It’s fair to say that if it weren’t for blind ads in the newspaper, Pat Gallagher would not have the career that she does.
The Fort Scott native moved to the Washington, D.C, area after college because her husband took a job there.
“So I answered a blind ad in the newspaper and went to work for what eventually became the Marriott Corporation,” Gallagher said. “They were thinking about going into the hotel business.”
She worked there for a decade before taking off for a decade to have children. Then Gallagher returned to Marriott for about five years before coming back to Kansas.
When she moved to Wichita, she responded to two blind ads in the paper. One was for a Hilton hotel near the airport, where she worked for about six weeks before another blind ad she answered came through. That was from what’s now called the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Gallagher became executive assistant to the chamber’s president. That was 30 years ago. Gallagher’s titles have changed through the years. Today, she’s manager of government relations, which is the lobbying arm of the chamber, and military liaison. McConnell Air Force Base has awarded Gallagher its Golden Eagle distinction, which comes with its own hat, for service to the base.