continental Bank’s Controllers Department (now BofA); In bank product management as a Product Manager for international clearing, settlement and treasury management with Citibank Global Payments. 

Mike has a BS in Finance, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University and an MBA in Finance and Money & Capital Markets from DePaul University.   He’s been in financial services for over 30 years holding various positions with Bank of America, Citigroup and Bank of Montreal/Harris Bank.


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