President, Laham DevelopmentAs a native Wichitan, George Laham's commitment to the community has been an influential factor in his development of Wichita's vibrant northeast corridor. His first major project, Bradley Fair, created one of the nation's first lifestyle centers in Wichita. Bradley Fair is the flagship of the 320 acre Wilson Estates master-planned development, which includes Wilson Estates Office Park, Wilson Estates Medical Park, Legacy Park, Hilton Garden Inn, and Wilson Estates Residential. In 2002, the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce awarded Bradley Fair their Keeper of the Plains Award in recognition of an architectural project that contributes to the aesthetics of the community.
George has been instrumental in bringing in a succession of the nation's foremost retail and restaurant concepts to Wichita including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Chico's, White House | Black Market, Coldwater Creek, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Harold's, J. Jill, On the Border, Talbots, Williams-Sonoma, and YiaYia's Eurobistro. He has also cultivated key local retailers and restaurants, contributing to their growth and success.
Laham Development continues to create signature properties throughout east Wichita. Plazzio, a 350,000 sf retail and entertainment center at 13th and Greenwich Road features the centerpiece, 20 screen Warren Theatre which offers in-theater bar and dining. As a total entertainment destination, Plazzio includes the Residence Inn Hotel, The Alley bowling and indoor entertainment center and multiple restaurant concepts.
At 500,000 sf, Laham Development\'s Regency Lakes will be the largest shopping center in northeast Wichita, when completed. Located at 21st and Greenwich Road, the center is anchored by SuperTarget and World Market. 2008 brings the addition of KANZA Bank and the Hampton Inn & Suites to the development.
Cornerstone, a 520 acre master-planned development in Andover began with the fall 2006 completion of the Kansas Medical Center hospital. The Robert M. Martin Elementary School opened in fall 2007 and construction of 620 homes, retail sites, and office parks is underway.
George received his BGS degree, with a concentration in Economics, from the University of Kansas. In 2007, George was inducted into the Mid-America Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He serves as a director on the boards of Fidelity Bank and the Wichita Grand Opera. George supports a number of community organizations including Maude Carpenter Children\'s Home, Rainbows United and The Treehouse.
George has been associated with J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc. for over 20 years. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member, a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Realtors, and the Wichita Area Association of Realtors.