Michael Collins serves as the president of Port KC. In this capacity he is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and long-term planning.
Collins previously served as a senior aide to Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond in Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, Mo. He was the senator’s senior advisor on transportation, economic development, trade and commerce, appropriations, labor and financial services policy.
Additionally, Collins served a senior role in working with the White House, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for the development and construction of all Federal projects within Missouri.
Some federal projects on which he worked include the National Nuclear Security Administration building, IRS Service Center, Jefferson City Federal Courthouse, and the National Archives and Records Administration facility in St. Louis. Most recently Michael served as a vice president at Swope Community Enterprises.
He holds a degree in political science from Park University, an Executive Fellows MBA at Rockhurst University and has performed graduate work at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Jolene Mead, Executive Assistant & HR Coordinator
Jolene provides administrative support to the President & CEO. In addition, she is also responsible for the day-to-day operations and coordination of all human resource functions, processes and transactional activities. She serves as point of contact for staff and stakeholders in this capacity.
Jolene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication from Park University and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Real Estate & Development
Joe Perry, Vice President, Real Estate
Joe Perry oversees the management, development and marketing of properties owned or operated by Port KC. He brings 25 years of experience in the real estate finance, marketing, development, architecture, urban planning, public policy, public/private finance, and development disciplines.
Perry most recently 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.
Matthew Prout, Development Manager
Matthew Prout conducts a wide range of real estate activities for Port KC, helping to develop, market, and manage the organization’s uniquely positioned property portfolio. Expertise in master planning, mixed-use development, and public-private partnerships allows Matthew to responsibly manage Port KC’s current projects and to strategically initiate new ones. Most recently Matthew served as an Associate for Price Development Group, contributing to the acquisition and development of multiple Class A multifamily communities in major markets throughout the U.S.
Matthew holds a master’s degree in real estate with an emphasis in development from Georgetown University and a BA in urban geography and history from Dartmouth College.
Zoraya Rowlands, Director, Strategic Initiatives
Zoraya Rowlands is responsible for developing, overseeing and helping implement programs and projects to support Port KC’s vision through its short and long-range plans. She works with all Port KC departments utilizing analytical and financial skills to analyze and present key strategic issues to senior leadership. Zoraya also manages the Port KC Diversified Contractor Accelerator Program and all international trade opportunities and efforts.
Zoraya earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from City College of New York and an MBA from Baker University.
Port of Kansas City
Richard Grenville, Vice President, Port Operations
Richard Grenville serves as the Director of Port Operations. He is responsible for all Port Terminal Operations and business development of freight related business.
He has had an extensive career in the maritime industry bringing a wide experience and innovation to the transportation/logistics field His corporate career of over thirty-five 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 & Administration
Joseph Lohman, Staff Accountant
Joe Lohman joined Port KC in 2014. He previously worked as Director of Finance with New Missions Systems International in Florida for four years where he gained experience in non-profit accounting. It was there that Joe learned the full scope of the accounting process, which he brings to the table each day.
Lohman grew up in northwest Missouri and earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Northwest Missouri State University. In his spare time, he enjoys board games and spending time with his family.
Legal & Intergovernmental Affairs
Mark R. Coulter, Vice President, General Counsel
Mark Coulter oversees all legal matters on behalf of Port KC. Prior to joining Port KC, Coulter was an assistant prosecutor in Clinton County, Mo.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctorate from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. While in law school, he participated in the school’s trial advocacy program, earned certification in International and Comparative Law, and argued an amicus curiae on behalf of the school in front of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the American Legion.
Andrea Young, Associate Counsel
Andrea Young provides assistance to the General Counsel of Port KC by handling various legal matters.
Andrea graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning & Design and also earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. While in law school she participated on various law journals, served as Research Editor for The Urban Lawyer, and interned for the City of Kansas City, Missouri as well as a private municipal law firm.
Marissa Cleaver Wamble, Vice President, Corporate Communications
Marissa Cleaver Wamble joined Port KC in February 2012. Marissa serves as a liaison between Port KC and the area business community, developers, media and the public.
Before joining Port KC, Marissa worked as a broadcast journalist in Tallahassee, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Kansas City, Missouri.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and French from Oklahoma City University and a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.