It’s with great pleasure today that I get to introduce the newest member of the Silicon Prairie News team, our community builder in Kansas City, Regan Carrizales.
Though we announced Regan at our BIG Global Entrepreneurship Week Party in November, this week marks the start of her position at SPN. With that in mind, we thought it would be nice to shed a little more light on who she is and what she’ll be handling.
A Kansas native and University of Kansas grad, Regan previously served as the associate director of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a membership organization focused on making the region a leading location for business and quality of life. It was here that we were introduced as she was spearheading that group’s foray into regional entrepreneurship development.
At SPN, Regan’s primary objective will be to serve as the voice and face of our organization in the Kansas City area. This means meeting with entrepreneurs, investors, stakeholders and community members. It means attending community events like Startup Weekend Kansas City, Global Entrepreneurship Week and Compute Midwest. And, of course, it means being very involved with our inaugural Big Kansas City event in March. Regardless of the task, the goal is simple: be a connector and a champion for all startup related things in KC.
SPN is a company built around the idea that we can build a strong entrepreneurial community by building bridges and connectivity between the region’s entrepreneurs. Our Community Builder role is a major piece of this puzzle, along with our news blog and events. We started with Jeff Slobotski in this role in Omaha. With our expansion to Des Moines we added Geoff Wood in this role. Bringing Regan on board rounds out the region’s three flagship cities and allows us to truly be a part of the KC community.
This week is the first that we’ve had full-time feet on the ground in Kansas City – Regan joins our Kansas City editor Michael Stacy. As we’ve said many times, the momentum and energy in the KC startup community is incredible. We couldn’t have found a better ambassador and liaison to help SPN be a part of it all.
So everyone join me in welcoming Regan to our team! Over the coming weeks and months, I’m sure you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot from her. If you see her out and about in KC, make sure to say hi! (Find her on Twitter, @regan_lc, or connect with her by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.)