SMI Board Members
Crosby Kemper III is executive director of the Kansas City Public Library and former CEO of UMB Financial Corporation. He co-founded and is chairman of the Show-Me Institute. He has taught English at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and been a bookseller in Grand Central Station in New York City.
Kevin Short is the co-founder and managing partner/CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a Saint Louis based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement.Kevin Short is managing partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners.
Bevis Schock is a lawyer in solo practice in Saint Louis. He founded the Shrink Missouri Government PAC, which challenged the constitutionality of Missouri’s campaign contribution limits before the United States Supreme Court in 2000. He handles a broad array of legal matters, including civil rights, real estate, personal injury, and criminal. He received a B.A....
Joseph Forshaw is president and CEO of Forshaw, a family-owned business founded in 1871. He has served for several years as an advisory director for Commerce Bank, and is the managing partner of several family real estate partnerships. An alumnus of Saint Louis University High School, Forshaw received both his B.A. and J.D.
Stephen Brauer is chairman and CEO of Hunter Engineering Company. From 2001 to 2003, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium. He has served on numerous charitable and civic boards, including the Saint Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
James Forsyth is president and CEO of Moto, Inc., which operates the MotoMart chain of gas stations and convenience stores. He is also president and CEO of two other family-owned businesses: Forsyth Carterville Coal Company and Missouri Real Estate. He serves on the boards of St. Luke’s Hospital, YMCA of Southwestern Illinois, and Commerce Bank of Saint Louis....
Robert Heller is a retired judge who served for 28 years on the Shannon County Circuit Court in Missouri, where he presided over a broad range of civil and criminal cases both locally and throughout the state. He has served as a member of several Missouri court-related committees and as a district chair for the Boy Scouts of America. He holds a J.D.
Gregg Keller is the Principal of Atlas Strategy Group and is widely regarded as one of the preeminent public affairs professionals in the country.
Louis Griesemer is president and CEO of Springfield Underground, Inc. He is past president of Parkville Stone Company in Parkville, Mo., and Barnhart Limestone in Barnhart, Mo. From 2007 to 2008, he served as chairman of the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association.
Gerald A. Reynolds is general counsel, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary for LG&E and KU Energy. He previously was general counsel for the Eastern Division of American Water Works, Inc., and assistant general counsel at Kansas City Power & Light Company. He also was a deputy associate attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice....