Jason and his family moved to Kansas City when he was in grade school. He grew up in the Overland Park area, and attended Business School at the University of Kansas. Immediately after graduating, Jason began working for a local entertainment company, with several venues in downtown Kansas City. In 2005, Jason decided to strike out on his own and pursue a career in real estate. After obtaining a real estate sales and mortgage license, and working as a broker for two years, Jason purchased his first commercial property. Having little knowledge of the National Historic Register and historic tax credit program, this first historic redevelopment project proved to be a true education. Since then, Jason has lead Sunflower Development Group to become an award winning regional real estate development firm, which has participated in more than $125 million in various development projects.
Mark started his career in banking in the Kansas City area. Following the recession, Mark joined Sunflower Development Group in November 2011, focusing on the firm’s lending relationships and internal project budgeting. Mark’s role has grown to all areas of the company, now heavily involved in business development and overall project management. He is intimately involved with tax credit investor negotiations, soliciting loan proposals, and securing private investors. He lives in downtown Kansas City and is active in a number of charitable groups and social activities, including the Kansas City Chamber Of Commerce’s Centurions program.
Mark joined SDG at the end of 2008. His experience spans over three decades and 200+ projects worldwide. Prior to SDG, Mark designed and built clubs and entertainment facilities for the US Military MWR Program in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Germany, Italy, UK, Iceland, Cuba, Greenland, New Zealand, Antarctica and the throughout the USA. His extensive work managing the extreme logistics of Federally funded overseas construction gives Mark a unique and wide-ranging toolbox to help solve the everyday challenges of complex construction projects.
Chris has spent his entire career working in the community and economic development field on projects that transform communities both in the U.S. and abroad. Chris began his real estate career utilizing New Market Tax Credits to close financing gaps in rural projects and has been involved in over $250mm NMTC projects nationwide. In addition, Chris has worked in non-profit finance navigating projects that required a layered financing approach and non-traditional capital. Chris has a passion for projects that require out of the box thinking and maximize community impact.
Banks understands that at the core of any long-term relationship are two characteristics, honesty and integrity. This mentality has enabled him to build and strengthen many of the relationships Sunflower utilizes when acquiring the resources that allow us to improve and compliment the communities we work in. Banks spent 8 years working for the University of Kansas, where he led the fundraising efforts that generated funds for capital improvements and scholarship support, during his time leading these efforts, the athletic department raised over 105 million dollars.