Department of Commerce announces two new hires

1 Apr 2021


TOPEKA – Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland today announced the addition of two new key hires at the Kansas Department of Commerce to better serve and respond to the needs of Kansas businesses.

Ryan Wills has been named Manager of Constituent Services and Hospitality Industry Liaison in the Office of the Secretary. In this role Wills works with businesses and residents to eliminate obstacles, and will be responsible for establishing and monitoring customer service standards for the agency.

Wills’ role as Hospitality Industry Liaison represents the first position at the Department of Commerce dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry. This new position was created as part of the Department of Commerce’s Back to Business initiatives, specifically in response to challenges faced by the hospitality industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wills has assisted Commerce since November as a member of the Back to Business team helping to facilitate the Supporting People Across Kansas (SPARK) grant program. Prior to Commerce, Wills’ career was in the music, hotel and restaurant industries, and he previously served as General Manager of the RowHouse Restaurant in Topeka.

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