Heidi Thummel
Director, Business Development

Heidi is the Director of Business Development and currently serves on the GBA Board of Directors. She works with employees at all levels to identify new opportunities, build brand recognition and nurture relationships with existing and new clients. Heidi enjoys collaborating with markets and affiliates within the company on strategic growth including M&A activities and geographic expansion across the U.S. She also serves multiple civic organizations in Kansas City, including current board seats with the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), Olathe Economic Advisory Board, Lee’s Summit EDC Board of Directors, Johnson County Transportation Council and formerly as Chair of Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.

Professional Highlights

  • 22 years of experience – 15 at GBA
  • KC Business Journal Class of 2022 Women Who Mean Business
  • APWA Young Leader of the Year 2008


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Public Relations from Nebraska Wesleyan University
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