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. However, during the process, Jason developed a strong passion for the work and sense of pride that comes with the preservation of a historic structure.
Mark started his career in banking at Hawthorn Bank 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.
Chris began his real estate development career helping to pioneer the use of New Market Tax Credits on Native American lands while working at Travois New Markets. As a small start up, Travois New Markets secured a $30 million allocation in 2007 and an $80 million in 2009. Chris worked on all facets of NMTC projects including writing NMTC applications to Treasury, deal origination, asset management, in-house loan servicing and compliance.
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.