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Startup Grind Kansas City Hosts Sandy Kemper (C2FO)

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Sandy Kemper, C2FO

Alexander C “Sandy” Kemper is the founder of C2FO and serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO.

In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of The Collectors Fund, a private equity fund focused on alternative asset classes. Prior to founding The Collectors Fund and C2FO, Sandy founded (now Perfect Commerce) and served as the CEO from[masked]. Prior to eScout, he served as CEO of UMB Financial, a NASDAQ traded company with assets of more than $12B.

Sandy began his career with UMB upon graduating in 1987 from Northwestern University where he majored in American History. Sandy is an active angel and venture investor and currently serves on the corporate boards of UMB Financial, UMB Bank, NIC, AXA Art USA and BATS Exchange, one of the largest ​stock exchanges in the world.

Sandy and his family are active in academic, civic and philanthropic endeavors and he serves on the board of the Agriculture Future of America (AFA), a non-profit scholarship and leadership development organization which he co-founded.

Sandy and his family live on a farm in Kansas City, Missouri, where they raise and care for their horses, sheep and any and all wild animals (not including their 4 children)


6:00 Networking and Food
7:00 Fireside Chat
8:00 Networking

Hosted By Adam Arredondo, Director of Startup Grind Kansas City

Adam has founded several startups and is an active co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village ( in the first neighborhood in the world to get Google Fiber. Currently, Adam is Director of Entrepreneurship & Co-founder of CEED (, an organization focused on activating entrepreneurs. He was appointed to the Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet ( As a result of all these efforts, he has developed strong connections in the local civic and startups communities.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @kcdondo (

Hosted By Abby Tillman, Director of Startup Grind Kansas City

Abby has a background in edtech, marketing, and communications. Throughout her career, Abby has worked for several edtech startups focused on supporting student success, including Epsilen and ConnectEDU. Now, in her role at CEED, she facilitates relationships with educational institutions and programs while exposing students to the highly innovative, energetic, and creative world of entrepreneurship. When she's not attending meetings or staying active in the startup community, she's spending time enjoying KC with her (brand new!) husband.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @AbbyTillwoman (

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CEED is committed to activating entrepreneurs, building a pipeline of innovative talent and strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Kansas City.

Located in the heart of the Kansas City Startup Village, the Village Square offers entrepreneurs and startups a place to call home. We've got everything you need (desk, chairs, coffee and more) to keep you going while you build the next BIG thing.

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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 150 cities and 65 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit ( or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind (