Laurie (Kostel) Minard - Honored in 2022

  • Laurie MinardOlathe North High School Class of 1985

    (Jan. 22, 1967 —          ) 

    Laurie’s enthusiastic spirit as a high school cheerleader has served her well in her career as vice president of human resources for Garmin International, a global company headquartered in Olathe. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Laurie began a career to help develop Garmin locally and internationally while serving her hometown in various capacities. Laurie’s involvement with the Olathe Chamber of Commerce ranges from participation in the Leadership Olathe program to recognition as Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year, in separate years. She is a past member of the Chamber’s board of directors and executive committee, and currently participates on the Chamber Foundation benefit committee. Laurie currently serves on advisory boards for the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, Olathe Health Systems Board of Trustees, Johnson County Community College Foundation, Olathe Salvation Army Advisory Council, Olathe Boys & Girls Clubs Planning and Development Committee, Olathe Public Schools Foundation Women’s Giving Circle, and others. Ingram's Magazine named Laurie one of the most influential and accomplished women executives in the greater Kansas City area and Techweek Kansas City recognized her as an established leader.