Leader with National Impact Earns Clay County Honors 

A banker turned real estate developer who became president and CEO of Hunt Midwest will be honored Oct. 27 at the EDC’s Look North Awards Luncheon.

Ora Reynolds, who has left an imprint on Clay County, the Northland and communities throughout the U.S., will be honored at the annual event which will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Harrah’s North Kansas City. Reynolds joins some of Clay County’s most illustrious leaders whose accomplishments and contributions to the region have made it a better place to live, work and play. Her mentor at Hunt Midwest, Lee Derrough, received the award in 2005.

Reynolds’ road to Hunt’s leadership was unusual. In 1991 she had just moved to Kansas City and was likely to restart her banking career. But several banks suggested her name to Hunt’s leadership, noting someone with a business background would be ideal. She oversaw development of one of Hunt’s first residential projects north of Pleasant Valley, then followed that with more successes that eventually stretched across the country. Today, she manages every aspect of the Hunt’s real estate holdings, the company’s strategic focus and development.

Throughout this time, she’s also been an active community leader. Her community service includes multiple corporate boards, as well as charitable and civic organizations. In addition, she serves as co‐chair of the Kansas City Area Development Council board of directors. Reynold’s is also a member of the advisory board of Commerce Bank, on the KU Advancement Board and is past chair of the Starlight Theater board. She is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Reynolds lives with her family in Leawood, Kansas.

For more information on the luncheon, please call the Clay County EDC office at 816-468-4989 or purchase your ticket here.

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