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Leawood Chamber Member Memo — September 3, 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.

Member Business represented at this event: American Family Insurance-Tom Mayfield Agency, Inc., Bank Midwest, Bank of Blue Valley, Blue Valley Schools, BMO Harris Bank, Burns & McDonnell, City of Leawood, Clawson Benefit Concepts, Commerce Bank-135th & Lamar, Country Financial, CrossFirst Bank, Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, Hilton Garden Inn Overland Park, Integrity Technology Systems, Johnson County Community College, Kansas Gas Service, Mathis Photography, McAuley & Crandall, PA, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, MOD Architecture, Radiant Yoga + Wellness, The Retirement Pilot, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, UMB Bank, n.a.

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

Morning Mingling

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

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-A David Rieder Agency, American Family Insurance-Michelle Underwood Agency, Apex Business Advisors, The Athletic Club, Bank Midwest, Benefits of Home - Senior Care, Berger Law Firm, P.A., CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, CBIZ Payroll, City of Leawood-Police, Colonial Life, Concepts on Hold, Inc., Decker Chiropractic, Dental 133, Digital Lagoon, Edward Jones - Mark Barone - Financial Advisor, Estate Planning Attorney, First National Bank, Healthcare Solutions Team, Hillcrest Transitional Housing of Kansas, Integrity Technology Systems, Keller Williams Realty Partners, Legacy Financial Strategies, McAuley & Crandall, PA, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, MOD Architecture, Mutual of Omaha Bank, NuSound Hearing Center, Panera Bread, Rasmussen College, Red Bridge Family YMCA, Sandler Financial Solutions, Schifman Remley Associates, SeniorBridge, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, State Line Animal Hospital, Steve's Flooring, The Walking Life Coach, Tier 3 Solutions Group, The Venue In Leawood, Waddell & Reed, Inc.

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

The registration deadline for this event was Friday, August 29th by 5:00 pm!

Mackech Jewelry LLC Ribbon Cutting Celebration

Sep. 11, 2014, 04:30pm at Mackech Jewelry LLC, 11531 Ash St., Leawood, 66211 — Register Online
Cost: There is no cost to attend this event.

Come out and celebrate the official Leawood and Leawood Chamber welcoming of Mackech Jewelry to our community!

Visit their website to learn more about Mackech Jewelry LLC CLICK HERE .

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.

After Hours Networking

Sep. 17, 2014, 05:00pm at Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, 66207 — 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:

Meadowbrook has an array of services for you and your family, find out more at their fantastic fall After Hours!

Leawood Chamber members, their guests, and 'future' Chamber members are invited to join us at our After Hours event.

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 5:00 pm, so make sure you RSVP today!

Leawood Community Events

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.

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.


  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.


Reducing Workers' Compensation Claims

Sep. 10, 2014, 9:00am at Bukaty Companies, 11221 Roe Ave., Ste 200, Leawood, 66211
Weblink: http://bit.ly/BukatyWorkComp

Work-related injuries have a direct impact on your workers’ compensation insurance premium. Not to mention the costs associated with administrative time, productivity loss, employee morale, and copycat claims. 

The best strategy for managing future premium increases, and mitigating hidden costs, is to reduce the frequency and severity of claims. 

Join Kansas and Missouri workers' comp experts for a discussion of common pitfalls and proven strategies for keeping claims in check. 


Doug Hamilton
Kansas Building Industry Workers' Compensation Fund 

Mark J. Hoffmeister, Hoffmeister, Doherty & Webb, LLC

Steve Lolley, Kansas Dept. of Labor, Industrial Safety & Health

Doug Hamilton, Kansas Building Industry Workers' Compensation Fund 

David CooperRTW, Inc., Specialty Workers' Comp Insurance

Dinner on the Prairie

Sep. 13, 2014, 6:00pm at Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W 179 St, Bucyrus, 66013
Weblink: http://www.opkansas.org/events/dinner-on-the-prairie/

Dinner on the Prairie

Saturday, September 13, 6-9 p.m.

Overland Park Arboretum prairie

Just south of 179th & Antioch

Dinner, Drinks, Entertainment & Beautiful Prairie Sunset


For tickets & information contact:

Katharine Garrison




Please follow this event link for pricing, registration information as well:



Catered by Chamber Member, Ya Ya's Euro Bistro


Handmade & Vintage Chick Event

Sep. 13, 2014, 10:00am at Park Place (117th & Ash Street), 11551 Ash St #200, Leawood, KS 66211, Leawood, 66211

This two day event features 90 hand selected vendors with one of a kind vintage and handmade products.

A handful of restaurants will have tents to quench your thirst and fill your belly with delicious goods. Each restaurant is participating in a "Pork Crawl" and feature a pork appetizer sponsored by Kansas City Pork Association. This is an event you will not want to miss! We put on events with a purpose, and the Handmade and Vintage event benefits a local nonprofit, REbeL.

Follow us on Facebook for contest and opportunities to win Chick Bucks to spend at the event! 


Chirp with us on Twitter: @chickevents

Snap photos with us on Instagram: @chickeventskc


AesthetiCare's 13th Annual End of Summer Party

Sep. 18, 2014, 4:00pm at 11100 Ash, Suite 210, Leawood, 66211
Weblink: http://www.greatskinkc.com

Product reps, make up artists, and our professional staff will be on hand to answer questions, provide free analysis and demonstrations; showing you how AesthetiCare can enhance and beautify your skin and body.

20 percent off all services and products.*

Don't Miss AesthetiCare's End of Summer Party!

* 15 percent off miraDry and Ultherapy

Sacred Steps 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run

Sep. 20, 2014, 8:00am at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood,
Weblink: http://www.cor.org/sacredsteps

Sacred Steps 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run

All proceeds go directly to our mission initiatives in Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This year's proceeds will be utilized to help provide clean drinking water.  The race begins and ends at the church.  The Kids Fun Run will begin approximately at 9:00 am. 

Panera Bread Diabetes Dash for Life 5K Run/Walk

Sep. 21, 2014, 7:30am at Town Center Plaza Panera Bread, 11751 Nall Ave, Leawood, 66211
Weblink: http://www.diabetesdashforlife.com/diabetesdash/

Please pre-register for this event to ensure we have a bib, timing chip, tech shirt, and finisher's medal for you. However, there is day-of registration available.

Visit www.diabetesdashforlife.com to register and learn more about this great event!

Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome! It is a family friendly event on a beautiful Leawood course. You may also form a team to fundraise for JDRF!

5K is 3.1 miles

Refreshments, snacks, and sponsor booths on location 

If you're interested in sponsoring this awesome event please contact Shannon.riordan@panerakansas.com 

Find us on Facebook and Twitter: www Facebook.com/diabetesdashforlife @DiabetesDash

News & Announcements

PGA Pro Joins Blue Valley Rec Commission Board

Shane Gardner was recently appointed by the Blue Valley School District Board of Education as a new commissioner representing the north district with the Blue Valley Recreation Commission. Gardner’s four-year term began with the August 20 Commission meeting.

Gardner is co-founder and president of Orion Management Solutions in Leawood that manages seven golf facilities and consults for two others in the Kansas City Metro market. He’s been a class “A” member of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) for 20 years and graduated in the top five percent of PGA Business School attendees. He also served several years on Blue Valley Rec’s basketball advisory council

“We are pleased to have Shane join the Blue Valley Recreation Commission,” commented Colleen Browne, commission chair. “His years on the basketball advisory council, his time as a volunteer and his sports-business experience are all value-added assets from which Blue Valley Rec will benefit.”

Volunteer commissioners have a passion for enriching the lives of local residents through recreational activities and sports. The seven-member Board serves as a policy-setting board for the organization and meets monthly. Each commissioner serves on a committee comprised of staff and citizen members from the community. Gardner will serve on the Community Relations Committee and as an alternate for the Sof ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

Even Small Research Efforts Can Lead to Valuable Business Insight

"More organizations are inviting the customer's voice to positively impact and guide strategic decisions," says Marissa Vidler, founder and Research "Genius" at Clear Box Insights, a full-service market research firm.

"At Clear Box, we are all about asking the right questions," Vidler continued. "It’s because we understand and appreciate the value market research can bring to organizations not only to better understand their customers, but to fuel strategic business decisions."

Many Fortune 500 companies are able to invest millions to measure customer experiences, reveal unmet customer expectations, and gather research insight that can guide marketing communications and ultimately, enhance profitability.

Yet, Vidler points out, many businesses don't have the staff or budget to embark on such large-scale research endeavors. So what if you don't have millions of dollars to spend? Can a company get value out of research for a smaller investment?

"Absolutely," says Vidler. "Even small research efforts can lay the foundation for making better strategic decisions. Look at it this way -- research can be the difference between thinking you know what your customers want and knowing what they want." 

Case in point: The Leawood Chamber. In summer of 2013, the Chamber embarked on an effort to understand drivers of membership and engagement, ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

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

Bicknell of Mariner Wealth Advisors #2 on Barron’s Top 100 List of Independent Wealth Advisors

Martin C. Bicknell and the teams at Mariner Wealth Advisors, an independent wealth advisory firm with offices nationwide, were ranked #2 on Barron’s 2014 list of the Top Independent Wealth Advisors in the United States. This is the fifth consecutive year Bicknell has been ranked in the Top Ten. Bicknell was also ranked as the #1 Financial Advisor in the state of Kansas, where the firm is headquartered, in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The Barron’s rankings reflect the quality of the advisors’ practices, the amount of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, and revenues. The total asset value used in the Barron’s ranking includes all assets managed under Bicknell as chief executive officer of Mariner Holdings, a global financial services firm that owns and manages both Mariner Wealth Advisors and Montage Investments, an asset management firm.

“It is an incredible honor to be ranked so highly by Barron’s,” said Bicknell. “More than anything, I believe the Barron’s recognition illustrates that we continue to deliver upon our commitment to provide industry-leading advice and service to our clients. At the end of the day, our success as a firm is measured by our ability to do just that.”


... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for more information)

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)

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!

Member Profile


Starting with a dream and a goal, ShelfGenie was launched in 2000. Their goal was to help ensure better access for older adults who wanted to stay in their homes longer as they aged.  ShelfGenie of Greater Kansas City is proud to be serving the Leawood and surrounding Kansas City area.

ShelfGenie® custom designs, builds and installs the amazing Glide-Out™ shelving system turning cluttered cabinets and pantries into beautifully organized spaces.  We provide more space, better organization and easier access especially designed for those adults that want to stay in the homes longer as they age without the unnecessary stress of everyday life.

Knowing whom to ask for assistance and information is one of the key benefits Chamber members can provide other members as they navigate the small business portal. With ShelfGenie we have clients that want a unique product (Glide-out Shelving) and in return they often need other services or products that we will know where to find with other Chamber members.

While most h ... (go to www.leawoodchamber.org for complete profile)

Leawood Chamber
13451 Briar, Suite 201, Leawood, KS 66209
Web: www.leawoodchamber.org
Email: chamber@leawoodchamber.org
Voice: 913-498-1514   Fax: 913-491-0134

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