Susan Brandes
President and CEO
Great Plains Ventures Inc.

Susayn (Peer) Brandes is the President and CEO of Great Plains Ventures Inc., a holding company in Wichita, KS, founded by her father, Charles Peer, 50 years ago. The company remains privately held. GPV has holdings that include manufacturing companies: Great Plains Industries, Aerospace Systems and Components and PowderTech, LLC. Additionally, GPV has holdings in commercial real estate, including the Aloft hotel and Chisholm Lakes Apartments. Susayn’s brother, Marque Peer, is the VP of Development for GPV real estate. GPV’s consolidated sales for FYE 3-31-2020 were in excess of $90M. Corporate wide, GPV and subsidiaries employ over 300 employees. The bulk of her career has been with GPV companies with stints at Boeing and as a pharmaceutical representative woven in.

Susayn is a lifelong Wichita resident and a graduate of Wichita State University. She paid for her college education by working and saving, graduating from WSU debt free. Susayn currently serves on the board of directors of the Wichita State University Foundation and the regional board for the Thrivent Member Network. She has served on several non-profit boards over the years. Two of her favorites are The Wichita Children’s Home and Envision.

She is the proud parent of three adult children: Joshua Brandes, Myndy Brandes and Nathan Brandes who all call Wichita home. Susayn has a fierce love of glitter and enjoys playing ball with her border collie, Pandi in her spare time. Her most prestigious role is Grammy.