Wink Hartman was taught the value of hard work and instilled with a passion for his home state from an early age. His grandfather started drilling for oil in near Winfield, Kansas in the early 1900’s, with little more than the clothes on his back and a desire to grow a business. Born and raised in Wichita, Wink grew up surrounded by the American dream, working the oil fields, taking his first real job at fourteen.
Wink’s father, Ralph, was adopted in 1925 for $2.50. He met Wink’s mother, Peggy, during a Christmas party while home on leave from the U.S. Cavalry.
Working his way through college at Wichita State University - the first in his family to graduate — Wink took jobs painting houses and working in advertising sales while earning a business degree with a double major in marketing and economics.
While working for Del Monte Foods and Xerox Corporation in the early 1970’s Wink built houses to support a growing family. In 1990 he returned again to the oil business, eventually purchasing Hartman Oil Company from his father.
Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, Hartman Oil consistently ranks as one of the largest oil and gas producers in Kansas. Wink is a recipient of the “Businessman of the Year” award issued annually by the Wichita Business Journal, and in 2009 he was elected into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at Butler Community College.
As a business owner, Wink knows the decisions made by government — the regulations and red tape — have a direct impact on the ability to grow jobs. He currently employs over 550 Kansans as the owner of business operations for oil service, trucking and drilling companies, as well as a bank, two restaurant brands, and Hartman Arena in Park City.
Going above and beyond — like most Kansans — Wink is also very involved in his community, volunteering his time to causes important to him and his family. Wink is a lifetime member of the NRA and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the boards of the Kansas Humane Society, Larksfield Place Health Care, the Wichita Sports Commission, the United States Polo Association, and is the Chairman of Vintage Bank Kansas.
As a father and husband, Wink knows the current direction of our state has a direct impact on families. Wink and his wife Libba have five children, Wink II, Chris, Catherine, Angela and Elizabeth. They also have eight very active grandchildren.
Wink and Libba are proud to call Kansas home, currently residing on a farm outside of Rose Hill where they breed and raise horses.