PayIt CEO John Thomson named to National World War I Museum and Memorial board

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Kansas City, MO-based PayIt, an award-winning provider for digital government, today announced its founder and CEO John Thomson has been appointed as one of five new members of the board for the National World War I Museum and Memorial. Thomson was chosen because of his dedication to the organization’s mission of remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community.

“My father served in the military, and I’ve always had a great deal of respect and appreciation for everyone who has served,” Thomson said. “The National WWI Museum and Memorial is an incredible part of Kansas City history and American history. Its impact is truly global. Every time I visit I learn something new, and I am always inspired by the stories of dedication, courage and sacrifice. And while World War I happened more than 100 years ago, the museum and memorial share lessons that are still relevant for all of us today.”

Other new board members selected with Thomson include:

  • Andrew Deister, Russell Stover Chocolates, President and CEO
  • Katrina Henke, Milbank Manufacturing, Board Chair
  • Dale Klose, PNC Bank, Executive Vice President and Kansas City Regional President
  • Thomas F. Whittaker, J. E. Dunn Construction Company, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer

“The National WWI Museum and Memorial has a long tradition of support from leading members of the business and philanthropic community in Kansas City,” Thomson said. “I’m honored to serve alongside my fellow new board members and existing board members to do our best to help people connect to the history and stories of World War I. In particular, I think there are tremendous opportunities to make the museum and memorial even more accessible by digital devices to reach a broader audience.”

About the National WWI Museum and Memorial 

The National World WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum and Memorial takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National WWI Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit

About PayIt

As an award-winning, cloud service provider for digital government transformation, PayIt allows agencies to consolidate most services into one citizen experience. PayIt employs a code-free approach that enables offices to digitize back office processes and payments within 90 days.

PayIt is modernizing how public agencies serve the public, increasing operation efficiency and improving user experience. This fresh approach to citizen interaction has won PayIt and public sector clients numerous awards – including being named to the GovTech 100 four years in a row, a finalist for the NASCIO State IT Recognition Award, multiple StateScoop awards and several Government Experience Awards on state and local levels.

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