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Denise Kruse
Vice President & Secretary


Carter As part of the Initiatives team, Denise is involved in helping to develop the strategic direction and the continual network development of the business community in Kansas City. Denise Kruse is also CEO of AdamsGabbert (AG) and majority owner. Founded in 1999, AG is headquartered in Overland Park, KS with an additional office in St. Louis, MO. At AdamsGabbert, they thrive on delivering on their promises, to their clients, their employees, and their communities.

Denise is integrating nearly 30 years of corporate general management experience, entrepreneurial leadership, and a passion for making a difference in our community. Her experience in consulting, developing business, building and managing a $400M+ division of a Fortune 100 company, and serving on multiple boards is invaluable experience toward ensuring AdamsGabbert continues to innovatively and consistently create solutions with their customers.

As a premier, woman-owned business specializing in improving business operations of its clients, AG consults in business process improvement, project management and risk services. In addition, they provide contract staffing, contract-to-hire, and direct hire in these same specialty areas.

Denise is a current board member of privately held RP Products, Inc. She also serves on the boards of the KC Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Community Foundation of JOCO, is Chair of Central Exchange, is Chair-Elect of the Bloch School of Business at UMKC, was founding Chair of win|win for KC (which is dedicated to having 20% of the board seats on for-profit companies filled with women by 2015) and served as Chair of Leadership Giving for the 2012 United Way campaign. She was honored to be named a Women Who Means Business in 2006 and a Woman of Influence in 2008.

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