Crown Center Redevelopment president Bill Lucas is retiring

Bill Lucas
Bill Lucas

After two decades as president of Crown Center Redevelopment Corp., Bill Lucas will retire at the end of the year.

Stacey Paine, a vice president of finance for Hallmark, will replace Lucas.

Lucas will help Paine transition to the new position over the next few weeks, Hallmark said in an announcement Tuesday.

In a statement, Don Hall Jr., chief executive officer of Hallmark, said: “For 20 years Bill’s strong leadership has continued to transform Crown Center, making it a vibrant part of downtown Kansas City and one of the region’s premier family entertainment destinations. Recently, the addition of the SeaLife Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center have added to the many entertainment options available to Crown Center visitors. Bill’s efforts in bringing those attractions to Kansas City and his leadership in reinvigorating the center’s retail presence, including the new Halls on Grand, will leave a lasting legacy in the community for many years to come.”

The 85-acre Crown Center complex — a mixed-use community that combines hotel, office, retail, residential and entertainment attractions — attracts more than 6 million visitors annually. It is privately financed by Hallmark Cards Inc. and includes more than 2.2 million square feet of office space and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center hotel.

In her new role, Paine will provide strategic leadership and direction for all Crown Center activities, including hotel operations, retail operations, real estate, office space leasing and restaurant operations. She will report to Hall and become an officer of the company.

Paine joined Hallmark in 1990 and has served in a variety of roles within the finance division, including Crown Center vice president of finance and administration, and Halls vice president of finance and operations.

In the statement, Hall said Paine was “integral” in “elevating the popularity” of Crown Center’s family-friendly events.

“These experiences have provided her with a deep understanding of Crown Center as a business and an appreciation for its distinct mission and role in our community.”

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC