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The Salvation Army is pleased to announce Kansas City business and civic leader John Sherman will lead the organization’s 2013 Christmas Campaign this year.  As the Salvation Army’s 2013 Christmas Chair, Sherman will oversee a goal of $10.5 million. The money raised during the campaign funds Salvation Army programs throughout the year, including food pantries, homeless shelters, emergency assistance, substance abuse programs and more.  For more information on Salvation Army events or how you can help the Army reach its goal, please visit www.salarmymokan.org.

John Sherman is an entrepreneur who has started and developed two successful businesses.  His first startup, LPG Services, grew rapidly and merged with Dynegy (NYSE:DYN) in 1996.

Mr. Sherman is a director and past Chairman and CEO of Inergy, L.P. (NYSE:NRGY) and Inergy Midstream, L.P. (NYSE:NRGM).  Inergy was founded by Mr. Sherman in 1996, and became a public company in 2001.  Mr. Sherman led the company through a period of tremendous growth, creating total partnership enterprise value of nearly $5.0 billion prior to merging with Crestwood Holdings.

Mr. Sherman serves on the board of Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP), where he chairs the Compensation Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Sherman has served and supported the Kansas City community extensively.  His philanthropic work has primarily been in education, focused on narrowing the educational opportunity gap for the underserved.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Teach for America Kansas City, The Truman Presidential Library Institute, and the UMKC Foundation.  He is a trustee of the Kauffman Foundation, UMKC, MRIGlobal, and St. Paul’s School.

Mr. Sherman has been recognized with numerous honors, including as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, among others.  In 2009, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by UMKC’s Bloch School of Business and the Council for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  In 2012, he received the Hope Award from the National MS Society for his philanthropic work in the Kansas City community.