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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — September 22, 2014

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

Leawood Chamber Events

General Membership Luncheon

Oct. 14, 2014, 11:30am at Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park, 66221
Cost: $25 members, $40 non members (advance payment required). If you are interested in learning more about Chamber membership and would like to attend this event, please contact Beth Johnson at 913-498-1514 xt 2, or bethj@leawoodchamber.org, for more information.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

Join Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members for some of the area's best networking while enjoying an informative program and a great meal.

Our featured speaker will be Doug Dresslaer, manager of the Sprint Accelerator.

Doug Dresslaer is general manager of the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. The Accelerator features nearly 20-thousand square feet of space that includes a community work-space, a co-working space and an open-event space. In his role, Doug manages all aspects of the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars program. Doug works with Techstars to bring together corporate resources and mentors to accelerate the growth of health and technology start up companies. Previously, Doug was responsible for managing Sprint’s partnerships with entrepreneurial organizations such as Up Global, Silicon Prairie News and Dream Big America. Doug began his nearly 10-year career at Sprint on the corporate events team. Doug was responsible for planning internal business meetings as well as customer events.

Doug graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @ddresslaer for all things food, music, entrepreneurship and fatherhood! Plus, follow @Sprintaccel for the latest events and news from the Sprint Accelerator.

Chamber Members: As an added benefit, members will receive via email a spreadsheet with contact information of all the other member attendees at the event. This is another way we're working to make sure the Leawood Chamber is a great networking resource for Chamber members.

Use the Register Online link below and sign up today!

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

By registering online, you agree to the chamber's refund policy as noted at www.leawoodchamber.org/refund_policy.cfm.

Don't miss this informative program and the chance to make new business connections! The reservation deadline for this event is Thursday, October 9th, by 10:00am!

Register Online

Madison Dental Group Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Sep. 24, 2014, 04:00pm at Madison Dental Group, 13541 Madison Ave., Kansas City, 64145 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Come out and celebrate the official Leawood Chamber welcoming of Madison Dental Group to our community! Madison Dental will be offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and sweets; along with your chance at some fantastic raffle prizes!

Visit their website to learn more about Madison Dental Group CLICK HERE .

New Member Connections Workshop

Oct. 3, 2014, 08:30am at Country Club Bank, 2nd floor conference room, 13451 Briar, Leawood, 66209

If you are a new representative for an existing Chamber Member or are a representative for a brand new Member, we welcome you to join us for our informative Member Connections Workshop.

This is your chance to meet the staff, representatives from the Board, representatives from the Ambassador Committee and fellow Chamber members. Learn the ways to maximize the value of your membership, and make immediate connections. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, coffee and conversation!

Please bring your business cards and be prepared to introduce yourself!

So that we may provide this service to all of our new members, we ask you only attend once. Please be on the lookout for information about our “Current Member Connections Workshop” coming soon.

To register for this event, please contact Beth Johnson at 913-498-1514 or bethj@leawoodchamber.org. Space is limited, so call today!

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

Morning Mingling

Oct. 7, 2014, 08:00am at U.S. Toy Company, 2008 W. 103rd Terr., Leawood, 66206 — Register Online
Cost: No charge for Chamber Members. $15 for non-members. If you are interested in learning more about Chamber membership and would like to attend this event, please contact Beth Johnson at 913-498-1514 xt 2, or bethj@leawoodchamber.org, for a guest pass.

Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

Play, learn and network with U.S. Toy!

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members are invited to join us for some great Leawood Chamber networking.

Use the link below to register today!

If you have trouble registering for this event, please email us at Event Registration Assistance.

The registration deadline for this event is Friday, October 3rd by 5:00 pm, so make your reservation today!

Leawood Community Events

1st Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ at Ironwoods Lodge

Sep. 26, 2014, 7:00pm at The Lodge at Ironwoods Park, Leawood,
Weblink: http://www.leawoodrotary.org/

 "The theme of Blues, Brews, and Barbeque was created to provide a relaxing social environment for the public. This atmosphere will also allow the Rotary Club of Leawood to share with our guests the many rewarding activities in which our club is involved," said Brad Moore, Event Organizer.

This will be a tremendous social experience combining amazing Blues and Jazz music performed by local virtuoso Houston Smith and award winning Barbeque provided by Johnny’s. Blues, Brews, and Barbeque will feature both a Live and Silent Auction of extraordinary items the attendees would be pleased to take home.

"We are looking forward to a fun evening of Blues, Brews, and Barbeque and raising funds for important local charities," said Ken Selzer, President of the Rotary Club of Leawood. "Our members are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this exciting community event."

Proceeds of the event will benefit several children’s organizations throughout the Greater Kansas City Area.


Bank Midwest Open House at Metcalf

Sep. 26, 2014, 10:00am at Bank Midwest Banking Center at Metcalf, 13270 Metcalf, Overland Park, 66223
Weblink: http://www.bankmw.com

Bank Midwest shares a common purpose with our community -- one of continued growth and strength. So please help the Bank Midwest Metcalf banking center celebrate the people and the strength of our community and enjoy some delicious refreshments.

It's a great opportunity to meet Bank Midwest mortgage specialists Jeremy Bell and Barbara Radzevich, small business specialist Kathy Lacy, and investment specialist Billie Fabregat.

It'll be fun for everyone. Stopping by just makes sense.

Friday, September 26
10am to 2pm

Bank Midwest banking center at:
13270 Metcalf in Overland Park

For more information contact:
Kathy Lacy, Banking Center Manager | kathy.lacy@bankmw.com
or the Metcalf banking cente ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

A Healthy Evening for Women

Sep. 23, 2014, 6:00pm at Shawnee Mission Primary Care - Prairie Star, 23351 Prairie Star Parkway, Suite A245, Lenexa, 66227
Weblink: http://bit.ly/1DbsvhI

Join Shawnee Mission Health for an evening of health screenings, education and support designed especially for women on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6-7:30 p.m. or 6:30-8 p.m. at Shawnee Mission Primary Care – Prairie Star.


Bring a friend and get the information you need to improve your health from the experts at Shawnee Mission Health. For just $20, you’ll receive blood pressure, bone density, breast cancer genetic risk, chair massage, cholesterol, dietary recommendations, emotional wellness, an eye exam and more!


For more information, or to register, click here or call the ASK-A-N ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Your Skin is Your Body's First Line of Defense!

Sep. 25, 2014, 11:30am at New You Health Studio, 10557 Mission Road, Leawood, KS, 66206
Weblink: http://www.newyoukc.com

Your skin is your body's
first line of defense!

Enjoy lunch with New You Health Studio and learn about elta MD Broad -spectrum transparent zinc-based sunscreen for all skin types.  

This amazing sunscreen worn daily will help decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging!

Jeff Luchtefeld, with elta MD will be the guest speaker on sun care and anti aging.  Jeffrey has a passion for the building blocks of healthy skin and will share with you his 14 + years of experience and education in the Medical skin care industry.

In addition, New You now carries elta-MD Foaming facial cleanser, renew eye gel and elta MD-UV lip balm!

Join them for lunch and Get a free 7oz Foaming cleanser worth $25.00 when you purchase your elta-MD Sunscreen and UV lip Balm.

Please rsvp by Monday, September 22, 2014 to:

Pamela@newyoukc.com or call (913) 213-6900



Business Book Review - Profit First

Sep. 25, 2014, 8:00am at Axcet HR Solutions 4th Floor Conference Room, 8325 Lenexa Drive #410, Lenexa, 66214
Weblink: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-book-review-profit-first-tickets-12889543973

A very large number of business owners - ranging from solo operations up to large companies struggle with making money. They might be pretty good at generating revenue (top line)...but they don't do very well when it comes to actually taking money out of the business (bottom line).

That's where Mike Michalowicz's new book Profit First comes in. Mike has done an excellent job of not only recognizing why businesses (and business owners) struggle with the bottom line, but he's also come up with an elegant, simple (but not easy) solution.

A simple system to transform any business from a cash eating monster to a money making machine

Too many businesses constantly run on the ragged edge, wondering how they're going to cover payroll next month...or just frustrated that they don't have much to show for a lot of hard work. 

The ideas  and strategies we'll talk through are fairly simple, but that doesn't mean they're easy.  I guarantee you WILL walk away with at least 1 or 2 ideas (if not a whole plan) that can dramatically impact your long term business success.< ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

SMEF 2014 Fall Breakfast

Sep. 25, 2014, 7:00am at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 66211
Weblink: http://smef.org/s/1485/2_interior.aspx?sid=1485&gid=1&pgid=13&cid=664

Join us at the 2014 Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Fall Breakfast on Thursday, September 25, 2014.  The event celebrates district excellence and features Shawnee Mission School District Superintendent Dr. Jim Hinson as he delivers the State of the District Address.

Overland Park Convention Center
6000 College Boulevard

Individual reservations are available for $40 at smef.org or by calling the SMEF office at 913-993-9360.

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, promotes innovative and challenging teaching and learning and is the voice of those who support education through tax deductible donations.  

Throughout its 25-year history, the Foundation has distributed $3.8 million dollars benefiting every school in the Shawnee Mission School District. 

Wine, Oh Dino! an Enchanted Evening

Oct. 2, 2014, 6:00pm at Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 West 135th Street, Overland Park, 66213
Weblink: http://www.marillac.org/Wine-Oh-Dino-Tickets

You are cordially invited to Marillac's season of giving kickoff event! With purchased reservation, attendees will receive a complimentary tour of the Mystical Creatures Exhibit, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and ability to bid on amazing items within the silent auction. Proceeds go to help children and adolescents served by Marillac; a psychiatric treatment center in the community!



Ornament Debut

Oct. 4, 2014, 8:00am at Amy's Hallmark, 3814 W 95th Street, Leawood, 66206
Weblink: http://www.hallmark.com/keepsake-ornaments/dream-book

The 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments line includes nearly 400 all-new ornaments to help people capture special moments and turn the Christmas tree into a holiday experience the whole family will enjoy. More than 100 of the ornaments will release at our Keepsake Ornament Debut event.

With something for everyone, Keepsake Ornaments help mark important milestones, foster and create traditions, and turn treasured memories into something tangible. Keepsake Ornaments transport us to a special time or place and help us share that experience with friends and loved ones. In 2014, the line includes ornaments to celebrate a baby’s first Christmas, a couple’s first holiday together, and moving into a new home. Keepsake Ornaments also recognize a variety of special interests and passions, such as cooking, fishing, golfing, grilling, and occupations such as teaching and healthcare. Relationships are celebrated in the many Keepsake Ornaments designed specifically for family and friends and favorite licensed characters will help celebrate what they’re into.


News & Announcements

Looking for a Volunteer Opportunity? Consider MOCSA.

MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and sexual assault and prevent sexual violence in the community. They are able to do this thanks in large part to their fabulous volunteer base.

MOCSA is seeking volunteers who are passionate about preventing and responding to sexual violence in the community. They are hosting a volunteer training on October 6-20th; Monday and Wednesday nights and both Saturdays.  

Training will provide information on the dynamics of sexual violence, prevalence of sexual violence, working with community partners, and how to provide advocacy and crisis intervention. Training will include many guest speakers; nurses, law enforcement, and prosecutors. Please note all volunteers must complete an in-person interview and background check prior to attending training. 

If you have any questions, you can email Misty Campbell, M.S. at volunteer@mocsa.org or call her at 816-285-1376.

Don't miss MOCSA's Johnson County Fall Forum on Friday, October 10 at 11:30 a.m. Featured speaker will be Dr. Alan Heisterkamp, a staunch advocate and educator for promoting bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence.

Registration information on Facebook:
Panera Bread expands with drive-thru location!

New Panera Bread location opening Saturday September 20th in Overland Park! Located at College & King, this is the first Kansas City Panera bakery-cafe in the Panera Kansas franchise to open with a Drive-Thru. Come check out the new location and receive the same great products and services you love from Panera Bread! 

In a hurry? Download the Panera App and try their Rapid Pick-Up service. Save favorite orders, enter your credit card only once, and skip the lines inside completely!  

Feeding more people? Panera Bread caters out of every bakery-cafe location and can provide delivery service to where ever you need.  Visit their new website for menus and online ordering.  If you have questions or special requests, Shannon Riordan is always available to help at shannon.riordan@panerakansas.com.

Stratford Commons Is Pleased to Announce Expansion and Renovation

As part of the expansion, Stratford Commons will add two additional levels of care for its residents: skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. These two new services will be provided in addition to memory care on the existing campus.

The 34,000-square-foot expansion will include 38 new private suites, four couples suites, a rehabilitation gym and a new dining venue, among other amenities. 

In addition to the expansion, Tutera Senior Living will also renovate the existing property. Plans call for upgrades to the dining area, kitchen and recreation areas.

12340 Quivira Road | Overland Park, KS 66213

PLEASE RSVP TO (913) 851-0215



Groundbreaking Ceremony



Mariner Wealth Advisors Welcomes Three New Senior Wealth Advisors

Experienced industry professionals share Mariner’s goal of providing holistic advice focused on helping clients achieve their personal financial goals

Mariner Wealth Advisors, the independent financial services firm ranked #2 nationally on Barron’s List of Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors 2014, today announced that it has further enhanced its advisory teams by adding three experienced senior wealth advisors – Sarah Tiedt, Mark Vlasic and Jeff Maher.*

Sarah Tiedt joins Mariner from the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, where she was a wealth management advisor and vice president. She also has experience as a trust officer with Commerce Trust Company and Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co.

Mark Vlasic has more than two decades of experience and was previously a director at McGladrey Wealth Management, where he worked to develop and execute wealth planning strategies for clients. His experience also includes positions at Enterprise Trust and UMB Bank. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Vlasic spent seven years as an NFL quarterback.

Jeff Maher has more than 25 years of industry experience and joins Mariner from MFS Fund Distributors, where he was a regional director. Prior to that, Maher served as regional vice pr ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Menorah Medical Center, a Leader in da Vinci Technology in Kansas City, Joins Colon Cancer Coalition

Menorah Medical Center (MMC) — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — will join the Colon Cancer Coalition from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the Fourth Annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K Run/Walk at the Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kan.  Kansas City’s largest colon cancer event raises funds for colon cancer awareness efforts in the community.  The money raised helps with prevention, early detection and treatment and healthy living projects for colon cancer in the community. The event includes refreshments, t-shirts and marathon-quality medals for age group winner and provides a special opportunity to honor survivors and those lost to colon cancer.

Menorah Medical Center is a leader in Kansas City offering da Vinci technology, and is the first in Kansas City and one of the first across the globe to receive the newest and most advanced da Vinci Xi Surgical System.  The system is a technological leap forward in replacing large-incision abdominal surgeries (open surgery) with a minimally invasive approach and offers three-dimensional, high-definition visualization, which allows enhanced dexterity and greater precision and control for the surgeon during complex, multi-quadrant surgeries.

Menorah Medical Center board-certified Colorectal Surgeons Lina O& ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Members Come Together to Learn About the Chamber and Find Connections

Thanks to all new members, new member employees, and familiar member friends who attended our September 12th Member Connections Workshop. We are pleased we could personally help each of you make new connections.


Front Row: Emily Wallace wtih SelectQuote, Debbie Davis with Kelly T. Davis, CPA, PA and Jen Tyner with SelectQuote

Back Row: Cormac McCaul with Express Employment Professionals, Greg Ikner with AGA Group, Jay Buchholz with Rasmussen College, David Rieder with American Family Insurance-A David Rieder Agency, Sharee Giblin with SelectQuote, Sandy Kessinger with Bank Midwest, Jennifer and Tom Balsbaugh with Blue Chip Cookies, Christy Tucker with All Star Awards & Ad Specialties, Shawn Stanton with SelectQuote, Kristie Svejda with Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., Doug Ford with All Star Awards & Ad Specialties and David Ruben with Colo ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Chamber Announces 2015 Board Election Results

The Leawood Chamber is pleased to announce nine area professionals who were elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Directors, beginning on January 1, 2015. These individuals were elected at the General Membership Luncheon on September 9, 2014 at The Ritz Charles. They are:

  • Connie Aversman, Commerce Bank
  • Lisa Carl, Sullivan's Steakhouse
  • Michael (Mike) Dorsey, St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Bryan Farwell, BMO Harris Bank
  • Calvin Girard, KCP&L
  • Todd Hershberger, CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.
  • Shawn Kinkade, Aspire Business Development
  • Monty Spradling, UMB Bank
  • Steve Wilkinson, Menorah Medical Center

A big Leawood Chamber thank you to all for your willingness to serve as representatives of the area business community.



Member Profile

Edward Jones Investments

Mark Barone of Edwards Jones Investments believes it is important to invest his time in understanding what you're working towards before asking you to invest your money. Working closely with you, your CPA, attorney, and other professionals, he can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you, your family, and your business. He can also help you with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire.

Mark has personally used Edward Jones investment services for the past 11 years, and began working for Edward Jones in 2013 as a Financial Advisor in San Diego, California. He has since established his office in Leawood, Kansas. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.

Mark previously served for 11 years as Executive Director for Christian Family Services – an adoption, foster care, and licensed marriage and family counseling agency located in Overland Park, Kansas. He understands the challenges of running and growing a business, as well as the importance of finding the best organization to help you succeed.

He also believes it is important t ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for complete profile)

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