Executive alert: Danforth changes firms, KC gets new economic development head

Executive Alert is a regular report on career moves, awards and recognition and other news about top executives from across the Show-Me State.


Career moves

Kerrie Tyndall | Courtesy of Kerrie Tyndall/Twitter
Kerrie Tyndall | Courtesy of Kerrie Tyndall/Twitter

Kerrie Tyndall will serve as Kansas City’s new director of economic development. She has 20 years of city management experience and is a former member of the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City.

Former Silpada Designs CEO Thomas Kelly is the new chief executive of Gold Canyon, a candle and home decor sales company. Kelly was CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Silpada for three years. Kelsey Perry and Ryane Delka, the daughters of Silpada’s co-founders, succeeded Kelly in December as co-CEOs.

John Danforth, former U.S. Senator | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
John Danforth | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth is ending his longtime association with the Bryan Cave law firm over a civil trial he helped orchestrate. Danforth said the firm became uncomfortable with his role in a case against Wells Fargo, a high-profile client of Bryan Cave. Danforth, 78, will now work for Clayton-based Dowd Bennett.

St. Louis Arc named Mark Keeley as its new president and CEO. Keeley joined the nonprofit in 1989 as assistant director of residential services. St. Louis Arc helps about 3,500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Keeley replaces the retiring Kathy Meath.

BMO Harris Bank has announced Dan Kraus as its new regional executive in the St. Louis area. A native of St. Louis, Kraus has 17 years’ experience in financial services and holds an MBA from Washington University.

Huttig Building Products CFO Philip Keipp announced his retirement this week. Company’s president and chief executive Jon P. Vrabely will now serve as interim CFO. Keipp’s resignation is effective June 12 but he will “assist in the orderly transition of his responsibilities,” the company said.

Drew Gibson will now serve as the chief financial officer of Freedom Bank to let CEO and Chairman Kurt Knutson focus on long term growth prospects. Since the bank was founded in June 2006, Knutson had been fulfilling the responsibilities of a CFO but a significant growth in assets has left him overburdened, compelling the bank’s management to increase its team members.

Former Inergy LP president and one of the top executives of Crestwood Midstream Partners in Kansas City, Bill Gautreaux, has been promoted to the post of chief marketing officer and head of the Supply and Logistics Group and will now oversee company’s midstream division.


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