Aaron Schlagel Named to 2017 Class of NextGen Leaders

Originally posted from the Kansas City Business Journal, July 28, 2017

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2017 NextGen Leaders: Aaron Schlagel

Vice president of development and construction, Copaken Brooks


Copaken Brooks is a full-service commercial real estate firm. Established in 1922, the firm has developed some of the region’s most significant properties, including Downtown’s Town Pavilion and 1201 Walnut office towers, and Oak Park Mall in Overland Park.”

Responsibilities: Schlagel, 36, completes the necessary financial analysis, entitlement work, debt and equity placement, and incentive negotiations to bring creative office, multifamily, mixed-use and industrial projects to life.

At Copaken Brooks, he’s been involved in $245 million worth of development, including Corrigan Station, Downtown’s first speculative office building in more than 25 years; the 12-story Arterra apartment tower now under construction in the Crossroads; and a 500,000-square-foot industrial building under way in Edgerton.”

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration with Spanish concentration, University of Kansas, 2003; MBA with real estate and finance emphasis, University of Colorado, 2011.”

Family: Aaron and his wife, Sarah, have a son, Wilder, 2, and a daughter, Westin, 1.”

Getting started: A fourth-generation Johnson Countian, Schlagel was raised in Olathe, where his father, George Schlagel, is a prominent attorney and civic leader.

“I grew up as George Schagel’s son and wanted to get out of Kansas City and make a name for myself,” Aaron said.

After graduating from KU, he landed a job as a project manager with New York-based Accenture, for whom he assisted companies such as Sony, Diageo and Halliburton with developments in Spain, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States.”

Proudest accomplishments: Prior to returning to Kansas City in 2013, Schlagel worked three years as a senior development manager for W.W. Reynolds Cos. in Fort Collins, Colo. While there, he led development of a $250 million corporate campus for Woodward, a provider of control system solutions for the aerospace and industrial markets.

Schlagel is also proud of his recent selection as a member of the Urban Land Institutes 100 Global Next Generation Leaders.”

Bucket list:“I’d like to sail for a year. Sailing the Greek Isles would be amazing, and down around South America would be pretty sweet. I used to race sailboats in New York.”

Five-year goal:“I want to continue shaping our city and transforming it into the community I know it can be.”

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