Board Members

Bob Kendrick, President 

Bob Kendrick was named President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in March 2011. Founded in 1990, the NLBM is the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.

Kendrick’s appointment as President marked a celebrated return to the NLBM after a 13-month departure. He became the museum’s first Director of Marketing in 1998 and was named Vice President of Marketing in 2009 before accepting the post as Executive Director of the National Sports Center for the Disabled-Kansas City in 2010. Kendrick is responsible for the museum’s day-to-day operations and the development and implementation of strategies to advance the mission of the 501 c3, not-for-profit organization. Since rejoining the NLBM in 2011, he has helped orchestrate a nearly $20 million turnaround that has helped the NLBM regain its vitality and financial stability. 

Kendrick began his association with the NLBM as a volunteer during his 10-year newspaper career with The Kansas City Star. As senior copywriter for The Star’s Promotions Department, he won, or was part of a creative team that won, numerous local and regional advertising and marketing awards. He developed the advertising concept and campaign that helped attract more 10,000 people (in less than 30 days) to see the debut of the Museum’s first traveling exhibit in the summer of 1993. The success of that promotion led to an appointment to the museum’s Board of Directors in the fall of ‘93.

In his nearly five years on the Museum’s board, Kendrick served as Secretary/Treasurer and chaired the Membership and Event Planning committees. He was co-chairman of the Museum’s grand-opening gala celebration that attracted nearly 2,000 people to Bartle Hall in November of 1997. The event raised more than $500,000 in support of the NLBM.

Kendrick has been responsible for the creation of several signature museum educational programs and events including the Hall of Game which annually honors former Major League Baseball greats who played the game in the spirit and signature style of the Negro Leagues.

And while he doesn’t fashion himself to be a historian, Kendrick has become one of the leading authorities on the topic of Negro Leagues Baseball history and its connection to issues relating to sports, race and diversity. He has been a contributing writer for “Ebony Magazine” and the national Urban League’s “Opportunity Magazine.”

In 2006, the Greater Kansas City Black Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Mary Lona Diversity Award and he was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Omicron Xi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 2009, The Kansas City Globe named Kendrick to the paper’s list of “100 Most Influential African-Americans in Greater Kansas City.” In January 2014, Kendrick was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The Kansas City Call newspaper named him the “Person of the Year” in 2020. In 2021, the Beta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity named him “Business Person of the Year,” and he was bestowed honorary doctorate degrees from Judson University and William Jewell College, respectively in 2021.

A native of Crawfordville, Ga., Kendrick received a basketball scholarship to attend Park College (Parkville, Mo.) in 1980 and earned a B.A. degree in Communications Arts in 1985. 

NLBM Staff members

Joan Finley
Operations Manager & Executive Assistant to the President

Kiona Sinks
Community Engagement & Digital Strategy Manager

Cathie Moss
Events Coordinator

Cia Houston
Website Coordinator/Retail Marketing Specialist

Br’Kya Yancy
Retail Associate

N’Deda Mozee
Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Anshanette Hawkins
Retail Associate

NLBM Board Officers

Kevin Battle, Chairman
Managing Partner, B.A.S.K. Consulting LLC 

Adam Sachs, Chair-Elect
Senior Vice-President & Chief Legal Officer
Kansas City Royals Baseball Club

Michael B. Kanaley, Vice Chairman
Managing Director of Operations
Global Prairie

Mike Allen,Senior Vice President – Legal Affairs
T- Mobile 

Mamie Hughes, Secretary
Community Activist

Michelle J. Word, Assistant Secretary
Principal/Business Diversity Manager
Burns & McDonnell

Bradley N. Sprong, Treasurer
Partner KPMG 

Betty Brown
Past Board Chairperson
Retired Executive 

Eric Sildon
VP of State/Local Government Affairs
SAP, Inc. 

Dr. Robert Hill
Community Consultant
Minister Emeritus, Community Christian Church

Ricardo Torres
President & CEO
KC Billboards

Stewart S. Myers
Past Board Chairman
VP of Programming
National Cable TV Corp. Inc. 

Allen K. Roberson
Chief Financial Officer
Rockhurst High School

Kristen Harris
Diversity & Inclusion
Hallmark Cards

National Advisory Board

  • Ken Burns
  • Karen Daniel
  • Ollie Gates
  • Edward Dwight, Jr.
  • Dr. Gerald Early
  • Danny Glover
  • Gregory Reid
  • Michael Carter
  • Branch B. Rickey, III
  • Frank White, Jr.
  • George Will

Museum Closure & Holiday Hours

In recognition of the Juneteenth Holiday the NLBM offices will be closed and the Exhibit and Gift Shop will be open from 10:00AM – 3:00PM on Wednesday, June 19. Normal hours  will resume on Thursday, June 20th