2023 Program 

Date | Thursday, November 16, 2023
Time | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Place | Kay Barnes Grand Ballroom - KC Convention Center

All together. All rising. The KC region is ALL HEART. Join your fellow business, civic and community leaders at the 2023 KCADC Annual Meeting

Keynote Speaker | Jesse Cole


Founder of Fans First Entertainment and bestselling author of “Fans First” and “Find Your Yellow Tux,” Jesse Cole goes all out to create extraordinary experiences.

Through his experience building the Savannah Bananas phenomenon, Jesse will share how business leaders can succeed by standing out with their customers, drive explosive growth and create fanatical loyalty.

Learn more about Jesse’s business philosophy:

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Ora Reynolds

Board of Directors Co-Chair
Ora Reynolds

President and CEO
Hunt Midwest


Board of Directors Co-Chair
Ray Kowalik

Chairman & CEO
Burns & McDonnell

Rob Bratcher

Board of Directors Incoming Co-Chair
Rob Bratcher

Commerce Bank

Tim Cowden

Tim Cowden

President and CEO
KC Area Development Council


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