KBS Group today announced that Shad Burner joined the company as a principal, expanding the company’s far-reaching expertise in public and private economic development.
KBS founder, former U.S. Senator Kit Bond said, “Shad has extensive experience in federal and state programs and has worked closely with businesses, communities, and organizations from the Bootheel and rural communities to St. Louis, Kansas City, and our urban centers. Across the state and beyond, Shad is a well-respected professional we are excited to have join the KBS team.”
Welcoming Shad to the team, Chairman of the firm, former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof, said, “Shad has a track record of success when it comes to connecting people, businesses, and communities to available funding and cutting through bureaucratic red tape. Our clients will benefit from his wealth of experience and knowledge.”
“Helping Missouri businesses and communities identify new opportunities and foster economic development is work I am passionate about,” said Shad. “I am excited to continue these efforts as part of the KBS team.”
Burner served on the leadership team of the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) as the Director of Federal Initiatives. He was responsible for building a team of 20 to oversee the development of nine new grant programs that deployed more than $500 million of Missouri’s federal Covid-19 relief. His team awarded more than 650 grants focused in areas such as community revitalization, workforce development, tourism asset development, small business support, broadband expansion, nonprofit support and more.