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Northland Voice The

a publication of the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

volume 21 • issue 1

What’s Inside Annual Banquet Reserve your table today! January 19 Cocktails 5:30pm Seating 6:30pm Dinner 7pm ●●● Let’s Talk Business January 11 7:30-8:30am ●●● Networking Breakfast January 23 7:30-8:30am ●●● Legislative Trip February 4-5 Jefferson City, MO

Thank you Antioch Printing for printing this month’s newsletter in full color. Antioch has donated this service to the Chamber to show our members one example of the services they provide. Thank You!

January 2013

Message from the Chair of the Board As the Chamber enters its 21st year of service to the Northland community, it is my extreme pleasure and honor to serve as your Chair of the 2013 Board of Directors. In 20 years we have seen unprecedented growth in business, population and influence to our great region. We have established lines of communication between business, education and political partners. As we enter the third decade of our existence the sky is the limit for the Northland. In the past year we have seen plans for the redevelopment of Antioch and Metro North malls and the construction of two interchanges on highway 169, which will feed development of the 1st and 2nd Creek areas. It is my hope that new development in the Northland will keep the tradition of Kansas City’s original plan of a city within a park. We have a front row seat to ensure these developments are a community within a park. With population growth, opportunities for new and increased business will grow. With this growth come new challenges on our magnificent school districts. We must advocate legislation for our districts to keep up with demand and maintain our expectation of high quality education. Among our successes in 2012, Ford Motor Company has committed its confidence in the Northland with a workforce to expand and add jobs to the economy. With the improvements to the Broadway Extension and other river crossings we have added better accessibility and created more unified connections to all areas of our city. It is with all of these efforts in mind that I have chosen our 2013 Chamber theme…’Trails to Success in the Northland’. The ‘Trails to Success’ will encompass personal, business, educational, developmental, and quality of life opportunities. It is my personal experience that membership and involvement in the Chamber enhances your possibilities to be successful in the Northland…no matter what your endeavor may be…your TRAIL TO SUCCESS can start right here. Dave Mecklenburg, CEK Insurance

Spencer Fields, 2012 Northlander of the Year In this Chamber, being selected and Northlander of the Year is an extreme accomplishment. The person who is selected is someone who has shown outstanding dedication and support to not only the Chamber, but to the Northland region. As a longtime Chamber member with Mercer, Spencer fields has been an advocate for not only NRCC, but the region. With his leadership on the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Board, serving as Chair in 2002 and again on the board

in 2010, his vision and organization helped set the stage for the Chamber’s growth and success. Serving as a North Kansas City Schools board member for 12 years, Fields understood the importance of education and serving the community outside the Chamber walls. He is also known for working on many bond/levy campaigns to help better the region. Fields is a leader, friend and a true Northlander in every sense of the word.

Membership Mission Statement To enhance the business community, economic growth and quality of life in the Northland.

2013 Officers

Chair Dave Mecklenburg, CEK Insurance Past Chair Louise Welborn, Nothland Community Foundation Chair Elect Chris Byrd, Christopher W Byrd, PC Treasurer Bruce Cramer, Cramer Capital Management

Division Chairs Business Development Rosemary Salerno Zona Rosa

Governmental Affairs Sabin Yanez Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers Leadership Tony Reinhart Ford Motor Company Membership Services Janet Kenny Citizens Bank & Trust


Chamber President Sheila Tracy Vice President Karla Martinez Events & Communication Coordinator Brianna Hernandez Administrative Coordinator Mary Vogel

Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce

634 NW Englewood Rd Kansas City MO 64118 Phone 816/455-9911 Fax 816/455-9933 Email The Northland Voice is a monthly publication of the Northland Regional Chamber. Notification of articles, information and advertising is due in the Chamber office by the 10th of the month for the following month’s edition. We reserve the right to edit or rewrite material submitted. Submit any suggestions, comments or questions to Brianna Hernandez at 816/455-9911 or

Welcome to our New Chamber Members! Cosentino’s New Mark Sun Fresh Dan Vereecke 1225 N. Oak Trfwy Kansas City, MO 64155 (816) 734-8800 Fax: (816) 734-3605 Cosentino’s Price Chopper Lou DeMarco 9717 N. Ash Avenue Kansas City, MO 64157 (816) 883-2770 Fax: (816) 883-2774

One Way Construction Brian Douglas 4370 N Oak Trafficway, Suite 102 Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 453-2800 Fax: (816) 453-2808

k12itc, Inc. Dr. Dennis Fisher 5904 NW 63rd Terrace Kansas City, MO 64154 (816) 382-4800

Wells and Associates Douglas Wells 4019 N Main Street Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 377-3374

Staley Farms Golf Club Megan Albers 10310 North Olive Avenue Kansas City, MO 64155 (816) 734-3839 Fax: (816) 734-8668

Thank you for renewing your 2 Dawgs Copies Antioch Dental Group CommunityAmerica Credit Union Corvettes and Classics Crooked Creek Apartments Discover Vision Centers Eagle Animal Hospital Firehouse Subs Greenhaven Sod & Landscaping Haith & Company, Inc Hallier Reed, LLC Henry Wurst, Inc Hooters IMKO Kansas City Art Institute-Northland Campus Kansas City Home & Gardens Magazine

Chamber investment this month.

Kansas City Zoo KTTR Services, Inc Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home The National Golf Club of Kansas City Northland Early Education Center Papa John’s Pizza The Peterson Companies Polsinelli Shughart, PC Randy Reed Buick-GMC City of Riverside Southern Platte Fire Protection District Town & Country Building Services Turn the Page Online Marketing University of Phoenix-KC Campus VALIC Financial Advisors White Goss Bowers March Schulte & Wesenfels January 2013

Chamber News International Travel OpportunityAustria & Germany

This year NRCC will be offering an international trip to Austria and Germany, featuring Oktoberfest. An informational meeting for this nine days and seven nights trip will be Monday, February 2, 2013 at 5:30pm. The departure date is set for October 4, 2013 from MCI Airport. For more information please contact NRCC. Chamber Explorations, along with its parent companies, have over 100 years of international travel experience. This international travel opportunity is

$2,799 per person double occupancy. The tour includes: • Round trip air from Kansas City, MCI • Seven nights in a centrally located first class hotel • Daily breakfast and three dinners • Sightseeing with admissions per itinerary • Full time Tour Director • Modern air-conditioned motor coaches for all transfers and tours • Baggage handling outside the secure area at the arrival airport • Professional drivers and guides • All tours feature deluxe modern motor coaches, baggage handling and airport transfers

Mark Your Calendars Legislative Trip to Jefferson City February 4-5, 2013 $250/person for reception, dinner and lodging. Transportation not included - to be arranged by each individual. Dinner only: $75 Register online at or 816/455-9911


January 2013

Chamber News Opportunity to Network

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January kicks off a new year of making connections and building relationships. Make your 2013 resolution be about maximizing your membership and being more involved in the Chamber! January 23rd is our first Networking Breakfast of the year. $15 for members and $18 for non-members includes a full breakfast and an opportunity to build connections. To register for this event, please visit or 816/455-9911. Building connections and doing business with other Chamber members makes your membership valuable. We offer opportunities like the Networking Breakfast to provide our members with possibilities to build relationships and allow their business to gain exposure. The Networking Breakfasts are sponsored by Cramer Capital Management.



FOR AVAILABLE 2013 DATES, PLEASE CONTACT BRIANNA@NORTHLANDCHAMBER.COM OR 816/455-9911. The 2013 Networking Dates are as follows: January 23 • February 27 • April 24 • June 26 July 24 • September 25 • October 23

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January 2013

Chamber News/ Around the Northland Entrepreneurial Infrastructure! Sly James Listed Among Five Innovative Mayors in U.S.

Does Food Affect Your Mood? Explore which foods may help reduce stress and improve mood. The University of Kansas Hospital’s Keri Layton, MS, clinical dietitian, will discuss how those foods work in a free Be Well! program—“Does Food Affect Your Mood?”—from 4-5 p.m., Feb. 20, at The University of Kansas Cancer Center – Kansas City – North, 8700 N. Green Hills Road, Kansas City, MO. Registration is required. To make a reservation or obtain more information about this and other wellness programs offered by The University of Kansas Hospital, call 913-588-1227 or visit

Mayor Sly James’s vision of building “Silicon Prairie” took a quantum leap forward when he successfully lobbied Google to partner with Kansas City in an exclusive test of its ultrahigh-speed fiber network. As a result, new businesses and entrepreneurs are already starting to come to this Midwestern tech mecca. James transitioned his City Hall office entirely to cloud computing and open-sourced the development of a new downtown streetcar project. These investments have already helped spur a resurgence in the downtown population, expanding the tax base while improving the quality of life. “Partnerships pay dividends,” James says. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Among other cities listed were New Orleans-Education, New York-Public Saftey, Chicago-Digital Government, and Oklahoma City-Quality of Life. From Newsweek Magazine, December 2012

New Year, New Group With support of NRCC, Clay County EDC and Platte County EDC, we are proud to announce a new organization in the Northland -- Northland Young Professionals. This group serves the need for working professionals 40 years and under to build connections and gain leadership experience with their peers. This organization will focus on leadership, community involvement and building connections in the Northland region. There are many opportunities for working young professionals to be involved. For more information on how young professionals in your business can be involved, please contact the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for our 1st event of 2013!

Repesentatives of the three organizations include: NRCC: Laura Jones, CommunityAmerica Credit Union Ben Pepper, Citizens Bank & Trust Brianna Hernandez, NRCC Platte County EDC: Daniel Erickson, Platte County Zoning & Development Brad Cope, City of Riverside Morgan Bell, Platte County EDC

January 10, 2013 Piropos [Briarcliff Village] | 5-7pm Sponsored by: Briarcliff Development Kearney Bank & Trust Jeff King, Edward Jones Investment Register for our event today!

Clay County EDC: Mike McKeen, Briarcliff Development Scott Middleton, Kearney Bank & Trust Jeff King, Edward Jones Investments


January 2013

ribbon Cuttings / Around the Northland eyeSmith Located off Barry Road & Green Hills Road celebrated their

Holiday Inn Express & Suites-KCI

ribbon cutting in eye wear style! Rand Smith has more than 35 years of experience, and will be able to help with all your eye wear needs.

Located off Tiffany Springs is now open! With a beautifully finished interior design, this location is unique with a splash of modern flair.

Chamber Members to Make World Wide Impact

North Kansas City Hospital Receives National Award for Organ Donation North Kansas City Hospital received the silver award from the Department of Health and Human Services for success in increasing the availability of organs for transplantation. Hospital executives, together with Midwest Transplant Network (MTN), received the department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at the Hospital. “North Kansas City Hospital’s success in this extremely important program is greatly influenced by the help and support of the Midwest Transplant Network and the incredibly dedicated staff at North Kansas City Hospital,” says Dianne Studer, the Hospital’s co-chair for the Donate Life Committee. “It is our duty to respect and honor the wishes of our patients both alive and deceased regarding organ donation. We’re proud to be a part of this program which saves so many lives.”

Share your news! Share with the membership news about your business or organization! Submit a press release to Stories will be printed as space permits and must be submitted by the 10th of the month for inclusion in the next month’s publication. All submissions are subject to editing.


Dunn & Davison Law Firm, is doing something unusual in January. The law firm partners will be participating in a fundraising climb up Tanzania’s 19,341 foot Mt. Kilimanjaro, from January 12-18, to raise money for water wells in East Africa. The climb has been arranged by WorldServe International (Doug Pitt, brother of actor Brad Pitt, is on WorldServe’s board and will be on the climb) and Africa 6000 International. Together, Brian Dunn and Ron Holt have a fundraising goal of $35,000. The funds raised will be used to install deep community water wells in villages in the Masai land of Tanzania and in villages in Kenya now populated by Somali refugees. To make a contribution of support visit the law firm’s website at

Home Repairs Now Available for Those Who Qualify Heartland Habitat for Humanity is currently accepting applications from homeowners in Gladstone, Missouri who need help with minor exterior home repairs. “Heartland Habitat’s work extends beyond providing safe, decent and affordable homes for families in need,” said Tom Lally, Executive Director of Heartland Habitat for Humanity. “All of our efforts are designed to strengthen the community and improve the lives of the families we serve.” The program requires that recipients own and live in their homes and can provide proof of homeowner’s insurance. Applicants must also meet income requirements and will be asked to provide proof of household income. For a full of list of criteria and to request an application, please contact Nancy at or 816-468-7190. January 2013

Trails to Success You are invited to join Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce in celebrating success & accomplishments at our 2013 Annual Banquet Honoring 2012 Northlander of the Year

Spencer Fields

Saturday, January 19, 2013 Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Cocktails 5:30pm Dinner & Program 7:00pm Reserved Table of 10 includes special seating, 2 bottles of wine, 10 drink tickets - $1,500 • Reserved Table of 10 - $850 • Individual Ticket - $75 •

2013 Annual Banquet sponsor:

North Kansas City Hospital

Reservations requested by January 10, 2013 online at or 816/455-9911

Annual Legislative Trip Reservation Form Monday & Tuesday, February 4-5 Names:_________________________________________________________________________ Company:_______________________________________________________________________ Credit Card #_____________________________________________________________________ Exp:_______ Security Code:_________Billing Zip Code:_________ $250/person including reception dinner & lodging $75/person for dinner only


Chairman’s Club

January 2013 Tuesday 1


Thursday 3 11:30am

Ambassador Committee - RSVP Nick & Jake’s - Parkville

Friday 4 7:30am

Executive Committee

Tuesday 8 7:30am

Board of Directors

4:30pm Wednesday 9 12:Noon Thursday 10 7:30am

Ribbon Cutting: Triality 1508 NW Vivion Rd, Ste 1508 Education Committee Planning & Development Committee

8am-5pm Leadership Northland Session 6 Friday 11 7:30am

Let’s Talk Business Roundtable

Monday 14 6:30-8pm Youth Leadership Kick-Off Tuesday 15 8am-2pm Youth Leadership Session 1 5pm

Ribbon Cutting: Mosaic Life Care 6301 N Lucerne [Burlington Creek]

Friday 18 12:Noon

Legislative Committee - RSVP Trezo Mare

Saturday 19 5:30-9pm

Annual Banquet Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Sponsored by: North Kansas City Hospital

Tuesday 22 7:30am

Parks & Recreation Committee

Wednesday 23 7:30am Networking Breakfast - RSVP Thursday 24 7:30am


AT&T Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City First Bank of Missouri

Hunt Midwest Enterprises Inc. JE Dunn Construction Co. Zona Rosa

pacesetters Air Charter Team Bank of The West Bank of Weston Briarcliff Village Buffalo Wild Wings CARSTAR Cosentino’s Price Chopper Coventry Health Care Curry Investment Company Embassy Suites Kansas CityInt’l Airport City of Gladstone Grainger Heartland Health

Hilton Kansas City Airport Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store JR & Co Inc Lathrop & Gage, L.C. M&I Bank Mail Print, Inc. MCC-Maple Woods Mid-Continent Public Library City of North Kansas City North Kansas City Schools Kindred Hospital Northland Park Hill School District Park University Patriots Bank

Platte County, Missouri Platte Valley Bank of Missouri Polsinelli Shughart, PC Port Authority of Kansas City Sprint Tyco Integrated Security, LLC UMB US Bank White Goss Bowers March Schulte & Weisenfels Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock Architects YMCA of Greater Kansas City Your City Sampler

2013 Annual Banquet

Saturday, January 19, 2013 | Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa Reserved Table of 10 - $850 Individual Ticket - $75 Reserved Table for 10 + Special Seating, 2 bottles of wine, 10 drink tickets - $1,500

Name(s) Company Credit Card #

Planning & Development Committee

Please include expiration date/4-digit code [AMX users]

Monday 28 12:Noon Leadership Committee All meetings held at the Chamber office unless otherwise noted.

Return registrations & make checks payable to: NRCC | 634 NW Englewood Road | Kansas City, MO 64118 | Phone: (816) 455.9911 | Fax: (816) 455.9933 RSVP on our website at

NRCC January 2013  

NRCC January 2013