Ora Reynolds is president and CEO of Kansas City-based Hunt Midwest and Dallas-based Hunt Southwest. She leads the full-service real estate development companies with an emphasis on industrial, commercial, mission critical, multifamily, seniors housing and masterplanned residential communities. Ora oversees all aspects of the Hunt entities’ existing real estate holdings while focusing on the company’s expansion in the Kansas City metro and in Texas.
A hallmark of Ora’s 25-year tenure has been steering the real estate company’s growth, diversifying its product types and building a cohesive team. During her tenure, SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business park, has expanded to six million square feet of leased space and 55 companies by targeting distribution, automotive, e-commerce, record storage, and government tenants. SubTropolis Technology Center, a mission critical facility, opened with LightEdge Solution’s data center as its anchor tenant. The Hunt Midwest Business Center has grown to accommodate more than 40 businesses including “Automotive Alley,” a trademarked, critical mass of Ford upfitters and suppliers. Another 500 acres of adjacent industrial land is being developed for sale and build-to-suit opportunities.
Hunt Midwest has impacted the residential landscape with the development of more than 5,600 single-family lots in multiple communities throughout the Kansas City metro. It recently re-entered the luxury multifamily market with the Mission 106 project at Mission Farms in Leawood, Kansas. Over the last five years, the company, in partnership with a senior living operator, has developed seven assisted living and memory care communities under the Benton House name.
A native of Chicago, Ora was hired by Hunt Midwest in 1991 to identify and implement potential expansion opportunities. Her efforts led Hunt Midwest into the residential development business, and in 1994, Ora was promoted to manager of residential development. From 1996 through 1999, Ora moved quickly through the management ranks, being promoted from manager to director to general manager and then to vice president and general manager of the residential development division. In 2007, Ora was named vice president of the overall real estate company and then in 2010, she was named president of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development. She assumed the title of president in 2014 and the CEO designation for Hunt Midwest Enterprises in January of 2015. Also in 2015, she became president and CEO of the newly-formed Hunt Southwest.
Ora’s community service stretches from corporate boards to numerous charitable and civic organizations. She currently sits on the board of directors for Starlight Theatre as a member of its executive committee and past co-chair of the Starlight Gala. She also serves on the KU Advancement Board, the Kansas City Area Development Council Board, and as an Advisory Board member of Commerce Bank and the Urban Land Institute.
Ora’s past board involvement includes Central Bank of the Midwest, Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, The National Association of Home Builders, the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, and the UMKC Board of Trustees.
Ora’s accomplishments of distinction include graduating from the Chamber’s Centurions Leadership program and the opportunity to serve on Governor Jay Nixon’s Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth steering committee. Ora was inducted into the 2010 inaugural class of the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame and is a member of the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Class of 2008, and is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.
Prior to joining Hunt Midwest, Ora was in the corporate banking industry at Barnett Bank of Tampa, N.A. in Tampa, Florida, and NCNB National Bank of Florida in both Tampa and Clearwater. Ora is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She resides with her family in Leawood, Kansas.
Hunt Midwest is a full-service real estate development company with a focus on industrial, commercial, retail, mission critical, multifamily, seniors housing and residential real estate.
Hunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held company owned by the Lamar Hunt family. The Hunt family business is a diverse portfolio of entities involved in real estate, sports/media, energy/resources, private equity and investments. Marquee entities include the Kansas City Chiefs, Hunt Midwest, Hunt Southwest, FC Dallas Soccer Club, Toyota Stadium, Chicago Bulls and United Center.