Nations Group Recently Selected by the University of Missouri – Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Missouri Nations Group was recently selected by the University of Missouri – Kansas City, to perform owners representation and project management services for the renovation of Municipal Auditorium in Downtown Kansas City as part of UMKC basketball’s return to Municipal. Collegiate Consulting introduced strategic partner, Nations Group, an Owners Representation firm, to its long time client UMKC.
“Collegiate Consulting is excited to bring Nations Group’s wealth of experience and expertise to UMKC.  We have a strong relationship with Nations Group and UMKC and I am confident that, through our collaboration, UMKC will feature unrivaled facilities in the WAC,” said Russell Wright, Collegiate Consulting Managing Director.

Nations Group participated in the feasibility stage of the project conducted by 360 Architecture.  Nations Group is also assisting the University and the City of Kansas City by partnering in a long-term agreement, which will include capital improvements that will service both entities for years to come.  “We are honored to represent UMKC in partnership with the City on this exciting project,” said Chris Nations, Nations Group Principal.

The Western Athletic Conference recently selected UMKC as its newest member for the 2013-14 academic year, and the University has hired Kareem Richardson as its new head men’s basketball coach.  Prior to joining UMKC, Richardson was an assistant under legendary head coach Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville, helping the Cardinals earn the 2013-14 Division I National Championship.

UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton said, “Our goal is to win the attention and the hearts of Kansas City sports fans.  Kansas City is the best college basketball town in the country, and UMKC is Kansas City’s top university.”

Built in 1934, the Arena is a historic landmark in Kansas City.  The arena hosted three of the first four Final Fours and remains a host for the NAIA Men’s Division I Basketball National Tournament.

About Nations Group

Nations Group is an Owners Representation company specializing in project management of collegiate, sports and entertainment venues, charter schools, commercial and municipal projects.   Nations offers comprehensive project management, project development, and project finance solutions.  Nations Group principals Chris Nations and Brad Wright have lead or participated in the development of over a billion dollars of collegiate, public and private construction projects.  For more information on Nations Group, visit:, or contact Stephanie Brown 602-327-3976; email:

About Collegiate Consulting

Collegiate Consulting is a comprehensive solutions-based consulting company focused exclusively on the collegiate marketplace.  Featuring a team of experienced and proven individuals, Collegiate Consulting enables athletic departments and conferences to increase revenue, create efficiencies and maximize operations to succeed and prosper in a diverse climate.  For more information on Collegiate Consulting visit:, or contact Russell Wright 678-324-8387; email: