As a businessman for nearly 30 years, the Commerce Secretary, Antonio Soave, knows the value of the business climate in Kansas. Secretary Soave has seen first-hand what the infrastructure, workforce, tax policies and economic climate can do for businesses of any size
From Secretary of Commerce for the State of Kansas
I am very excited to have accepted the position of Secretary of Commerce for Kansas. I am formerly the President and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services, and I am intrigued and overjoyed at the opportunity I will now have to bring my experience and knowledge to the State of Kansas. I look forward to the challenge that Gov. Sam Brownback has presented to me, and I hope to be able to show current and prospective Kansas business owners why I and many businesses have settled in the Sunflower State.
Kansas has a unique business outlook, as it boasts a wide-range of industries. Kansas is well-known for its sprawling agricultural fields and cattle, as well as for its oil reserves, an aviation sector and a bio-science industry. But it is also a conservative state that prides itself on fiscal responsibility. Kansas was recently named the fifth best Pro-Business State in the nation, according to Pollina Inc. Businesses that choose Kansas can also look forward to the future of technology as Kansas is fast-becoming a high-tech hub. With a population of just over 2.9 million, Kansas packs a heavy economic punch with a proactive legislative and regulatory environment and major advantages in costs, taxes, skilled workforce and major transportation assets. All of this has combined to make the Sunflower State a haven for investment and innovation. All in all, Kansas is open for business.
About Secretary Soave
Antonio J. Soave is the Kansas Secretary for the Department of Commerce. Soave was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback in the fall of 2015 and confirmed in January of 2016.
Secretary Soave is the former Chairman and CEO of Capistrano Global Advisory Services (CGA), a boutique international business transaction firm based in Overland Park. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has helped numerous entrepreneurs and businesses to expand and grow around the globe. He also previously served as an intern in the White House Office of Public Liaison’s Department of Foreign Policy and Defense under President Ronald Reagan.
Since coming on as the Secretary of Commerce, Soave has been responsible for and directed an array of business projects. The highlights of Soave’s time at Commerce are:
Kansas ranks 5th Most Pro-Business State in the Nation
Kansas ranks in Top Ten at Governor’s Cup
Amazon opens two fulfillment centers in Kansas, bringing 2,000 jobs
Spirit AeroSystems will invest more than $1 billion in equipment and facilities in Kansas
Cargill decides to maintain Protein Headquarters in Wichita, Kansas
Italian company, Enel, invests $610 million in Kansas Wind Farm construction
Soave is an International Advisory Council member of the United States Institute of Peace. He has a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from The American University in Washington, D.C., a Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University and a Masters of Law in International Law from the University of San Diego.