40 Under Forty: The Class of 2017
Next year at this time, 40 Under Forty will turn 20, and by that time, Ingram’s will have identified 800 of the Kansas City region’s most promising young leaders, dating to that first class in 1998. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves: In this, the 19th installment of 40 Under Forty, we’re pleased to spotlight the achievements of many emerging leaders from a broad swath of industries in the Kansas City region.
As you read the unique stories of this year’s honorees, keep in mind those who have been recognized before them. Collectively, they have given much of themselves to this region. Collectively, the rest of us owe them a debt of gratitude.
Please join us in applauding their accomplishments.
How many of us can truly say that we’ve had a billion-dollar economic impact on our communities? Brad Simma can. Since joining Block Construction Services in 2003, this 39-year-old vice president has demonstrated his command of construction management across the full range of commercial development—office buildings, industrial and distribution facilities, medical facilities, mixed used developments and multifamily projects. And we use “construction management” in the broadest sense of the term, as his duties for the region’s largest commercial realty firm entail all aspects of that complex and nuanced process—owner representation, site selection, entitlements, negotiating incentives, pre-construction services, contract negotiation, debt/equity transactions and contract administration. Among the higher-profile projects he’s led or is now involved with are the 154,000-square foot Teva Pharmaceutical headquarters, the 635,000 square feet at Lenexa Logistics North #1 and a combined 610,000 more at the logistics center’s #4 and #5 sites, thousands of apartment units at CityPlace, WaterCrest, EdgeWater and WaterSide Residences—it’s a long and comprehensive list of development successes. He signed on with Block three years after earning his degree in construction engineering and technology from Pittsburg State University. Simma and his wife, Lisa, have three children, ages 16, 13 and 3, and he serves on the CAD Advisory Board for the Shawnee Mission school district.