After moving to Wichita in the wake of 9/11, Claney found there weren’t many employers looking for someone armed with degrees in sociology and anthropology.
So the Iowa native took a job as secretary to Walter Berry, president of the Berry Companies.
“I knew it was a great company to work for, and I just kind of worked my way up,” she said.
Claney’s first move was to human resources, where she created a management development program for the company and helped employees grow comfortable with a new computer system. She also earned a master’s in organizational development from Friends University and graduated with Leadership Wichita’s 2009 class.
When Berry acquired three Bobcat dealerships in north Texas in 2010, Claney moved there to become operations manager.
In Kansas City she is replacing Steve Meadows, who is coming to Wichita to become vice president of Berry’s Bobcat operations. Claney will manage about 50 employees at dealerships in Olathe, Blue Springs and Platte City, Mo.
Claney says she occasionally puts her undergraduate degrees to work.
“Well, most of our days are spent helping our employees succeed. So understanding how culture and people within that culture impact performance on the job actually does help quite a bit.”
Claney, 35, is married with 3-year-old twins, Will and Jack. She and her husband, Ted, who’s a Wichita native, enjoy volunteering, staying active in their church and spending time with their family.