Featured business person: Kevin Chiles

Kevin Chiles

Vice president for human resources, Via Christi

After moving around a lot as an Air Force brat, Chiles has put down deep roots here.

“I’m not from Wichita, but after 30 years, I guess I am,” he said.

Chiles came to Wichita for an internship after earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in industrial psychology from Emporia State University.

“One of my first jobs was to work in manufacturing as an assistant human resources manager,” he said. “I started that and never got back out.”

Chiles, who started at Via Christi last week, has spent about half his career in the health care field and the rest in other industries.

Most recently, he worked for Wichita Clinic, which was acquired by Via Christi. He is certified as a senior professional by the Society for Human Resource Management.

At Via Christi, he’s in a newly created position designed to further the integration of Via Christi’s hospitals and physician clinics.

“My philosophy is pretty much that we’re here to support the rest of the organization,” he said. “The way we do that is to build strong relationships with our customers and find out what they need and do our best to give it to them. Our customers are our employees and managers. It sounds simple, but there’s a lot to that, obviously.”

Chiles and his wife, Pam, have three sons, ages 14, 22 and 24. He has run two marathons and is training to run a third this year.

Joe Stumpe, correspondent