Larry D. Fleming is the owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The LDF Companies, which are comprised of the following: LDF Support Group, Inc., a management company responsible for the executive management of Fleming's privately held companies; LDF Food Group, Inc., a Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers restaurant franchise operating 42 restaurants in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma; LDF Sales & Distributing, Inc., a wholesale distributorship of MillerCoors beer, Red Bull and other beverages in the eastern two thirds of Kansas and the eastern half of Oklahoma. The combined companies produce annual revenue in excess of $180 million and employ over 1700 employees. Additionally, Mr. Fleming is a Principal and serves on the board of West Star Aviation, which has locations in St Louis, Missouri, Dallas, Texas and Grand Junction, Colorado.
He is currently serving on the Executive Committee and Board of Wesley Hospital, and was appointed by former Governor Finney to serve on the Adoption Reform Task Force for the State of Kansas. He has served on the Board of LearJet, Inc., and the Executive Committee and Board of Kansas State Bank and Trust Company. He is also a former Board member of Sheplers, Inc and Maverick, Inc. Mr. Fleming was appointed by former President Bush to the National Advisory Council for the Small Business Administration, where he served on the Executive Committee of the council. He has served as Chairman of the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Logopedics, two time President of Wendy's National Advertising Program, which administers the media advertising budget for Wendy’s International and its franchisees and served on the committee over 10 years. He has been on the board of many civic, charitable, social and educational organizations, including the Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship. He is also a former Board member of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (a $7.0 billion pension fund).
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he graduated from Nathan Hale High School in 1963, where he has been inducted into the Nathan Hale High School Hall of Fame. Mr. Fleming received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where the "Citation of Merit" Award as the most Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 1995 was bestowed upon him. He also did graduate study at the University of Tulsa and completed the OPM Program at Harvard University.
In 1998 he was inducted into the Wendy's International Hall of Fame, Wendy's most prestigious award. Fleming also received the Wendy's “Founder's Award”, given annually to the outstanding Wendy's franchisee. Additionally, LDF Food Group, Inc. has received the Wendy's “Marketer of the Year” award twice and LDF Sales and Distributing being a two time winner of the MillerCoors Presidents award. He has also been inducted into the Kansas Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Mr. Fleming has three children, Rebecca, David and Erin.
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