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Exploring Life & Business with Kevin Bryant of Kingsway Development

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Bryant. He and his team share their story with us below:

Among some of the emerging commercial real estate developers in the region, Kevin Bryant is making his mark by establishing and nurturing critical business relationships with some of the St. Louis area’s most prolific companies and individuals.

He is the executive founder and developer of Kingsway Development LLC and CEO of Conversions Global Marketing. Kevin is a tactical decision-maker with a keen eye for creative problem solving and diplomatic negotiating.

Throughout his tenured career, he has earned a reputation as the trusted go-to; one renowned for his ability to call on his core competencies of advertising, design, journalism, marketing, promotions, and digital communication to deliver measurable results with impeccable efficiency.

As an accomplished communications professional with expertise in strategic planning and project management for leading organizations, Kevin has shepherded projects for the likes of Monsanto Corporation, Anheuser-Busch, Jones Lang LaSalle, Diadora, Grace Hill Health Centers, Harris-Stowe State University, and Family & Workforce Centers of America.

More recently, while serving as the leading community and building developer in the Kingsway/Central West End Corridor, Kevin has retained Master Development rights for 207 acres of the Kingsway District and is overseeing the multi-million-dollar business and community development project in St. Louis’ Central-West End. He is well-positioned to drive economic development in the district through a core focus on revitalizing vacant/underutilized properties.

In addition to real estate, Kevin has negotiated tax credit programs and established the fully operating Kingsway Redevelopment Plan (with exclusive rights for the next 10 years) – in partnership with the St. Louis Development Corporation, a plan that includes initiating corporate expansion opportunities and supporting upwardly mobile housing developments.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been anything but smooth, but the challenges are what have made the successes that much more rewarding.

Having never done real estate to the scale that my current redevelopment project is on has been like drinking through a fire hose for the past three years.

Learning to put together development incentives, working with contractors, and organizing community residents while continuously negotiating with banks and investors to help fund projects has been a struggle, to say the least.

As you know, we’re big fans of Kingsway Development. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
The Kingsway Development Corporation was created out of the necessity to cease the rapid decline of American neighborhoods and restore them to their potential of vibrancy and communal splendor.

Founded by merchants that live and work in the targeted area, and guided by experienced developers, KDC will take on the mission of raising capital, technical expertise, training, and information to develop thriving business communities that spur economic development, and affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods.

KDC exists as an integral part of helping community-led, community-benefiting development strategies transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones – good places to live, do business, work, and raise families.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
When I first decided to take on the challenge of being a Real Estate Developer, I really had no idea how many people it would take in order to truly be successful.

Learning to delegate responsibilities to other professionals that had more talent and experience in specific areas of real estate is the biggest thing that has allowed me to accomplish the goals set forth in the development plan and continue to move forward.

“If you want to go fast go by yourself, if you want to go far go with others”.

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Trivers Architects, The CD Companies, and Simms Building Group

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