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2-3 Barnett’s Birthday President’s Letter


HEMP Highlights Where In The World? Celebrate HEMP Entrepreneurial Field Trip HEMP Events & Retreat

10-15 New Fellow Spotlights Mentee/Mentor Matches New Mentors

Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program



Thank you to all our generous sponsors who donated in honor of Barnett’s 85th Birthday Celebration.

When you think HEMP and what it has done for your business and for you as a leader, how do you place a value on that? Has it been, and does it continue to be, worth far more than the fees you put into it? Many believe the answer is a resounding yes! In 2018, we had an opportunity to thank Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. for what he started and how HEMP has impacted our businesses, families and lives. Barnett turned 85 on December 29, 2018, and we celebrated by ensuring that HEMP continues on sound financial footing for years to come. Many HEMPers decided to pay it forward to future generations of KC entrepreneurs that need 2nd stage mentoring to propel Kansas City forward. In honor of the Big Guy turning 85 and our generous HEMP Mentors, HEMP is celebrated by raising funds to go toward HEMP’s Pay It Forward Restricted Reserve, a revenue source that ensures the viability of HEMP for generations of future entrepreneurs. We see this as an investment in a cause all of us are passionate about and one that has greater meaning than our individual successes. We know you do, too!

THANK YOU SUSAN AHN Great Plains Supply, Inc. NEIL BARNETT Care Haven Homes, LLC RITA BASLOCK Max Electric, Inc. JOE BEVERIDGE Russell-Hampton Co. AUSTIN BICKFORD BicMedia, Inc. BOB BRUSH Retired, Hallmark DAVE CACIOPPO emfluence, llc HARRY CAMPBELL Retired, Durrie Vision FARUK CAPAN Intouch Solutions JEFF CATES Cates Auction & Realty Co., Inc. LEANNE COFIELD Visage, Inc. TED COHN STEVE COLE Former President of Dedicated Distribution, Inc. JUSTIN COPELAND Triggerfish Corporation RITA CORTÉS Menorah Heritage Foundation SARA CROKE Weather or Not, Inc. DOMINIQUE DAVISON DRAW Architecture + Urban Design CHRISTINA DREILING HEMP DAVID FOWLER Retired, KPMG LLP LAIRD GOLDSBOROUGH Valbridge Property Advisors KEVIN GRABILL Grabill Plumbing, Inc. SKULI GUDMUNDSSON OCCU-TEC, Inc. RON HELMER Synetic Technologies, Inc. CHUCK HOFFMAN Hoffman Management Corp. KIM ISENHOWER Nationwide Transportation and Logistics Services, Inc.

LAURA LEE JONES Lionshare, Inc. SCOTT KING Kendal King Group JEFF KREUTZ KH Properties, LLC JON LAMBERT Pacific Mutual Door Company DEUCE LIVERS Livers Bronze Company DAVE & TRACY LOCKTON Lockton Companies TIM & VICKI LOPATOFSKY LKLL&L, Inc. BILL & MISSY LOVE Biostar Renewables & Alaskan Fur Company BARY MARQUARDT STEVE MATHEWS Paceline Products, Inc. QUENTIN McARTHUR McQueeny Group, Inc. NANCY McCULLOUGH e2E, LLC CHERYL McCONNELL Rockhurst University MARY McLEAN SCOTT McRUER UHY LLP/UHY Advisors DEBBIE MURPHY The Shirley and Barnett Helzberg Foundation CRAIG NOVORR Paragon Capital Management, LLC DANNY O’NEILL The Roasterie, Inc. MIKE PANDZIK MIKE PASLEY Central Packaging MOBANK DAVE PERKY TPP Certified Public Accountants WILL POLESE BERYL & PAUL RAFF REISLER FAMILY FOUNDATION FUND

MITCH RICE Commercial Capital Company, L.L.C. ALEX RIPPBERGER NATHAN ROBERTS Avenue Link MICHELLE ROBIN Your Wellness Connection, PA WALT RYCHLEWSKI Retired Dotcom Entrepreneur JACK SCHMID J. Schmid & Assoc., Inc. PAUL SCHOFER Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts JON SCHRAM The Purple Guys STEVE SHONDELL Heathwood Oil Co., Inc. CISSE SPRAGINS Rockwell Labs Ltd. DAN STALP Sandler Training GINA STUELKE Kenton Brothers Inc. Systems for Security CONNIE SWARTZ JAY TOMLINSON HELIX Architecture + Design ED VAN BUSKIRK ifuloveme.org EMILY VOTH Indigo Wild DAN WALKER MELODY WARREN Transportation Logistics Systems, Inc. JIM WEIR Compalliance Managed Care FRANK WEYFORTH WH Management Services DUEY WILLIAMS Skyline E3 RALPH WROBLEY Husch Blackwell LLP DEBORAH YOUNG, PhD Organizational and Leadership Consulting


PRESIDENT’S LETTER Hello HEMPers, I’m Scott King, and I am embarking on a two-year journey as your new President of the HEMP Board of Directors. I’m excited for the challenge, but I am also apprehensive knowing that there is a lot of responsibility entrusted to me by the organization. I think a lot about the rich, 24-year history of HEMP, and the legends that have made it into what it is today. There are some difficult shoes to fill for sure.

“We owe it to Barnett and to HEMP to keep our culture strong and our community vibrant for the next 25 years and beyond.”

When I first came into HEMP as a Mentee in 2007, I knew I had hit on something special. Never before had I been involved in a professional organization that genuinely cared about my outcome – not only from a business perspective, but also from a personal one. I was floored, -Scott King and I was all-in. That is why I am so excited to get the opportunity to serve all of you. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t wanted this job. I thought about it from the day I graduated my 3-year mentoring journey. Why? Because I wanted to find a way I could pay it forward. I wanted to thank Barnett, I wanted to thank my mentor and I wanted to thank all of you. It’s a chance to give back to the one organization that means the most to me, second only to my personal business. Whenever you begin a new role in an organization, it is natural to think about goals and outcomes. I have spent the last few months thinking about what impact I’d like to leave on HEMP after my term is up. After several conversations with Barnett and some internal reflection, I believe it is my duty to concentrate on making sure HEMP is positioned for the future from both an organizational and a cultural standpoint. Next year, HEMP will be celebrating 25 years as Kansas City’s premier, 2nd stage entrepreneurial mentoring organization. That is a milestone that deserves celebration (and we will), but it is also a milestone of great responsibility. We owe it to Barnett and to HEMP to keep our culture strong and our community vibrant for the next 25 years and beyond. Thus, I will be concentrating a lot of my time on making HEMP better for everyone – keeping HEMP strong through continuous improvement and working to perpetuate the culture. My vision is to make HEMP’s value proposition so strong that entrepreneurial Mentees and Mentors will be banging on the door to get in. And to be frank, I need your help. There will be many opportunities over the next two years for you to make an impact. Be active. Be engaged. I want to make it abundantly clear that I need to hear from you. How can we sustain this great organization, and how can we make it even better? My contact information is in the Resource Guide, but perhaps the easiest way to reach me is via email: sking@kendalking.com. I want to hear what you like about HEMP and I want to hear what you don’t like. As an active participant in this great organization, take time to let me hear your voice. I’ll be listening. See you at the next HEMP event! SCOTT KING, HEMP President and Mentor Kendal King Group



WHERE IN THE WORLD IS HEMP? As entrepreneurs and members of the global community, our HEMPers’ travels take them near and far - and they take a little piece of HEMP with them everywhere they go! Check out some of the amazing places our HEMPers traveled to this past year.

SPECIAL TIES: MENTEE/ MENTOR BONDING Matt Syverson visited Little Italy in San Diego.

RL Brooks and crew float on the river at Bennett Springs.

Scott King embraces his hipster side at Seattle’s Public Market.

Carol Espinosa at the CHUUK International Airport in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Austin Bickford taking a stroll in NYC. Laird Goldsborough sightseeing in Iceland.

Vlad Kaufman enjoying the scenery at Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

Jack Schmid at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit.

Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.



CELEBRATE HEMP 2018 A chance for our participants and their spouse/significant other to come together to mingle in a relaxed and social gathering while celebrating the organization we all love!

Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., Burnetta Burtin, Eric Burtin and Lirel Holt.

Ginny and Skuli Gudmundsson catch up with Mike Pasley.

Danny O’Neill, Lynda Shapiro, Carla O’Neill and Bob Shapiro pose for a photo.

Chris and Jessica Underwood, Brent and Meghan Voepel, Ryan Elder and Jeff Kreutz enjoy the view.

Gina Stuelke and Jay Tomlinson share about their HEMP experience.

Cynthia Savage, Missy Love and Renee McDougal are nothing but smiles.

Cordial Craft whipping up a HEMP cocktail.



Joelsette Jones and Susan Ahn put their heads together at the Profit and Cash Simulation event.

HEMPers enjoy a Lunch With The Big Guy, a small group that discusses business topics with Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. These lunches are confidential, free-flowing discussions about what is on your mind with business issues.

The Class of 2015 enjoyed a lunch at Barnett’s Basement to celebrate their graduation with a New Fellows Luncheon.

HEMP provides a variety of programming for entrepreneurs to get out of their businesses so they may work on them. Many educational and networking events provide HEMPers with an opportunity to benefit from the expertise of industry professionals and others within the HEMP community.

We all love coming together each year for Circle of Reciprocity where we all pay it forward, sharing our resources.

Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr. shares his vision for the future.

Scott King and Tracy Lockton say a few words at the Mentor Holiday Happy Hour.



ENTREPRENEURIAL FIELD TRIP A small group of HEMP participants visit businesses in other cities to learn about their culture and lessons learned to take back a fresh perspective to their own business. Being out of town with a small group encourages new relationships at a deeper level. HEMP has traveled on these field trips since 2013! The HEMP group after visiting Kendra Scott and her company. Front row (from left to right): Shirley Bush Helzberg, Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., Joelsette Jones, Kerry Hartnett, Kendra Scott, Doris Royals, Melody Warren, Christina Dreiling, Kali Buchanan and Madison Siegfried. Second row (from left to right): Dave Cacioppo, Bill Hartnett, Lirel Holt, Carla O’Neill, Janene Ervin, Robyn Schmitz, Ginny Gudmundsson and Travis Siegfried. Back row (from left to right): Danielle Debbrecht, Robin Royals, Austin Bickford, Jeremy Greenamyre, Danny O’Neill, Scott King, Bret Schmitz, Jeff Kreutz, Skuli Gudmundsson, Mike O’Malley and Will Buchanan.

ON TO ICELAND! We are pleased to announce that from June 22 - 28, 2019 HEMP will be going to Iceland!

A visit to Yeti wouldn’t be complete without HEMP branded Yeti Tumblers! Front row (left to right): Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., Skuli Gudmundsson, Ginny Gudmundsson, Kerry Hartnett, Doris Royals, Missy Love, Christina Dreiling and Hayley Cacioppo. Second row (left to right): Jeremy Greenamyre, Austin Bickford, Scott King, Mike O’Malley, Bill Love, Robin Royals, Janene Ervin, Bill Hartnett and Dave Cacioppo.

Hayley and Dave Cacioppo enjoying the tour at Whole Foods.

For the past 6 years HEMP has taken an Entrepreneurial Field Trip to some exciting places: Las Vegas, Nashville, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and Austin! We have visited businesses such as Tesla, Starbucks, Boeing, 3M, Salesforce, Zappos, Shelby Car Factory, Dave Ramsey and Tennessee Bun Company, just to name a few. Our trip to Austin was one for the books! We visited some amazing businesses, including Kendra Scott, Whole Foods and Yeti. We also made time to check out the night life. HEMPers stuck in an elevator!



HEMP’s annual event kicks off our program year with a new class of Mentees and a class that graduates after their 3 year mentorship. It’s a full day of keynote speakers, small interactive sessions and time to catch up with entrepreneurs to help you work on your business, not in it!

Deborah Young, PhD, Gina Stuelke and Deuce Livers are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for an early morning start.

Ron LeMay, OpenAir Equity Partners, shares his wisdom during the luncheon keynote.

Bill and Missy Love, Jeff Kreutz and Janene Ervin unwind at happy hour.

John Miller and Chuck Hoffman stop for a photo opportunity.


The Mentee Class of 2018 are all smiles after performing a skit at dinner.

Barb Teicher, Certified Speaking Professional, steps out into the audience and talks about “It’s How You Say It”.

Shirley Bush Helzberg smiles onstage while sharing her experiences.

Emcee, Joe Runyan, laughs as he hands the microphone to Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr.



CONGRATS, LIREL HOLT! 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurial Mentoring Award Recipient

Lirel Holt receives the Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurial Mentoring. Left to Right: Barnett Helzberg, Jr., Bill Hartnett and Lirel Holt.

At the 2018 Retreat, we recognized Lirel Holt for his Lifetime of Achievement in Entrepreneurial Mentoring. Lirel has exhibited an unwavering commitment and countless hours of service to helping business owners grow as entrepreneurs.

Lirel Holt poses with his Mentee, Mike Zimmerman, and his shiny new award.

Lirel Holt gets emotional after receiving his award.

The Holt family standing proud with Lirel and his award.

THE IMPACT OF LIREL HOLT “Lirel has been an incredible builder of HEMP from the first day in my basement to building our outstanding software to being a raved-about mentor. We have been most fortunate that he has shared his gifts so generously with all HEMPers.� -Barnett C. Helzberg, Jr., HEMP Founder


GRADUATING CLASS OF 2015 CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To be a teacher. FONDEST MEMORY: Honeymoon/son being born. FAVORITE ALBUM: “Dookie” by Green Day. PROUDEST MOMENT: Being elected President of my college fraternity. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Being a father. PERFECT DAY: Caribbean beach + family + good book. FIRST JOB: Waiter at Tippin’s.

Will Buchanan Treadwell LLC

1707 East 123rd Terrace Olathe, KS 66061 913.396.6216 will@wetreadwell.com

INDULGENCE: Netflix and Amazon TV shows. IDOL: My parents. MY LIFE IS: An adventure.

CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To be a cowgirl. FONDEST MEMORY: My grandmother taking me to the farm in the summers, she was a real gem! FAVORITE ALBUM: Diana Ross - “Greatest Hits”. PROUDEST MOMENT: When the BNSF contract was renewed without an RFP bid due to our high level of service and customer satisfaction. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Starting my own business. PERFECT DAY: With my grandkids or a sunny day riding my bicycle.

Vicki Clayman

FIRST JOB: Carwash attendant.

Partners N Promotion

INDULGENCE: Traveling and a martini.

1465 North Winchester Street Olathe, KS 66061 913.397.9500 vicki@partnersnpromo.com

MY LIFE IS: I wonder every day why am I so blessed but then I say, “Why not?!”.

IDOL: As a child, my dad. As an adult, Matt Rose (CEO BNSF).

CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To be a professional baseball player. FONDEST MEMORY: Family vacation to Yosemite, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota Badlands. FAVORITE ALBUM: The Rolling Stones - “Live Licks”. PROUDEST MOMENT: Getting married. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Building on and continuing the success of my family’s business.

Ryan Elder

Facility Systems, Inc. 8691 West 96th Street, Suite #2 Overland Park, KS 66212 913.341.1529 relder@fsikc.com

PERFECT DAY: Pheasant hunting in western Kansas in the morning, going to a K-State football game that night and hanging out in Aggieville after the game. FIRST JOB: Worked at a batting cage, driving range, miniature golf course. INDULGENCE: Cookies. IDOL: My parents. MY LIFE IS: Lucky.



CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To be an attorney (I was weird). FONDEST MEMORY: Days spent with my grandfather, my wife and the birth of my son. FAVORITE ALBUM: "Science" by Incubus. PROUDEST MOMENT: Birth of my son. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Running a company. PERFECT DAY: Good, solid work day and coming home to a full house. FIRST JOB: Dishwasher.

Grant Gooding

INDULGENCE: Documentaries.

Proof Positioning

IDOL: My grandfather.

4400 College Boulevard, Suite 200 Overland Park, KS 66211 913.991.3667

MY LIFE IS: Challenging and rewarding - just as it should be.


CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To ride in the Tour de France. FONDEST MEMORY: Becoming a parent. FAVORITE ALBUM: Jimmy Buffett - “Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads”. PROUDEST MOMENT: Getting through that 1st year of owning my own company. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Being a great parent. PERFECT DAY: Spending the day with our kids by the pool or on a beach. FIRST JOB: Bussing tables in an Italian restaurant.

Jeff Kreutz

KH Properties, LLC 4010 Washington, Suite 400 Kansas City, MO 64111 816.682.4268 jeffkreutz@yahoo.com

INDULGENCE: I am a “foodie” so anywhere with great food. IDOL: Jimmy Buffett - he has a perfect balance of working hard, playing hard and enjoying time with family and friends. MY LIFE IS: Fantastic. I have been very fortunate to enjoy so many great experiences. CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To own my own business. FONDEST MEMORY: Taking vacations with my family and watching the kids experience new things for the first time. FAVORITE ALBUM: I prefer to listen to sports talk radio, I flip between 810 and 610. PROUDEST MOMENT: Getting married and having each of my children. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Leaving the comfort of my first job after 10 years to the challenge of buying a small business 1 week after my second son was born.

Craig Novorr

Paragon Capital Management

PERFECT DAY: Spend time with my family, stock market up, bring in a new client and have dinner with my wife and kids! FIRST JOB: Assistant Stock Trader at UMB Wealth Management.

9200 Indian Creek Parkway, Suite 600 INDULGENCE: Cheesecake. Overland Park, KS 66221 913.451.6330 IDOL: I don’t believe in idols, I want to be the best at everything I do. cnovorr@paragoncap.com

MY LIFE IS: Very challenging, keeping the balance of family and business.


GRADUATING CLASS OF 2015 CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To become a builder of great homes. FONDEST MEMORY: Spending time in Puerto Vallarta with my wife, Katie. FAVORITE ALBUM: J.J. Cale - Live. PROUDEST MOMENT: Birth of my son. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Staying organized. PERFECT DAY: Full day of work, a really good workout, and time with my wife and son.

David Schleicher

Prairie Design Build, Inc 270 Hillcrest Road West Lake Quivira, KS 66217 913.441.0000 david@prairiedesignbuild.com

FIRST JOB: Laborer for my dad’s framing crew at 12 years old. INDULGENCE: Very long trail runs. IDOL: Keith Eymann - Ambassador Homes. MY LIFE IS: Forever changing.

CHILDHOOD AMBITION: To be an architect. FONDEST MEMORY: Growing up in Arizona...just being out in the desert. Smells great after the rain! FAVORITE ALBUM: “Love” by The Cult. PROUDEST MOMENT: Watching my son have a game winning walk-off hit in baseball. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Getting everything done! PERFECT DAY: It would definitely involve a golf course.

Sean Simms SKS Studio

1925 Central Street, Suite A Kansas City, MO 64108 913.544.5730 sean@sksimms.com

FIRST JOB: I was a telemarketer (after I left everyone was sent to jail!). INDULGENCE: Ice cream. IDOL: My mom. MY LIFE IS: Always interesting...never dull.

CHILDHOOD AMBITION: First woman President. FONDEST MEMORY: The hours and days after having a new baby, the most blissful time filled with unimaginable joy and gratitude. FAVORITE ALBUM: Fleetwood Mac - “Rumours”. PROUDEST MOMENT: Achieving our 2014 revenue stretch goal in early December with time to spare. PERFECT DAY: On a boat with my family. FIRST JOB: Cashier at a pharmacy.

Jessica Underwood Chief of Staff, Inc.

601 East 63rd Street, Suite 330 Kansas City, MO 64110 816.581.2776 junderwood@chiefofstaff.com

INDULGENCE: A McLain’s Chocolate Drop Cookies (or 2). IDOL: Jessica Alba, Founder and CEO of the Honest Company, and Jessica Harrin, Founder and CEO of Stella and Dot. There is a Jessica pattern here... :). MY LIFE IS: Busy and blessed.



CHILDHOOD AMBITION: I always wanted to build things, everything from elaborate forts and dirt tracks to decks and gazebos. FONDEST MEMORY: The day I married my high school sweetheart and the births of my three beautiful daughters. FAVORITE ALBUM: Love all kinds of music. Fascinated by the kids at okmusicfoundation.org. BIGGEST CHALLENGE: How do we grow?

Mike Zimmerman

PERFECT DAY: Wake up to the smell of Roasterie coffee and scones in the Swiss Alps. Ski accident free all day with the family. Dine on the mountain. Finish the day out by relaxing in an outdoor hot tub and taking a sleigh ride to a secluded chalet.

Artisan Technology Group

FIRST JOB: Grease monkey.

9201 Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO 64114 816.309.0331

INDULGENCE: Gourmet cheese and crackers for dinner and a nice bottle of wine.


IDOL: Tom Osborne. MY LIFE IS: Hectic, chaotic, wonderful and extremely blessed.

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Gene Abramov

Danny O’Neill

Depth Security

The Roasterie, Inc.







Craig Armstrong

David Fowler

Chase DeRousse

Ted Murray


Retired, KPMG LLP

Major Painting

Colliers International Kansas City





Carol Espinosa

Frank Weyforth

Julie Farrell

John Goodman

Rusty Fulling

Paul Schofer

Freedom Interiors

WH Management Services

Regents Flooring

Pareto Marketing, Inc.

Fulling Management & Accounting, Inc.

Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts







Shelby Herrick

Larry Goldstein

Dan Holmgren

Harry Campbell

Richard Hu

Dan Walker

Shelby Herrick Salon


Imagemakers Inc.

Retired, Durrie Vision

HJM Architects








Michelle Macrorie

Rita Cortes

Nancy McCullough

Jack Schmid

Rick O’Neill

Gary Short

Autism From The Start

Menorah Heritage Foundation

e2E, LLC

Retired - J. Schmid & Assoc., Inc.








Kari Simpson

Larry Hawks

Babir Sultan

Mary Lou Jacoby

Justin Watkins

Digital Marketing Inc.




Native Digital



Tom Wilkins

Gary Gilson


Retired, Husch Blackwell, LLP


Will Polese



Harry Campbell

David Fowler

Gary Gilson

Retired, Durrie Vision

Retired, KPMG LLP

Retired, Husch Blackwell, LLP

John Goodman

Larry Hawks

Dr. Michelle Robin

Pareto Marketing, Inc.


Your Wellness Connection, PA

Paul Schofer Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts

Dan Walker




Frank Weyforth WH Management Services

1 Trust is essential; build it first.


2 Mentoring is a two-way process; learn from each other.


3 Growing the person grows the business.



Reynolds Consulting, LLC


4 Listen more than you talk, and never assume. 5 Hold each other accountable.


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