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t a conference last year, I listened to speaker and author Jason Ryan Dorsey talk about how the differences between generations affect their roles in the workplace. Dorsey’s speech was a funny, pointed illustration of how different experiences, upbringings and attitudes make combining staff from different eras into one great team challenging, but he argues that they all bring unique talents and opportunities to the task. Dorsey points out that Generation Y (born from approximately 1977 to 1995) is the first generation that never expected to work for the same company their entire life. In contrast, loyalty to one company defined the baby boomer generation’s career paths. Baby boomer resumes are not complicated because sticking with one company for 20, 30, 40 years was the norm. In this issue, our annual Ones to Watch feature highlights six young professionals whose employers, I bet, do not want to see them make a job jump, and we also look at how local companies work to retain key staff members. I hope you enjoy reading about our Ones to Watch honorees and how they are impacting our community. This issue is one of my favorites each year because of their inspiring dedication and passion. Gen Y might not stick to one job, but they do stick to their passions. And we are lucky they do.

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ne of my favorite attributes about Jefferson City is the people. We have outstanding people of all ages, everywhere you look. We have strong community leaders, giving volunteers, outstanding educators, dedicated elected officials, committed faith-base community and leaders, respected public servants and people who believe in a strong sense of family. The people of Jefferson City are the foundation of our community. That is why the Ones to Watch issue of City Magazine is also one of my favorite things. For the past four years, we have had the honor of introducing Jefferson City to some outstanding people who have been nominated by their peers and co-workers as young up-and-coming professionals making a difference in Jefferson City (Page 19). Once you have read about these individuals and their energy, passion, enthusiasm and forward thinking, you will see that Jefferson City’s future is in good hands. Please join us in congratulating City Magazine’s Ones To Watch recipients at G2 Gallery on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of recognition. Hope to see you there!

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Editorial Publisher Tami Turner Editor Jennifer Bondurant copy editor Katrina Tauchen

art Art director Alisha Moreland graphic designer Kristin Branscom graphic designer Beth Snyder

Photography Chris Hollaway Rebecca Rademan

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8 Ones to Watch

Jefferson City Magazine’s annual feature of top up-and-coming professionals who are making a difference in our community. Read about how these six superstars are rising to the top in their careers and working hard to make Jefferson City a better place to live.

Moving Up

How local companies retain and groom employees for advancement. Local companies share strategies for keeping star players happy and loyal. Plus, tips for impressing management and making your own climb to the top.

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An outdoor feast highlights the bounty of the season. Check out great outdoor living spaces starting on Page 34. Ribs from Bandana’s BBQ. Food from Hy-Vee. Photo by Chris Hollaway. Styling by Tami Turner.

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Contributing Writers Lauren Sable Freiman Anita Neal Harrison Abbe Meyers Heather Shields Aaron Smith Zach Willaims Faye Zumwalt

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Contents

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Departments

At Home 34 Outdoor Living: The Stewards’ river terrace view

38 Sunroom Spectacular: The Kimbles’ porch and patio transformation

44 Open Patio, Open View: The Cases’

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48 Pool House Perfect: The Burchams’ at-home getaway

At Work 55 Business Development Update: Openings, expansions, closings

58 Adult Education: Local graduate and professional education programs

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62 City Character: Gary Collins and Project C.U.R.E.

64 Person You Should Know: TaNeá Graves

66 The Dish: Yo Yums 68 Philanthropy: Rape and Abuse Crisis Service

At Ease 74 Gear Heads: Motor-revin’ diehard car enthusiasts

82 The Man Page: Summer beers 84 Ask Eric: Deciding what fashion trends are right for you

86 Artist Profile: 2 Buck Drunk

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Welcome Calendar Character Plus Hit List Business Briefs Snapshots Last Word


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It is always inspiring to write about positive change, and it is especially heartening to tell the stories of those so committed to making life better in Jefferson City. It was a special honor to write about this year’s Ones to Watch. They are certainly an impressive group based on their professional achievements alone, but the change they are catalyzing and supporting throughout the city is extraordinary. Incredible things are happening in Jefferson City, and these six people are among those championing the causes, the growth and the change. Lauren Sable Freiman contributing writer

As a native Jefferson City resident, I’m excited to be a part of Jefferson City Magazine through “Ask Eric” (Page 84). As a wardrobe fashion stylist for 25 years, I have worked on advertising campaigns, seasonal catalogs, fashion shows, in-store signage, special events and with featured celebrities. I love sharing my knowledge, experience and skills with people to help brighten their lives and help them feel beautiful and fashionable both on the inside and out. If you have a question about style or fashion, I want to hear from you. Email contact@jeffersoncitymag.com. Eric Luebbert, contributing writer

While talking to homeowners and designers about creating outdoor living spaces, it was great to learn tips for such a project. No matter how large or small a project might be, having a plan and a budget is a priority. If your budget or time does not allow for the completion of your “dream space,” tackle it in phases, but keep the finished project in mind for a cohesive flow. Also, be sure to add personal touches to make the space truly an extension of your family’s home. Heather J. Shields contributing writer

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Jefferson City Council Meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall Public Hearing Room, 320 E. McCarty St.

Manners at the Governor’s Mansion, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Missouri Governor’s Mansion, 100 Madison St.

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Heidi, 7:30 p.m. Stained Glass Theater, 830 E. High St.

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Missouri Germans and the Cause of Union and Freedom, 7 to 8 p.m. Truman Building, Rooms 490/492

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Helias High School, Freshmen and Sophomores First Day, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

First Day of School, All Jefferson City Public Schools

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The Drowsy Chaperone Dinner Theater, 6 p.m. Capital City Players, Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive

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Jeff Moore Lorelei Schwartz

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ne of the community’s biggest cheerleaders, Lorelei Riley Schwartz was born and raised in Jefferson City. A product of the system, she holds the Jefferson City Public Schools in a special place in her heart, and she is passionate about maintaining the district’s excellence. In her current role as president of the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation, she works to ensure the district is able to remain vibrant and strong by continuing to provide outstanding opportunities for its students. “I think she is one of the greatest young women I’ve met in a long time,” says Karen Enloe, executive director of the JCPS Foundation. “She is a terrific asset to the foundation.” In June, Riley Schwartz finished her sixth year on the board of the JCPS Foundation and her third year as president, and though term limits prevent her from returning to the board, her commitment to the public schools remains strong. She has been the treasurer of Pioneer Trails’ PTA and will serve as the treasurer of Thomas Jefferson Middle School’s PTA next year. “The thing about Lorelei is that she would never ask somebody to do something she wasn’t willing to do,” Enloe says. “She just does it so quietly and with so much enthusiasm, but she doesn’t want any recognition. She doesn’t have to be out front for the recognition. She is just hard-working behind the scenes.” The school system isn’t the only entity to benefit from Riley Schwartz’s strong work ethic, integrity and tireless commitment. She is a past board president of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, where she also served in other leadership roles. She is also a supporter of the YMCA. Although Riley Schwartz left Jefferson City for college in Texas and worked there for several years before returning in 1994, this multi-generational community member always intended to return to Jefferson City to raise a family. In 2007, she became a business owner in Jefferson City through her partnership in Schwartz & LeCure, an accounting firm. Riley Schwartz’s professional commitment is just as strong as her civic commitment. She continually works to improve her professional skills by attending continuing education classes, and she takes pride in learning new ways to serve her clients. During tax season, she often works 80 or more hours each week to provide the finest customer service to every client. “I am going to miss her terribly as president, as a friend and as a mentor,” Enloe says. “She is just one professional, efficient woman.” n

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eff Moore never leaves home without an essential component. “Jeff never forgets that a smile is the best accessory for all attire,” says Clyde G. Lear, his employer at Learfield Communications Inc. “He is a constant positive addition to any environment. He makes others want to be more giving, heartfelt and dedicated — no matter the cause.” As one of the top account executives at Learfield Communications, Moore has worked faithfully to help grow Learfield’s News Division/The Brownfield Network. Throughout his successful career, he has helped hundreds of clients understand the benefits of advertising their products and services within programming produced by Learfield. He has continually been a top performer, has won Learfield’s coveted President’s Club Cup three times and is routinely included in Learfield’s Circle of Excellence. Notably, at the same time he was excelling within the company, Moore also completed his master’s in business administration at Columbia College. Moore is recognized nationally for his leadership in the field of agriculture media, and he seeks to stay current on agriculture marketing trends through his participation in the Gateway Chapter of the National AgriMarketing Association, where he recently completed his term as vice president. Outside of the office, Moore has immersed himself in Jefferson City’s community. He was part of the 2009 class of Leadership MISSOURI sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, and he continues to stay involved with the program through participation in alumni events. He is a member of Jefferson City’s Young Professionals organization and the Cole County University of Missouri Alumni Association, where he assists with planning alumni events. Moore also recently served as treasurer for a local City Council race, and he serves as a deacon at The First Christian Church. Moore is also passionate about the University of Missouri and remains actively involved in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and in Greek life on campus. He has served in several leadership positions, including president of the FarmHouse Fraternity Alumni Association Board. “Jeff is committed to the future development of young leaders,” Lear says. “He has been involved in local and state committees promoting youth leadership. He has also been a mentor for statewide collegiate leaders as a facilitator for the Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.” According to Lear, Moore is a great example of what motivation, honesty and integrity can accomplish, and the company is proud of the way he represents them across the Midwest. n

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ince returning home to Jefferson City from Rockford, Ill., in 2005 after a two-anda-half-year stint with a nonprofit organization, Stacy Welling has made a splash. A partner in Whaley’s Pharmacy Inc., a business Welling’s parents have owned for nearly 30 years, she has immersed herself in a long list of civic and volunteer activities with organizations that promote growth and quality of life in Jefferson City and often serves in a leadership capacity. She is the current chairman of the board of the YMCA, former president and co-organizer of the first Rotaract club in Jefferson City, former board member of Hospice of Jefferson City and the 2012 chairman for the Heart Ball and a charter member of Circle of Red, which both benefit the American Heart Association. Welling is also a board member of the Jefferson City Rotary West Club. After her daughter Shelby’s birth in 2005, Welling also began Mommy and Me, which offers breastfeeding help and other services for new moms through Whaley’s. Welling is a member of the Jefferson City Breastfeeding Coalition and a certified breastfeeding consultant, and she is working toward her international board-certified lactation consultant certificate. According to Darryl Hubble, Welling’s partner in Whaley’s Pharmacy Inc., Welling is on her way to leaving a legacy of which anyone would be proud. “Her energy and passion for not only the business but for her community, Memorial Baptist Church and her family are exceptional,” Hubble says. “She has a great deal of confidence in her ability to contribute something positive to any area of interest.” Professionally, Welling is also excelling. In just six years she has risen to become vice president of operations at Whaley’s, and she has also become a certified pharmacy technician. And several professional organizations have taken note of her outstanding work. In 2009, Missouri Pharmacy Association named Welling Pharmacy Technician of the Year. In 2010, she was the first female and first non-pharmacist to be named Entrepreneur of the Year by Pharmacy Development Services, a national company focused on independent pharmacies. The same organization appointed her as its ambassador this year. In 2006, she was recognized for her outstanding accomplishments when she was selected to receive one of Jefferson City’s 40 Under 40 awards. “Stacy not only become a vital part of our company, but she has committed herself to making a difference in her hometown,” Hubble says. “She not only takes a leadership role in the community but encourages others within the corporation to do the same. She understands the importance of giving back to a community that has provided her family with so many opportunities.” n 22 | July/August 2011


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ountless organizations around Jefferson City have benefitted from Amy Berendzen’s positive attitude, enthusiasm and commitment. A volunteer for the Tour of Missouri, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Special Olympics, South Callaway County Rotary Club, Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, North Elementary School and the Jefferson City High School Alumni group, Berendzen has made herself an invaluable member of Jefferson City’s community. Berendzen is active with United Way as a board member, a member of the 2010 campaign leadership team and a marketing/special events committee member for the coming year. She was the 2010 March for Babies chairperson for March of Dimes and is part of the Jefferson City Public Schools committee for improved schools and Vanguard leadership class. Berendzen was also the Gala co-chair for the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Jefferson City. According to CRMC CEO and Berendzen’s supervisor Ed Farnsworth, the director of marketing and public relations for Capital Region Medical Center has the unique ability to positively interact with people of all educational, social and economic levels. “Amy is a positive person with excellent customer skill,” Farnsworth says. “She brings passion, energy and drive to whatever she does.” Professionally, Berendzen’s hard work has paid off as her level of responsibility and oversight have steadily increased, and she has taken on additional roles with the medical center. One of those additional roles is participating on the leadership team for quality improvement at CRMC, and with Berendzen’s support and guidance, CRMC won a Missouri Quality Award in 2006 and 2010. Berendzen is also an examiner for the Missouri Quality Award. In addition to actively working to better the community, Berendzen invests a great amount of effort to improve herself professionally. She stays up to date in the industry by taking advantage of in-house learning opportunities, and she also seeks out additional learning opportunities through various professional organizations, including Studer Group, Excellence in Missouri Foundation, Missouri Hospital Association and the Advisory Board Company. “Her enthusiasm, passion and excellent customer service is well known and makes her a role model in our organization,” Farnsworth says. Berendzen’s exemplary work has also contributed to her becoming part of CRMC’s leadership team, and she also serves on the administrative council, which is made up of senior leaders in the organization. Farnsworth says that Berendzen will certainly leave a legacy in Jefferson City for years to come. “Through active participation in the Chamber and other organizations, Amy will have participated in the improvement and economic development of the area,” he says. n

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n attorney at Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, Stephanie Bell is making a name for herself in Jefferson City, both professionally and civically. When there is a job to do, Bell steps up to the plate and makes things happen. Forward-thinking and positive, she doesn’t just participate in organizations; she often takes on a leadership role and quickly makes herself an invaluable resource by freely committing her time and talents. Her willingness and interest in providing great ideas and her positive work ethnic combine into a contagious passion for making a tangible difference. “She has a great passion to see Jefferson City transform into something greater,” says Ken Hussey, who has served on several committees with Bell and is proud to call her a friend. “She is committed to making Jefferson City a better place for young professionals, and she works hard to make a difference.” Bell is the leader behind the Chamber of Commerce’s new internship initiative, JC 101. She crafted the idea some time ago, sought out others who could help her make it a reality, helped lead the charge to see the project through to completion and is now committed to its success. But Bell isn’t the type to take credit for her work, and Hussey says that she doesn’t care who gets credit as long as positive change happens in the community. In addition to her work with JC 101, Bell is a leader with the Downtown Association, and she is active in both her church, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and Rotaract. She has also coordinated the Chamber’s candidate and election forums for the community. Although Bell is capable of taking the lead, another one of her strengths is that she works to involve others in her efforts. According to Hussey, she knows that working as a collective group translates to a better and more effective result, and Bell actively solicits guidance, input, support and advice from others. “She gives generously of her time and talent and sincerely encourages others to do so as well,” Hussey says. “To be honest, I am not sure when she actually sleeps and relaxes. She gives so much time and energy to various projects and committees, truly believes in what she is doing and is most certainly someone who will continue to make a lasting impact on our community.” n

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or Ryan Imhoff, Jefferson City is home. Although he had the opportunity to leave the region for professional reasons, he chose to stay in the place where he was born and raised. But Imhoff doesn’t just live in Jefferson City; he works to make the community he loves a place that will grow and evolve. “When someone asks for Ryan’s support, they get 100 percent,” says Steve Weaver, who calls his friend a born leader. “He genuinely wants to give back and have a presence in Jefferson City. Most importantly, Ryan wants this to be a safe and beautiful place for his children to grow.” When Kathy Crow, who has worked with Imhoff on several fundraisers, called Imhoff and asked him to brainstorm solutions for a problem a local nonprofit was experiencing, she wasn’t surprised when 30 minutes later, Imhoff arrived at the organization to help them think through their options. “Ryan has demonstrated to me that he is hard-working, passionate, dependable and that he cares about giving back to his community,” Crow says. “I work with a lot of young individuals, and these traits are hard to find.” Imhoff is a member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, where he is active with the young professionals group, is on the transformation action committee and was chosen to participate in Leadership Jefferson City 2010. He is vice president of the Lions Club, through which he is an active volunteer for the Federation of the Blind, and he is currently working on the action committee that will help decide what will come of the St. Mary’s building. Imhoff has also participated in Special Olympics’ “Over The Edge Program,” for which he raised more than $1,000. Among an impressive list of community volunteer work, Imhoff’s greatest accomplishment is winning the title of Mr. Jefferson City from the Boys and Girls Club in 2009. Professionally, Imhoff also excels in his sales career with IKON Office Solutions, a Ricoh Company. He was promoted earlier this year to sales manager for the company, a position where he is able to develop and manage a team of salespeople throughout mid-Missouri. After watching Imhoff interact with those around him, Weaver says he isn’t surprised by his friend’s success. “When spending time with Ryan, it doesn’t take long to see why he excels professionally,” Weaver says. “He treats everyone with dignity and respect and never forgets a name.” n

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Moving up human resources

How local companies retain and groom employees for advancement By Anita Neal Harrison

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t’s common for career paths to include jumps from one employer to another, but losing even one employee is costly for companies. “For an hourly employee, a good estimate of the cost of turnover is half the employee’s annual cost of salary and benefits,” says Ken Pinnock, member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s National Employee Relations Expert Panel. “For professional or salaried staff, the estimate is one and a half to two times their annual salary.” Pinnock says there are direct costs, such as advertising and recruiter expenses, and indirect costs, such as training the new hire and opportunities lost while the position is open.

Although the staggering cost of turnover doesn’t mean employers should keep poor performers, it does mean companies should strongly consider investing in employees who are doing a good job. Here are five strategies local companies are using to keep their star players happy and in place and groom them for advancement:

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Ultra selective hiring. Before a company can retain the right people, it must hire the right people. “The recruiting process, that’s really where it starts,” says Jeff Martin, vice president of human resources at Learfield Communications Inc. He adds that Learfield looks for applicants who exhibit the company’s core values, such as integrity and self-motivation. “When it comes time to find people for promotion and advancement, it certainly helps when you have a baseline of people who are very good.”

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Positive work environment. Creating an alluring workplace is a must for hiring and retaining talent. VA Mortgage Center in Columbia has drawn much attention for its fun culture, created through perks such as a casual dress code and bobbleheads made in the likenesses of employees of the month. But August Nielsen, an HR manager at VA Mortgage, says the constructive climate doesn’t just come from fun and games. The company is also intentional about communicating serious values, created with employee input and summed up in the slogan, “Be passionate and have fun, deliver results with integrity, and enhance lives every day.” “It creates a positive environment,” he says. “That’s just who we are.”

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Opportunities to grow. Formal and informal training, higher education and certification all let employees build skills, which star performers will appreciate. “There is a fear that employees will just take a certification or licensure and leave, and that does happen,” Pinnock says, “but if managers can tie what the employee is learning to opportunities within the organization — ‘This is how you can use this here’ — that can help minimize some of that.” At Modern Litho-Print Co., grooming for advancement is done mostly through on-the-job training. “We have had three customer service representatives move into sales,” says Darla Porter, the company’s vice president. “It makes sense; they have a great understanding of the manufacturing side of printing. They are comfortable working with the customers. The only thing they need is training in sales.”

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Laying out career paths. Presenting employees with various career paths offers motivation for doing their current jobs well and sticking around for advancements. At Missouri Farm Bureau, most departments have outlined career paths. “As an example,” says Tammy Chute, director of human resources, “there are various levels of job titles in the underwriting and claims departments. As an employee gains additional skills, knowledge, education and/or certifications, he or she can advance within that department or even to another department, depending upon the employee’s interest and qualifications.”

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Relationship building. Effective managers make employees feel valued and take an interest in their career goals. “A lot of what we do is informal but very intentional,” Martin says of the grooming process at Learfield Communications. “It’s managers sitting across the table from employees and saying: ‘I’m impressed. I want to help you achieve your career goals.’ Because those conversations are informal, they’re meaningful. Employees leave thinking, ‘At least my supervisor cares enough about me to ask what I want to do.’”

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Tips for Moving Up As a senior vice president at Central Bank, Dan Westhues has insider knowledge on what impresses management. He also has had his own impressive career climb, from a coin roller to a member of top management. These are the steps he suggests for moving up the career ladder:

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Perform the job you’re given exceptionally well. There are measurements for every job. Hit each of those measurements on a consistent basis long enough to attract positive notice. “All I can judge you on is what you’re doing today,” Westhues says. “And if you’re not doing that job well, how in the world can I promote you?”

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Ask yourself: Is this where I want to grow? Passion is essential to performance. Along with liking the line of work, employees must also buy into the corporate culture of their companies. “You’re not going to change it,” Westhues says of that culture. “You either buy into it, or you don’t.”

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Get involved. Volunteer for tasks outside regular job duties, from assisting with a special project to planning picnics. “It shows you’re engaged in what the company is doing,” Westhues says. “People engaged and participating, those are the ones getting recognized when that’s paired with good work performance. But you’ve got to have both.”

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Approach the boss. After completing steps 1 and 2 and at least beginning step 3, then you’re in a good position to ask about exploring paths to advancement. Ask: What can I do to learn more and progress? Don’t lay the burden of your career on your boss, but come prepared to talk about some specific goals and dreams.

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Finally, be patient. “Don’t say, ‘I want to do more,’ and expect it to be tomorrow,” Westhues says. “Have patience.”

Tammy Chute, director of human resources at Missouri Farm Bureau, echoes that advice. “Don’t be afraid to make your intentions known,” Chute says. “However, before you are considered for other opportunities, realize you may need to spend some time in your current role, and demonstrate you are capable of taking on additional responsibility.” n Jefferson City Magazine | 29


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[ At home]

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River Terrace View

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Sunroom Spectacular

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Open Patio, Open View

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Pool House Perfect

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the dish

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[ A t HOME ] outdoor living

The Stewards’

River Terrace View By Heather Shields Photos by Chris Hollaway

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When Mark and Alice Steward were renovating their backyard and pool, they took many details into consideration, but they never lost sight of the most important thing — the river. “First and foremost, we didn’t want to obstruct the view,” Alice says.

he Missouri River is the dramatic backdrop to the Stewards’ outdoor living space, and the goal became enhancing that view while replacing the wooden deck and older pool and giving Mark and Alice the look they wanted. For the project, the Stewards hired Richard Holzhauser as contractor for the stonework. All stone products came from Midwest Block and Brick. “Richard did incredible stonework,” Mark says. In addition to the upper and lower decks, terrace and staircases, Holzhauser built up around the pool to provide the levelness and space needed to install the pool on the rocky terrain. They spent a considerable amount of time choosing the stone because they didn’t want the space to “just look like concrete.” Settling on a Tuscanni in Stonetile Nava stone and a Versa-lok in Bethany Lodge, their choices naturally enhance the setting. “We’re now getting beautiful moss in between the stones,” Alice says. To protect their view, the Stewards went with a tiered spatial design. A small upper deck with plush outdoor furniture is off the rear of the house. The lower deck pool level houses comfortable, classic wooden deck chairs. The stone steps that connect the upper deck, the planting terrace and the lower deck flare at the bottom. A curving stone staircase descends from the lower deck to the driveway. The curving features help keep the area from appearing too square. The planting terrace between the upper deck and lower deck pool level is multipurpose. It breaks up the drop between the levels and provides an area for additional greenery that softens the expanse of stonework. The Stewards added cannas to the terrace this year for a tropical look, and palms on the terrace and the pool level also add to the tropical motif. In addition to the planting terrace, the whole outdoor living space boasts many plants, shrubs and flowers: impatiens, sedums, shade plants, even a magnolia tree. The driveway is flanked with azaleas. Whether for large celebrations such as their daughter’s pre-wedding event Jefferson City Magazine | 35


or more intimate gatherings, the multilevel area provides versatility for how the Stewards utilize their space. Mostly, however, Mark and Alice enjoy the setting on their own as often as possible. “We sit out here every evening we can, maybe have a glass of wine and enjoy watching the river,” Alice says. n

Resource List Stonework and Installation: Midwest Block and Brick, Richard Holzhauser Pool Installation: George Brown Pool Construction, Marshall, Mo. Upper Deck Furniture: Lowe’s Pool Maintenance: Vaughan Pools Plants, Flowers and Shrubbery: Various local greenhouses, retailers TOP, ABOVE: At the edge of the yard, plants and stonework add a finishing touch. ABOVE: A flowerbed ledge adds interest to the stone retaining wall that separates the upper and lower deck above the swimming pool.

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Sunroom Spectacular

The Kimbles’ Porch & Patio Transformation By Heather Shields Photos by Chris Hollaway

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ith no upper deck and only a small landing with stairs leading to the area under the porch, Bert and Marilyn Kimble, married for 39 years, “wanted something more in terms of outdoor living space.” “We decided the porch was mostly unusable except for a few weeks in the spring and fall,” Bert says of the screen-in porch and concrete under deck that was on their house when they moved to Jefferson City in 1997. The Kimbles chose Shepherds Company of Fulton as the contractor for their substantial project. “We were pleased with both the price and workmanship,” Bert says.

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TOP: The Kimbles’ outdoor remodeling effort included turning a screened-in porch into a sunroom, extending the seasonal use of the space. ABOVE: The new deck features stone posts and metal spindles from Scruggs Lumber.

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The screened-in porch was turned into a sunroom of sorts with eight casement windows with blinds built right into the windows. Screens for the windows allow the Kimbles to not only enjoy the more livable view of their backyard but also enjoy seasonal weather without going outside. The sunroom features porcelain tile, a ceiling fan and comfortable furniture that’s perfect for visiting with friends or watching the many birds, squirrels and occasional deer that passed through the Kimbles’ yard. A 12-by-20-foot composite deck with stone posts and spindles replaced the small landing and stairs. Here, the couple enjoys being able to gather outdoors with family and friends for a summer barbeque. In addition to the sunroom and upper deck area, a large concrete patio was poured for outdoor living space under the upper deck. To be able to use the under deck living area even in rainy weather, metal channeling was installed to keep water from coming through the composite deck. The addition of comfortable outdoor furnishings, three ceiling fans to keep the area cooler during warm evenings (and to keep mosquitoes away) and a Jacuzzi hot tub completed the transformation of the Kimbles’ previously useless space into a spot of serious relaxation. Also, as an alternative to eating on the upper deck, an area of stamped concrete for another table, chairs and umbrella set for an additional entertaining and eating area was poured just off of the under deck living space.


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The changes provide the Kimbles with the functional outdoor living area that is an extension of their indoor living space. “It is proving to be everything we had hoped for in an outdoor livable space,� Bert says. n

Resource List Contractor: Shepherds Company of Fulton Decking, Stone Railings, Spindles: Scruggs Lumber Window Casings, Ceiling Fans: Menards Sunroom Furnishings: Browns Furniture, Palmyra, Mo. Under Deck Furniture: Menards Additional Patio Furniture: Westlake Ace Hardware Jacuzzi Hot Tub: Lake Leisure, Lake Ozark Stacked stone posts anchor the staircase that leads from the lower to upper deck.

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Open Patio, Open View The Cases’ Backyard Beauty

By Heather Shields Photos by Chris Hollaway

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ith a backyard adjacent to conservation land, Bill and Carolyn Case love the view their backyard provides, but they wanted something more than a small concrete patio from which to enjoy it. To help realize their dream of an enhanced outdoor living space, the couple hired landscape designer Michelle Jansen, owner of Jansen Landscape Design. Jansen advises clients to gather information and make a plan prior to starting any size project. “Answer questions such as: How do you want to use the outdoor space now and in the future? Where is your primary access to the outdoor space? What views are important to keep or screen? What materials or plants do you like, and what is your budget?” Jansen says. 
 Bill and Carolyn worked on their plan with Jansen, and after deciding a sunroom would block the view they love, they came up with an outdoor space that is inviting yet does not distract from the beauty of the area. Jansen designed a patio surface large enough to accommodate family gatherings and surrounded by stone sitting walls for additional seating. Outdoor light fixtures on six stone posts provide lighting for late evenings on the patio. 
 To create a warm and inviting space, the design enhances its surroundings while providing functionality and flair. The sitting wall in Versa-Lok Weathered in Timberwood complements the unique pattern and the color palette of the patio. The body of the patio is Romanstone Ledgerock Century Series pavers in Timberwood and Harvest Blend with accents of Romanstone Hollandstyle Olympia paver in Slate. The Natural Limestone Engraved Stone at the center of the patio adds a commanding yet fun focal point to the area. “The pattern of the patio is very intricate, and we love it,” Bill says.

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Geraniums, scaevola and other colorful plants enliven the outdoor patio’s border.

The Cases’ space is made additionally inviting by the whimsical touches Carolyn has added. A colorful sun umbrella provides shade; hanging ferns echo the greenery beyond the sitting walls; ivory toss pillows adorned with bejeweled, embroidered birds rest on waiting benches; and flower containers bursting with geranium calliope and scaevola Bombay white, can tell visitors that in this space, fun and enjoyment will be found. n

Resource List Landscape Designer: Michelle Jansen, Jansen Landscape Design
Installation: All Seasons Home and Lawn Care
Patio Products: Midwest Block and Brick
 Electrical: VanLoo Electric

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Sell your Diamond Kyle Cook, of locally owned Diamond Banc, is an expert in assessing all the factors that make your diamond one carat or larger, worth the most money possible. You can choose to sell it or get a short term loan tailored to fit your individual needs with no credit check and flexible rates and payment options. Diamond Banc takes all quality factors into account, such as size, cut, color and clarity to ensure you the highest amount possible. And Diamond Banc pays premiums for larger diamonds. No diamond is too large.

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[ A t HOME ] outdoor living

Pool House

Perfect An at-home getaway for the Burchams By Zach Williams and Jennifer Bondurant Photos by Chris Hollaway

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nvision putting a swimming pool in the middle of a hill, and you’ll get a glimpse of the Burcham family’s pool and pool house construction project. What started out as a plan to add a garage and create a more family-friendly yard out of a hilly landscape evolved into the construction of a home away from home only 50 feet from their house. Around 15,000 square yards of dirt had to be moved, according to Dave Perrey, who oversaw the project’s excavation. Not only did the pool and pool house have to be constructed but also a 300-plus-foot long retaining wall to hold back the dirt from the rest of the hill. “The Coop,” as affectionately called by the family (and playfully reflecting the Burchams’ ownership of Champs Chicken), is a two-story pool house, encompassing approximately 4,500 square 48 | July/August 2011

feet total, with 2,200 square feet of finished living space including three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a three-car garage. “It’s like a lake house in our backyard,” says Julie Burcham about the final result. Julie and her husband, Shawn, worked with Dan Bax Construction to bring the pool house to life. The kitchen serves as the pool house’s main gathering space. Kristin Schroeder of LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting worked with the Burchams on the kitchen layout. “While planning this room with Julie, we didn’t want it to be just a kitchen or bar,” Schroeder says. “We designed it to open up to the pool and be just one big entertainment space for their family and guests.” Julie and Shawn enjoy their pool house with their children: Claudia, 13; Payton, 10; and Alison, 7; and their dog, Bandit Belle.


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Resource List General Construction: Dan Bax Commercial Cooking Equipment: Pro Food Systems Inc. Cabinets and Lighting: LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting Landscaping: Truescape Pool: Pools Unlimited Excavating: Dave Perrey Audio/Visual Systems: The Entertainer Concrete/Wall: Sam Gaines Security/Phones: Professional Phone Shop Flooring: Howell’s Carpet Wall Decorations: The Print Shop

➊ Tall windows give a full, nearly unobstructed view of the pool area and allow young swimmers to stay under watchful eyes at all times. ➋ The pool and pool house was literally built into the backyard. A 300-plus-foot-long wall holds back the remaining hill. ➌ A commercial air curtain above the main doors keeps bugs out. Ceramic heaters hang above the covered patio for added, seasonal comfort. ➍ Indoor/outdoor carpet along with tile and no-slip concrete make a safe environment for moving from pool to house with wet feet. ➎ The kitchen features a commercial oven, griddle and fryer for easy poolside entertaining and cooking. (Yes, they fry a lot of chicken.) ➏ Shades of gray give the space a cool, relaxed tone. ➐ An oversized U-shaped island counter is designed for streamline function — food, drinks and socializing. ➑ The smooth quartz counter island in dark gray complements the half-stone wall behind it. In contrast, the kitchen’s maple cabinets have a canvas-colored white finish with a cocoa glaze. n

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[ At HOME] the dish

Custom Frozen Yogurt Creations at

YoYums

If you haven’t been to Yo Yums on High Street, don’t let the summer go by without a stop. You create your own concoction; pick from eight flavors of frozen yogurt, then add on the toppings, from fresh fruit and granola to brownies and sprinkles. The kids love it! Try our favorite good cup/bad cup recipes. — Jennifer Bondurant, Jefferson City Magazine editor

Yo Yums 122 E. High St., Jefferson City (573) 644-7581, www.yoyums.com

Good Cup:

Euro Tart nonfat yogurt (90 cal./3 oz.) topped with fresh blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwi, pineapple and pecans

Bad Cup:

Peanut butter low-fat yogurt topped with Butterfingers, Reeses, Snickers, Oreos, whipped cream and Hershey’s chocolate syrup

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[ At HOME] hit list

Get Your

Grill ON

Photos by Rebecca Rademan

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➊ Circle kabobs, set of four, nonstick finish. Eight-inch diameter fits most plates, $10.95; ➋ Original Ellbee’s seasoning rub. Garlic, lemon citrus or zesty flavors, $8.95; ➌ Cabernet wine-soaked oak wood smoking chips, $6.95; ➍ Sauce pot and basting brush. Cast iron and silicon brush head, $21.50; ➎ Charcoal companion, steak button thermometers, set of four. Reusable stainless steel, works in oven or grill, $21.50; ➏ Dean Jacobs Beerbeque marinade mug with seasoning. Marinade and basting sauce, for chicken or steaks and chops. Just add your favorite beer, $5.95. All items from Southbank Gift Company. 110 E. High St. www.southbankgifts.com

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[ A t W O RK ] City

for business

The City of Jefferson:

Business Development Update

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ew flavors of business, from tandoori grilled food to Parisianinspired hair trends, have added spice to our community and signal an upward trend in business growth.

By Abbe Meyers

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“We are thrilled to see business growth occurring in Jefferson City,” says Missy Bonnot, economic development director for the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce. “The 2010 business expansions of Modine Manufacturing and Unilever built confidence in the community and gave entrepreneurs momentum during the recent economic downturn. This energy spawned new businesses in Jefferson City.” The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce works to improve the community's quality of life via local institutions. The Chamber stays connected to small-business development and communicates with bigger companies looking for locations. Economic change has brought innovative ideas to our community. Check out the new businesses in your neighborhood.


new businesses Hot Millions Bistro, 2401 Missouri Blvd. (573) 893-1075 www.hotmillionsbistro.com

$1 Jewelry, 322 Jefferson St. (573) 634-1400

El Jimador, 2930 W. Edgewood Drive (573) 638-0232

Opened: March 14, 2011

Opened: March 17, 2011

Product/service: Large selection of fashion jewelry at unbeatable prices

Product/service: Restaurant, specializing in Mexican food

Number of employees: Owner-operated Capitol City CORK & Provisions, 124 E. High St. (573) 632-CORK (2675) www.wix.com/lau911/cork Opened: April 4, 2011 Product/service: Restaurant by day, wine bar by night; serving cheese and chocolate, retail gift baskets and wine also available Number of employees: 3 Cosmo Prof, 1850 Route C, Ste. E (573) 893-6758 Opened: April 25, 2011 Product/service: Wholesale supplier of professional salon supplies to licensed professionals

Number of employees: 20 Go-Green Carpet Recycling, 607 Missouri Blvd. Court Opened: June 1, 2011 Product/service: Recycles carpet, also accepts carpet pads and tubes Number of employees: 4

Opened: April 7, 2011

Opened: June 24, 2011

Product/service: Restaurant, specializing in Indian food, including tandoori grilled food (traditional Indian open-fire cooking)

Product/service: Restaurant specializing in barbeque and catering Number of employees: 20

Number of employees: 10 to 15

RE-CELL-IT Shop, 2215 Missouri Blvd. (573) 230-6455 www.re-cellphone.com

J. Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, 215 E. High St. (573) 644-9999

Opened: April 1, 2011

Opened: May 13, 2011 Haute Salon, 112 E. High St. (573) 634-7476 www.haute-salon.com

Product/service: Sports grill and pub Number of employees: 20

Opened: May 3, 2011 Product/service: Hair salon offering urban styling trends and Parisian-inspired techniques, such as Balayage highlighting Number of employees: 2

Number of employees: 3

Memorable Designs by Melissa, 1731 W. Main St. 573-291-8828 www.memorabledesignsbymelissa.com Opened: Jan. 7, 2011 Product/service: Planning of special events and weddings; décor rental Number of employees: 2

Moose Brothers BBQ & Catering, 2314 Lorenzo Greene Drive (573) 634-9900 www.moosebrosbbq.com

Product/service: Sells used and refurbished cell phones; repairs cell phones; issues cell phones to customers with expired contracts who wish to avoid the cost of a brand-new cell phone Number of employees: 3 Superior Opening Systems, 1011 Industrial Drive (573) 635-7161 Opened: Jan. 1, 2011 Product/service: Commercial doors, windows and hardware Number of employees: 4

Thinking about opening a new business in Jefferson City? Check with the Chamber of Commerce for support. www.jcchamber.org

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Notable Business Expansions in 2010 Modine Manufacturing • 50+ net new jobs

Unilever • 44 net new jobs

•Added 40,000 of warehouse/ production space

• $17 million investment • Strong volume growth in 2010

• Added additional equipment and investment • Increased sales in 2010

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[ A t W O RK ] career

f o d Hea ss the Cla Gradu ate a Profess ional P nd rogram s Compiled by Zach Williams

William Woods University www.williamwoods.edu

Graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs in more than 80 locations throughout Missouri and Arkansas. Accelerated programs designed for full-time working professionals to complete degree in less than two years. Most classes meet once a week for four hours in the evening, with courses ranging from five to 10 weeks long. Students enjoy small class sizes, study groups for shared learning and class facilitation from practicing professionals. Most popular degrees sought Master of education; 3,516 students have earned their M.Ed.s from WWU in the past five years. Number that graduated from the program in 2011 5 associate degrees 9 bachelor of science (B.S.) 1 master of business administration (M.B.A.) 245 master of education (M.Ed.) 51 educational specialists (Ed.S.)

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Date classes start Programs start at various times during the year at various locations. Upcoming course dates vary between Aug. 11 and Sept. 22. Cost per credit hour Master of business administration $330 Doctorate in education $500 Master of education $275 Why did you choose William Woods? One of the educators currently taking doctoral courses in Columbia through William Woods University is Mark Penny, Moberly Public School District superintendent, who will become superintendent in Troy in July. “WWU’s graduate and professional studies program has been the perfect fit for me,” Penny says. “The flexible schedule has afforded me the opportunities to advance my career and enhance my professional experience.”


Metro Business College

Merrell University

Metro Business College offers an associate of applied science degree, as well as more traditional diplomas or certificates of completion. Associate degree programs are designed to give the students the skills they need to begin careers in their chosen field. They include emphases on accounting paraprofessional, business and computer specialist, medical billing and coding specialist and medical specialist. The diploma programs are accounting assistant, business and computer assistant and medical office assistant. The certificate programs are administrative assistant, medical assistant and massage therapy. Certificate programs require less time and fewer credit hours to complete than the diploma programs, which require less time and fewer credit hours than the associate degree programs.

Merrell University is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts and Sciences. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes NACCAS as an international accrediting commission. The university has two locations, one in Jefferson City and the other in Moberly. The university offers four courses: cosmetology, esthetics, manicuring and instructor training.

www.metrobusinesscollege.edu

Most popular degrees sought Medical billing and coding specialist associate of applied science degree is the most popular; students studying this program also prepare for and take the Certified Professional Coder’s exam. Cost per credit hour Metro Business College does not charge by the credit hour but by the number of quarters necessary to complete the program. Per quarter, it is $3,250 in addition to the cost of the specific program, which varies. Date classes start in August 2011 The start date for the fall quarter is Sept. 12.

bbax@merrelluniversity.net

Most popular degree sought The program with the largest number of students enrolled is the cosmetology program. Number that graduated from the program in 2011 The university had approximately 75 graduates in 2010 from the cosmetology program. A more current number is not yet available. Date classes start in August 2011 The Jefferson City location has a starting date of Aug. 10, and the Moberly location has a starting date of Aug. 24. Cost per credit hour The current tuition price for cosmetology is $12,335, and that includes the $150 enrollment fee, books and kit items.

Columbia College www.ccis.edu

Columbia College’s graduate program consists of three master’s degrees, an M.B.A., a master of arts in teaching and a master of science in criminal justice. All three grow out of strong undergraduate programs in business, education and criminal justice. A fourth degree, a master of arts in military studies, is due to launch in August. Degrees are offered at the Columbia campus, through an online campus and at 10 other nationwide campuses. The M.B.A. is geared toward working adults; students are required to have at least two years of significant work experience (preferably managerial) before starting the degree program. Most popular degree sought The M.B.A. is Columbia College’s most popular degree, followed by the M.S.C.J. and the M.A.T.

More education equals higher earning potential. M.B.A.s may be able to increase their salary by as much as 50 percent, according to some studies.

Number that graduated from the program in 2011 Columbia College programs do not follow the traditional semester pattern; there are five eight-week sessions per year (August, October, January, March and June), and students may begin their program at any time. Thus they may complete their degrees at any time as well. Although many students walk in the May commencement ceremony, it is possible that they finished their degrees in March or even December. The best estimate is that about 100 students complete their degrees each year. Date classes start in August 2011 The Columbia campus starts on Aug. 22; nationwide and online campuses start Aug. 15. Cost per credit hour On-campus graduate tuition (per credit hour M.B.A. and M.S.C.J.) $310 On-campus graduate tuition (per credit hour M.A.T.) $299 Online campus graduate tuition (per credit hour M.B.A. and M.S.C.J.) $330 Online campus graduate tuition (per credit hour M.A.T.) $320 Why did you choose Columbia College? “Flexibility,” says Matt Prescott, current history major and prospective master of arts in teaching student at Columbia College. “I have a lot of stuff to deal with outside of schooling, and Columbia College does its best to accommodate that.”

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“It was conveniently located here in Jefferson City, and I was able to complete it in one year. However, while pursuing my M.B.A. program here, I learned of one other reason: the teachers. They want you to learn above all else, and that is a special thing.” - Brandon Campbell, Management M.B.A. ’10 on why he chose Lincoln University

Nichols Career Center www.nicholscareercenter.org

Most popular degrees sought Nichols Career Center offers three adult education programs: practical nursing, dental assisting and radiologic technology. Cost Practical nursing $12,435; dental assisting $8,828; radiologic technology $8,100 Date classes start in August 2011 Practical nursing, Aug. 9; dental assisting, Aug. 16; radiologic technology I, Aug. 9; radiologic technology II, Aug. 8. Students completing the program will receive a diploma. They will also need to take national/state boards. Why did you choose Nichols? “I already have a degree,” says Erica McKissack, current student of practical nursing at Nichols Career Center. “This training makes me much more marketable.”

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Lincoln University www.lincolnu.edu

Lincoln University has five graduate degree programs that mainly cater to non-traditional working adult students. To accomplish this, the school offers many evening, online and eightweek courses. The specific degrees offered are: master of education, with the three majors being guidance/ counseling, school administration and school teaching; master of business administration with emphasis areas of accounting, entrepreneurship, management and public administration; master of arts with history, sociology and combined sociology/criminal justice programs; master of science with an environmental science emphasis; Ed.S. (educational specialist) degree, which is post-master’s. Lincoln University is also currently offering an opportunity to partner with the Peace Corps in the Peace Corps Master’s International program. This program allows students to gain graduate credit with Lincoln University while serving abroad with the Peace Corps. Most popular degrees sought Master of business administration and master of education (guidance/ counseling). Cost per credit hour $250.50 Number that graduated the program in 2011 The numbers are still being compiled. The university usually graduates around 45 to 50 students. Date classes start in August 2011 Classes start on Aug. 22, with advising and registration starting the week before. n


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[ A t W O RK ] city character

Gary Collins Leads Project

C.U.R.E.

Gary Collins

By Amy J. Hoffman Photos by Chris Hollaway and courtesy of Project C.U.R.E. 62 | July/August 2011

As a senior vice president at Hawthorn Bank who has raised a successful daughter and spent 34 years reinforcing the family-friendly image of Jefferson City, Gary Collins should now be using what little free time he has to kick back and look forward to retirement. And though he does manage to play a round of golf now and then (“I’m pretty bad at it, but I like to play it,” he says), Collins has established a legacy of community involvement that he has yet to outgrow. A veteran volunteer with the Salvation Army and the Special Learning Center, Collins’ latest endeavor with the Rotary Club of Jefferson City is support of an organization called Project C.U.R.E. With Collins leading the way, the Rotary Club coordinates the collection and delivery of medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in Third World countries. “In our country, things become obsolete, but in Third World countries, what we consider obsolete they consider very good equipment,” Collins says. To that end, Project C.U.R.E., headquartered in Centennial, Colo., works at the international level with local participants such as Collins and the Rotary Club to provide used, obsolete and surplus medical equipment to established facilities in struggling areas around the world. “They help with the logistics of getting equipment or supplies packaged and shipped to these countries,” Collins says. Retired Circuit Court Judge Ralph Haslag, Rolla, handpicked Collins to lead the local efforts in Jefferson City. The judge was looking for an international charity to support in his retirement, and he approached Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary Russell, president of the Jefferson City Downtown Rotary, with the idea of allying Rotary and Project C.U.R.E. Together, they asked Collins to take the helm.


Collins is responsible for uniting local efforts by working with the medical community to collect supplies and with organizations that can get those supplies to one of Project C.U.R.E.’s four national distribution centers. He stays in close contact with Brent Van Conia, the administrator of St. Mary’s Health Center, and Ed Farnsworth, the administrator of Capitol Region Medical Center. When enough supplies have been collected to fill a semi, Collins contacts Walmart, which volunteers to carry goods to Houston any time they have an empty truck going. The National Guard has also helped to ship equipment in the past. “It’s amazing how much equipment you can get on a tractor trailer or a Walmart truck,” Collins says. The detailed job of aligning all of the logistics associated with moving often delicate medical equipment halfway across the country for free is one for which Collins seems uniquely suited. “The Rotary Club of Jefferson City is very proud and appreciative of Gary Collins for his leadership with Project C.U.R.E. in our community,” says Judge Mary Russell. “Gary has been the driving force in organizing the donations of medical equipment and supplies to Third World countries. But for Gary’s dedication to this project, it would not be a reality.” Although Rotary has only been working with Project C.U.R.E. for a little more than six months, they have already arranged two full shipments of equipment to Houston. Once the equipment arrives at the distribution center, teams on the national level connect with hospitals and clinics in the recipient countries to find out what their needs are. They then arrange transport for the necessary supplies to the correct locations, sometimes by shipment and sometimes in the suitcases of travelers; they need to get the job done. Meanwhile, Collins is collecting goods to put together the next shipment from mid-Missouri. “One of our future goals is trying to get the community involved in donations of excess equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches, things like that,” says Collins, never content to let a moment go by when he could be making plans. He shrugs off compliments on his dedication. “It serves a good purpose around the world,” he says. n

Project

C.U.R.E.

www.projectcure.org

Founded: 1987 Headquarters: Centennial, Colo. Motto: Delivering health and hope to the world Four distribution centers: Centennial, Colo.; Houston; Tempe, Ariz.; Nashville, Tenn.

Collection centers in seven states: Oregon, Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado and New Mexico Number of recipient countries: 120 Number of volunteers: 12,000 Average annual value of donated equipment: $50 million

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[ A t W O RK ] person you should know

TaNeá Graves

Director of membership, Excellence in Missouri Foundation for one year; partner, G2 Gallery, Catering and Events LLP for five years Education: B.S. in interdisciplinary studies, University of Missouri Community involvement: Jefferson City hYPe (Young Professionals); member, Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce; steering committee member, Chamber of Commerce Transformation Strategic Plan; member (and former board member), Downtown Jefferson City Association; former director, Jefferson City Chapter HALO Foundation (Helping Art Liberate Orphans); trustee, Tyson Graves Memorial Scholarship Foundation My office is full of reminders that I work for my life (and not the other way around), and my desk is messy because I always have multiple projects going at any given time. At EiMF, my favorite thing to do is work with small businesses, just like my own, to help them learn about performance improvement. I love seeing the light bulbs go off with our volunteers, members and clients. I love making a difference in the everyday lives of those who run organizations in Missouri. When I get to the office in the morning, the first thing I do is check email without fail. At the end of the day, (after leaving EiMF), I usually spend two to three nights a week working at G2 Gallery, and on the other nights, I sneak in time with my family and friends.

Someday when I retire, I will travel as much as I can and hopefully spend time on the beaches, in the rainforests, in the wine regions and exploring the history of ancient civilizations, but I will always come back in the summers to my family farm, where my roots are deep and I am most at peace. n 64 | July/August 2011

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I have a creative side to me that most people don’t know about: I like to paint, dance, sing, garden and try to create art all around me. My favorite website is LinkedIn because I can keep up with other professionals in various fields. I learn so much from what other people are doing, reading and discussing in their professional circles. My latest favorite movie is Inception; it blew my mind! The last good book I read was The Summons, by John Grisham. Recently, Oprah has become a hero for me. I am inspired by her life story, overcoming such a rough childhood — so much less fortunate than my own — but I also aspire to adopt her confidence, graciousness, thoughtfulness and positive attitude in my daily life.


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[ c ha r a c t e r p l u s ]

CHARACTERplus is a countywide initiative to develop character education in every school in Cole County. Its success is dependent upon the participation of all members of our community. www.colecountycharacterplus.org

Glory of Missouri At the state capitol on May 24, Rep. Mike Bernskoetter presented the “Glory of Missouri” Award to Simonsen Ninth Grade students. The Glory of Missouri Award recognizes 14 students who each represent one of the virtues engraved in the House Chamber that make up the Glory of Missouri. Simonsen staff picked two students who represent each of the virtues (28 total). The qualities the students also reflect of the Characterplus® program adopted by schools and businesses across Cole County.

Knowledge

Lydia Meyer and Edward Crouse

Progress

Jazmin DuHart and Hazel Valasquez

Liberty

Jaylin Zimmermann and Hannah Westin

Honor

Lauren Niemeyer and Gabriel Marcantonio

Equality

Abigail McKnelly and Katelyn Ziegler

Truth

Bily Brooks and Anastasia Crenshaw

Law

Benton Mitchell and Timothy Ittner

Virtue

Savannah Hoff and Whitney Barnes

Justice

Steven Dunlap and Kylie Runzi

Temperance Caroline Hall and Brittan Hart

Fraternity

Dakota Newton and Samuel Willoh

Enterprise

Britney Haymans and Matthew Theroff

Education

Tori Lannert and Elisabeth Blotevogel

Charity

Adrienne Luther and Gillian MWangi

Forgiveness The key to love is forgiveness. Forgiveness gives us a chance to recognize our human nature and say we are sorry when we do something wrong. It also gives a chance for the person we offended to demonstrate his or her selfless love by accepting our repentance and being able to continue his or her love for us. Forgiveness is the foundation for all relationships. Friendship, marriages and families could not exist without this virtue. Jesus was a great example of this virtue by dying for our sins and forgiving the people who crucified Him. — Ron Dunn, Helias religion teacher and St. Mary’s spokesman Forgiveness is the release of a torturing feeling that has grown and festered in the soul and corrupted your thoughts. Forgiveness is to accept the problems and mistakes and to move on. Forgiveness is a trait needed to grow. Some things happen that seem unforgivable, that devastate the world and our lives as we know it, but what devastates the world more is not to move on, to stay in the same place and never create anything new. We must forgive and not necessarily forget but remember, remember that another problem has risen and yet we have let it go. We have overcome and created a new beginning. — John Schulte, junior, Helias Catholic High School

In addition to recognition in Jefferson City Magazine, each Character Plus winner receives a new checking account with a $50 initial deposit from Central Bank.

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[ A t W O RK ] philanthropy

RACS: Continuing Its Mission By Heather Shields

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allying 31 years of service and counting, Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Services Inc. continues to provide confidential services for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in a nine-county area. However, the not-for-profit organization aids an increasing number of victims on funding that might soon decrease.

The 2010 Missouri Uniform Crime report states that incidents of domestic violence in the RACS service area increased 4.9 percent. According to Executive Director Jim Clardy, the agency receives 55 to 60 percent of its funding from federal, state and foundation grants. Clardy expects that a couple of grants likely will be reduced this year. “The remainder of our funding comes from the United Way of Central Missouri, court fees, fundraisers and donations from businesses and members of the community,” he says. Despite financial challenges, RACS works diligently to overcome any and all barriers for those seeking to leave an abusive situation. The organization provides such services as community, professional and school-based education; accompaniment to hospitals, courts or police stations; and shelter for victims. RACS recently added a new outreach advocate who assists victims in the outlying counties. Since January 2010, the advocate has provided services to more than 100 victims as well as their children. In addition to counseling services, a 24-hour hotline and a new 36-bed shelter, RACS is affiliated with a pet foster care program that protects victims’ pets when they decide to leave an abusive situation. “Many victims will not leave their pets behind because of the concern that the abuser will harm the pet as part of their intimidation practices,” Clardy says.

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Blues & BBQ/Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Fundraiser When

Thursday, July 21

Where

Memorial Park

What

A one-mile walk for men in high heels, pork steaks and chicken barbequed by the Marine Corps League (serving from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and blues band

How to

If you are interested in participating in the walk or sponsoring the event, contact Anji Gandhi (agandhi@colecopa.com) at (573) 291-4669, or Sgt. Randy Werner (rwerner@jeffcitymo.org) at (573) 291-9614.

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Economic issues are also a major hurdle for many victims to overcome, says Clardy. In trying to leave and then successfully stay away from their abusers, victims often struggle with the cost and availability of childcare and lack of transportation to jobs. “Approximately 92 percent of shelter clients of RACS fell below federal poverty standards in 2010,” Clardy says. “This is usually due to the fact that they are not allowed to be employed, and when they escape their abusive situation, the victims are immediately homeless and in poverty.” To pick up the expected financial shortfall, RACS will rely on the Blues & BBQ/Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, general donations and donations received in support of services, such as furniture, food, personal care items and cleaning products — things the agency doesn’t have to spend funds on to have available in the shelter or to provide for clients. “We’ll return to Memorial Park on Thursday, July 21 for our Blues & BBQ,” Clardy says. But, there is a new twist on the well-known event. “The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes [walk] asks men to literally walk a mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It won’t be easy, but the men who choose to participate will be helping to raise awareness of violence against women.” n For more information on the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, please call (573) 634-4911 or (800) 303-0013, or visit racsjc.org.

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[ A t W O RK ] business briefs

Business Briefs Healthplex Exercise Specialist Awarded Honor

JCMG Adds Physician, Clinic at Lake

Sarah Harbour of Fulton, exercise specialist and aerobics coordinator at the Sam B. Cook Healthplex Fitness Center, has been selected as the Medical Fitness Association’s Central Region Rising Star for Manager/Supervisor Staff. Harbour holds a certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, is Pilates mat-work certified, is a certified Les Mills Body Pump instructor and a certified PiYo instructor.

JCMG recently announced the addition of Samuel “Buddy” L. Brayfield, D.O., and the JCMG Osage Family Clinic to its team of providers, which expands health care services at the Lake of the Ozarks. Brayfield is a family medicine physician with 25 years of experience, 18 of which have been spent in the Lake of the Ozarks area. During the past two years, he has served as medical director of Hospice Compassus.

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C & S Business Services Wins National Award C & S Business Service has been named to Inavero and CareerBuilder’s 2011 Best of Staffing Client List. Best of Staffing is the nation’s only satisfaction award that recognizes exceptional client service within the staffing industry. Fewer than 1 percent of North American staffing firms have been named to the 2011 Best of Staffing Client List.

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JCMG Awards $4,000 in Area Scholarships JCMG awarded four $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing nursing or pre-medicine degrees. Rebecca Wilding, daughter of Doug and Sarah Wilding of Jefferson City, will major in biochemistry (pre-medicine) at the University of Missouri. Anna Knaup, daughter of James and Debra Knaup of Jefferson City, will major in pre-medicine at the University of Mississippi. Kenneth Weith, son of Kenny and Kim Weith of Wardsville, will major in pre-medicine at the University of Missouri. Rachel Robinson, daughter of Charlie and Kay Robinson of Linn, is a nursing student at Lincoln University.

www.jcmg.org

Central Bank Financial Advisors Honored

INVEST Financial recognized three Central Bank financial advisors — Jeff Boessen, CFP; Bill Graves; and Joanne Scheperle, CFP — as some of its top representatives at the company’s National Sales Conference in Aventura, Fla. Boessen, Graves and Scheperle were among the top 175 producers qualifying to attend the conference from INVEST’s more than 1,500 advisors and managers nationwide. Established in 1982, INVEST provides brokerage services through financial institutions and is one of the nation’s leading providers of insurance and securities products and services.

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St. Mary’s Unveils Design of New Hospital St. Mary’s Health Center revealed the architectural design of its upcoming $200 million replacement hospital at an event this afternoon at St. Mary’s. Construction of the Highway 179 interchange providing access to the 110-acre campus is slated to begin in July. Construction will start on the new hospital in spring 2012. That will continue through 2014, with doors opening in January 2015. The vision for the new hospital’s patient-centered design was developed with input from hundreds of employees and physicians, as well as community members.

www.NewStMarys.com

Sam Cook Receives Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation Award Sam Cook, Central Bancompany, received the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation Award for consistently demonstrating the ideals of service that founded Rotary. Cook has been an active member of the Rotary Club for 60 continuous years, which makes him one of the longest serving members in the state. Cook is senior chairman of the board for Central Bancompany, the holding company for Central Bank.

www.centralbank.net

Capital Region Celebrates Award Winners Highlighting Nurses’ Week, 2011 Excellence in Nursing Awards were presented to six nurses at Capital Region Medical Center. Their nursing peers, as well as administrative staff and physicians, nominated recipients of this award. Recipients included Kathy Burrow, L.P.N., Obstetrics Unit; Alycia Dunwiddie, R.N., Surgical Unit; Penny Eiken, R.N., Surgical Unit; Vera Haney, R.N., Progressive Care Unit; Wendy Hartman, Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit; and Julie Heisinger, R.N., Intensive Care. www.crmc.org n


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[ At EASE] cars

Gear heads Motor-revin’ diehard car enthusiasts

By Aaron Smith Photos by Chris Hollaway

The birth of a car starts with an idea or a vision of what could be. Molded from metal, parts machined with careful devotion to the plans of its creator, a fiery combustion bursts to life what was once sitting cold, and the car takes its first breath and exhales.

History Car Buff

Wes Scott’s interest in cars isn’t about winning a prize. “I don’t really try to win trophies,” Scott says. “I enjoy driving them more than polishing them.” Scott has been a member of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club for 40 years, ever since the club was organized. The club hosts a car show in coordination with the Old Munichburg’s Oktoberfest, annually held in September. Scott fell in love with cars at an early age and never looked back. In December of 1960, he read an article in Science and Mechanics magazine that compared the Ford Model A to the new compact cars being introduced at the time. From that article, Scott decided he needed to buy a Model A; with the help of his father, he found one for sale and bought it for $50. Scott was 15 years old at the time, and now after 50 years, through high school and college, he still owns the same car. For Scott, restoring a car means bringing a part of history back to life. He says a big part of the satisfaction comes from 74 | July/August 2011

maintaining a part of automotive history and learning about the history of each car he works on. He has owned roughly 130 cars during the years but is especially fond of those built in the 1930s. “To take a car that has sat for 30 years or 50 years and give it life and get it back on the road again is a thrill for me,” Scott says. Scott currently owns a ’28 Model A Roadster; three 1931 Model A Trucks; a ’31 Franklin; a ’33 Franklin, which he’s had for 30 years; a 1940 Mercury Convertible, which he and his wife took on their honeymoon 40 years ago; a ’47 Lincoln Continental; and a ’58 Ford Retractable Hardtop. Although Scott has owned more than 100 vehicles, he says he never buys anything or works on anything with the intention to sell it. The only reason he sells a car is to make room for a new one. Out of them all, his favorite to drive is the ’58 Ford Retractable when going long distances, but hands down his favorite is his very first car, the ’29 Model A.


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Born to Build

Bernie Eiken’s love of cars started at age 16 and has continued for more than 60 years. During this time, he has owned and worked on more than 600 vehicles, everything from racecars to street rods and even a ’47 Studebaker pickup with a V8 automatic and power windows. Eiken was born and raised on a farm, and from an early age he says he was mechanically inclined. At age 10, he built himself a tractor using a scrap lawnmower and junk parts his family had lying around. “I would give a thousand bucks today for that little tractor,” Eiken says. In the 1960s Eiken built racecars. Both he and his driver were, as Eiken put it, “just two farm boys racing with the best of them.” In 1963, they won at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, which as he pointed out was a big deal back then. What makes it even more memorable is that he and his driver had wrecked the car a week before during another race. Eiken said he took the next week off work to rebuild the car so it would be ready for Sedalia. Out of the hundreds of vehicles he’s owned, Eiken still has six of them: a ’57 Thunderbird; a 64.5 Mustang convertible; a 1927 Model T Ford Touring, which he’s owned for 54 years and is only the second owner; a blue 1970 Checker eight-door limo, used on different occasions by Helias High School for about 10 years; the ’47 Studebaker; and a hand-built 1981 Centaur with Rolls76 | July/August 2011

Royce leather interior, which is a replica of the 1936 Mercedes Marlene. So what is Eiken’s favorite car? His 1957 Ford Thunderbird. He’s had it for about 20 years and wanted one ever since he worked in a Ford garage and told his wife he would have a Thunderbird one day. “I wanted one since 1955 and finally got one in 1986,” Eiken says. According to Eiken, it runs just as well now as it did brand new. When Eiken attends car shows, he says he’s never come home empty-handed and is used to winning anywhere from first place to third with his cars. Even so, with Eiken it is more about the cars and driving them than the car show itself.


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Metal and Chrome

David Payne grew up in the 1970s, an era he calls “the end of the desirable cars.” He has been working on cars for 40 years and prefers to work on restorations from 1965 to 1972. “Anything newer tends to have a lot of rubber and plastic, not metal or chrome,” Payne says. Payne started working on cars as a teenager, partly due to the interest he and his friends had in hot rods but also because he couldn’t afford a new car. When he graduated from high school, he drove a 1957 Bel Air Hardtop and has been in the automotive business ever since. Now the owner of Payne Motor Company, he spends his time restoring cars that he then sells at regional auctions. Payne currently has a 1970 Camaro Z28, a ’66 Chevelle, a ’67 Chevelle, a ’71 Chevelle, a ’71 Barracuda and a 1937 Ford pickup. Payne said he rotates about 10 cars at a time and has sold nine in the past few weeks. One of his favorite cars was a 1955 Chevy Nomad he owned for about 10 years. It was a two-door hardtop wagon with power steering and air conditioning. “The design of it, the nomad, is pretty rare, and I liked the way it drove,” Payne says. Along with his business, Payne also helped his son race on dirt tracks using alcoholmodified cars for 15 years. He assisted with sponsorship and engine rebuilds and enjoyed spending every Friday and Saturday night from April to August at a dirt track in central Missouri watching his son race. Payne still attends local car shows here in Jefferson City and does a couple of judging events every now and then. He is also a part of the Outlaw Car Club that meets on the third Saturday of the month from April to September. n 78 | July/August 2011


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[ A t ea s e ] the man page

best bet for summer By Zach Williams

There isn’t a better time to enjoy a cold one than when the sun is hot on your back. Beat the heat with these great summer beers. 82 | July/August 2011


Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. A light beer made with the finest malted wheat and flavored with lemonade, this citrus beer is perfect for a hot summer day outside. This beer came recommended by Dan Pfenenger, owner of J Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub; Abiy Hailu, owner of Abiy’s International Wines; and Andy Fechtel, brand specialist of Fechtel Beverage. Find it at Paddy Malone’s and J Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub.

Shiner Ruby Redbird.

Halcyon. From the Tall Grass brewing company, this unfiltered wheat beer isn’t quite as sweet as many of its counterparts and was made specifically for the summer months. Recommended by Paul Wissman, crest brand manager of NH Scheppers Distributing. Find it at Schnucks in Columbia.

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A crisp, refreshing summer seasonal brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit. Tartness from the grapefruit and a delightful kick from ginger combine for perfect summertime flavor, with deep gold color and a perfect hop balance. Recommended by Andy Fechtel, brand specialist of Fechtel Beverage. Find it at Capitol Liquor, Hy-Vee and Schnucks.

Goose Island Summertime Ale. Another thirst-quenching, citrus-flavored, light beer, this one is made German-style. Recommended by Dan Pfenenger, owner of J Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub, as well as Paul Wissman, crest brand manager of NH Scheppers Distributing. Find it at J Pfenny’s Sports Grill & Pub.

Samuel Adams Summer Ale. Malted wheat, lemon peel, grains of paradise and a rare pepper from Africa create a crisp taste and medium body. The ale fermentation imparts a background tropical fruit note reminiscent of mangos and peaches. Recommended by Andy Fechtel, brand specialist of Fechtel Beverage. Find it at Capitol Liquor, Hy-Vee and Schnucks.

Flying Dog In Heat Wheat.

Schlafly Summer Lager.

Breckenridge Summerbright.

This German wheat beer has heavy banana and clove tones, which give it a great tart flavor. The Hefeweizen beer is perfect for relaxing at home. Recommended by Rod Dothage, Brewmaster of Prison Brews. Find it at Hy-Vee.

A light 12-malt wheat beer ideal for warm, lazy days of summer. Recommended by Abiy Hailu, owner of Abiy’s International Wines. Find it at Abiy’s International Wines.

This very bright ale is flavored with orange and lemon peels to give it a sweet, citrus flavor. Similar to other citrus-flavored beers, it’s a cool treat for a hot day in the sun. Recommended by Abiy Hailu, owner of Abiy’s International Wines. Find it at Abiy’s International Wines.

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[ At EASE] STYLE

Ask Eric

Fashion, Style and Beauty Advice for the Real You

Dear Eric,

Dear Too Young/Too Old to Dress Like That:

I'm not as young as I used to be,

Creating a better self image on the inside is your best accessory. Style, fashion and beauty are expressions of how you feel and

trouble knowing what clothes

and I'm having

and accessories to buy when I

How do I know what trends are right for me? shop.

I want to still look good, even if I can't wear the same size I did when I was 20. Signed, Too Young/Too Old to Dress Like That

what you think about yourself on the inside and express on the outside.

The key to looking and feeling great is accepting yourself, flaws and all.

The thing about personal flaws is that you’re the only one who judges them harshly, and others don’t even see them much less even know they are there.

In pursuit of personal style, embrace and accentuate the positive: “I have nice legs. My hair looks terrific. I have pretty eyes. I workout. My fingernails are beautiful. I look good in red lipstick. My skin looks great. I have a great personality. …” You get the idea.

STYLE: A quality of imagination, individuality expressed in one’s actions and tastes

Knowing what trend works for you can be tricky. Some helpful hints to think about when

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investing in a new trend are: Is the store or department I am shopping in age appropriate? Is it wearing me, or am I wearing it? Am I wearing my children’s clothes or shopping at their stores? Is the current trend something that makes me feel good and helps me express who I am or how I feel?

Challenge yourself to dress to suit you.

Jefferson City native Eric Luebbert has been a wardrobe and fashion stylist in mid-Missouri, Kansas City and St. Louis for more than two decades.

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Visit Jefferson City Magazine's Facebook page to shop with Eric (video). Send in your “Ask Eric” style questions to contact@ jeffersoncitymag. com.

Make each day more significant by exploring and creating your own personal style. If it helps, jump start your fashion style adventure by choosing a role model to emulate, such as a celebrity, famous historian, relative or someone you look up to or who inspires you. It’s OK to copy; imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Before you know it, your own spirit will shine through.

Remember, be yourself, and attitude is everything.

It’s the only thing you can really control. Yours in great style,

Eric


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[ At EASE] artist profile

By Heather Shields Photos by Chris Hollaway

2 Buck Drunk Covering It All:

“The whole idea for the band when it started was to play as many different styles as possible,” says Ron Schieferdecker, front man for local cover band 2 Buck Drunk. 86 | July/August 2011

Schieferdecker (vocals), Adam Green (drums), Jake McCormack (lead guitar) and Chase McRoy (bass guitar and backup vocals) play everything from Johnny Cash to Stevie Wonder to Tool, from Cee lo Green to White Zombie and everything in between. “What I love most about playing for a cover band is getting to take classic hit songs and turn them into our own arrangements,” says Chase McRoy, the band’s most recent member addition. “One of my favorite comments to hear from people is, ‘I have heard that song so many times but never like this.’”


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“2 Buck Drunk is a cover band,” Schieferdecker says of the band’s creation. “That is all we ever really set out to do with this group.” The founding members of 2 Buck Drunk previously played together in the hard rock band Core. When Schieferdecker and Green founded 2 Buck Drunk in 2005, along with three other members who had played in Core, it was about getting together, catching up and playing for fun, maybe playing out once a month. A few months after the musicians reunited, the band entered — and won — the Battle of the Bands at the Horny Toad in Lake Ozark. “Everyone seemed to take a liking to us, and the gigs started rolling in,” Green says. “We have been afforded a lot of opportunities,” Schieferdecker says. The band has played with national acts including Hinder, Blue Oyster Cult, Georgia Satellites and Candlebox, just to name a few, and locally at the Fourth of July Celebration for Freedom for Jefferson City as well as the Cole County Fair for the past five years. “The thing we are most excited about this year is the return to the Missouri State Fair,” Schieferdecker says. The saying the sum is greater than the parts is true in this case. Together, these musicians are a formidable bunch bent on not only having a great time themselves, but also ensuring their fans do. Schieferdecker and Green both have been playing music and have been active in the mid-Missouri music scene for years. “It goes without saying that I love being a front man,” Schieferdecker says. “I am most at home on stage in front of a group of people.” As for Green, Schieferdecker calls him a “solid percussionist” and says he “loves to beat those drums and entertain his crowd.” n Jefferson City Magazine | 87


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Dr. Polly Burrell, Pediatrician and Breyana, age 4.


Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Ava Layne Williams Parents:

Bryan and Nichole Williams Faith Prenger

Laynee Louise Adams Parents:

Joshua and Jennifer Adams

Birth Weight: 6 pounds 6 ounces Height: 19 1/2 inches

What is your favorite moment so far? With my daughter, it is seeing her smile when she sees me. How has being a parent changed you? You think of your family first and everything else will fall in place. What do you look forward to the most as your children grow up? I’m not looking forward to them growing up!

Birth Weight: 6 pounds 11 ounces Height: 20 1/2 inches

Isabella Rose Green parents:

Nicholas and Kelli Green Birth Weight: 7 pounds 7 ounce Height: 21 inches

How has being a parent changed you? Becoming a parent has changed my responsibilities and life drastically; which has further taught me how to better prioritize my time, money, etc. What has surprised you most about being parents? The amount of love one can have for their child...it’s endless. No one knows until they experience it.

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to www.jeffersoncitymag.com to submit your announcement and picture.

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Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blake Christopher Korsmeyer

Mason John Streeter

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? Every baby is different and you need to do what makes you and your baby happy. Just because something has worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. It takes time as you and your baby figure each other out. It’s important to do whatever you think is best because your motherly instincts kick in and you‘ll know what’s best for your child.

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Parents: Chris and Jenna Korsmeyer Birth Weight: 5 pounds 1 ounces Height: 18 inches

Charlie Rowden

Parents: Matt and Jessica Rowden Birth Weight: 7 pounds 6 ounces Height: 19.5 inches

Parents: Brent and Kayla Streeter Birth Weight: 7 pounds 15 ounces

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? There is never a dull moment, you can’t plan anything out because something always comes up, so just live without too much planning and things will always work out in the end. What do you look forward to the most as your child grows up? I look forward to our boys growing up together and being best friends just like I am with my siblings and my husband is with his siblings.

What is your favorite moment so far? Charlie makes the cutest faces! Also his baby sneezes are the most precious thing ever! And when he gets done with a bottle he smacks his lips really loud, it’s so adorable! Pretty much every thing he does is another one of our favorite moments!

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to www.jeffersoncitymag.com to submit your announcement and picture.

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Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Dylan Joseph Whittenberg Parents: Amy Whittenberg Birth Weight: 4 pounds 9 ounces Height: 17 inches

Trip Taten Turner Parents: Craig and Heather Turner Birth Weight: 8 pounds 9 ounces Height: 21 inches

What has surprised you most about being parents? How fast your children grow up. What is your favorite moment so far? Having a son!! After having 4 girls who are so full of drama, we definitely welcomed our little man. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? Cherish those little moments as those are the moments that mean so much and that pass so very quickly.

Dylan is a little miracle baby. He wasn’t breathing when he was born because the placenta abrupted, and they had to resuscitate him. The nurse in the OB said that only one in one hundred babies survives that. But he pulled through a very rough beginning, and is now a healthy little boy who is getting chunkier and chunkier every week. Who knew a person could get so excited about a double chin?

Jillian Rae Snitker parents: Shawn and Hannah Snitker Birth Weight: 6 pounds 14 ounce Height: 19 1/4 inches How has being a parent changed you? What has surprised you most about being parents? I knew that when we decided to have children that I would love them unconditionally. I never knew you would be able to love someone so much. What is your favorite moment so far? My favorite moments are when she recognizes me. Especially at the end of the day when I pick her up and she is all smiles and laughs.

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to www.jeffersoncitymag.com to submit your announcement and picture.

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NAUGHT NAUGHT INSURANCE AGENCY............... 49 ORGANIZE THAT SPACE......................................... 37 Paddy Malone’s Pub.......................................... 65 PETALS FOR YOU................................................... 37 PHILIPS & COMPANY..............................................51 PHYSICIANS’ OPTICAL SERVICES, INC.................. 97 PROVIDENCE BANK................................................51 RILEY CHEVROLET/BUICK/GMC/CADILLAC.......... 8 Saffee’s............................................................... 12 SCRUGGS LUMBER................................................ 99 SEPTAGON CONSTRUCTION.................................. 67 SIGNATURE HOMES............................................... 39 SMART BUSINESS PRODUCTS............................... 54 SOUTHBANK GIFT CO............................................ 43 State Farm............................................................51 ST MARY’S HEALTH CENTER.................................... 3 Taylor Allen Photography............................. 43 THE PERFECT FIT BOUTIQUE................................. 67 TO THE DOC AND BACK......................................... 97 Truescape Landscaping................................... 14 VICTORIA’S BRIDAL............................................30,31 WALLAU & SCHNIEDERS....................................... 67 WHALEY’S PHARMACY INC.................................... 54 WILSON’S TOTAL FITNESS..................................... 79

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The Last Word Guest columnist

View from the

Lifeguard Stand By Laurie Herzing

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ave you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lifeguard? The job is both fun and serious; it’s fun watching kids laughing and having a great time at the pool but serious because we are always on the ready to help a swimmer in trouble. This year, we are ready for the battle of the cicadas, but every summer has its own noteworthy stories and experiences for the lifeguard crew. During the summer, all lifeguards must attend a weekly in-service training to help keep up on their skills. Sometimes we have a little fun by participating in relay races. One memorable relay was down to two male lifeguard finalists swimming toward the finish line — and let me tell you, some lifeguards are very competitive. One of the lifeguards was so competitive that, at the end of the race, he wouldn’t get out of the pool. He just stayed very close to the wall. Come to find out, the guard swam so fast and wanted to win so badly that he swam right out of his trunks. Sure enough, when I looked, his trunks were in the middle of the lap lane, sunk at the bottom of the pool. After that the male lifeguards made sure they tied their trunks on securely before every race. One year, we had a lesson in how lifeguard equipment can be a challenge. Lifeguards must wear a rescue tube, a little red tube placed on their laps with the strap crossed over the shoulder like a seat belt. When a guard has to make a rescue, this tube can hold up to 500 pounds. One summer a lifeguard was ready for a rescue. He stood up and went to jump off the stand but all of a sudden found himself dangling above the water. The strap of his rescue tube was caught on a hook of the lifeguard stand, and he was left dangling until another guard helped him down. Luckily, all ended without casualty, except for one nasty mark from the tube across the unfortunate lifeguard’s chest. One of the craziest events lifeguards have to deal with at the pool is the annual Hot Dippity Dog event. I never thought I would see 255 dogs in Memorial Pool as we did in 2010. Some dogs were swimming after toys, going down the water slides and even surfing on kick boards. Some even came dressed in their bikinis. I believe the guards were a little concerned that they might have to give CPR to a dog, but they were all up for the challenge. I guess you can say that the pool has gone to the dogs. Who knows what will happen at the pool in the future? Being a lifeguard is a very rewarding job. Good days or challenging ones, lifeguards have to roll with the punches and are always ready for the next challenge that lies ahead. n Overseeing the city pools and lifeguard training each summer, Laurie Herzing is the recreation program supervisor for Jefferson City Parks and Recreation.

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