Entrepreneurship in the Family Business

Apr 12, 2018, 10:30 PM – Apr 13, 2018, 12:30 AM

Distillery 244, 244 N Mosley, Wichita, 67202

Family businesses have been the backbone of Wichita’s economy for many years, but at the core of each of these amazing companies is the spirit of entrepreneurship. The night kicks off at 5:30p with appetizers, drinks and networking! We'll network for an hour, then hear from Ben & Jason, at 6:30p for a Fireside Chat. Come ready to learn from other entrepreneurs and make valuable connections!

In-person event

About this event

Family businesses have been the backbone of Wichita’s economy for many years, but at the core of each of these amazing companies is the spirit of entrepreneurship. Even though their last name may not change, industry and the business climate do, that is why any family business must continue to innovate constantly generation after generation. Each of these amazing leaders are not only running their family businesses, they're infusing their own style of entrepreneurship.

Ben Hutton, CEO | Hutton Construction

Ben Hutton has worked in construction all his life. As soon as he was old enough to lift a hammer, he was swinging it. At the age of 12, he started working in the industry during the summer. In 2010, he assumed the role of president, taking over for the man who instilled his love for construction, his dad Mark Hutton. Under Ben’s leadership, Hutton Construction has grown consistently and considerably. The number of employees has more than tripled through both growth and acquisition, while the company has expanded its capabilities geographically, as well as in multiple new industries. Ben transitioned to the role of chief executive officer in 2016, and his love for construction continues to radiate in his leadership.

Jason Cox, President | Cox Machine

As President of Cox Machine Inc., Jason focuses on integrating technology with the manufacturing process. Jason holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Before coming to Cox, he worked as a design engineer for Cessna Aircraft in Wichita. At Kansas State University, he worked as a design engineer for the College’s Advance Manufacturing Institute. Jason currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Exploration Place, and the Board of Directors for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Check out what happened


  • Ben Hutton

    Hutton Construction


  • Jason Cox

    Cox Machine




April 12 – 13, 2018
10:30 PM – 12:30 AM UTC


Check in & Networking
Fireside Chat w/ Ben & Jason
Networking & Connections


  • Erin Koehn

    KANZA Bank

    Wichita Chapter Co-Director

  • Mary Beth Jarvis

    NXTUS, Inc.

    Wichita Chapter Co-Director

  • Kristyn Smith

    College of Innovation and Design

    Wichita Chapter Team Member

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


Kent Audio Visual logo

Kent Audio Visual

Distillery 244 logo

Distillery 244

T&J Studios logo

T&J Studios

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