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KCADC Board of Directors Announces New Leadership

by Angela Orr | Nov 11, 2015
Tim Cowden named President, Martin Mini named Chief Marketing Officer

KC Region – The Board of Directors of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) announced today that Tim Cowden has been named President, and Martin Mini has been named Chief Marketing Officer, effective immediately. Cowden succeeds Bob Marcusse who announced he will retire as CEO Jan. 31, 2016. Cowden takes on the additional role of CEO on Feb. 1, 2016.

“I am proud of the effort of the KCADC Transition Committee which has spent the last several months conducting a very intentional, strategic and thorough process to find the top candidate to carry KCADC into the future,” said John Murphy, chairman of Shook, Hardy & Bacon and senior co-chair of KCADC’s Board of Directors. “Tim Cowden and Martin Mini are absolutely the best in the business nationwide.”

“Bob Marcusse has built a great foundation of economic growth for our region and I am very excited to kick off a new era of leadership at KCADC,” said Rosie Privitera Biondo, president of Mark One Electric Company and incoming KCADC co-chair.

Tim Cowden joined KCADC in 1998 after roles in economic development for Wichita Falls, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Cowden was promoted to senior vice president of business development for KCADC in 2000, a role he has served in until today. Under Cowden’s leadership, the KCADC Business Development Team has fortified an 18-county, two-state partnership leading to the attraction of 30,000 new jobs and the formation of industry-focused growth initiatives for transportation and logistics (KC SmartPort), animal health (KC Animal Health Corridor), technology (KCnext) and talent attraction (TeamKC). Read more

“I am excited and inspired by today’s announcement,” said Cowden. “There is no one I respect more in this business than Bob Marcusse and I’m honored to take over the wheel in driving regional economic development success for the KC region.”

Martin Mini joined KCADC in 1995, rebuilding the KCADC marketing and communications department from its previous life as the PrimeTime News Bureau. Mini leads a full-service marketing, design, communication, publicity and events team for KCADC which supports the activities of the organization and its industry growth initiatives. Mini has led several rebranding efforts for KCADC, hundreds of regional brand extensions, as well as development and branding of a number of regional civic initiatives including the Kansas City Area Life Sciences InstituteKC Animal Health CorridorKC SmartPortKCnextTeamKC and KC Rising. Read more

“I have never been more proud of the KCADC marketing and communications team, our national reputation and the level of excellence on which we operate every single day,” said Mini. “We are all so energized and optimistic for what’s next for our region.”

Bob Marcusse announced his retirement as KCADC President and CEO on Oct. 29. Marcusse will remain in the role of CEO until Jan. 31, 2016, and continue on at KCADC in a consulting role until later in the year.

“I couldn’t be more confident in handing over the keys to my two most trusted colleagues and the very best in the economic development industry,” said Marcusse. “The KC region is in the most capable, experienced hands it could possibly be in and we all can look forward to an incredibly successful future.”

The Kansas City Area Development Council serves the 18-county, two-state Kansas City area by marketing the region’s business and lifestyle assets to companies around the world. Working closely with its 50+ state, county and community partners and its more than 250 corporate partners across the region, KCADC has attracted companies pledging to create more than 60,000 new jobs over its 40-year history. KCADC also leads the efforts behind the KC Animal Health Corridor, KC SmartPort, KCnext and TeamKC. Visit for more information.

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  1. Jim Monroe | Dec 01, 2015

    Tim & Martin:


    The KCADC Board made wise decisions in selecting the two of you to lead the Metro area into the next phase of regional development.

    Bob Marcusse leaves big shoes to fill. You are up to the task and will do great.

    Looking forward to following your  team's activities and successes.

    Jim Monroe

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