March 21, 2023

Warta named Topeka Business Hall of Fame Laurette

TOPEKA, KAN.— Keith Warta, current Chairman of Bartlett & West’s Board of Directors, was honored as a 2023 Topeka Business Hall of Fame laureate. Candidates are chosen by Junior Achievement of Kansas, who selected four people this year for the honor. Individuals are selected based on several criteria, which include their involvement in business, as well as service to their community.

A pillar of the company and community, Warta began his career with Bartlett & West in 1984 in the company’s Topeka, Kan., office as a project engineer. Throughout his career, he helped the company grow from around 35 employees to an employee-owned firm of more than 350 with offices spread throughout the Midwest. He most recently served as the chief executive officer for 13 years, retiring from the position in 2022.

As someone who values service to others, Warta is Chair-elect on the Board of Directors for the Topeka Community Foundation, is a co-Chair for the community strategy - Momentum 2022, is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Kansas, is Chair’s Council past Chair for the Greater Topeka Partnership and is a passionate supporter of Kansas State University.