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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — August 27, 2014

Upcoming events and news from around the Leawood area.

Leawood Chamber Events

General Membership Luncheon & Board Elections

Sep. 9, 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 and informative presentation and a great meal. Board Elections for 2015 will also take place.

Our featured presentation will be Recruiting KC's Next Generation of Talent presented by Jessica Nelson, Talent Recruitment Initiative Manager for the KCADC.

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning age 65 daily and retiring at a rapid rate, and the Gen X population being 20 percent smaller, there will soon be more skilled jobs available than there are talented individuals to fill them.

More than 80 percent of young professionals pick a lifestyle and community before a job opportunity. Jessica Nelson, who leads the Kansas City Area Development Council’s Talent Recruitment Initiative, will share insight on how your company can stay competitive in this global race for talent.

Through understanding the psychology, behaviors and values that connect with the Gen X, Millennial workforce, and the next generation of talent, learn how to promote the Kansas City region’s livability alongside your company’s recruiting efforts.

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, September 4th, by 10:00am!

Register Online

Leawood Chamber At The Tee - A Golf Outing

Sep. 17, 2014, 02:30pm at Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, 66207
Cost: $30 for Chamber Members.
Members & Non Members use the link below to register:

The Leawood Chamber is hosting its first ever Golf Outing! Teams of four will travel around a nine-hole course, being welcomed by our fabulous hole sponsors, and competing in games like "Closest to the Pin," "Longest Putt" and "Longest Drive." You may register as a preset team of four, or join solo, and we will match you up with other golfers. Golfer registration includes a 9-hole golf outing, cart and the chance to win prizes at each hole! This is a unique event combining the relaxation and fun of golf, with the ability to network in-depth with other golfers on your team. This event is limited to 60 golfers, so make sure you sign up today!

The September After Hours will directly follow the golf outing, and we hope to see all our golfers in attendance there as well. Make sure you are signed up for both so you can double your networking opportunities!

Use the link below to register today!

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

Registration deadline is Monday, September 15th by 12:00 pm, so make sure you RSVP today!

Register Online

Leawood Young Professionals After Hours

Aug. 27, 2014, 05:00pm at Parisi Café, 5245 W. 116th Place, Leawood, 66211
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.

Online registration for this event has closed. Please call 913-498-1514 xt4 if you still wish to attend.

Parisi's specialty drinks will blow you away, and so will their fabulous area for group meetings! Complimentary coffee and bakery treats await, as well as an extended happy hour on craft beer and wine including Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Old Rasputin, and Parisi's Mocha Martini. Parking can be found in the garage running parallel to 117th Street.

If you are between the ages of 21 - 39 years old and wish to build your professional network and give back to the community, Leawood Young Professionals is the group for you!

Leawood Chamber members and guests are welcome! There is no cost for Chamber Members to attend! Non-Members = $15.00

Member Business represented at this event: 801 FISH, AGA Group, Anderson Physical Medicine, Benefits of Home - Senior Care, Brooks Brothers, CoreFirst Bank & Trust, Country Financial, Decker Chiropractic, Doc+Ink, LLC, hippo, from mbb, Integrity Technology Systems, Jayhawk IMG Sports Marketing, Jewish Community Center, Jos. A. Bank, J. Luengo Insurance Agency, Inc., Madison Dental Group, Marillac, McAuley & Crandall, PA, Michelle Underwood Agency - American Family, Muller Bressler Brown, Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Nicole L. Feltz Agency, American Family Insurance, Overland Park Marriott, Panera Bread, Radiant Yoga + Wellness, Residences at Park Place, The Roasterie Café, Rock Creek Wellness, Sandler Financial Solutions, SelectQuote, Tier 3 Solutions Group, Town Center Plaza, TPP Retirement Plan Specialists, LLC

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

Register today!! Registration deadline was Monday, August 25th by 5:00 pm!

Shawnee Mission Primary Care Leawood Ribbon Cutting

Aug. 28, 2014, 08:00am at Shawnee Mission Primary Care - Leawood, 5420 W. 151st St., Leawood, 66224 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Join Shawnee Mission Primary Care - Leawood and Therapy Specialties for a ribbon-cutting event! Enjoy coffee and pastries while you tour the clinic, meet the providers and learn more about Shawnee Mission Health’s first location in Leawood. The presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Learn more about Shawnee Mission Primary Care - Leawood and Therapy Specialties.

Morning Mingling

Sep. 3, 2014, 08:00am at Villa Ventura, 12100 Wornall Rd., Kansas City, 64145 — 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:

Get back into the work week after Labor Day with Villa Ventura!

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

Member Business represented at this event: Acti-Kare Responsive In-Home Care, AGA Group, Almar Printing, Inc., American Family Insurance-Michelle Underwood Agency, The Athletic Club, Bank Midwest, CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, CBIZ Payroll, City of Leawood-Police, Concepts on Hold, Inc., Decker Chiropractic, Dental 133, Digital Lagoon, First National Bank, Healthcare Solutions Team, Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, Integrity Technology Systems, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, MOD Architecture, Mutual of Omaha Bank, Northwestern Mutual / RPS Financial Group, NuSound Hearing Center, Panera Bread, Rasmussen College, Sandler Financial Solutions, SeniorBridge, Steve's Flooring, Tier 3 Solutions Group

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, August 29th by 5:00 pm, so make your reservation today!

New Member Connections Workshop

Sep. 12, 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.

Leawood Community Events

Business Book Review - Ownership Thinking

Aug. 28, 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-ownership-thinking-tickets-12502861395

This Month's Book - Ownership Thinking

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is finding and keeping employees who really make the engine hum. Studies have shown that one great, engaged employee is worth 2 to 3 average, unengaged employees! And on top of the obvious productivity benefits, it's just a lot more fun to work with a team that's excited to be there.

How to end entitlement and create a culture of accountability, purpose and profit.

Author Brad Hams has built his career on creating engaged teams that substantially outperform the competition...and he's taken that experience and outlined the key concepts in Ownership Thinking. This is not the kind of thing you'll implement over a weekend retreat, but these are very powerful ideas that can be implemented (with the right people) in any business environment. Shawn Kinkade guarantees 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.

Even better than just re ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Tax Strategies for Business Owners

Aug. 30, 2014, 9:00am at Harvey & Caldwell, PA Boardroom, 12980 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 305, Overland Park, 66213
Weblink: http://www.harveyandcaldwell.com

You're invited to a small business expense workshop, "Tax Strategies for Business Owners!"

This workshop is designed to help you maximize expenses in these areas:

Cost is $195 per person, and $150 for an accompanying spouse or returning attendees

What you will receive:

Please call Laura or Vickie for reservations at 913-451-4400.

Labor Day 5K Run/Walk

Sep. 1, 2014, 7:30am at Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, 66206
Weblink: http://www.leawood.org

Whether you're a veteran runner, a beginner, a wheelchair athlete or even a walker, this event is for you!

The race begins at 7:30am.  Immediately following the race, join Leawood Parks & Recreation at the Lion's Shelter for post-race awards and an "all-you-can-eat" pancake breakfast provided by the Leawood Lion's Club (breakfast included with race fee, additional tickets for guests are $5 per person).

Registration Entry Fees:

Only completed registration forms will be accepted

Entry fees are non-refundable

Awards: The overall first place male and female will receive a plaque and a gift certificate. First through third place in each age category will receive a medal.

Late Registration & Packet Pick-up

10th Annual Doggie Dunk

Sep. 2, 2014, 5:00pm at Leawood Aquatic Center, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, 66206
Weblink: http://www.leawood.org/parks/doggiedunk.aspx

The last swim of the season goes to the dogs! Bring your dog to the Leawood Aquatic Center for the 10th Annual Doggie Dunk. This popular event will be held on Tuesday, September 2nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The entry fee includes a photo to be posted on our website and yummy treats for your pooch. For everyone's safety, humans are not allowed to enter the pool during this event. There will be vendors with many different products and doggy treats available.

$5 per dog / Resident discounted rate $3 per dog

The Affordable Care Act through the DOL Lens

Sep. 3, 2014, 3:30pm at Bukaty Companies, 11221 Roe Ave., Ste 200, Leawood, 66207
Weblink: http://www.bukaty.com/better-your-business

Department of Labor advisers are on the front lines addressing employer questions.

Join Bukaty as they welcome Kathy Robinson, U.S. Department of Labor, for an up-close view of the ACA's major components and its effects on group health plan sponsors.

She'll also discuss consumer protections and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

KC Celebrates At The Station

Sep. 5, 2014, 5:30pm at Union Station Kansas City, 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, 64108
Weblink: http://www.unionstation.org

"KC Celebrates at the Station,” a centennial celebration of music, lights, fireworks and football at the city’s storied Union Station on Friday, Sept. 5. Against the odds, Kansas City's historic train station – third largest in US when opened in 1914 -- survives and thrives as special events and new exhibits are prepared for Centennial Celebration. The free family evening of entertainment and Centennial Kickoff to commemorate 100 years.  The Chiefs will host their annual Red Friday Pep Rally, a Live Music Concert, and following Quixotic will present Union Station Revealed – The Monument Comes Alive in Breathtaking Outdoor Digital Show with Spectacular Fireworks Finale.

FREE Social Media Marketing Seminar -KU Edwards OP

Sep. 5, 2014, 9:30am at KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park KS, 12604 Quivira Road, Overland Park, 66213
Weblink: http://bit.ly/FreeSMediaSeminar-Sept5

Join us for an informational, engaging and educational marketing seminar. Walk away with social media best practices, tips and tools that you can make your social simple and successful.

  • Cost: Free, 1 business card per person
  • Time: 9:30am-11:30am but Check-in starts at 9:15am
  • In this marketing seminar you will...


  1. Walk away with 10 tips that will help make your social simple and more successful.

  2. See how email marketing can help you grow your social and make your social simple

  3. Be able to list 4 ways you can grow your social and email marketing list.

  4. Walk away with tips and tools to craft up creative content

  5. Learn how to manage, monitor and measure your social media success

  6. Discuss what you don't want to do on social media

  7. Look at local small businesses that are using social and getting results.

  8. Recieve a special gift: a guide to helpful resources and tools to help you with your social journey.


News & Announcements

Trunk or Treat Won't Be Successful Without YOU

Leawood Parks & Recreation is hosting Freaky Fall Fest on Friday, October 10, 5:00-9:00pm at Leawood City Park (10601 Lee Boulevard). 

The City is seeking businesses to help with the Trunk or Treat area. 

Trunk or Treat consists of handing out candy to attendees as they make their way through the Trunk or Treat area.  Many businesses decorate their vehicles and distribute promotional materials as well.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Kim Curran (913) 663-9159 or kimc@leawood.org

New facilities at Avila University bring state-of-the-art learning opportunities to Kansas City

It all started on a sun-speckled spring day back in March, with nearly 20 dignitaries including administrators and board members wielding hammers and knocking holes in an existing wall of the Hooley-Bundschu Library. Today, we celebrate the completion with a dedication and grand opening of Avila University’s new Learning Commons and the Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D. Science & Health Complex, inside O’Rielly Hall. We also celebrate the establishment of the Martha Smith, CSJ, Ph.D. Archives & Research Center, located inside the Learning Commons that houses the archives of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Avila’s Women Religious Collections and the official Avila University archives.

Over the past five months, more than 17,750 square feet of the existing Hooley-Bundschu Library was renovated into a Learning Commons complete with the latest technologies, support and environment allowing 21st-century students not only to succeed but excel. The Learning Commons features technologies including 60 laptop computers, 16 desktop computers, six Apple iMacs and three high-performance printers. Learning spaces are student-centered, streamlined and adaptable, inspiring collaboration and the creation of new knowledge. State-of-the-art videotaping and editing capabilities also are available.

Nearly 15,000 square feet of O’Rielly Hall were refurbished to establish the Science & Health Comp ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

It's Time for Socks in September! Share a Simple Comfort with Those in Need.

Davidson Promotional Products has embarked on their ninth year of collecting socks (and now underwear) to provide the simple gift of warmth to people in need throughout the metro area. 

Long-time Chamber member, Davidson Promotional Products, led by Shawna Davidson and team has collected more than 40,000 items for those in need over the years.

Many of the donors each year are businesses from the Leawood Chamber. The program will not only provide the simple warmth of a dry pair of socks this winter, but will extend an act of kindness that resonates throughout our community and surrounding areas throughout the year.

In 2013, donations were delivered to: 

Crosslines Community Outreach
JCCC Family English Program for Preschoolers
Johnson County Christmas Bureau 
Forest Avenue Family Shelter
Della Lamb

These organizations serve many homeless people (men, women and children), families in need, children who come to school with no socks, and also provide socks as gifts to people that may not get anything for Christmas.
If you (or your organization) are interested in collecting for Socks in September this fall -- 2014, please call Davidson Promotion Products and ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Villa Milano ~ Welcome to Luxury

At Villa Milano, we understand that details make a home uniquely yours – inviting ambience, extraordinary amenities, and outstanding service that come together to create an unparalleled living environment.

Spacious floorplans blend timeless design elements with modern conveniences. From concierge and business services to fitness and resort style outdoor amenities, our exceptional apartment and townhome community offers residents a relaxing lifestyle with Leawood’s best shopping and dining, parks and trails just minutes away!

Industry Veteran William Greiner, CFA, to Serve as Chief Investment Strategist of Mariner Holdings

Mariner Holdings, an independent financial services firm and the parent company of Mariner Wealth Advisors and Montage Investments, today announced that William (Bill) Greiner, CFA, and former chief investment officer of Mariner Wealth Advisors, will now serve as chief investment strategist of Mariner Holdings. To support Mariner Wealth Advisors’ investment organization, Mark A. Caplinger, CFA, has joined the firm as chief investment officer.

In his new role, Greiner will drive the economic and capital markets outlook for both Mariner Wealth Advisors and Montage Investments, Mariner Holdings’ asset management subsidiary. Greiner will also continue to support Mariner Wealth Advisors with tactical asset allocation decisions.

According to Martin C. Bicknell, chief executive officer of Mariner Holdings, “I am thrilled that Bill Greiner has agreed to elevate his role to the Mariner Holdings level. His capital markets insight over the past several years has been immensely helpful to our clients at Mariner Wealth Advisors, and I look forward to leveraging his background as a renowned economic historian more broadly across the entire firm.”

Greiner’s capital markets and investment experience spans nearly 35 years. As the firm’s investment strategist and spokesperson, he is sought after for his expertise and has appeared on hundreds of local and national business news outl ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Menorah Medical Center Receives Platinum Award from National Cardiovascular Data Registry

Menorah Medical Center (MMC) — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider — has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. Menorah is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes MMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that the hospital has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. HCA Midwest Health is Kansas City’s leading provider of high-quality, comprehensive heart care and cardiovascular services.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, MMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

“As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Menorah Medical Center is on the forefront of saving lives and improving outcomes of he ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Member Profile

State Line Animal Hospital

State Line Animal Hospital has been located in Leawood, Kansas, behind Gates BBQ, since 1977. Dr. Otte has owned the practice since then and Dr. Barchman joined the practice four years ago.  

We are a full-service general veterinary practice offering compassionate care to four-legged family members while developing relationships with the two-legged members. We offer medicine, surgery, dentistry, ultrasound, cold laser, CO2 laser, boarding, grooming, doggy daycare and acupuncture will be available in 2014. We also serve as the shelter for the Leawood Animal Control department. 

We would love to take care of all of Chamber Member animals!

We provide the best care in the area at affordable prices.

State Line Animal Hospital
2009 W 104th St.
Leawood, KS 66206

Also on FB and Twitter

Contact Sally Barchman, DVM at any time. sbarchman@yahoo.com


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