Downtown Council announces Office Summit featured speaker, panelists


Mike Fenske, president and general manager, Global Facilities for Burns & McDonnell, will serve as the featured speaker and facilitate a panel discussion at the 2022 Downtown KC Office Summit.

The Downtown Council will explore the leading-edge concept of Place Matters at the 6th annual Downtown Office Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Place Matters is a growing trend among urban centers across the country, and is setting a course for the future of Downtown KC, said Bill Dietrich, president & CEO of the Downtown Council (DTC). 

“The Downtown KC Office Summit will underscore Downtown’s ongoing renaissance – its transformation from a 9-to-5 office district into a modern, mixed-use neighborhood and destination,” Dietrich said. “These qualities provide an attractive environment for businesses seeking a location that will help them build culture, as well as recruit and retain talent for their company.”

The popular Downtown Office Summit is set to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at The Gallery event space in the Kansas City Power & Light District. The annual meeting provides the opportunity for attendees to connect with the Kansas City real estate community, business leaders, and government officials. Tickets are available now. Click here to learn more.

The 2022 Office Summit, featuring opening remarks by the Hon. Quinton Lucas, Mayor of the City of Kansas City, is designed to provide a better understanding of the Downtown office market today and to chart a course toward greater success tomorrow.

The Mayor will be joined for opening remarks by the Downtown Office Summit co-chairs Tim Schaffer, founder and president of AREA Real Estate Advisors, and Sean Craven, vice president & director of Office Brokerage of AREA Real Estate Advisors.

The featured speaker at this year’s Office Summit will be Mike Fenske, president and general manager, Global Facilities for Burns & McDonnell. Under Fenske’s leadership, the Global Facilities business has grown annual revenues by 30% each year and expanded to more than 900 employee-owners worldwide. 

Fenske joined Burns & McDonnell in 1992 as part of the firm’s aviation business. Since then, Fenske has held numerous leadership roles in a variety of divisions. He has been instrumental in the expansion of the firm’s design-build capabilities and integrated team approach across markets, including manufacturing, industrial, commercial, food and beverage, consumer products, and mission critical. 

Fenske will also moderate a panel discussion of business and community leaders who believe Place Matters is essential in building a robust Downtown KC office environment. Panelists will include:

  • Jared Fleisher, vice president of Government Affairs, Rocket Companies
  • Trevor Hoiland, architecture + design director, Burns & McDonnell
  • Kathy Nelson, president & CEO, Visit KC and the KC Sports Commission
  • Kelvin Simmons, partner, Nexus Group

The annual Office Summit will feature its three traditional components on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 16:

  • 2 p.m. – Office Summit Expo – a networking opportunity to learn more about Place Matters and to meet those who represent Downtown properties, opportunities and trends;
  • 3 p.m. – Office Summit Program features speakers representing the vitality of greater Downtown, including comments from Mayor Lucas, featured remarks from Mike Fenske, and the panel discussion with community and business leaders;
  • 4:30 p.m. – Networking and Reception.

The event is produced by the Downtown Council of Kansas City. Platinum sponsors of the 2022 Office Summit include Burns & McDonnell, JE Dunn Construction, the Kansas City Power & Light District, and McCownGordon Construction. Go to to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets. 

For questions and information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie Shippy at the Downtown Council, or 816-421-1539.