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ARCO National Construction - KC

arcoSam Stahnke, Vice President

ARCO National Construction - KC, Inc. is a premier, full service design/build general contractor with over 25 years experience providing clients with complete project delivery throughout the United States. Our professional, qualified team of engineers, project managers, superintendents and architects are capable of designing and building the most demanding projects anywhere in the country. We pride ourselves in offering the best, most cost effective, single source, turnkey solutions and adding value to every project.

Having constructed more than 4,000 projects in more than 48 states and Canada, we have developed a wealth of knowledge and industry specific expertise to provide innovative design, creative solutions and uncompromising quality. More than 75% of ARCO’s annual revenue comes from repeat clients. We attribute this to the excellence of our staff, our ability to fully comprehend project scope and our steadfast dedication to safety, quality, value and schedule.

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AREA Real Estate Advisors

AREA-Typed-Logo_600pxTom Kennedy, Vice President

Established in 2002 by entrepreneurs, AREA Real Estate Advisors is the leading independent commercial real estate firm in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As a full-service real estate company, AREA specializes in office, retail, industrial and multi-family brokerage, as well as property management, project management and consulting. AREA offers a platform that is tailored specifically for each client and assignment. We look at every transaction individually and from a business owner’s perspective. Our senior leadership is active on every account, pulling together partners and customizing the best solution to meet our clients’ needs.

AREA Real Estate Advisors has both regional and national expertise, and strong ongoing relationships. For more than a decade, AREA has represented not only hundreds of clients locally, but also facilitated corporate relocations, both regionally and nationally. We have worked on the behalf of our clients to negotiate incentives, analyze financials and metrics, plus site selection. We apply a nimble, team approach while providing the highest level of service.

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Beyond Warehousing

BeyondWarehousingJeff Havelka, CEO

Beyond Warehousing is a public warehouse at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas, less than one mile from the BNSF intermodal ramp. The company’s leadership team has over 35 years of combined experience at Amazon and over 60 years of industry experience in supply chain management with regional and national companies. As a subsidiary of NorthPoint Development, Beyond Warehousing combines warehousing and logistics expertise with the backing and reach of a national leader in real estate development. This combination enables unique scaling opportunities.

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Block Real Estate Services

Block-Real-EstateMichael Block, Principal

Block Real Estate Services, LLC is one of the Midwest's largest full-service commercial real estate companies, offering complete solutions for brokerage and investment, tenant representation, property management, distressed property services, construction services and financial services.

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BMS Logistics

BMSLogoBart Bond, National Sales and Marketing 

BMS Logistics, Inc. is a full service warehousing, packaging and distribution company headquartered in St. Joseph, MO. Over the past 30 years, their business has grown from one building to their current 13 buildings, encompassing more than 2.5 million square feet throughout Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Pennsylvania. Services include contract packaging, building product displays such as pallet displays and PDQs, order fulfillment, kitting, warehousing and distribution. 

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Colliers-logoDoug Hedrick, Vice President

Colliers is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 65 countries, more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

Colliers Kansas City is a full-service commercial real estate firm serving the Kansas City metropolitan area and Douglas County. Its employees and real estate advisors offer services such as agency brokerage, development, construction, tenant representation, investment brokerage, accounting, receivership, asset management, property management, project management, research and marketing. Colliers Kansas City serves clients across a broad range of property types including office, industrial, retail, mixed-use, land, multifamily and healthcare.

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Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & WakefieldJoseph S. Accurso, Executive Director

Cushman & Wakefield is a global leader in commercial real estate services, helping clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenues of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (branded C&W Services), global occupier services, investment management (branded DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory. 

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Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS)

EssLogoRGBfordigitalEric Mann, Business Development Manager

Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) is a 100% employee-owned company passionate about delivering complex heavy civil projects. Since our founding as a one-man operation in 1972, ESS has grown into a national team of more than 1,400 employee-owners with expertise in all aspects of infrastructure including: excavation, grading, underground utilities, bridge construction, and asphalt and concrete paving.

ESS is a super-regional contractor with offices and material plants strategically located across the region. With industry-leading technology and one of the largest fleets of heavy equipment in the country, ESS is capable of providing turn-key civil construction services for large, fast-track and complex civil projects. Partnering with clients in both the private and public sectors, ESS is proud to deliver hundreds of projects each year for Departments of Transportation, private developers, federal government agencies, local municipalities, railway companies, and the United States military.

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Evergy, Inc.

Evergy LogoJohn Engelmann, Manager, Economic Development 

Evergy is committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable sources of energy today and well into the future. So we’re embracing alternative energy sources to generate more power with less impact to our environment, and adopting new technologies that let our customers manage their energy use in ways that work for them. Whether it’s new ways to connect with us, electric vehicle charging stations, or the next innovation around the corner, we’re dedicated to empowering a better future.

Evergy, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and Westar Energy, Inc, provides clean, safe and reliable energy to 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. By combining KCP&L and Westar Energy, Inc., in 2018, a leading energy company was created that provides value to shareholders and a stronger company for customers.

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Express Employment Professionals

Express EmploymentGreg Sulentic, Franchise Developer 

Express Employment Professionals is a $3.1 billion international staffing company with over 780 franchise-owned locations in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa. Founded in Oklahoma City in 1983, Express has grown to rank as one of the largest, privately-owned staffing companies in the world and currently puts over 510,000 people to work annually. 

In the Kansas City Metro there are seven franchised offices located in Downtown KCMO, Brookside, North Kansas City, Eastern Jackson County, Olathe, Overland Park, and Shawnee. This market coverage provides outstanding recruiting reach and servicing capability, allowing each franchise optimum access to the workforce in their community. 

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Flint Development

Flint Development 2Devin Schuster, Founding Partner

Flint Development is a commercial real estate development firm based in Kansas City, specializing in industrial, multi-family and senior living development throughout the country. Flint has over 50 years of combined experience and a proven history in development projects that realize successful returns for partners and make positive impacts in communities.

Services span the full development process from initial procurement of the opportunity to evaluating stabilized financial performance. Flint facilitates managing the whole design and construction process including working with engineers, architects, contractors and municipalities. The team has experience developing industrial, multi-family, independent living, regional and neighborhood retail centers, hospitality venues, office, medical and governmental projects.

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Go Topeka

Go-TopekaMolly Howey, President of Economic Development

Located on the Oregon Trail, Topeka, Kansas, has long been recognized as a corridor not only to the West, but also to the entire continental United States. The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce has capitalized on this advantage by attracting distribution and light industrial companies to the city. 

The Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce represents the entire community, with more than 2,100 members from business and industry, private associations, civic organizations, social service agencies, education, government, and individuals dedicated to developing a business climate where companies can grow and prosper. GO Topeka, the nonprofit, subsidiary organization to the Chamber dedicated to economic development, is also a member of the Kansas City Area Development Council.

The Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority operates Forbes Field and the Philip Billard Airport in Topeka as well as the 450 acre Topeka Air Industrial Park located at Forbes Field. The Industrial Park, which has 120 tenants, includes a Foreign Trade Zone and offers both existing facilities and excellent greenfield opportunities.

Centrally located in the continental United States, the Park has ready access to the federal interstate network and is within a few miles of I-70, I-470, and the Kansas Turnpike. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad runs adjacent to the Park, and Forbes Field offers excellent air service. The Topeka Air Industrial Park also has a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, first-rate utility access, 24-hour police and fire protection, on-site management, and excellent incentives, including perpetual property tax abatement. In short, the Park is a perfect location for your new facility.

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Hillwood/Kansas Speedway Corporation

KS Speedway-Hillwood LogoGregory Scovitch, Vice President

Founded by Ross Perot, Jr. in 1988, Hillwood is a leading, privately-held real estate development firm with a proven history of delivering long-term results for customers, partners and investors in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe. Hillwood has developed or acquired more than 205.3 million sq. ft. of industrial property across 24 states and five countries for over 575 tenants. 

In Kansas City, Hillwood is partnering with the Kansas Speedway Corporation to develop Speedway Commerce Center, a multi-phase business park offering flexibility for prospective tenants with a variety of size options available to suit. This strategic location offers tenants easy access to Union Pacific and BNSF intermodals via I-70 and an abundant labor pool. Its goal is to create jobs and increase wealth within the community.

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    Kansas City Aviation Department

    KC-Aviation-DeptPete Fullerton, Assistant Director

    The Kansas City Aviation Department owns and operates Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The Aviation Department's mission is to provide outstanding airport services in a safe and cost-effective manner for the benefit of citizens, visitors, airlines and customers.

    The department is an enterprise fund department of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation or maintenance of the airports in the system.

    Learn more about the KC Aviation Department.

    LS Commercial Real Estate

    LS-Commercial-Real-EstatePaul Licausi, President

    LS Commercial Real Estate is a full service Commercial Real Estate Brokerage, Management and Development Company based in Overland Park, Kansas.

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    McCownGordon Construction

    McCowenGordon-logoJeffrey Roy, Vice President – Manufacturing

    McCownGordon Construction was founded on a simple premise: focusing on core values of integrity, relationships and performance creates a different kind of construction company. Today, the firm is recognized as one of the region’s largest construction managers with offices in Missouri and Kansas. Specializing in construction management, design-build, sustainable construction and general contracting, the firm is committed to collaborative partnerships.

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    Mid-America Regional Council

    MARCRon Achelpohl, Director of Transportation

    The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) provides a forum for connections essential to creative problem solving and opportunity sharing. MARC is a nonprofit association of city and county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for the bistate Kansas City region. Governed by a board of local elected officials, MARC serves nine counties and 119 cities. Through MARC, the region works together to advance social, economic and environmental progress. 

    Learn more about Mid-America Regional Council

    Monarch Inventory Services

    smallMonarchInventoryServicesMark Stenberg, President

    With over 30 years of experience, Monarch Inventory Services specializes in services for new warehouse build-outs during the ramp-up phase. Whether you are consolidating multiple regional warehouses into a large centralized warehouse or simply building out a new warehouse to better cover a growing market, starting up a new DC can be a daunting task. Two very important aspects of any DC or warehouse operation are the customer and inventory.  Monarch offers technology and process capabilities that are designed specifically to protect these two.  During ramp-up, while pickers are still learning, we capture, identify, and systematically fix inventory discrepancies in outbound shipping to ensure accuracy of the order, and we bring with us our proprietary mobile app, Monarch CTQ, which wirelessly captures valuable operational metrics for use in staff coaching. Monarch offers support for cycle counting, inbound audits, and put-away audits. Monarch provides more than just inventory services—we provide stability and peace of mind.

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    Newmark Zimmer

    Newmark-Zimmer-Large-blk-rgbMark Long, President and CEO

    Newmark Zimmer, a full-service commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City, provides a range of services including sales and leasing, property and facilities management, global corporate services, owner’s representative services for public and private development projects, and public sector consulting, as well as various real estate consulting services.
    Newmark Zimmer is regularly recognized as one of the top brokerage firms in the region, negotiating more than 450 transactions per year. The firm currently manages more than 7.8 million square feet of office, medical, industrial, retail and educational property and serves as corporate real estate advisor for an assortment of local, regional, national and international companies.
    Newmark Zimmer has been responsible for some of the most iconic developments in the Midwest region including the NNSA National Security Campus, Sprint World Headquarters Campus and the Village West tourism, entertainment and retail district — each valued at $1 billion or more.

    Learn more about Newmark Zimmer.

    Opus Development Company, L.L.C.

    Opus-LogoJoe Downs, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    Opus Development Company works to fully understand all aspects of clients real estate development needs. From site evaluation to navigating city approvals to securing financing, the Opus team of experienced real estate developers is involved from project inception to completion.

    Opus provides a deep level of experience in all real estate development disciplines across multiple sectors – industrial, office, residential, student living, senior living, retail and healthcare healthcare, residential, office, institutional, industrial and retail.

    As an integrated company, Opus can handle complicated land transactions, secure financial partners and overcome design and construction challenges. In-house experts work as one team to identify the right solutions for its clients' business needs.

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    R/S Electric Corp

    rse_electric5-2016Reid Schultz, President

    R/S Electric is a long-standing, family-owned business, with a history dating back to 1911. With service centers in Kansas City, St. Joseph, Topeka, Sedalia and Omaha, R/S Electric employs more than 250 in the region, and continues to grow. R/S is a full-service electrical contractor providing reliable, quality electrical construction work performed to the highest safety standards. R/S Electric’s installation and design/build expertise is exceeded only by the commitment to serve and deliver by partnering, high performance teaming and integrated project delivery with clients. 

    R/S Electric’s services include:

    • Electric Installation and Maintenance Services
    • Automation, Controls and Integration Capabilities
    • Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Capabilities
    • Low Voltage Services
    • Safety

    Industries services include industrial/manufacturing, food and consumables, feed and grain, commercial, education, water treatment, chemical, animal health, bio-pharma, bio-tech and healthcare.

    R/S Electric also has a Utility Services Group, which encompasses expertise in distribution systems, transmission maintenance, substations, storm restoration, traffic signals, high mast lighting and alternative energy projects.

    Learn more about R/S Electric Corp

    Ryan Companies

    Ryan2Brad Schoenfelder, President, Midwest Region

    At Ryan Companies, we believe the value of the buildings we design, develop, finance, manage and construct is about more than dollars and cents – it’s also about the value they bring to the people who use them and the communities that surround them. That’s why we focus first on the “why” so we can give life to your vision and achieve the best possible outcome. 

    We believe it is critical to align interests and invest heavily in our partners and client relationships. Whether it’s our valued broker relationships and commissions, our excellent sub-contractor and A&E partners, or the $300M of equity we place in our projects, the $2B of projects we perform every year, we strive to move quickly, efficiently, and make the process seamless for our customers, clients, partners, and public officials.
    As a national leader in commercial real estate services, we know that our customers are as unique as their projects. That’s why, day after day, we’re driven to uncover their stories. To be inspired by what inspires them. To bring the right people to the table so we can collaborate on a deeper, more engaging level. 
    Together, we build something far more profound than the physical presence of a building. We build the backdrops to life’s stories.
    Learn more about Ryan Companies

    Scannell Properties

    scannell-logoCam Duff, Director of Development

    Scannell Properties is a privately owned real estate development and investment company, focusing on build-to-suit projects throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Scannell Properties offers experienced leadership, a history of successful commercial development projects, and a hard-won reputation for tuning in to the particular needs of our customers. The company serves corporate and institutional clients with the need for designing, building and leasing new facilities in one or multiple markets. Scannell Properties' knowledge, expertise, flexibility and resourcefulness enable the company to consistently deliver quality service and a superior product to its clients.

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    Siggins Warehouse Design Consultants

    Siggins Logo HQ

    Chris Siebenmorgen, Regional Manager

    Headquartered in Kansas City, Siggins is a Warehouse Design/Build material-handling systems integrator with 75 years’ experience specializing in complete Distribution Center design and implementation within the four walls.  

    A strategic analysis of your receiving, storage, picking and shipping operation leads our Design/Build/Retrofit and implementation teams to recommend alternative solutions to properly apply hardware and software to meet your goals.  We are well trained to maximize the use of all cubic space. Siggins also specializes in DC relocations.

    Whether a new facility or remodel of an existing operation, the efficiencies gained through best practices will result in increased storage capacity, and increased picking/shipping  rates with fewer people. 

    Learn more about Siggins,

    Union Pacific

    2002_shieldBenjamin Jones, Senior Director - Public Affairs

    Union Pacific Corporation is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is North America's premier railroad franchise, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

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    ups_gold-logoAndy Kyser, Marketing Manager

    Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a multi-billion-dollar corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today, UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

    Learn more about UPS.

    VanTrust Real Estate

    F_VanTrustLogoGrant Harrison, Manager, Development

    VanTrust Real Estate, LLC is a full-service real estate development company with a regional focus and national scope. VanTrust is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri with regional offices in Columbus, Dallas, Houston and Phoenix. The company creates real estate assets for both internal portfolio holdings as well as disposition opportunities. VanTrust offers a full spectrum of real estate services including acquisition, development, asset management, construction management and consulting. Product types include office, industrial, multifamily, retail, institutional, governmental, hospitality and recreational.

    Learn more about VanTrust Real Estate.

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