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KCADC Staff Update 2017

by Ashlie Hand | Dec 14, 2017
Our team is our greatest competitive advantage. As we wrap up 2017, we prepare to say goodbye to one long-time KCADC team member, and we are very proud to welcome several new faces to KCADC.

Sandi_Color_0711Sandi Ramsey

After more than two decades leading KCADC’s finances, human resources and risk management, Sandi will officially retire in the first quarter of 2018. Sandi has been a highly valued member of the KCADC team, guiding the organization’s financial operations by applying her own high standards of integrity and ethics to this critical organizational function. Sandi has also had a significant role in ensuring a seamless CEO transition. Sandi’s professionalism (and wry sense of humor) will be missed.

Jami Owens_ColorJami 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 brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the KCADC team. Her professional credentials are impeccable and will help KCADC achieve its expected high level of performance.

JimErickson_0027_ColorJim Erickson
Vice President, Business Development

Jim brings his vast experience fostering economic growth and development at the local level and will lead outreach and business recruitment efforts for KCADC across several sectors. Most recently, Jim led several business attraction projects and key initiatives for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Mo. Prior to economic development, Jim lived and worked internationally for more than 3 years as a political and economic analyst in Egypt and Thailand. Jim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from Pittsburg State University. Jim graduated from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) in 2016 and is a current member of Centurion Leadership program, Class of 2019. His positive energy, team mentality, detail-oriented habits and can-do spirit will be assets for all facets of KCADC.

Sandi_Color_0711Elli Bowen
Manager Business Development
KC SmartPort

Elli is an up and coming economic development professional. She has worked at the community level in Shawnee where she was engaged in project management and for a short time managed all aspects of the economic development effort. Elli has experience working with site selection consultants and the regional economic development partners.   She is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council and will graduate from the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) this Spring. Elli graduated from the University of Kansas and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Elli will make an immediate impact on the business development efforts at SmartPort and KCADC.

LaiyaSmith_ColorLaiya Smith
Marketing and Events Specialist
KC Animal Health Corridor

Laiya graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Public Relations. Before accepting this position, Laiya worked at Cerner as a Learning Facilitator and Consultant Analyst. During college, Laiya completed the Disney College Program internship focused on events and customer service and served as the social media intern for Northwest Missouri State University. We look forward to Laiya’s fresh perspective on the Corridor’s marketing and event activities.


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