A native of Arkansas and educated at the University of Oregon with a degree in Architecture, Jim Harpool practiced with Flickinger Architects in Denver from 1973 to 1980. Projects included retail malls, grocery anchored centers, hotels, health clubs and numerous suburban office projects for local and national developers. In 1980 Jim joined Wickliff and Company as Director of Development and projects included major downtown Denver office buildings, office buildings in Salt Lake City, hotels in Denver and Pleasanton, CA, health clubs and retail centers along the Colorado Front Range.
In 1986 Jim joined Kroh Brothers Development to open an office in Washington, D.C., working on office and retail projects, but soon after joining, became a member of the Kansas City workout team that eventually took the company into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The Company had a portfolio of office and retail properties of over 16 million square feet (value in today's dollars of approximately $3 Billion) with the majority of it being office in Kansas City, Tampa, Denver and Wichita. As one of the key leaders of the management team the task was to evaluate, analyze and value all assets and determine the most profitable course of action for each property and make a recommendation to the Bankruptcy Court and Creditors Committee. This effort spanned 1986 thru 1993 as Kroh Operating Limited Partnership and included systematic asset enhancement, management and leasing of the portfolio and eventual sale of all assets in accordance with the approved plan.
Jim then formed his own company, Spinnaker Commercial Realty, and continued developing and managing office and retail properties until partnering with Dial Realty of Omaha and forming a local entity, Dial Realty of Kansas City. As the 99% owner of Dial Realty Kansas City, Jim led projects including development of Hartman Heritage Center in Independence which included a retail center, a Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, office and outparcel buildings. Other projects included the redevelopment of an old steel plant in downtown Manhattan, Kansas, into a new project anchored by Hy-Vee and Best Buy, as well as the acquisition and management of office and retail properties in the Kansas City area.
Jim teamed with the Morgan/Dreiseszun families in 2007 to form Harpool Morgan Haney and eventually merged with MD Management. As Director of Development and Construction, Jim directed the partnerships effort to evaluate, reposition and redevelop the current portfolio of over 7 million square feet of properties valued at approximately $500 million and for new development including both retail and residential subdivisions. Jim was responsible for directing the public private partnerships necessary in today's market, including tax increment financing and community improvement districts as well as responsibility for acquisitions, due diligence, development, design and construction efforts of the organization. The company completed an $80 million redevelopment of East Hills Mall in St. Joseph and redevelopment of the 1950's era Holliday Square in Topeka, Kansas, as well as projects in Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood and Kansas City, Missouri. Projects included obtaining entitlements for the Walnut Trails 560 acres master planned residential project in south Overland Park. In addition, the company provided Owner representation and Construction Management Services to the Kansas City, Missouri Tax Increment Financing Commission for infrastructure work in the KCI TIF Area (Airport area) including streets, bridges, utilities and teamed with Hunt Midwest to construct sanitary sewers in the Twin Creeks watershed of approximately 15,000 acres on behalf of the city.
Jim joined the RH Johnson Company in February 2014 and was primarily involved in partnerships developing projects in the KC Metro Area. These include the Promontory at 91st and Metcalf which involves redeveloping the former Gateway Plaza shopping center. The out-parcels are receiving a "facelift" to tie into the new development. The existing retail buildings will be demolished and a new 120,000 square feet of retail is being built along with 420 residential units above the retail and the east part of the site. It is the largest "mixed use" project being built under the Vision Metcalf plan to date. Other projects included assemblage of ground for Hunt Midwest in downtown Overland Park for "The Vue" mixed use project at 80th and Marty, as well as projects in the works in downtown Lee's Summit and south Overland Park.
Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Clay County Economic Development Council, the Clay County Economic Development Alliance and the Platte County Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Independence Council for Economic Development, the Board of Directors of the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council, the Mayoral appointed Twin Creeks Planning Task Force, the National Frontier Trails Advisory Board, The Truman Heartland Foundation Reinvestment Foundation Board and the Board of the Homebuilders Association of Greater Kansas City.
Jim currently serves on the Mayoral appointed Impact Fee Advisory Council for the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the MARC Creating Sustainable Places Advisory Board. Jim is also involved in the InterUrban Arthouse project in downtown Overland Park, Turning Point Advisory Board (a non-profit associated with KU Medical Center) and Teacher Town which is an effort to build housing for teachers in the urban environment.
Jim is a licensed broker in Kansas and Missouri and a licensed architect in Kansas and Colorado. Jim lives in Overland Park with his wife, Nancy Pede, and they have one daughter, Brittany, who is in the equestrian business. They love to travel and his hobbies are fly-fishing, photography, hunting/shooting and knife making.
Email Jim or call him directly at 913.951.8417.