Arthur (Art) Davis Senior Vice President

Art Davis is a Senior Vice President of Waters & Company, a Springsted Company. Prior to joining Waters & Co., Art successfully started and expanded his own company for 10 years providing executive recruitment and organizational management consulting services for cities, counties and nonprofits.

Prior to consulting, Davis was Associate Director for the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, a nonprofit 501c4 membership organization of CEOs representing some of the largest companies in the region. One of his responsibilities was to organize efforts to revitalize Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, by coordinating a strategic and master planning process involving hundreds of stakeholders, resulting in development of strategies, solicitation of start-up funding, and implementation of action plans – all contributing toward the successful revitalization of Downtown Kansas City.

For nearly six years Art served as City Administrator of Lee’s Summit, a city recognized as the “fastest growing” city in Missouri and the Greater Kansas City region at the time. Earlier positions of responsibility include working for the cities of Lenexa, Kansas, and Dallas, Texas, at one point serving as Assistant to the Mayor of Dallas..

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Executive Recruitment
  • Leadership/Management Development
  • Strategic Goal Setting & Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Assessment, Design & Development
  • Organization & Community Facilitation

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND EDUCATION

Art received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and public administration from William Jewell College, and his Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

He has led and participated in a wide variety of community initiatives and on nonprofit boards throughout his career. Davis was presented with the L.P. Cookingham Award by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, recognizing his long-term and outstanding contributions in the field of public administration.

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