BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT*MARKETING*PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jeff’’s focus is on business development, marketing and public relations and general external interaction to positively highlight the Avant design team. Jeff became part of AVANT ACOUSTICS in 2021.
Jeff came to us directly from the Kansas Chamber Foundation, where he lead Leadership Kansas, established Kansas Emerging Leaders as well as developing the Kansas Chamber councils for Manufacturing, and Retail, and laid the framework for the Kansas Military and Veteran Affairs and Agribusiness councils. He’s been an executive leader for over 20 years in a variety of private and non-profit entities, but is known mostly for his fundraising in higher education and non profits where he has secured over a hundred million dollars for capital projects, scholarships and a variety of programs at Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, UMKC and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community plus multiple not-for-profit organizations.
He believes in the customer, client or donor as the driving force in the relationship, is great at follow through and is persistent at problem solving. These are the same values and culture which attracted him to AVANT ACOUSTICS.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, where he studied business, marketing, human resources, labor & industrial relations and environmental design. Additionally, Jeff has been a strategic plan consultant for both corporations and non-profits and a paid and volunteer political strategist.
Jeff has a background professionally in a variety of industries including Healthcare, Agribusiness, Commodities and Futures Trading, Manufacturing, Retail, Fire Safety and Emergency Equipment, Landscaping, and Transportation. He has extensive knowledge in Board Recruitment and Development, Sales, Marketing and Networking. If he doesn’t know everyone, he probably knows his neighbor!
Jeff has been involved as a volunteer civically extensively since his teenage years on boards, committees and events for over 50 non-profits, chambers of commerce, and volunteer projects. He has served as President, Chair or Leader multiple times for Rotary clubs, city advisory committees, non-profit boards and various entities and campaigns. He has been involved with over 300 political campaigns at the local, state and national levels, and is a published writer and political cartoonist for the Manhattan Mercury (Kansas) newspaper.
Currently a third degree Freemason with Summit Lodge #263, Past President of KC Plaza Rotary, serves as District #19 Representative for the Lake Lotawana Association Board and is a member of the Lake Lotawana Wooden and Classic Boat Club, is a life long season ticket holder of K-State football and basketball and a former USTA collegiate tennis official.