Mission Statement

The KC Golden Gloves is dedicated to amateur boxing as a way to develop discipline, respect, and wellness in its athletes and empower the next generation of leaders and citizens in the Kansas City area.

Vision Statement

With a rich history, the sport of boxing provides an environment for teaching and inspiring confidence, work ethic, physical and emotional well being, sportsmanship, social development and a culture of citizenship. Our vision is to create a community of dedicated athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and supporters of amateur boxing to achieve our mission. 





Chris Walden


As a certified USA Boxing official in the ring and President of the KC Gloves, Chris Walden stays involved with amateur boxing because

of it's unique ability to grow kids into outstanding men and women. He works as

an Investment Advisor at Heartland Capital Advisors.

Phone: 816-665-1114, Email: chris@hcadvisorslc.com

Tony Chiaverini

Vice President

Arguably the most successful professional boxer in Kansas City history, Tony Chiaverini has helped grow KC amateur boxing since he hung up the gloves in '83.

Besides serving as Vice President, Tony sits on the scholarship committee and volunteers as an official.

John Brown

Vice President, Delegate

The founder and former president of Ringside now serves as a co-VP for the KC Gloves after a successful tenure as President. John Brown also fills the role as the delegate to USA Boxing, of which he is the current President.

Day-to-day you can find John at

Turner Rec Center, coaching.

Phone: 913-287-2111, Email: johnb@turnerboxing.com

Matt Priest


Bringing in his experience as a financial advisor at Smith, Moore, & Co., Matt serves as treasurer for the KC Gloves. In his free time Matt learns from one of the most experienced boxing minds in the country at Turner Recreation Center, volunteering as a coach under John Brown at the Turner Boxing Academy.

Email: MPriest@smithmoore.com

Neil Picart

Head Coach

Since becoming a certified coach in 2009, "Coach Neil" quickly built a quality stable of fighters in KC. He earned Coach of the Year honors in 2014, becoming the KC Gloves Head Coach shortly thereafter. When he’s not preparing the next generation of boxers at Flaco Ramirez Boxing, Neil works as the Warranty Manager at Haladex Corp.

Phone: 816-456-7971

Email: Neil.Picart@Haldex.com

Steven Spears

Director of Marketing

Ron Mather

Scholarship Chairman

As the Scholarship Chairman, Ron Mather oversees the funding and distribution of what many believe is the most important product of the KC Gloves; our athletic scholarships. Each year, the KC Golden Gloves Athletic Scholarship provides thousands to boxers looking to further their education. Ron has been with the KC Gloves since 2012. He has been engaged in the real estate business in Kansas City since 1973 as a builder and developer.  

Email: rmather@matherco.com

Jacque Flanagan

Director of Online Communications

Jacque operates as KCGG's media ambassador, anything techy or design affiliated, you name it, she does it.

She's currently enrolled in the University of Central Missouri Mass Communications Graduate program, where she received her bachelors in digital media production with an emphasis in digital cinema and a minor in graphic technologies.  

 Email: jacque.flanagan619@gmail.com

Jacky Joynt

Chief of Officials

Jack Joynt takes over as Chief of Officials for the KC Gloves after serving as Treasurer. Bringing decades of experience to the board as a certified USA Boxing official, Jack hopes to continue growing the Kansas City Golden Gloves. Jack is also chairman of the National Grievance Committee for USA Boxing.

Email: jjoynt@joynt.com

James Stathis

Scholarship Committee

James Stathis is a Wealth Management Associate at Smith Moore and Co, working alongside Matt Priest.  After being introduced to KC Golden gloves at work,  and serving as a  volunteer for the regional tournament, James joined the board as part of the scholarship committee.

Email: jstathis@smithmoore.com

Mike Kerley


Mike Kerley not only serves as an at-large member of the KC Gloves BOD, but is one of the most consistent certified USA Boxing officials in the KC amateur boxing scene.

He works full-time at the Kansas City Ford Assembly Plant.

Email: mkokerl@yahoo.com

Ken McAlpin


Ken McAlpin started as a certified USA Boxing official in 2008. In the years since then, Ken has judged more than 3,000 amateur bouts. Away from the ring, Ken works full-time as a Sourcing Specialist with Black & Veatch. He also volunteers as a tour guide & docent at the KC Automotive Museum in Olathe, KS.

Email: macksrex@yahoo.com

Lawrence Abdallah


You can always find Lawrence Abdalla at a boxing show. You can find him ringside, judging. In the ring, reffing. Or in the corner, coaching. Lawrence makes himself available to volunteer any way he can. 

Email: kcboxing@yahoo.com

Aaron Hankel


Aaron Hankel is an attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon specializing in Intellectual Property Litigation.

After supporting the KC Gloves and providing legal advice, Aaron joined as an at-large member.

Angel Obert


Brad White


Responsible for finding sponsors for the Kansas City Golden Gloves Tournament, Brad takes on a large role in funding KC Gloves programs.

Email: bswhite39@comcast.net


Steven Spears began volunteering with the KC Golden Gloves in 2015 and has since been appointed to the board of directors. As the director of marketing, Steven oversees the creation of all promotional material and original content on the KC Golden Gloves' website.

Steven is currently pursuing a master's degree in mass communication at the University of Central Missouri.

Phone: 816-872-4849

Email: JStevenSpearsPR@gmail.com

Angel started working with KC Golden Gloves in 2015. She currently works for Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas Parks and Recreation department as the Recreation Division Manager.  Previously oversaw the TBA boxing program and has been involved with KCGG ever since, as it provides an excellent opportunity to work with the amazing youth of our community.