Sonia Greteman in February 2012
|Born||July 15, 1958
Wichita, Kansas
Sonia Greteman is an entrepreneur and civic leader based in Wichita, Kansas.
Sonia Greteman was born on July 15, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas. She spent her time playing ball, drawing, painting, sewing and putting on fashion shows. In spite of being a professional troublemaker, she was also her high school class president. One of Greteman’s more notable rebellions occurred when she and her friends snuck out of the house in the early morning hours, climbed over a rather tall barbed-wire fence to the top of the Derby, Kansas water tower. There she proceeded to paint her signature moon-and-star design. Greteman attended Wichita State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1982. She began her professional career as an exhibition designer at Wichita-based Design Centre from 1982 to 1984. There she met her husband, sculptor Chris Brunner. Greteman worked for Lida Advertising from 1984 to1985, and at Quillen Elsea Janzen from 1985 to 1989. On April 1, 1989, she opened her own agency Gardner, Greteman and Mikulecky with co-owners Bill Gardner and Susan Mikulecky. The agency officially changed to Greteman Group in 1994 after Mikulecky left in 1992 and Gardner two years later.
Greteman has leveraged Wichita’s Air Capital heritage to develop a strong aviation niche. Today, Greteman Group supports the marketing communications efforts of aircraft manufacturers, flight support and aftermarket services. Clients include FlightSafety International, Flexjet, Bombardier Aerospace, Signature Flight Support, Dallas Airmotive, USAIG and Spirit AeroSystems. Longtime non-aviation clients include Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and the Kansas State Fair. Greteman’s 22-person firm is a founding member of the Wichita Aero Club, and Greteman serves on its board and chairs its communication committee. Her strong interest in aviation began many years ago through her father, then chief photographer for Boeing.
Industry recognition includes a Telly, Metro Award and Business Marketing Association Pro-Comm Award. Her agency has been recognized in such publications as Adweek, Advertising Age, Aldus, Communication Arts, Designing Identity, Identity, Graphic Design USA, Graphis Inc., Hotels, HOW, Novum, Print, Step-By-Step, and by such organizations as the Mead Top 60, Kansas City Art Directors, Strathmore, International Festivals, Graphex Art Directors, and The National Library Council, American Advertising Federation, American Institute of Graphic Artists, Public Relations Society of America, and American Marketing Association.
Greteman’s personal achievements range from a special governor’s appointment to lifetime-achievement awards from both the American Marketing Association Kansas Chapter and Wichita Media. She was among the Wichita Business Journal’s first class of 40 Under 40 business leadership honorees and its first group of Women In Business honorees. When the American Marketing Association’s Kansas chapter created its first Marketer of the Year award, she earned the title. A career highlight came in 2008, when she was selected to serve as a juror for the Communication Arts Design Annual. She is a frequent speaker at civic and professional events. In 2012, she received the Donna E. Sweet Humanitarian of the Year award for her significant contributions to the Wichita community.
Greteman serves on the board of Wichita State University’s Ulrich Museum and its School of Entrepreneurship. Her affiliations have included acting as Design Council president for the City of Wichita, Wichita Public Art Advisory Board vice president, CityArts advisory board member, ConnectCare AIDS. She frequently shares her knowledge and passion as a guest speaker and as a judge for leading design competitions. Her philanthropic dedication is seen through donated services to nonprofits including ArtAID, Rainbows United’s Fashion Passion, Big Brothers & Sisters of Sedgwick County, Final Friday, Spay Neuter Kansas, Kansas Humane Society, Wichita Area Council of Girl Scouts, Communities in Schools, Wichita Grand Opera, Fisch Haus, Pals Animal Rescue, Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots, and more.
|1990–1992||American Institute of Graphic Arts/AIGA||President|
|1992–1996||ConnectCare||Board of Directors|
|1993–2003||City of Wichita Design Council||President|
|1996||American Advertising Federation||ADDY Judge, Tulsa|
|1997||American Advertising Federation||ADDY Judge, Los Angeles|
|1998||American Advertising Federation||ADDY Judge, St. Louis|
|1998–2003||Arts Council||Board of Directors|
|1998||Hallmark Symposium||Guest Speaker|
|1998–2002||Wichita State University, Center for Entrepreneurship||Guest Lecturer|
|1999||American Advertising Federation||ADDY Judge, Oklahoma City|
|2000||American Advertising Federation||ADDY Judge, Houston|
|2000||School of Art and Design||Commencement Speaker|
|2004–2006||Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship||Board Member|
|2007–2012||Wichita State University Ulrich Museum of Art||Advisory Board Member|
|2008||Communication Arts||Design Annual Judge|
|2008–2012||Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship||Advisory Board Member|
|2010–2012||Wichita Aero Club||Founding member, Board Member and Committee Chair|
|2010–2011||WSU Foundation National Advisory Council||Board Member|
|1987||American Advertising Federation 9th District||Best Illustrator|
|1988-1990||American Advertising Federation, Wichita||Best Designer|
|1988||American Advertising Federation, Wichita||Best Illustrator|
|1990-1992||American Advertising Federation, Wichita||Best Creative Director|
|1991||American Advertising Federation, Wichita||Best Art Director|
|1991||American Advertising Federation, Wichita||Best Illustrator|
|1992||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Designer|
|1994||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Art Director|
|1994||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Art Director|
|1994||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best of Show|
|1996||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Illustrator|
|1996-1999||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Creative Director|
|1996-1997||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best of Show|
|1997||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Designer|
|1997-1998||American Advertising Federation Wichita||Best Art Director|
|1999||American Advertising Federation 9th District||Silver Medalist Lifetime Achievement|
|1989||American Advertising Federation 9th District||Best Illustrator|
|2000||Wichita Business Journal||40 Under 40 honoree|
|2003||Wichita Business Journal||Top 20 Women in Business|
|2004||The Wichita Eagle||Top People to Watch|
|2008||American Marketing Association Wichita||Marketer of the Year|
|2009||Wichita Media||Hall of Fame|
|2003||Dr. Donna Sweet Emergency Fund||Humanitarian of the Year|
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