Vice President, Dir. of Real Estate Investment/Business Development
JE Dunn Construction 

Michael serves as a vice president for JE Dunn Construction, a multi-billion-dollar construction firm founded in Kansas City, MO in 1924. Michael leads the efforts for Public-Private Partnership (P3) business and project development, and real estate investment ventures for large-complex development and investment projects for social infrastructure, public entity, and commercial real estate clients.

Previously, Michael served as the president and CEO of Port KC (regional port authority) where he led the organization spearheading a diversified portfolio of more than $1.8 billion in transportation, public finance and real estate development. Such activities included waterfront development along the Missouri River, creating intermodal inland port facilities, and enhancing river-borne freight along the Missouri River regionally and globally. Additionally, Michael served as a founding board member of the Kansas City Streetcar Taxation District and Authority.

Michael began his career as a senior aide to Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond in Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, Mo. In this capacity, he was a senior advisor on transportation, economic development and federal facilities, financial services and appropriations policy.

Michael holds a degree in political science from Park University, an MBA from Rockhurst University, and attended executive education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Michael currently serves as the immediate past chair for the Board of Trustees at Park University, a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Economic Advisory Council, the Truman Medical Center, and the Urban Land Institute management committee in Kansas City.

Thursday, Oct. 4                       
Session 2 | 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Why do Public Private Partnerships (P3) Matter?
1 LU

The growing use of P3 delivery is changing the landscape and decision making of how projects are being delivered. This presentation will inform about what P3’s are and are not and how passing on such partnerships can be risky.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the basics of P3s.
2. Identify the P3 method for project delivery.
3. Explore potential P3 partnerships.
4. Weigh appropriate risk to P3 pursuit.