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199: Keith Davenport - Missouri & Kansas State EO Centers

Bret Keisling is joined by Keith Davenport, executive director of the Missouri Center for Employee Ownership and Kansas Center for Employee Ownership, who discusses their origins, funding, and focus on growing employee ownership.


Episode 199 Show Notes

About Keith Davenport:

Keith Davenport serves as Executive Director for both Missouri Center for Employee Ownership (MOCEO) and Kansas Center for Employee Ownership (KSCEO) and is a current candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives in the 43rd District. He has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors leading organizations and managing programs for the likes of Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, Johnson County, Kansas Government, and the USA/Canada Regional Office for the Church of the Nazarene located in Lenexa, Kansas. He is passionate about empowering members in his community and removing barriers to the American dream, which is what drew him to employee ownership. He has an earned bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry from Olivet Nazarene University, a Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri’s Truman School of Government and Public Affairs. He lives in Gardner, Kansas with his wife, four children, and two dogs.

About MOCEO:

Missouri Center for Employee Ownership (MOCEO) is an educational nonprofit increasing awareness of the benefits of employee ownership for selling business owners, their employees, and their communities. MOCEO is part of the Employee Ownership Expansion Network, (EOX) a group of state centers doing similar work, with funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Great Game of Business, and other individuals and organizations throughout the Midwest. We invite you to read the excellent MOCEO blog post, "Why does employee ownership need a nonprofit?" about the role of a state center for employee ownership. You can see the map about the Silver Tsunami and its potential impact on Missouri here.

Bret Keisling, Passionate Advocat for Employee Ownership

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