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A Hub for Suds Chesterfield capitalizes on craft beer trend

A Place to Remember, Honor and Learn

Logan University: Expanding Opportunities in Health Care

Volunteer effort to erect Veterans Honor Park

2015 Dining Issue

Setting the Table

How has dining changed in Chesterfield’s 25 years?

Health Care on the Line Mercy serving across the country Official Publication of the


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On the Cover-Logan University: Photo courtesy of Logan University. Out & About is published quarterly by the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Publication schedule is: January-March, April-June, JulySeptember, October-December. Copyright 2015. Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Out & About is distributed to Chesterfield homes through a partnership with Newsmagazine Network and available free at Dierbergs or Schnucks Markets and various other business locations throughout the community. Out & About is always available online, on the Chamber website, and Facebook. Published By: Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce 101 Chesterfield Business Parkway Chesterfield, MO 63005 Publisher: Nora Amato, Executive Director, Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Editor: Kurt Greenbaum Contributing Writers/Editors: Kurt Greenbaum, Joe Scott, Janis Greenbaum For advertising rates or news releases call the Chamber office at 636-532-3399 or email outandabout@chesterfieldmochamber.com. View the magazine online at chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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CONTENTS

How has our local dining scene changed in its 25 years?

Expanding Opportunities in Health Care

Giving Back

Chairman’s Column

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Connect, Learn and Grow

Executive Director’s Column

10 Cheaper Money for Clean Energy

Logan University Remote Learning Program

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New Member Mini Profiles

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Business Spotlights

News from the City

12 Resources for Healthy Living

A Hub for Suds

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$20 million regional craft brewery near Interstate 64

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Health Care on the Line

Virtual medicine facility in Chesterfield

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A Place to Remember, Honor and Learn Veterans Honor Park under development for Central Park

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Honoring Chesterfield Business Leaders Mini profiles of the Chamber business winners from 2014

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The Athlete Incubator Leadership

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News by the Numbers

News Briefs from Chesterfield

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The Big Event Community Event Highlights

Directory New Member Directory

45 Who’s Out & About in Chesterfield

‘It’s All About Growth’

Highlights from the Economic Development Summit

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New Business Spotlights Please refer to the Membership Directory in the back of this magazine for contact information. Chesterfield Valley Dental offers a relaxed, engaging atmosphere where you can enjoy dental services that are delivered with your comfort in mind We make every effort to keep your surroundings clean, bright, and well organized. At Chesterfield Valley Dental Group, the doctors provide patients with high-quality general dentistry work and exceptional levels of personal service to ensure that all of your dental needs are met with the utmost satisfaction. For 15 years, Brightmont Academy has helped more than 2,500 students find alternative paths to becoming successful learners. Through fulltime private school, individual courses for credit, and tutoring options, Brightmont Academy meets the needs of students with learning difficulties and those seeking greater academic challenges. Our curriculum includes sixth to 12th-grade courses and tutoring for all K-12 subjects—including math, science, and more. We also offer test preparation tutoring, Advanced Placement* courses, and summer school opportunities. At Lifetime Fat Loss Center, we know that everyone’s reason for weight gain can be completely different. Weight gain for some patients results from stress or poor lifestyle choices, and for others it can be more complicated. Our team of health professionals work together to first find the cause of your weight gain. We use a variety of diagnostics to uncover as much information as we can. Then we will then review that information with you and make a customized plan that makes sense for you. The best way to learn more about what we do is to come into the office and meet with our team. Dr. Krystal Rupp, D.C., of Rupp Chiropractic, received her training at the Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield. She is passionate about sports performance and rehabilitation and has experience 6

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working with young athletes, high school and college teams, as well as older adults looking to stay active and healthy. Dr. Rupp recently finished her master’s degree in sports and rehabilitation. Training one-on-one with one of St. Louis’ best personal trainers is an excellent option to help you reach your goals. One-on-one training allows Finish it Fitness to really monitor everything to the tiniest detail for those with past heart issues, just out of physical therapy and those with new illness diagnoses such as diabetes. Others enjoy the benefits of one-on-one personal training because of the closer connection and bond you will form with your trainer. If you are someone who enjoys forming personal connections or knows you need that extra watchful eye and questioning, oneon-one personal training might be right for you. Wahl Family Chiropractic is a Principled Family Chiropractic office. Our sole mission is to provide the highest quality chiropractic care for YOUR FAMILY at a reasonable cost so that you have the best chance possible to live a healthy, happy, and productive LIFE. Dr. Wahl is a 2004 graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. He has also earned his master’s in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Storm Guard Exterior Restoration is here to provide a free inspection of your home. If we find damage, we’ll meet with your insurance provider’s representative to review it with them, so they can determine if the necessary repairs will be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy. In most cases, your policy will cover our services. If your storm damage is not covered, our team of professionals stands ready to provide you with a reasonable quote to get your property back to like-new condition in a timely manner. Our team of professionals strive to provide our clients with the utmost in quality construction and insurance expertise.


Elite Property Restoration is THE full service restoration company for St. Louis and surrounding areas, including Southern Illinois. We are fully CERTIFIED in every aspect of the restoration process and we understand completely the situation you are in, making us THE ONE company to handle all your needs. Following a natural disaster, flood or fire which has damaged your property requires professionals who can move quickly, efficiently and take all the stress off of you, while staying sensitive to your situation. Our claims department professionals will handle all of the insurance processing and all you have to do is walk into a likenew, fully restored home. Data Dynamics was founded to help client companies succeed. Our goal is to partner with our clients and help them achieve their business objectives. While most of our competitors focus on key areas of technology such as .NET development, Sharepoint integration, etc., we bring a totally technology agnostic approach to your business. It is only after understanding your business objectives that we try to align your business strategy with what the technology world has to offer. Our consultants bring with them the necessary experience, a combination of solid technology background with the right business understanding to address clients’ myriad business problems. At Allstate Insurance, we help people with all their insurance needs - home insurance, auto insurance, renters insurance and more. I am committed to helping you get the appropriate level of protection and make it easy to do business with Allstate. Mid America Skin Health & Vitality is a medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology practice located on the St. Luke’s Hospital campus in Chesterfield. MidAmerica Skin Health & Vitality Center strives to help patients understand and treat their medical skin conditions (skin health) as well as learn about lifestyle choices and cosmetic products/services that will help keep their skin looking as youthful as possible (skin vitality).

Pie Five Pizza creates custom, personal pizzas with quality ingredients in only five minutes. Tell us your favorite crust, sauce and toppings, and we’ll create and bake it in under five minutes for one price. It’s about the right ingredients, starting with the dough, which we make fresh every day, throughout the day. Everything from our hand-cut veggies to our homemade dessert can make you feel good about what you’re eating at Pie Five. We are all about making your pizza the right way, just for you! Maurice’s is simply the best hometown specialty retailer. This means we have a deep commitment to our customers, our associates and the communities we’re in. At Maurice’s, our customers find a place to express their individuality and feel good about who they are. With styles that match the budget and the occasion – and sizes 1-24 – the fashions always fit. Whether our customers are looking for something for work, for home or for a night out, they’ll find it at Maurice’s. We’re known for our collections, including our celebrated denim assortment, plus on trend shoes and accessories for every occasion. Sarah’s Cake Shop is a locally owned business offering custom cakes, cupcakes, desserts and wedding cakes to the greater St. Louis area. Our focus is on delicious bakery items and excellent service using only the best ingredients. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, arranging a company function or planning a wedding, you can trust our experienced staff to provide you with desserts that you and your guests will never forget. American Family InsuranceBill Voss Agency- As your American Family Insurance agent, I can offer you dependable auto, home, business and life protection. My team is here to serve. Our unique backgrounds, training and experience have prepared us well to help meet your insurance needs. Additionally, as residents of your community, we understand how important it is to be there for you – our trusted friends and neighbors. Together, we’re building strong partnerships that help everyone succeed. April-June 2015 | Out & About

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Giving Back

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce is here to support the community.

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s a proud member of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, I want to take a moment to share with you the many things the Chamber does to give back to our community. I am excited to announce that we are now offering college scholarships to students attending Marquette, Parkway Central and Parkway West high schools. One student from each of these high schools, in addition to a Chamber member’s son or daughter, will receive a $500 scholarship for academic excellence. This is made possible by advertising revenue of the Out & About magazine, supported by Chesterfield-based businesses, nonprofit and community partners. As we roll this program out, look for more details in upcoming issues. The Chamber also hosts a myriad of events throughout the year, like our annual Casino Night, which benefits valuable organizations in our

community. This year, we partnered with Amini’s for a successful event with record attendance. For the third consecutive year, the Chamber made a donation to the USO of Missouri with funds raised at this event. Additionally, we host the annual Chesterfield Chamber Golf Tournament, which will take place at Persimmon Woods Golf Club in Weldon Spring. The event benefits the Junior Chamber International (JCI) on its 100th anniversary. The Chesterfield-based nonprofit engages youth in service Hoffman, Chairman of projects locally, nationally Lynese the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and internationally (take a look at the January-March 2015 edition of Out & About for a feature on JCI). The Chamber will make a donation to JCI from tournament proceeds. Finally, for the 15th straight year, we are supporting Wings of Hope with the proceeds from the fall Pumpkin Run. Based in Chesterfield, Wings of Hope is a nonprofit organization delivering humanitarian programs, such as health and education, sustainable food and water processes, and community-building programs to impoverished people. We are proud to support such valuable organizations and causes right here in our community. We invite you to learn more and hope you will join us at our upcoming events. Visit the Chesterfield Chamber’s website and follow us @ChesterfieldCOC for more information. Also, check out our mobile app. Search “CCOC” on your mobile device.

Lynese Hoffman is the Chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce board and Co-Founder & CFO of Common Ground Public Relations, an award winning public relations firm located in Chesterfield @CommonGroundPR.

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Connect, Learn and Grow

The mission statement for your Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce is new and reflects what we already do.

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hesterfield has undergone many changes the past few years and it was time to update our mission statement to better reflect who we are as a community and what we want to accomplish as a Chamber of Commerce. In January, the 25 members of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors and I sat down for our annual strategic planning retreat at Balaban’s restaurant. Through our discussion, we came up with a simple, memorable and clear mission statement that clearly expresses who we are and what we do: “Helping our community connect, learn and grow.” Distilling what we do was more than just a casual conversation. As our membership grows with the city of Chesterfield, and as we continue to attract new and vibrant businesses to our community, it’s important that we’re clear about how we serve those businesses and our residents. Having that clear statement of purpose means we may stop doing some of the things we’d done in the past. But the fact is, much of what we do already fits squarely within the parameters of our new mission statement. For example, we are masters at connecting people, businesses and other institutions in the community. Consider the case of Fiesta restaurant. Its owners sought our ideas about attracting business — particularly during lunch hour. As it happens, we know Pfizer has just completed a new parking structure on Monsanto’s campus, which makes it easier for its 300 employees to come and go at lunchtime. With a few conversations, we can help both businesses. The Chesterfield Chamber hosts numerous events aimed at helping businesses learn more about our community or the skills they need to serve customers and clients. Consider one example: Our annual economic development summit in January drew 150 Chesterfield business leaders to hear about the trends and processes that influence

how commerce develops in our borders. Look for more about that on page 36 of this edition of Out & About. We’re also proud of the help we provide by helping businesses to grow in Chesterfield. We’ve worked closely, for example, with Dr. Ed Ernstrom (everyone calls him “Dr. Ed”) as he established the Ernstrom Spinal Rehab clinic in our community. He’s turned to us for help in establishing his business, reaching out to patients and he, in turn, has helped serve our members by hosting a First Thursday coffee event and supporting Out & About magazine by advertising. In the end, what you get out of the Chamber depends on what you put into it, as Dr. Ed’s experience shows. Don’t hesitate to give me a call or email me so we can talk about how we can help your business connect, learn and grow.

Nora Amato is the Executive Director at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 636-5323399 or email nora@ chesterfieldmochamber.com.

Nora Amato, Executive Director of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce

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Cheaper Money for Clean Energy

Chesterfield is part of a new district offering special funding options for commercial property owners to make improvements in energy efficiency.

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usinesses in Chesterfield that are considering performing energy upgrades to their facilities now have a new financing mechanism available. In January, the Chesterfield City Council committed the city to join the Missouri Clean Energy District. The district was established through the Property Assessed Clean Energy Act, which the Missouri legislature passed in 2010 to promote the use of clean, renewable energy and support improvements to commercial properties to make them more energy efficient. The Missouri Clean Energy District’s purpose is to provide sustainable capital for qualifying energy efficiency projects in communities across the state. When municipalities such as Chesterfield

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join together, they create a broad base of demand for capital and, therefore, economies of scale. That results in lower borrowing costs for property owners. One of the most attractive aspects of the program to members is cooperation among communities, which becomes a gateway to the lowest possible interest rates. As an alternative to conventional lending, owners of qualifying commercial Libbey Tucker, Community properties have access to Services and Economic Development Director at the special funding for energy City of Chesterfield improvements. The program allows improvements to be funded over 20 years through the Missouri Clean Energy District. Qualifying property types include commercial, industrial, agricultural, multi-family, nonprofit and public facilities. Funding is generally used for existing facilities, not new construction. The program is funded through the municipal bond market and is administered by the Missouri Clean Energy District, which handles


the request from start to finish. Essentially, an additional property tax assessment is placed on the owner’s property, which is paid annually up to 20 years. The lien stays with the property, even if the property is sold. Want to know more or see if your project qualifies? Contact David Pickerill at dpickerill@ mced.mo.gov, call 314-769-8300 or visit mced. mo.gov.

Libbey Tucker is Community Services and Economic Development Director at the City of Chesterfield.

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Resources for Healthy Living Meet St. Luke’s Hospital’s new CEO and learn about some of the tools Chesterfield residents can use to get fit and healthy.

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ello! I’m Christine M. Candio, president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Hospital. I joined the hospital in January and previously served as CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital in northern Virginia and as senior vice president of Inova Health System. During the process of learning about St. Luke’s network of health services and the community that’s home to our main campus, it didn’t take me long to notice the pride St. Luke’s takes in being Chesterfield’s largest employer and the only St. Louis hospital named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades for the past nine years. But what’s most important to us is fulfilling our mission to improve the quality of life for our patients and the community, which largely includes Chesterfield. To do this, we’ve taken a look at the most pressing health needs locally. Based on a community health needs assessment process, we’ve expanded resources for three focus areas for West County residents: obesity and sedentary lifestyle; cancer screening and support services; and prevention of chronic conditions. To address these and other important health issues, St. Luke’s offers a broad range of services with access to more than 800 physicians in more than 60 specialties. In addition, St. Luke’s provides

screenings, classes and other wellness programs for more than 40,000 people annually. I am really impressed by the many beautiful parks and hiking trails available in Chesterfield and look forward to exploring them this season. Getting outside by yourself or, better yet, with your friends and family, is an excellent way to increase Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, President and activity in your life. Chief Executive Officer at Many people are not St. Luke’s Hospital aware that St. Luke’s outdoor track is open to the public. Also, nonprofit groups may register to have free use of St. Luke’s Institute for Health Education for meetings. Even longtime Chesterfield residents may not have known these resources were available. I hope you’ll use the community health resources available to you at St. Luke’s and the many other opportunities for healthy living Chesterfield has to offer. In that spirit, we are gearing up for the St. Luke’s Hospital Tour de Wellness on May 31. It’s an opportunity for cyclists of all levels to enjoy scenic routes throughout West County, beginning and ending at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. As we say, it’s not just a ride; it’s a celebration of health and wellness. In fact, proceeds from the event will benefit St. Luke’s community outreach programs and screenings, helping to improve the health of the community. Maybe we’ll see you there?

In addition to being president and Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Hospital, Christine M. Candio is also a registered nurse and certified a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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The Athlete Incubator Elite Training Academy makes an impact around the country from hometown Chesterfield.

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n my inaugural column for Out & About Magazine, I wanted to bring readers a story about a business that is building leaders around the country from right here in Chesterfield. As a professional speaker and leadership development coach, I have the opportunity to interact with some of the best minds in personal development and leadership coaching in the world. As such, I thought immediately of Matt Biermann, CEO of Elite Training Academy (elitefootball.net). Matt’s organization in Chesterfield Valley is creating some of the top athletes in the country today, including the NFL’s Sheldon Richardson and Blaine Gabbert. Out & About: How did you start coaching and training football players? Biermann: I was blessed to play football for the University of Missouri. During my time there, I began to notice my interests were focused on the biomechanical components of athletic movements. I wanted to understand why the body worked the way it did. This led me to begin studying all aspects of athletic movements, especially at it related to football. O&A: Did you know in college you wanted to coach? B: When I graduated from college, I began working with the Parkway West football program as a football coach. During that time, I was also doing some freelance coaching with local football players specifically, quarterbacks and receivers. The feedback from the athletes and their parents was terrific and I loved what I was doing. I began to wonder if this was a potential business for me. O&A: So how did you turn this hobby into what many would argue is one of the best youth football training programs in the country? B: Word began to travel Matt Biermann fast among players in St. Louis. I began training so many players that I needed a facility to do it in. That is when I found our current location behind Home Depot in

the valley. O&A: So you were training everyone by yourself? B: No. That is the great part of this story. I had relationships with some outstanding coaches with top-tier playing experience. They began to help coach the athletes and today many of those same coaches are still involved running our program. O&A: How many athletes have you trained that have gone on to the next level? B: Literally hundreds. Several have gone on to the NFL as well, including Gabbert and Richardson. O&A: Your website Gary Johnson, President of says you also do performance Wowed Institute development? B: Yes. We train all types of athletes to become faster, stronger and more durable based on what we teach them. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. From football to volleyball, the sport really does not matter. Our team of experts can make the athlete better from a biomechanical perspective.

Gary Johnson is president of Wowed Institute and the best-selling author of “Wowed! Using the Principles of Wow to Create Incredible Customer Service.” Reached him at wowedinstitute.com.

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News by the Numbers

A collection of Chesterfield-focused news tidbits.

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People the new Reinsurance Group of America’s Chesterfield headquarters can accommodate. The Clayco construction firm formally announced completion of the $150 million project in early February. Construction began on the 405,000 square foot complex in spring 2013 and was substantially completed in the fall.

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Chesterfield’s rank among Movoto’s safest Missouri communities. The real estate brokerage firm used 2013 FBI crime stats to rank 74 Bonhomme Presbyterian Church’s Missouri cities with more than 10,000 age. The Chesterfield congregation residents in murders, violent crimes, is in a dispute with the Presbyterian property crimes and total crimes. Our Church (U.S.A.) over property city rose two spots from Movoto’s ownership after choosing to affiliate previous survey, replacing Town and with a more conservative wing of the Country. church over issues surrounding gay clergy and same-sex marriage (via St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

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Youth soccer players expected in the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex from June 1-19. The Real Madrid Foundation runs its first local soccer camp for 7-12 year olds (both boys and girls). Sponsored by Commerce Bank, it runs morning and evening sessions in training, game simulations and personalized assessments.

Tons of recycled materials collected in Chesterfield in 2014 by Web Innovations & Technology Services. The city and WITS partner on monthly collections. The next dates: May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 31 and Nov. 28. Events run 9 a.m.3 p.m., at Chesterfield Mall, near Dillard’s. WITS accepts electronics, old motors, appliances, lawn equipment and more. More information at witsinc.org.

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Left: Photo courtesy of Clayco. Below: The exterior of a Gander Mountain retail store. Photo by Mike Kalasnik, via Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Square footage of a planned Gander Mountain outdoor sports outfitter in the Chesterfield Valley. City officials say the retailer has applied for a site development plan. In 2014, the company opened a store in Fenton — one of 23 nationwide last year. Another opens soon in O’Fallon, Ill., one of six announced for this year.

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Setting the Table By Joe Scott Chesterfield has seen an evolution in its food scene, ranging from an influx of high-end dining to quality street fare to regional food festivals.

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teve McIntyre’s Balaban’s was one of St. Louis’ premiere restaurants in St. Louis, reigning as a destination in the Central West End for about 30 years.

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Dining “Balaban’s is unique in that it has evolved,” said Carol Miller, a Balaban’s spokesperson. McIntyre closed the Central West End location about seven years ago, but reopened a revamped Balaban’s in Chesterfield, complete with a retail wine center. The move from the urbane CWE to suburban Chesterfield surprised many people. As Balaban’s has evolved, so has the entire Chesterfield dining scene. In recent years, Chesterfield

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has become a center for dining in its Dining own right, and with variety ranging from upscale eateries to quality street fare. The city long has had a great selection of chain restaurants with a few quality independent, owner-operated restaurants such as Annie Gunn’s and Charlie Gitto’s. But several newer establishments feature impressive wine lists and trained sommeliers, such as Edgewild Restaurant & Winery —


although popular, independently owned Annie Gunn’s also maintains an extensive wine list and sommeliers. “There is a trend towards independent, locally owned and owner-operated restaurants in Chesterfield,” Miller said. Wined and Dined Chesterfield and the rest of West County is warming up to wine culture, and Balaban’s is one of St. Louis area’s star performer in that category. Scott Krietemeyer, sales manager for Balaban’s, said the restaurant hosts monthly dinners featuring one winery. Normally, a person chooses their dinner and a sommelier helps choose a wine for that meal. But during the wine dinners, Chef D. Scott Phillips plans the meals around the featured wines. “When you’re able to pair the two together, they accent each other quite well,” Krietemeyer said. Edgewild Restaurant & Winery offers a wine club as well as a whiskey pairing dinner. Why Chesterfield? “The numbers are there,” Miller said. Chesterfield is within a 10-minute drive of 10 of St. Louis’ most affluent ZIP codes, and Clarkson Road handles 70,000 to 80,000 cars a day. “With the retail epicenter we’ve become, people need to refuel after a day of shopping,” said Libbey Tucker, community services and economic development director, “not to mention the number of visitors we have to hockey and other youth sports events in the Valley.” With the numbers, Chesterfield also has gotten diverse in its food offerings, with something for the foodie in everyone.

Star Attractions Chesterfield has also gotten attention from the Food Network. Espinos Mexican Bar & Grill was featured on the Food Channel’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” In one episode, spiky-haired host Guy Fieri praised owner-chef Artemio Espino’s pork with chile verde. “Perfect amount of spices,” Fieri said. “Look at that — you just push on the pork and it just falls apart. I gotta tell you, Chef: I’ve had a lot of chile verde, and this is fantastic.” Chesterfield also made local headlines when it landed last summer’s Taste of St. Louis event, bringing in some of the best restaurants from throughout the metro area. Tucker said Taste of St. Louis provided great exposure for Chesterfield, Central Park and the Amphitheater. The event attracted about 200,000 people, she said. “It performed beyond the promoter’s expectations and they will be back again,” Tucker said. “The restaurants felt they got great exposure as well, and many are ready to come back.”

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Page 18: City officials say many restaurants are excited to be back for the 2015 edition of Chesterfield’s Taste of St. Louis festival. Photo courtesy of city of Chesterfield. Page 19, top: Balaban’s co-owners Steve McIntyre (left), who started as Balaban’s executive chef in the CWE, and managing partner, Brian Underwood, celebrate the restaurant’s opening in Chesterfield just before Thanksgiving in 2009. Photo courtesy of Balaban’s. Page 19, bottom: Dusk at last summer’s Taste of St. Louis event in Chesterfield, which attracted 200,000 visitors. Photo courtesy of City of Chesterfield. Right: The 2014 food truck festival at Central Park was deemed a success, and plans are underway to repeat the event in 2015. Photo courtesy of the city of

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For the more down-to-earth, Chesterfield’s food truck events have been popular, with Food Truck Feasts at city hall the last Friday of each month from March through October and the Foodtrucktober event in the fall at Central Park. “I think people enjoy being able to try new foods and get feedback from what their friends are eating as well,” said Tucker of the Food Truck Feasts. “It’s a fun, relaxed atmosphere and it’s affordable. We typically have three regular trucks and one


dessert truck at each event.” “With social media, we draw from outside Chesterfield and we find that groups of office workers will come from as far away as Ellisville,” she said. “We expect more this year with 1,200 employees of (Reinsurance Group of America) being next door.” From fine wine and upscale dining to huge food events or food truck lunches, Chesterfield is gradually becoming a St. Louis hotspot.

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Expanding Opportunities in Health Care By Jennifer Reed Logan University isn’t just about chiropractic. The university has hundreds enrolled in two health-related programs that offer students real-world experience.

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f you only know Logan University for its doctor of chiropractic degree program, it may be time to take another look. The university can enhance students’ careers with an emphasis in sports or nutrition.

Logan has enrolled nearly 200 students who are seeking master’s degrees in either Sports Science and Rehabilitation or Nutrition and Human Performance. “I have a passion for how nutrition impacts the human body,” said Vanessa King, a student in the nutrition program. “It allowed me to immerse myself in an area of study where I could have a direct effect on overall quality of life.” The Sports Science and Rehabilitation program — offered as a hybrid online and on campus — provides science-based curriculum with modern training. It is one of the few programs in the country acknowledged by the National Sports and Conditioning Association in the Education Recognition Program. Students learn to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate acute and chronic pain to restore health and maximize human performance. The opportunity to work one-on-one with athletes and treat sports injuries is available both on-campus and on the field. Dr. David Parish, director of Logan’s sports rehabilitation center, says the depth and complexity

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of real-world opportunities is what sets Logan apart from other universities, and at the same time, creates confident and proficient graduates. “We are constantly forging new relationships with unique and diverse organizations that allow students to deepen their knowledge of integrated practice,” he said. Through the program, students collaborate with athletic trainers, physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons in the program. “They learn to provide the best care based on individual needs, resulting in more successful patient outcomes,” he said. Students in the rehabilitation program often work with athletes from University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri Baptist University and Maryville University, as well as individuals at the Disabled Athletic Sports Association and Paraquad. Peng Wang, a student in the program, said it aligns with his goal to get hands-on skill in treating sports injuries and athletic performance. “The program is helping me take my education and training to the next level for a career in the athletic arena,” he said. Logan’s Nutrition and Human Performance program is fully accredited and offered 100 percent online. The degree complements many health care


professions because Logan students gain advanced knowledge of nutrition and human performance through the holistic integration of metabolic processes, health promotion and wellness and research methodologies. Additionally, students may select an area of concentration such as sports and fitness nutrition, or integrative nutrition and practice. The program’s graduates are eligible to become certified clinical nutritionists through the Clinical Nutrition Certification Board exam, as well as a certified sports nutritionists through the International Society of Sports Nutrition exam. These certifications offer further endorsement of the Logan curriculum and help graduates advance their careers in many growing fields. To learn more, visit logan.edu.

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A Hub for Suds By Joe Scott A former Anheuser-Busch brewmaster aims at the Chesterfield valley with a concept to capitalize on the craft beer trend and help small brewers.

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he winds of change are carrying along hints of hops, barley and vanilla in Chesterfield.

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Brew Hub, a new brewhouse expected to begin construction in Chesterfield this year, could be the biggest change for the brewing industry since Adolphus Busch started using refrigerated railroad cars to ship his beer nationwide. Tim Schoen, formerly vice president of global sports and entertainment marketing for AnheuserBusch, plans to build the $20 million regional craft

brewery near the Spirit of St. Louis Airport. He has already signed on some of the top brewing talent St. Louis has to offer, including Jim Ottolini, formerly brewmaster for The Saint Louis Brewery, makers of the Schlafly line of local beers. Projected to open in spring 2016, Brew Hub will offer full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brands looking for capacity, April-June 2015 | Out & About

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seeking to expand geographically or searching for capital. The St. Louis facility will be Brew Hub’s corporate headquarters and the second in a network of five new, state-of-the-art craft breweries the company is planning to build. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a big, nationwide craft brewer or if you’re a guy who has a good idea and can’t get to the marketplace,” Schoen said. Schoen said the first Brew Hub in Lakeland, Fla., was able to choose four craft beers, and is operating ahead of projections. He said that facility picked the four brewers in Florida to showcase their different services. Tampa-based Cigar City already was one of the top craft brands in Tim Schoen, CEO of Brew Hub Florida, and chose to use Brew Hub to expand its in-state operations. Brew Hub is brewing Green Man, a craft beer with a good reputation in North Carolina that was looking to grow regionally. “We also did Orange Blossom Pilsner, which was on the lower end of the scale of production,” Schoen said. “The owner never had his own brewery. Now, he’s on trajectory to triple his sales because he has a place to call home.” They also brew for BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, a California-based franchise with 144 locations. By adding a St. Louis location, Brew Hub is positioning itself in a beer market that is changing rapidly. “It’s all about the base consumer 21 to 35 age segment, and their overall behavior and attitude shifts have been dramatic,” Schoen said. The Wall Street Journal reports that 44 percent of people aged 21 to 27 have never had a Budweiser. Schoen said when he was with AnheuserBusch in the 1990s, he embedded in the PortlandSeattle area to study a then-new phenomenon called microbrewing. That’s when he sensed the beer industry was changing. “I did a ton of work, but the company didn’t embrace a lot of the ideas,” Schoen said. “I watched as the microbreweries turned into craft beer. Now, in some markets, they are the majority, not the minority.”


Schoen left Anheuser-Busch in 2009 after InBev bought out the St. Louis-based brewer. Meanwhile the craft beer movement has grown and stems from what young people value, Schoen said. “It’s constantly evolving with new things. It’s a plethora of options, and that’s what young beer drinkers value,” Schoen said. “It’s part of the social fabric. Oh, and by the way, you can’t mass produce it.” Schoen says his company will help craft brewers meet the challenges constraining the industry. Brew Hub offers craft brands once inhibited by logistics or capacity a chance to expand regionally. Schoen pointed out craft beers captured 7.8 percent of the market in 2001. That is up 17.8 percent from 2012, according to the Brewers Association. “Ultimately, it will be a 20 (percent) share,” Schoen said. “The volume behind that will be a 25 to 30 share of the money because of its price structure.” For Chesterfield, it means an expanded tax base, with a new $20 million building, and 55 new jobs. But Brew Hub also figures to be a tourist destination. (story continues on next page).

Page 25: Artist’s rendering of the Brew Hub that is expected to be built in Chesterfield. Image courtesy of Brew Hub. Above: Aerial view of the Brew Hub location in Lakeland, Fla. Photo courtesy Brew Hub.

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Libbey Tucker, Chesterfield’s community services and economic development director, says Brew Hub will tap into the St. Louis tradition of brewery tours, adding another dimension to Chesterfield’s tourism industry. “There will be a tasting room for craft beer lovers to enjoy, and it’s likely to be a regional attraction for those to try beers they don’t otherwise have access to and see how they are made,” Tucker said. “I think it just enhances what we already have and adds another interesting destination.” Chesterfield is an obvious choice to anchor Brew Hub’s Midwest region, since the St. Louis region abounds in brewing tradition. “It’s something we’re good at. We know where the good water is, we know the truck routes. All those things are important,” Schoen said. “There’s incredible talent here—from brewing to packaging.” He believes craft brews are ready to take a large gulp of market share, and is offering the tools to for sales, marketing, logistics, legal and even government affairs, in addition to brewing. “All of that is accessible,” Schoen said. “But you have to keep the craft culture, the diversity, the innovation—all the things customers care about.”

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Health Care on the Line By Joe Scott

Mercy Health will serve remote, homebound, nursing home patients and more around the country from its virtual care hub, starting this summer in Chesterfield.

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hen the Sisters of Mercy, the founders of Mercy Health System, first started providing health care for impoverished people in Dublin, Ireland, it was all about providing access to care for those who wouldn’t have health care otherwise. “They were known as the ‘Walking Sisters’ because they would walk for miles to care for people in their homes,” said Dr. Tom Hale, executive medical director for Mercy’s telehealth services. “They weren’t about building hospitals. The Sisters were all about access to care. One problem we have to this day in this country is access to care.” Mercy Health will expand that access with a new, $50 million, 120-square-foot virtual care center in Chesterfield expected to be operational this summer. About 300 physicians, nurses, researchers and support

staff will provide 24/7 care over audio, video and data connections to locations across Mercy’s facilities. That includes Mercy’s 43 hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. It also includes outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, as well as virtual care services through partnerships with other health care providers and employers. The virtual care center, located at 15740 South Outer

Forty Road, will provide services such as neurologists consulting on stroke patients and intensive care monitoring for patients in hospitals across the country. “This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world,” Hale said. “There are other people doing telehealth services, but what sets Mercy apart is our ability to connect people to what they need, wherever they need and whenever they need it.” Much of that is about providing access to care for a variety of situations, said Dr. Randall S. Moore, president of Mercy Virtual.

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“This fills in a lot of gaps from late care to early care,” Moore said. A busy couple might get a call from school saying their child is sick, but their pediatrician’s schedule is full. “They can get online, get access to care from a provider team and get what they need from a video perspective” — including a diagnosis, treatment options and prescriptions. Hale said the virtual center will extend primary care into places such as nursing homes or even patients’ homes. Advances in medical technology and monitoring have enabled virtual care to become increasingly important. That has made monitoring nursing home patients much easier. “A remote monitor can tell us respiration rate, heart rate. It can even tell us if an elderly nursing home patient has gotten out of bed,” Moore said. “Or it can tell us if your mother who lives at home has gotten out of her bed.” That allows them to alert someone if a patient’s vital signs or activity is unusual. “For diabetics, there’s a device we can implant that’s the width of a human hair, and it provides continuous glucose readings,” Hale said. Services such as those can help patients avoid a hospital stay or could keep them in their homes rather than a nursing home. As a result, studies have shown that virtual care can reduce health-care costs. It also fills in gaps from a geographic perspective. Rural areas typically do not have access to specialists, so that used to mean a long drive to the nearest city.

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“(Virtual care) brings specialty care anywhere it needs to be,” said Hale. “A neurologist may have an appointment with a patient in southwest Missouri, and his next patient is in northwest Missouri.” It’s even a positive for people in Chesterfield, too. “A few blocks away might as well be miles for an elderly person or someone with a disability,” Hale said. “Virtual care can do everything from identifying the need for care to dramatically reducing the need for a hospital stay,” Hale said. “We can give better preventive care to people in a nursing home. Or we can give care to a person so they don’t have to go into a nursing home.” Mercy’s virtual care center will help make St. Louis the epicenter of the virtual care world, and it’s the fastest growing part of Mercy. Moore said he believes it will continue to grow. Moore said he expects that might mean more good news for Chesterfield. “There’s new possibilities and endless retraining on these systems,” Moore said. “We’re in a proving ground. We already exist in a virtual world. I believe we’ll grow substantially beyond the initial 300 employees we’ve mentioned.”

Page 29: An artist’s rendering of the virtual care center Mercy is building in Chesterfield. Photo courtesy of Mercy Health. Page 30: Mercy’s Dr. Tim Smith talking with patient at a station in a virtual care center like what is envisioned in Chesterfield. Photo courtesy of Mercy Health.

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A Place to Remember, Honor and Learn By Kurt Greenbaum

A volunteer effort to erect a Veterans Honor Park in Chesterfield Central Park is forging ahead with a substantial donation and wide community support.

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ee Wall pauses to think for a moment. The 90-yearold U.S. Army veteran chairs the volunteer committee behind the Veterans Honor Park, a decade-long labor of love that continues to inch closer to reality.

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Wall and his daughter, Jan Misuraca, have harnessed support from the city of Chesterfield, countless individual donors and at least one major corporate supporter for the memorial, where individuals will be able to honor any U.S. military veteran, regardless of where they lived. It seems, however, nobody has asked Wall or Misuraca whom they would memorialize, if the park comes to fruition. So Wall, a World War II veteran, leans back a little in his chair. There’s Jerry Singer, a lifelong friend of Wall’s who was wounded in Okinawa during WWII and served in Korea. “He and I were like brothers,” Wall said, until Singer died in 2005. There’s Adrian Ostfeld, Wall’s brother-in-law. The Navy veteran became internationally known for his research on coronary heart disease, stroke and aging, and led the Yale University Health and Aging Project before he died in January 2011. But Wall and Misuraca can’t look at each other without choking up when he mentions the third name: Simon Wall, son and brother, a 50-yearold lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, when he died during his military service in November 2005. Honor Park, Not War Memorial Wall and Misuraca have been involved with planning for the Veterans Honor Park since 2004. The park will be situated near the Chesterfield Amphitheater. A bird’s-eye view of the park shows a large granite star in the midst of a fountain, ringed by stone benches and trees, with flagpoles flying the banner of each branch of the military. Misuraca says the park is unlike any she’s any come across. “What differentiates us is that it’s an honor

park, not a war memorial,” she said. A war memorial implies stoic silence, quiet contemplation. This park, she says, is “not only about those who gave the ultimate price.” Families can commemorate any veteran, regardless of whether they’re still alive, or the circumstances of their death. “It’s also about having technology that makes it engaging to the people. It’s about coming back again listening to another story.” Misuraca projects the cost for the entire project at about $1.7 million. She and the honor park committee have a great head start: The city of Chesterfield has donated the land and committed another $500,000 toward construction. The city has also committed to maintaining the park. “We want this to look as good in 50 years as it does the first day,” Misuraca said, so the city’s commitment was important. Donations and pledges so far total another $380,000, ranging from a woman in Bend, Ore., who bought a paver to commemorate a relative, to a $250,000 commitment from AEP River Operations, a Chesterfield-based provider of barge transportation services. Plans call for placing special computer “QR” codes around the park. Visitors can scan the codes with their smartphones and bring up more information online — stories, histories, background and more. The park will even be equipped with Wi-Fi for easy access to the web.

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to the park regularly. The honor park committee has partnered with Liz Morrison, coordinator of professional learning for the Parkway School District, who has been working on curriculum materials for elementary and secondary students who may visit the park when it’s done. She’s been inspired, in part, by people such as Josh Eckhoff, a former student of hers when she taught at Parkway South High. Eckhoff, a former Army staff sergeant, suffered a critical brain injury when a bomb struck his vehicle in February 2008. “I’m so honored by people who can go and serve their country like this,” Morrison said. Her plans call for interactive projects students of all ages can create as a result of the materials they’ll find at the Veterans Honor Park. For example, they could learn about the motto and values of a particular branch of the service and research how those values apply today. High school students could profile service veterans, post their profiles online and provide a way for park visitors to find those stories through the available technology. With the curriculum under way, maintenance commitments in hand and fundraising efforts plugging away, Misuraca is confident construction can begin on the Veterans Honor Park sometime this year. “We wanted to create a park that is inviting, engaging and respectful,” Misuraca said. “There are many memorial locations throughout the nation, but we don’t know of any other facility that is designed to be a place where the community can honor and recognize all veterans and also have an opportunity for an educational experience while visiting the site.”

More Information Cost: $1.7 million (land and $500,000 committed by the city of Chesterfield) Designer: Powers Bowersox Associates, St. Louis Website: vhp.chesterfield.mo.us Email: chesterfieldhonorpark@gmail.com

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Page 32, top: Rendering of the central fountain for the honor park. Courtesy the Veterans Honor Park committee. Page 32, bottom: Lee Wall and Jan Misuraca. Photo courtesy the city of Chesterfield. Right: The Veterans Honor Park rendering of the donor paver plaza and donation wall. Courtesy the Veterans Honor Park committee. Below: Rendering of donor benches to commemorate major donors to the project. Courtesy the Veterans Honor Park committee.

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Recognizing Chesterfield’s Business Leaders Compiled by Janis Greenbaum

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Tricia Whelan, Lindell Bank Chesterfield Business Person of the Year This person is recognized for their continued support and progressive growth as a business leader. This individual has supported the Chamber through sponsorship, attendance at events, volunteer time and energy throughout the year.

e recently announced the 32nd annual Chamber of Commerce business awards. Here’s a little about what makes the winners so special to our community.

Q: What makes you stand out?

The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce is proud to support community development and the local economy by providing advertising, educational and networking opportunities. Each year, the Chamber recognizes individuals and businesses that go above and beyond in their contributions to our organization and to the community.

Q: What’s your business card say? And what do you really do?

The 2014 Chamber of Commerce Award Winners share a passion for their career and their community. We spoke with the winners to learn more about what makes them tick.

A: Never give up!

A: I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I love to attend new events, meet new people and make referrals. Networking is fun to me.

A: “Vice President.” I help people with their business and personal financial needs through loans, commercial services and deposit products. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: To make more meaningful connections with likeminded business people and to grow Lindell Bank’s business.

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Maryville University; Dr. Mark Lombardi

Tom McCarthy, Chesterfield Parks and Recreation

Business of the Year

Spirit of Chesterfield Award

This business is recognized for continued involvement and commitment to the Chamber of Commerce. This award is given to a business for their outstanding support of the Chamber events and programs, through sponsorship and volunteerism.

This award is in recognition of someone who has had a positive cultural and economic impact on the Chesterfield community. This individual represents the Chesterfield community on behalf of the Chamber.

Q: What makes your university stand out from other businesses in Chesterfield?

Q: What makes you stand out?

A: Maryville is a top quality, nationally ranked university that prides itself on outstanding service and quality for our students and their parents.

A: Chesterfield is family-friendly; we try to engage our community. The memories we create make Chesterfield an amazing place to live, work and visit. Q: What is the official mission of your department?

Q: What is the school’s motto or slogan? A: On the University seal in Latin: “Excellence in all things.” Q: How do you balance your goals for your students and your goals as a business? A: As our CFO Larry Hays would say, “no margin, no mission.” You need resources to constantly reinvest in a top quality education for our students. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: Use your head and follow your heart. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: Chesterfield is a growing vibrant community and Maryville is proud to be a part of such a dynamic community in this region.

A: Our mission is to promote, provide and support programs for our citizens to have a more livable community by providing opportunities to participate in diverse recreational, cultural, athletic, aquatic programs and activities. Q: How would you describe what really happens on a day-to-day basis in your department? A: Teamwork, ambition and a little bit of magic. Our team is exceptional, creative and driven. We have so many great events throughout the year that not only engage our residents, but surrounding communities. These events are so successful due to the high energy level of our wonderful team. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: My dad told me to make sure that no matter what you do for a living, you must be passionate about it. My mom’s best advice was to be a good listener and be kind to others. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: The Chamber is an exceptional partner. We create a synergy that has the capacity to triple our reach to people and businesses. Communities that work together are the most successful. April-June 2015 | Out & About

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Tony White, Verified Service Reports

David Weiss, Weiss Attorneys at Law

Task Master Award

Service Award

This award is in recognition of one’s tireless efforts, energy and leadership among Chamber members. This individual has led committees through events and programming on behalf of the Chamber.

This award is in recognition of a member’s involvement and dedication to the Chamber. This individual has served a committee or committees through events and programming. Q: What makes you stand out?

Q: What makes you stand out? A: One of the key things is understanding that in order to have a successful Chamber, businesses have to step up with money and and time. There’s a lot of opportunities for business to contribute throughout the course of the year with the chamber. I just happened to find a couple of events that I’m really passionate about. I was able to offer the commitment to make the events a success. Q: What’s your business card say? And what do you really do? A: “Business development.” We are a free homeowners guide that offers tips on hiring the right contractors. I spend time contacting businesses and asking them to submit applications for our verification process, which is unlike anything else in the marketplace. We’re the only company in our area that contacts past customers to verify satisfaction. A third party conducts the customer satisfaction survey. We go out and verify the information. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: Give people more than what they expect. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: It’s an important networking opportunity. Not having attended high school in St. Louis, I enjoy the connections I make through the Chamber. I’m also involved in the West County Chamber of Commerce, as their executive vice chair for economic development. 38

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A: I believe that my participation, visibility and approachability are qualities that set me apart. Our firm practices with an emphasis in business, real estate, employment law and tax as well as litigation in those areas, which is also a bit of a niche. But perhaps the single most readily identifiable characteristic is my ever-present bowtie. Q: What’s your business card say? And what do you really do? A: “Managing Officer at Weiss Attorneys at Law, P.C.” I triage potential client calls and emails, review engagement letters, budget and monitor performance and generally overview all of the operations. Client development is most important. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: Three pieces of advice instrumental both in life and in my career as an attorney: 1) Always take the high road; the view is always much better; 2) Go beyond what is expected; you will never have to look back and your client will never forget; 3) Seize your own opportunities. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: In 2013, when we were looking to open our first satellite office, we evaluated a number of municipalities and settled on Chesterfield. Little did I know how valuable the Chamber would be. I realized I would need to make connections quickly, and that there would be no better vehicle than the Chamber, which we joined shortly after opening our office. We have been active participants ever since.


Mike Whelan, Residential Design Services

Dr. Ed Ernstrom, Ernstrom Spinal Rehab

Volunteer of the Year

Chesterfield Young Professional Award

This award is in recognition of a volunteer who shows support and dedication to the projects and activities of the Chamber. This award is given to a Chamber volunteer who has gone above and beyond the norm in service and dedication to the Chamber.

This award is in recognition of a member of the CYP group who works tirelessly to promote and involve younger members through activities and programs in support of the Chamber.

Q: What makes you stand out?

Q: What makes you stand out?

A: I do not really feel I stand out from the other Chamber members and volunteers. Chamber leaders provide many opportunities for members to participate. Members share their time and unique skills to contribute toward the success of each event. Our ability to be active participants is really what makes this Chamber stand out.

A: I try to be as involved in the community as possible. I volunteer for the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce as much as my schedule allows. I have helped with the Summer Concerts, Business Expo, the Pumpkin Run 5k, and many other events. I feel that the best way to stand out is to show up.

Q: What’s your business card say? And what do you really do? A: I do not have a title on my business card. I am in the residential design business, primarily new construction. While I design custom homes locally, the majority of my business is mail order. I sell blueprints for my portfolio of home and garage plans that I promote through websites and magazines. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: I have had lots of influential people in my life and I like quotes from famous people, so this is difficult to narrow down. Saying “please and thank you” certainly ranks high on the list. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce? A: I got involved with the Chamber primarily for social reasons. I felt this was a way to meet the people who are most involved and concerned with the quality and direction of the community. I have made many new friends by doing so. Any business I may see as a result of being involved is a bonus.

Q: What’s your business card say? And what do you really do? A: “Chiropractic Physician.” Foremost, I am a chiropractor and a small business owner. I wear many different hats with many different responsibilities. Doctor, CEO, CFO, sales director, spokes-model and networker are among the titles I carry. Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A: Everyone you meet will be an example in your life. For good or for bad, learn from their examples. Q: Why did you get involved with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and why do you think it’s important for younger members to get involved? A: As a newer chiropractor to the community, I feel that visibility is a key to my success. The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce gives me the opportunity to network with other businesses — businesses that wouldn’t normally think that I would want to network with. There are so many great, established doctors of chiropractic in Chesterfield as well as Logan University. The more you are involved in the Chamber of Commerce, the competitive playing field can become more level, if not to your advantage. April-June 2015 | Out & About

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We’re going to be shopping differently than we do now. Airports make the economy take flight. And soccer, softball and hockey really make the cash register ring. Those were a few of the insights business leaders heard at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Summit. The second annual event attracted 110 community leaders, business owners and public officials in January, up from 70 the first year. “There is more economic growth going on in the city of Chesterfield than the rest of the (region) combined,” said Mike Hejna, CEO of Gundaker

‘It’s All About Growth’ By Kurt Greenbaum

How do changes in shopping trends, health care and youth sports affect local businesses? Some of the answers emerged at the Chesterfield Chamber’s second annual Economic Development Summit.

Commercial Group and moderator of the daylong session of panel discussions and presentations. “It’s all about growth, both organically in the area and competitively with other regions.” Attracting and retaining business drives the level of municipal services, said Libbey Tucker, Chesterfield’s community services and economic development director. “Economic development creates wealth for the community and the people who live in it,” Tucker said, noting that businesses pay taxes — and create jobs for taxpayers — to pay for police protection, fire protection, schools and parks.


The Retail Outlook Consumers should expect a lot of changes in the way we shop and dine in the next few years, according to representatives from the Chesterfield Mall and the outlet centers in the valley. “The emphasis is going to be on regional players, with a lot of change to ‘fast casual’ in dining,” said Rick Echelmeyer, regional general manager for mall owner CBL Properties. Nationally, enclosed malls specifically are experiencing similar pressures from other retail players. “You’re seeing a totally different way of distributing goods, and outlets are where the growth is right now,” he said. Meanwhile, enclosed shopping malls are pressing to add dining and entertainment components, rather than focusing on retail and fashion. He likened the change in retail to that of television as cable became prevalent: Rather than three channels to choose from, viewer had dozens, even hundreds. Likewise, shoppers are seeing greater and greater fragmentation.

“Customers want things easy,” said Colleen O’Neill, general manager of Taubman Prestige Outlets. “ The challenge many malls face is how to make this an experience.” Additionally, the need for high quality customer service is growing, as shoppers “want to feel good about their purchase.” That means retailers need to provide digital tools to help them — and the outlet malls in Chesterfield are doing that. Brian Voyles, general manager at St. Louis Premium Outlets, said his center is working with a vendor to provide cellphone access to special offers from retailers as they walk. O’Neill expects to have

similar technology in place, as visitors become more educated, thanks to the Internet, and become “omnichannel shoppers.”

The Impact of Youth Sports What do youth sports have to do with economic development? Well, let’s see what happens when you attract girls from 250 softball teams — and their families — to the Chesterfield Valley for six days in October. First, they rent hotel rooms and spend a combined 6,210 room-nights in the community. That comes to nearly $466,000 in hotel charges. They have to eat, so they spend $47,000 at the concession stand at the Chesterfield Athletic Complex — along with untold thousands at area restaurants. “We worked with the Chamber to send tournament dates to all the restaurants so they’d be ready,” said Tom McCarthy, director of parks and recreation for the city. Similarly, hockey rings the cash register, too. Lloyd Ney, general manager of the Hardee’s Iceplex, sat on the panel with McCarthy. He predicated similarly impressive numbers for a four-day USA Hockey High School National Championships in March: 32 teams (93 percent from out of town); $31,500 in rental fees; nearly $248,000 in in hotel revenues. Ney said 7,500 hotel roomnights annually are driven by hockey events at his facility. The trend has been growing in the past 20 years as elite traveling youth teams have become more popular. “Families expect more in amenities as they turn these trips into vacations,” Ney said.

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Dollars Take Flight Page 40: Mike Hejna, President & CEO, Gundaker Commercial Group, Inc., discusses with airport panel. Page 41, top: Tom McCarthy, director of parks and recreation for Chesterfield, and Lloyd Ney, general manager of the Hardee’s Iceplex, note the tremendous affect youth sports has on the city’s economy. Photo by Kurt Greenbaum. Page 41, bottom: Mall panel discusses importance of customer service to economic development in Chesterfield. Photo by Kurt Greenbaum.

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The top executives at three airports in the region took the stage as well, sharing the experience of collaborating as they use the airways to grow business in the region. “Very few people understand the business of airports and how they contribute to the economy of the region,” said former Chesterfield Mayor John Nations, CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency, which operates St. Louis Regional Airport in Cahokia. He moderated a session featuring John Bales, director of Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of Lambert St. Louis International Airport. The three airports combine for $4.5 billion in economic impact on the region. That comes in the form of fees paid for takeoffs and landings; jobs generated by businesses on the grounds of the airports; jobs and revenue generated by businesses that surround and support the airports; employee household spending in the region; ticket purchases; companies shipping goods; parking fees; and travelers spending money on lodging, dining and gift.


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RTG Global 6290 Ronald Reagan Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 636-578-6573 John Listello

Davey Tree 1206 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 314-961-5440 Tom Beshoar

Salvation Army Midland Division 1130 Hampton Ave. St. Louis, MO 63139 314-646-3019 Tom Kovach REALTORS Tom Shaw Realtors 17813 Edison Avenue Chesterfield, MO 63005 636-532-1922 Patrick Shaw John Shaw Tom Shaw, Jr. REHABILITATION SERVICES Northbound Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services 333 S. Kirkwood Kirkwood, MO 63122 314-678-1130 Valerie Tripi RESTAURANTS Pie Five Pizza 17215 Chesterfield Airport Road Chesterfield, MO 63005 844-STL-PIE5 Rodney Clark


Who’s in Chesterfield If you’re Out & About at any of the places, events, stores, services, or restaurants in Chesterfield, we want to know! Email us your pictures to outandabout@ chesterfieldmochamber.com to be considered for the next publication.

From left to right: Casino Night Guest Casino Night Guest Nora Amato David Weiss Sandy Baum Audrey Mueller Sharon Huber Kendra Reed Casino Night Guest Chris Costello Anne Stockman Dave Stockman Assistant Chief Cary Spiegel Chief Chuck Marsonette Robin Harris Barbara Topp Denise Sundvold Lynese Hoffman Jennifer Reed Scott Reed April-June 2015 | Out & About

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From left to right: Casino Night Guest Casino Night Guest Casino Night Guest Casino Night Guest Jerry Owens Petie Owens Major DeBerry Jeff Paskiewicz Jay Scherder Mike Whelan Tricia Whelan Joel Kamil Barbara Topp Dr. Aaron Wahl Jason Ingram Jonathon Kruger Catherine Westbrook Mark Harter Dr. Krystal Rupp Casino Night Guest Casino Night Guest Sherri Beach Rich Horvath Sarah Klees Becky Dunston Christa McGraw

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Profile for Chesterfield (Mo) Chamber of Commerce

Out & About (April-June 2015)  

The quarterly community magazine of the Chesterfield (Mo) Chamber of Commerce. This issue focuses on the how dining has changed in Chesterfi...

Out & About (April-June 2015)  

The quarterly community magazine of the Chesterfield (Mo) Chamber of Commerce. This issue focuses on the how dining has changed in Chesterfi...

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