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"Shaping Success" Photo Gallery

Brian Weaver ’95 holds Ironman’s No. 1 world ranking for his amateur class. Forbes Magazine has ranked him at No. 8 on its list of “Top 25 Fittest CEOs of the Decade,” and Men’s Health Magazine named him one of the “World’s Richest and Fittest Guys.” (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Seeing an opportunity to engage fans of the Kansas Speedway and NASCAR, Weaver launched Anthem Media Group in 2001. Anthem has since been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies four times. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver’s workouts span three to five hours a day – sometimes separated into morning and evening sessions – seven days a week. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver is the founder and CEO of Anthem Media Group – a Kansas City-based company named to Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest-growing companies four times. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Anthem has evolved into a venture portfolio of data and research technologies, professional services and marketing communications companies. It was responsible for delivering billions in revenue last year for clients that include some of the best-known brands in the world. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver discusses strategy for a product launch with Anthem’s Chief Operating Officer Don Ransdell (left) and Chief Financial Officer Ed Place at the company’s Leawood, Kan., office. Weaver attributes part of Anthem’s success to hiring people with skillsets and networks to help the company diversify. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver discusses strategy for a product launch with Anthem’s Chief Operating Officer Don Ransdell (left) and Chief Financial Officer Ed Place at the company’s Leawood, Kan., office. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver (standing, center) regularly converses with Anthem team members at a bar in a common area of the company's Leawood, Kan., headquarters. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver (standing, center) regularly converses with Anthem team members at a bar in a common area of the company's Leawood, Kan., headquarters. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Anthem employees use cloud-based technology as well as a traditional office environment to actively interface with each other and complete tasks. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Anthem headquarters resides at a two-story office building in a retail district that includes a bike path, a grocery store and an array of restaurants and shops. A handful of bikes in the office’s atrium are available for employees to complete errands. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Brian Weaver talks on the phone with a client through a window of Anthem's Leawood headquarters. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver’s office attire usually consists of sneakers and jeans. He also gave up a large corner office and prefers instead to pull up a chair to any available “hot desk” and work among other Anthem employees. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)A private Facebook-like application allows Anthem employees to check in with each other and share their work or photos of where they are working. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver works hard to listen to his employees’ needs. Some of Anthem’s original employees still work for the company, which employs hundreds in a half dozen offices throughout the country. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Family remains a top priority for Weaver and his wife, Angi Sailsbury Weaver ’95, seen here watching their oldest daughter’s aerial acrobatics practice. The couple has two daughters, ages 8 and 11. (Photo by Darren Whitley/Northwest Missouri State University)Weaver crosses the finish line of an Ironman competition in Arizona. While family is a top priority for Weaver, his wife and father have been instrumental in motivating him to work toward his fitness goals. (Photo courtesy of Brian Weaver)