Marinovich, Carol

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Carol Marinovich
  • Elected first female Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas
  • Through the creation of the Village West retail and entertainment development she helped bring 4,000 new jobs and eight to ten million visitor to Wyandotte County
  • “Mayor Carol Marinovich Good Neighbor Award” was created in 2005 by the University of Kansas Medical Center to honor her
  • 2005 Outstanding Kansas Citian

       Carol Marinovich graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982 with a master’s degree in education, and has become one of the area’s most admired and accomplished political leaders. Marinovich completed 10 years of service as Mayor and CEO of Kansas City, Kansas, and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas. Elected as the first female mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor Marinovich led the efforts to turn around the fortunes of that city. Among the vast list of her accomplishments is the creation of the Village West retail and entertainment development, which includes a combination of local and national retailers. The development increased the area’s property tax base to over $7 million annually, creating 4,000 new jobs. In addition, the development brought eight to ten million visitors to Wyandotte County each year from throughout the Midwest region and beyond. Fellow Hall of Fame woman Jackie Snyder said of Marinovich, “Seldom has one person played such an amazing role in the economic turn-around of a community.”

       Marinovich has received numerous local, state and national honors and awards including the 2005 Outstanding Kansas Citian award. She has received both the Community Leadership Award from the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Service National Network and the Mayor of the Year award from Kansas Mayors Association, among many others. Not only has she received many awards for her amazing work, but in 2005 an award, the “Mayor Carol Marinovich Good Neighbor Award” was created at the University of Kansas Medical Center to honor her as well.

       Marinovich currently serves as the senior vice president at Fleishman-Hillard in Kansas City. She is described as a “great example of a woman...a humble person [who is] quick to recognize others.” Her previous and current work proves that she is very deserving of the honors she has received. According to Dr. Kala Stroup, Carol Marinovich is “a visionary leader who encouraged others to think boldly about the area and its potential.”

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