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Riordan Clinic CEO to take less active role; domes to be leased for the first time

WICHITA — Riordan Clinic CEO Brian Riordan, who last year took over the nutrition-based health facility that his father founded, is moving on.

"All the heavy lifting . . . has been done," Riordan says. "I'll still keep the CEO and president title for the time being, but everyone there at the clinic has really stepped up in their roles."

Riordan is moving on to a project in Japan where he'll be "sharpening up operations, setting new strategies" much like he did here.

"Usually, that means a significant amount of time on site at the beginning and then gradually tapering off as things get taken care of," Riordan says.

Hugh Riordan founded the clinic in 1975.

When Brian Riordan took over the nonprofit, he says, "I would say our organization was adrift, and the financial picture was not good. Morale was not good. And even the look and the feel of the place was a bit cluttered. It didn't inspire as much confidence as we would have liked. It also was kind of mysterious."

He says few people knew what the old name — the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning International — meant.

"Our brand was indistinct and confusing."

He says director of business development Penny Lasater, who also is leaving, helped with that.

"She did an amazing job for us and created a brand out of nothing in a year that's helped us in terms of attracting patients and recruiting excellent people and getting our contributors interested again," he says. "We've just absolutely transformed the way we present ourselves."

Riordan says it makes sense for Lasater to leave now, too.

"Once the fires were put out and things were put on a positive track — which is, you know, hard, intense work — it's probably better for another organizational structure to take it from there rather than have us involved."