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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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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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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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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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Greater Topeka Chamber

Go-TopekaMolly Howey, Sr. Vice President 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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Kansas City Aviation Department

KC-Aviation-DeptDavid Long, Deputy 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.

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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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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. 

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Newmark Grubb Zimmer

Zimmer_sponsorshipMark Long, President and CEO

Newmark Grubb 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 Grubb 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 Grubb 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.

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Siggins Warehouse Design Consultants

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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. 

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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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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.

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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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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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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.
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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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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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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.

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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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