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The warmth found in this stone and brick wine cellar invites you grab a seat and enjoy a sip of your favorite bottle. To take a tour of this fabulous Home of Distinction built by Starr Homes, turn to page 20. PHOTO BY JAMES MAIDHOF

While my house is not home to a wine cellar like this one, it is

talent for working with wood to design and fashion products out of

home to a treasured wine area designed just for me. It all started

repurposed wine barrels (page 115).

with the new refrigerator, a purchase my husband tried to delay

An old friend of mine once shared with me that one doesn’t

knowing that a new refrigerator would lead to all new appliances

need wine knowledge to identify with one’s favorite and least

which would then lead to modifying the cabinets above the stove

favorite wines. So pour a glass of your favorite vino, take a seat in

to make way for the microwave. But with the modification came

a comfy chair and read on. Here’s raising a glass to you, Adam.

a nice surprise for me –– a wine rack and place to hang my

And a toast to our 2016 STARS! If you are looking at building,

cherished hand painted wine glasses, an accumulation from

remodeling, buying or selling your home, these are the people

past STEMS events. Designed by my sons and built with a team

you need to know. Turn to page 51 and meet the top Realtors,

effort, while it isn’t as elaborate as some of the cellars you’ll see

builders and remodelers for 2016.

inside this issue, this personal touch adds to my enjoyment each time I partake in a glass. For you wine lovers, this issue is for you! It’s overflowing with ideas from wine storage to wine glasses, wine parties to wine health benefits. We even found two artisans who have taken their



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The Chiefs have shown they’re ready for this season but are you? Check out these made in Kansas City Chiefs style items for you and your home (page 132) and immerse yourself is a sea of red and gold. All this and more, inside this fun issue. Cheers!

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This was designed with a chef’s kitchen in mind. As a family that loves to cook, entertain and enjoy the company of family and friends, this space –– and the house as a whole –– was created to cater to that desire. The custom-made in-island banquette seating area with a hand-crafted table creates a strong focal point in the home. Flanked by grayish-white quartz countertops and confident cabinetry painted in Halve Navy by Benjamin Moore paints, this dining area is sure to become a central family gathering spot. The brick molding in the arched doorways add charming appeal, playing well with the lite grey backsplash subway tile and the hickory hardwood flooring, which is the predominant hard surface flooring throughout the home, with the exception of the bathrooms. The entire home enjoys a palette of lite white, greys, and ivories enhanced by Kendall charcoal and revere pewter, which lend themselves well to the neutral undertones.

This delightful octogonal-like seating area contiguous to the kitchen is perfect for a table for eight. The beamed Wainscot ceiling adds a layer of warmth and also showcases the five hanging globe pendants. The round soft edges of the elements in this space suggest a cozy ambiance with a hint of elegant charm.



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Is this a pantry or a second kitchen? Actually, it’s both, and this space is truly a chef’s dream, with extra appliances and ample counter space that make cooking, baking and preparing for entertaining guests seemingly effortless and fun.


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The master bedroom is a full-on retreat in and of itself. One of its main talking points is the vaulted stinkwood ceiling, made of reclaimed wood placed on a thin veneer, offering a ship-lap feel. The stack stone fireplace and hickory hardwood flooring add the perfect level of warmth. The master bathroom sports confident tile marble in a herringbone pattern, offset by his and hers vanities, a free standing soaker tub, a sophisticated chandelier (“elegant femininity”) and dark cabinets (the “masculine touch”).

Located on the main level, this makes a great kids’ study space but is also perfect for arts and crafts or even holiday giftwrapping. The light fixture above the small table and three red chairs, holds three pendant lights created from vintage books.

This upstairs kids’ playroom has it all, from a kids’ old-fashioned soda fountain-inspired bar stocked with their favorite candies to vintage-inspired red stools, custom-fit bunk beds with touch lights on the walls, a lounge area and even a kids’ stage! Sliding barn doors open up the space to the hallway, and not to be overlooked are the ever-popular shiplap walls! This is the perfect recreation room for sleepovers, too. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE



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The brick wall leading down to the fire place offers a glimpse of what is to come, as downstairs a rugged duet of brick and stone bring out the masculine side of the space as rich textures of those elements coordinate well with the honed granite counter top of the bar and the accompanying pendant lighting, accented by the rich, dark cabinetry and wood style tile flooring. The bar area also acts as a mini-kitchen, complete with a microwave, mini fridge and dishwasher. Completing the abundant amenities of the lower level include a wine room, poker room and media center.

The covered lanai graciously invites the outdoors in. The gas stack stone fireplace, stained bead board wooden ceiling, travertine flooring and patterned area rug add balance to the space while the outdoor wicker furniture from Wayfair extends a welcome invitation to sit back and relax. The country farm table –– one of the few pieces the homeowners brought from their former home, stands as a legacy piece, enjoying six newly-covered chairs to allow for a large group of people for a fun gathering spot.

This delightful young lady’s room, decked out in turquoise and white, is the perfect place for reading, studying, playing and having your friends over. Its whimsical appointments support a strong girly vibe and just might suggest a “No Boys Allowed” rule. The accompanying full bathroom owns a hot pink ceiling that is offset by the black and white vintage-inspired checkered floor. And what girl’s room wouldn’t be complete without a secret hideaway? Just push back the bookshelf and lose yourself in the hot pink secret playroom, complete with chandelier.



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STUNNING C O M PAT I B I L I T Y This Leawood residence proves that when designing a home, it’s not necessarily about sticking to a particular style that matters. What matters most is what works well with the client’s lifestyle. ANN E. BUTENAS PHOTOS BY PAUL BONNICHSEN STORY BY


ive a designer a blank slate and watch her go to town! When Carla Rieke, one of the design experts at Madden McFarland Interiors, was brought on to add style, class, elegance, sophistication and fun to this new Leawood residence, she embraced the opportunity

to create a magnificent living space that truly caters to her client’s dreams, desires and lifestyles. However, the homeowner also knew what she wanted, and she came to the table fully prepared, making this project a total team effort. “We knew what we wanted and met many times with Scott and John,” indicated the homeowner, referring to architect Scott Bickford of Bickford & Company and to John Geer of Woodbridge Homes. Additionally, the homeowner partnered with Craig Lindsay of Morgan Wightman, who was instrumental in providing the doors and windows. After living in a three-level home in Overland Park with six kids between the homeowner and her husband, all of whom have grown up and left the nest, it was time for a change. “It is just us now, and we wanted a home designed for what fits our current lifestyle,” she indicated. Since moving from their former traditional house in Overland Park into this more transitional home in November of 2015, the homeowners are making full use of all its amenities. Among the priority elements desired in the new home included a floor plan that allowed for most of their living requirements to be all on the main level. They also wanted a four car garage that would allow for space for their vehicles.


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“I wanted all of his stuff on his side,” laughed the homeowner. “He also now has a custom shop for his tools.” The layout of the home includes two Master bedroom suites, situated on either end of the home, as well as a home office. The second Master suite serves as a guest room. There are two additional bedrooms downstairs, along with a “must have” golf simulator that was an endeavor in and of itself. “We worked with Full Swing Golf in San Diego to install that project,” said the homeowner. Other “must haves” include the center driveway adorned with a medallion in the middle of it, as well as a front door that has its own curb appeal personality. When it came to designing and decorating the interior, the homeowner essentially began from the ground up. “We purchased all new furniture,” she said, jokingly adding, “My kids cleaned me out of my former furniture!” Working with a palette of pale purples and deep grays, the homeowner worked side-by-side with interior designer Carla Rieke of Madden McFarland to create a one-of-a-kind personality for the home, that is truly a transparent one. “From the entryway, one enjoys a stunning view of the fireplace and French doors, exiting to a back patio with an additional table for entertaining,” said the homeowner. As a result, this allows for an unobstructed view to the impressive fireplace and accompanying artwork at the back of the house, which is what the owner desired.



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As a couple who enjoys entertaining, the kitchen is fully equipped with style and functional elements that makes gathering with their large extended family and friends seamless and effortless. Open to everything, the kitchen and the contiguous casual dining area can easily accommodate large crowds. There is also a small auxiliary kitchen within the pantry that is accessed through the opaque door near the breakfast nook. The pantry has an additional oven, refrigerator/freezer and built-in cookbook case. This has definitely allowed for more elbow room in the main kitchen while they entertain over the holidays. The center island enjoys a natural stone countertop while the perimeter cabinets hold their own with Caesarstone quartz. The porcelain tile backsplash in dark subway tile complements the gray-toned cabinets. Pendant lighting above the island effortlessly matches the fixture above the table in the breakfast nook. While the kitchen area is one of the favored spots in the home, the owner also enjoys the great room and her functional office that does more than just accommodate paperwork and business. “We wanted a buffer between our bedroom and the great room, so that is where we put the office,” she indicated. This extremely user-friendly home is also a top model when it comes to all of its exciting design and décor, with each room seeming like a mini art gallery in and of itself. With her blank slate, Rieke took to the task and was thrilled to work with the homeowner.


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“She had so many ideas and was selectively and discernibly easy to please,” emphasized Rieke. Among the highlights of the home include the formal dining room, complete with a wooden circular table adorned with an ash grey finish on top coupled with a metal base. The chairs wear a primarily grey foundation. Accent lighting along with eye-popping artwork add a bit of decided splash to the room. The homeowner knew she wanted something above the buffet/serving table, and Rieke discovered the three-panel piece that fit the bill. The living room enjoys the same color scheme and is home to a beautiful coffee table comprised of an onyx stone top with a hand-forged steel and bronze base. The cube ottomans add to the setting. The accompanying large and small sofas, the former with a strong gray presentation and the latter with a purple cast, complete the look and also play well with the sophisticated wall sconces and the grayed-purple wall color by Sherwin Williams called Mystical Shade. In the adjoining hearth room, Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Grey in a matte finish ties in together with the color of the living room cabinets, which were done in a satin finish. “We tied colors together for continuity, allowing for layering without any abrupt changes to the flow of the space,” explained Rieke. The Master suite, complete with a fireplace, presents in a neutral color on the walls with a feature wall done in Pearl Bay wallpaper by Thibaut, which serves to highlight the silver and gray components. The orange color in the bedding provides that added slice of fun. “I really enjoy this room and love the Master bath,” said the homeowner. “It is nice and open and has a tub, a walk-in shower and even His and Hers toilets on either side.” Not to be overlooked is the hardwood flooring throughout the home, which maintains its consistency with the gray color scheme, as it offers a hint of gray in its primarily brown finish. “This home has a real feeling of elegance throughout, yet it is still livable,” noted Rieke. “It is a very transitional home, and during the process it transformed from where we began to where we are today. I like to remind clients that a house doesn’t necessarily have to have a particular style; it’s what works best for the client that is important,” indicated Rieke. As the homeowner has settled into this beautiful residence, it is not lost on her that, yes, this truly was a team effort. “We could not have done this without Scott, John, Carla and Craig,” she stressed. “Throughout the entire process, when we could not be here for the meetings, Carla and Craig were and we trusted them fully to represent us. You don’t always find that in this business, and we are so grateful for all they did.”

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Dr. Constantine Fotopoulos “Every person who works here has one goal, and that is to

evaluate each condition and then outline treatment options while

provide individual treatment towards each patient,” emphasized

also educating the patient with clear, understandable and concise

Dr. Fotopoulos. “We do not use the same approach for everyone,


as pain is subjective and requires an individualized approach.” To that end, the staff at Dickson-Diveley never says never and never says always. “You can’t treat people’s pain in a cookie cutter way,” indicated Dr. Fotopoulos, noting the importance his team places upon

The team at Dickson-Diveley includes orthopedic surgeons and doctors who specialize in multiple arenas, including foot and ankle; arm and elbow; hand and wrist; hip, neck, back, and shoulder; leg and knee, sports medicine, interventional physiatry and workers’ compensation matters.

listening first to understand and then to reply with the best

Among the outstanding physicians within this group include

individual plan for each patient, offering the least invasive approach

Dr. Fotopoulos, Dr. Fermin Santos, and Dr. Theodore Koreckij,

that offers the most favorable outcome.

all of whom work seamlessly together to fully support every patient

The physician team at Dickson-Diveley includes numerous

with the best in care while simultaneously assisting with their

board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons who

return to assuming the best and most fully functional lifestyle as

work together to provide personalized care across the gamut of

possible. Their motto is to work with patients so they can resume

all subspecialties within orthopedic medicine. From a patient’s

their normal daily activities as quickly, safely and as painlessly

initial consultation through recovery, this long-standing practice,

as possible.

which began serving the Kansas City area in 1923, provides a

Dr. Fotopoulos specializes in minimally invasive and international

comprehensive range of orthopedic services with two convenient

procedures for spinal disorders, which includes the use of epidural

locations, one in Leawood, Kansas and one in Kansas City,

injections, radiofrequency ablation, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and

Missouri. For more than 90 years, the specialists at Dickson-

spinal cord stimulation. His background as a diver in the United

Diveley have continued to offer the best in care with unwavering

States Navy lends to his expertise and certification in hyperbaric

compassion. After they take the time to understand each patients

and diving medicine. His past work includes Team Physician for

needs and concerns, they work together as a cohesive unit to

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Tennis Team and a Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Physician for the

“We strive to work towards less invasive treatment modalities

State of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri at

for our patients,” he indicated, noting that he frequently refers

Kansas City, earning his degree in medicine, and then assumed an

patients to Dr. Fotopoulos or to Dr. Santos if he believes they can

internship at the Department of Surgery at Creighton University

offer a superior solution with a more favorable outcome. His

Medical center, followed by his residency with the Department of

mantra, along with the rest of the team, is to recommend the least

Anesthesiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center and

amount of surgery for the maximum benefit to the patient, and

a subsequent Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sports

what continually motivates and inspires Dr. Koreckij the most are

and Spine procedures at Washington University in St. Louis,

his patients.

Missouri. Board-certified in four specialties –– physical medicine

“I enjoy seeing the dramatic impact (of what we do) and how

and rehabilitation, board of pain medicine, undersea and

it positively changes their lives and helps them get back to

hyperbaric medicine and family practice –– sports medicine,

their previous lifestyle,” he said. “It is a privilege to improve

Dr. Fotopoulos is also a member of numerous professional

patients’ lives.”

organizations, including the North American Spine Society, the

Dr. Fotopoulos, along with Dr. Santos, are also both fellowship-

American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy

trained physiatrists, also known as physical medicine and

of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

rehabilitation physicians, and treat a wide variety of medical

Dr. Koreckij joined the practice in 2014, and as a spine surgeon,

conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints,

specializes in the treatment of adult degenerative disorders of the

ligaments, muscles and tendons. Their primary goal is to provide

spine in addition to spine conditions related to metastatic disease.

care to patients who experience pain, numbness, weakness and

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School

loss of function, and as a result maximizing their return to their

of Medicine, Dr. Koreckij also completed his internship in the Department of Surgery at Rush University in Chicago, followed by

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his residency in orthopedic surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he eventually became Chief Resident. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he obtained his board certification. He is board eligible for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and of the North America Spine Society. Among the procedures Dr. Koreckij most commonly performs include spinal decompression (laminectomy), microdiscectomy, lumbar fusion, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, cervical disc










competence behind the scalpel, his overall goal is to keep patients off the operating table as much as possible.

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completed his residency in physical medicine





University of Kansas School of Medicine and ultimately completed an interventional spine fellowship at the Orthopedic Clinic Association in Phoenix, Arizona. Board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dr. Santos is also a member of the American Pain Society, the North American Spine Society, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and its special interest group, Pain Rehabilitation. “Dr. Fotopoulos and I are essentially

Dr. Fermin Santos

gatekeepers for the surgeon,” expressed Dr. Santos. “Our job is to give a diagnosis and to educate the patients, sticking to as conservative of an approach as possible

“Dr. Santos and I treat musculoskeletal issues from head to toe,”

and then referring patients to Dr. Koreckij if needed. We consult

Dr. Fotopoulos said. “We conduct the initial work-up and then

together as a group in order to determine the best possible outcome

decide which of our multiple AND minimally invasive procedures

for the patient using a multidisciplinary approach to restore function.”

is right for the patient, striving to preclude the need for surgery.

Dr. Santos finds satisfaction when he sees a patient return for

However, if surgery is needed, then we refer the patient to Dr.

follow-up who feels significantly better than when the patient first

Koreckij, and we will then treat the patient again after surgery,

came in struggling with pain.

providing a strong continuum of care. Dr. Santos and I will only

“After doing an initial work-up and providing an appropriate

refer a patient to Dr. Koreckij for surgery, however, after we’ve

treatment plan and also educating the patient on that plan and

made sure that no other conservative approaches can be done.

on necessary lifestyle changes and then seeing that patient’s life

The three of us together operate as an interventional spine team for

improve as a result is very satisfying,” commented Dr. Santos.

Dickson and Diveley, working together to find the best treatment.”

In essence, these physicians share patients and frequently

(When necessary, Dr. Fotopoulos may refer patients to Dr. Mark

consult one another to achieve the best possible outcome with the

Bernhardt, a top spine surgeon in Kansas City who formerly

least invasive and least risky option. And because of this private

worked at Dickson-Diveley.)

practice’s team of in-house specialists, patients do not have to wait

Dr. Santos came to Dickson-Diveley in 2010 and is

an unnecessary amount of time for treatment and can be seen

fellowship-trained in the diagnosis, rehabilitation and utilization of

by a doctor much quicker than if he or she was referred to a

interventional spine procedures for the treatment of painful spine

specialist outside of the practice.

disorders. He specializes in epidurals, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation and EMG testing along with his role as a physiatrist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma; 44


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“Nearly all of our patients needs can be met here,” expressed Dr. Santos.





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BUILDING BEAUTY Homeowners have several choices when it comes to incorporating glass inserts into their door or entry system. One choice is to add inserts into existing doors and doorways. Another is to replace the door or entry system with elements that include glass inserts. A retrofit is a simple installation and the homeowner gets the benefits of beauty and privacy with less effort and expense. Replacing the entire entryway with all new materials offers the opportunity to change not just the look and style of the door, but increases your home’s energy efficiency and allows the homeowner more options. “We are seeing a lot of single doors with side lights or the changing of a double door into a single door with side lights, hence creating a new entry system for the home. Many times a transom window above the door is added to complete the package,” explains Beeler. Choosing this direction adds to the character of your home.

ILLUMINATING TRENDS The options in style and implementation are amazingly ample in the types of glass available. “Decorative glass, bevel or clear, and stained glass are very popular,” notes Beeler. “The nice thing about bevel glass is that it is timeless. The caming color in stained glass could have the tendency to date the door if that color goes out of style, while bevel glass retains its style.” Beeler adds that glass designs offer a varying level of privacy and light to suit your preferences.

HEIRLOOM BEAUTY For homeowners that want to incorporate more color, and sometimes even more meaning into their design, stained glass is a beautiful and versatile option. “Stained glass designs are completely custom, so they cater to a broad spectrum of clientele and styles,” explained Meghan Hessman, Senior Designer at Scottish Stained Glass. “Mission Style/Prairie Style designs are immensely popular in Kansas City. Homeowners with a contemporary style tend to lean towards these simple lines, geometric shapes and delicately placed design elements. Those with more traditional homes are usually drawn towards beveled glass designs with plenty of curves and embellishments. Those that consider their home neither contemporary or traditional, lean towards the transitional styles that have simple, straight forward designs with plenty of privacy.” “Personalized designs provide a myriad of glass options,” notes Hessman. “These designs become family legacy pieces that are passed down as an heirloom to future generations.” The front entry of your home is the gateway to your personal sanctuary, a complement to your home architecture, and a reflection of your style.


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RICHARD C. HAWK Meet the Man Who Enjoys Doing What Others Might Deem as Impossible.

This casually elegant dining establishment in the heart of southern Johnson County has become home to those seeking a great place to dine, relax, socialize, enjoy live jazz music, make memories and create new traditions.


trusted advisor and compassionate mentor of mine once told me that the true measure of an individual is what he does for others, not for himself.

If entrepreneur Richard C. “Dick” Hawk were to be measured in this light, no yard stick would be long enough; no number high enough. Where others might see challenges, Hawk discovers opportunities and has never been afraid to say “yes” to something new, as he has always had the ability to figure out how to navigate the road to success. Even though his professional resume is peppered with a long list of distinguished accomplishments, engaging in casual conversation with Hawk would never lead one to believe that he rests his laurels on his feats. Instead, he prefers to just enjoy the moment, anticipating what other opportunities might come his way, and how he can use those to make others happy. Confidence has always been on his side; ego, however, has never made it past the front door. In fact, he won’t even allow it to knock. Even when coaxed, Hawk is naturally reluctant to spill the contents of his noteworthy credentials. His true joy comes from the challenge of new endeavors and from simply getting to know people, hearing their stories, and sharing in incessant joy, laughter and, yes, great music with them. He’s a man of the people because, well, people are his passion. So while some folks might argue that hard work,



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grueling determination and relentless ambition are the primary

of Education at the University of Chicago and later served as

factors for success –– and Hawk is no stranger to any of those

the first Executive Director of the Minnesota Higher Education

attributes –– it’s clearly evident that the one common denominator

Coordinating Board. His entrepreneur prowess has also led him to

across the pages of his life is that he has always loved what he

work in the financial industry, owning several banks in Minnesota;

was doing in the moment and has always enjoyed the people he

an insurance company, a loan servicing company and a financial

has worked with.

consulting company.

“I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up,” he laughed. And while he contemplates the potential of that

“At one point, I had 3,000 employees across the country,” said Hawk, who moved his headquarters to Kansas City in 1979.

statement, he keeps himself busy with his latest endeavor, one that

But why stop there? Other notable accomplishments, of which

has been growing strong since its inception in December of 2009:

there are many, include building the Country Club Hotel and Spa

The Gaslight Grill.

at Lake Ozark, where the Lynn Zimmer band played. After selling

Located in the heart of southern Johnson County, this world-

the place, Hawk realized the band needed a place to play, so why

class dining establishment serves not only the best in American

not open a restaurant? That’s just the kind of guy Hawk is…always

cuisine laced with tasty international influences, it also provides

finding ways to give to others.

heaping helpings of live jazz entertainment by the legendary

The Gaslight Grill also hosts the KC Cabaret Performers once a

Lynn Zimmer Band (with whom Hawk plays regularly on keyboard)

month and the New Red Onion Jazz Babies delight customers the

every Wednesday through Sunday evening in Gaslight’s popular

first Monday of every month. The restaurant welcomes many events,

Back Room and fun all embraced with an elegant, yet comfortably

including various business gatherings, launch parties for the popular

casual, ambiance.

Kansas City Homes & Style magazine and wedding receptions.

The Gaslight Grill has some of the best steaks and seafood in

When he first opened the place nearly seven years ago, Hawk

town, along with an expansive menu of other mouth-watering

really didn’t know what to expect. He now appreciates that it has

dishes, coupled with private dining rooms for special occasions,

truly become a very popular spot. And while he may say he has

an elegant bar and cocktail lounge offering the finest in Happy Hour

no immediate plans in the works for something new and different,

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appetizers in town. Even its highly-regarded Sunday brunch can

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Award by Emporia State University. The Richard C. Hawk Sports

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Center at Alliant University in San Diego was named in his honor.

personality, it’s not uncommon to find Hawk mingling about the

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place, talking with guests and sharing laughs.

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Thinking Of Selling Your Home This Fall?

Think Curb Appeal. Fall in Kansas City ushers in the much anticipated cooler climate, but as we approach more mild temperatures, the local housing market is one thing that doesn’t seem to be cooling down. Home sales throughout the Kansas City area remain strong, with buyer demand perpetuating the inventory shortage we’ve been seeing throughout 2016. To say that now is a great time to be a seller is an understatement. When inventory is low and buyer competition is high, home prices begin to increase and most homes tend to sell faster. This is great news for sellers. So, if you’ve been thinking about listing your home, now might be the time to take the leap. In addition to finding a REALTOR®, one of the first steps in the selling process is evaluating your home to make sure it is in prime condition. The fall market is a great time to focus on curb appeal. Here are a few tips that can create a big first impression without a big investment. G

Don’t underestimate the importance of a manicured lawn free of leaves

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L INDS AY SC H ULZE REECE NICHOLS REAL ESTATE Just when you think the real estate world can’t get any cooler, you meet Lindsay Schulze. She is an undeniable rock star in an arena with a different kind of audience. This top real estate agent hits the ground running every day, and she has no complaints about going the distance. “It’s been amazing,” beamed Schulze when referring to her role as a Senior Sales Executive on the #1 Koehler Bortnick Team with Reece Nichols. Since January 1st of this year, Schulze has sold $20+ million in sales and $140+ million overall in her career. Lindsay’s can-do attitude is virtually unstoppable. A






simultaneously, Schulze has the uncanny ability to make sure every single one feels like royalty. Operating on extreme passion that fuels her to remain on task literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Schulze understands this is a full-time job on steroids, but when you love what you do, why even call it a job? “My clients are like family to me,” she smiled. “And when they work with me, they get 110% of me. I want to make sure they are making the best decision financially, as this is their largest investment.” That’s just how Schulze operates. Full throttle. Full steam ahead. Unwavering enthusiasm. “I love every inch of this business,” she noted. “I enjoy every aspect of it, and that is what makes it so fun for me. This does not feel like a job; this is my passion.” Blessed with the ability to handles many tasks at the same time with grace and ease, Schulze stands at the ready to help clients navigate the process of buying or selling a home, and a significant part of that success is due to her self-devised and seemingly flawless system of doing business. “I developed my own system for buyers and sellers that I have used for the past 11 years. It’s organized. It works. And I totally rely on it,” Schulze said.

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Now in her 11th year as a real estate agent, Schulze dove into the scene in 2005 and soon bore the title of Rookie of the Year, quickly escalating to becoming the top performing agent on the Koehler Bortnick Team, which is currently home to 45 agents.

“I push myself,” she stressed. “I work hard and am constantly on the go. Giving the best service to my clients is what drives me to do this.” To that end, Schulze, who did $23+ million in sales in 2015 (despite having a baby that year!), stood at $20+ million in mid-July of this year and is on track to reach her goal of $30+ million for 2016. But why stop there? Already focused on her 2017 agenda, Schulze anticipates 100 transactions in the coming year with an estimated sales projection of over $40 million.

her invaluable experience with assisting clients with the out-of-state relocation process.

How does she make this happen? “My business is nearly all referral-based,” she indicated. “I continually

Successfully wearing many hats, Lindsay is part Realtor, part

keep in touch with my clients, past and present, and I am willing to

contractor, part financial planner and more. Her overall goal for each client is to keep them in the know, educated and entirely comfortable with the process, from start to finish. “Each person with whom I work definitely feels as if he or she is the only client I have,” asserted Schulze, who is clearly a top-notch people person with a natural ability to endear anyone to her infectious personality and approachability. She is also known for her knowledge of the market and her ambitious and aggressive negotiating skills. She is a leader of the pack with a strong referral

jump through any hoops and hurdles that come my way. I know that

base and her clear communication skills give people the opportunity to

my clients hire me to be there for them, and I am committed to their

first become a client and then ultimately a friend. For Lindsay, success

success and satisfaction. In turn, I don’t have to look for business. My

with each transaction is not just a goal; it’s a promise.

past clients do this for me.” Among Lindsay’s many accomplishments include recognition by KC Magazine as Best in Client Satisfaction for 2007-2016; honored by Ingram’s Business Magazine as one of the “20 in Their Twenties” for 2010; the cover agent for Top Agent Magazine with a six-page article in 2015; and Kansas City Homes & Style Magazine Top Real Estate Agent for 2015 and 2016. She is also a certified member of RELO, America’s #1 relocation network that has given







If the mere thought of buying or selling a home makes you nervous, then you have yet to meet one of the best teams in town that can ease those feelings and take what initially seems like a nerve-wracking process and make it seamless! Meet the experts of Tradition Home Group, an award-winning real estate team within the RE/MAX Innovations and Company brokerage. Pushing full throttle ahead, this dynamic real estate team, overseen by co-owners Shannon Stumpenhaus and Nickole Pittala, consistently outperforms not only other groups, but also itself. With more than 25 years of real estate experience between Stumpenhaus and Pittala, their education and experiences allow them to provide top-notch results and complete customer satisfaction. The numbers speak for themselves. By July 1st of this year, this team had already met its entire 2015 volume of $52,499,076 and stood at 211 transactions. As the team continues to gain traction, there is no doubt it will make record-breaking numbers by the end of this year. While there is no arguing that experience, expertise, skills and a decided passion are all strong contributing factors to a business’s overall success, Stumpenhaus and Pittala have kicked it up a notch and are heavily focused on the communication piece of their business. They clearly have all of the right tools, coupled with an unwavering enthusiasm for what they do, to keep their team on the leading edge of performance in the metro area. By keeping a strong focus on open and consistent communication with their clients, past and present, Tradition Home Group enjoys giving back to the people who have helped them achieve their success. “We throw a client party every February called The Love Party,” noted Stumpenhaus, which is hosted at the Staley Farms Clubhouse where a band, food and drinks highlight the event. “It’s our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to our clients.” Such a well-oiled machine also relies on a strong internal system, and both ladies give a strong nod in the direction of their staff to the success of that component. “We have a great group of people and have fine-tuned our systems with a proven and streamlined approach,” explained Stumpenhaus.

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Among the group of real estate professionals who have contributed to this team’s success are Broker Eddy Saylor; Managing Broker Carol Lalumondier; Director of Operations, Abby Kane; Transaction Coordinator

Megan Guyer; Marketing Manager/Listing Coordinator Annie Jennings; Client Care Managers Gina McGowan and Sara Scimeca; Promotions/Hospitality Manager Aubrey Ziller; and Agents Amanda Crossley, Chas Breedlove, Christy Tulipana, David Driskill, Larry Pritchett, Molly Simsheuser and Nancy Driskill. While there is no denying that this team works diligently day in and day out, it’s not just a job to them. Each day brings them more reasons to stay on top of their game. “It is so much fun seeing families get into their new homes,” smiled Stumpenhaus. Adds Pittala, “We will be the first to admit we are not perfect; however, we are perfectionists. We are proud of what we do and always try to do the right thing. Our focus is on how the buyer will come away from a transaction. That is the impression that lasts.”

With a team that is both rooted and resilient and structured yet flexible; the folks at Tradition Home Group never settle for the status quo and instead continually set noteworthy goals for themselves. “Our goal for this year is to exceed $100 million in sales with a minimum of 350 transactions,” noted Pittala. And while hard work usually results in newsworthy accolades, it’s no surprise that this top real estate team has been the beneficiary of numerous awards. Currently, they are the #1 team with RE/MAX in

the entire Mid-State region; they have also been recognized in the Readers’ Choice Awards for the Northland Lifestyle Magazine; and the KC Business Journal has highlighted them #12 as a team in a city in 2015. Tradition Home Group works diligently to make the home buying and selling process as stress-free as possible while simultaneously ensuring that the client gets more than he or she expected.






T W Y L A R IST & ASSOC IATES REECE NICHOLS REAL ESTATE When Twyla Rist, owner of Twyla Rist & Associates, was in the beginning stages of her professional life, she jokingly admitted she didn’t even realize that real estate was a career choice. Now after 43 years in the business, she is a trusted and experienced real estate professional who has incredible passion for her work and a strong knowledge of the economy and corresponding market and is highly passionate about working with people and building relationships. Her true calling, however, is that she has the uncanny ability to make the seemingly impossible possible, and she will work tirelessly with each and every client to ensure their complete satisfaction. She refuses to just meet expectations, though, as she prefers to exceed them. This native Missourian, who raised a family in the metro area, initially worked for J.C. Penny in her 20s, specializing in site locations for the company. That led to a move to Hawaii, where she worked for a commercial developer, traveling inter-island. “One of the projects on which I worked was the first time share on the island of Molokai, which the developer for whom I worked built,” recalled Twyla, noting that her boss was also involved in East Coast developments. “I put together prospectives for those developments, essentially doing all of the mental leg work,” noted Rist. When she relocated to Kansas City, she was uncertain as to what direction she should pursue. “I had an opportunity to work for a Commercial Realtor which led to her assuming additional work for a developer in California, for whom she handled the Midwest commercial aspects. It was around that time Rist met her husband, with whom she did two projects. “We worked on the acquisition for the land at the Legends and the race tracks as well as Merriam Tow Center off Johnson Drive and I-35,” said Rist, who, in the

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interim, met a developer and from that encounter soon took over three subdivisions, in Shawnee, Lenexa and Olathe.

“I then put together my own real estate company,” she noted. That was in 1987 and three years later she established her brokerage company. Currently a powerhouse team within Reece & Nichols with an office in the Overland Park area, Rist has pulled together a team of 10 additional members, including Alice Grossman, Betsy Minter, Christina Fulk, Georgia Bianchi, Lindsay Thomas, Marcia Merritt, Marnie Robinett, Nancy Davidson, Scott Rist (her son) and Terry O’Bryan. “We specialize in the residential arena, working with both buyers and sellers,” she explained. Rist undoubtedly hits the ground running each day, as she exhibits infectious enthusiasm for what she does. “Every day is different,” she smiled. “You have no clue what you’ll be up against. I love a challenge, negotiating and seeing everything come together.

Even though technology has certainly changed the landscape of the real estate industry, Rist contends that some aspects have remained the same. “The ABCs of the industry are the same, but the advances in technology have made us better at what we do,” she said. “We are purveyors of information. We use it, disseminate it, and ultimately educate our clients through it. We also make sure to educate ourselves first, and that is part and parcel of it.” As Rist stands at the threshold of the culmination of another successful year in the business, she maintains a steady eye on the horizon and anticipates achieving noteworthy goals by the end of 2016. “Our goal for this year is to do at least what we did in 2015,” she commented, referring to the team’s

Due to the strength of her team, no stone goes unturned and the

$50 million in sales last year.

thought of anything falling through the cracks is essentially unheard of.

“We were named as #13 in the State of Kansas for 2015 as a

“I’ve got a good group of professionals,” Rist emphasized. “We have

team and we were in the Top 25 as noted in the Kansas City Business

a great, successful and seasoned team.”

Journal for 2015 for residential real estate agents.”

And while Rist makes sure to stay on top of all things technology

But the real prize upon which Rist keeps her eye is not such a

oriented, she bears no shame reflex when it comes to admitting that

noteworthy accolade; it is the attention to the fun of it all and a

the Millennials on her team –– Lindsey, Scott and Christina –– are on a

rewarding home buying and selling experience.

whole different level than she is. “They are such quick studies and really lend a great hand when it comes to working with other millennials, who are so accustomed to

“This needs to be a good process for everyone, including my team, and we are blessed to have a good mix of talent and personalities,” smiled Rist.

doing everything through technology,” indicated Rist.







For Patty Farr, an independent RE/MAX agent with House of Dreams in Smithville, Missouri and her newest location in Platte City, Missouri, her bottom line is not measured in dollars and cents, but in acts of service rendered selflessly from the heart. Being a real estate agent is simply a side benefit of who she truly is. Patty grew up in the Platte County area so she knows this land like the back of her hand. Born of homegrown sensibilities and a natural desire to be of service to others, her undeniable heart of compassion can be seen in all she does. She loves this area. It’s where she raised her two sons and it’s where she leaves footprints of service all over the land. She eagerly maintains a steady finger on the pulse of all the activity that makes her hometown exciting. She is also the kind of real estate agent who is not afraid to throw on some jeans and boots and trudge through a muddy field if that is what it takes to get the job done and the property sold. “I dress for the walk,” she noted. “I have walked many acres of land with clients.” An award-winning and highly respected real estate agent specializing in the Platte County and Clay County areas, Patty has extensive experience within the rural and farmland market in Platte City, Smithville and in all of the small towns north of Kansas City. Sure, she can assist buyers and sellers in a wide range of price brackets, markets and neighborhoods, but her heart leans heavily towards the rural aspects of real estate. In fact, out of the 189 closings she secured in 2014, roughly 75% of them were located on rural routes. “It’s all I know,” she confessed. “It’s where I grew up. I am really just a small town, country person who appreciates friendly and honest people.” As the recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Award for Rural Development multiple times through the years, Patty has secured her spot

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stack of paper work, Patty appreciates a mindset where a handshake can


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even though buying and selling any type of property requires the proverbial unofficially seal the deal. “I get to work with some of the friendliest people in this market,” she smiled. “Not only are they great people, but many of them become good friends.”

Not only is Patty a go-to Realtor within the rural market, she is an educator, as well. After all, she wants to make sure her clients get the best deal possible. She understands that listing and marketing land for sale can be challenging, especially when the market gets a bit persnickety. It’s one thing to just tidy up the property. It’s another thing to get it ready for sale. Patty’s job is to ensure a property is ready to list and it’s also her job to ensure that buyers get the best price possible on that property. And understanding rural properties is not just about knowing when to lace up your work boots. It takes a comprehensive understanding of the lingo and environment.

Patty remains consistently on top of her game and brings her all to the table so the client can have the necessary tools, knowledge and

“With a rural property such as farmland, I have to know what is

information to confidently engage in a successful transaction. As an

tillable; what is treed and wooded and what the farmer is currently

experienced agent in rural properties, Patty tirelessly tends to the

making on that property,” Patty explained.

details and can articulate about soil types, water rights and zoning rights, all without losing anything in translation. She will also confidently guide clients through a plethora of complicated issues, including property taxes, easements and encumbrances, proximity to neighbors, overall infrastructure, and perhaps even a good old story or two about the land and its previous owners. When assisting clients in buying or selling rural property, it is imperative to select an agent who can make the transaction seamless and, yes, even fun. Patty has a long history of rural sales and is outstanding in her field, literally and figuratively. Despite its laid back appeal and ambiance, rural real estate is a complex business and should be handled by someone who truly understands the subject matter. Patty has that understanding and is indispensable to her clients when it comes to eradicating any surprises at closing time. Patty does her homework for her clients, giving them the power of knowledge and peace of mind.

Rural real estate can sometimes seem like a daunting matter to a lot of folks, but Patty stands by her clients every (sometimes muddy!) step of the way. In fact, it’s a good thing that Patty often has a bit of mud on her boots, as that is something in which her clients can put their trust. “They don’t care about my outside image and appearance,” she smiled. “These are farmers. They just want to know I am doing everything in their best interests, and if that means trudging across the field with them, then that is what I will happily do.”






T HE G OL DSTEIN TEAM SUZY AND ERICH GOLDSTEIN The real estate professionals who comprise the award-winning Goldstein Team (Hallbrook Realty & Better Homes & Gardens, Kansas City Homes) are one of the reasons why Kansas City has such a great name within the housing market. These experienced and trusted individuals have become a solid group of industry experts who have the competencies, skills, and unique understanding of trends and market knowledge that have set them apart from the pack when it comes to serving those who desire to buy or sell a home within the luxury market. This group truly knows who the affluent consumers are and what their priorities are, exercising an in-depth knowledge of available inventory and related amenities that are associated with the luxury home arena. However, just because they serve a higherend clientele does not mean the home you wish to buy or sell necessarily has to sport a million-dollar price tag. That’s because owner/agent Suzy Goldstein treats each listing as a million dollar one. “For every seller we work with, that home shows and presents like a million-dollar home,” emphasized Goldstein. “My job is to help you present your home to the best of its abilities and ours, bringing the exact same marketing attention, skills and materials to every single listing, over and under the million-dollar benchmark.” Undivided attention to the client coupled with a high level of honesty, integrity, trust and transparency are what have skyrocketed this team to the top, which also makes the team’s referral base quite impressive, consistently attracting exceptional listings as a result. With 34 years in the business, Goldstein has continually set the standard in the real estate market and specializes in the higher-end market. She essentially hit the ground running when she acquired her real estate license back in 1983 and shows no signs of losing any acceleration now, delivering

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the best in service, knowledge and expertise to her clients. Her natural tenacity and unwavering enthusiasm led her to become an award-winning

Realtor from Day-1. A licensed Realtor in both Kansas and Missouri,

“We have some team members who have been with us for 25 years

she initially worked with Kroh Brothers, which later become the J.D.

and others who are new but bring a fresh and brand new point of view

Reece Company. In her first year, she was heralded as Rookie of

to our company,” explained Goldstein. “There is a lot of chemistry here

the Year, and as she continually gained momentum, she escalated

on our team, and we are excited to have the luxury of doing what we

to Associate Broker and then a founding member of the Hallbrook

love. While we take the buying and selling process seriously, we don’t

Realty Team, which positioned her to reign within the luxury real

take ourselves too seriously!” This highly-efficient and organized team is extremely well-versed in

estate sector.

what they do, which translates to making the selling and buying process full of fun and adventure, not a nightmarish experience. If you are ready for some fun and adventure when buying or selling that next higher-end home, then you only have one phone call to make. The Goldstein Team is not just about words, either. It’s all about action, and those action steps always find the road to success and satisfaction for each and every client. “Our team has a strong base of skills and services that cater to all types of lifestyles and stories,” expressed Goldstein. “And we are fortunate to have here in Kansas City so many wonderful communities for people of all types of lifestyles.” The Goldstein Team is exciting to announce their new offices in Mission Farms at 3740 West 106th Street in Leawood, Kansas. Be sure to stop by for a visit! And as one who also keeps a finger on the pulse of what’s new in the industry, Goldstein and her team always stay on top of the latest trends and technologies. “We have a team representative of all ages,” noted Goldstein, which includes men, women, Millennials and those who have been in the business for most of their professional lives, and as with any great success story, key players are an essential component, and The Goldstein Team is no exception. Working alongside Suzy are her son, Team Leader and Associate Broker (and marketing expert!), Erich Goldstein; Lora Jones, Margaret Stewart, Cara Cowsert, and Joe Gill, Listing Associates and Buyer-Agents; Leslie Courtney, Leasing and Property Management Specialist; and Debbie Van Noy, Transaction Manager. Because of the tireless work efforts of this group, the Goldstein Team has been awarded the Five Star Best in Client Satisfaction award by KC Magazine since the inception of the company and all are consistently recognized as Top Agents in Greater Kansas City by the KC Business Journal.






E DIE WATE RS TEAM KELLER WILLIAMS NORTH Born and raised in the Northland, Edie Waters has always had a passion for excellence and after graduating from Park Hill High School, she transitioned to the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she studied math and ultimately worked in the computer industry for several years before finding her home within the real estate industry. For a while, she embraced the stay-at-home mom life but instinctively knew she wanted to be in the professional world, but also desired a flexible schedule so that she could still focus on raising her family. Real estate offered the perfect answer, and Waters quickly proved her worth as a natural in the arena. She began her career with Reece & Nichols; then moved to Re/Max; and is now a part of the Keller Williams organization and her powerhouse team –– Edie Waters Team –– is on track to exceed $60 million in sales by the end of this year. Licensed in Missouri and Kansas since 1992, the award-winning Waters has been a consistent multi-million-dollar producer and also specializes in relocation services. Waters, however, is not led by ego and instead defers her success to the strength of her dynamic team, which has grown to 12 individuals within the last 15 years. In addition to three assistants (inside sales agents), her team also has six agents and a social media expert, with Waters at the helm. Edie Waters Team is recognized as the #1 team in the Northland, depending upon the day and the numbers of the week, Waters emphasized. More than just an impressive real estate team, though, Edie Waters Team has been applauded by the Kansas City Business Journal as the fastest growing of any business in the metro area, standing at #49 out of 50 highlighted businesses. Despite such strong accolades, the award that has the most appreciable meaning to Waters is the Five Star Agent one.

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“This award comes from your clients and peer group,” Waters explained, who humbly gave a nod to the 10 consecutive years she has held this honor, as she understands it is the team effort that has led to this recognition.

“We are consistent and take care of our clients fully through our quality service, integrity and professionalism,” she emphasized. A self-confessed workaholic, Waters truly loves her work, and while keeping a strong finger on the pulse of her operations today, she is clearly focused on the road ahead. “We will start our goal setting for 2017 this month,” she noted, indicating that she plans to realize a 25% - 30% growth in volume next year. Building a strong team certainly takes a bit of mental, intellectual and determined prowess, and Waters attributes the continued success of her team to the individuals within, which includes Stephanie Snowden, Natasha

us and our team likes it, too,” she smiled. “We are in the business

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of helping people. This is not just a job; it is a career. We make sure

Grace, Becky Stafford, Alex Rash, Lesa Simonson, and Claudia Miller

everything is right or we find a way to make it right.”

(who has been with Waters for 15 years).

The strength, comradery and sense of family is evident no matter with whom one interacts on the team. The flow and structure of the constant communication within the team assures that when a client speaks to any member of the group, it is like that person is speaking directly with Waters. “All of our team members make good decisions and abide by the standards we employ,” said Waters. “Everyone is dedicated to making sure the buying or selling experience is a great one.” Edie Waters Team believes that every single client deserves the best, and they stand at the ready to deliver the best…and then some. No matter what one requires for real estate needs, Edie Waters Team has the answer, and that answer always involves a heaping helping of solutions, satisfaction, service and above all, fun.

“I am always looking for top talent,” she stated. After finding that talent, she ensures its viability by creating a true feeling of family within her group. “I think buyers and sellers come to us because they want to be a part of our family.” To that end, Edie Waters Team relies on highly efficient systems and processes, designed for continual contact with clients, and not just for business purposes. “At Thanksgiving, we give our clients apple and pumpkin pies. We enjoy doing fun things like that. It gives them a chance to get to know






DIANA B RYAN -SM ITH SPEEDWAY REALTY Experienced Realtor Diana Bryan-Smith wants you to love where you live. If she achieves that feeling for her clients, she knows she has done her job. It’s easy to see why Diana excels in her profession. Her friendly, approachable and no-nonsense style is what makes folks gravitate to her. This Basehor, Kansas native with roots in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties has always had a love of farms and properties, so diving into the real estate industry was a perfect fit for her. Even though she has an educational background in commercial art and graphic design, it has been her unwavering love of the land and passion for helping clients buy and sell homes that has kept her heart in this business. Diana acquired her real estate license in 1997 and focused her efforts initially on land sales. Within two years, she had found a niche perfectly suited for her: new home sales. By 2007, she opened her own realty company –– Speedway Realty, LLC –– and positioned herself as an owner/ broker, providing services to both buyers and sellers in all price ranges, both residential and commercial (and was highly instrumental in brokering the Schlitterbahn project in Wyandotte County). However, she has continually kept her finger on the pulse of new home communities. “Piper Estates was the first development I worked on,” recalled Diana. This large lot subdivision gave Diana the experience she needed to hone her skills and cultivate her expertise, laying the groundwork for multiple new home communities to come in which she was an integral force. “It’s fun to create someone’s dream home and watch it take shape from

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the ground up,” smiled Diana, who currently averages approximately $25 million in sales annually. However, in order to get to that first spade, there are numerous steps that must be taken before that dream home becomes a reality. While it may seem to an outsider that a new home community seems to go up almost overnight, it truly is an involved and often time-consuming process. “It can take up to two years before you even turn a blade of dirt (in these new home communities),” noted Diana. “You have to study the demographics and make sure the product is a good fit for the area. There are so many variables to consider and implement before we can even begin to build. We have to focus on the logistics first.” A good example of this process can be seen in communities designed for senior living.

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“In order to develop a senior living community, we have to make sure that certain conveniences are within close proximity, such as a post office, hospital and a grocery store,” explained Diana.

With a natural proclivity for seeing the big picture before that first piece of dirt is interrupted, Diana enjoys working with builders to create exciting new home plans and then send those off to the architects to become a reality. One of Diana’s current projects is the Lei Valley Community in Bonner Springs, Kansas. With Phase IV approved and approaching kick-off, Diana is excited to see this project come to fruition. This welcoming neighborhood boasts plenty of

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walking trails, rolling hills, fishing ponds, a clubhouse and a pool. It is the perfect place to build that first home or enjoy that empty nest. Of course, one of

While Diana certainly enjoys exercising her new home community

the main attractions is the five-year tax rebate plan, which allows

prowess, that encompasses roughly half of her business, she still

homeowners to build up equity at a much quicker rate if they roll it

enjoys the re-sale aspect in buying and selling.

back into the home.

Diana leverages her personal strengths as a means to grow and

“That is definitely one of the perks to living here,” emphasized Diana.

market her business and makes sure to always have her clients

“Every year for five years straight, homeowners will get a 75%

“best interests at heart.” She is extremely persistent, excels at follow-

tax rebate.”

through, and employs the latest in marketing technologies. “I also make sure I am available 24/7,” she said. Diana has no shame reflex in admitting that she does eat, breathe and sleep real estate, but she understands that is the nature of the business. “To do this right, you have to remain focused,” she said. “And over the years I have learned that it’s not about chasing the dollar; it is about chasing the deal.” Positioning her team as “The Fastest Team in Town,” Diana is confident she can produce amazing results for her clients. “It’s a great market now,” smiled Diana. “New homes are selling quicker and we have a lot of anticipated projects in our pipeline.”

Lei Valley Phase 4 is set to open soon with a 75% tax rebate for five years! Working alongside two builders within the community, Diana anticipates that there will be close to 300 homes when it is completed. With her experience in developing new home communities, Diana likens herself to being an undertaker of sorts for new homes. She has become the go-to Realtor to assume any leftover lots within a subdivision and take over what the builders didn’t finish. “We are like the cleanup crew,” Diana smiled. “We negotiate with the banks to purchase the remaining lots so that we can finish the subdivisions.”

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Becky Harper fully appreciates why the rearview mirror is smaller than the windshield. While she respects the challenges of her past, she is clearly on the road to success with her current endeavors and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Although she has been in the real estate arena for just about a year, her progress report to date would clearly suggest otherwise. This celebrated Rookie of the Year, an individual agent with Keller Williams, achieved $8 million in sales as of August 15, 2016, and as of that date, she still had two months to go until her first anniversary with the company and in the business! Harper, born of entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm, owned and operated a high-profile hair and beauty salon in the metro area for over 24 years. However, due to deficiencies within her new building after construction was complete, she was forced to abandon that endeavor, temporarily left with a void that directed her to re-evaluate her true purpose, and within a short time was introduced to the world of real estate through her own agent through whom she bought a home two years ago and came to the conclusion that this was something she should have been doing her entire adult life. “It’s all about the customer service, building a good reputation, and delivering a great service,” she emphasized. Having done that for many years in her prior business, she has brought those same tools to her current trade and the results are definitely working in her favor. “I am a people person, very hands-on and task-oriented,” she smiled. (Translation: As your agent, she will be engaging, friendly, committed and will definitely get the job done. Her goal is your success and satisfaction.) Disciplined and unafraid of hard work and tireless effort, Harper thrives on her new career and is excited to share it with others. You might even see her about town wearing her name badge or chatting up with someone. Sure, she understands the power of marketing, but she is extremely well-versed in the art of forging positive relationships, and her upbeat and friendly personality easily draw people to her. Working with both buyers and sellers at all price points, Harper puts her total focus on each client. With buyers, for example, she conducts personal interviews to understand what they want, their lifestyles, their goals, and

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how they see themselves using their home. From there, she will personally go on a crusade of sorts, looking at and researching 100 homes if necessary and then short list her findings to present to the clients. It saves

the clients time and gives Harper the opportunity to showcase her ability to deliver specialized and detailed customer service, thereby lessening the burden on her clients and bringing the best to them. “Whether you are looking at a $100,000 home or a $1-million-dollar mansion, the service remains the same,” she insisted. “My job is to gather the facts and deliver the best products using that information. Making clients happy is my job.” It’s no wonder, then, that Harper hit the ground running from the first day in the office, setting records and earning her spot as Rookie of the Year within the Overland Park Keller Williams office, currently home to more than 430 agents.

and doing whatever amount of hand-holding is necessary. I strive to

She has consistently remained in the top 10 since she began and is

understand who my clients are and to learn to speak in the language

the #1 top selling rookie at present.

they receive.” Referrals are also key to Harper’s success, as evidenced by the words of one happy client: “Having Becky Harper as our real estate agent is a real blessing. She has gone above and beyond time and time again. We have already highly recommended her to our family and friends.”

And even though she may still feel a twinge of discomfort when thinking about her past, Harper now understands its glorious purpose. “I was once told that ‘it is not about the fall; it’s about the comeback,’” she reflected. “I definitely believe that. I have learned so much about myself since leaving my former business and beginning this journey. It has been a very humbling experience and I am grateful for the support of God and my family and friends. My goal from here on out is to be happy and to continue to take care of every client. I am 100% into it and committed to the best possible outcome through educating my clients, delivering a quality service and product;






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Greatest Little Niche in Town Whether it’s remodeling, construction or design, this shop knows the key elements of bath, door, and cabinet hardware It’s been said, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Thoughtful details make lasting impressions whether in fashion or home décor, a valuable quality John Hensley, owner of Locks and Pulls hardware emphasizes. That’s exactly what he was looking for when the opportunity to buy the business surfaced nearly 6 years ago. “There are two overriding qualities that give our company an edge. The first is current and extensive inventory; the second is knowledgeable staff. These factors are crucial to customer satisfaction,” says Hensley. Over the past 30 years Locks and Pulls has maintained its original location in Overland Park with another store that opened in 2002 serving the Northland. Both stores are the consummate examples of a one-stop shop that is customer driven. Hensley asserts, “Box stores may populate the market but it isn’t often easy to get expert customer service not to mention the range of product that Locks and Pulls stocks. You may be able to find a variety of 40 to 60 sku’s of cabinet hardware in a box store but we have over 1,500 sku’s. For that reason, we really are a one-stop shop for decorative hardware that demonstrates quality customer service accompanied with comprehensive product information.” Complemented by a competent staff, Hensley’s crew listens and assists the customer. “In this industry, there’s so much product to consider, people get overwhelmed. For example, people love various finishes but gone are the days of polished brass pulls or knobs. Today, polished nickel and a matte, satin brass finish is far more modern. The trend is towards sleeker, more contemporary lines for decorative hardware. But that doesn’t rule out crystal knobs in a powder room for a touch of bling.” What sets Locks and Pulls apart is the ability to mix and match, select an offbeat or customized look and then take a sample home –– a practice that has proven invaluable. Intricacies and parts are Locks and Pulls specialty. Suffice to say, if you can’t find it at Locks and Pulls, you probably won’t.





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DON J UL IAN BUILD ERS DON JULIAN Since its inception in 1974, Don Julian Builders has constructed in excess of 2,000 homes worth over $1 billion all over the Metro Kansas City and surrounding areas. In fact, the unique design build approach and attention to detail to which this company has committed itself have elevated each home to a new standard, and a keen eye can confidently look at any given home in a group and immediately be able to say with utmost confidence and admiration, “That one’s a Don Julian.” Spanning four decades of dedication to uncompromised integrity and commitment to quality and customer satisfaction are what have led Don Julian Builders to the top of the class. His homes have won more awards than any other builder in the history of the Kansas City Home Builders Association. And it’s certainly no surprise that this enterprising, innovative and truly inspiring company has been ranked this year as #223 in the nation by the Professional Builders Annual Housing Giants List, which ranks the largest builders within the United States. In 2015, Don Julian Builders realized an impressive housing revenue of $38,986,000, with custom homes spread throughout the metro area. It’s really quite easy to spot a Don Julian home, for this company’s unique architectural design and award-winning floor plans are a giveaway and have become a true Julian trademark in the Kansas City home building landscape. Julian has a passion –– and an obvious talent for –– keeping pace with current trends while simultaneously incorporating his own unique twists in that regard. As a result, he is a leader for setting new standards in design and innovation yet never wavering from quality and outstanding customer service. Working with an in-house design center, Julian works side-by-side with an experienced architectural staff, interior designers and fully-equipped decorating studio. Julian understands it can be an intense process to build a home, and he caters to his clients, making the process truly a one-stop shop. Julian’s interest in construction began 42 years ago when he relocated to Kansas City from the East coast after a promotion to Director of Engineering for a Fortune 500 company that required him to put roots in the metro area. While searching for a home for his family at that time, he realized that a custom built home was what he truly desired, and from there his appetite for construction was whetted and he decided to pursue it as

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a full-time business.

His strong engineering background allowed Julian to gain impressive velocity from the start and it wasn’t long before his love of taking the lead on incorporating innovative and creative trends into his designs put him at center stage in the marketplace. Just as he has been continually credited with making such trends well-known, he is also known for his strong and essential role in developing numerous upscale communities throughout the metro area, including Riss Lake in the Northland, Lakewood Shores Tiffany Greens, Woodland Reserve and Mission Reserve. Julian is still leading the pack and is currently involved in taking 160 acres of beautiful, rolling hills at 171st

comes to customer service, craftsmanship and exacting building

and Switzer in south Overland Park and, along with Brian Rodrock of

standards. Julian refuses to waver from giving each homeowner the

Rodrock Homes, has created Terrybrook Farms, Johnson County’s

opportunity to put their own touch on their home and because he has

first master planned community since 2008. Harnessing the financial

a seasoned support staff of specialists within the home building arena, clients see first-hand how such diverse talents and expertise create not only amazing homes and true works of art, but places in which memories will be made to last a lifetime. “We strive to make each home we build a work of art and craftsmanship,” Julian says. “We focus on the details, creating a home that you will be truly proud to own and live in for years to come. The most innovative building techniques, materials and state of the art technologies are featured in each home. By defining trends, we’re able to create homes of lasting value and distinction. Our homes stand the test of time because of innovative floor plans that provide superior value and style.”

strength and building experience of both the Julian and Rodrock teams, this exciting community will showcase some of their latest plans, innovative features and products in homes of distinction. “Johnson County has a lot to offer new homebuyers regardless of their lifestyle,” Julian says “There is something special here and the need for a community like Terrybrook Farms was obvious. We have been planning this project for over a decade and the community is being specifically developed with the best vision for the homebuyer in mind.” When building a Don Julian home, clients are assured not only a wonderful experience, but also one that exceeds all standards when it






S UMA DE SIGN & C ON STRUC TION MARK SUMADA Builder Mark Sumada, owner of the award-winning SUMA Design & Construction, is somewhat of a homebody, but not in the way you might think. This creative, inspiring and bold builder enjoys coloring outside the lines and pursuing the road less traveled when it comes to employing designs in the luxury/contemporary home arena. However, he consistently makes sure to do one thing exactly the same with each home he constructs: He builds it as if he was going to live in it himself. After all, Sumada realizes a home provides a statement and is a reflection of the people who live there, and he wants to ensure that each home his company builds expresses that sentiment. Sumada came into his profession with the idea that the homes he built would make a strong statement, but he soon learned that his homes, despite being crafted with every advantage to speak their mind and enjoy the results, needed to express themselves in the voice of their owners, not his. To that end, he has become a trusted, enthusiastic and understanding listener who still brings his impressive skills to the table, but fully incorporates the soundtrack of the lifestyles of the people who reside in them. It is nearly impossible to not hear, however, the tenacious enthusiasm that pours from Sumada’s lips when it comes to the love of what he does. “I love creating homes,” he smiled. “My passions are endless and they start with quality and end with excitement. There is such a great feeling of happiness when a client says ‘We love our home!’” As such, his homes are created with his professional language, which includes his core values of quality, energyefficiency, and unparalleled design elements, yet are strongly accented with a style unique to each homeowner. Mark began working in construction and landscaping while still in high school and then studied architecture at the University of Kansas. He honed his skills by working with professors in the school, purchasing, remodeling and selling homes in Lawrence. That soon evolved to starting his own construction company building and framing new homes. Mark has worn multiple hats within the industry over the years and has performed every task in the construction of homes, from foundations to roofs and everything in between. He has also established a phenomenal team, which includes his son, Ben Sumada, Vice President & Construction Supervisor; Jerrie Shroyer, Office Manager; and Pam Baker and Associates, Broker. While Sumada stands at the helm of each home building process and is entirely hands-on in his approach with a sincere and intense commitment to customer satisfaction, two of his children, sons Ben and Zach, have also

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developed a strong skill sets, having grown up in the industry. Ben has a keen eye for home construction and from his father he has learned not only the necessary tools of the trade but has also developed the same level of passion,

commitment to quality, attention to detail and the best in customer service. Older son Zach is credited with all of the impressive design work. With a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas, Zach is currently working at a firm in town receiving credit for apprenticeship and is in the final stages of pursuing his license. Like his father and brother, his passion for building and incorporating his design experience is the driving factor in his ambitious and enthusiastic approach to the home building process. Shroyer works tirelessly to

the ever-evolving forms of technology and ushering

ensure that nothing falls through

in those measures by incorporating into his homes,

the cracks and stands at the

for example, the technology that will support

ready to assist homebuyers

Google Fiber and charging stations for mobile

with any questions and concerns

devices and computers, all designed with the

they might have. Her warm and

mindset that, even though technology does tend

approachable presence makes

to make life a bit impersonal, they can bring

everyone feel right at home as she graciously guides each client through the entire home building process.

families closer together. “We have simplified our designs and concentrated on lighting to set

Baker and her team of agents with ReeceNichols assist each home

the moods, the electronics to help communicate with our world, and

owner with all of the contacts and details that go along with building a

the materials to help eliminate the clutter and outside notice to give us peace and to let us relax,” he explained. At SUMA Design and Construction Company, homes are not just four walls, a foundation and a ceiling; they are an art form. The SUMA style is simpler and the detailing is concentrated in specific areas. “I believe contemporary design should focus on the space both indoors and out,” he noted. “I put great emphasis on the newer and exciting forms of products, such as lighting, scissor doors, tiles and hardwood all the way to electronics. We make our spaces cleaner and exciting.” So, ultimately, even though Sumada gives an exciting stage for the homeowner’s lifestyle and voice, his voice is still a part of the overall

home, guiding clients step-by-step along the way.

foundation of each home.

Since its inception four decades ago, SUMA Design &

“My mission and ultimately

Construction has mastered both traditional and Tuscan

what I do for others is to

styling of homes but are now further inspired by a more

understand that your home,

modern style that celebrates crisp, clean lines. That gravitation towards a contemporary look is evidenced in the progressive architecture Mark uses. His company keeps pace with

no matter how small or large, can be a statement for your family, for their memories and their history, as it molds their lives,” said Mark.






HOME S B Y C H RIS CHRIS AND ROY RAGLAND Liberty, Missouri-based custom home builder Chris Ragland has always had a strong interest in new construction, and when she established Homes by Chris in 2003, she created more than just a business, she created a means by which dreams are made. Not just a home builder, Ragland creates lifestyles. “Our motto is ‘We build your story,’” this MBA-educated entrepreneur expressed, and to that end, each creation, whether a new custom home or a high-end remodeling project, is an exciting page-turner, peppered with unexpected design elements that excite the senses and invite those “take your breath away moments.” “We are all about the ‘oohs and ahhs’ when it comes to the homes we build,” smiled Ragland, who has always loved building and actually had her real estate license prior to beginning her business. She is joined by her husband Roy, also a Realtor, who came into the fold shortly after the business had been in effect and together, they have built an award-winning company designed to ensure the best in quality, value and overall customer satisfaction. Both Ragland and her husband, however, have certainly paid their dues and earned their stripes when it comes to developing the level of expertise they have achieved in the industry, and it all began with one simple home years ago. “Roy purchased a home to flip, and I decided I was going to become involved,” recalled Chris. “We flipped our first house in 45 days and subsequently built a few rental homes in the 1990s while both of us still worked our other full-time jobs. I absolutely loved it but really didn’t have the time to fully commit to it.” Ragland then proceeded to build four new starter homes within a week and sold all four just as quickly. At that point, Roy became the other half of Homes by Chris, and their teamwork is what keeps things moving each and every day. After the Raglands combined their efforts, Chris hired a spatial planner who worked with her on colors and functionality, ensuring that every square foot realized its full potential in quality and in value. Once Ragland put those forces in motion, things just naturally took shape. Today, her custom homes can be found in subdivisions primarily in Clay and Platte Counties with an average price of $650,000. However, she does have homes across the price spectrum from $350,000 to over $1 million and has approximately 350 homes in her portfolio to date.


Extremely hands-on from first spade to handing the keys over to the new owners, the Raglands conceptualize each new home with a hand drawing, getting the plan as close as they can to what the client desires, and then they present that drawing to an architect for a more detailed rendering.




Known for her keen eye for design, Ragland does her homework when it comes to keeping pace with new and exciting innovations within her trade. “I do a lot of research on designs, trends, and ideas to give me some fresh inspiration,” explained Ragland, who from there will incorporate her own stroke of genius to give each home its own personality. Additionally, she is with the client and an interior designer throughout every step of the design selection process. Also an expert on high-end remodeling projects, Ragland is just as creative and inventive, able to put a new twist on a classic look to update its appearance, for example. “If you go through a home and simply update the light fixtures and

desires that successfully blends form and function.

paint, it makes a significant difference,” she emphasized. “Proportion

Ragland readily admits that behind every great builder is a great

and scale in a home are equally important. All of these elements

spouse and she is extremely grateful for the solid perspective, expertise

together really make the home flow well, and they add value to it,

and talent Roy brings to the table.

ultimately leading to more satisfaction at the end of the day.”

“Men and women typically see things from a different viewpoint,”

Because both Ragland and her husband are on site daily, clients

said Ragland. “While I might focus on the details, Roy is more likely to

are assured of a custom home or a remodeling project that adheres to

focus on other areas of the home, such as the roof or the foundation.” Listening to the clients is an integral aspect of Homes by Chris and they continually listen…first to understand, and then to reply. “We make changes happen for homeowners as they wish and make sure that every aspect of the process flows well so their story can be told the way they want it,” she stated.

exacting standards and is built to last. Surrounded by experienced and talented tradesmen with whom Ragland interacts daily, she believes that allows for greater workmanship and quality overall. “We take the quality of our work seriously,” she said. Before even beginning a home building or remodeling project, an interview process is initiated. “We ask the client very specific questions to get an understanding of who they are and what their lifestyle entails,” she indicated. Questions such as “Do you have pets? Kids? Do you anticipate elderly relatives moving in at some point? What are your hobbies?” all serve to give Ragland the script she needs to create the story the homeowner






KC B UIL DERS AN D D ESI GN , I N C . KELLEY BABB, LINDSAY CUTLER AND CLINT GENTRY When builder Kelley Babb, owner of KC Builders and Design, asserts that he doesn’t want to build the same house over and over again, he means business, as he is in the business of creating highly artistic custom homes that come with their own voice, style and presentation. Even if two of his original floor plans are built on the same street, one would never notice, as Babb and his team have the distinct ability to incorporate various features that lend themselves to the individuality of each residence. “Our goal is to give each home its own personality,” stated Babb, who has an exciting cornucopia of floor plans within his arsenal, yet also has the tools by which to breathe unique distinction into each one. In a sense, although many of the homes are inspired by similar footprints, no two fingerprints therein are the same. With homes all over the metro area, KC Builders and Design does not discriminate when it comes to breaking ground, either. If there is a subdivision in which they can build, they will build it. The typical price point for their homes hover between $400,000 and $500,000 and include many styles, including two-story and reverse one-and-a-half floor plans. “We have homes in Hidden Creek in Louisburg; at Stonebridge Park and at Stonebridge Meadows in Olathe; in the Preserve at Clear Creek in Shawnee, among others,” emphasized Babb, referring to just a few of the subdivisions in which his creations can be found. Even though his team is small in numbers, they are big on quality, service and commitment to excellence, and their clients appreciate the exquisite finishes found in each and every home. Bringing an undeniable passion for the industry to the table, Babb spent his early years as a framer and soon discovered a knack for designing houses and a love of being out on site, something that still drives him to this day. Whereas in the past when the economy had its grip on the home building industry and buyers tended to lean towards getting the most value per square foot, the tide has turned in the direction of quality and high-efficiency construction, along with a strong desire for a unique home that caters to their own individual lifestyles. “The trends continually change,” recognized Babb. “But we always stay on top of them and we have the right people on our team to do this. We do our homework on what’s in the market.”

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One of Babb’s outstanding team members is Lindsay Cutler, office manager, to whom Babb referred as an expert in what she does and as evidenced in the final result of each project.

“For us, it’s a matter of trying out different things with unique details, such as a certain ceiling detail a customer might want,” expressed Lindsay. “We encourage and appreciate input from our clients, as that ensures their home is different from their neighbor’s home. Working with new ideas keeps things fresh and makes the process fun, and we find a way to incorporate our clients’ tastes into their homes by staying on top of all the latest trends and ideas.” Project Manager Clint Gentry ensures all the scheduling runs smoothly and relies upon the Builder Trend computer system that keeps the team and the clients continually in the loop and in constant and clear communication.

Despite having an exciting collection of enviable floor plans, Babb enjoys the dynamics that come with each homeowner.

Through this application, clients can keep pace with the building

“We expect people to make changes and are more than willing to

process every step of the way. They can even make their interior

incorporate their ideas while simultaneously incorporating our finishes

design selections online, as well, from tile to windows, faucets and

into the plan,” he explained. “Some people have an idea of what they

more. Additionally, Gentry has a fantastic eye for inspiring new plan

want, bringing different pieces and ideas from different homes they

ideas and is not afraid to color outside the lines when implementing

have seen in the past and it is our job to capture that, tweak it, and

something new and different.

build what they have envisioned. We often see that piece of the puzzle they have not seen and by working together, we can create the home of their dreams.” Focused on delivering quality standards and customer satisfaction, KC Builders and Design refuses to stagnate when it comes to delivering the best product. “We are always trying to improve and it is our hope that our clients feel they have received more than they expected,” said Babb. At KC Builders and Design, they understand that it’s not just anyone’s home; it’s yours and they are ready to make your dreams a reality.







For more than a quarter of a century, builder Glen Mock, along with his wife and partner Kris Mock, has left his home building touch all over the metro area. As owner of Glen Mock Construction, LLC and Glen Mock Homes (Mock Custom Homes), this Oklahoma City native, yet now Kansas City son, has always had his finger on the pulse of the construction industry most of his professional life. “I knew when I was in high school that I wanted to be an architect,” he recalled. Before he even graduated, he got his start in the framing arena and had a solid hands-on education that has continued to this day. By 1994, Mock took his craft to a whole new level and began putting his name on signs, designating himself as a builder and over the years he has proven time and again that he is a dedicated master of the trade, highly experienced in design work and multiple types of architecture. “I like to inform my customers that I have a lot of pride in the fact that I am a tradesman with years of hands on experience that I am proud of. I know this trade well,” he noted. “I take a lot of satisfaction in being able to help my customers meet their expectations and see their dreams and ideas become a reality.” Highly professional yet always personable and approachable, Mock leads with an understanding and interested ear, eager to know exactly what his clients want. “I really do strive to listen to what they are after, and then I work diligently to achieve that end,” he noted. As one who wears many artistic hats, Mock is well-equipped to create whatever type of home his clients desire. “I have been involved in a diverse range of architectural styles,” he indicated. “I have built a lot of different designs –– traditional, craftsman, contemporary and today’s ever popular transitional architecture which includes a tasteful blend of many architectural elements. I like and enjoy this. I am truly a custom home builder. I don’t just reproduce the same plans time and again.” Building quality custom homes is clearly Mock’s passion, and as an award-winning home builder and remodeling contractor, he offers a wealth of services, including new home construction, room additions, basement

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finishes, kitchen and bath restorations. He has had firsthand experiences at

all levels in the industry and is the go-to builder for that design you desire that also fits your personal budget. Along with Kris, who oversees all aspects of the office and who is an integral piece of the company’s proven success –– they have

garnered eight Parade of Homes awards –– Mock is excited to see the company grow, evolve and transform the building landscape of the metro area. Mock also credits Kris with her keen eye and incredible talent for interior

to hone the emerging commercial arm of his business. Not one to simply stagnate, Mock is not only

design and detail, and is equally appreciative of the long-running collaborative effort Kris has had with Jeanne Dabrowski, JD Interiors. Together, these two ladies bring unparalleled results that





In addition to his custom home building company, Mock is also involved with a couple of other endeavors, including with

accomplished musician, singer and songwriter. Artistic ability is essentially an integral part of his DNA, which is evidenced not only in the homes he constructs but also in the music he performs, both of which showcase his love of creating something that genuinely makes



well-versed in the building trade, but is also an


people happy. Mock has performed with his band, Glen Mock and the Tropical Dreamers, at various local venues, including several KC Live! pre-Jimmy Buffet concerts. Needless to say, Mock is an accomplished


company that includes single and multi-family projects, which is giving him the opportunity

individual who can most readily take any challenge and create an opportunity, and when it comes to a custom home, a commercial project, or even a new song, the end result will most certainly be music to one’s ears.






B R AKL OW C USTOM H OM ES, I N C . JERRY AND KRISTEN BRAKLOW What all began as an exciting idea and scribbles on a napkin at the Horny Toad Bar and Grill at the Lake of the Ozarks, ultimately materialized into an award-winning business. When Jerry Braklow, owner of Braklow Custom Homes, Inc., decided to take that proverbial leap of faith and get into the custom home building arena, he initially drafted a sketch for his first floor plan on a beverage napkin, and before the meal was over knew exactly what he was going to do: become a high-end custom home builder. From conception to reality, Braklow Custom Homes, specializes in building custom luxury homes with million-dollar price tags within the Kansas City metro area, and as a result has created some of the most coveted floor plans in town. “My passion has always been in architectural design and details,” he stated. A graduate of Kansas State University with a degree in International Marketing, Braklow initially began his professional construction career in the insurance restoration industry in Mesa, Arizona. Braklow was hired on by a company to provide marketing analysis, which quickly transitioned into a sales director role. When the company decided to expand into the Kansas City region, it was an obvious choice for Jerry to come back to his roots. In 2005, Braklow and his father started their own fire and water damage restoration company called ServiceOne Cleaning & Restoration, Inc., of which Braklow was the President. “I basically pulled my dad out of retirement and needed a financial backer,” Braklow laughed, illuminating that sometimes the best lessons in life are lived, not just observed. “Truthfully, those were the best lessons I learned in business and in life….and who better to learn how to run a business with than your dad? He’s the reason I’m where I am today.” Eventually after seven years and countless hours of hard work, Braklow and his father sold the restoration business. “My dad finally got to retire again,” Braklow laughs. “Just this time, he’s a lot richer!” So when that beverage napkin became home to an idea, Braklow knew

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exactly how to proceed. “Who would have thought after drafting that initial floor plan on a napkin it would become a reality this quickly?” he mused.

Braklow literally charged right into the home building trade where his passion for architectural design and detail finally found a home. Now recognized as one of the top 10 custom home builders in the metro area, Braklow’s designs can be found in numerous Johnson County subdivisions, including




Crossing, Arbor View, Cedar Creek, and Polo Fields. With




Overland Park, Braklow works with an amazingly talented and dedicated team of managers and

At Braklow Custom Homes, quality craftsmanship that showcases

craftsmen that all share in his dream and passion for homebuilding.

luxury can be seen at every turn. No matter what design style a client

He also works in tandem with an architect and an engineer on retainer,

desires, Braklow is committed to providing the highest level of finishes

of which initial designs and drawings are drafted and engineered

within the client’s specific price range.


But it is not just about the craftsmanship. Braklow has a specific

An integral part of the team is Braklow’s wife, Kristen, also a Kansas

construction process that is designed to provide clear and concise

State University graduate with a degree in Marketing, who is an

communication for the client. With its step-by-step production

experienced real estate broker, licensed in Kansas and licensed as a

management system, both the builder and the homeowner can

sales agent in Missouri. Additionally, she is the daughter of Phil

effectively communicate throughout the building process, including

Summerson, a highly-respected Realtor in the Kansas City area.

the review of design selections, signing change orders and viewing

Because she was raised in a real estate family, Kristen brings a

pictures of the home’s progress. Open, honest, and effective

cornucopia of knowledge to clients and has closed in excess of

communication is at the foundation of each and every project.

$220 million in residential real estate for The Phil Summerson Group,

“Our clients are very happy with us,” noted Braklow, who doesn’t

an independently-owned affiliate of Better Homes & Gardens Kansas

hesitate when it comes to expressing what he finds most rewarding

City Homes.

about this business.

“Kristen provides multiple design attributes and interior finishes on our homes, ensuring the best in materials and finishes are being used,”

“One of the greatest joys for me is taking something from raw ground and turning it into a masterpiece,” he reflected.

said Braklow. “She assists all of our clients with design selections and

Braklow Custom Homes offers a unique 1/2/5 warranty, which

assists directly with our vendors, continually staying on top of the

includes a one-year craftsmanship warranty; two years on mechanical

latest design trends.”

components; and five years on the structure. All warranties are

Her eye for detail and commitment to delivering the highest level of customer service, materials and finishes are what keeps her on the

done in-house. They also do a 30-day walk through and a one-year walk-through.

leading edge in the industry. Her knowledge, skills, expertise and

“I always come over after a house is built,” noted Braklow, offering

passion are what make her one of the best in the field and she

that the relationships he builds with his clients often materialize to new

thoroughly understands exactly what customers want, delivering the

and lasting friendships along the way.

utmost in satisfaction every single time.

Braklow also serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Builders Association of Kansas City.






JOHN SHILT H OM ES JOHN SHILT AND BRANDY WHITE Home builder John Shilt knows exactly how to make you feel right at home: by delivering the best in customer service and quality homes and by his welcoming, approachable and genuine presence. From the moment you first speak with him, you feel relaxed, at ease and excited about the journey you will take with him. He has an unspoken confidence about him that is not supported by ego and arrogance. Instead, he is one for whom kindness is an instinct, honesty is a lifestyle and building quality homes at reasonable prices is a solid practice. A Certified Master Electrician and also a former Industrial Arts teacher, Shilt began constructing homes in 1992 after working for a while as a superintendent for another builder and with a partner in another home building business. John has proven his builder prowess by providing strong attention to detail and unbeatable customer service, along with exceptional value. Shilt is not just the name given to the business. He is the face of the business and is an integral part of the daily process. He is in the field daily, meeting with home buyers, home owners, crew members and real estate agents. To say he is involved with every project is an understatement. Shilt specializes in custom-made homes as he enjoys changing each house his company builds. Based in the Northland, John Shilt Homes primarily builds north of the river and in the Liberty, Missouri area. Shilt is also a licensed Kansas City General Contractor and an active member of the Greater Kansas City Home Builders Association. Shilt, however, realizes he is not solely responsible for his organization’s success and gives appreciable credit to his daughter, Brandy White, who joined forces with her father in 1998 and who works side-by-side with him to ensure each home is completed by skilled craftsmen and with the finest quality finish products. White understands that exceptional design details are what provide the distinctive beauty and unique personality to each home. “Thanks to her expertise, we have won many awards in the last five years,” noted Shilt. “She spends time and effort on the detail and design of the homes.” The core philosophy of John Shilt Homes is to provide outstanding customer service and ensure that each client is fully satisfied. “We believe that you are no better than the last house you built,” he explained. “We don’t lean on our past reputation. Instead, we work to improve upon every house we build. We want to make sure it is a very

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satisfying experience from start to finish.”

As part of the overall makeup of the business, Shilt works with honest and congenial subcontractors who have a sincere interest in building quality homes. As a result, it is not uncommon to have repeat customers and to date, John Shilt Homes has said “Welcome Home” to at least 600 happy homeowners. Among the exciting aspects incorporated into their homes include the trim packages and the amenities. Many upgrades are incorporated into the base price of the homes, as well. For example, some of their floor plans include three rooms for laundry hook-ups: in the master closet; in the flex room off the kitchen; and on the second floor. Other features include granite countertops, fireplaces, heated floor tile in the Master bathrooms; hardwood floors throughout; natural stone on the exterior of the homes; zero entry garage and front porch elevations; as well as suspended garages for additional storage underneath. A dedicated hands-on builder, Shilt or White, if not both, are on the job sites daily, personally overseeing the site to ensure the quality of materials and craftsmanship. “We love what we do. The passion we have to build gives us the desire and energy to continually improve on the homes we build,” emphasized Shilt. “Our hands-on approach keeps us up on daily processes and we are fully committed to building quality homes at a fair price. We aim to please by providing an extra effort to achieve that goal, and Brandy is an invaluable part of the team. We go over blue prints, plans and contracts together to ensure everything gets done.”

product are in direct alignment with the philosophies of John Shilt

Additionally, all of the subcontractors –– many of whom have been

Homes, which, as a result, has created an impeccable reputation for

with Shilt since he began his business –– are interviewed first to ensure their honesty, congeniality, and sincere interest in producing a quality

customer service and satisfaction. “Many of our clients have become our lifelong friends,” smiled Shilt. “We communicate with them even after the warranty period.” A






communication at all turns, Shilt also gives his cell phone number to each client and is prepared to make himself available at all hours of the day when possible. John Shilt Homes can be found in numerous subdivisions in Kansas City, including Shoal Creek, Staley Farms, Woodbrook Villas, Copperleaf, Overland Ridge, Manderley, The Homestead in Liberty, Park Ridge in Lee’s Summit and in Aviara, the forthcoming GaleHart master plan community in Liberty, Missouri







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T OTAL HOME REM OD ELIN G PAT STRAND It’s no secret that the folks at Total Home Remodeling are bona fide experts in their craft. Just one look at their portfolio says it all and gives strong testament to their unwavering motto:

If it’s

perfection, creativity and excitement you desire in that home remodeling project that has been on your mind, then the Total Home Remodeling gurus stand at the ready to deliver all that, and more. Owned by Pat Strand, whose friendly and approachable style immediately puts you at ease, this complete home remodeling company is fully confident in its talent and can handle all types of projects, as its team members thrive on new and exciting ideas. Even when challenges arise, they always have the perfect solution that results in that “I’m so glad I had them do this project for me” feeling. Among the key players on all the remodeling projects include Strand; Matt Preston, Project Manager; Anita Blair, Customer Concierge; Joann Romano, Interior Designer; and Jake Matthew, who oversees all of the exterior work and projects. By successfully partnering each individual’s talent and expertise, Total Home Remodeling is able to deliver a quality product that adds value, beauty and a decided “wow factor” to any home. But why just take our word for it? Let the photos speak for themselves (but please bear with us as we at least tell you how it all came together!)

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The former kitchen and main living area of this Leawood home had surpassed its style expiration date and was still reflecting a time period reminiscent of the 1990s. In order to bring it into the 21st century, Total

By giving the clients upwards of 20 window design options from which to choose for the back of the home, Total Home Remodeling ultimately used Marvin Windows to create the stunning trio of arched upper windows with a curved radius across the top, removing the former sliding doors that once led to the deck. By working with Marvin Windows, Total Home Remodeling can essentially do any shape and size of window to create a strong focal point. Other exterior features that were updated and incorporated included new garage doors, siding, soffits, fascia, gutters, a deck and a back and side retaining wall. Also, a stamped concrete patio was added off the new deck. This eye-catching exterior certainly has all the necessary curb Home Remodeling tore out the existing walls to open the space;

appeal to inspire its award-winning look. Subsequent to installation,

placed tile flooring over the existing marble; removed the wet bar;

Total Home Remodeling won a REMY and a CotY award for this

and utilized the air space in the two-story tall sitting room by adding a

spectacular design.

12’ x 15’ room above. In the kitchen, the former wet bar area became a huge walk-in pantry and the center island was expanded and given a built-in sink. Just off the entry way to the garage, a built-in desk/sitting area was incorporated by using 18” of garage space, without compromising the overall footprint of the garage. Slightly off the kitchen a wine fridge and ice maker wrap off to the side, like a hutch. The new appliances were relocated to allow for ample walking space around the island and new light fixtures add the perfect finishing touch. Additionally, the family room was opened up into the dining room, allowing for better flow. A custom bookshelf was also added for more built-in storage.

By virtue of all the exciting and innovative changes this home now enjoys, Total Home Remodeling was able to change the house without changing the address. “Our goal is to help the clients exhaust all possibilities,” stressed Matthew. “We come up with ideas to help them think a different way and get them to see something in a way they haven’t yet seen. There is always more than one way to do something and our goal is to understand how the client sees it finished and also how they want to use it.” Even though Total Home Remodeling is known for its serious talent, each team member understands that clients know what they The exterior of this Overland Park residence was in dire need of a facelift

want. It’s simply the job of the Total Home Remodeling team to deliver

and by focusing on the landscape, the deck, the siding and the windows,

the stunning end result while continually going above and beyond

Total Home Remodeling added life, years and value to this home.

client expectations.






AR CHITE CTURAL C RAFTSM EN JOE AND MARY THOMPSON Mary and Joe Thompson understand that every home has a story to tell, and it has become their mission to reveal those stories and make them page-turning works of art through their unique architectural design and craftsmanship. As owners of the award-winning Architectural Craftsmen, they are not only seasoned professionals within the industry, but also perfectionists, honest and proficient at their craft. Attention to detail is not just a philosophy, it is a business lifestyle for them and the end results of each and every project are nothing short of spectacular. A leader in the home remodeling industry, Architectural Craftsmen began 15 years ago, but Mary and Joe have been in the business for much longer. Mary has an academic background in education but has also studied design extensively. Joe attended architectural school and has a background in commercial construction. It was during his time in that arena that he and Mary spent their weekends doing various home remodeling projects. “I was more interested in the residential side, as it allowed for more creativity than the commercial side,” Joe noted. Over the years, the Thompsons have steadily gravitated towards working on older homes. When Joe was studying at the University of Kansas, the couple at the time resided in the nearby town of Baldwin City where they lived in a house built in 1910. “We lived on the main floor while we restored the house,” recalled Mary. “That place was sort of like our baby and we fell in love with the process of remodeling.” From there, they met former business partner Matt Kirby, an artist and a musician, and together they transitioned to working on older homes in Lawrence. Mary and Joe eventually relocated to Kansas City and started a family and while there were some initial growing pains to starting a business while raising a family, Mary and Joe have created a workable formula and are breathing new life into local older homes. While Mary tends to a majority of the design work and is experienced with CAD drawings, Joe spends most of his time out in the field, managing, bidding, and estimating, assuming more of a sales role. The Thompsons appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship of days gone by and admire the attention to detail that has been expressed in older homes. “It is what we enjoy and like working on,” said Joe. “The trim work executed back then was extraordinary, yet extremely common.”

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Joe also noted that typically the materials used were of a much better quality than you might see today. For example, the growth rings on trees were tighter because they grew at a slower and steadier rate. Today, some trees are genetically bred to grow faster. Even the masonry work was often

of a superior quality, giving a strong nod that building homes was not just a business, but an art. “Older homes were built for a different way of living,” expressed Joe. “These days, most of the entertaining is in the kitchen. Our primary challenge –– but also what we love to do –– is make the houses work for today while still allowing for the original character and integrity of the way these homes were originally built.” Joe explained that if an older home is still standing today, it is a nod to the mantra of “survival of the fittest.” And while many of these homes can suffer from sinking foundations, cracked walls and

“Sometimes, these old houses speak to us,” commented Mary.

chipped stucco, the experts at Architectural Craftsmen can readily

In addition to working with historic homes in neighborhoods such

incorporate modern methods and tools to keep the home alive and

as Roanoke, Hyde Park, and Janssen Place, Architectural Craftsmen

well, and when it comes to ensuring these older homes have the voices

also offers remodeling work in Overland Park, Leawood, Lenexa, Prairie Village, Fairway, Westwood and Kansas City, Missouri. Additionally, they are members of Historic Kansas City and the Kansas City Bungalow Club.

they need to express their stories and rich histories, Joe relies not only on his architectural background but also his degree in history. “We like working with the homeowners and getting excited about the project,” smiled Joe, who, along with Mary, frequently does background research at the Missouri Valley Room at the Kansas City Public Library, which has a cornucopia of information about many of the earlier homes in and around the Kansas City area. “When we can, we give the homeowners a written history, original drawings and background information of their home,” stated Joe. “It’s fun for us to return the home back to what it was and to see the joy and satisfaction in our customers.” Through their attention to efficiency, organization, design and detail, the Thompsons are, in a sense, residential curators, yet often in the end, learn more with each completed project.






HEAR T L AND KITC H EN & BATH BARRINGER HANSEL (PICTURED) AND NICK CHRISSAN It’s no secret that for many families the kitchen is the heartbeat of the home, the quintessential hub of activity. So when it comes time to remodel that treasured space, it can amount to an appreciable undertaking, not one to be taken lightly, either. In addition to ensuring you have the budget to do so, there is also the added inconvenience of not having full access to the kitchen during the remodeling phase. However, one local company has developed a solid reputation for completing that kitchen remodeling project on time, within your budget and to your complete satisfaction while simultaneously minimizing the aspect of inconvenience to your family. In fact, their attention to detail and commitment to quality inspire this company to treat every project as if it was being completed within their own homes. The experts at Heartland Kitchen & Bath focus fully on the customer experience, committed to doing the right thing every time, without exception. Co-owners Barringer Hansel and Nick Chrissan refuse to cut corners or comprise quality and integrity yet can still provide the best value for the money. While the bottom line of most any company is to realize a profit, Heartland Kitchen & Bath measures its success in providing the best in service, design, quality, craftsmanship and value, operating from a platform of complete transparency. Everyone working on a project is fully vetted and each individual hired on with the company is fully insured. Since the company’s inception, Heartland Kitchen & Bath has remained in excellent standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and maintains consistently high rankings with the National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI). If you think you are going to encounter a sales staff that is on full throttle here, you will most likely be disappointed…and pleasantly surprised. “Of course, we do sell a service, but most important, we are educators. We want our clients to feel fully comfortable with the process and we continually do what is in their best interest, never steering them down the wrong path. Again, it is not about the money for us. It is about doing the right thing,” emphasized Hansel. “I’d much rather walk away from a job than to complete a job that does not align with our core values of honesty, integrity, quality, and value. We will always do the right thing every single time and that is what people remember. That is how we built this business and if we believe that something is not a good idea, we will let that client know.” In addition to those core values, Hansel and Chrissan do not rely on subcontractors or vendors. Instead, they have created a reliable team of


dedicated and skilled in-house employees. That strength of organization, coupled with more than 50 years of combined experience, allows this dynamic team to incorporate its invaluable skillsets and talents into the foundation of every project.




Heartland Kitchen & Bath understands that a kitchen is not only a primary gathering spot for the family, but that it must also defer to function, maximize space, invite organization and incorporate elements for convenience. Those components then work in tandem with the company’s focus on unique and specialized craftsmanship. “We do not bring in materials or products from the big box stores,” noted Hansel. “All of our work is custom-made with the client’s needs, style, tastes and desires in mind.” And if certain bumps are encountered along the way, clients don’t have to frustratingly navigate ineffective lines of communication and instead are given direct access to the owners.

Because Heartland Kitchen & Bath is not focused solely on the sales

Heartland Kitchen & Bath operates a continual and open line of

component, they can readily go the extra mile to turn someone’s dream

communication with each client and is ready to assist each individual

into a reality, and at the end of the day, that is the true meaning of

no matter the hour of the day.

success for this growing company. “This is not just sales. We help somebody achieve their dream, whether that is what they’ve envisioned or what we have envisioned for them. We get to work with the client to create their dream home, which becomes the place where they hang out together, bringing a family closer. That is what it is truly all about,” smiled Hansel.

In addition to kitchen remodeling, Heartland Kitchen & Bath has solid experience in bathroom remodeling projects and applies the same level of service, quality, value and expertise to each client on that end.




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hat’s not to love about this sleek and sophisticated wine cellar? Bursting with style, this

glass enclosed room enjoys a grey stackstone look that, while not temperature controlled,

is outfitted with potential to that end. However, it’s tailored look still affords a cool vibe without taking away from its overall function. Completed in early 2015 by Koenig Building + Restoration, this Fairway home belongs to the company’s owners, Molly and Scott Koenigsdorf, who have breathtakingly transformed their basement into a work of art, creating a mini kitchen complete with microwave, full-size refrigerator and so much more. The accompanying wine cellar was the perfect answer for entertaining friends and family. As dozens of wine bottles accent the wall, the adjacent countertop and lower cabinetry and drawers offers the perfect spot for those spontaneous tastings. A designer by trade, Molly even added her own personal and perfect touch to the space with an impressive photo resting just above the tasting area. “That is a photo I took of Grand Central Station in New York City,” she noted. Accent elements contiguous to the wine cellar include muted colors, as influenced by Restoration Hardware; off-white Caesarstone quartz countertops and porcelain tile flooring that gives the appearance of hardwood.





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s you cross the threshold into this one-of-a-kind wine cellar,

With just the right amount of lighting to provide the perfect

you may get the sense of being magically transported to an

ambiance –– from the indirect LED lights to the chandelier above

18th century French chateau, as its exquisite design features bring

the table –– it simply begs one to grab a bottle off the wall, cozy up

on a full sensory experience, from the natural stone wall with backlit

to the center table, pour a glass (or two!) and prepare for a relaxed

wooden insets randomly placed to display special bottles of wine

evening of red or white, cheese, laughter and conversation.

like works of art to the barreled brick ceiling, the lattice-like wine cubbies, the Carrara marble countertop and the stone floor. “The homeowners are true wine aficionados,” noted Tim Homburg, Principal Architect and Co-President of NSPJ

“For many wine enthusiasts, enjoying wine is a ceremonial experience,” expressed Homburg. And this particular wine cellar offers a standing invitation for its owners to continually relish that opportunity.

Architects, whose team designed this rustic and relaxing space.

“When someone is enthusiastic about wine, they want an

“This particular room not only gives them a place to store their

environment in which they can enjoy that passion,” said Homburg.

wine, but to also enjoy it around the table with friends and family. It’s a completely usable room.”

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ost any bottle of wine will pair wonderfully well with this

LED lighting with dimmers for ambiance, this portal to happiness

phenomenal wine cellar in Leawood. Measuring seven feet

is decidedly a strong focal point in this home.

wide by 12 feet in length, this temperature-controlled, wine lovers

“This is truly a masterpiece, like a work of art,” smiled Catenacci,

dream can house up to 800 bottles of the tempting libations.

who also credits Project Manager Brad Ballenger for his efforts in

As part of a remodeling project, this main basement area is sure

this endeavor.

to command a regular audience as it will undoubtedly provide continual peak performance in both form and function.

As viewed from the bar contiguous to the wine cellar, the total glass front acts like a frame for the space that richly plays with a

“We went for a ‘wow’ effect with this one,” expressed Angelo

birch and ebony palate. The exquisite wine cabinetry was provided

Catenacci, owner of Catenacci Construction. Apparently, that

by Jeff Foster. Access to the wine cellar is obtained from a side

threshold was reached and definitely crossed when designed

glass door entry with a wood perimeter. Tile made to look like

and installed.

hardwood flooring from McKee Tile complements the overall theme

With room for a small table, ample counter space and the perfect amount of accent lighting from overhead can fixtures and

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s this a wine cellar or a showcase? While clearly it is both,

the answer truly lies within the motto of the experts at

Syler Custom Homes, owned by Garret Syler, who designed and installed this project. “We just like to take people’s dreams and make them happen,” expressed Mike Powell, Vice President of Syler Custom Homes. “We start with a sketch and draft a dream.” Located underneath a three-car garage in a Lake Lotawana residence, this temperature controlled wine cellar can house up to 5300 bottles of wine and has been specifically designed to meet the lifestyle of the homeowners. “They are true wine connoisseurs,” said Powell. Top to bottom, attention to detail was imperative when installing this room, from the tile flooring atop a concrete base to the barreled, faux-painted ceiling and the commercial-grade glass door that leads into the climate controlled zone. The knotty alder wood throughout lends a true rustic and country feeling to the space while the tasting table against the backlit stained glass wall suggests a touch of quaint beauty. Adhering to a strict methodology of wine cellar construction, which Powell described as a meticulous “step-by-step” process, this project took into account many factors, including the location of the cellar; the installation of


the studs and soffits; the rough-in for refrigeration, the dry


wall, the lighting, the proper insulation and the vapor barrier. The end result is something to which one should raise a glass and make a toast.


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t first glance, the decorative canyon stone that envelopes and embraces this lower level

enclave is perhaps the only invitation you will need to cozy up to the bar and enjoy a glass of vino. All of the warm and rustic elements interlock seamlessly, from the chiseled edge black granite counter top (definitely a talking point!) to the custom built, dark stained maple cabinets and the travertine tile flooring that gives the appearance of wood and enjoys minimal maintenance. A finished product by Total Home Remodeling, this metro area wine room is sure to be a crowd pleaser and a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, as it has “comfortable gathering spot” written all over it. “This is actually more of a wine closet than a wine cellar,” noted Pat Strand, owner of Total Home, who designed and installed it to complement the overall relaxed atmosphere of the space. The inset wine area contiguous to the sink plays host to an opening station with partial storage


his inviting wine cellar on the lower level of a residence in old Leawood is

on one side and storage space on the other.

certainly entitled to appreciable bragging rights. Designed and installed by

The wrought iron decorative piece positioned

Larson Building Company, this 10’ x 8’ temperature-controlled, glass-enclosed

against the travertine tile wall perfectly breaks up

room enjoys a host of eye-catching styles and amenities, including spacious

the stone work while remaining easy on the eyes.

metal and wood wine racks (Larson created the metal ones while the

That same tile is used on the wall behind the sink.

homeowners brought in the wooden ones, which Larson installed), a wine

Undoubtedly, this area leads the pack as one of

tasting shelf, an overhanging steel light fixture, gray-toned walls and 12” x 24”

the highlights of the home.

gray tile flooring. An industrial-style table with accompanying chairs atop a unique area rug add to the mood, begging for a fun evening of wine tasting, great conversation and laughter. Overseen by Ken Coda, Project Manager and Jim Kiely, Chief of Operations for Larson Building Company, this wine cellar is truly a work of art and fits in well with the style of home which was designed with the true essence of old Leawood in mind and was designed with the owners’ appreciation of wine and entertaining in mind. “It’s our job to create exactly what the homeowners want,” expressed Kiely, “Every home we build is a true custom. That means it is built only once. We feel our clients expect this in this price point.” PRO JE C T D E SI G N E R:




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Webber found out that working with his hands was considerably more rewarding than his current occupation –– a sign he needed to pursue his innate talent for woodworking.

Using only repurposed materials to build the products Webber joined forces with the nonprofit conservation organization American

Webber set up shop in a small, 20-foot x 30-foot garage in

Forests. As a result, a tree will be planted for every item purchased

Westport; then named his business Outland Furnishings for his

from Outland Furnishings; helping to rebuild threatened ecosystems.

love of all things about the wilderness.

With the help of social media, craft fairs and web sales, Webber

The next thing he knew, he was making trips down to

is slowly increasing the demand for his unique barrel product.

Kentucky’s ‘Old Bourbon’ region to buy used whiskey barrels from

“People who like the unique quality of the product are the target

Jim Bean and Maker’s Mark distilleries.

market. Those with lake homes or mountain and country homes

That became the easy part.

seem to gravitate to my line. We’re about to ship to Singapore so

After hauling the barrel into his shop, the process becomes

catching the eye of people isn’t just stateside,” he acknowledges.

more labor-intensive, cleaning the charred interior of the casks and meticulously sanding the staves. The results, “Chairs, tables, wine racks, candleholders, footrests and lighting. It’s great to see the evolution from one specific object into a completely different one all the while improving the environment –– also very important,” Webber says.



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Webber’s practice of good environmental ecology is refreshing –– apparently helping his conscience and dreams grow.

One Man’s Surprising Skill Set Though Andrew Webber came by his woodworking skills innately, Andy Wingert found his calling nearly by chance.



“The long and short of it was pretty simple,” says Wingert. “I was looking for a hobby. Not really knowing much, if anything, about woodworking, I decided to give it a try.” Managing partner of Rimann Liquor in Lenexa, Wingert wanted to spruce up the exterior of the Lenexa store. According to Wingert, “Being in a strip mall, there wasn’t anything noteworthy outside. One day, I decided to cut a used wine barrel in half and turned it into a planter. Customers started noticing the planter and asking for other types of furnishings.”

“It’s amazing, since I had limited woodworking skills,” he says. What Wingert likes the most is taking a hulking 59-gallon oak barrel, easily weighing between 125 – 160 pounds, disassembling it, then creating something utilitarian –– something completely different. Not an easy task considering all barrel staves aren’t the same. Some are uneven; often without uniformity. But that’s exactly what Wingert finds interesting and challenging. “A toasted or slightly charred wine cask (to produce a particular

That led to AW Barrels, “My one-man barrel biz for authentic

flavor), has to be sanded to complete the transformation. In that

wine barrel furnishings,” says Wingert admitting that his tinkering

process, I like how the wood reveals itself to me, as the layers of

has turned into a passion.

wine stains bleed through.”

Right now, Wingert has at least 15 to 20 products from Lazy

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item crafted with painstaking effort.

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Keep Calm and Drink On When it comes to wine, everyone has their preferences. When it

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the wine. If you want to store your wine upright, opt for a plastic

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prevents them from being shaken. Shaking can turn the wine gritty and become unpleasant to drink. –– Wine breathes so don’t keep it directly

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near any food items that give off a strong smell, like garlic, as it could permeate through the bottle and taint the wine taste and smell.

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Planning A Wine Tasting Party

As a wine lover, there are few things I enjoy more than tasting a bunch of different wines with good friends and good food. More than any other wine lends itself to cuisine and conviviality, and a good wine tasting party can enhance both. G

Pick a theme that’s easy to execute with regards to both the wine and the cuisine. You can get

narrower or more esoteric down the road, but out of the gate, select wines that are easy to find in a wide price range and cuisine that pairs with them quickly and easily. I’d start with something more mainstream, say Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay or Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, if you and your friends prefer SBs to Chards. G

Decide of the type of tasting you’d like to organize. What I’ve suggested above is a varietal tasting.

It’s much easier to pull off than a horizontal tasting where you would choose a single category from a single vintage such as 2010 Napa Valley Cabernets or 2014 California Chardonnays. With a varietal tasting, you can pick Cabernets, Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, or what ever wine varieties you want from around the world in all different price ranges and from different vintages. G

Limit the number of wine choices. I’d recommend no more than four per grape variety. This will give

you and your guests plenty to taste and talk about without overwhelming their palates. G

Make it a blind tasting. Remove the top of each wine and then wrap the bottles in foil, clearly

labeling each wine with a sharpie. One, two, three, four for white and red is as complicated as you need to get. Mix them up in order or price and region so it's not as simple as cheapest to most expensive, and let the fun begin. 124


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Do a little research on the wines beyond where they come

from and how much you paid. I find "tidbits" on the wines, their regions, their vintage, and their history really add to the appreciation and understanding of what you're tasting. G

Go easy on the pours. A two ounce pour per wine is

perfect. Anything more and you'll turn the wine tasting into wine chugging and that's certainly not the point. G

Set a budget and stay within the range. Your theme could

easily be "Cabernets under $20" if you like, but I find it fun to bring in wines at different price ranges and from different countries and regions to spice up the debate. G

Decide on the number of people you can comfortably

accommodate and provide adequate glassware. G

Keep the tasting simple. I prefer either bread or crackers

and water during the tasting. Save the food for after the tasting where you can create something that pairs with the wines you've featured. I included a great recipe to do just that, and you'll find more at G


Make sure the wines are the right temperature. As

Americans, we serve our white wines too cold and our red wines too warm. My rule is to pull the whites from the fridge 20 minutes before serving and put the reds in the fridge 20 minutes before serving. It's pretty much foolproof. I could go on and on here detailing the use of spit buckets, eliminating extraneous scents in the room, which includes urging your guests not to wear perfume or cologne, talking about how your guests should view, swirl, sip, and savor the wines, but enough is enough. The key is to have fun and learn something about your palate and the wines you enjoy.

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2 oz. wt. ahi tuna, ¼’ dice

Salt and pepper blend


¾ tsp. Sriracha sauce


2 tsp. cilantro oil

4 white corn tortillas, sliced in half


Salt as needed


Place ring mold in the center of a small rimless bowl and pack with pineapple mango salsa in bottom of mold. Pack the avocado salsa on top of the pineapple mango salsa in the mold. Dice tuna in to ¼ inch cubes. Place tuna in a chilled bowl, season with salt and pepper blend and mix well. Pack seasoned tuna on top of avocado salsa in ring mold. Remove ring mold. Make a tight pool of cilantro oil all the way around pineapple mango salsa. Squirt Sriracha sauce in three evenly spaced dots in the cilantro oil. Deep fry tortilla halves at 360 degrees until crisp and golden brown, or heat as desired. Drain well and season with salt as needed. Fan the tortillas to the top of the bowl and serve.

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YOUR BODY ON WINE ounces in a standard glass of wine recommended glasses of wine per day, as well as the benchmark considered a “regular wine drinker”

number of glasses in a bottle of wine

Cheers TO YOUR


The Unexpected Health Benefits of Wine


Wait, WHAT?

the number of minutes after you drink a glass of wine in which the alcohol encourages your body to burn extra calories (hello, lower body fat and smaller waistline!) hours it takes the average human body to metabolize one glass of wine

number of calories in a glass of red wine

number of calories in a glass of white wine

percent by which your risk for gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer lessens when you drink a glass of wine per day

the drop in heart-attack risk when you’re a regular wine drinker

drop in a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer when she drinks a glass of wine per day

percent by which regular wine drinkers’ risk for type 2 diabetes lessens

percent lower mortality rate in wine drinkers as opposed to beer and spirits drinkers



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suggested ratio of water to alcohol intake in order to stay hydrated and decrease chances of a hangover

average grams of sugar in a glass of red wine

average grams of sugar in a glass of white wine

percent by which moderate wine consumption can increase your levels of HDL (good cholesterol)

BAC level associated with lowered inhibition


You Had Me At Anti-Aging The health benefits from drinking wine come from having about one glass of wine with a meal. Keep in mind, this may vary based on gender, age, and alcohol tolerance but as a general rule of thumb no more than two glasses of wine should be had regularly. Moderation is key here, remember. To help understand some of the health benefits associated with wine, we have put together a list of the top 5 benefits of drinking wine. 

Resveratrol is an antioxidant found in wine that is known for its

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Drinking wine may help make you a happier person according

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Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA found that

red wine may be helpful in reducing a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Red wine grapes can help reduce estrogen levels and raise testosterone levels in women who have not yet gone through menopause. This can help reduce the risk of suffering from breast cancer and appears to slow the growth of cancer cells by causing them to cannibalize themselves. Of course, the same can also be said for also eating red grapes –– so pair some grapes, cheese, and red wine and cheers to a healthy long life! 

White wine may help you lose those stubborn 10lbs.

Researchers from Germany conducted a study that followed patients on a calorie restricted diet that had 10% of their energy from juices replaced with white wine. They found that white wine was just as effective at helping people lose weight as using a fruit juice for energy. Go to the gym and come home to a glass of your favorite chardonnay without feeling guilty! Not to worry, red lovers. In a recent study by Washington State University, polyphenols like resveratrol caused mice to burn excess fat through body heat! 

Does heart disease run in your family? Wine, when had in

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Gieske Custom Metal Fabricators & KC Restoration These two local businesses provide not only quality products and services but also something money can’t buy: honesty, integrity and a commitment of service to others.


hile these two local businesses may not necessarily be a part of your daily errands list, more than

likely you have seen their handiwork all over town.

Kansas City is known as a place for its amazing artwork. A simple stroll among its diverse neighborhoods and commercial districts will definitely prove its beauty in all things, and sometimes the artists of such wonders are well-known, and at other times, we take for granted just how such beauty has woven its way into our culture. Not every artist creates with a brush, a palette, pottery or paint. Some create with equipment and materials that may seem raw initially, but the end result is nothing short of stunning. Two area businesses are responsible for an appreciable amount of beauty that we see around the city on a daily basis: Gieske Custom Metal Fabricators and KC Restoration. Strong local roots and desire to deliver service and products with the utmost of integrity and honesty are what have escalated these two companies to the top of their respective industries. 128


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For more than eight decades, Gieske (geese-key) has been a

electrical boxes and wireways, control panels and enclosures,

custom metal fabricator, meeting the needs of over 500 companies

machine guards, work platforms and stairs, ornamental sheet

throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Founded

metal work, custom metal door frames, elevator cab and entrance

on the core principles of service, quality and value to a diverse

frame cladding and so much more. They are competent in the use


of mild steel, stainless steel, along with galvanized aluminum,






fabrications, architectural products,

copper, brass, and zinc.

HVAC, metal building accessories,

Isackson began his career with the

machine components, railroad specialty

company 31 years ago literally on the

tools, safety stands and platforms,

ground floor.

processing equipment and so much

“I started as an apprentice floor

more. Everything is produced by highly

sweeper and when I was three years

skilled sheet-metal-workings journeymen

into it, I was asked if I wanted to buy

using the latest in metal working

into the company but at the time I could


not afford it,” he said.




fabrications of metals. Throughout its

However, Isackson knew he wanted

proud history, Gieske has remained

to eventually own a business and

active in construction and industrial

remain in the metal fabrication arena.






Eight years later, this self-described

strong focus in the area of


manufacturing. The technicians




company and hasn’t looked

are not only metal working

back since.

specialists but also well-

“This is my 31st year in the

versed in project or product

trade,” he noted. “I was

development work, advising

trained by the Sheet Metal





Workers Local #2 in its

coordinating all aspects of a

apprentice training school,

project specifically per the client’s request. Their attention to detail, short turn-around time

initially worked on cars and then transitioned to HVAC schools where I worked on a

and desire to oversee a manageable

sheet metal worker’s car. He was the one

amount of clients are just a few of the

who encouraged me to get into the

reasons why you should choose Gieske.


“We create custom metal fabrications

The business partner with whom

for anything from widgets to whatever,”

Isackson initially purchased the company

smiled Dean Isackson, Gieske’s vice-

eventually retired, so Isackson’s wife,

president referencing some of the

Johna, bought him out.

many features about town with

“She is the President and I am

which you might be familiar.

the Vice President,” laughed

“We created the screen wall

Isackson. “Turns out she is a

behind the pipe organ

good one! She oversees all

at the Kauffman Center

things in the office while I

for Performing Arts, the

oversee the man power

program boosts at the

and estimate jobs.”

Kansas Speedway, concessions booths for schools, crosses for

Whether a large commercial endeavor or a simple residential

churches, waterfall features, abstract artwork, and railroad safety

project, industrial or ornamental, Gieske does them all and stands


confidently at the ready.

Gieske’s menu of services include custom range hoods, stainless steel countertops, custom metal fabrication, custom

“If you want a new hood for your range, for example, you can bring a photo in for an idea and we can


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duplicate it and manufacture it for you. We work with a general

Known for providing exceptional service and extraordinary

contractor who can remove your old hood and install the new one,

results, KC Restoration specializes in metal refinishing, coatings,

and if you want a certain patina finish, then we can refer you to

escalator cleaning, stone polishing and wood restoration. “We

Bill,” noted Isackson, referencing the owner of KC Restoration, with

restore most hard surfaces in Class A commercial buildings,

whom Gieske routinely collaborates on various projects, and this

including scratch removal and refinishing metal; patching and

partnership is proving to be an extremely successful one.

polishing stone; repairing and refinishing wood accent pieces.

As owners of KC Restoration, Bill and LeAnn Luemmen wanted

We offer maintenance contracts on metal, stone and wood, which

to establish a business with a heartfelt purpose of using profits to

keep buildings looking new with impressive interiors that help them

improve the lives of its employees. “It has always been our desire

attract clients and customers,” said LeAnn.

to lead a purposeful life and one way to do that is to give jobs

They can also add customized finishes to new metal surfaces.

to others. We are not just providing an hourly wage, but an

While years ago their clients were predominately commercial,

opportunity to develop a rare skill and be rewarded for hard work

currently they are receiving much work from designers and

and integrity.”

architects who are utilizing custom finishes on metal focal

Their overall mission is to positively impact people’s lives, and that’s not just done with the quality of their work, but also with the

points, such as walls, cooktop hoods, and lighting fixtures in residential interiors.

attentiveness to the relationships built with employees, vendors

A strong partner with KC Restoration, Gieske will build a metal

and customers. “This is a fun and rewarding business,” noted

product for a client, such as a fireplace front, and KC Restoration

LeAnn. “We are blessed with great employees, service providers

will then apply the metal (patina) finish. Describing their use of

and clients. We value the relationships we have developed with all

patina finishes, LeAnn noted that what remains unique to their

of them and are always seeking ways to add value to their lives.”

methods is that they can provide color changes, as well as texture

Bill, a retired police captain and LeAnn, a former teacher,

changes, and their technicians are highly-trained in many forms of

relocated to the Kansas City area from California in 2011 so that

this craft, from industrial, copper and rub-oiled bronze. “We also

they could provide their daughter with the quality education

are one of a few in the country who can add a patina finish to hot

associated with the school districts here. While still living in

or cold rolled steel, which is a hot trend right now.”

California, Bill was introduced to the concept of this business and became trained in metal refinishing and patina finishes.

Their tireless efforts and attention to detail have led them to be known as the metro area’s premier metal refinisher, treating every project as if it was one of their own.



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providing an income and benefits for its employees, the company has donated to a cornucopia of worthy causes, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the Fisher House, and Companions for Heroes. Recently they donated their services to restore the plaques of Medal of Honor recipients at the Emporia Veterans’ Memorial and added a patina finish to decorative wings for a statue at the Ronald McDonald House in North Carolina. “Bill and LeAnn are great people,” noted Isackson. “They run an honest company and provide outstanding service. And Bill shows up at our offices every Friday like it’s pay day. We joke about that, as he is so consistent and deals regularly with our sales staff. He is very respected and well-liked. I can confidently refer anyone who wants a great patina finish on anything to call Bill.” Bill and LeAnn make an excellent team, with Bill standing as the

Bill feels the same appreciation, “I’m grateful to be able to have

expert in patina finishes, as well as tending to the training of the

a partner I can trust, week in and week out, as Gieske reliably

staff and to all sales endeavors. LeAnn is in charge of the business

does high quality work and values relationships as much as we do.

side of the equation, making finance, marketing, human resources,

They are well respected in the community and we appreciate

and administration decisions.

them spreading the word about us.” LeAnn adds, “Gieske has a

Among their many clients are Hallmark, Burns & McDonnell, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, MC Realty Group,

reputation for quality work and we value the working relationship and friendship we have with them.”

Kessinger/Hunter, CBRE, Otis, J.E. Dunn Construction and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Other clients with whom both companies collaborate include American Century Investments where KC Restoration provides all of the finishing on the elevator doors fabricated by Gieske and also the fascia panels for the ovens at SPIN! Pizza. As a for-profit business, KC Restoration does not take its successes for granted and to that end continually gives back to the community in countless ways. In addition to its mission of


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With the return of our beloved Chiefs comes our second favorite thing about the football season ––


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Real News and Real Estate

rowing up in the rice fields and oil patches of Goose Creek,

career with ReeceNichols. And that appears to be working

Texas, near Houston, Mark Alford knew by fifth grade what

as well.

he wanted to be when he grew up, a TV anchorman. Alford got his early inspiration from his three heroes: Walter Cronkite, Johnny

In his first two years as a Realtor, Alford chalked up more than $8,000,000 in sales and listings in the metro.

Carson and his Uncle Jerry Adams, an anchorman in Oklahoma

While Alford works with clients from all walks of life, he

City. Three “kings” of TV, who, Alford says, left lasting impressions.

specializes in luxury properties and “Empty Nesters” like him and

"They really knew how to connect with their audience through

his wife, Leslie, clients looking to downsize and put the equity

their sincerity, transparency, and humor. That's what I strive to do

they have in their home to work.

each morning, to just be me!” Alford’s approach to morning news seems to be working. In 18 years of anchoring the Fox 4 morning show, (the longest of any morning anchor in the market), Alford has amassed more than 18,000 hours on air, far more than any of his early heroes, while maintaining consistently high ratings.

Alford is also heavily involved in a new commercial/residential project in the southern part of the metro, a 300 million dollar soccer

“It’s really our morning team that makes the difference, people behind the scenes and on air. We’re like family to each other and to our viewers,” says Alford.

village with 400,000 square feet of retail and custom homes called “Gateway Soccer Village.” Alford describes it this way, “Imagine Zona Rosa combined with

It’s that family approach, familiarity and extensive knowledge of

the Overland Park soccer complex, some quality hotels, nature

the market that Alford is now using in his burgeoning real estate

trails, quality apartments and single family homes. It's the future of family recreation as we know it.” So what's in Mark Alford’s future? TV news is his first


passion. He says he plans to stay at Fox 4 for as long as they’ll have him, while building his real estate business “one relationship at a time.” Mark Alford, the kid from



Texas who’s migrating to



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Search engine optimization, or SEO, relates to all the things you do for a website or company to show up on the first page of Google. Google is important these days because it’s more than a search engine. “Googling” has become part of the modern purchase process.

Almost any business with a physical office space will benefit from a high definition Google Virtual Tour:

Doubt that? Consider that consumer Google searches are soaring. In 2014, there were roughly 3.5 billion Google searches per day. “Search Engine Land” recently reported that for this year, by comparison, there are more than 5.5 billion Google searches per day. That’s approximately 65,000 Google searches per second.

Medical Offices | Restaurants | Banks | Hotels | Car Dealers Corporate Offices | Storefront Businesses | Retails Businesses Manufacturing Facilities | Any Business with a Showroom For an example of a 360 tour, visit:

Few consumers try or buy anything new without “googling it” first. People even follow up wordof-mouth referrals with an Internet search. If prospects can’t find your business quickly on Google, or if your website is dated or unprofessional, you might be losing more referral business than you realize. For small businesses today, there is one universal truth: If you want to grow your business, you can’t ignore Google.

With Google Search playing such an important role in small business growth, business owners and marketers are constantly looking for ways to get better visibility. Fortunately, there is a powerful and affordable local SEO tactic that can significantly improve your Google-driven leads and sales. In fact, Google explicitly states that 360 Virtual Tours lead to a 100 percent increase in business listing interest. At our agency, we’ve seen this as high as 1,000 percent or more when coupled with a local SEO strategy. This new way to showcase your business online not only has the “wow factor” buyers and business owners love, it also establishes trust immediately with Internet users, because they can see you are a real, credible business as soon as they click on your business listing.

The “catch” is that in order to get a Google 360 Virtual Tour, you have to get one through a Google Trusted Photographer or Agency. Google only allows individuals and agencies enrolled in this program to upload these panoramic tours directly into Google Maps. The only problem is that most photographers, even Google certified photographers, are not SEO specialists. In order to get the most out of a Google 360 Virtual Business Tour, you should optimize your Google My Business / Google Maps listing so that you can get the best return for this investment. By optimizing your Google My Business Listing while adding a 360 Virtual Tour, you can substantially increase your visibility potential on local Google searches. ®

Kansas City SEO is enrolled in the Google Trusted Photographer program. We have also invested is the Iris360 Immersive Reality Imaging System, a device that was developed jointly by NCTech and Google. This technology enables our agency to quickly and affordably shoot high definition 360 images that meet the Google Street View quality guidelines.

Phil Singleton owns and operates Kansas City Web Design®, a WordPress web development agency and Kansas City SEO®, a boutique Internet marketing company based in Overland Park, Kan. Phil’s team runs scores of SEO and PPC campaigns for companies of all sizes and geographic scope. Phil has co-written several Amazon best-selling books and eBooks, including “The Small Business Owner’s Guide to Local Lead Generation” and “Local SEO: Proven Tips & Strategies For Better Google Rankings.” For more advice and tips just like those above, connect with Phil Singleton on LinkedIn. He will send you a digital copy of one of his best-selling eBooks. (913) 735-9105 |


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Home of Distinction: A worthy tour benefiting local children charities. STARS 2016: Our 2nd annual edition featuring KC's best in real estat...

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Home of Distinction: A worthy tour benefiting local children charities. STARS 2016: Our 2nd annual edition featuring KC's best in real estat...