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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
By: Mark Thomas "I launched my blogsite 1dpapperlatino.com about year ago. The reason I launched the blog was to speak about the three things in life I love most and I think everyone does as well:  fashion, home decor and  food. Who doesn't like those three things?" Mr. Montes' works as an Interior Decorator, "That's my bread and butter." His blog is a labor of love that showcases his creativity ...read more
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
As the CEO of SAVE Inc., he leads the agency’s effort to find housing solutions for disadvantaged people in Kansas CityBy Mark ThomasWe recently sat down with Blaine Proctor in his Midtown office, a restored private residence turned into the headquarters of SAVE Inc., an essential Kansas City charity.  Proctor, the chief executive officer of SAVE, says: “Our exact mission is to provide ...read more
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Attorney Maggie Fisher recently opened her business to provide couples an elegant space for their special days.By Mark ThomasMaggie Fisher has two jobs. She’s an attorney specializing in family and tax law and she owns the recently opened Plaza Wedding Chapel. On a December trip to Las Vegas with her family, Fisher noticed a long and especially busy part of the Venetian, the hotel where she was ...read more
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Mark ThomasIvan 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 mathematics and engineering ...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 ThomasCecil 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 couldn’t afford ...read more
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Monday, March 27, 2017
By Mark ThomasSean 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 completely new, that I could learn from the beginning. It ...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 ...read more
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
By Mark ThomasTheresa 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, “My father was riding in the late ...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 Are". The idea for the line ...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 ThomasAs 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 for devices and software. Much ...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 queer ...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 ...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 distributed a letter ...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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