Manufacturing in 2013: Are We Growing or Not?

KCMN Events

KCMN October meeting

The Outlook for the US Economy – Jon Willis, Assistant Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Jon Willis will give a presentation on the state of the U.S. economy and discuss the economic outlook for 2012.  In the presentation, he will discuss recent developments in labor markets and inflation with an emphasis on the manufacturing sector.

Navigating the Capital Markets – Financial Industry Panel Discussion.  Three capital market panelists will discuss their forecast for the financial market and discuss strategies for financing growth or continuing operations in 2013.

Forecast Questions? Do you have a particular data point/area of interest you’d like out speakers to cover?  Submit your questions to, or include them as part of your online signup process.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 
7:30-9:00 AM
Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas

Cost is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up by October 5  by clicking here  , or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or


Jon Willis  is the Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Jon joined the Economic Research Department in September 2000.  A native of Iowa, Jon received a B.A. degree in economics from Grinnell College in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in economics from Boston University in 2001.  Jon conducts research on labor market dynamics over the business cycle and the relationship between the price-setting behavior of firms and inflation dynamics.  In addition to working at the Bank, he has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

David Enslen is a Senior Vice President at Commerce Bank, leading the Bank’s commercial banking efforts in the Kansas City Metro area.  David has over 35 years of banking experience in the Kansas City area marketplace.  Commerce Bank is a $20 Billion publicly-owned regional bank that operates as a Super-Community Bank offering an array of sophisticated financial products delivered with high-quality, personal customer service.  Commerce Bank has provided commercial banking services in the Midwest for over 145 years and is the highest rated bank in the country and receives regular recognition for its high level of customer service.  Commerce provides services nationally but primarily operates in 13 states with 363 branches.  The Company’s promise – We Ask, Listen and Solve – is not just our brand, but also our corporate focus.

Timothy D. Leland is a Managing Director and Partner of TGP Investments, and is responsible for leading the firm’s business development efforts. Prior to joining TGP, Mr. Leland served as an investment banker for more than fifteen years, focused primarily on sourcing and executing middle-market mergers and acquisitions transactions. TGP Investments, L.L.C., founded in 2005, is a Kansas City-based merchant banking firm led by a strong investment team with extensive experience in middle-market private equity investing.  TGP’s private equity investment fund has $56.5 million under management, and was formed to make middle market investments in well-managed, profitable, and growing companies. The Fund prefers to provide growth capital for acquisitions or internal growth, or to facilitate liquidity or a sale event for existing shareholders.

Jeff Phillips is Senior Vice President of Missouri Bank where he focuses on assisting Entrepreneurs with their banking needs utilizing his background in manufacturing, distribution and wholesale financing.  Missouri Bank is a $550 million, family owned bank with all four offices in the Kansas City metro.  Missouri Bank understands that running a business is not easy.  It’s not for everyone.  So to those whose DNA dictates launching companies from scratch, we raise our glasses high and say, running your business is not a good idea.  It’s a great one.

Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center  and Missouri Enterprise  are our Network sponsors. Due to our need to cover the event costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event. Cancellations of reservations paid by credit card will be assessed a $10 processing fee by the registration service, or contact us for event credit for a future event.