Joseph J. Bisogno and the late brothers Joseph and Louis Wenger have been announced as the 2022 Kansas Business Hall of Fame (KBHF) Contemporary and Historical inductees, respectively. These three were officially inducted at the Business Appreciation Dinner on May 11 at the Topeka Country Club hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
This year marks the 34th induction into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, located in the School of Business at Emporia State University. Business leaders selected for the KBHF are widely known for their contributions to Kansas and for being role models to future business leaders. KBHF recognizes historical contributors and present-day leaders who have made private enterprise work in Kansas and throughout the country. The KBHF Board is made up of individuals from across the state of Kansas and from Kansas universities who are passionate about recognizing these individuals.
About the inductees:
Joseph J. Bisogno
Joseph J. Bisogno is the founder of Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. From a young age, Joseph was an entrepreneur, owning his own ice cream truck at age 18 and purchasing a gas station and used car lot at age 22. After spending more than a decade with the McDonald's Corporation, he started Mr. Goodcents in 1989, opening his first restaurant in Lenexa, KS. That franchised company today has more than 70 locations across the United States. Joe is also the owner of Custom Foods, a leading bread manufacturer, and has founded the Mr. Goodcents Foundation for Senior Citizen Independence, funding programs which provide curb-to-curb and face-to-face transportation services. Mr. Bisogno is also a supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The Children's Miracle Network, and the Leukemia Society of America. To read more about Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs, please click here.
Joseph and Louis Wenger
Since its founding in 1935, Wenger Manufacturing has been a family-owned business and a manufacturer of industrial grain milling machinery. The sons of Swiss immigrants, Joseph and Louis Wenger built and operated a small custom feed mill to service the local farming community around Sabetha, Kansas. By the 1940s, the two brothers had designed a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs, the first extrusion cooking system used in the making of all commercial extrusion feeding pellets today. Wenger extruders are now used in the livestock feed industry worldwide. Wenger International today has subsidiary offices in Belgium, China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan. As our global community has grown, so too has the agri-business industry which feeds it. To read more about Wenger Manufacturing, please click here.
For more information on the Kansas Business Hall of Fame and to read about all the past inductees, please visit http://www.ksbhf.org.