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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Mark Thomas Ivan Fenwick is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He arrived in Kansas City in 1998 from Dallas. “I love the Midwest,” he said. “Every five years, I was pretty much moving. Here you can breathe. The Midwest people are friendly. It was very obvious that Kansas City is a place to raise your children. You can slow down, and you can make a contribution.” A ...read more
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Unlike most area rehab facilities that treat hips and joints, Ability KC specializes in complex neurological injury or illness, says Nancy Petersen, LCSW, Medical Marketer and Community Liaison. By Mark Thomas Ability KC brings together Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City and Children's Therapeutic Learning Center. Annually, 2700 individuals and families receive services for medical ...read more
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Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Mark Thomas Cecil Webb comes from El Paso, in the farthest-west corner of Texas. Now he has his own company, Webb Technology Group, with an office in the historic Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. What was the journey to Kansas City like for Webb and for his company? In his early years, Webb says, “I knew I wanted to go to college, but I knew I ...read more
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Monday, March 27, 2017
By Mark Thomas Sean Barnard is the affable owner of Bambou, a salon offering hair and beauty services in downtown Overland Park. He’s relatively new to owning a salon after a lengthy career in the casino world. “I’d been doing casinos for 37 years and I’d had enough,” he says. “I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’ I wanted something that was ...read more
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Monday, February 27, 2017
By Mark Thomas The rich history of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, affectionately known as the KC Rep, began more than 50 years ago. Eric Rosen, an award-winning writer, director and producer, was appointed to be the artistic director in 2007. The KC Rep recruited him when he was artistic director of Chicago’s About Face Theatre, which he helped found. Rosen is directing Constellations ...read more
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Mark Thomas Theresa Van Ackeren moved to Lee’s Summit, Mo., from Omaha in 1989. She did not bring her bicycle along, she remembers with some regret. Before that, she said, “I rode my bike a lot as a kid. I didn’t have a car in the first part of college, so I rode then.” It was a family connection that put Van Ackeren back on two wheels. With a chuckle, she says, ...read more
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Monday, November 21, 2016
By: Mark Thomas "When you have a name like this, my dad drilled that into me as a kid, always use your middle initial." Stephanie S. Smith orchestrates two businesses. Her primary company, S&Co. Design, provides graphic design and marketing. Her second company, Beauty of Life, is a line of apparel and gear "designed to inspire", with the trademarked theme "Be Who You ...read more
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
By Mark Thomas Kate Nielsen knows what her essential skill is at her company, On Tap. She guides. She guides her clients and her team through the process of developing responsive websites that are critical tools for her customers. The web design industry moves rapidly and often uses technical jargon, words that can sometimes baffle those on the outside. Nielsen has a gift for conveying what On ...read more
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Thursday, August 18, 2016
By Mark Thomas On September 1st, 2016, Danny Zaslavsky officially becomes Board President of the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Danny is the marketing guru behind the successful used car dealership Country Hill Motors. His company is a founding member of the Chamber. Started in 1983, Country Hill began with a single small lot. Today, this family business has two substantial ...read more
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Monday, July 25, 2016
By Mark Thomas The view from the conference room at FineLine HR Consulting is stunning. The window overlooks Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza. Just watching the street scene below, perhaps with a piano sonata for company, would be a tempting way to spend a stretch of time. Shelly Freeman, the president and CEO of the company, has the talent to easily provide that accompaniment. Freeman says ...read more
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By Mark Thomas As community development specialist for the Microsoft Store in Overland Park, Lindsey Huckeby says, “My role is to find opportunities to give back to the community through the store with education.” Located in Oak Park Mall, the store is the “face” of Microsoft in the Kansas City metro. It opened in 2012, selling hardware and offering service and support ...read more
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Monday, May 23, 2016
By: Mark Thomas Photo Credit: Landon Vonderschmidt "You don't know what one little statement can do to change a life." Starzette Palmer is a Victim Advocate for the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. The KCAVP is a nonprofit advocacy organization providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and hate crimes within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ...read more
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
By: Mark Thomas Photo Credit: Landon Vonderschmidt Hockey players have a reputation. Tough. Rich Birks has played the game most of his life, but there is a Hockey story that brings tears to his eyes. The 60 year old Birks was born in Boulder, CO. His father was a minister, and the family moved several times. Some of his early years were spent in Michigan, a hot bed of youth Hockey leagues where he ...read more
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
By: Mark Thomas Photography: Landon Vonderschmidt Photography Gillian Power came out as transgender in 2014. Power is the CIO of Lathrop and Gage, a 140 year old law firm, very much a Kansas City icon. "As an administrative leader within the firm, I didn't get to transition quietly," Power explained. "I was mortally fearful of coming out." However, on the day the company ...read more
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
By: Mark Thomas Photography: Landon Vonderschmidt Photography "I like all things beautiful!", Ross DePriest, owner of RD Interiors, describes the driving force behind his business and his life. Mr. DePriest, a native of Mississippi, relocated to Kansas City by way of Michigan five years ago. Within that span of time he has developed an impressive portfolio of clients, both private and ...read more
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
by Mark Thomas Recently back from a California vacation, Dr. Daryl Lynch shared his passion for travel, wine and work. Dr. Lynch has been a full time physician at Children's Mercy Hospital since 1991. He has focused his entire career on Adolescent Medicine, "It's a young field of medicine, created about 1975 or so and then becoming eligible for board certification in 1994." Only ...read more
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Local chamber named "Rising Star" today by National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) was honored today with the Rising Star Chamber Award at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)'s 2015 International Business & Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Rising Star ...read more
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
By: Joe Lyman Photo Credit: Landon Vonderschmidt “I have always liked combining things. Color and patterning were kind of important to my mother, so I have a feeling that’s where that began,” says interior designer John Rufenacht of John Rufenacht Associates. “She was always re-papering the house, or sewing draperies and curtains, she made her own clothes, and somewhere in ...read more
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
By Joe Lyman Hailee Bland-Walsh, owner and founder of City Gym on Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo., is celebrating the gym’s four-year anniversary in August. “We’ve been blessed,” she said. “We’re very lucky. We’ve got over a thousand members, a very vibrant programming, lots of personal training, 45 group exercise classes on a weekly basis — we ...read more
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
By Joe Lyman Kim Jones is a board member for the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and a partner at Seyferth Blumenthal & Harris LLC, a boutique labor and employment litigation firm in Kansas City. “The great thing about my involvement with the Chamber, and with my work as a labor employment attorney, is that both are a convergence of a lot of my passions,” Jones ...read more
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