President, Olathe Chamber of Commerce
A lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, Tim McKee is the CEO of the Olathe Chamber of Commerce. Before assuming that position, he was the chamber’s executive vice president for economic development. In his 14 years at the chamber, he has helped position Olathe as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, bringing to fruition major projects like the Kansas Bioscience Park, which includes Kansas State University Olathe and the Kansas Bioscience Authority’s Venture Accelerator. He also assisted with the expansion of the Farmers Insurance and Garmin International headquarters and has helped generate explosive growth in office, retail and industrial space in Olathe. McKee began his professional career working first as a residential mortgage loan officer in the Kansas City area. He was then hired as the first business and retention manager for the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, a position he held for four years before coming to Olathe in 1998.
McKee has shared his leadership skills with many community organizations, including:
- 2006 chair of the Johnson County United Way
- Executive Committee of the Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone
- Kansas Chamber of Commerce Executives
- Kansas Economic Developers Association
On the national level, he is on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Organizational Management of the United States Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute of Organizational Management.
He holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Southwest Missouri State University.