The Kansas City, Kan., Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Jon Stephens as interim executive director.
The position was held previously by Greg Kindle, who served as interim executive director while also serving as president of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council.
According to a news release, Stephens will guide the vision of the organization and will lead the hiring of staff, including a new full-time executive director.
“Having Jon join as our interim Executive Director is exactly the type of leadership we need to move the chamber, and all of KCK, forward,” Board Chair Greg Cotton said in the news release. “His vision, commitment to the entire KC region, and experience in growing successful organizations makes him an ideal choice to head our organization at this time.”
“Jon brings business savvy, entrepreneurship, and civic development to KCK,” Cotton said. “We are confident that he will not only lead us through our transition, but help us define the next generation for our organization.”
“I am honored to lead an organization like the KCK Chamber,” Stephens said. “The quality of the work from the staff and Board has been exceptional, at is time to position the chamber for the future so that we may continue to represent the businesses of KCK in the world-class manner that they deserve. As the third largest city in Kansas, and one of the fastest growing areas in the KC region, KCK is vital to the future of our metro. I look forward to bringing more awareness to all that KCK offers.”
Stephens was previously the interim president and CEO of Visit KC, a convention and visitors’ organization in Kansas City, Mo., where he guided the primary regional tourism organization through repositioning, growth, and hiring of a full-time CEO.
Additionally, he helped lead the bi-state bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Stephens is president of Rockhill Strategic, a marketing, advertising and business consulting firm in Kansas City, Mo., and serves on many nonprofit boards, including the board of the Hickman Mills Educational Foundation.
He has bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia in interdisciplinary studies including journalism, history and political science.
He plans to continue with his firm while serving as the chamber’s interim executive director, according to a spokesman.
Stephens also is a past president of the Kansas City Power and Light District, a past director of marketing and public relations with the Cordish Co., and handled accounts at two Kansas City advertising firms.
He also is a past coordinator of alumni programs at the University of Missouri Alumni Association.