Eric Reimer is originally from Emporia, Kan. and served as V.P. of Programming and President during his time as an active member of KS Alpha.
Reimer just recently began his third year of dental school at UMKC, where he has started seeing patients full-time this summer. He has been quite successful thus far, as he was awarded a research fellowship last summer to work at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Washington, D.C. This consisted of working to find new and improved ways of providing bone grafting and regeneration procedures. To top it all off, he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society for being in the top 12% of his dental class the past two years.
Reimer is not entirely sure what his future plans are, but he’s considering specializing in oral surgery or periodontics, which would be another 3-6 years of school.
Outside of the classroom, Reimer enjoys spending time out at the golf course and mountain biking, cycling and rock climbing.
Reimer credits SigEp for many of the valuable skills he uses today, such as time management and interpersonal communication.
“Being involved within the house and multiple campus organizations, while at the same time balancing academic work, really taught me how to manage my time efficiently,” Reimer said. “Secondly, when you live in a house with 40 different guys all with different personalities and interests, it makes you more understanding to multiple points of view.”
John Thomson is from Blue Springs, Mo. and served as Pledge Class President during his time at KS Alpha.
Thomson has been very successful in the business world, as he was recently the CEO of a cloud-based marketing software company in Kansas City that worked with brands like Nike, Audi and McDonald’s. However, he ventured out to start up his own companies last fall. Because of his great success, Thomson was named Baker’s Distinguished Alumnus in 2008.
Thomson is currently married to Holly Starr and the couple has a two and-a-half-year-old daughter named Brinklee. Along with growing his new companies, his future plans mainly consist of spending time with his family.
Staying connected with brothers is very important to Thomson, even though life can sometimes get in the way. Every year, Thomson and a group of brothers go on a golf trip, nicknamed “Ding Golf” after brother Jeff Dingman. Brothers fly in from Chicago, Portland, New Orleans, North Carolina and even Germany for the trip. According to Thomson, it’s like being back in the house once a year.
Being in the house was an exceptional four years for Thomson that shaped him into the man he is today. He learned valuable lessons in leadership and the power of relationships. He has so many favorite memories that it would be impossible to narrow it down to just one.
“(It was) a really tight group of guys that remain very good friends to this day,” Thomson said. “A brotherhood in the truest sense of the word.”
Dale Werts is from Kirkwood, Mo. and served as Rush Chair, IFC President, Vice President, and President as an active member of the house.
Werts has been a lawyer for Lathrop & Gage LLP in Kansas City for 26 years. He began as a full-time lawyer and became a partner with the firm a few years later. During his time, he has served as Chairman of the Corporate Law Department for seven years.
Werts has been married to Sally Jo Werts for 23 years and the two have a 15-year-old son named Noah. Both Dale and Noah are actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America. Dale serves as a troop leader and a training leader, just to name a few, while pushing Noah to become an Eagle Scout.
While serving as President of KS Alpha his junior year, Werts helped pledge 18 new members, which exceeded the 11 active members. The next year, they were awarded their first Zollinger Cup for Outstanding Improvement. Werts certainly helped turn around a house that struggled his first two years.
Remaining connected with the house as an alumni is something that Werts takes pride in. This past STAG was the 32nd one that he has attended, with only missing two - one for when his sister got married and one for when he graduated from law school.
“As you become busy with a wife, kids and your job, you have to make time for your brothers - even if it is just an occasional lunch or dinner or ballgame,” Werts said. “And returning to STAG is critical, you see old friends and meet new friends!”