Retired chairman of DST Realty, Inc, Phil Kirk, was recently named The Kansas Citian of the Year by the KC Chamber.
- The award is the highest civic honor the KC Chamber can bestow.
Presented at the November 26, 2013 Annual Dinner, the award is given “only to those persons whose civic contributions and achievements have reflected the insight, creativity and consciousness necessary to build and maintain a quality urban community," explains the chamber.
"Phil Kirk is the quintessential example of the person who should be the Kansas Citian of the Year,” says Jim Heeter, president and chief executive officer of the KC Chamber. “Phil tends to shun the limelight, so may not be as well-known as some of our past award winners. But believe me, anyone who knows who's responsible for big things in Kansas City knows Phil Kirk is involved. Plus, he's just a wonderful human being."
Since his graduation from Northwestern Law School in 1963, Phil Kirk has been engaged in numerous sectors of the real estate brokerage and development business. These include:
- office renovation projects in office buildings in the heart of downtown Kansas City
- development and construction of new high-rise office buildings and structured parking garages, also in downtown Kansas City.
Kirk was one of the founders and managed the development of the "Not-for-Profit Campus" in downtown Kansas City that has utilized historic preservation of several buildings in the Quality Hill Historic District, creating a campus of not-for-profit organizations which are in turn able to share meeting rooms, parking and other shared common needs. In conjunction with this project, he created the 11th Street Corridor Tax Increment Financing District that helps the neighborhood maintain historic buildings and streetscapes.
He served on the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Select Committee, which authored the MARC-URBAN CORE REPORT.
He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri. Phil is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate, and has served and continues to serve as real estate consultant to numerous private and not-for-profit organizations. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association.
Phil championed the fundraising and creation of the Hope Lodge for the American Cancer Society and renovation of the historic First National Bank Building into the central Library. He also has been a benefactor for the De LaSalle Education Center, the Urban Core efforts of the Boy Scouts, the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and many other charitable organizations.