Meet the Staff

Port KC is staffed by a hard-working group of executives, real estate and development managers, councils, accountants, assistants, and liasons.

Executive Office

Jon Stephens

President & CEO

Jon is an economic development professional who has spent his career focused on utilizing thoughtful development concepts to improve the community. He is passionate about his city, and has built a reputation for creativity and collaboration. Previous leadership roles include serving as president of one of the largest urban redevelopment districts in America, director of … Continued

Jon is an economic development professional who has spent his career focused on utilizing thoughtful development concepts to improve the community. He is passionate about his city, and has built a reputation for creativity and collaboration.

Previous leadership roles include serving as president of one of the largest urban redevelopment districts in America, director of economic development for Kansas City, Kansas, and CEO of VisitKC. And, as an entrepreneur, he has guided boards and corporations to innovative success.. 

A University of Missouri alumnus, Jon is a frequent speaker on civic issues, and is an active board member for many organizations, including Visit KC, KC Streetcar, KCPT, Arts KC and the KCADC.

Real Estate & Development

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Joe Perry

Vice President, Real Estate

Joe oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance and development disciplines. Before coming to Port KC, he spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, … Continued

Joe oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings more than 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance and development disciplines.

Before coming to Port KC, he spent eight years as commercial director for Gale Communities, Inc. where he managed planning, zoning, infrastructure, and building construction. He has public/private financing experience managing tax increment financing and transportation development district projects.

He holds a degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Kansas. He is a licensed real estate professional in the states of Missouri and Kansas.

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Krishan Purvis

Senior Development Manager

Krishan is responsible for the planning, execution, and project management of multiple real estate development projects across Port KC’s portfolio of real estate assets. As the development lead for Berkley Riverfront Development, he works with developers, financiers, architects, engineers, land planners, landscape architects, environmental professionals, and other technical service providers to effectively manage project development … Continued

Krishan is responsible for the planning, execution, and project management of multiple real estate development projects across Port KC’s portfolio of real estate assets. As the development lead for Berkley Riverfront Development, he works with developers, financiers, architects, engineers, land planners, landscape architects, environmental professionals, and other technical service providers to effectively manage project development activities prior to construction.

With a background in the renewable energy development industry, Krishan spent more than six years developing expertise in project development, project finance, technical and commercial due diligence, environmental permitting, underwriting and project management. His time in the industry afforded him the ability to develop large, utility-scale solar and wind projects in the US and help change the energy landscape.

Krishan holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Sam Houston State University, a Bachelor’s in Sustainability and Renewable Energy from Arizona State University, and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, mountain lover, hiker, and backpacker, Krishan is in aggressive pursuit of completing all 53 Colorado fourteeners. He also loves to travel to new countries, loves culture, adventure, people, and cooking.

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Chase Johnson

Development Manager

Chase is responsible for the day-to-day management and overall successful execution of real estate development projects. He has worked in the fields of planning, urban redevelopment, and real estate for over 10 years. Before joining the Port KC team, he spent the last six years as an urban planner and Development Specialist for the City … Continued

Chase is responsible for the day-to-day management and overall successful execution of real estate development projects. He has worked in the fields of planning, urban redevelopment, and real estate for over 10 years.

Before joining the Port KC team, he spent the last six years as an urban planner and Development Specialist for the City of Kansas City, MO, where he managed a wide range of planning, transportation, redevelopment and P3 projects. Prior to that, he worked in the commercial real estate field in Fort Worth, Texas, and as a professional athlete with the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers organizations.

Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Christian University (TCU) and a Master’s Degree in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University.

Multimodal Logistics

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Richard Grenville

Vice President, Multimodal Logistics

Richard is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business. His extensive career in the maritime industry has afforded him a wide breadth of experience and innovation in the transportation/logistics field. His corporate career of more than 35 years includes many aspects of marine and terrestrial transportation in international and … Continued

Richard is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business.

His extensive career in the maritime industry has afforded him a wide breadth of experience and innovation in the transportation/logistics field. His corporate career of more than 35 years includes many aspects of marine and terrestrial transportation in international and domestic arenas.

A native of London England, Richard graduated in 1970 from the Naval Training school “Arethusa” in Kent England. Richard attended King Edward VII nautical College (University of London) and Plymouth Polytechnic (Exeter University) earning his DOT Second mates Certificate FG.

Finance

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Joseph Lohman, CMA

Director, Finance

Joe is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) whose responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, budgeting, capital planning and grant reporting. He also volunteers as the Treasurer for the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City.  He previously worked as Director of Finance with New International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a … Continued

Joe is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) whose responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, financial reporting, budgeting, capital planning and grant reporting. He also volunteers as the Treasurer for the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City.  He previously worked as Director of Finance with New International, a non-profit, for four years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Northwest Missouri State University.

Legal

Brian Rabineau

General Counsel

Brian serves as the General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters on behalf of Port KC.  He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for several years. Before joining Port KC, Brian was a Senior Associate City Attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and handled legal matters related to economic development incentives. Prior to that, … Continued

Brian serves as the General Counsel, overseeing all legal matters on behalf of Port KC.  He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for several years.

Before joining Port KC, Brian was a Senior Associate City Attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and handled legal matters related to economic development incentives. Prior to that, he was a law clerk to the Hon. Paul M. Spinden (Ret.) and an Assistant Attorney General for governmental affairs in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Brian is licensed to practice law in Missouri. He earned his degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he served on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review.

Mary Barnes

Contract & Compliance Paralegal

Mary drafts and reviews contracts, maintains records, and acts as a compliance officer for Port KC.  She brings several years of experience in records organization, project management, and contracts and compliance management. In her career, she managed the off-boarding process for corporate electronic records and was directly involved with document information security, ethical walls procedure, … Continued

Mary drafts and reviews contracts, maintains records, and acts as a compliance officer for Port KC.  She brings several years of experience in records organization, project management, and contracts and compliance management. In her career, she managed the off-boarding process for corporate electronic records and was directly involved with document information security, ethical walls procedure, and database administration. Mary earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Communications

Human Resources

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Jolene Mead

Director, People and Operations

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. In this capacity, she serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders. She also provides support to the President & CEO. Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a Society of … Continued

Jolene is responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. In this capacity, she serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders. She also provides support to the President & CEO.

Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Operations

Asset Management

Bill Rulon

Superintendent

Bill has been with Port KC for 11 years. As Property Superintendent, he oversees ongoing projects and events, meets with and obtains bids from vendors and makes sure Berkley Riverfront receives proper care and maintenance. He is an ambassador to Berkley Park patrons, vendors and Richard Gebauer tenants. He also oversees projects, maintenance and tenant … Continued

Bill has been with Port KC for 11 years. As Property Superintendent, he oversees ongoing projects and events, meets with and obtains bids from vendors and makes sure Berkley Riverfront receives proper care and maintenance. He is an ambassador to Berkley Park patrons, vendors and Richard Gebauer tenants. He also oversees projects, maintenance and tenant issues at Richard Gebauer properties.