2017 Gateway to Hope Visionary Award Recipients

This award honors individuals and groups who have pioneered innovation, fostered the spirit of hope, and empowered positive change in the lives of patients with breast cancer.


Tom Gunn

Tom Gunn, former staff lawyer with the U.S. Senate and Boeing Executive. He also served as President, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company and President, McDonnell Douglas International. Gunn and his team developed a process for strategic selling and marketing that delivered $250 billion in sales of military and commercial aircraft, missiles, space systems and logistic support, against strong and at times cutthroat domestic and international competition. Tom also authored a book entitled “Gunn Sights”, which tells the story of his success and serves as a handbook for high-powered selling, assessing the competition and understanding the customer, and about using a defined process to shape strategic planning. Gunn is a founding member of the Mercy Foundation and current board member for the SSM Healthcare System.


Steven Krause

Steven Krause, business development consultant with prior roles in Boeing defense business development including international growth strategy, border security, and military and civilian aviation programs. Krause led marketing in international defense systems, completed assignments throughout Europe, the Pacific Rim, Middle East and U.S. He has also held a position at the Missouri House of Representatives.


George Roman

George Roman, Principal at Roman Consulting with prior corporate executive positions in St. Louis and Washington D.C. for McDonnell Douglas, The Boeing Company, and TRW, a 100-year old aerospace and automotive company. He currently holds board positions with The St. Louis Police Foundation and Mercy Health System as vice chairman of Mercy East Communities Board of Directors and chairman of Patient Safety and Quality. Other past board positions include Gateway to Hope, Care to Learn, The National Defense University, Middle East Policy Coundil, Variety, St. Louis University - Boeing School of International Business, Webster University, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Civic Progress, The Regional Business Council, RCGA, vice chair of Better Together and President of the Mercy Health Foundation.

2017 Sponsors

Inspire | Title Sponsor
Healing | Platinum Sponsor
Hope | Diamond Sponsor
Courage | Gold Sponsor

Susan and Rick Sullivan