moved into the DTI offices this week as the new President and Chief Executive
"I believe Vince will be a
great asset to DTI," said Debra Clayton, chair of DTI board of
directors. "He's committed to downtown, has served as a board chair of DTI and
is well known within the community. He's familiar with the issues unique to downtown and will be a strong collaborator and
advocate for downtown. We're looking forward to his
Vince has extensive
experience in advertising and promotion and a long record of service to the
community. He was a member of the first class in Leadership Greater Topeka, a
program that targets current and future leaders and provides training and
opportunities to learn and hone their skills. LGT is sponsored by the Greater
Topeka Chamber of Commerce.
After working in sales and
then as general sales manager at WIBW-TV, Vince joined his wife as a partner in
FryeAllen, an advertising agency. The agency was involved in many projects that
helped build and promote Topeka, including designing campaigns for fundraisers
for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Curtis Office Building and
Great Overland Station and for ballot issues to implement sales taxes for
economic development and roads and bridges.
"I am very honored to have
been selected to be President and CEO of Downtown Topeka, Inc.," Vince said.
"This is a great time to be involved in DTI. I look forward to working with the
many outstanding merchants and businesses that have made their commitment by
choosing to locate in downtown. I am eager to hear input on the future of
Vince is chairman of the
Topeka & Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame; vice
president of Arts Connect; a board member for the
Topeka and Shawnee County Sports Council,
Junior Achievement, Sunflower State
Games, and Housing and Credit Counseling
Inc.; and a member of the Business Hall of Fame Selection
Committee and Sales and Marketing
Vince was chosen from a
large pool of candidates from across the nation.
"We are very excited to
have Vince join us," said Mark Kossler, chair of the DTI search
committee. "Our committee reviewed over 30 applicants, narrowing the list as we
ranked the candidates on a number of qualities, including education; managerial,
entrepreneurial and downtown experience; communication skills; creativity; and
"Vince quickly became one
of our finalists. After a series of interviews with the top candidates, Vince
was the unanimous recommendation from the committee to the full DTI board, which
voted similarly to extend an offer to Vince," Mark said. "I look forward to
working with Vince."
Vince is eager to keep DTI
and Downtown moving forward.
"This is an opportunity for
all of us to revitalize and re-energize," Vince said. "I will work hard to do
whatever I can to help make downtown a place of great pride for all of