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Two Dozen Will Advise Future Of KCI Airport

Dan Verbeck

Kansas City Mayor Sly James  has appointed a 24 member panel to  study the city’s airport needs into the future.

There is current controversy over a plan to convert KCI into one terminal. The Mayor and City Council have agreed to the plan.

There is no time frame for the panel to make recommendations, although the Mayor said he hopes to see some conclusions by the end of 2013.

The group is strictly advisory and reports to the Mayor.


  Bob Berkebile, Architect and Principal at BNIM.

  David Fowler,  Retired from KPMG LLP,  Chair of the American Royal.


Jesse Barnes, Executive Director, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center.

Zulema Bassham, Philanthropist.

Forestine Beasley, Commercial Broker, Greg Patterson and Associates.

David Byers, CEO, CARSTAR.

Chuck Caisley, Vice President Marketing, KCP&L.

Dan Cranshaw,  Attorney, Polsinelli.

Prentiss Earl III, Entrepreneur in residence, Kauffman Labs.

John FIerro, CEO, Mattie Rhodes center, former Parks Commissioner.

Kevin Koster, President, Sandweiss Koster, Inc., Founder, SaveKCI.org.

John McDonald, President, Boulevard Brewing Company.

Mike McKeen, Director, Briarcliff Development Company.

Paula Meidel, Account Executive, Oracle Corp.

Nikki Newton,  Senior V.P., Waddel and Reed (WRIMCO).

Mark Pederson, Vice President, Lockton Companies.

Joe Reardon, Former CEO/Mayor, Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas.

Nia Richardson,  Director, DuBois Consultants, Inc.

Bill Skaggs, Former Councilman, Kansas City, Missouri. Former chair of Aviation Committee.

Alicia Stephens,  Executive Director, Platte County Economic Development Council.

Reginald Thomas,  President, Kansas City Laborers Union #264.

Qiana Thomason, Department Vice President, Blue Cross  and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Missouri.

Sheila Tracy, President, Northland Chamber of Commerce.

Donna Wilson Peters, Attorney, Hush Blackwell.

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