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Bert Berkley (director emeritus)

Bert Berkley (director emeritus)

Chairman of the Board
Tension Corporation

Headshot: Bert BerkleyBert Berkley is the chairman of the board for Tension Corporation and the former president of the Envelope Manufacturers Association (EMA), USA. He is the recipient of the EMA Founders Award and is the immediate past chairman of the Global Envelope Alliance and currently Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Mr. Berkley is the Founder of the Local INvestment Commission, which oversees via 2,100 volunteers federal and state government funding for social services for Kansas City.

He is a past chairman of Civic Council, an organization made up of the CEOs of the 80 larger businesses in Kansas City, a former chairman of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and a past chairman of the Center for Business Innovation, a nonprofit business incubator in Kansas City, which was recognized during his chairmanship as one of the top ten business incubators in the U.S. He also served as chairman of the University of Kansas City Board of Trustees and subsequently received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest award of the University to a non-academic individual who has made a difference to the University and the community.

He is a past board member of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Family and Community Trust, State of Missouri, and Turn the Page KC.

Berkley was awarded the Distinguished Service to State Government Award by the National Governors Association.  He was the recipient of a proclamation by the Mayor and City Council of Kansas City, Missouri in recognition of his many civic contributions. He co-authored a book, Giving Back, Connecting You, Business and Community, published by Wiley.

Mr. Berkley is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He served in the infantry in the World War II and in Korea after Harvard. He received the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.

Bert is available to go fly fishing at a moment’s notice. He stepped off IEL's board of directors in 2015.