WICHITA, Kan. – Sonia Greteman has been named to the 2019 Women in Business Hall of Fame. She and two other area entrepreneurs will be inducted at an event at the Hyatt Regency Wichita on August 13. Fellow inductees include Sheree Utash, president, WSU Tech; and Ronnie Leonard, president, Balco.
Greteman has always balanced her full-throttle creative drive with an equally impassioned entrepreneurial one. As a young girl she accompanied her entrepreneurial father, who led Boeing Wichita’s photography department, to weekend car races. They printed photos in the family’s basement darkroom, then sold them at their 81 Speedway photobooth. She learned she liked both sides of the business – creation and commerce. She founded Greteman Group in 1989, and 30 years later still serves as its president and creative director.
“Being both left and right brain has advantages,” says Greteman. “Creative doesn’t work without a results-focused, metrics-driven strategy behind it. I started thinking about the bottom line early in my career.”
Sonia’s long list of personal achievements include a special governor’s appointment, American Advertising Federation lifetime-achievement award, American Marketing Association marketer of the year, Broadcast and Media Professionals hall of fame, Junior Achievement of Kansas Hall of Fame Laureate, Donna Sweet Humanitarian of the Year, Wichita Aero Club founding board member and more. She gives back by serving on multiple industry and community boards. She’s also an in-demand speaker, presenting at conferences such as the International Aviation Women’s Association (IAWA) General Aviation Women’s Leadership Forum in Boca Raton, Florida early last year. She’s a woman to watch. And not just to see what she’s wearing.
The Wichita Business Journal’s Women in Business Awards recognize outstanding women for their career accomplishments and contributions to the success of other women. Honorees are narrowed down from a large list of submitted names each year. The full list of 2019 honorees includes:
Maryann Balbo – Cox Media
Jennifer Blundon – Koch Companies Services
Anne Ciemny – Johnson Controls
Candye Daughhetee – ARSI
Sherii Farmer – Westar Energy
Brenda Flax – High Touch Technologies
Ann Fox – Wichita Habitat for Humanity
Nikki Freeman – Envision
Julia Johnston – 3P Processing
Nicole Kennedy – Metro Real Estate Group
Susan Koslowsky – Emprise Bank
Jan Luth – Exploration Place
Erin Manning – Riordan Clinic
Gaylyn McGregor – Equity Bank
Cindy Miles – Nonprofit Chamber of Service
Cathy Mitchell – AGH
Christy Powell – IMA
Rita Rowlen – Ultra Modern Pool & Patio
Alicia Sanchez – WSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Sonja Seidl – J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.
Teresa Shulda – Foulston Siefkin
Marvell Sosa – HealthCore Clinic
Deb Stockman – Friends University
Christy Streeter – Butler Community College
Lindsay West – Keller Williams Hometown Partners
Larissa Wray Tolbert – T-Mobile
Angela Wright – Answer Advantage
ABOUT GRETEMAN GROUP
Greteman Group has developed an international reputation as an aviation-specialty marketing agency based in Wichita, Kan. – the Air Capital. Leading aircraft manufacturers, flight support, aftermarket services, fractional ownership, insurance, in-flight Wi-Fi, regional airlines and airport analytics have entrusted their brands to Greteman Group. Clients include FlightSafety International, SmartSky Networks, Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, USAIG, King Aerospace, Piedmont Airlines, Aviation Partners and APiJET. It also supports causes and clients such as Saint Francis Ministries, Mark Arts, the City of Wichita, Hutton, GLMV Architecture, MKEC Engineering, AGC of Kansas and Celebrity Cruises. Greteman Group has won Telly, Internet Advertising Competition, Metro and Business Marketing Association Pro-Comm awards. It has been recognized in such publications as Adweek, Advertising Age, Aldus, Communication Arts, Designing Identity, Identity, Graphic Design USA, Graphis, Hotels, HOW, Novum, Print, Step-By-Step, and by such organizations as the Mead Top 60, Kansas City Art Directors, Strathmore, International Festivals, Graphex Art Directors, and The National Library Council, American Advertising Federation, American Institute of Graphic Artists, Public Relations Society of America, and American Marketing Association. The firm is a founding member of the Wichita Aero Club. Greteman Group is a longstanding member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and is a certified women-owned business enterprise (WBE). The agency celebrated its 30th anniversary April 1, 2019.