large shoes to fill

Jim HanniMeet Jim Hanni, former CEO of AAA Kansas and retiring VP, Public and Government Affairs of the Allied Region. Jim has been with AAA for, in his words, “29 years, 8 months…since September 1, 1987.” Before joining AAA, Jim had a 13-year banking career in Topeka and Lawrence. He quit his job as President and CEO of a private banking firm to work for one of his investment/bank customers, AAA Kansas.

In discussing his AAA accomplishments, Jim notes the one he is most proud of is, “Passing Kansas’ exceptional Graduated Driver Licensing Law that has helped cut teen crashes and fatalities in half, and developing efforts in other states to do the same.” That’s an achievement that will stand long after Jim has started to whittle away at that pile of books he’s been waiting to read.

When asked what he’s going to miss most when he retires, Jim’s answer was not surprising—the wonderful people here at AAA. He says he’ll really miss the special partners he worked with in traffic safety and law enforcement. In addition, “I’ll miss the public speaking opportunities, believe it or not, on behalf of AAA and the opportunities to work in advocacy for teen driving and many other AAA traffic safety topics of interest.”

When Jim’s not at work, he enjoys volunteering at this church and with the Gettysburg Foundation. Another popular pastime is listening to his son call Kansas Jayhawk games and following his son’s many activities.

We’re sure Jim will be doing much more of those things in retirement as well as catching up on his reading. A few more things Jim is looking forward to are, “getting away from emails, getting my body in shape, and traveling with my wife, Vicky.” Ever humble, Jim says he “hopes it will work out.” We wish him all the best: good books, exciting travels, rewarding hobbies, and plenty of family time for a deeply satisfying retirement.