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John Toothaker named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

06 May 2016

On May 13, the Pratt Community College Foundation will honor John Toothaker, as the 2016 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award was established in 1966 to honor PCC alumni who have made contributions to career and community.

Toothaker has been involved in organizations and the community since high school. His freshmen year Toothaker was instrumental in helping establish a baseball program at Turpin High School in Oklahoma. He graduated from Liberal High School and moved on to PCC on a baseball scholarship and was named to the Jayhawk conference’s second team as a freshman. While at PCC he was active in campus life and was elected President of the student government association. He graduated from PCC in 1995 with an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts. After PCC, Toothaker graduated cum laude from Emporia State University where he was immersed in numerous academic, community service and social groups.

Toothaker taught science at Wichita’s Southeast High School. In 1998, he started his own financial services partnership. In 2010, John became a partner with Schreck Financial Group, a leading area independent advisory firm. As an advisor, he was named President of Kansas’s largest chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. Toothaker also commits many hours to his community and volunteers in Clearwater, Kan. as the board chairman for Clearwater’s assisted living, memory care and nursing home facility.

Toothaker has also been recognized by the premier association for financial advisors, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). He has achieved participation in their “Court of the Table” for five years and has been member of MDRT’s prestigious “Top of the Table” for six years, putting him in the top half of 1 percent of financial advisors in the world. Toothaker also teaches continuing professional education classes for hundreds of insurance agents, financial advisors, attorneys and accountants on a wide range of financial topics.

From humble roots, Toothaker and his wife Crystal are the proud parents of three active boys: Brock, Carter and Will. They live in Clearwater and when they’re not running around playing, cheering, and coaching the boys in sports they can be found with family and friends or out exploring the world. Toothaker says that he is honored to be given this title.

“I am honored to hear that the leaders of Pratt Community College selected me to receive this award,” said Toothaker. “My time at PCC was just what this simple kid from western Kansas needed at that time in my life. The values that were reinforced by those who contributed to my education while I was at PCC have served me well throughout my life, and to them I say, thank you.”

A recognition luncheon will be hosted by the PCC Foundation and Toothaker will give the keynote address at the commencement and nursing pinning ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. in the Dennis Lesh Arena.
For more information about this award or to nominate an alumnus, please contact PCC Vice President of Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Alumni Relations, Kurt McAfee, at KurtM@prattcc.edu or 620-450-2179.

The mission of the Pratt Community College Foundation is to promote access to higher education in south central Kansas and to advance institutional excellence through financial support. The Foundation exists as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization responsible for college advancement, alumni relations, and stewardship of the college's endowment fund.