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Dennis Pruitt


Vice President Business Development
Missouri Partnership

Biography

In May 2008, Dennis Pruitt joined Missouri Partnership as Vice President of International Business Recruitment, focusing on bringing new foreign direct investment into the state of Missouri. His projects cross multiple sectors such as advanced manufacturing, energy, food, tech, and biosciences. Some of his successful projects include CertainTeed/Saint Gobain (France), KWS (Germany), Owens Corning (U.S.), Piva Group (Italy), and Unisys (U.S.). In July 2019, Dennis became Vice President of Business Development. This new role is designed to enhance and expand the business development capabilities of Missouri Partnership, and to provide a new level of focus on building relationships and connections with corporate decision makers around the globe. Dennis is a certified Economic Developer and a graduate of the Economic Development Institute. He is active in the International Economic Development Council, having served for two years as Chairman of the International Committee. In 2020, he was recognized as Economic Developer of the Year by the Missouri Economic Development Council. Prior to joining Missouri Partnership, Dennis was the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council, a county-wide economic development organization based in Independence, Kansas. He holds a Master's degree in urban planning from Texas A&M University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and French from Harding University, and a French language certificate from the Sorbonne. He is an honorary member of Pi Delta Phi, a French national honor society. Dennis attended high school in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Iowa.

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