TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback today announced that Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce Antonio Soave will resign, returning to the private sector to pursue business opportunities. Soave has served as Commerce Secretary since November 2015.

“Secretary Soave added great vision to the Department of Commerce,” said Governor Brownback. “He brought enthusiasm for entrepreneurship and experience working with businesses in a wide range of industries. We wish him well in his new endeavors.”

During Soave’s tenure, the Kansas Department of Commerce implemented programs such as Jump Start Kansas Entrepreneurs to help small businesses grow, started a Kansas Commerce Magazine which is now published each quarter, and closely coordinated with Kansas military installations and partners to bring better solutions for soldiers transitioning into the Kansas workforce.

“It has been an honor to serve the state of Kansas in this capacity,” said Secretary Soave.  “We have been able to move Kansas forward through our extensive marketing and business-to-business efforts whereby the Kansas Department of Commerce has been able to serve as an effective conduit, convener and connector of people and companies. I am most grateful for the opportunity to help advance the Kansas economy.”

Nick Jordan, former Secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue and current head of the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, will serve as interim secretary. The search for a permanent hire begins immediately.