Contact KCADC

Kansas City Area Development Council
30 West Pershing Road
Suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Phone: 816.221.2121
Fax: 816.842.2865
Toll Free: 888.99KCADC


Tim Cowden | President and CEO


Tim leads the strategic direction and vision for KCADC from day-to-day operations to investor and client relationships. He has more than 25 years of experience in economic development. Prior to joining KCADC in 1998, Tim gained experience in the private sectors of real estate and business management. Tim has worked with numerous companies, including ATS, Farmer's Insurance, Mars Chocolate North America, MindMixer, Sedgwick LLP and U.S. Bank. Read More


Jami Owens, CPA | CFO & Director of Human Resources


Jami is responsible for managing all financial, human resources and benefits, and risk management for KCADC, the KCADC Foundation and KC SmartPort. Prior to joining KCADC, Jami spent almost nine years in public accounting as an auditor, focusing primarily on non-profit clients. She has her Master’s degree in Accounting from Missouri State University. Jami joined KCADC in 2017.

Jennifer Lyon | Vice President, Investor Relations

Jennifer Lyon816.374.5648

Jennifer serves as the primary point-of-contact for KCADC's 250+ investor members. She coordinates programs, events and communication to engage and involve investors in KCADC's business recruitment, marketing and talent recruitment initiatives. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas. She joined KCADC in 2003.

Megan Segura | Director, Special Projects


Megan bridges business development, marketing and research efforts to proactively promote KCADC and its initiatives through industry analysis, content creation and lead generation. She has nearly 10 years experience in economic development and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Louisiana State University. Megan joined KCADC in 2016.

Dana Morris | Manager, Finance & Human Resources


Dana has worked in the accounting field for more than 15 years, which included experience in the banking industry and nine years with an architecture firm. As manager of Finance & Human Resources, she is the administrator of benefits and employee onboarding. Dana maintains financial records and assists with the general operations of the finance department by handling multiple categories of related tasks such as billing, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Dana joined KCADC in 2011.

Angela Orr | Marketing Manager, TeamKC and Investor Relations


As marketing manager of the Kansas City Area Development Council's talent recruitment initiative, TeamKC: Life+Talent, Angela manages the creation and expansion of our ever growing suite of resources. She also plays a key role in KCADC investor recruitment and retention. Angela is held accountable for activating tools and products, engaging investor partners through digital communication and events, and answering "Why KC?" for talented professionals around the world. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Minor in Anthropology from the University of Central Missouri. Angela joined KCADC in 2014.

Darcy Groce | Executive Assistant & Office Manager



Darcy provides administrative support for the President and CEO as well as KCADC's Board of Directors. She is also in charge of KCADC's office management operations. Darcy has 20 years experience supporting senior level executives. She joined KCADC in 2015.

Business Development

Jill McCarthy | Senior Executive, Corporate Attraction


With more than 25 years of experience, Jill leads the business development team at KCADC. She works with multiple disciplines including data centers, headquarters, shared and customer service operations, as well as industrial projects. Jill drives several of KCADC's outreach and hosting events, briefings and site visits. She has worked with numerous companies, including Dex Media, Littler, Magna International, Martinrea International, OptumRx, U.S. Bank and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cindy Brittain | Director, Research


Cindy leads KCADC's research efforts providing various data and comparative analysis in support of KCADC's business recruitment efforts. Cindy has expert knowledge of appropriate resources and tools for gathering accurate data. Cindy joined KCADC in 1996.

McKenna Brown | Specialist, Research



McKenna provides research, analysis and information on the Greater Kansas City area in support of KCADC’s business attraction efforts. McKenna has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas. She joined KCADC in 2016.


Martin Mini | CMO



Martin leads a team of talented marketing professionals with a national reputation for excellence in place branding. KCADC’s marketing group is focused on promoting the 18-county KC area of 2.5 million to site consultants and location advisors worldwide. They combine strategic communications, impactful design, engaging events and a powerful web presence to tell KC’s story. Martin has led high-profile regional campaigns like OneKC and ACC, and helped to create KC’s target industry initiatives, including TeamKC: Life + Talent. An in-demand speaker, Martin has a B.S. from Southern Illinois and M.S. from Illinois State. Read More

Jonathan Knecht | Vice President, Marketing & Creative Director



Jonathan is the creative director for KCADC’s marketing team. He is the architect of KCADC’s brand family centered around the red “KC ball”. Jon leads the creative strategy, design and production of branded marketing campaigns and events that elevate KC’s image in the national media and increase awareness of its vibrant economy and creative culture.  Jonathan has more than 20 years of advertising and marketing experience. He attended Syracuse University and received a BFA in Design from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Ashlie Hand | Vice President, Communications



Ashlie oversees all KCADC's communications, including digital, print and event messaging, and manages all local and national media outreach. She has nearly 20 years experience in economic development and public relations. Ashlie is an accredited public relations practitioner by the Public Relations Society of America and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College. She joined KCADC in 1999.

Jauqui Craig | Director, Events & Marketing



Jauqui coordinates and manages all events and video production for KCADC and its initiatives, including annual meetings, Full Council Investor Briefings and client visits. She also leads the America’s Creative Crossroads Campaign, overseeing the addition of new portraits and traveling gallery. Jauqui has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She joined KCADC in 2005.

Kara Brock | Manager, Design

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Kara executes and manages graphic design projects for KCADC and all initiatives in traditional and digital media. Her work has been acknowledged by several industry awards including IABC KC Quills, the Business Marketing Association, Non-Profit Connect Philly Awards and Hermes. Kara joined KCADC in 2016.

Lexi Ryan | Specialist, Communications


Lexi serves as a primary member of KCADC's communications and public relations team with an important role in communicating with members of news media, investors, and regional and civic business leaders. She is responsible for KCADC's social media channels, written communication and profiling America's Creative Crossroads campaign. Lexi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Northwest Missouri State University. She joined KCADC in 2017.


KC Animal Health Corridor

Kimberly Young | President, KC Animal Health Corridor


Kimberly Young is the "go-to" person for life sciences and manages the day to day operations of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor (KCAHC). Kimberly held senior leadership positions at the State and Regional level before joining KCADC in 2011. Kim holds a B.S. degree from Pittsburg State University and graduated from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute in 2007.

Emily McVey | Director, KC Animal Health Corridor


Emily is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the KC Animal Health Corridor’s strategic priorities and directly manages the KCAHC's workforce development initiative. She is also responsible for assisting with investor relations and strategic growth initiatives for KCAHC. Emily has a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University and joined the KC Animal Health Corridor in 2011.


KC SmartPort

Chris Gutierrez | President, KC SmartPort

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Chris is the President of KC SmartPort, Inc., a KCADC affiliate organization focused on attracting freight based economic development to the greater Kansas City region and providing thought leadership to the supply chain industry in Kansas City. Chris has been active in economic development and logistics for over 25 years. He joined KC SmartPort in 2003.

Elli Bowen | Manager, Business Development


Elli manages business attraction and project management efforts for KC SmartPort. She also leads SmartPort’s workforce development initiative. Elli has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing from the University of Kansas. She joined KC SmartPort in 2017.

TeamKC: Life+Talent

Jessica Palm | Managing Director, TeamKC: Life+Talent


Jessica leads TeamKC: Life+Talent, KCADC’s talent recruitment initiative. She oversees an advisory board of global HR executives and works with KC’s top employers, helping them tell KC’s story throughout the recruiting process. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. She joined KCADC in 2011.

Angela Orr | Marketing Manager, TeamKC and Investor Relations


As marketing manager of KCADC's talent recruitment initiative, TeamKC: Life+Talent, Angela manages the creation and expansion of its ever growing suite of resources. Angela shares her passion to grow OneKC by working with the top 250 employers to create relevant tools and products, digital communication, events and more. She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Minor in Anthropology from the University of Central Missouri. Angela joined KCADC in 2014.




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