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Terry K. Underwood    Founder, DCI

Terry K. Underwood    Founder, DCI

 
 
 

Diversified Consultants, Inc. is a family business started in 1982 by Terry K. Underwood.  With Terry's business and personal skills she was able to grow the company from her initial client, managed from a stable house in Lawrence, Kansas, to a thriving organization overseeing the daily activities of eleven national and international associations housed in a Central Office outside of Kansas City.  Growth has come primarily from a foundation of client referrals, a source of pride for all those associated with the company.

Unfortunately Terry lost her battle with brain cancer in 2011, but with the knowledge that she instilled in her associates, the business continues to prosper under the management of her daughter and current owner, Allison Burwell. Allison considers herself fortunate to have a staff of remarkable women who make it possible to maintain the high level of service Terry built. Yum! Brands CEO, Greg Creed has referred to it as Terry’s legacy team. “Sometimes it isn’t the achievements when you are in a position that define you, but what you leave behind. Terry has built a dynasty with her organization and her associates that will follow her.”

One example of the outstanding respect DCI’s clients have for their founder, the FRANMAC Board voted to rename its Leadership Award to include Terry’s name and she was the first recipient in 2011.