KC SMARTPORT INVESTORS


LEADERSHIP LEVEL

Bartlett & West

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Joe Caldwell, CEO

With KC area offices in Lee's Summit and St. Joseph, Missouri, plus Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan, Kansas, Bartlett & West's rich mix of professional, technical, administrative and support staff provide comprehensive professional solutions to government agencies, municipalities, private industry and individual clients. 

Bartlett & West takes a more-rounded view in creating value for their clients. With a portfolio of professional solutions-from engineering to landscape architecture, from GIS to information management, from field services to sustainable development-their people bring a 360 degree perspective to their clients' challenges.

Learn more about Bartlett & West.

BNSF Railway

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Cary Hutchings, Director, Corporate Real Estate

Burlington Northern Santa Fe, formed by the merger of four primary railroads in March 1970 and headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas, has been a member of KC SmartPort since early 2002. 

They currently operate one of the largest railroad networks in North America with 32,500 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian Provinces. BNSF is among the world’s top transporters of intermodal traffic hauling over 3.5 million intermodal containers per year. 

Learn more about BNSF.

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC)

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Coby W Bullard, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales

CPKC is the combination of two historic railways – Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS). CPKC has created the first and only transnational rail network in North America. Drawing on its strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across its 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. 

As the first and only rail network connecting a continent, CPKC provides innovative transportation services to move goods to key markets across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Learn more about Canadian Pacific Kansas City.

CRB

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Jason RobertsonVice President, Food + Beverage

CRB is a leading global provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the food and beverage and life sciences industries. Across 21 offices in North America and Europe, the company's nearly 1,800 employees provide world-class, technically preeminent solutions that drive success and positive change for clients and communities.

Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS)

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Eric Mann, Business Development Manager

Founded in 1972,Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) is a 100% employee-owned heavy civil construction company, specializing in excavation, grading, underground utilities, bridge construction, asphalt and concrete paving, and pavement preservation.

Express Employment Professionals

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Greg Sulentic, Franchise Developer

In Kansas City, Express Employment Professionals has an unmatched community presence with 7 franchised staffing offices located in Downtown KCMO, Brookside, North Kansas City, Eastern Jackson County, Olathe/Overland Park, Shawnee, and Lawrence. This complete market coverage provides outstanding recruiting reach and servicing capability, allowing clients and partners optimum access to the workforce in every part of the Metro. 

Express Employment Professionals KC is part of a $4.5 billion international staffing company with over 880 franchise-owned locations globally. Founded in 1983, Express has grown to rank as one of the largest privately-owned staffing companies in the world and currently puts over 600,000 people to work annually.

Learn more about Express Employment Professionals.

Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone

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Chris Gutierrez, President

Kansas City ranks first in the country in Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) space, featuring several general purpose FTZ sites totaling more than 10,000 acres of space for storage and/or processing. The trade zones are under the authority of Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. Kansas City was the first inland area to be granted the right to operate a FTZ and the first administered by a private, not-for-profit corporation. 

The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. works to promote the benefits of a foreign trade zone and how it increases companies’ profits.

Learn more about the Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone.

IMA Financial Group

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Bobby Vickers, Vice President

IMA Financial Group is an independent broker defining the future of insurance through comprehensive and consultative risk and wealth management services. A majority employee-owned and managed company, its 2,300-plus associates in offices across the country are empowered by a shared mission to manage risk, protect assets and make a difference.

Johnson County Airport Commission

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Bryan Johnson, Executive Director

New Century AirCenter is a multimodal national airport offering aviation and non-aviation development opportunities strategically located in southwest Kansas City. We are an aerospace and technology focused community of partners and industry leaders.

Kansas City Area Development Council

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Tim Cowden, President & CEO

KCADC is a private, nonprofit organization. As the metro's umbrella economic development organization, KCADC's role in area-wide business attraction is to: Promote the area as a business location of choice to national and international firms; Position the area competitively against other major metros to ensure that the KC Area is a final contender for top projects; Equally represent all communities within the metro; Help companies from outside the region find the location best suited to their needs. Facilitate final negotiations between the company and selected community. 

Since its inception in 1976, KCADC and its partners have directly assisted more than 500 companies and organizations in selecting the Kansas City Area as a site for new and expanding facilities. These firms have created more than 52,000 direct and support jobs and have utilized nearly 21 million sq. ft. of space.

Learn more about KCADC.

Kansas Department of Transportation

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Michael Moriarty, Chief of Transportation Planning

Whether by highway, rail or air, Kansas offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Because we are centrally located, and because we have focused on building and maintaining an outstanding multimodal infrastructure, it is easier and cheaper to ship to and from Kansas. We are home to numerous production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers that have found shipping raw materials and finished goods is more profitable when you are located in the nation’s heartland.

KDOT’s current transportation funding Program, the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program or IKE, is the fourth consecutive major transportation program and was passed by the Kansas Legislature with strong bipartisan support in March 2020. Like its predecessors, IKE is a 10-year program that addresses highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, short-line rail and bike/pedestrian needs across Kansas. The program and associated projects are focused on making roads safer, supporting economic growth and creating more options and resources for Kansans and their communities.

Learn more about KDOT.

KPI Solutions

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Jim Kuecker, Chief Commercial Officer

KPI Solutions optimizes warehousing and distribution by providing customized end-to-end services that include supply chain consulting, network strategy, engineered facility design, automated material handling systems integration, robotics, intelligent warehouse software, and lifetime services..

Olsson

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Trent Dansel, Business Consultant

Olsson excels in delivering timely due diligence, entitlement, and design of: sites, public infrastructure, private infrastructure, and mission critical processes. Our robust firm is comprised of capable, nimble, solution-minded employee-owners, who understand the importance of frequent and responsive communication.


OWN

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Sterling Cramer, Chief Operating Officer

OWN, Inc. is an engineering firm that unleashes the power of true, 100% employee ownership. The firm traces its roots back to 1954, originally founded as the Tri-Lakes Concrete Company. In 2023, it changed its name from Anderson Engineering, Inc. to OWN, Inc. to be more reflective of the team and the mindset that makes them go. While the name may be new, the links to the past have led the firm to what it is today: a community of talented employee-owners driven by mutual success. 

The firm proudly serves the private development and public infrastructure markets with core offerings of civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying and field services. Licensed in more than 40 states, OWN, Inc.’s talented team helps shape the built environment across the country from offices in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Florida. No matter the project or scope, OWN, In. clients enjoy problem solving and service that goes beyond the expected.

Learn more about OWN.

Port KC

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Richard Grenville, Vice President, Multimodal Logistics

Port KC serves as a public redevelopment organization for the purpose of generating new capital investment for both private venture and public infrastructure in order to produce new job opportunities, and increased tax base, and for the overall economic vitality of Kansas City. 

At the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, renamed “49 Crossing” Port KC has pad ready parcels for facilities of any size. In addition, Port KC has 480,000 sq. ft. of light industrial adjacent to a sophisticated Kansas City Southern rail hub making this the most significant and exciting industrial park development in the region.  

Port KC is dedicated to waterborne Missouri River commerce and trade. The Port of Kansas City – Woodswether Terminal reopened in the summer of 2015. Located in the “West Bottoms” the terminal consists of nine acres of inside and outside storage with access to the Union Pacific rail line. The Port terminal provides companies access to efficient Transloading of bulk and breakbulk cargo giving substantial cost savings to shippers.  

Learn more about Port KC.

R/S Electric

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Reid 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. 

Learn more about R/S Electric.

Ryan Companies

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Brandon Brensing, Vice President, Real Estate Development

At Ryan Companies, we believe in the value of the buildings we design, develop, manage and construct. Not just for their dollar value, but the value they bring to the people who use them and the communities that surround them. For more than 80 years, this belief has driven us to take a holistic approach to every project, focusing first on the “why” behind a client’s needs so we can achieve a better outcome in the end. And because we plan, design, build and own buildings, we have a profound understanding of the intricate balance between beauty, function and long-term value.

We know that a commercial real estate project is a long-lasting endeavor, both for our clients and the communities in which they operate. Being a part of this work is not something we take lightly. It is our responsibility to go beyond simply fulfilling a request. We bring our expertise and passion to create buildings that will add value to the people who encounter them, from clients to building patrons to the community.

As a national leader in commercial real estate, we know that our clients are as unique as their projects. 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

Storage Solutions

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Eric McDonald, Chief Customer Officer

Storage Solutions Inc. (SSI), an intralogistics solution provider, is comprised of a team of automation design experts who collaborate and partner with distribution or fulfillment operations throughout North America and worldwide.

TranSystems Corporation

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Cheryl Ball, Senior Freight and Maritime Planner

TranSystems brings innovative consulting, engineering and architectural solutions to solve the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges. We are dedicated to enhancing and improving the movement of goods and people by creating an integrated transportation system around nine key market sectors – freight rail, passenger rail and transit, states and municipalities, aviation, manufacturing and distribution, ports and maritime, trucking, energy and communications, and the federal government.

Learn more about TranSystems.

Wiese USA

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Greg Topjon, Director of Sales

Wiese is fully dedicated to keeping your business moving forward, no matter what it takes. Our customers benefit from the most cost-effective products and services regardless of their industry or business size. As our customer, you have access to a wide range of material handling equipment from top brands like Caterpillar, Jungheinrich, and Mitsubishi. With the largest inventory of material handling equipment in the country, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources to meet your individual needs. Wiese will help you solve your most complex challenges no matter what It takes. Every single time.

In addition, MMCI Automation, a Wiese Family company, provides expertise and experience in design, integration, robotics, controls, and software for material handling automation.

Together, Wiese and MMCI Automation can integrate world-class material handling equipment, controls, and packaging machinery to deliver automation solutions that improve performance and increase productivity for companies.

Learn more about Wiese USA.

PARTNER LEVEL

Alpha-Omega Geotech

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Dave Flessner, Director of Business Development

Alpha-Omega Geotech is a seasoned geotechnical engineering group with decades of forensic subsurface experience in Kansas and Missouri.

The company operates one of the oldest and most acclaimed soil and concrete testing laboratories in the Kansas City region. Alpha-Omega Geotech has spent decades sifting through soil and rock materials in and around Kansas City and that historical subsurface knowledge often allows the company to jump-start projects because it knows what builders are up against.

Alpha-Omega Geotech tests results provide insights needed to make critical decisions with fewer risks, and their lab manager is a long-time trusted leader among top area architects and developers.

Learn more about Alpha-Omega Geotech.

AMBROSE

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Matt Ambrose, President & CEO

Ambrose is a third generation owned company, founded in 1977. Headquartered in the Kansas City metro area, Ambrose is an equipment and systems integrator in the industrial manufacturing space.

For nearly 45 years, Ambrose has delivered high-quality, manufacturing materials, reliable packaging equipment and unique turnkey automated solutions. The company serves some of the largest manufacturers in industries spanning food, beverage, agricultural, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial goods. With its commitment to customer service, coupled with unmatched technical and post-sale support, Ambrose continues to bring the latest in innovative solutions to companies.

Learn more about AMBROSE

ARCO National Construction - Kansas City

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Mark Johnson, Director of Business Development

ARCO National Construction - Kansas City is a leading construction company that provides clients with best-in-class design-build solutions regardless of project complexity or scale. Our professional, qualified team of engineers, project managers, superintendents, and architects are capable of designing and building the most demanding projects locally or nationwide.

 

AREA Real Estate Advisors

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Tim Schaffer, 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.

Learn more about AREA Real Estate Advisors.

 

Aspen Funds

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Aspen Funds is an Inc. 5000 fund manager, managing over $500 million in assets across multiple asset classes with a current emphasis on industrial and energy. Aspen provides alternative investment funds for high-net worth individuals and institutional investors.

Block Real Estate Services

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Michael Block, CPM, Principal

Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES) is a full-service commercial real estate company managing over 45 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. Affiliate Block Multifamily Group manages 9,500+ multifamily units for equity partnerships and third-party owners. BRES’s portfolio of services continues its role as the most comprehensive commercial real estate firm in Kansas City, providing brokerage services, tenant representation, investment services, asset and property management, economic incentives consultation, financial services, construction and development services, and the Block Funds.

Learn more about Block Real Estate Services.

BMS Logistics

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Bart Bond, National Sales and Marketing 

BMS Logistics and RitePack, sister companies, specialize in comprehensive warehousing and contract packaging/manufacturing solutions. From repackaging of product to club store displays and registered film bundling, to custom blending of powders, granulars, and liquids, we deliver tailored services to meet diverse manufacturing needs with precision and efficiency.

CBRE

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Mike Mitchelson, Senior Vice President

With more than 105,000 professionals in over 100 countries, CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investment.

CBRE’s Kansas City office provides local and regional clients the full spectrum of services and insights offered by our global platform. Serving both investors and occupiers throughout the region for more than 30 years, CBRE Kansas City delivers the most comprehensive local service offering with the broadest geographic reach. Our industry-leading team, coupled with CBRE's global resources, is equipped to provide best-in-class services to every client.

Learn more about CBRE.

Colliers

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Ben Boyd, 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.

Learn more about Colliers.

Conveyor Solutions

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Karley (Kucera) Felz, Applications Engineer

Conveyor Solutions is a turnkey systems integrator for material handling solutions including storage innovations, software integration, picking strategies, and conveyor systems. Our group of companies optimize efficiency and productivity with automated systems and supply chain solutions.


Cushman & Wakefield

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Jack Goldsborough, Director

Cushman & Wakefield is a full service commercial real estate firm with 52,000 employees in over 400 offices. Cushman & Wakefield is a Kansas City market leader for industrial real estate with a team of six experts with a combined 100 years’ experience.

Eide Bailly

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Eide Bailly is the number one accounting & advisory firm offering energy efficiency and renewable credits and deductions services. Our team includes professional engineers, energy modelers, and HERS raters, all in-house, to help you maximize energy efficiency incentives.

Evergy, Inc.

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Jason Klindt, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Economic Development

Evergy delivers clean, safe, reliable energy to 1.7 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. We call the communities we serve home and are invested in their future.

First Interstate Bank

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First Interstate is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana, delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. With more than 300 offices in 14 states, First Interstate is dedicated to helping these diverse communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions while supporting communities through business development and philanthropy.

A recognized leader in community banking services, First Interstate is driven by strong values as well as a commitment to delivering a rewarding experience to its employees, strong returns to shareholders, exceptional products and services to its clients, and resources to the communities it serves.

To learn more about First Interstate and the unique products and services offered, please visit firstinterstatebank.com.

Fischer Weiler Industrial (FWI)

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Andrew Fischer, Partner

FWI is a full-service industrial real estate brokerage firm specializing in buying, selling or leasing industrial and outdoor storage properties throughout the country.

Flint Development

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Devin 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. Flint has over 75 years of combined experience and a proven track record of projects in over 35 markets throughout the country.

Hillwood/Kansas Speedway Corporation

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Gregory Scovitch, Senior Vice President, Development

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.

For more information visit Hillwood.com.

    Hunt Midwest

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    Mike Bell, Senior Vice President

    Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Its industrial offerings are varied; from available land, state-of-the-art new construction, climate-controlled underground capacity and everything in between. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.

    Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt.

    Learn more about Hunt Midwest.

    Kansas City Aviation Department

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    Pete Fullerton, Deputy Director of Aviation – Commercial Properties & Development

    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.

    KBS Constructors

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    LS Commercial Real Estate

    LS_LogoPaul Licausi, President

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

    Learn more about LSCR.

    McCownGordon Construction

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    Jeff Roy, Vice President Manufacturing/Industrial

    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.

    Learn more at mccowngordon.com.

    Mid-America Regional Council

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    Ronald 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

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    Curt Samson, Head of Growth
    Monarch Inventory Services: We solve inventory problems. Responsive. Reliable. Fast.  

    Inventory is more than items on a shelf or numbers on a spreadsheet. In today’s supply chain, inventory is complex and constantly changing. It can be challenging to keep up when you’re also focused on the day-to-day operations. This is where Monarch Inventory Services can help. With over 35 years of experience, we have assisted many companies reach their inventory goals.

    We use a variety of diagnostic and analytic modules that allow us to create a solution that will look different for each customer.  Every customer operates differently and our solutions are tailored to the way they conduct business.  Our technology allows us to adapt to you, not the other way around. 

    Here at Monarch, we understand your time is valuable. We are committed to helping you see your inventory clearly.  Don’t waste more of your precious time worrying about your inventory. Don’t wait, “Be Counted” today!

    Learn more about Monarch Inventory Services

    Musselman & Hall

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    Tim Moulis, Business Development
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    NAI Heartland

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    Brent Peterson, Partner

    Founded in 1987 and an affiliate of NAI Global, the largest worldwide network of owner-operated, market-leading commercial real estate providers, NAI Heartland is recognized as a respected and consistently successful producer in the Kansas City commercial real estate marketplace.

    Newmark Zimmer

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    Mark 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 500 transactions per year. The firm currently manages more than 14 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.

    Platform Ventures

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    Mark Smid, Vice President

    Platform Ventures is a holding company, which through certain subsidiaries, invests in real estate assets, real estate operating companies, and real estate technologies.  Whether investing in real estate assets or operating companies, the Platform Ventures team knows how to uncover value and deliver returns. 

    Born and raised in Kansas City, co-founders, partners, and brothers, Ryan & Terry Anderson, started investing in real estate with a loan in college and have since led Platform Ventures to become a growing real estate investment firm with over $2.5B assets under management. Being entrepreneurs themselves, they believe real estate is inherently an entrepreneurial endeavor. 

    The growing team members surrounding them have varied backgrounds and expertise in real estate investments, technology, investor relations, tax strategies, and more.

    Learn more about Platform Ventures.

    Riekes Equipment

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    Jeff Bublitz, Vice President of Operations

    Riekes plays an important role in finding innovative solutions for warehouses, manufacturers, and distribution centers who focus on efficiency, productivity and safety. Founded in 1936, Riekes Equipment is a leader in material handling equipment, parts, service and other warehouse products.

    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 and speculative development 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.

    Learn more about Scannell Properties

    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. 

    Learn more about Siggins, www.siggins.com

    The Opus Group

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    Joe Downs, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Through our unrivaled, one-team, comprehensive approach to development, design and construction, we have delivered millions of square feet of meaningful spaces with enduring value.

    Union Pacific

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    Benjamin 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.

    Learn more about Union Pacific.

    UPS

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    Andy Kyser, Marketing Manager

    Operating in more than 220 countries and territories, UPS is committed to moving our world forward by delivering what matters. Beginning as a small messenger service started by enterprising teenagers and a $100 loan, UPS and its more than 500,000 UPSers around the globe are a transportation and logistics leader, offering innovative solutions to customers, big and small. UPS understands and appreciates its responsibility to help build safer, stronger and more resilient communities founded on justice and economic opportunity for all, supported by a healthy, sustainable global environment.

    Learn more about UPS.

    VanTrust Real Estate

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    VanTrust Real Estate, LLC is a full-service real estate development company. VanTrust primarily develops for the Van Tuyl family, select partnerships and clients seeking fee-based development services. Offering a full spectrum of real estate services, VanTrust’s expertise includes acquisition, development, asset management, design and construction oversight, and consultation. VanTrust adapts its role to achieve each project’s goals and objectives. Specializing in a variety of product types, VanTrust has extensive experience developing office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, institutional, governmental, hospitality, and recreational projects. VanTrust works nationally with regional offices in Columbus, Dallas, Phoenix, and Jacksonville with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. 

    Learn more about VanTrust Real Estate.

        

    Wagner Logistics

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    Joe Oliaro, VP of Sales and Chief Real Estate Officer

    Wagner is your supply chain partner, not just another provider. Wagner is ready to walk you through the quoting process, provide you a detailed timeline to start, maintain visibility during each step in the implementation, and schedule reviews and check in meetings.

    Learn more about Wagner Logistics.

    Watco Companies

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    Curtis Frazier, SVP Real Estate & Industrial Development

    Watco is a single-source transportation and supply chain services company with locations throughout North America and Australia. We own and operate a diverse and unmatched network of short line railroads, terminals, ports, and repair terminals.

    WorkForge

    Workforge_LogoNathan Walts, Executive General Manager

    WorkForge offers a comprehensive learning and development solution from hire to retire. Our robust content library and custom content capabilities help learners focus on more than just compliance, prioritizing competency development to address critical issues like an aging workforce, skills shortages, and technological advancements.

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    Aerotek

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    Jake Sorenson, Director, Business Operations

    Our People Are Everything™. For more than 40 years, Aerotek® Inc. has built a reputation for providing the highest-quality staffing and workforce management solutions. With over 250 North American offices, we partner with more than 13,000 clients and 200,000 contract employees every year.


    Al J. Mueller

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    Brett Hausman, President
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    Amazon

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    Jason Vangalis, Manager, Economic Development 
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    BlueScope Properties Group

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    Matt Roth, President
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    Burns & McDonnell

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    Eric Buer, Real Estate Development Director
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    City of Belton

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    Carolyn Yatsook, Economic Development Director
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    City of Gardner

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    Steve Shute, Council Vice President
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    City of Liberty

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    Brandon Smith, Economic and Business Development Manager
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    City of Raymore

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    David Gress, Director of Development Services
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    CTW Logistics

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    Nick Nelson, President & CEO 
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    Distribution by Air

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    Amanda Davenport, Vice President
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    Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri

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    Steven Anthony, Executive Director of Business Development 

    EDCKC administers and implements Kansas City Missouri’s economic development strategy, and focuses on: business retention and attraction, real estate development and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to shape a vibrant, thriving future for Kansas City and its residents.


    ElevateEdgerton!

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    James Oltman, President
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    FINKLE + WILLIAMS Architecture

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    Greg Finkle, President
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    First Citizens Bank

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    Kevin Vanderweide, Senior Vice President
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    Franklin County Economic Development Council

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    Paul Bean, Executive Director
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    GEODIS

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    Tim Lanter, Regional Vice President
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    Grundfos

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    Courtney Tripp, Sr. Manager Sustainability & Strategy

    Grundfos is committed to pioneering solutions to solve the world’s water and climate challenges. A leading pump and water solutions company, Grundfos provides energy and water-efficient solutions for an array of applications for water utilities, industries, and buildings.

    HDR

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    Jacqueline Foy, Principal
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    JLL

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    Phil Algrim, Executive Vice President, National Director
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    Kessinger Hunter

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    Pat McGannon, Managing Broker 
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    Kiewit

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    Sam Schumacher, Business Development
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    Laufer Group International

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    Bryan Martsching, Director of Business Development
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    LHH Recruitment Solutions

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    Travis Lewis, VP of Technology and Marketing for US
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    Meridian Business

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    Doug Borcherding, Partner

    Meridian is a consulting firm specializing in helping clients maximize value from their technology investments. We resell, implement, and support the NetSuite portfolio of cloud solutions. No solution resolves all business needs, so we maintain relationships with complementary solutions to fulfill needs beyond your core system, delivering value, repeatable processes, and long-term support options to our customers.

    Meritex

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    Mark Roseman, Regional Manager
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    Metro Park Warehouses, Inc.

    Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Company

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    Joe LaMothe, President
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    Nabholz Construction

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    Jeff Gattis, President Midwest Region
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    Norfolk Southern

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    Joe Torp, Industrial Development Manager
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    North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO)

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    Tiffany Melvin, President
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    Olathe Chamber of Commerce

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    Tim McKee, CEO

    The Olathe Chamber is a member-based organization that’s the voice of business that advances the economic well-being and quality of life in Olathe. The Chamber also houses the Olathe Economic Development Council for business retention and recruitment and the Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote Olathe as a destination.

    PARIC

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    Brian Jones, Project Executive

    PARIC Corporation is a diversified construction firm with a focus on serving industrial clients within the manufacturing, distribution, mission critical, and food & beverage markets. Our reputation of exceeding client expectations has made us a trusted partner providing turnkey construction services

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    Redstone Logistics

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    Jim Ritchie, President & CEO

    RedStone Logistics is a unique third-party logistics provider specializing in improving supply chain efficiencies. Founded by logistics industry veterans with over 100 years of combined experience, RedStone has expertise in improving supply chain efficiencies for organizations of all sizes and industries.

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    Mark Coulter, Attorney
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    Russell

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    Sherrie Balmer, Director of Business Development

    Russell is a growing Kansas City construction company. With decades of experience, or local KC Team is focused on preconstruction and general contracting services within the Industrial and Tenant Improvement sectors. For us, this isn’t just a job. It’s about fulfilling our mission – Building great people, relationships, and communities!

    Scarbrough Global

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    Adam Hill, President & Chief Operating Officer
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    Schmuhl Brothers Inc.

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    Ryan Schmuhl, Owner

    Schmuhl Brothers Inc is a premier asset carrier based in Kansas City.  Our services include; drayage, customs bonded and storage yard, warehousing, transloading solutions of all types, along with a fleet dedicated to van and refrigerated services coast to coast.


    Sunflower Bank

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    Billy Weiland, Regional President

    Sunflower Bank delivers large bank solutions with the relationship focus of a community bank. With $7.7 billion in assets as of September 30, 2023, Sunflower Bank provides a full range of services to meet business, personal and wealth management financial objectives.

    Superior Bowen

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    Brian Johanning, Vice President of Business Development

    Superior Bowen is a heavy civil construction company with a 75-year legacy. We specialize in services like asphalt paving and production, asphalt additives, materials testing and analysis, site preparation, development planning and earth work.

    Surveying and Mapping, LLC (SAM)

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    Libby Rivers, Business Development Director

    As the nation’s largest Geospatial and Inspection services firm, SAM has pioneered innovative technology to deliver intelligent insights in a holistic Managed Geospatial Services™ framework. SAM’s licensed professionals will guide you through a full lifecycle of infrastructure development and management.

    Trammell Crow Company/Clarion Partners

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    Josh Udelhofen, Senior Vice President
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    TSL Company Holdings

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    Scott Keller, KC Market Sales Representative
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    UHY LLP

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    Gina James, Partner

    UHY is one of the nation’s largest professional services firms providing audit, tax, consulting and advisory services to clients primarily in the dynamic middle market. We are trailblazers who bring our experience from working within numerous industries to our clients so that we can provide them a 360-degree view of their businesses

    VURGE

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    Kevin Kowalik | VP Sales and Strategic Partnerships
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    Whiting-Turner

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    Matt Jones, Project Manager 

    Whiting-Turner provides construction management, general contracting, design-build and integrated project delivery services on projects small and large for a diverse group of customers. We constantly strive to exceed each client’s expectations through innovation, collaboration and best practices.

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    3rd Party Logistics

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    Bart Bond, National Sales and Marketing 

    BMS Logistics and RitePack, sister companies, specialize in comprehensive warehousing and contract packaging/manufacturing solutions. From repackaging of product to club store displays and registered film bundling, to custom blending of powders, granulars, and liquids, we deliver tailored services to meet diverse manufacturing needs with precision and efficiency.

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    Joe Oliaro, VP of Sales and Chief Real Estate Officer

    Wagner is your supply chain partner, not just another provider. Wagner is ready to walk you through the quoting process, provide you a detailed timeline to start, maintain visibility during each step in the implementation, and schedule reviews and check in meetings.

    Learn more about Wagner Logistics.

     

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    Jason Vangalis, Manager, Economic Development 
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    Nick Nelson, President & CEO 
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    Tim Lanter, Regional Vice President
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    Bryan Martsching, Director of Business Development
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    Robert Etchells, CEO
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    Dee Pack, CEO
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    Jim Ritchie, President & CEO

    RedStone Logistics is a unique third-party logistics provider specializing in improving supply chain efficiencies. Founded by logistics industry veterans with over 100 years of combined experience, RedStone has expertise in improving supply chain efficiencies for organizations of all sizes and industries.

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    Adam Hill, President & Chief Operating Officer
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    Architecture – Engineering – Construction

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    Joe Caldwell, CEO

    With KC area offices in Lee's Summit and St. Joseph, Missouri, plus Lawrence, Topeka and Manhattan, Kansas, Bartlett & West's rich mix of professional, technical, administrative and support staff provide comprehensive professional solutions to government agencies, municipalities, private industry and individual clients. 

    Bartlett & West takes a more-rounded view in creating value for their clients. With a portfolio of professional solutions-from engineering to landscape architecture, from GIS to information management, from field services to sustainable development-their people bring a 360 degree perspective to their clients' challenges.

    CRB_LogoJason RobertsonVice President, Food + Beverage

    CRB is a leading global provider of sustainable engineering, architecture, construction, and consulting solutions to the food and beverage and life sciences industries. Across 21 offices in North America and Europe, the company's nearly 1,800 employees provide world-class, technically preeminent solutions that drive success and positive change for clients and communities.

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    Eric Mann, Business Development Manager

    Founded in 1972,Emery Sapp & Sons (ESS) is a 100% employee-owned heavy civil construction company, specializing in excavation, grading, underground utilities, bridge construction, asphalt and concrete paving, and pavement preservation.

     

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    Trent Dansel, Business Consultant

    Olsson excels in delivering timely due diligence, entitlement, and design of: sites, public infrastructure, private infrastructure, and mission critical processes. Our robust firm is comprised of capable, nimble, solution-minded employee-owners, who understand the importance of frequent and responsive communication.

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    Sterling Cramer, Chief Operating Officer

    OWN, Inc. is an engineering firm that unleashes the power of true, 100% employee ownership. The firm traces its roots back to 1954, originally founded as the Tri-Lakes Concrete Company. In 2023, it changed its name from Anderson Engineering, Inc. to OWN, Inc. to be more reflective of the team and the mindset that makes them go. While the name may be new, the links to the past have led the firm to what it is today: a community of talented employee-owners driven by mutual success. 

    The firm proudly serves the private development and public infrastructure markets with core offerings of civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying and field services. Licensed in more than 40 states, OWN, Inc.’s talented team helps shape the built environment across the country from offices in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Florida. No matter the project or scope, OWN, In. clients enjoy problem solving and service that goes beyond the expected.

     

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    Reid 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. 

     

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    Cheryl Ball, Senior Freight and Maritime Planner

    TranSystems brings innovative consulting, engineering and architectural solutions to solve the nation’s transportation infrastructure challenges. We are dedicated to enhancing and improving the movement of goods and people by creating an integrated transportation system around nine key market sectors – freight rail, passenger rail and transit, states and municipalities, aviation, manufacturing and distribution, ports and maritime, trucking, energy and communications, and the federal government.

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    Dave Flessner, Director of Business Development

    Alpha-Omega Geotech is a seasoned geotechnical engineering group with decades of forensic subsurface experience in Kansas and Missouri.

    The company operates one of the oldest and most acclaimed soil and concrete testing laboratories in the Kansas City region. Alpha-Omega Geotech has spent decades sifting through soil and rock materials in and around Kansas City and that historical subsurface knowledge often allows the company to jump-start projects because it knows what builders are up against.

    Alpha-Omega Geotech tests results provide insights needed to make critical decisions with fewer risks, and their lab manager is a long-time trusted leader among top area architects and developers.

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    Mark Johnson, Director of Business Development 

    ARCO National Construction - Kansas City is a leading construction company that provides clients with best-in-class design-build solutions regardless of project complexity or scale. Our professional, qualified team of engineers, project managers, superintendents, and architects are capable of designing and building the most demanding projects locally or nationwide.

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    Jeff Roy, Vice President Manufacturing/Industrial

    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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    Tim Moulis, Business Development
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    Brett Hausman, President
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    Eric Buer, Real Estate Development Director
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    Greg Finkle, President
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    Courtney Tripp, Sr. Manager Sustainability & Strategy

    Grundfos is committed to pioneering solutions to solve the world’s water and climate challenges. A leading pump and water solutions company, Grundfos provides energy and water-efficient solutions for an array of applications for water utilities, industries, and buildings.

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    Jacqueline Foy, Principal
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    Sam Schumacher, Business Development
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    Jeff Gattis, President Midwest Region
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    Brian Jones, Project Executive

    PARIC Corporation is a diversified construction firm with a focus on serving industrial clients within the manufacturing, distribution, mission critical, and food & beverage markets. Our reputation of exceeding client expectations has made us a trusted partner providing turnkey construction services 

     

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    Sherrie Balmer, Director of Business Development

    Russell is a growing Kansas City construction company. With decades of experience, or local KC Team is focused on preconstruction and general contracting services within the Industrial and Tenant Improvement sectors. For us, this isn’t just a job. It’s about fulfilling our mission – Building great people, relationships, and communities!

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    Libby Rivers, Business Development Director

    As the nation’s largest Geospatial and Inspection services firm, SAM has pioneered innovative technology to deliver intelligent insights in a holistic Managed Geospatial Services™ framework. SAM’s licensed professionals will guide you through a full lifecycle of infrastructure development and management.

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    Brian Johanning, Vice President of Business Development

    Superior Bowen is a heavy civil construction company with a 75-year legacy. We specialize in services like asphalt paving and production, asphalt additives, materials testing and analysis, site preparation, development planning and earth work.

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    Matt Jones, Project Manager 

    Whiting-Turner provides construction management, general contracting, design-build and integrated project delivery services on projects small and large for a diverse group of customers. We constantly strive to exceed each client’s expectations through innovation, collaboration and best practices.

    Automation – Material Handling – Industrial Equipment

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    Jim Kuecker, Chief Commercial Officer

    KPI Solutions optimizes warehousing and distribution by providing customized end-to-end services that include supply chain consulting, network strategy, engineered facility design, automated material handling systems integration, robotics, intelligent warehouse software, and lifetime services.

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    Eric McDonald, Chief Customer Officer

    Storage Solutions Inc. (SSI), an intralogistics solution provider, is comprised of a team of automation design experts who collaborate and partner with distribution or fulfillment operations throughout North America and worldwide.

     

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    Greg Topjon, Director of Sales

    Wiese is fully dedicated to keeping your business moving forward, no matter what it takes. Our customers benefit from the most cost-effective products and services regardless of their industry or business size. As our customer, you have access to a wide range of material handling equipment from top brands like Caterpillar, Jungheinrich, and Mitsubishi. With the largest inventory of material handling equipment in the country, you’ll have access to a wide range of resources to meet your individual needs. Wiese will help you solve your most complex challenges no matter what It takes. Every single time.

    In addition, MMCI Automation, a Wiese Family company, provides expertise and experience in design, integration, robotics, controls, and software for material handling automation.

    Together, Wiese and MMCI Automation can integrate world-class material handling equipment, controls, and packaging machinery to deliver automation solutions that improve performance and increase productivity for companies.

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    Matt Ambrose, President & CEO

    Ambrose is a third generation owned company, founded in 1977. Headquartered in the Kansas City metro area, Ambrose is an equipment and systems integrator in the industrial manufacturing space.

    For nearly 45 years, Ambrose has delivered high-quality, manufacturing materials, reliable packaging equipment and unique turnkey automated solutions. The company serves some of the largest manufacturers in industries spanning food, beverage, agricultural, pharmaceutical, personal care, and industrial goods. With its commitment to customer service, coupled with unmatched technical and post-sale support, Ambrose continues to bring the latest in innovative solutions to companies.

    ConveyorSolutions_LogoKarley (Kucera) Felz, Applications Engineer

    Conveyor Solutions is a turnkey systems integrator for material handling solutions including storage innovations, software integration, picking strategies, and conveyor systems. Our group of companies optimize efficiency and productivity with automated systems and supply chain solutions.

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    Jeff Bublitz, Vice President of Operations

    Riekes plays an important role in finding innovative solutions for warehouses, manufacturers, and distribution centers who focus on efficiency, productivity and safety. Founded in 1936, Riekes Equipment is a leader in material handling equipment, parts, service and other warehouse products.

     

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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. 

    Community Partners

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    Bryan Johnson, Executive Director

    New Century AirCenter is a multimodal national airport offering aviation and non-aviation development opportunities strategically located in southwest Kansas City. We are an aerospace and technology focused community of partners and industry leaders.

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    Tim Cowden, President & CEO

    KCADC is a private, nonprofit organization. As the metro's umbrella economic development organization, KCADC's role in area-wide business attraction is to: Promote the area as a business location of choice to national and international firms; Position the area competitively against other major metros to ensure that the KC Area is a final contender for top projects; Equally represent all communities within the metro; Help companies from outside the region find the location best suited to their needs. Facilitate final negotiations between the company and selected community. 

    Since its inception in 1976, KCADC and its partners have directly assisted more than 500 companies and organizations in selecting the Kansas City Area as a site for new and expanding facilities. These firms have created more than 52,000 direct and support jobs and have utilized nearly 21 million sq. ft. of space.

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    Michael Moriarty, Chief of Transportation Planning

    Whether by highway, rail or air, KDOT offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Because we are centrally located, and because we have focused on building and maintaining an outstanding multimodal infrastructure, it is easier and cheaper to ship to and from Kansas. We are home to numerous production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers that have found shipping raw materials and finished goods is more profitable when you are located in the nation’s heartland.

    KDOT’s current transportation funding Program, the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program or IKE, is the fourth consecutive major transportation program and was passed by the Kansas Legislature with strong bipartisan support in March 2020. Like its predecessors, IKE is a 10-year program that addresses highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, short-line rail and bike/pedestrian needs across Kansas. The program and associated projects are focused on making roads safer, supporting economic growth and creating more options and resources for Kansans and their communities.

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    Richard Grenville, Vice President, Multimodal Logistics

    Port KC serves as a public redevelopment organization for the purpose of generating new capital investment for both private venture and public infrastructure in order to produce new job opportunities, and increased tax base, and for the overall economic vitality of Kansas City. 

    At the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, renamed “49 Crossing” Port KC has pad ready parcels for facilities of any size. In addition, Port KC has 480,000 sq. ft. of light industrial adjacent to a sophisticated Kansas City Southern rail hub making this the most significant and exciting industrial park development in the region.  

    Port KC is dedicated to waterborne Missouri River commerce and trade. The Port of Kansas City – Woodswether Terminal reopened in the summer of 2015. Located in the “West Bottoms” the terminal consists of nine acres of inside and outside storage with access to the Union Pacific rail line. The Port terminal provides companies access to efficient Transloading of bulk and breakbulk cargo giving substantial cost savings to shippers.  

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    Jason Klindt, Senior Director of Government Affairs and Economic Development

    Evergy delivers clean, safe, reliable energy to 1.7 million customers in Kansas and Missouri. We call the communities we serve home and are invested in their future.

     

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    Pete Fullerton, Deputy Director of Aviation – Commercial Properties & Development

    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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    Ronald 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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    Carolyn Yatsook, Economic Development Director
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    Steve Shute, Council Vice President
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    Brandon Smith, Economic and Business Development Manager
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    David Gress, Director of Development Services
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    Steven Anthony, Executive Director of Business Development 

    EDCKC administers and implements Kansas City Missouri’s economic development strategy, and focuses on: business retention and attraction, real estate development and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to shape a vibrant, thriving future for Kansas City and its residents.

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    James Oltman, President
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    Paul Bean, Executive Director
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    Tiffany Melvin, President
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    Tim McKee, CEO

    The Olathe Chamber is a member-based organization that’s the voice of business that advances the economic well-being and quality of life in Olathe. The Chamber also houses the Olathe Economic Development Council for business retention and recruitment and the Olathe Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote Olathe as a destination.

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    Melissa Miller, Director
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    Professional Services

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    Chris Gutierrez, President

    Kansas City ranks first in the country in Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) space, featuring several general purpose FTZ sites totaling more than 10,000 acres of space for storage and/or processing. The trade zones are under the authority of Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone. Kansas City was the first inland area to be granted the right to operate a FTZ and the first administered by a private, not-for-profit corporation. 

    The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. works to promote the benefits of a foreign trade zone and how it increases companies’ profits.

     

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    Bobby Vickers, Vice President

    IMA Financial Group is an independent broker defining the future of insurance through comprehensive and consultative risk and wealth management services. A majority employee-owned and managed company, its 2,300-plus associates in offices across the country are empowered by a shared mission to manage risk, protect assets and make a difference.

    AspenFunds_LogoDan Schulte, Chief Operating Officer

    Aspen Funds is an Inc. 5000 fund manager, managing over $500 million in assets across multiple asset classes with a current emphasis on industrial and energy. Aspen provides alternative investment funds for high-net worth individuals and institutional investors.
     

    EideBailly_LogoAustin Eden, Manager, Energy Credits & Incentives

    Eide Bailly is the number one accounting & advisory firm offering energy efficiency and renewable credits and deductions services. Our team includes professional engineers, energy modelers, and HERS raters, all in-house, to help you maximize energy efficiency incentives.
     

    FirstInterstateBank_LogoDoug Gaumer, Market President

    First Interstate is a community bank headquartered in Billings, Montana, delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services across Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. With more than 300 offices in 14 states, First Interstate is dedicated to helping these diverse communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions while supporting communities through business development and philanthropy.

    A recognized leader in community banking services, First Interstate is driven by strong values as well as a commitment to delivering a rewarding experience to its employees, strong returns to shareholders, exceptional products and services to its clients, and resources to the communities it serves.

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    Curt Samson, Head of Growth
    Monarch Inventory Services: We solve inventory problems. Responsive. Reliable. Fast.  

    Inventory is more than items on a shelf or numbers on a spreadsheet. In today’s supply chain, inventory is complex and constantly changing. It can be challenging to keep up when you’re also focused on the day-to-day operations. This is where Monarch Inventory Services can help. With over 35 years of experience, we have assisted many companies reach their inventory goals.

    We use a variety of diagnostic and analytic modules that allow us to create a solution that will look different for each customer.  Every customer operates differently and our solutions are tailored to the way they conduct business.  Our technology allows us to adapt to you, not the other way around. 

    Here at Monarch, we understand your time is valuable. We are committed to helping you see your inventory clearly.  Don’t waste more of your precious time worrying about your inventory. Don’t wait, “Be Counted” today!

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    Kevin Vanderweide, Senior Vice President
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    Doug Borcherding, Partner

    Meridian is a consulting firm specializing in helping clients maximize value from their technology investments. We resell, implement, and support the NetSuite portfolio of cloud solutions. No solution resolves all business needs, so we maintain relationships with complementary solutions to fulfill needs beyond your core system, delivering value, repeatable processes, and long-term support options to our customers.

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    Mark Coulter, Attorney
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    Billy Weiland, Regional President

    Sunflower Bank delivers large bank solutions with the relationship focus of a community bank. With $7.7 billion in assets as of September 30, 2023, Sunflower Bank provides a full range of services to meet business, personal and wealth management financial objectives.

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    Gina James, Partner

    UHY is one of the nation’s largest professional services firms providing audit, tax, consulting and advisory services to clients primarily in the dynamic middle market. We are trailblazers who bring our experience from working within numerous industries to our clients so that we can provide them a 360-degree view of their businesses

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    Kevin Kowalik | VP Sales and Strategic Partnerships
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    Real Estate and Development

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    Brandon Brensing, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    At Ryan Companies, we believe in the value of the buildings we design, develop, manage and construct. Not just for their dollar value, but the value they bring to the people who use them and the communities that surround them. For more than 80 years, this belief has driven us to take a holistic approach to every project, focusing first on the “why” behind a client’s needs so we can achieve a better outcome in the end. And because we plan, design, build and own buildings, we have a profound understanding of the intricate balance between beauty, function and long-term value.

    We know that a commercial real estate project is a long-lasting endeavor, both for our clients and the communities in which they operate. Being a part of this work is not something we take lightly. It is our responsibility to go beyond simply fulfilling a request. We bring our expertise and passion to create buildings that will add value to the people who encounter them, from clients to building patrons to the community.

    As a national leader in commercial real estate, we know that our clients are as unique as their projects. 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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    Tim Schaffer, 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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    Michael Block, CPM, Principal

    Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES) is a full-service commercial real estate company managing over 45 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. Affiliate Block Multifamily Group manages 9,500+ multifamily units for equity partnerships and third-party owners. BRES’s portfolio of services continues its role as the most comprehensive commercial real estate firm in Kansas City, providing brokerage services, tenant representation, investment services, asset and property management, economic incentives consultation, financial services, construction and development services, and the Block Funds.

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    Mike Mitchelson, Senior Vice President

    With more than 105,000 professionals in over 100 countries, CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investment.

    CBRE’s Kansas City office provides local and regional clients the full spectrum of services and insights offered by our global platform. Serving both investors and occupiers throughout the region for more than 30 years, CBRE Kansas City delivers the most comprehensive local service offering with the broadest geographic reach. Our industry-leading team, coupled with CBRE's global resources, is equipped to provide best-in-class services to every client.

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    Ben Boyd, 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.

    Cushman&Wakefield_LogoJack Goldsborough, Director

    Cushman & Wakefield is a full service commercial real estate firm with 52,000 employees in over 400 offices. Cushman & Wakefield is a Kansas City market leader for industrial real estate with a team of six experts with a combined 100 years’ experience.

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    Andrew Fischer, Partner

    FWI is a full-service industrial real estate brokerage firm specializing in buying, selling or leasing industrial and outdoor storage properties throughout the country.

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    Devin 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. Flint has over 75 years of combined experience and a proven track record of projects in over 35 markets throughout the country.

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    Gregory Scovitch, Senior Vice President, Development

    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.

    For more information visit Hillwood.com.

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      Mike Bell, Senior Vice President

      Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Its industrial offerings are varied; from available land, state-of-the-art new construction, climate-controlled underground capacity and everything in between. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.

      Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt.

      LS_LogoPaul 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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      Brent Peterson, Partner

      Founded in 1987 and an affiliate of NAI Global, the largest worldwide network of owner-operated, market-leading commercial real estate providers, NAI Heartland is recognized as a respected and consistently successful producer in the Kansas City commercial real estate marketplace.

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      Mark 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 500 transactions per year. The firm currently manages more than 14 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.

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      Mark Smid, Vice President

      Platform Ventures is a holding company, which through certain subsidiaries, invests in real estate assets, real estate operating companies, and real estate technologies.  Whether investing in real estate assets or operating companies, the Platform Ventures team knows how to uncover value and deliver returns. 

      Born and raised in Kansas City, co-founders, partners, and brothers, Ryan & Terry Anderson, started investing in real estate with a loan in college and have since led Platform Ventures to become a growing real estate investment firm with over $2.5B assets under management. Being entrepreneurs themselves, they believe real estate is inherently an entrepreneurial endeavor. 

      The growing team members surrounding them have varied backgrounds and expertise in real estate investments, technology, investor relations, tax strategies, and more.

      Scannell_LogoCam Duff, Director of Development

      Scannell Properties is a privately owned real estate development and investment company, focusing on build-to-suit and speculative development 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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      Joe Downs, Vice President, Real Estate Development

      The Opus Group® is a family of commercial real estate development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Through our unrivaled, one-team, comprehensive approach to developmentdesign and construction, we have delivered millions of square feet of meaningful spaces with enduring value.

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      VanTrust Real Estate, LLC is a full-service real estate development company. VanTrust primarily develops for the Van Tuyl family, select partnerships and clients seeking fee-based development services. Offering a full spectrum of real estate services, VanTrust’s expertise includes acquisition, development, asset management, design and construction oversight, and consultation. VanTrust adapts its role to achieve each project’s goals and objectives. Specializing in a variety of product types, VanTrust has extensive experience developing office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, institutional, governmental, hospitality, and recreational projects. VanTrust works nationally with regional offices in Columbus, Dallas, Phoenix, and Jacksonville with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. 

         

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      Matt Roth, President
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      Phil Algrim, Executive Vice President, National Director
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      Pat McGannon, Managing Broker 
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      Mark Roseman, Regional Manager
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      Joe LaMothe, President
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      Josh Udelhofen, Senior Vice President
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      Staffing and Workforce Solutions

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      Greg Sulentic, Franchise Developer

      In Kansas City, Express Employment Professionals has an unmatched community presence with 7 franchised staffing offices located in Downtown KCMO, Brookside, North Kansas City, Eastern Jackson County, Olathe/Overland Park, Shawnee, and Lawrence. This complete market coverage provides outstanding recruiting reach and servicing capability, allowing clients and partners optimum access to the workforce in every part of the Metro. 

      Express Employment Professionals KC is part of a $4.5 billion international staffing company with over 880 franchise-owned locations globally. Founded in 1983, Express has grown to rank as one of the largest privately-owned staffing companies in the world and currently puts over 600,000 people to work annually.

       

      Workforge_LogoNathan Walts, Executive General Manager

      WorkForge offers a comprehensive learning and development solution from hire to retire. Our robust content library and custom content capabilities help learners focus on more than just compliance, prioritizing competency development to address critical issues like an aging workforce, skills shortages, and technological advancements.

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      Jake Sorenson, Director, Business Operations

      Our People Are Everything™. For more than 40 years, Aerotek® Inc. has built a reputation for providing the highest-quality staffing and workforce management solutions. With over 250 North American offices, we partner with more than 13,000 clients and 200,000 contract employees every year.

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      Travis Lewis, VP of Technology and Marketing for US
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      Transportation

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      Cary Hutchings, Director, Corporate Real Estate

      Burlington Northern Santa Fe, formed by the merger of four primary railroads in March 1970 and headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas, has been a member of KC SmartPort since early 2002. 

      They currently operate one of the largest railroad networks in North America with 32,500 route miles covering 28 states and two Canadian Provinces. BNSF is among the world’s top transporters of intermodal traffic hauling over 3.5 million intermodal containers per year. 

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      Coby W Bullard, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales

      Canadian Pacific Kansas City is the combination of two historic railways – Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS). CPKC has created the first and only transnational rail network in North America. Drawing on its strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across its 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. 

      As the first and only rail network connecting a continent, CPKC provides innovative transportation services to move goods to key markets across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

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      Benjamin 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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      Andy Kyser, Marketing Manager

      Operating in more than 220 countries and territories, UPS is committed to moving our world forward by delivering what matters. Beginning as a small messenger service started by enterprising teenagers and a $100 loan, UPS and its more than 500,000 UPSers around the globe are a transportation and logistics leader, offering innovative solutions to customers, big and small. UPS understands and appreciates its responsibility to help build safer, stronger and more resilient communities founded on justice and economic opportunity for all, supported by a healthy, sustainable global environment.

      Watco_LogoCurtis Frazier, SVP Real Estate & Industrial Development

      Watco is a single-source transportation and supply chain services company with locations throughout North America and Australia. We own and operate a diverse and unmatched network of short line railroads, terminals, ports, and repair terminals.

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      Amanda Davenport, Vice President
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      Joe Torp, Industrial Development Manager
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      Ryan Schmuhl, Owner

      Schmuhl Brothers Inc is a premier asset carrier based in Kansas City.  Our services include; drayage, customs bonded and storage yard, warehousing, transloading solutions of all types, along with a fleet dedicated to van and refrigerated services coast to coast.

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      Scott Keller, KC Market Sales Representative
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      Contact us to learn about engagement opportunities with KC SmartPort.