Troy Carlson

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Professional Profile
Troy is a business executive with more than 30 years of diverse business development and leadership experience with a proven track record of consistently taking various businesses to the next level through vision, strategic planning and execution. In 2005, he established Initiatives, Inc., which provides organizations a pathway to launch into new projects and expand into new markets that require direct contact with c-level executives, public officials, end users and market influencers.

Selected Accomplishments 

  • Developed an anti-terror/disaster recovery exercise for KU Med.  Built political and business support and secured a series of buildings in downtown Wichita for destruction to simulate a terrorist attack.  The main event trained 1,200 professionals ranging from command, fire rescue, law enforcement, disaster medicine, EMS, elected officials and hospitals.
  • Led a business development project with a consortium of construction labor and management groups in Kansas City called the Kansas City Construction Partners (KCCP).  This program is recognized as a flagship program by construction industry leaders and earned national recognition receiving the Labor- Management Cooperation Leadership Award by the Labor Management Council of Greater Kansas City.
  • Developed a composites and polymer manufacturing network that resulted in the award of a $20 million grant that founded the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR).
  • Led the establishment of the Kansas Logistics Park, which received more than $20 million in outside state, federal and private funding. In 2016, the site was one of only four in the United States awarded BNSF Site Certification for rail-served industrial development.
  • At the request of the president of the Kansas City Area Development Council, provided strategy and project management services to design a bid for the Amazon HQ2 RFP.  Developed key findings that are currently being used to recruit companies to Kansas City.
  • Worked with Cliff Illig, co-founder, former CEO and chair of Cerner Corporation, to architect and prototype EnterpriseKC, a new, business-led economic development entity focused on enterprise development and job growth for specific industry clusters in the Kansas City region.

Professional Affiliations

Named “40 Under 40” business leader in 2001 by the Wichita Business Journal Past chairman of the Wichita Area Outlook Team for the Center for Economic Development and Business Research

Current Affiliations

Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, Leawood Chamber of Commerce, Prospect Business Association – Advisory Board Member, KC Tech Council Kansas City Area Development Council – Member and Investor

Troy graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from Wichita State University.