ACI Boland Architects Grows Business Development Team

ACI Boland Architects is pleased to introduce our new business development team:

Merri Cross

Merri Cross joined ACI Boland in July 2018 as Business Development Director of the Live|Work Studio. With more than 18 years of experience in commercial real estate, development and construction, Merri partners with Principal Rick Clawson to lead the Live|Work studio in developing client relationships focused on design for office, industrial, mixed-use, multi-family, senior living, student housing and more. Merri has previously worked in a variety of marketing, communications and business development positions with Dentons, JES Holdings, McCarthy Building Company and Gundaker Commercial Group, Inc. (GCG). 

Merri is proud to serve as the VP of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors for Friends of Kids with Cancer and she is a Past-President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) - St. Louis. She also volunteers as a business mentor for the Virtual Enterprise program with Parkway School District and is on the board of directors at Salem United Methodist Church.

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Michael Gansman

ACI Boland Business Development Team (L-R), Michael Gansman, Merri Cross, Kip Dunn. Photo courtesy ACI Boland Architects.

ACI Boland Business Development Team (L-R), Michael Gansman, Merri Cross, Kip Dunn. Photo courtesy ACI Boland Architects.

Michael Gansman joined ACI Boland in September 2018 as Business Development Director of the Learn Studio. He has more than 28 years of experience in the education, municipal and commercial/industrial markets focused on business development, project needs assessment and management, operational efficiency improvements and total client satisfaction. Michael works with Principal Doug Loveland to develop educational client relationships that improve the student learning environment and reduce ongoing operational costs for school districts.

Michael is the Past President of Instrumentation Systems and Automation (ISA) Society of Kansas City and has volunteered extensively with multiple charities around the metro area including Ronald McDonald House Charities. Michael has served for several years as the Guest Services Director of Grace Church of South Overland Park, KS and is a dedicated father who enthusiastically coaches his children’s sports teams (soccer and volleyball).

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Kip Dunn

Kip Dunn joined ACI Boland in September 2018, as Business Development Director of the Heal Studio. Having 23 years in the healthcare industry, Kip works in conjunction with Principal Sam Beckman to lead the Heal Studio in developing client partnerships focused on designs for hospitals, clinics and all medically relevant locations to improve patient, family and medical staff satisfaction.

Prior to joining ACI Boland, Kip spent five years with Fresenius Kidney Care as the Director of Business Development for the Great Plains. Kip values the impact architectural healthcare solutions provide for patients, families, staff and administration. Having worked with healthcare systems and personnel across more than a third of the country, he understands challenges and opportunities in markets of all sizes.

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About ACI Boland Architects:

ACI Boland Architects is a firm focused on how architecture affects the human experience. With offices located in Kansas City and St. Louis, they are thought leaders in the industry that produce a full suite of cutting-edge design solutions for clients in a variety of industries. ACI Boland is highly committed to enhancing people’s lives through design and attentively sculpting the built environment where families live, learn, heal and work.