Out & About Magazine, July-September 2016

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Chesterfield Parks Building hearts, minds and bodies

Leadership Chesterfield

Meet the Class of 2016



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When the River Won’t Yield

The Monarch Fire Protection District trains relentlessly for those days when the flood waters cannot be held at bay


SPARK!-ing Businesses in Parkway

An innovative entrepreneur program


Pickleball, Plants & Poetry

The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts department is building hearts, minds and bodies among city residents.

36 Student Servants

Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship recipients

38 Potpourri 5

Business Spotlights


Looking Back to Look Forward


New Member Mini Profiles

Executive Director’s Column

The Leadership Challenge

Chairman’s Column

14 Recreation: Big Business in Chesterfield

News from the City


Yes, There Really Were Hogs in the Hollow


Chesterfield History

News by the Numbers

News Briefs from Chesterfield


The Big Event

Community Event Highlights

46 Who’s Out & About in Chesterfield?

38 Realizing a Vision

The Chesterfield we know today largely sprouted from the mind of one man

Chesterfield’s 43 Leadership Class of 2016

Learn more about some of the leaders of our community, who participated in the eight-month program to learn more about Chesterfield.

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July - September 2016 On the Cover: Photo courtesy city of Chesterfield. Out & About is published quarterly by the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Publication schedule is: January-March, April-June, JulySeptember, October-December. Copyright 2016. 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 by the U.S. Postal Service to all homes and businesses in the 63017 and 63005 ZIP codes. 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

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Editor: Kurt Greenbaum Contributing Writers/Editors: Kurt Greenbaum, Rachel Warren-Stauffer Magazine Design: Anna Keith 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.

New Member Spotlights Get to know some of the businesses that have joined the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce since the last edition of Out & About. American Job Center provides outreach services to

the business community by assisting them with their staffing needs. The main goal of the Business Service Group is to identify the most qualified job seekers within the metropolitan area and match them with employers. Enhancing employment opportunities throughout our region benefits the job seeker, the employer and the local economy. Contact: American Job Center at 314-679-3336 or 314-679-3301 (fax) or dcollins@stlouisco.com. Visit 70 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield. Anna Wiesler assists businesses in

improving their online presence to generate more exposure and reach people they wouldn’t normally be able to reach. I do this through social media, email marketing and blogging. Distributing informative and entertaining content online causes your audience to feel more connected to you, thus establishing trust and rapport. Businesses need to provide informational content to educate about what they can do, and more importantly, how they can help. Without these personal ways of communicating online, businesses can get lost in a sea of competition. Contact: Anna Wiesler at 314-3059366 or annawiesler71@gmail.com. Body by Vi - Project 10 Kids is

the healthy lifestyle platform for everybody and every body! ViSalus gives customers the power to personalize a program that works for them by combining the meals, drinks, snacks and supplements they prefer to support their healthy lifestyle goals. In turn, this provides a personalized and simple shopping experience, so you can get healthy nutrition delivered to your doorstep. It’s healthy food for the entire family that helps you save money on your grocery bill. One of the best things about learning to live healthier is passing on that education to those in need of better nutrition. This is what we do through PROJECT 10 Kids—a program that gives the Vi Community an opportunity to share the benefits of good nutrition and living healthier with the next generation. Every time someone reaches a 10-pound goal through the PROJECT 10 program, Vi donates 90 days of healthy meals, drinks and snacks on their behalf to a child on the path to a healthier lifestyle. Contact: Body by Vi - Project 10 Kids at 314-575-1725 or vi4knightlife@ yahoo.com. Visit online at jaymeknight.bodybyvi.com.

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specializes in one-on-one physical therapy treatments, helping everyone from competitive athletes, performing artists and women, to treating the discomfort of the neck, knee and back we all experience. Contact: Body Gears Physical Therapy at 314-200-0300 or joanne@ bodygears.com. Visit 509 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, or online at bodygearsstl.com. Enhancing Human Mechanics

Club Fitness is passionately committed to creating

and maintaining an environment that welcomes everyone to improve their fitness and health. Club Fitness wants to bring down the “barriers” to fitness by creating affordable, friendly, state-of-the-art facilities that welcome people of all fitness levels. Contact: Club Fitness at 636-489-1070 or kjohns@ clubfitness.us. Visit 17017 North Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield, or online at clubfitness.us. Digital Doc specializes in the quick,

expert repair of the entire range of personal electronic devices: cellphones, smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, gaming systems, televisions and others. If it’s digital and doesn’t work right, count on Digital Doc to repair it the first time. We’re so confident in the knowledge and skill of our technicians that we back our work with a 90-day guarantee, and maintain licensing and insurance protection on our work for your benefit. We’re also proud to offer a terrific selection of accessories, refurbished personal electronic devices, and device recycling services. Contact: Digital Doc at 314-4864895 (cell) or matt.kasten@digitaldoc.com. Visit 16897 Chesterfield Airport Road, Chesterfield, or online at digitaldoc.com. Gateway to Health Chiropractic

is where skilled chiropractor Dr. Jon Pinkston offers affordable care using the most effective and proven techniques. Patients often see Dr. Pinkston for issues such as lower back pain, neck pain, headaches and shoulder pain, often resulting from auto accident injuries or sports injuries. Dr. Pinkston is proficient in a wide range of physio-therapy techniques, including Cox Flexion Distraction, Active Release Technique, Electric Stimulation, Mechanical Traction and Decompression—among others. Dr. Pinkston

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sustainable engineering, architectural and construction management solutions for high-profile projects throughout the world. GBA serves primary markets including transportation, traffic integration, water environment, building design, civil/site development, commissioning, sustainable design and surveying. Contact: GBA Architects/Engineers at 636-385-5636 or jpalliser@gbateam.com. Visit 225 N. Main, Suite 200, O’Fallon, or online at gbateam.com. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group is a full-

service general contractor that specializes in commercial and residential roofing and offers quality roof installation and repair. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group’s other construction and restoration services include: storm, water and fire restoration, and building services for commercial and residential properties. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group is also an insurance claims specialist. We have more than 50 years combined experience in these fields. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group is A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau, a GAF Certified Roofing Contractor, and a member of the National Roofing Contractors Assocation. Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group is based in Chesterfield. Contact: Gundaker Construction and Restoration Group at 314-799-6560 or pdevers@gundakerconstructionstl. com. Visit 700 Crown Industrial Court, Suite M, Chesterfield, or online at gundakerconstructionstl. com. Hays Companies of St. Louis is one of the fastest

growing risk management, insurance and employee benefits advisors in the country. Our team represents a dynamic, entrepreneurial assembly of the best and brightest in the industry. Contact: Hays Companies of St. Louis at 314-412-8807 or cbehnen@ hayscompanies.com. Visit 16091 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 160, or online at hayscompanies.com. Integrity Home Solutions is committed to reducing

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in St. Louis specializing in helping clients tell their unique stories through film and video. With more than 10 years of experience in the film/video production industry, JM Film & Design works with all types of clients. Credits include working feature films such as “Planet of the Apes” and large corporate video projects for clients such as Washington University. Passionate about filmmaking, JM Film & Design works with clients of all sizes to help them tell their story in a creative and compelling way. Contact: JM Film at 314-795-6811 or jon@ jmfilmdesign.com. Visit 2705 Dougherty Ferry Road, St. Louis, or online at jmfilmdesign.com. Lake Forest Country Club is a great place to

socialize and relax with family, friends and business associates. The fun, relaxed and comfortable family atmosphere created here is one of the things that truly sets it apart from other clubs. Often referred to as the “unpretentious” country club because its members and staff are close, Lake Forest features a beautiful 18-hole golf course, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis and pickleball courts and casual and fine dining in our clubhouse. We offer “all-in” golf memberships as well as social and dining memberships. Lake Forest truly has something to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget. Contact: Lake Forest Country Club at 636-561-6682 or pdaly@ lakeforestgolf.org. Visit 300 Yard Drive, Lake St. Louis, or online at lakeforestgolf.org. McCartney Travel is a full

service travel agency that specializes in all-inclusive travel as well as honeymoons and European river cruises. Contact: McCartney Travel at 314-749-6456 or Info@ McCartneyTravel.com. Visit online at mccartneytravel.com.

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development, construction and design companies headquartered in Minneapolis with offices and projects across the country. Guided by our mission and values, we operate as a multidisciplinary team with expertise in development, capital markets and finance; project management and construction; and architecture, engineering and interior design. With our unique one-team approach, from project inception through completion, our integrated designbuild model has proven results in providing both time and budget efficiencies. Our promise is steadfast—to collaborate with you, to incorporate your design aspirations and to deliver high-quality buildings with enduring value, on time and on budget. Contact: The Opus Group at 314-930-2001 or kristin.flanery@opusgroup.com. Visit 112 S. Hanley Rd, Suite 100, St. Louis, or online at opus-group.com. Triumph Construction, LLC,

delivers at every step. The ultimate test of a successful remodeling project is your happiness with the result. You have a vision, and we help to enhance and execute that vision. Triumph finds creative solutions to reconfigure and transform existing living spaces, making your home more functional and beautiful. Contact: Triumph Construction, LLC at 314-920-0769 or katie@ triumphstl.com. Visit 18118 Chesterfield Airport Road, Suite O Chesterfield, or online at triumphstl.com. Wallach & Associates, PC, focuses on real estate,

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Looking Back to Look Forward As we commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chesterfield Chamber all year, it’s a good idea to let our past guide our future.


s we started planning the 2016 editions of Out & About, we knew we wanted to include stories that commemorated the 40th anniversary year of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. With two 2016 editions behind us, and this third edition in your hands, we’ve done that. We’ve shared stories about the founding of the Chamber and one of the key individuals who made it happen, R.B. Clark III, who rallied a handful of early Chesterfield business owners around the cause and ran the organization from the office at his bank. We’ve looked back at 40 business milestones that shaped the community we live in today, from devastating tornadoes to the welcoming of world headquarters into our community to the incorporation of Chesterfield as a city—don’t forget: the Chamber predates the city of Chesterfield by 12 years! We’ve looked back on one of our city fathers, former Chamber chair, Chesterfield council member and airport director Richard Hrabko. And in this edition, we look at the legacy of one of the most influential men in Chesterfield’s history, Louis S. Sachs, who conceived and planned the “Village of Chesterfield” we now know it (see page 38). All of this is important to share and remember. I’ve been blessed to be raised in this area, long before it was incorporated as a city, before the Chamber existed and before many of the roads and businesses we know were ever conceived. But it’s important also to do more than look back when we commemorate a milestone like ours. The 40th anniversary of the Chamber is significant. It’s a time to look back, yes, but also a time to look forward—and learn from the lessons of those who came before.


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We’ve learned that our previous leaders were bold and willing to take a chance on something new and untested. Those qualities are shared by some of the names in our quarterly New Member Spotlight, which appears in each edition of Out & About (see page 5). In many cases, these are people who are willing to take a chance to starting a new business, or by sharing their business in a new community. It shows the vibrancy of our community as new members join the Chamber. They’re joining because they have seen the value of starting a business in Chesterfield. They add to our economic vitality of our community. In the past, we’ve seen people who distinguished themselves by being leaders in their fields, and carrying that leadership to a wider community. That’s the same sort of spirit that’s driven our Chamber leadership to adopt its new mission to make Chesterfield a great place to work, live and play. We have a full and ongoing slate of workshops, seminars and events to serve the community—both the general public and the business community, always striving to help our members become leaders in their fields and in the Chamber. One of those important events is Sept. 8, at St. Luke’s Hospital, from 7:30 a.m. to noon, when we host our second annual Leadership Summit. We’ll bring together a slate of speakers and panelists to share leadership stories from their own experiences, their businesses, their lives, and spin those stories into lessons we can all carry home with us. When you are “out and about” in Chesterfield, walking through one of our many shops, dining at one of our restaurants, entertaining yourself on the ball fields or a nearby golf course, try to imagine the leaders of Chesterfield from two generations ago browsing the next aisle, sitting at the next table or teeing up the next shot. They are the reason we’re all here, and we owe it to them to carry on their legacy as we continue to make Chesterfield a great place to live, work and play. Nora Macalady Amato is the executive director at the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at 636-532-3399 or email nora@ chesterfieldmochamber.com.

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The Leadership Challenge Leadership is hard to define but I know it when I see it.


hen we talk about leadership, many times it is about the lack of good leadership. Our country, our government and our businesses seem to have many leadership challenges today. The Chesterfield Chamber is trying to address leadership in our community. The Chamber offers a seven-month leadership program each year starting in September. Leadership Chesterfield is informative, thought provoking and interactive. Participants meet once a month for programs that include: government and public service; community organization; history; art and culture; education; training; health care; and transportation. It is designed to build lasting professional and personal relationships and serves as a gateway for new leaders in our community. Join the new class of Leadership Chesterfield by calling the Chamber office at 636-532-3399. I’m privileged to know and work with a number of excellent leaders in my community. I’ve had the chance to speak with Sue Conklin them about why I consider them strong leaders. And I’ve probed their experience to try and learn the qualities that make them good leaders. Take Lance Elkin for example. He is a leader at Lindell Bank. He is supportive, calm and kind. He knows how to listen and how to ask the right questions. He doesn’t just identify problems, he helps find solutions. He mentors and develops coworkers. The result: I see coworkers and customers coming to him for advice about how to solve their problems. Being a good leader means solving problems. Then there’s my friend Sue Conklin, owner of Therapy Relief, a Chesterfield-based therapy consulting service for children and adults. Sue gets referrals from dozens of doctors because of her compassion for people. We ride bikes together and I’ve spoken to her about leadership, because I respect her leadership style.


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She leads by example, doing what’s right—not always what’s popular. She does what’s in the best interest of the clients she serves. Sue has been a business owner for more than 30 years, as well as a community volunteer for a variety of local organizations. Everyone looks up to her. Finally, there’s Kevin Meuret, founder of Low T St. Louis, a Chesterfield-based clinic dedicated to the treatment of low testosterone. Yes, he’s a leader in his own right, but that’s not why I mentioned him. He’s raising his children to be leaders, too, through the ice cream truck business (Coneheads) he helped his children establish, teaching them leadership and entrepreneur skills. Kevin brought his 16-year-old daughter Victoria to a Chesterfield Chamber business roundtable event. There were 20 business people in the room. Victoria was not intimidated. She participated, asked questions, spoke up and made a difference. Watching these men and women reminds me that good leaders have a strong moral compass. They serve as role models. They are not afraid to fail; they accept responsibility, learn and they move on. It is refreshing to hear a leader say, “I made a mistake and I take full responsibility for it.” Leaders focus on the plan and inspire others to rally behind the cause. In most cases good leaders exhibit a strong passion for their goals. This motivates, excites and inspires future leaders. Learn more about leadership here in Chesterfield by joining the Chesterfield Chamber. I’ll see you there. Tricia Whelan is chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and a vice president at Lindell Bank, responsible for growing the bank’s loans and deposits. Contact her at 636-4494000 or twhelan@lindellbank.com.

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Recreation: Big Business in Chesterfield New projects are on the way, adding to the already rich array of indoor and outdoor recreational venues in the city.


f you have children and live in the West County region—or even St. Charles County—there’s a good chance they play a sport somewhere in the Chesterfield Valley. It could be at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, Cheer Legendz, the Hardees Iceplex or any number of sports training facilities. Maybe you’ve been to a birthday party at Sky Zone or Sports Fusion. Or perhaps you’ve taken your family to simply enjoy a fun outing. Thousands of people enjoy our parks and trails; maybe you’ve been fortunate enough to have already experienced the Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail connection to the Katy Trail, where you can now take a ride to the Augusta wine country, or even to St. Charles. As the city’s economic developer, I have seen an increase in interest in sports and recreation projects over the past few years. Some of those are finally coming to fruition and will add to our growing reputation as not only a retail destination, but a recreation destination. For example, if you want to experience sky diving, but don’t quite want the rush of jumping out of a plane, IFly can give you that “bodyflight” experience. This exciting project will be located at Chesterfield Mall, just west of EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery. A facility will be built to house large wind tunnels that provide enough lift to float a human, with the guidance of an instructor. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2017. Another exciting recreation/ entertainment project under review with our planning and development

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• The Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex has more than 1.2 million visitors each year. • Teams visit Chesterfield from more than 27 states annually. • During the Girls Softball Showcase Tournament, teams spent approximately $500,000 on hotels in Chesterfield, in addition to dining out, shopping and entertainment.


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services division is for a Top Golf entertainment complex to be constructed in the Chesterfield Valley on the site of the existing Hardee’s Iceplex. If the developer moves ahead with the project, it will be a three-story complex, including approximately 100 climate-controlled driving range bays, facing east with a lounge area, practice and training bays, a bar and restaurant, meeting space and a rooftop terrace. The golf balls use microchip technology that tracks them as the user attempts to hit targets at various distances. The system automatically keeps score for you. Even first-time players and kids can join in the fun. This project will require rezoning the site and will allow for the completion of the 2016-17 hockey season at the Iceplex. Be sure to monitor this as it goes through the planning process, and watch for finalized project announcements from Top Golf. So what happens to the kids and families who use the Iceplex? There are other private development projects being considered both in Chesterfield and in the region that will accommodate those users. While we will diligently work to ensure those leagues and teams stay in Chesterfield, it’s still uncertain at this time. And don’t forget all the recreation opportunities that the city of Chesterfield offers. Whether it’s playing baseball, softball, football, lacrosse, soccer or pickleball at the CVAC; or kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing the River’s Edge lake; or enjoying the trails and fishing in the lake at Central Park, there are ways for everyone to stay active in Chesterfield. Download the free Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts app on your iOS or Android device to stay current on all activities, find a new place to explore or check out the upcoming concerts at the Amphitheater. Libbey Tucker is community services and economic development director at the city of Chesterfield.

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Yes, There Really Were Hogs in the Hollow


he Old House in Hog Wedding picture of Hollow is literally an old Felix and Pauline house — as well as a long(Hoefer) Queathem about 1890. They standing business — at 14319 owned and lived Olive Boulevard in Chesterfield. in the Queathem Its owner and operator, Betty House for 47 years. Brandt, sells antiques and vintage pieces, as well as new home décor and gift items. The building is also a Chesterfield historic landmark, constructed by Jacob Raven in 1859. Jacob Frederick Raven (18111875), a carpenter/builder, emigrated from Bremen, Germany, and settled in St. Louis. In 1859, he purchased 39 acres along Olive Street Road (Olive Boulevard), where he built a two-story, four-room farm house out of bricks made on the property. Part of the interior contained some hand hewn oak beams. A detached frame kitchen was located behind the house. According to Mrs. Brandt, there are four stone markers behind the present building, which indicates the location of the original kitchen. After Raven’s widow Anna died, her second husband, Henry Nau, sold the house to Herman Schaeper. Upon Schaeper’s death, Felix Queathem Jr. (18661947) and his wife Pauline (1869-1920) purchased the Old House in Hog Hollow (Raven/Queatham House), taken in December 1997.


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house in 1898 and owned it for the next 47 years. They added the rear twostory wing and a one-story porch between 1912 and 1916 to accommodate their eight children. Later, they also added electricity and indoor plumbing. The Queathems raised hogs on the acreage along Hog Hollow Road and Felix would walk his hogs down to the Missouri River, thus giving the area its name. They also produced peaches, cherries and pears, which they sold in St. Louis. Because the property had such a spectacular view of the Missouri River, the family named it “Panorama.” They enjoyed watching steamboats pass as they traveled to and from St. Louis. Due to flooding, the river’s course has changed and it can no longer be seen from the house. Following Felix’s death, the house changed hands several times until it was turned into a tearoom and antique shop in 1983 called Queatham House. The owners changed the spelling from Queathem to differentiate the business from the family. Betty Brandt purchased the building in 1993, and moved her existing business, founded in 1978, to the new location. She eliminated the tea room and filled all of the rooms with delightful items. The previous owners maintained the house was haunted and provided Mrs. Brandt with two examples: One of the owners claimed that all of the music boxes were playing when she arrived for work one morning. Another time she found the cash register tape was filled with question marks when the register had no “?” key. Mrs. Brandt says she has never experienced anything unusual, but some of her customers have claimed to feel cold spots on the stairs. One customer said she saw the apparition of a woman standing at an upstairs window.

Top photo courtesy Ruth Queathem. Bottom photo courtesy of Dan Rothwell

And more details about one of Chesterfield’s historic landmarks, the Old House in Hog Hollow.

The Old House in Hog Hollow is definitely worth a visit on Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Those interested in history and architecture will like the original floors and exposed brick in the kitchen and those shopping for unique gifts or items for their homes will find many great choices. Sources • Brandt, Betty interviewed by Ann Chrissos on April 7, 2016. • Hardy, Deborah Ann, The History of Queathem House (Washington University student paper). • Queathem, John Daniel and his sister Lucille, The Van Quaethem Family, 1973. • Rothwell, Dan A. A Guide to Chesterfield’s Architectural Treasures, 1998. Ann Chrissos is a member of the Chesterfield Historical Commission and chaired the committee that produced the 2011 book, “Chesterfield, Missouri: From Untamed Wilderness to Thriving Municipality.” She bases her columns on multiple sources.

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News by the Numbers A collection of Chesterfield-focused news tidbits.

Groundbreaking in June to commence construction on the Veterans Honor Park at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.


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Chesterfield’s ranking among the safest cities in Missouri, according to survey by Backgroundchecks.org. The survey ranked Town and Country No. 1 and put Chesterfield ahead of Manchester, Ballwin and Webster Groves in the top five. The site based its survey on FBI violent crime stats and proprietary research data. Rates were based on incidents per 100,000 residents. 18

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Dollars in committed support from the Chesterfield Chamber toward the $1.7 million price tag for the Veteran Honor Park. Organizers staged a groundbreaking in June for the park. Construction is underway at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.

Chesterfield ranking among 1,268 cities nationwide as the “best cities to start a small business,” according to WalletHub.com, a financial news site. The site used three dimensions — business environment, access to resources and business costs — to create the ranking for cities between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. Left: Smokehouse Market is an example of a small business that’s thrived in Chesterfield.

Max Scherzer


Strikeouts thrown by Parkway Central High alumnus (and Washington National’s ace) Max Scherzer on May 11 against his former team, the Detroit Tigers. The number tied the major league record.

Left page: Photos courtesy of the city of Chesterfield This page: Fishing photo courtesy of the city of Chesterfield; Max Scherzer photo via Scherzer’s Twitter account @Max_Scherzer


Media appearances in 20 months by Chesterfield resident Sean Phillips, regional marketing director for CBL & Associates Properties, which owns five area malls, including Chesterfield Mall. CBL won a silver marketing award from The International Council of Shopping Centers for its StLouisInStyle.com blog, which has catapulted Phillips into regional celebrity in the St. Louis fashion community.


Rooms planned for a new hotel going in on a 2.1-acres site in the Blue Valley complex, at Blue Valley Avenue between Brasher Street and Premium Way. The developer is Kansas City-based KMG Hotels, according to the report in the St. Louis Business Journal, which said the project could open in 2017.

Youth ages 5-15 came out to Central Park for 2nd Annual Fishing Derby on May 7.


Number of anglers registered for Chesterfield’s second annual Youth Fishing Derby at Central Park on May 7. The largest caught day wasfields 15 inches. A workerfish paints a logo that on one of the at the The age-9-and-under winner caught 49 points worth award-winning Chesterfield Athletic Complex. of fish, including nine fish 12-inches and over and four small fish.


Chesterfield’s ranking among the “smartest” cities in Missouri, according to a survey by Zippia. The site ranked the state’s 128 largest cities (with data) based on the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school Maddy Scannell Sharanya Kumar degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 1620). Glendale, Des Peres, Dardenne Prairie and Lake St. Louis edged out Chesterfield.

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The Big Event Chesterfield event highlights for the next several months. Find comprehensive listings on these sites.

Olden Days of Summer

Activities are subject to change but usually consist of: blacksmith demonstrations, rope making, candle dipping, face painting, hayrides and rides on the historic St. Louis Carousel. Price in advance is $10 per child by calling the Faust Park office at 314-615-8328 or through the website; $15 per child on the day of event (parents are free with paid child). July 15, 9 a.m. to noon | Faust Park 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield

Chesterfield Chamber’s 29th Summer Concert Series

Join us for our 29th annual Summer Concert Series at Faust County Park. Kicking off the season is the Bob Kuban Band, followed by a wonderful fireworks display, courtesy of the city of Chesterfield. Food and beverages available for purchase at each event. Volcanic Ash, July 19 | Mirage, July 26 | Trilogy, Aug. 2 | Next, Aug. 9 | Billy Peek, Aug. 16 | Faust County Park, 15185 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield

Movies Under the Stars

The series ends July 22. Experience the unique atmosphere, sights and sounds of watching a movie outdoors on the giant inflatable screen at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. The free movie begins at dusk. Inside Out, July 22 | Chesterfield Amphitheater | chesterfieldamphitheater.com | 636-812-9500

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Bring friends and family to one of the area’s best outdoor venues and enjoy the sounds of regional and national acts performing onstage at the beautiful Chesterfield Amphitheater. All performances are free. Bring new or gently used shoes to help provide safe water to people around the world. For more information on the Shoe Drive, visit www.chesterfield.mo.us/ shoe-drive.html July 16: Revelation (Journey cover band) July 30: Queens Blvd (current hits to classic rock) Aug. 13: Super Jam (the best of arena rock) Aug. 27, Dogs of Society (Elton John cover band) Oct. 7: 7 Bridges Band (Eagles tribute band; headlining Backstoppalooza) Each performance, 7:30 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater chesterfieldamphitheater.com | 636-812-9500


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Pedal the Cause

Faust Historic Village Open House

The historic homes in the Village will be open for free tours. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions about the structures, as well as the heritage gardens that are lovingly attended by dedicated volunteers. Varying number of buildings may be open due to staffing. July 30-31, 1-5 p.m. | Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield

CORP Using Technology to Declutter & Sell Online

Learn how to declutter your home and turn unwanted items into spending money by using technology to reach potential buyers. The class will cover tips for starting the decluttering process, pros and cons of using eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc., and tips for selling online and how to use apps for easy posting. Aug. 11, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. | City Hall | Free to adults 50+ Call 314-615-4474 to register | www.chesterfield.mo.us

Feast in the Park at Faust

Come for the food; stay for the fun. Faust is hosting a Food Truck Party, featuring food and live music. Fifteen trucks plus a winery and beer vendor usually participate. Coolers are not allowed. | Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m. Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield

Thornhill Open House

Visit the home of Missouri’s second governor, Frederick Bates, and learn about his role in forming Missouri into what it is today. The house is partially furnished. Also on the site are the 1820s and 1860s barns, the smokehouse, ice house, peach orchard and blacksmith shop. The estate also includes the family cemetery, burial site of the governor, his wife, Nancy, and two of their four children. Aug. 27-28; 1-5 p.m. | Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield

Trike Riot 2016

101ESPN, 92.3 WIL, 106.5 The Arch, and Ameren Missouri present the first Trike Riot, the fastest and craziest event on three wheels to benefit American Cancer Society. Drive and drift your own non-motorized three-wheel trike or a brand new Razor DXT Drift Trike around Chesterfield Amphitheater Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater Starts at $20 | Details and registration at http://www.trikeriot. com/location/st-louis/#98 | 636-812-9500

All photos courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

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Second Annual Leadership Summit

Find out from the experts how to become a better leader and establish a clear vision for your team to ultimately guide you to success. Sept. 8, 7:30 a.m. | St. Luke’s Hospital Emerson Auditorium 232 S. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield | 636-532-3399 chesterfieldmochamber.com

Budweiser Taste of St. Louis

The Taste of St. Louis, the region’s largest “foodie” event, returns to Chesterfield with all of the same award-winning elements patrons have come to expect over the past 11 years. Visit tastestl.com for more details. Sept. 16 4-10 p.m.; Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater | Free to attend tastestl.com | 636-812-9500

Pedal the Cause

Pedal the Cause is a city and community-wide fundraising bike challenge for riders of all ages and abilities. All proceeds stay in St. Louis to fund cancer research through the Children’s Discovery Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the Cancer Frontier Fund, an initiative of Barnes-Jewish Hospital that benefits Siteman Cancer Center. Sept. 24-25 | Time varies depending on distance Chesterfield Amphitheater | Register at stlouis.pedalthecause. org | 636-812-9500

Taste of Trucktober

All of the best food trucks in the St. Louis area will be at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. This event is in conjunction with Backstoppalooza, an annual fundraiser concert to support Backstoppers. Oct. 1, noon to 5 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater Free to attend


All of the proceeds from Backstoppalooza (food and beverage sales) support Backstoppers (excluding production and band costs). Backstoppalooza is a fundraiser concert that supports Backstoppers, Inc., an organization that provides immediate financial aid and other support to the families of Police Officers and Firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m. | Chesterfield Amphitheater | Free to attend www.chesterfield.mo.us | 636-812-9500

Faust Heritage Festival

Faust Historic Village goes back to its roots for an old fashioned folk festival held exclusively in The Historic Village. The 19th century homes will be abuzz with period-attired staff and demonstrations of blacksmithing, rope making, pottery firing and other historical crafts. Food vendors and hands-on activities for children. Hay wagons carry visitors around the parking lots from the main entrance. Sept. 17-18; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for child 4-12. Under 4 free. | Faust Park, 15185 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield

ADDITIONAL BIG EVENT INFO We’ve shared some of the highlights from around the community. Don’t miss these regular events by your Chesterfield Chamber. Business After-Hours 5-7 p.m.

July 28: Parc Provence 605 Coeur De Ville Drive St. Louis Aug. 25: Jay Wolfe Toyota, 147 Manchester Road, Ballwin Sept. 29: Wingate by Wyndham, 32 Research Park Drive, St. Charles

General Membership Meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch July 20: Doubletree Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield Aug. 17: St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive, Wildwood Sept. 21: Cheer Legendz, 17387 Edison Avenue

First Thursday Coffee, 7:30-9 a.m.

Aug. 4: Connect Hearing, 1728 Clarkson Road Sept. 1: Art Unleashed, 13379 Olive Blvd. Oct. 6: Taubman Prestige Outlets, 17057 N Outer 40 Rd, Chesterfield

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When the River Won’t Yield The Monarch Fire Protection District trains relentlessly for those days when the flood waters cannot be held at bay — and people’s lives are at stake.

Photo courtesy Monarch Fire Protection District


ou can’t control Mother Nature. But you can better prepare for her visits. Monarch Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Marsonette is especially concerned with preparing for area flooding. “We deal with flooding on a frequent basis,” said Marsonette, a Washington, Mo., native, who has been the district chief for two years. That’s not surprising, since the district is named after the Monarch levee system, which protects vast areas of the district’s land mass from the Missouri River. The district’s special operations division deals with swift-water flood rescues from the 100-year flood of 1993 to annual spring and winter rains in the most recent past. The district relies on trained crews and two rescue boats owned by the district alone, working in cooperation with surrounding agencies that have similar exposure to rivers and flash flooding from streams. Their training proved lifesaving on Dec. 26, when a coordinated effort resulted in the water rescue of Tom Underwood, a Wildwood father of four. Underwood, attempting to aid his son — who was stuck in rising flood waters — also found himself stuck in the fast-moving waters of Wild Horse Creek. Underwood’s son was rescued first. But it took nearly three hours for emergency responders to help Underwood Monarch Fire Chief out of the tree he was clutching Chuck Marsonette. to avoid falling into the creek. His vehicle, a Hummer, was swept away during the flood. Emergency responders faced many obstacles that evening, including deep, rapid-moving water, darkness of night, unfamiliarity with the lay of the land, and even fixed obstacles, making it tricky to move. Marsonette says emergency responders face similar obstacles in most rescue attempts. It’s not just a matter of swooping down in a giant helicopter with a claw and scooping a resident out of a dangerous situation. “Helicopters make the news reels, but in most cases


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of swift water, the weather is too bad for them to fly,” said Marsonette. “Simply launching boats and fighting currents and debris with small engines and inflatable hulls can be quite treacherous. Just sucking up debris in a prop or jet engine is a reality of being disabled during a rescue.” During a rescue attempt, neighboring agencies are brought in, said Marsonette, “to have extra boats and personnel at the ready for these very contingencies.” In order to keep their cooperative skills honed for the next severe weather event, crews from the St. Louis County Special Operations Task Force began training for spring flooding on April 3 in Babler State Park. The task force, made up of Monarch representatives, as well as the Metro West Fire Protection District, the West County Fire Protection District, the Boles Fire Protection District and the St. Charles City Fire Department, spent time simulating real-world scenarios to sharpen training in several areas, said Marsonette, including “high-angle and trench rescue.” In an emergency situation, coordination is vital. The lead agency is generally the one with jurisdiction over the scene of the incident, but “most good incident commanders will yield to the most appropriate trained person,” Marsonette said. Even after the success of the Dec. 26 water rescue, Marsonette believes there are more ways to increase his team’s efficiency. “Our March practice was a reenactment and we discovered a few minor tweaks and actually wanted to find out if we had more options of evacuation other than by means of boat,” said Marsonette, who believes repetitive and frequent training causes team-building and confidence in team members’ abilities. The danger level can escalate quickly during a flood. Some motorists don’t take the situation seriously until it’s too late. Drivers should never attempt to cross water over a roadway during flooding.

Photo courtesy Monarch Fire Protection District.

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“Driving in to water — whether standing or moving — can have catastrophic results,” Marsonette warned. “Water is extremely powerful and can take a car away in as little as 6 inches of moving water.” Flooding also has “quite an impact on the economic stability of our region and the 62 square miles and 75,000 residents we protect,” said Marsonette. One concern is “property damage to vehicles that are driven into streams and water on roadways. Water supply and purity can (also) be affected.” Marsonette is thankful for days like Dec. 26, when he can look back and see the department’s commitment to preparedness has truly paid off and his team can help reunite a family. “After 25 years in the fire service, I have never duplicated the satisfaction felt by myself and my colleagues when we are able to rescue, save a life, or bring a life into this world,” said Marsonette. “When a victim has realized it may be their last day on earth, we have the training and ability to reverse that. It is incredible.” Monarch Fire District offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for families interested in more information on flood preparedness. Visit the department’s website at www. monarchfpd.org.

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SPARK!-ing Businesses in Parkway An innovative entrepreneur program in the Parkway School District has high schoolers conceiving and launching their own businesses.


oused in a storefront on the second floor of the Chesterfield Mall, the SPARK! program is the Parkway School District’s very own business incubator. The program targets entrepreneurial-minded high school students bent on launching their own businesses.

In the package of articles that follows, we let students who have participated explain what they’ve done through the program. But first, we start with Blaine Thomas, a graduate of the district’s program, reflecting to SPARK! instructor Xanthe Meyer what he learned in the program after a year at the University of Missouri. I know Spark! kids can be a little difficult sometimes so thank you for putting up with me. Here are a few things you taught me that I’m grateful for: 1 How to fail; you always encouraged us to fail fast and not take things personally when they don’t work out.

2 How to be confident in myself and my ideas. I needed to learn how to be “blind to the haters” and to not let age be a barrier, but have ideas and achieve knowledge beyond my years.

3 To always be driven. Never settle. Don’t take no for an answer. Grab opportunites. Don’t give up.

For all this I am grateful. You, Spark!, all the mentors and my fellow students from last year will always be a pivotal part of my life and future.

Tackling Nighttime Hot Flashes

Photo courtesy Ian McCormac

By Ian McCormac Have you ever had that restless night where one sheet is too hot, but no sheet is too cold? You toss and turn, but there is no real solution. You have another sleepless night, which makes you crabby at work or school. You live a busy life and do not have time to take a nap later in the day. Cold Shoulder aims to solves this problem with a long-lasting, affordable solution that treats hormonal symptoms, through a portable cooling system to ensure a good night’s sleep. We have been working on this product since the beginning of the school year. Reaching out to experts in the startup community has been our The prototype of Cold Shoulder.

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Photo courtesy Ian McCormac. Opposite page: Photos courtesy Katie Hornsby.

main catalyst for growth. We are getting close to a finished prototype, and we have the necessary contacts to bring this product into production. Our main challenge is almost entirely finishing the prototype. For this reason, engineeringminded people who can help solve our problems are very valuable. This problem is significant to the community and beyond. People of all ages and genders suffer from hot flashes every night, however, menopausal women are clearly the largest sufferers. Since working on this project, a myriad of menopausal women have ask questions such as, “How much for this? I’ll pay you $150 right now” or, “How long until you launch?” Cold Shoulder is committed to working until this problem is solved. Imagine a world without hot flashes. A solution to this problem is priceless. With any help received, we will be able finish our prototype and begin to end hot flashes. Ian McCormac is a May graduate of Parkway West High School planning to attend Missouri State University to study marketing. Follow Cold Shoulder on Twitter @cold_shoulder1 or on Facebook. Email the company at coldshoulderspark@gmail.com.

Ian McCormac with SPARK! mentor Neil Hatchard.

Social Media Marketing to Young Adults By John Yucesoy and Colin Waites Colin vs John started in August 2015 as an idea to help marketers reach an unattainable audience: young adults. We are in this market, so we know the most efficient ways to reach them. Obviously, social media is the best medium, but it must be used correctly. We also compete in every promotion to add in another element of entertainment, and we always include comedy. We had a mentor help us do a two-week promotion for the 2016 Rawlings Velo Bat, and we finally had an example to show off. Our model consists of making YouTube videos, writing tweets and getting pictures. The YouTube videos serve as short “commercials” that aren’t necessarily all about the product; they’re more like fun videos with product placement. After an analysis of the current Rawlings social media, we saw many poor methods in eyes of high schoolers. Rawlings does “burst” tweeting and so we knew we had to post a maximum of twice a day, but


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consistently post each day. Our Rawlings promotion has seen some successes and failures. On Vine, we gained almost 26,000 loops in the two-week period. One of our YouTube videos is at about 3,200 views. We may not get thousands of views, but our market is a niche and is specific to the local STL market. In May, we were crafting a pitch for Camelbak Hydration, consisting of a one-week promotion, featuring two long videos, and many pictures/tweets throughout. We will send it to them and see how they respond. John Yucesoy, who recently graduated Parkway South, is attending Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Colin Waites recently graduated from Parkway South High School and will attend the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Email Colin vs. John at cvsj@ colinvsjohn.com. Follow @colinvsjohn on Twitter and Instagram; search Colin vs John on YouTube.

India Visit Inspires School Supply Business By Katie Hornsby In June 2015, I was standing in a classroom at the Rural Reconstruction Upper Primary (R.R.U.P.) school in Kerala, India. I was surrounded by 60 middle schoolers who are full of love, compassion, and curiosity, with continuous hugs and questions about myself and my home. I was introduced to the school in January 2015 by George John, CEO of Engineer Design Source Inc. and my Spark! mentor. I immediately fell in love with the students and was determined to go visit the school. Plane tickets were purchased, the trip was booked, and we were set to go. I spent three days learning and playing with the students and I saw first hand their passion for learning, and also their lack of essential school supplies. With my entrepreneurial mindset and my lifelong passion for giving back, I decided to start FREED. FREED is a for-profit school supply company with a mission to provide students in need, worldwide, with

the necessary supplies in order to be successful in school. With a one-for-one business model, for every one supply sold, one is donated. I partnered with Parkway South juniors Wesley Mourton and Luke Bauer in August and our first line of spiral notebooks launched in October. FREED’s mentor, Mark Gellman, from the Gellman Real Estate Team, challenged the three of us to manufacture, market and sell 80 notebooks in just under three weeks. We accepted without ever having made a notebook. Seven months later, FREED has sold more than 400 notebooks in two different lines of notebooks. The Kerala Line benefits the students at R.R.U.P. and features funky and geometric cover designs, while the Hometown Line features covers with photographs of St. Louis landmarks and benefits students here in St. Louis. At the end of February, FREED sent 200 notebooks to the students in Kerala, and has two upcoming

Katie Hornsby with students she met at a school in India, which fostered her desire to create a one-for-one school supply business through SPARK.

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the Spark! Incubator I found my passion for business and entrepreneurship. Katie Hornsby, the CEO and founder of FREED, is a graduate of Parkway South High School. Contact the company at freedsupplies.com or on Twitter and Instagram @FREEDsupplies. She will attend Indiana University.

Examples of the St. Louis version of FREED’s school notebook.


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Photos courtesy Katie Hornsby

“notebook drops” to a St. Louis City school and a local gym which gets youth off the street and into schools. FREED is built on the idea of giving back. With a simple purchase of a notebook, a student worldwide receives a tool to further their education. Seeing the students’ excitement over something as simple as a notebook makes it all worth it. Through

Blinging Out Cellphones with Tech By Josh Hylan, Alex Karrenbrock and Scott McKnight

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following, and have a great connection with our target market, as we ourselves fit the demographic and psychographic. Last, but not least, we’ve been meeting with two mentors since the beginning of GlowMyPhone — financial advisor Adam Goldstein and entrepreneur Chris Spenner — who have continually supported us through each prototype and concept. In the future, GlowMyPhone looks to finalize a product design using the printable circuit board method, and take it to market by the fall of 2016. Josh Hylan is a junior at Parkway Central High School; Alex Karrenbrock is a Parkway West graduate planning to attend the University of Missouri in the fall; Scott McKnight is also a Parkway West graduate planning to attend Mizzou in the fall. Reach GlowMyPhone on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ GlowMyPhone.



GlowMyPhone was started by three guys who wanted to make the phone case industry more interesting. At the beginning, we had the idea of using durable adhesive car LED strips on silicone cases, as it was cheap and easy to assemble. However, the bulkiness and amount of power required to power the case was just too unrealistic and did not appeal to any potential customers. So, we pivoted and began experimenting with a lighter, more aesthetic design that involves a RGB circular LED light. Then, we experienced pricing issues with microcomputers (too expensive). So we pivoted yet again to work with Diode Dynamics on a printable circuit board that will be both aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. Our latest version is a phone case accessory people can use to put on the back of their phone cases. In all, we’ve created more than eight prototypes, connected with five engineers, established a large social media



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Levee Trail Leading to Bridge – Taken at the Monarch Chesterfield Levee Trail Ribbon Cutting on June 18. The trail now connects with the Katy Trail.


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Pickleball, Plants & Poetry The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts department is working overtime to build hearts, minds and bodies among city residents. All stories by Rachel Warren-Stauffer

The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts maintenance crew has completed the new Chesterfield Parkway Community Garden on Chesterfield Parkway, west of Bishop’s Post restaurant. Sachs Properties donated the land until it is sold. Tom McCarthy, director of Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts, said several residents had asked for a community garden in the past, but location was an issue. He approached developer Steve Sachs, worked out details in late February and started building in March. “Sachs Properties wants to cultivate a sense of community in the city and throughout our development,” said Jenny Bryan, office manager at Sachs Properties. “We are pleased to be able to share our land with the resident gardeners.” The garden is fenced in with a locked gate and, for a nominal fee, residents can rent one of three plot sizes. The plots sit at ground level, rather than as raised beds; water is available onsite. If the Chesterfield Parkway Community Garden property is sold, plot holders will be notified and will be able to complete the growing season before vacating. McCarthy believes the benefits of the community garden are different for everyone. “Some people like the socialization that comes with meeting other people in the community who have similar interests,” McCarthy said. “There are special friendships that will develop from the interaction with the other gardeners.” Allowing the community garden to occupy vacant land while the city awaits its development is another way to make Chesterfield a better place to live. “It’s great therapy to dig in the dirt and take care of the plants and then harvest your fruits and vegetables and share them with friends,” McCarthy said. “The benefits go on and on.

MORE INFO COST: 4-by-8-foot plot. $30; 8-by-8-foot plot, $45; 8-by16-foot plot, $100. The fee defrays the cost of building the garden and providing water on site with hoses. AVAILABILITY: The Chesterfield Parkway Community Garden and the Eberwein Park Community Garden are fully rented. To be placed on a waiting list, contact the Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts Department, 636-812-9500. You will be notified by email if a plot becomes available. The application and payment must be received before the plot can be reserved in your name.

Poetic Parks: Enriching residents in the community

Thoughts of art’s impact on a community causes Sukanya Mani to wax poetic. “Give them bread and give them roses,” said Mani, arts specialist for the Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts Department, referencing the James Oppenheim poem, “Bread and Roses.” “Food alone will not sustain a person. People need roses, too.” Since being added to parks and recreation in spring 2015, the arts division has been working hard to plant new, local opportunities for residents to enjoy the arts. “We need more arts happening out of the city, here in the county,” Mani said. “We want to build a bridge that will bring together artists and patrons.” Mani believes the Chesterfield Amphitheater has been a tremendous help to her division’s success thus far. Mani hopes the amphitheater’s events will help to expand the public’s education and accurately reflect the diverse nature of Chesterfield’s population, history and growth. The arts division received a $1,161 grant from the Missouri Arts Council for the Art & Orchestra series in

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Photos courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

Photo courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

Dirt Therapy: Newly opened Chesterfield Parkway Community Garden


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Genevieve Esson painting at The Live Art Project on April 9 at City Hall.

Photo courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

Shilpa Rao painting at The Live Art Project on April 9, at City Hall.

April. The division is awaiting news from the Missouri Arts Council about another grant for the upcoming Sounds of Summer concerts. The free Sounds of Summer concerts, featuring tribute bands for popular acts like Tom Petty, Journey and Elton John, run most Saturdays through Aug. 27 (with one additional concert Oct. 1; details on page 20). Select concerts will feature a sculptor creating live art during the event. More live artists will be added to the lineup if Chesterfield receives the additional grant. Meanwhile, the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis Sept. 16-18 will include an outdoor art show, ArtWalk, allowing visitors to view and purchase works by more than 30 regional artists. Another event, the Live Art Project at Chesterfield City Hall on April 9, featured talented individuals who created live art in front of about 500 guests. Part of the proceeds went to support Chesterfield public art projects. The Chesterfield City Hall Art Exhibit is just one of the many public art projects benefiting from this support. Every three months, City Hall hosts a rotating art exhibit that is open to the public during regular business hours with opportunities to take art tours and meet the artists. Chesterfield has also expanded the number of public art sculptures along its busy trails and parks to make art more accessible to the

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community so the public may expand its awareness and understanding of art. While appreciating art as a spectator is valuable, Mani hopes the free Art in the Park Summer Workshops will provide residents with much-needed opportunities to create their own art in a new form each week. Mani said the first summer workshop, a watercolor class led by artist Linda Wilmes on May 19 at Central Park Lake Gazebo, had a good crowd. “Art is a game-changer for a community,” said Mani. “We want to feel that we are giving the community the programs they really want.”

MORE INFO Free Art Tours: Sign up at City Hall or email smani@ chesterfield.mo.us. Summer Art Workshops: Register at 636-812-9523 or chesterfield.mo.us (search “summer workshop”).

Getting Seniors Active: Activities for an aging population

The Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts department wants seniors to get active. With the latest census showing 36 percent of Chesterfield residents over age 55, and projections that the number could grow significantly in 10 to 15 years, the department has focused on providing

Pickleballers play on new permanent courts at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex. Open from dawn to dusk.


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recreational programming for aging residents. A city task force quickly discovered the popularity of pickleball, a racquet sport combining elements of badminton, tennis, table tennis and volleyball. “Many Chesterfield residents winter in Florida where there are pickleball courts everywhere, so Construction when they came back to Chesterfield, they were is underway at The wanting to continue playing the sport,” said Kari Place’s location at Johnson, Chesterfield superintendent recreation. 600 of Spirit Valley East Dr. in Chesterfield. Two permanent pickleball courts have been Owners hope to installed at the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, hit a spring grand near the parks departments administrative office. opening if weather Johnson said it’s not unusual to have morecooperates. than 15 people show up to play. “People do not need to be athletically gifted to play it,” Johnson said. If pickleball is not your sport, Johnson suggests a quiet stroll with members of The River Walk Club in the lazy river at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center. “The River Walk Club has been a huge success for our seniors and a great way to stay active,” said Johnson, who noted water walking helps increase blood flow, and warms muscles and joints. Seniors can walk with the current or against it to customize their workout. The River Walk Club and pickleball courts are just two ways Chesterfield is trying to motivate residents of all ages to keep moving. New opportunities are being developed all the time under the department’s Get Active program, a collaboration between the city and St. Luke’s Hospital. The program is designed to provide healthy recreational options and information

Senior Walking Club. Mindy Morhman (City Arborist/Urban Forester) led an educational tour of the native prairie garden and other natural features of Eberwein Park.

to individuals and families. “Our goal is to provide more active opportunities for our residents,” Johnson said. “We are looking at different programs and events moving forward.”

MORE INFO River Walk Club: Punch card at City Hall. Unlimited access to the 2016 season through Aug. 20. Price: $30 for residents; $40 for non-residents. Singleday pass, $4 for residents; $5 for non-residents.

Photos courtesy of the city of Chesterfield.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, morning and evening sessions. Details at chesterfield.mo.us/riverwalk-club.html. Get Active: E-newsletter with info and fitness events at chesterfield.mo.us/get-active-registration.html. Receive discounts to facilities or events. Pickleball: Borrow equipment Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (excluding holidays) at the parks office. Driver’s license required.

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Student Servants These four winners of the second annual Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Scholarship show what volunteerism and servanthood means to their communities. By Rachel Warren-Stauffer


or the second year, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce has honored four local high school seniors who serve the Chesterfield community through exemplary volunteerism. Each student has been awarded a $500 college scholarship out of proceeds from ad sales for Out & About, to be used in pursuit of their dreams for the future. The Chamber is proud to introduce you to this year’s scholarship recipients.

Bajinder Bindra, activities director of The Westchester House, believes Meghana’s four years of service has definitely made a positive change in the lives of seniors at the skilled nursing home. “Meghana’s continued determination and abundance of patience with senior residents is a testament to her passion for service,” said Bindra. “She truly does bring sunshine in their lives with her smile, her fantastic musical abilities, and her sincere efforts for even the smallest of tasks.”

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Meghana Bharadwaj

Cornell University Lafayette High School (GPA 4.446) Career Aspiration: International human rights and advocacy lawyer. School Activities: Smiles with Music School Chapter founder and president, Latin Club, Drama Club, Senior Advisory Activities chairperson, Model UN president, St. Louis Area Model UN Secretariat Political Security Council researcher and developer, Guitar Ensemble, International Thespian Society, Pit Orchestra member, Youth Leadership St. Louis supervisor, National Honor Society. Community Involvement: Just for Kidz founder and president; elementary and high school tutor; Smiles with Music, St. Louis coordinator; Americanism Talks; Washington University in St. Louis research assistant; National Institute of Drug Abuse research intern; Julianne Elise (student-designed fashion business) manager. Community service is Meghana Bharadwaj’s “mechanism to self-actualization. It helps me recognize my potential, my goals and my passion.” “I want to be a voice for people who are voiceless: The children in Kolkata sniffing glue to escape their misery and lack of education; the people in China and Bangladesh suffering from cruel labor conditions; the families in Africa lacking proper water sanitation. I just want to contribute,” said Meghana, who has spent more than 400 hours serving various local causes and now hopes to make an impact on a global scale.


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Whytney Clay

Christian Brother’s University Marquette High School (GPA 4.11) Career Aspiration: Orthopedic surgeon or forensic pathologist School Activities: Marquette volleyball, Marquette lacrosse, Key Club, National Honor Society, I Am Second Club, Glamour Girls, school office aid. Community Involvement: Crisis Nursery volunteer, First Free Evangelical Church Kid Connection volunteer. Honest and responsible. Determined and dedicated. Compassionate and trustworthy. These are just a few words Emily Diaz, Marquette High School college

Kaitlyn Perrier

Truman State University Marquette High School (GPA 4.112) Career Aspiration: Visual communications/ interdisciplinary studies. School Activities: Project Interface, National Art Honor Society, Key Club, Student Leadership Council, Student Advisory, Marquette Messenger cartoonist, student council, Spanish Club, Art Club. Community Involvement: Venturing (Boy Scouts of America) crew president; REAP Team of St. Louis youth minister; St. Joseph Manchester youth group, Girl Scouts. Kaitlyn Perrier is described by her mom, Kerry Perrier, as “a friend to all, a wonderful daughter, and a loving sister and role model for her younger brother, Tommy, who is on the autism spectrum.” “Community engagement” has greatly impacted Kaitlyn’s life. “I firmly believe that our experiences and interactions are what shape who we are, and my heavy involvement in various activities and groups has certainly changed me for the better.”

Melany W. Yeung

University of California, Irvine Parkway West High School (GPA 3.898) Career Aspiration: (Biomedical) mechanical engineer. School Activities: Parkway West Mock Trial Team, National Honor Society, Beta Chi Pi, varsity girls’ tennis team, Parkway West student council, Model United Nations, junior varsity girls’ track and field, SPECTRUM (choir group), chamber Choir, speech and debate. Community Involvement: Bridgit by College Bound St. Louis marketing intern; Students and Teachers as Research Scientists student researcher; St. Louis Science Center junior intern; Magic House museum assistant; Chesterfield Kumon Center teacher; St. Luke’s Hospital volunteer; Parkway Spark! Technology Solutions; Parkway West technology department I.T. intern. For St. Louis-area native Melany Yeung, Chesterfield is a great place to grow up because “it is located in a growing city that has a lot of companies that have built out educational programs that people can take part in and give back to our community.” Michael Palmer, director of technology solutions at the Parkway School District, believes Melany has already given back a great deal to her community through volunteerism, including her development of “a mobile application for the nonprofit organization, College Bound. Melanie is a thoughtful, energetic, intelligent, and ambitious student.” Melany believes volunteering has helped her discover her future career path. “I usually tend to volunteer at places that strive to educate people in the STEM industry or on science and math or anything that slightly involves those concepts,” said Melany. “Volunteering allowed me to share my interests in math and science with others and pique their interest and I was able to discover and dabble in lots of different areas to find what I was really interested in and could pursue a career in.”

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specialist, believes best describe Whitney Clay. Whytney, who has lived in Chesterfield for four years, credits volunteerism with directing her toward a career in the medical field. “Offering a hand to those in need can leave a positive and lasting impact on someone else’s life and your own,” said Whytney, who wants to pursue a vocation that will allow her “to give back to others by helping to heal them.” “Helping others without expecting anything in return can develop your character and help you become more empathetic toward others. You meet a lot of great people, learn a lot about different cultures, and gain experiences to hold on to and share for the rest of your life.”

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Realizing a Vision The Chesterfield we know today largely sprouted from the mind of one man—and his son is following through on that vision for a giant plot of dirt at Clarkson and Highway 40. By Kurt Greenbaum

Aerial view of the intersection at Clarkson and Highway 40 before Louis Sachs began developing it, in 1960, and in 2013.


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“It was completely rural. Who would buy land in the middle of nowhere to create a community?” said Steve Sachs, Louis’ son, now president of Sachs Properties. “He was that guy.” Indeed, 45 years later, the vision has flourished. No, it wasn’t a 20-year project. And developers have invested billions, rather than the $300 million originally conceived. Some plans changed, some remain not fully realized. But much of what Louis Sachs foresaw has come to pass. “If you look at the model in our office, a lot of it has actually happened as it was shown 40 years ago,” said the younger Sachs, whose father died in 2011. The Drive to Control Development

Steve Sachs recalls more than a few weekend trips as a youngster with his father, touring the western reaches of the property on horseback and staying on the yet undeveloped property. His father had started out working for his grandfather, Samuel C. Sachs, founder of Sachs Electric Co. and the namesake

All photos courtesy of Sachs Properties.


t was ridiculous, really. Why would a developer buy 1,500 acres of farm land, brush and trees so far from the metropolitan center of the St. Louis area? Three lanes of Highway 40 meandered through emptiness west from the city. Olive Street Road attached from the north. A quartermile west, Clarkson Road linked with the small highway from the south. In the 1960s, the four quadrants of that intersection were nothing but dirt. But by 1971—five years before the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce was founded, 17 years before the city of Chesterfield was incorporated—Louis S. Sachs announced massive plans for the giant swath of land ringing the inconsequential intersection. Sachs envisioned a $300 million, 20-year project to create Chesterfield Village, advertised as “a new town called home,” with houses, apartments, retail outlets, office buildings, medical facilities, houses of worship, schools and sidewalks. Every building, already planned, every street laid out.

Top: An architectural model of Sachs Properties’ plans for its 1,500 acres, dating from the 1970s, in the lobby at the developer’s offices, looking north. Bottom: Sachs Properties ads touting the coming Chesterfield Village development.

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Left: An architectural model in Sachs Properties’ lobby of its conceived “downtown Chesterfield,” looking north from the corner of Lydia Hill Drive and Chesterfield Parkway West.

All photos courtesy of Sachs Properties.

Below: An architectural model of Sachs Properties’ plans for its 1,500 acres, dating from the 1970s, in the lobby at the developer’s offices. This looks north toward Highway 40 over the mall.

of today’s St. Louis County Library branch on commute to work would be a stroll down the street. Chesterfield Parkway West. That piece of the vision is still being carried out. Soon, however, Louis started developing properties “Downtown Chesterfield,” a mixture of dining, around the St. Louis area—a medical office building retail, office and residential space originally planned here, a retail development there. Steve recalls how his north of the library and south of Highway 40, “has father became upset when a developer tried to build taken longer than we had hoped,” Steve Sachs said. a muffler repair shop next to an apartment complex “I doubt we’ll be the ones to do the entire multi use his father had developed. Louis took pride in creating development ourselves. Because of the economics, attractive buildings that would add to the community. development on that scale is harder to catalyze The juxtaposition of residential and automotive these days.” you gambling with your Health Insurance? Are you gambling with youranother Health Insurance? servicesAre didn’t jibe with his vision. Meanwhile, major coup for Sachs’ vision “He started look whereishe be able to the early years Stacyto Haberstroh a might sure Bet! StacyinHaberstroh is a has surenow Bet!become a source of some  Speaks thewhat Medicare language happen,” Steve  SpeaksLouis the Medicare language have greater control over would concern. Sachs sold land to developers in 1967  Insurance and problem solverplanned  Insurance Broker and problem solver Sachs said, explaining theBroker genesis of the for what became Chesterfield Mall, persuading them  Offers personalized consultations  Offers personalized consultations community his father envisioned. to help anchor his planned community, rather than  Available for group presentations  Available for group presentations Louis Sachs wanted a community that made build their project further south at Clarkson and  Can assist with Medicare Supplements  Can assist with Medicare Supplements sense. Retail near retail, residential comfortably Clayton roads.  Medicare Advantage Plans  Medicare Advantage sequestered, but easily accessible to amenities Today, that mallPlans is struggling against fierce residents would require. Ads for the project even competition from retail projects to the west— Get your cards in a row… Get your cards in a newer row... envisioned Contact a walkable whereatthe twoSenior outletInsurance centers—and the Seniorcommunity, Insurance Concepts Contact Concepts at results are not lost on 314-517-4073 or srinsconcepts@yahoo.com

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Sachs, whose company owns all the surrounding property. “We’re concerned,” he said. “We really aren’t certain what will happen there. It’s likely that at some point, new kinds of uses other than retail may make sense.” Something Out of Nothing

Steve Sachs also started his career working for his grandfather’s electrical company for about 17 years, then served a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. Still later, he moved into the real estate business with his father and, after Louis’ death, assumed control of Sachs Properties. He said his father was tremendously motivated by the desire to create something out of nothing, and to have it fit into a larger picture. The same drive gets Steve out of bed in the mornings. “It’s about helping to carry out what he began,” Steve Sachs said. “It’s our job to make sure the property he assembled gets developed in the best way for the community.” That’s why Sachs Properties has also been involved in donating property or money to key community needs, including arts projects, the county library branch, Faust Park, the Jewish Community Center and the YMCA in Chesterfield. Most recently, Sachs

Properties donated land for a community garden on Chesterfield Parkway (see page 30), available until the property is sold for development. It’s also why Steve is proud of some recent developments built on land his company once owned: the Reinsurance Group of America world headquarters on Swingley Ridge Road near city hall; the MiTek USA headquarters, also on Swingley Ridge east of Olive; and the Mercy Virtual Care Center on South Outer 40 near Clarkson and Highway 40. “Bringing corporate citizens like them into Chesterfield Village has been an outstanding opportunity,” Sachs said. There was a time when the Sachs name was inseparable from that of Chesterfield. Nearly three decades of development as an incorporated municipality may have diluted that connection. But few could disagree that investing in 1,500 acres of property in the 1960s—even in the middle of nowhere—was a prescient move. “When I was young, there was no acknowledgement that he was a visionary of any kind,” Steve Sachs said of his father. “He just believed that a really different, enjoyable, interactive community could be created here. Time has certainly proven him right.”

photo by Kurt Greenbaum

Steve Sachs in his office at Sachs Properties, near the Chesterfield Mall.

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Leadership Chesterfield’s Class of 2016 Learn more about some of the leaders of our community, who participated in the eight-month program to learn more about our community.


or more than 20 years, the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce has hosted Leadership Chesterfield, an eight-month commitment by city movers and shakers to help them learn more about how the community works and further their leadership skills. Learn a little bit about the graduates from the class of 2016. Elena Amirault. Director of early learning,

Parkway School District. Supervises all early childhood centers, Parents as Teachers, partnership with community child care providers. Biggest accomplishment: Increasing student achievement and using this data to drive instruction. Emily Anderson. Emily Anderson serves as JCI Growth

and Development Manager and has been a JCI World Headquarters team member since 2012. As JCI Growth and Development Manager, Anderson supports the implementation of the overall short term and longterm growth strategy of the organization. Jason Baucom. Superintendent of arts and

entertainment, Chesterfield Parks, Recreation & Arts. Background with Yellowstone National Park, Bellerive Country Club, University City. Most time spent running

Elena Amirault

the Chesterfield Amphitheater and bringing first class art and entertainment to the St. Louis region. Bill Chaplain. Commercial manager, John Larsen-

Allstate Insurance. Commercial insurance sales and business development. Biggest accomplishment: My military service. Chesterfield’s biggest challenge: Rapid growth in the community. Dan Fox. Associate editor for West Newsmagazine. Fox

covers local news and politics that will have an impact on the residents of West County, and works to arm the readers of West Newsmagazine with information relevant to their daily lives. Fox also takes on investigative stories focusing on local and statewide issues. In 2015, received the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Outstanding Journalist Award. Jeannie Gluntz. Assistant vice president and banking

center manager, Providence Bank, with more than 30 years of banking experience. After graduating from high school Jeannie started her banking career at Mark Twain Bank, and then moved to Nashville for nearly 20 years. She is very involved with her church, and loves to meet new people and make new friends.

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Clockwise from left: Dave Jansen, Chuck Marsonette, Vickie Streck, Shelly Sawalich, Suzy Morris. Below: Jenna Todoroff

Liz Haynes . Director of special programs, Maryville

University. Oversees Kids Rock Cancer and Maryville Talks Women and Leadership. Graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, bachelor’s in communication, 2006. Haynes has served on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and founded the American Red Cross’ young professional’s group, Club Red. Dave Jansen. COO, Low-T Institute. He’s a runner

and focuses in his job on managing and growing the business. Biggest accomplishment: Growing Low-T Institute from zero to 300-plus active clients in nine months. Chesterfield’s biggest challenges: Business moving west has affected the city’s original business centers; the county tax pool concern; recent closings of some Chesterfield restaurants. Rose Latsch. Director of sales, Doubletree

compensation and risk management for the aviation and safety division. Johanna McGill. Assistant branch manager,

Commerce Bank. Team development and coaching, staff management and scheduling, client customer service, retail banking. Biggest accomplishment: Ability to build very strong customer relationships and a book of business that has followed me to several locations over the years. Chris Moore. Benefits consultant for Aflac. Helps small

businesses with three or more employees provide benefitsat no cost to the company. He has been with Aflac for two years. Previously in full time ministry with Athletes in Action. Suzy Morris. Vice president, treasury management,

Chesterfield. Oversees the sales and catering department, responsible for rooms budget over $6 million per year and food $3 million per year. Biggest accomplishment: Being able to direct a team of multiple personalities and drive them to succeed. Chesterfield’s biggest challenges: no areas of concern.

Pulaski Bank. Manages commercial and private segment deposit relationships. Also, oversee daily operations for multiple departments within operations. Biggest accomplishment: Developing a senior level team and building my area of knowledge. Chesterfield’s biggest challenges: average age of homeowners; ability to attract and retain unique opportunities.

Kim Litzau. Supervisor of the Partners in Education

Mike Plunkett. In the mortgage and real estate

Department of the Rockwood School District. Works to link the community to the classroom through special events, career fairs, classroom presentations, mentoring programs and career shadowing experiences. Prior to this role, Kim worked in the Adult Education department at Rockwood as the literacy coordinator and the GED online supervisor. Chuck Marsonette. Chief of the Monarch Fire

Protection District. He has a diverse public safety background, with 23 years of experience in fire, emergency medical services and law enforcement. Most recently, he worked with a local health care company in reducing employee injuries, worker’s


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industry since 2000. Started in business with Organo, a leadership and gourmet beverage company. Active

member in the Chamber and community, he also resides on the Board with Rock Radio. When not building his business, he enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth sports, and volunteering in multiple ministries. Shelly Sawalich. Logan University dean of students.

Responsible for the day to day management of career development, wellness center, testing services, student tutoring, counseling and psychological services, student life, new student orientation, clubs and organizations, student doctor’s council and disability services. Biggest accomplishment: Successfully led the creation of a new academic support department on the St. Louis University campus. Chesterfield’s biggest challenges: public transportation; use of existing facilities vs. new construction; economic strength related to retail trends.

digital communications strategy. She has served as a member of the Common Ground team since 2012. Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Jenna is currently a resident of St. Louis.

Additional 2016 Leadership Chesterfield graduates (bios not available):

Jason Ingram Judi Greer Lahay Rebecca Larson.


Vickie Streck. Assistant manager at Lindell Bank for

five years, but part of the banking industry for 28 years. Thoroughly enjoyed her time with Leadership Chesterfield; meeting new people and learning about the Chesterfield community has been so enlightening.

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