Initiatives Founders

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About Initiatives

Initiatives was established in 2005 in response to the growing need for strategic businesses development services for a variety of organizations. Unlike consulting firms that advise from the outside, Initiatives places a high emphasis on accountability and results by doing. We first understand our clients and then we integrate into their target markets so our clients understand them. We pull rather than push.

Acquiring the right talent with the ability to create a market strategy and successfully execute it remains problematic and out of reach for many organizations. Large corporations generally have the resources and expertise to hire, train, develop and retain top-level market research, sales and account teams to drive major sales and marketing projects.

Initiatives provides that same level of expertise on an outsourced basis. We effectively call on “C-level” officers such as CEOs, COOs, CFOs and public officials. We ask the right questions and get the right answers from the right people. From that, we develop and execute market-based strategies that drive results.

Outsourcing is commonly done in areas of accounting, human resources, legal counsel, engineering, and for a variety of other services. Initiatives takes the outsourcing concept a step further by providing strategic business development services that work. Over the years, we have proven ourselves by successfully serving private investors, large medium and small companies, unions, universities, and public/private partnerships.

Initiatives Founders

TroyCarlsonTroy Carlson is a business executive with 25 years of diverse business development and leadership experience. He has a proven track record for driving business growth and increasing market share in a competitive environment. Throughout his career, he has consistently taken various businesses to the next level through vision, strategic planning and execution. Troy understands the challenges and rewards of leading and managing a profitable business from both the top and bottom lines.

In Wichita, Kansas, Troy built the market for a global consulting business with a mission to help individuals, teams and organizations grow. Understanding the importance of civic leadership, he publicly positioned the business... Full profile...

Initiatives Founders

DeniseKruseAs part of the Initiatives team, Denise is involved in helping to develop the strategic direction and the continual network development of the business community in Kansas City. Denise Kruse is also CEO of AdamsGabbert (AG) and majority owner. Founded in 1999, AG is headquartered in Overland Park, KS with an additional office in St. Louis, MO. At AdamsGabbert, they thrive on delivering on their promises, to their clients, their employees, and their communities.

Denise is integrating nearly 30 years of corporate general management experience, entrepreneurial leadership, and a passion for making a difference in our community. Her experience in consulting... Full profile...