Board of Directors
John Pagen is the Vice President of Economic Development for the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber in 2004 John was the Materials Manager at Transportation Design & Manufacturing. He has lived in Manhattan since 1997. John is originally from Michigan, with a Bachelor degree in Business from Michigan State University and an Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. After graduation he worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn as a financial analyst at their corporate training facility. It was there that he met his wife, Amy, also a Ford employee. She earned her Ph.D. at Kansas State, and as they would come back to the area they realized this would be a great place to live. Amy was hired at K-State, and John followed and was able to work at Transportation Design & Manufacturing. Together they have one son; John Doyle. John knows first-hand the appeal of Manhattan, and why so many people enjoy calling it home. He looks forward to working with Manhattan Area Technical College and helping the economy of Manhattan continue to diversify, so all people who want to stay in town can find good jobs.