KC SMARTPORT INVESTORS


LEADERSHIP LEVEL

Bartlett & West

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Joe Caldwell, CEO

With a portfolio of professional solutions - from engineering, landscape architecture, GIS and  information management, to field services and sustainable development, the team at Bartlett & West’s five Kansas City region offices provide comprehensive professional solutions to government agencies, municipalities, private industry and individual clients.

BNSF Railway

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Cary Hutchings, Director, Corporate Real Estate

BNSF was formed by the merger of four primary railroads in March 1970 and maintains a strong presence in the Kansas City region. BNSF currently operates 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. 

 

Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC)

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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 provides innovative transportation services across its 20,000-mile network to move goods to key markets across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

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

Express Employment Professionals has an unmatched community presence, with 7 franchised staffing offices located in the Kansas City region. 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.

Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone

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Chris Gutierrez, President

The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. is the regional grantee of the U.S. FTZ program that sponsors both Zone 15, covering 23 counties in western Missouri, and Zone 17, covering 9 counties eastern Kansas. The business-friendly environment and large coverage area enables a streamlined FTZ approval process for manufacturing and distribution operations in the KC market.

 

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 

The Kansas City Area Development Council is an economic development organization serving the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area. We work closely with our state, county, community and corporate business partners to attract new businesses and talent to our region.

Kansas Department of Transportation

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Michael Moriarty, Chief of Transportation Planning

Whether by highway, rail or air, the Kansas Department of Transportation offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Because of the state’s central location and outstanding multimodal infrastructure, KDOT has helped make it easier and cheaper to ship to and from Kansas. KDOT’s current transportation funding Program, the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program addresses highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, short-line rail and bike/pedestrian needs across Kansas.

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. (formerly Anderson Engineering) is an engineering firm that unleashes the power of true, 100% employee ownership. OWN's Kansas City team proudly serves the private development and public infrastructure markets with core offerings of civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying and field services.

 

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. 

R/S Electric

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Reid Schultz, President

R/S Electric is a long-standing family-owned business, with deep roots in Kansas City and the surrounding area. R/S is a full-service electrical contractor providing reliable, quality electrical and technology installation services including power, lighting, automation & controls, low voltage and technology systems (such as security, access control and structured cabling) for commercial and industrial facilities, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, water treatment, and higher education campuses. 

Ryan Companies

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Brandon Brensing, Vice President, Real Estate Development

Ryan Companies, a national leader in commercial real estate, adopts a holistic approach to every project, focusing first on the “why” behind a client’s needs to achieve the best outcome. Ryan Companies plans, designs, builds and owns buildings, and possesses a profound understanding of the intricate balance between beauty, function and long-term value.

 

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 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.

Wiese USA

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Greg Topjon, Director of Sales

Wiese is dedicated to keeping your business moving forward, no matter what it takes. Customers benefit from the most cost-effective products and services regardless of their industry or business size. With the largest inventory of material handling equipment in the country, Wiese provides 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 may take.

 

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 region. Alpha-Omega Geotech’s historical subsurface knowledge allows the company to jump-start projects by providing insights needed to make critical decisions with fewer risks.

 

AMBROSE

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Matt Ambrose, President & CEO

Ambrose is an equipment and systems integrator in the industrial manufacturing space headquartered in the Kansas City area. For nearly 45 years, Ambrose has delivered high-quality, manufacturing materials, reliable packaging equipment and unique turnkey automated solutions and serves some of the largest manufacturers in industries in the region. 

 

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

AREA Real Estate Investors is the leading independent commercial real estate firm in the Kansas City region. 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 and has facilitated corporate relocations, both regionally and nationally. 

 

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 is a full-service commercial real estate company managing over 45 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. 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.

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.

Brinkmann Constructors

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Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor and creative leader in many market segments, including industrial, senior living, multifamily, and student housing. We share a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save our clients time and money throughout the construction process.

CBRE

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Mike Mitchelson, Executive Vice President

CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investment, providing local and regional clients the full spectrum of services and insights offered by its 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. 

Colliers

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Ben Boyd, Vice President

Colliers is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company providing expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors. Colliers’ full-service commercial real estate firm 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 across a range of property types.

 

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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Doug Gaumer, Market President

First Interstate Bank is a community bank delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services to the Kansas City region and beyond. First Interstate is dedicated to helping communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions while supporting communities through business development and philanthropy.

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

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. and internationally. In Kansas City, Hillwood is partnering with the Kansas Speedway Corporation to develop Speedway Commerce Center, a multi-phase business park offering easy access to rail lines, interstate infrastructure and flexibility for prospective tenants with a variety of size options available to suit. 

 

    Hunt Midwest

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    Mike Bell, Senior Vice President

    Hunt Midwest, one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, 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. 

    Kansas City Aviation Department

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

    Kansas City Aviation Department is the proud steward of Kansas City’s air travel, providing exceptional airport services to travelers and aircraft operators alike through two unique airports, MCI and MKC. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) provides a safe and modern experience rooted in Kansas City hospitality. We help connect you to the people and places that matter most in life. As a full-service gateway for specialty travelers, Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) provides top-level amenities and aviation services at a key point along the journey.

    KBS Constructors

    KBS_LogoRob Cunningham, Vice President

    KBS Constructors is a full-service general contractor, emphasizing core values of Integrity, Caring, Excellence, and Teamwork. KBS Constructors trains their craftsmen through a state-certified apprenticeship program, and self-performs work to add value to client projects. Whether it's a new ground-up facility, historic renovation, remodel, or addition, KBS Constructors brings 'Knowledge Beyond Structures' to ensure projects are done right the first time. Their services include Preconstruction, Design/Build, and Construction Manager at Risk options, making KBS a comprehensive choice for all your commercial / industrial construction needs.

    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. LSCR provides professional real estate services to a wide range of International, National and Regional Companies.

    McCownGordon Construction

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    Jeff Roy, Senior Vice President of National Manufacturing

    McCown Gordon Construction delivers turnkey design and construction solutions for the manufacturing and industrial markets. We prioritize efficiency, maximizing your ROI and getting you to market faster. From site selection to startup, we streamline operations, ensuring success at every step.

    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.

    Monarch Inventory Services

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    Curt Samson, Head of Growth

    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. Monarch uses a variety of diagnostic and analytic modules that allow us to create a solution that is uniquely tailored for each customer.  

     

    Musselman & Hall

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    Tim Moulis, Business Development

    Musselman & Hall Contractors, LLC values providing Kansas City with expert solutions in railroad construction, structural concrete and flatwork, decorative concrete, and asphalt pavement. We stand by the high-quality work we perform in each and every project. Honesty and integrity are at the core of our beliefs when it comes to both our business decisions and our employees’ quality of work.

    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 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.

    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. 

    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

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    Cam 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.

    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,improve efficiency and increase storage capacity.

    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.

    UPS

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    Andy Kyser, Marketing Manager

    Operating in more than 220 countries and territories, UPS and its more than 500,000 UPSers around the globe are a transportation and logistics leader, offering innovative solutions to customers to deliver what matters.. 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.

     

    VanTrust Real Estate

    VanTrust_LogoGrant Harrison, Executive Vice President

    VanTrust Real Estate, LLC is a full-service real estate development company with extensive experience developing office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, and science + technology projects. Offering a full spectrum of real estate services, VanTrust’s expertise includes acquisition, development, asset enhancement, design/construction oversight, and consultation. VanTrust has a regional focus, national scope and adapts its role to achieve each project’s goals and objectives.   

    Wagner Logistics

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    Joe Oliaro, VP of Sales and Chief Real Estate Officer

    Wagner Logistics is your dedicated and multi-client supply chain, warehousing & logistics partner; offering comprehensive support from quote to go-live. Wagner is known for transparency in pricing, realistic timelines and creative solutions for contract warehousing needs. Wagner’s US operations serve a wide array of manufacturers across industry sectors.

    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.

    INVESTOR LEVEL

    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

    Al J. Mueller Construction Company is a premier design-build general contractor with a strong emphasis in the construction of significant commercial projects. Since 1974, the firm has provided unparalleled construction services to the icon organizations of Northwest Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

    Amazon

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    Jason Vangalis, Manager, Economic Development

    Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and a cloud service provider that offers a wide range of products and services.

    BlueScope Properties Group

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    Matt Roth, President

    BlueScope Properties Group provides commercial real estate development throughout North America, and with our connection to BlueScope Buildings’ Builder Network of over 2,000 contractors, we can build teams with the right local knowledge and expertise. The builders we partner with understand local building codes and provide the right products and services for your facility needs.

    Burns & McDonnell

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    Eric Buer, Real Estate Development Director

    Burns & McDonnell designs and builds the tangible and intangible, everything you see (and don’t see) that helps our cities thrive. We’ve worked relentlessly to make our clients and our communities successful since 1898, because we know safe, essential infrastructure is the foundation of a flourishing society.

    City of Belton

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    Mike Ekey, Assistant City Manager

    The City of Belton is at the crossroads to everywhere. Located just south of the Heart of Kansas City, our logistics/industrial business community has unprecedented access to rail and interstate highways to quickly move products or materials anywhere in North America. Our mission is to build on our thriving community by partnering with our businesses, regardless of size, to provide the tools and support that make us all successful.

    City of Gardner

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    Steve Shute, Council Vice President

    Gardner, Kansas, is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, one of the most flourishing counties in the nation. Gardner, while known as a small town, has become one of the fastest growing cities in Kansas and offers affordable living and tremendous amenities.

    City of Liberty

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    Brandon Smith, Economic and Business Development Manager

    The City of Liberty is rich in history and offers an exceptional quality of life for its residents. Liberty is formed by strong neighborhoods and maintains an active historic downtown square. Residents enjoy quality community services and amenities, including an outstanding parks system and a well maintained infrastructure network.

    City of Raymore

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    David Gress, Director of Development Services

    Business retention, expansion and attraction are the focal point of Raymore's Economic Development Department. Our team leverages all available services and resources to help your business succeed and ensure Raymore remains a place that businesses are proud to call home.

     

    CTW Logistics

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    Nick Nelson, President & CEO 

    CTW is a full-service logistics company with more than 155,000 square feet of rail-served warehouse space in Kansas City, MO. CTW has deep experience in food storage, dry storage, transload, intermodal, cross-dock, and nationwide freight transport. 

    Distribution by Air

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    Amanda Davenport, Vice President

    For over 30 years, DBA has specialized in transporting unique and difficult shipments anywhere in the world. Our seasoned experience has evolved us into a proven leader in the efficient and timely movement of domestic and international cargo. Today, we continue to provide custom-tailored services that give our customers full visibility into their shipping and logistics transactions.

    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

    Elevate!Edgerton is the genesis of a proud and spirited community ideally positioned to welcome residential, retail, commercial and industrial growth. With the components necessary to grow Edgerton as a total community already in place, ElevateEdgerton! is eager to attract and enable development befitting of Midwestern values and with mutual expectations for long-term viability.

    FINKLE + WILLIAMS Architecture

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    Greg Finkle, President

    FINKLE + WILLIAMS Architecture  was founded in 1998 and is located in Lenexa, Kansas. We are an employee-owned group of architects and designers from various backgrounds and mindsets. Our extensive portfolio includes corporate, industrial, entertainment, mixed-use, military and master planning work for public, private and municipal clients throughout the United States and abroad.

    First Citizens Bank

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    Kevin Vanderweide, Senior Vice President

    First Citizens Bank is a 3rd generation, family-owned bank with over $200 Billion in assets that offers an array of general banking services including a network of more than 500 branches and offices in 30 states; commercial banking expertise delivering best-in-class lending, leasing and other financial services coast to coast.  They have maintained a presence in Kansas City since 2008 with locations in both Kansas and Missouri.  

    Franklin County Economic Development Council

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    Paul Bean, Executive Director

    With one of the most affordable business climates in the region, dedication towards Workforce Development and easy access to global connectivity, Franklin County offers all the ingredients for sustained success no matter the industry.

    GEODIS

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    Tim Lanter, Regional Vice President
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    New-age technologies that play a role in supply chain transformation range from automation, robotics, and sensors to self-driving technologies, advanced parcel tracking, data analytics, and machine learning and reasoning. GEODISharnesses these technologies to support intelligent decision-making and a more sustainable logistics flow.

    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

    HDR, a 100% employee-owned professional services firm, provides expertise in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services. Our multidisciplinary teams also specialize in transportation, rail, streetcar, water, wastewater, healthcare, sports and airports. Our success in built and natural environments continues as we collaborate to solve our clients’ and communities’ most complex challenges.

    JLL

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    Phil Algrim, Executive Vice President, National Director

    JLL helps buy, build, occupy and invest in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. From tech startups to global firms, our clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology.

    Kessinger Hunter

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    Pat McGannon, Managing Broker 

    At Kessinger Hunter, our competitive edge is our people and their deep-seated commitment to fully understanding each client’s needs and objectives. This commitment has allowed us to maintain our position among Greater Kansas City’s leading commercial real estate firms. But our capabilities also do not stop at Greater Kansas City’s borders. We serve clients nationwide.

    Kiewit

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    Sam Schumacher, Business Development

    Kiewit is a trusted partner for clients and project stakeholders across the world, providing project solutions in a variety of industrial markets including mineral processing, manufacturing, process industries, advanced technologies, industrial water and industrial energy.

    Laufer Group International

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    Bryan Martsching, Director of Business Development

    Laufer Group  International Ltd. provides mid-market shippers the elusive combination of incredible customer intimacy and a powerful technology toolkit – designed to work together to help you compete and win. Laufer helps identify your challenges and opportunities, analyze and plan your strategy, then tailor technology and practical solutions designed to improve your business.

    LHH Recruitment Solutions

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    Travis Lewis, VP of Technology and Marketing for US

    Built on decades of experience, LHH Recruitment Solutions understands that success starts with the right people. Whether you need Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Legal, IT or Engineering talent for a project today, or to guide your company for years to come – our recruitment professionals partner with you to find the highly skilled, pre-qualified specialty talent you need.

    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

    The Meritex Company is a privately held, family-owned real estate investment and management firm focused on acquiring, developing and managing infill industrial properties in nine major markets in the U.S. Meritex owns and manages approximately 11.5 million square feet of institutional grade, multi-tenant space made up of more than 90 properties across nine markets.

     

     

    Metro Park Warehouses, Inc.

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    Robert Etchells, CEO

    MetroPark Warehouses began as a family company in 1970 and still embodies the same spirit: small enough to care, large enough to deliver. We operate five rail-served, food grade facilities in the KC metro area totaling 1,600,000 square feet.

    Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Company

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    Joe LaMothe, President

    Since 1931, Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Company  and its subsidiaries have provided top quality services through our numerous industrial real estate developments, warehousing, and bulk terminal operations. Mid-West Terminal is responsible for developing, owning, and managing over 2.7 million square feet of industrial real estate in the Kansas City area. 

    Nabholz Construction

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    Jeff Gattis, President Midwest Region

    Nabholz is a leading construction-related service provider. In addition to general contracting, we offer professional services which include construction management, design-build, preconstruction services, millwork, equipment rental, excavation, 24/7/365 emergency service, steel erection, remodeling, tenant finish-out, concrete construction, millwright, rigging, heavy-haul trucking, and a full range of environmental services.

    Norfolk Southern

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    Joe Torp, Industrial Development Manager

    Norfolk Southern serves a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Our railroaders deliver more than 7 million carloads each year, from agriculture to consumer goods, and we are the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America.

    North American Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO)

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    Tiffany Melvin, President

    NASCO is the leading organization focused on the competitiveness of the North American supply chain and closing the skilled workforce gap. We are the only tri-national network of the North American governments, business, and educational institutions, driven by a common interest in collaboration along commercial corridors and trade networks.

    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

    Recovery Management Corporation

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    Dee Pack, CEO

    Recovery Management Corporation manages undeliverable and excess goods for major carriers, shippers and distributors. Our 500 employees and new 600,000 square foot facility enable us to turn problem freight into profit, and provide exceptional service for our clients.

    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.

    Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.

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    Mark Coulter, Attorney

    When seasoned lawyers from Kansas and Missouri, dedicated to quality, advocacy, and results, reach across the state line to practice together the end result is Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C. Ranked by U.S. News as among the Best Law Firms in Kansas and Missouri with attorneys holding many honors as distinguished practitioners, we are a leading Kansas City law firm with a national reach.

    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

    Expect more from us. Because we expect more from ourselves. For 40 years, Scarbrough Global has grown its global logistics operation one client and one employee at a time. Whether you need freight brought from China to Chicago, shipments moved within the U.S., product warehoused, fulfillment services or consulting to help save money and make your supply chain more efficient, we can handle it.

    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

    Since 1948, TCC has provided best-in-class development services for real estate investors, owners, and occupiers with a holistic array of services and solutions for nearly every product type. We develop iconic buildings on the most desirable sites in top-tier markets across the United States and Europe.

    TSL Company Holdings

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    Scott Keller, KC Market Sales Representative

    TSL provides a global supply chain solution via our network of offices. We are an integrated, value-added, full-service transportation organization that expertly facilitates shipments worldwide as an NVOCC and freight forwarder with customs brokerage and international documentation services. TSL Companies moves our customers’ shipments worldwide from origin to destination and seamlessly handles all requirements in between.

    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

    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.

    World Trade Center - Kansas City

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    Melissa Miller, Director

    World Trade Center – Kansas City facilitates international trade in the Greater Kansas City region by connecting, educating, and providing services to the regional business community necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

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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 Logistics is your dedicated and multi-client supply chain, warehousing & logistics partner; offering comprehensive support from quote to go-live. Wagner is known for transparency in pricing, realistic timelines and creative solutions for contract warehousing needs. Wagner’s US operations serve a wide array of manufacturers across industry sectors.

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    Jason Vangalis, Manager, Economic Development 

    Amazon Amazon is the world's largest online retailer and a cloud service provider that offers a wide range of products and services.

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    Nick Nelson, President & CEO 

    CTW is a full-service logistics company with more than 155,000 square feet of rail-served warehouse space in Kansas City, MO. CTW has deep experience in food storage, dry storage, transload, intermodal, cross-dock, and nationwide freight transport. 

     

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    Tim Lanter, Regional Vice President

    New-age technologies that play a role in supply chain transformation range from automation, robotics, and sensors to self-driving technologies, advanced parcel tracking, data analytics, and machine learning and reasoning. GEODIS harnesses these technologies to support intelligent decision-making and a more sustainable logistics flow.

     

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    Bryan Martsching, Director of Business Development

    Laufer Group International Ltd. provides mid-market shippers the elusive combination of incredible customer intimacy and a powerful technology toolkit – designed to work together to help you compete and win. Laufer helps identify your challenges and opportunities, analyze and plan your strategy, then tailor technology and practical solutions designed to improve your business.

     

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    Robert Etchells, CEO

    MetroPark Warehouses began as a family company in 1970 and still embodies the same spirit: small enough to care, large enough to deliver. We operate five rail-served, food grade facilities in the KC metro area totaling 1,600,000 square feet.

     

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    Dee Pack, CEO

     

    Recovery Management Corporation manages undeliverable and excess goods for major carriers, shippers and distributors. Our 500 employees and new 600,000 square foot facility enable us to turn problem freight into profit, and provide exceptional service for our clients.

     

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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

    Expect more from us. Because we expect more from ourselves. For 40 years, Scarbrough Global has grown its global logistics operation one client and one employee at a time. Whether you need freight brought from China to Chicago, shipments moved within the U.S., product warehoused, fulfillment services or consulting to help save money and make your supply chain more efficient, we can handle it.

    Architecture – Engineering – Construction

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    Joe Caldwell, CEO

     With a portfolio of professional solutions - from engineering, landscape architecture, GIS and  information management, to field services and sustainable development, the team at Bartlett & West’s five Kansas City region offices provide comprehensive professional solutions to government agencies, municipalities, private industry and individual clients.

     

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    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. (formerly Anderson Engineering) is an engineering firm that unleashes the power of true, 100% employee ownership. OWN's Kansas City team proudly serves the private development and public infrastructure markets with core offerings of civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying and field services.

     

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    Reid Schultz, President

    R/S Electric is a long-standing family-owned business, with deep roots in Kansas City and the surrounding area. R/S is a full-service electrical contractor providing reliable, quality electrical and technology installation services including power, lighting, automation & controls, low voltage and technology systems (such as security, access control and structured cabling) for commercial and industrial facilities, manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, water treatment, and higher education campuses. 

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    Cheryl Ball, Senior Freight and Maritime Planner

    TranSystems brings innovative consulting, engineering and architectural solutions 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 region. Alpha-Omega Geotech’s historical subsurface knowledge allows the company to jump-start projects by providing insights needed to make critical decisions with fewer risks.

     

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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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    Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor and creative leader in many market segments, including industrial, senior living, multifamily, and student housing. We share a passion for finding innovative opportunities to save our clients time and money throughout the construction process.


    KBS_LogoRob Cunningham, Vice President 

    KBS Constructors  is a full-service general contractor, emphasizing core values of Integrity, Caring, Excellence, and Teamwork. KBS Constructors trains their craftsmen through a state-certified apprenticeship program, and self-performs work to add value to client projects. Whether it's a new ground-up facility, historic renovation, remodel, or addition, KBS Constructors brings 'Knowledge Beyond Structures' to ensure projects are done right the first time. Their services include Preconstruction, Design/Build, and Construction Manager at Risk options, making KBS a comprehensive choice for all your commercial / industrial construction needs.

     

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    Jeff Roy, Senior Vice President National Manufacturing

    McCownGordon Construction delivers turnkey design and construction solutions for the manufacturing and industrial markets. We prioritize efficiency, maximizing your ROI and getting you to market faster. From site selection to startup, we streamline operations, ensuring success at every step.

     

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    Tim Moulis, Business Development

    Musselman & Hall Contractors LLC values providing Kansas City with expert solutions in railroad construction, structural concrete and flatwork, decorative concrete, and asphalt pavement. We stand by the high-quality work we perform in each and every project. Honesty and integrity are at the core of our beliefs when it comes to both our business decisions and our employees’ quality of work.

     

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    Brett Hausman, President

    Al J. Mueller Construction Company is a premier design-build general contractor with a strong emphasis in the construction of significant commercial projects. Since 1974, the firm has provided unparalleled construction services to the icon organizations of Northwest Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

     

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    Eric Buer, Real Estate Development Director

    Burns & McDonnell designs and builds the tangible and intangible, everything you see (and don’t see) that helps our cities thrive. We’ve worked relentlessly to make our clients and our communities successful since 1898, because we know safe, essential infrastructure is the foundation of a flourishing society.



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    Greg Finkle, President

    FINKLE + WILLIAMS Architecture was founded in 1998 and is located in Lenexa, Kansas. We are an employee-owned group of architects and designers from various backgrounds and mindsets. Our extensive portfolio includes corporate, industrial, entertainment, mixed-use, military and master planning work for public, private and municipal clients throughout the United States and abroad.

     

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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

    HDR, a 100% employee-owned professional services firm, provides expertise in architecture, engineering, environmental and construction services. Our multidisciplinary teams also specialize in transportation, rail, streetcar, water, wastewater, healthcare, sports and airports. Our success in built and natural environments continues as we collaborate to solve our clients’ and communities’ most complex challenges.


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    Sam Schumacher, Business Development

    Kiewit is a trusted partner for clients and project stakeholders across the world, providing project solutions in a variety of industrial markets including mineral processing, manufacturing, process industries, advanced technologies, industrial water and industrial energy.

     

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    Jeff Gattis, President Midwest Region

    Nabholz is a leading construction-related service provider. In addition to general contracting, we offer professional services which include construction management, design-build, preconstruction services, millwork, equipment rental, excavation, 24/7/365 emergency service, steel erection, remodeling, tenant finish-out, concrete construction, millwright, rigging, heavy-haul trucking, and a full range of environmental services.

     

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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 dedicated to keeping your business moving forward, no matter what it takes. Customers benefit from the most cost-effective products and services regardless of their industry or business size. With the largest inventory of material handling equipment in the country, Wiese provides 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 may take.

     

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    Matt Ambrose, President & CEO

    Ambrose is an equipment and systems integrator in the industrial manufacturing space headquartered in the Kansas City area. For nearly 45 years, Ambrose has delivered high-quality, manufacturing materials, reliable packaging equipment and unique turnkey automated solutions and serves some of the largest manufacturers in industries in the region.

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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.

     

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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, improve efficiency and increase storage capacity.

     

    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

    The Kansas City Area Development Council is an economic development organization serving the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area. We work closely with our state, county, community and corporate business partners to attract new businesses and talent to our region.

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    Michael Moriarty, Chief of Transportation Planning

    Whether by highway, rail or air, the Kansas Department of Transportation offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Because of the state’s central location and outstanding multimodal infrastructure, KDOT has helped make it easier and cheaper to ship to and from Kansas. KDOT’s current transportation funding Program, the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program addresses highways, bridges, public transit, aviation, short-line rail and bike/pedestrian needs across Kansas.

     

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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. 

     

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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

    Kansas City Aviation Department is the proud steward of Kansas City’s air travel, providing exceptional airport services to travelers and aircraft operators alike through two unique airports, MCI and MKC. Kansas City International Airport (MCI) provides a safe and modern experience rooted in Kansas City hospitality. We help connect you to the people and places that matter most in life. As a full-service gateway for specialty travelers, Kansas City Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) provides top-level amenities and aviation services at a key point along the journey.

     

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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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    Mike Ekey, Assistant City Manager

    The City of Belton is at the crossroads to everywhere. Located just south of the Heart of Kansas City, our logistics/industrial business community has unprecedented access to rail and interstate highways to quickly move products or materials anywhere in North America. Our mission is to build on our thriving community by partnering with our businesses, regardless of size, to provide the tools and support that make us all successful.


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    Steve Shute, Council Vice President

    Gardner, Kansas, is located in the southwest corner of Johnson County, one of the most flourishing counties in the nation. Gardner, while known as a small town, has become one of the fastest growing cities in Kansas and offers affordable living and tremendous amenities.

     

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    Brandon Smith, Economic and Business Development Manager

    The City of Liberty is rich in history and offers an exceptional quality of life for its residents. Liberty is formed by strong neighborhoods and maintains an active historic downtown square. Residents enjoy quality community services and amenities, including an outstanding parks system and a well maintained infrastructure network.

     

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    David Gress, Director of Development Services

    Business retention, expansion and attraction are the focal point of Raymore's Economic Development Department. Our team leverages all available services and resources to help your business succeed and ensure Raymore remains a place that businesses are proud to call home.

     

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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

    ElevateEdgerton! is the genesis of a proud and spirited community ideally positioned to welcome residential, retail, commercial and industrial growth. With the components necessary to grow Edgerton as a total community already in place, ElevateEdgerton! is eager to attract and enable development befitting of Midwestern values and with mutual expectations for long-term viability.

     

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    Paul Bean, Executive Director

    With one of the most affordable business climates in the region, dedication towards Workforce Development and easy access to global connectivity, Franklin County offers all the ingredients for sustained success no matter the industry.

     

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    Tiffany Melvin, President

    NASCO is the leading organization focused on the competitiveness of the North American supply chain and closing the skilled workforce gap. We are the only tri-national network of the North American governments, business, and educational institutions, driven by a common interest in collaboration along commercial corridors and trade networks.

     

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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

    World Trade Center – Kansas City facilitates international trade in the Greater Kansas City region by connecting, educating, and providing services to the regional business community necessary to compete in the global marketplace.


    Professional Services

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    Chris Gutierrez, President

    The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone, Inc. is the regional grantee of the U.S. FTZ program that sponsors both Zone 15, covering 23 counties in western Missouri, and Zone 17, covering 9 counties eastern Kansas. The business-friendly environment and large coverage area enables a streamlined FTZ approval process for manufacturing and distribution operations in the KC market.

     

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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.  


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    Doug Gaumer, Market President

    First Interstate  is a community bank delivering best-in-class banking and Wealth Management services to the Kansas City region and beyond. First Interstate is dedicated to helping communities reach their greatest potential—answering the needs of residents and businesses with practical financial solutions while supporting communities through business development and philanthropy.

     

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    Curt Samson, Head of Growth

    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. Monarch uses a variety of diagnostic and analytic modules that allow us to create a solution that is uniquely tailored for each customer.  

     

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    Kevin Vanderweide, Senior Vice President

    First Citizens Bank is a 3rd generation, family-owned bank with over $200 Billion in assets that offers an array of general banking services including a network of more than 500 branches and offices in 30 states; commercial banking expertise delivering best-in-class lending, leasing and other financial services coast to coast.  They have maintained a presence in Kansas City since 2008 with locations in both Kansas and Missouri.  

     

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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

    When seasoned lawyers from Kansas and Missouri, dedicated to quality, advocacy, and results, reach across the state line to practice together the end result is Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.  Ranked by U.S. News as among the Best Law Firms in Kansas and Missouri with attorneys holding many honors as distinguished practitioners, we are a leading Kansas City law firm with a national reach.

     

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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.

    Real Estate and Development

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    Brandon Brensing, Vice President, Real Estate Development

    Ryan Companies, a national leader in commercial real estate, adopts a holistic approach to every project, focusing first on the “why” behind a client’s needs to achieve the best outcome. Ryan Companies plans, designs, builds and owns buildings,and possesses a profound understanding of the intricate balance between beauty, function and long-term value.

     

     

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    Tim Schaffer, President

    AREA Real Estate Advisors is the leading independent commercial real estate firm in the Kansas City region. 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 and has facilitated corporate relocations, both regionally and nationally. 

     

     

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    Michael Block, CPM, Principal

    Block Real Estate Services, is a full-service commercial real estate company managing over 45 million square feet of retail, office, and industrial properties. 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, Executive Vice President

     CBRE is the global leader in commercial real estate services and investment, providing local and regional clients the full spectrum of services and insights offered by its 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. 

     

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    Ben Boyd, Vice President

    Colliers is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company providing expert advice to real estate occupiers, owners and investors. Colliers’ full-service commercial real estate firm 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 across a range of property types.

     

    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

    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. and internationally. In Kansas City, Hillwood is partnering with the Kansas Speedway Corporation to develop Speedway Commerce Center, a multi-phase business park offering easy access to rail lines, interstate infrastructure and flexibility for prospective tenants with a variety of size options available to suit. 

     

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      Mike Bell, Senior Vice President

      Hunt Midwest, one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, 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.

       

      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. LSCR provides professional real estate services to a wide range of International, National and Regional Companies.

       

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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, 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 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.

       

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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. 


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      Cam 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.

       

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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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      Grant Harrison, Executive Vice President

      VanTrust Real Estate is a full-service real estate development company with extensive experience developing office, industrial, multifamily, mixed-use, and science + technology projects. Offering a full spectrum of real estate services, VanTrust’s expertise includes acquisition, development, asset enhancement, design/construction oversight, and consultation. VanTrust has a regional focus, national scope and adapts its role to achieve each project’s goals and objectives.

         

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      Matt Roth, President

      BlueScope Properties Group provides commercial real estate development throughout North America, and with our connection to BlueScope Buildings’ Builder Network of over 2,000 contractors, we can build teams with the right local knowledge and expertise. The builders we partner with understand local building codes and provide the right products and services for your facility needs.

       

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      Phil Algrim, Executive Vice President, National Director

      JLL helps buy, build, occupy and invest in a variety of assets including industrial, commercial, retail, residential and hotel real estate. From tech startups to global firms, our clients span industries including banking, energy, healthcare, law, life sciences, manufacturing, and technology.

       

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      Pat McGannon, Managing Broker 

      At Kessinger Hunter, our competitive edge is our people and their deep-seated commitment to fully understanding each client’s needs and objectives. This commitment has allowed us to maintain our position among Greater Kansas City’s leading commercial real estate firms. But our capabilities also do not stop at Greater Kansas City’s borders. We serve clients nationwide.

       

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      Mark Roseman, Regional Manager

      The Meritex Company is a privately held, family-owned real estate investment and management firm focused on acquiring, developing and managing infill industrial properties in nine major markets in the U.S. Meritex owns and manages approximately 11.5 million square feet of institutional grade, multi-tenant space made up of more than 90 properties across nine markets.

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      Joe LaMothe, President

        Since 1931 Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Company  and its subsidiaries have provided top quality services through our numerous industrial real estate developments, warehousing, and bulk terminal operations. Mid-West Terminal is responsible for developing, owning, and managing over 2.7 million square feet of industrial real estate in the Kansas City area. 

       

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      Josh Udelhofen, Senior Vice President

       Since 1948, TCC has provided best-in-class development services for real estate investors, owners, and occupiers with a holistic array of services and solutions for nearly every product type. We develop iconic buildings on the most desirable sites in top-tier markets across the United States and Europe.

      Staffing and Workforce Solutions

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      Greg Sulentic, Franchise Developer

       Express Employment Professionals has an unmatched community presence, with 7 franchised staffing offices located in the Kansas City region. 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.

       

      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

      Built on decades of experience, LHH Recruitment Solutions understands that success starts with the right people. Whether you need Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Legal, IT or Engineering talent for a project today, or to guide your company for years to come – our recruitment professionals partner with you to find the highly skilled, pre-qualified specialty talent you need.

      Transportation

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      Cary Hutchings, Director, Corporate Real Estate

      Burlington Northern Santa Fe was formed by the merger of four primary railroads in March 1970 and maintains a strong presence in the Kansas City region. BNSF currently operates 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 provides innovative transportation services across its 20,000-mile network 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 and its more than 500,000 UPSers around the globe are a transportation and logistics leader, offering innovative solutions to customers to deliver what matters.. 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

      For over 30 years, DBA has specialized in transporting unique and difficult shipments anywhere in the world. Our seasoned experience has evolved us into a proven leader in the efficient and timely movement of domestic and international cargo. Today, we continue to provide custom-tailored services that give our customers full visibility into their shipping and logistics transactions.

       

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      Joe Torp, Industrial Development Manager

      Norfolk Southern serves a majority of the country’s population and manufacturing base, with connections to every major container port on the Atlantic coast as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes. Our railroaders deliver more than 7 million carloads each year, from agriculture to consumer goods, and we are the largest rail shipper of auto products and metals in North America.

       

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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

      TSL provides a global supply chain solution via our network of offices. We are an integrated, value-added, full-service transportation organization that expertly facilitates shipments worldwide as an NVOCC and freight forwarder with customs brokerage and international documentation services. TSL Companies moves our customers’ shipments worldwide from origin to destination and seamlessly handles all requirements in between.

      Contact us to learn about engagement opportunities with KC SmartPort.