Reynolds named director of Cloud County Economic Development Group


The CloudCorp executive board has announced the hiring of Kim Reynolds as CloudCorp executive director.

Reynolds joins CloudCorp with over 17 years of experience in higher education specifically related to recruitment, retention and fundraising. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Kansas State University and a master’s of liberal studies in organizational leadership from Fort Hays State University. Reynolds’ primary responsibilities will be recruitment of new businesses, retaining current businesses and assisting businesses during expansion.

Kim has been part of the community for 20 years. In looking at her professional experience, she brings a skill set to the position the CloudCorp executive board was looking for,” according to Tim Parker, president of CloudCorp.

Reynolds replaces former Executive Director, Ashley Hutchinson.

“I am excited about this new opportunity. Ashley did an amazing job in her tenure at CloudCorp,” Reynolds said. “My goal is to continue and build on what she has put into motion. I look forward to helping the citizens of Cloud County through the advancement of economic opportunities.”

Reynolds and her husband J.T., who is the president of Concordia Technologies LLC have three daughters. Peyton is a Freshman at KU, Kendall is a sophomore at Concordia Jr./Sr. High School and Breckyn is in fourth grade at Concordia Elementary School.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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