Try this one on for size, courtesy of frequent comments section flyer Chuck Lowe. Lowe was admiring Dwight Sutherland’s piece taking former Greater Kansas City Chamber head dude Pete Levi to task for referring recently to the red ink stained glory days of using sales taxes to rescue Union Station.
Reminded me of the time I outed Levi in January 2008 for making in excess of half a million bucks a year as the head of the nonprofit chamber – $588,955, to be exact.
Plenty of eyeballs rolled on that one, and when Levi departed the chamber in its 2009 tax filing he was down to a paltry $439,092 or a 25 percent plus earnings reduction.
Another local lawyer, Jim Heeter of Mission Hills took Levi’s place at the more modest salary of $314,829. And while that ain’t chump change, it was still $124,263 (or 28 percent) less than Levi’s final paycheck and a whopping 53 percent below what Levi was making when I outed him.
But don’t feel too sorry for Heeter because time has its way of healing the wounded.
In the KC chamber’s most recent filing, ending October of last year, Heeter crested the half million dollar a year salary mark with a total take $511,377.
That’s really good work if you can get it, especially given that as a non profit the chamber doesn’t pay taxes like private enterprise does.
For the fun of it, let’s follow in my pal Kevin Collison‘s footsteps and compare Levi and Heeter’s largesse at our chamber with similarly sized city Tucson, Arizona. Remember, the Star business reporter pegged Tucson’s population as “slightly larger than Kansas City” at approximately 525,000 people versus 475,000.
In the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce most recent tax filing, former president John Camper took down $192,149 all in.
Chicken feed compared to the masters of KC’s corporate universe.
Put another way, that’s $319,228 or 62 percent less a year than Heeter made.