Dr. William Worley
Dr. William Worley, Raytown High School, Class of 1960
Dr. William H. Worley graduated from Raytown High in 1960. Dr. Worley is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. His successful business endeavors include a group of 13 veterinary clinics, America’s largest chain of one-hour photo stores, real estate development and a chain of public storage facilities. This string of successes in diverse industries all occurred before Dr. Worley turned 40 years old.
In 1982 he founded the Kansas City Business Journal, the fi rst in a group of 36 weekly business newspapers in cities from Buffalo to Honolulu, under the flag of “American City Business Journals.” Through his leadership, the company went public and was recognized by Forbes and Business Week as one of America’s top 50 growth companies. After the sale of these publications, which remain as the country’s largest chain of business newspapers, Dr. Worley turned his attention to a business utilizing his scientific education by founding the Kingston Environmental Services. He has since sold the company to an Alaskan native company, but remains as a senior consultant.
Combining his business with a passion for the environment, he has led the company to milestones in the environmental services arena. In 1992, he organized a group of over 30 environmental companies to advance the science of Bioremediation, creating Alpha Environmental Bio Systems, Inc., and in the process applied proprietary technology to clean up over 250 contaminated sites in every region in the United States. Dr. Worley is a recognized authority in the fi eld of environmental science.
In 1995, he received the Presidential appointment to represent the state of Missouri at the White House Conference on Small Business. In 2003, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Block School of Business and Public Administration recognized him as Regional Entrepreneur of the year. During his career, corporate and community organizations have relied on Dr. Worley’s guidance. Dr. Worley lives in Kansas City with his wife, Elizabeth. They have four adult children: Susan, Sara, Ward, and Alexis.