Kansas City IT firm ECCO Select to expand HQ, hire 96

ECCO Select president and CEO Jeanette Prenger (left) accepts a Greater Kansas Cit Chamber Champion of Diversity Award from chamber president Jim Heeter in October 2013. | Courtesy of ECCO Select
ECCO Select president and CEO Jeanette Prenger (left) accepts an award from chamber president Jim Heeter in October 2013. | Courtesy of ECCO Select

ECCO Select, a Kansas City information technology firm, will receive more than $1 million in state funding for its expansion that will include an expanded headquarters and 96 new jobs.

The financial assistance, which is based on ECCO Select’s ability to meet job creation and investment standards, is expected to bolster the 19-year-old company’s efforts to generate business internationally, according to a press release from Gov. Jay Nixon’s office.

According to its website, ECCO generated about $21 million in revenue last year, and recently opened offices in the Washington, D.C. area and St. Louis.

The firm’s current base is in downtown Kansas City, but ECCO is constructing a larger headquarters to accommodate its growing workforce.

“ECCO Select is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy and with our headquarters here in Missouri, we’re in a great position to launch into new global markets,”  ECCO chief executive Jeanette Prenger said the release.

Prenger, who founded the company in 1995, has been recognized for her work in the Hispanic business community. She was named CEO of the Year by the Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association in 2009 and Minority Small Business Champion by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2010.


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