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Junior Achievement of Kansas - Wichita Business Hall of Fame Courtside on Commerce The Wichita Eagle NCAA Happy Hour Soroptimist International of Wichita Annual Brunch Monet to Matisse Parton Party J.P. Weigand & Sons Real Estate Forum Hunting Heritage Banquet Catholic Charities - Cruise Night Difference Makers for Wichita International Women’s Day Wichita Collegiate All-School Gala WIBA Business Your Way Mixer Bootlegger’s Ball


She Means Business: Kalene Smith International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day Spring Fashion Preview CEO Spotlight: Kamerion Wimbley #WichitaFlag

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6 Randy Brown Gridiron Curtain Call The Orpheum 10 p.m.









24 Million Dollar Motors Walser Auto Campus 6 p.m.




Wichita Sports Art Chatter Wichita Art Museum Hall of Fame Hillside Christian 6 p.m. Church 2 p.m.

WSU Alumni Awards Wichita State University 6 p.m.


14 Anniversary Market The Workroom 10 a.m.



Jokers & Jazz Awards Gala Crown Uptown 5 p.m.


Eat. Drink. Give. Enjoy! Brick and Mortar 6 p.m.




25 The Chamber Honors Night Textron Aviation Activity Center 6 p.m.


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Micha Mohr, Malorie McGaffin, Kevin Brittain, Brandy Mitchell, Christy Rudrow

Joe Johnson, Janet Ast, Ben Burgess, Ashlyn Parrish, Eddie Fahnestock

Junior Achievement of Kansas

Wichita Business Hall of Fame Lauren Clary, Tim Pile

Bob Geist, Jeff Emmot

Casey Carr, Miguel Johns

Janis Cox, Steve Cox

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


unior Achievement of Kansas recognized the 2018 Wichita Business Hall of Fame class during a tribute dinner on March 13 at the Hyatt Regency. Sonia Greteman of The Greteman Group, Steve Cox of Cox Machine and Robert A. Geist of RAGE, Inc. were inducted into the Wichita Business Hall of Fame, which had its inaugural class in 1986. Look for photos at

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Paula Miller, Bob Geist, Ken Miller, Scott Ritchie, Carol Ritchie

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VIP • Commerce Street

Lindsey Winter, Corey Winter, Josh Hardy, Brandon Williams

Steve Runyan, Stacie Hott, Chris Hott, Matt Gerstner, Danielle Gerstner

Courtside on Commerce Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


clusive Events organized a two-day block party, dubbed Courtside on Commerce, to coincide with the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament and St. Patrick’s Day on March 15 and 17. Local businesses on Commerce Street turned their spaces into pop-up bars, while the street was lined with a variety of vendors and food and liquor trucks. Commerce Street, which sits across from Intrust Bank Arena where the tournament was held, had its streets blocked off for the event. This marked Wichita’s first NCAA Tournament in 24 years. Look for photos at

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VIP • The Wichita Eagle

Megan Leis, Suzanne Tobias, Denise Neil, Ben Jennings

Randy Tobias, Nick Krug, Chris Neal, Jaime Green

The Wichita Eagle NCAA Happy Hour

Nick Krug, Fernando Salazar, Chris Neal Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Wichita Eagle hosted a happy hour reception on March 14 welcoming all the journalists covering the opening rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament. This marked Wichita’s first NCAA Tournament in 24 years. Look for photos at

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Soroptimist International of Wichita

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Gayle Garrett, Vada Bowen

Joyce Boyer, Wanda Nicholas

Karen Foley, Judy Webber

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oroptimist International of Wichita celebrated its 81th anniversary with an annual brunch at LaVela on March 3. The local club is affiliated with Soroptimist International, a women’s organization whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The event doubles as a fundraiser for scholarships the soroptimists give to women who need assistance and are attending area colleges and universities. Look for photos at

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t might sound contradictory that a woman who owns Wichita’s first blow dry only salon wants women to feel so beautiful on the inside that it radiates to the outside world, whether their hair is perfectly coiffed or not. “I feel like my mission right now is to empower women to have self love,” said Kalene Smith, the 33-year-old owner and creator of Tousled at the Waterfront in east Wichita. “I want to help women love themselves more every day and connect with their purpose.” Smith has the makings of a serial entrepreneur, and so far she has combined passion and unmet market needs to drive her start-ups. Inspired by her own weight loss journey, she left a corporate job to create Go Time Training in 2010 in east Wichita. The Haysville native had earned a degree in mathematics from Wichita State University and was working on her MBA at Newman University when she joined the YMCA to lose weight. She shared tidbits of her journey on social media and loved the engagement with readers. “Every time I got a question and could respond, it lit me up inside. I was so excited to help someone else,” she said. For seven years, she helped clients get healthier through exercise and nutrition as a personal trainer but she noticed that many still had the same struggle she had: “I’ve lost this weight but I still don’t feel good in who I am.” So many women, she said, let limiting beliefs or fear keep them from pursuing a goal, whether it’s a healthy lifestyle, starting a business or chasing a passion. She overcame her selfimposed obstacles to hold the first Gorgeous Strength Summit in 2017. She’ll hold the second summit this August, bringing together 50 to 100 women to spend one day letting go of the daily to-do list in order to focus on what they can do to propel themselves forward toward their life purpose goals. She also tackled another project last year: starting a blow dry bar in Wichita. She’d heard a podcast by entrepreneur and life coach Tony Robbins about blow dry bars creating a new market category, and she felt Wichita needed a salon devoted to washing and styling hair for special events. A national franchise told her Wichita didn’t have the market for it. “Having created something from ground zero on my own with Go Time Training, I thought I don’t need a franchise, I can do this on my own,” said Smith, who sold her 50 percent share of the training business in 2017, having grown it from being the lone personal trainer to having a staff of 16. A pivotal moment for Smith was when a friend connected her with Danielle Fisher, who had recently moved back to Wichita and brought experience from working at a blow dry bar in Arizona. Tousled opened in November with Fisher as the shop leader. An additional 15 employees welcome women and girls in for a little pampering or to prepare for any type of special event, from family photos to parties to a girls day out. Blow outs are $40 for adults, $30 for kids and the results can last three to five days even if you work out, Smith said. The shop is clean and bright, and chick flicks play on a TV. Clients can add scalp massages to add to their relaxation. “We want this to be home away from home without all of the chaos,” Smith said. “This is a calming and soothing place for women to escape and to detach from their to-do list.”

VIP • Wichita Art Museum

Janice Van Sickle, Patricia McDonnell, Ann Bauer, Patti Gorham

Bob Broeckelman, Bunny Broeckelman, Susan Wilhite, Gregg Wilhite

Monet to Matisse Patron Party Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


special exhibition preview party of “Monet to Matisse: French Moderns from the Brooklyn Museum, 18501950” was held February 23 for members of the Wichita Art Museum’s premier patron group, the Murdock Society. Patrons heard from the exhibition’s co-organizer, Lisa Small, curator of European painting and sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum. The Parisian-themed evening included a mime and can-can dancers. The exhibit will remain on display at WAM through May 20. The patron group takes its name from the civicminded Murdock family. Louise Caldwell Murdock left a substantial request for the city of Wichita to establish a collection in honor of her husband, Roland, former publisher of The Wichita Eagle. The collection helped create the Wichita Art Museum. Look for photos at

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VIP • Hyatt Regency

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.P. Weigand & Sons hosted its 17th annual Real Estate Forum at the Hyatt Regency on February 27. The popular event featured guest speaker Dr. Mark Dotzour, real estate economist and former chief economist and director of research at Texas A&M University’s Real Estate Center, who spoke about local and national real estate trends. Annually, the Real Estate Forum is attended by more than 500 local business professionals. Look for photos at

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VIP • Cessna Activity Center

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he front half of Hopping Gnome is generally packed, and International Women’s Day was no exception, but it was the brightly-lit brewing area in the back where the real celebration began. March 8 also marked International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day. To celebrate, locally-owned Hopping Gnome Brewery in the Douglas Design District brought in a group of female brewers to craft its HBIC Sour Ceiling Breaker. The beer was tapped on March 29, with a percentage of the proceeds going toward Dress For Success, a local organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support and tools to help them thrive. “I’ve always been passionate about women’s issues and giving back to women’s organizations,” said Stacy Ward Lattin, who owns Hopping Gnome with Torrey Lattin. “This day is to help raise awareness and give back to the organizations that can help make progress.” Back on International Women’s Day, Hopping Gnome tapped another special beer, with proceeds benefitting Wichita Areas Sexual Assault Center. The brewery also hosted a special art show highlighting local female artists. “Craft beer is really big right now, especially in Wichita, which doesn’t have a professional female brewer at the moment,” Ward-Lattin said. “It’s a male-dominated field, but we’re showing women it might be something they’re interested in.”

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IS ARTHRITIS SLOWING YOU DOWN? Here’s What You Need to Know Orthopedic Surgeon Christopher Anderson, MD, answers some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis. Dr. Anderson obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas and practices at Advanced Orthopedic Associates in Wichita. Dr. Anderson is board certified and fellowship trained in joint replacement, he completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University in Chicago, IL and is a leader in the growing space of robotics-assisted orthopedic surgery. By Dr. Christopher Anderson Why should I be concerned about arthritis? Arthritis is a growing national health concern as the #1 cause of disability in the U.S. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis and related conditions account for an estimated 6.7 million hospitalizations and $156 billion in lost wages and medical expenses each year.i Isn’t arthritis a disease of old age? Arthritis is an equal opportunity illness that can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethic group or age. Most U.S. adults diagnosed with arthritis are of working age, from 18 to 64 years old.ii What are my chances of getting arthritis? Arthritis affects more than 50 million American adults or approximately 20 percent of people over age 18. By 2040, the CDC projects the number will rise to 78 million adults, or a quarter of the population.iii Are there different kinds of arthritis? There are over 100 types of arthritis! The most common form of arthritis in the U.S. is osteoarthritis, a progressive degeneration of joint cartilage, mainly in the knee, hip or hand.

What causes osteoarthritis? The main cause is genetic, so having a family history may make you more susceptible. However, doctors are also seeing more of what we call the “wear and tear phenomenon.” Simply, people are living longer and cartilage doesn’t regenerate. When it’s gone, arthritis sets in. What treatments exist for osteoarthritis? Doctors offer a variety of conservative treatments to help patients manage the pain, including physical therapy, medications, and injections. If the pain doesn’t get better, the next step may be minimally invasive surgery to diagnose and treat the damaged cartilage or tissues. What about joint replacement surgery? If pain impacts the quality of your life, your doctor may recommend a joint replacement. Joint replacements have been around for 40 years with very successful results. Knee replacements are the number one joint replacement surgery in the U.S., nearing 1 million this year alone.iv What are the latest developments in joint replacement? Joint replacement is being transformed by robotic technologies that help ensure accurate placement

of joint implants, crucial to their long term success. Implants are improving, too. Newer devices provide more natural results and are lasting longer than in the past. Is there anything I can do to prevent osteoarthritis? Be sure to talk with your doctor. Good ways to avoid or manage osteoarthritis include: eating a wholesome diet full of fruits, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids; maintaining a healthy weight; exercising to strengthen the muscles around your joints; and, being active—cartilage has to be used to stay healthy! Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit or call 316-631-1660 to learn more. i Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from arthritis-statistics-facts.php ii Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Theis KA, Murphy LB, Hootman JM, Brady, Cheng YJ: Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation—United States, 2010-2012. MMWR 2013;62(44): 869-873. Retrieved from ivb0/prevalence-arthritic-conditions iii Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Improving the Quality of Life for People With Arthritis At A Glance 2016. Retrieved from https:// iv Arthritis Foundation: Arthritis Facts: Economic Impact. Retrieved from

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Christopher Anderson, MD Dr. Christopher Anderson is a fellowship trained, board certiďŹ ed orthopedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of hip and knee conditions. Dr. Anderson completed a total joint reconstruction fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Il. As a Kansas native, he is driven to offer patients in his home state the most effective orthopedic solutions available today. For treating knee pain, Dr. Anderson is a leader in the growing space of robotics assisted total and partial knee replacement.

What is robotics-assisted partial and total knee replacement? Robotic assistance in surgery is a new and growing trend designed to improve surgical accuracy and patient outcomes. Using a robotic system called NAVIO, Dr. Anderson is able to individualize the procedure to each patient he sees.

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Through an advanced computer program, the NAVIO system relays precise information to Dr. Anderson during the procedure. Using this data, boundaries are established for a robotics-assisted surgical tool to remove the damaged surface of your knee and position the knee implant with greater accuracy.

Are you interested in learning more about Dr. Anderson and his innovative approach to patient care? Visit or call 316-631-1660 to learn more

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Kansas Surgery & Recovery Center is the premier elective surgery specialty hospital in Wichita. For treating knee pain, we offer one of the most advanced technologies available today - NAVIO robotic assistance. NAVIO technology provides our surgeons with an extra layer of precision and accuracy – crucial to the success of the procedure. We are the only center in Wichita able to offer this technology.

VIP • Hyatt Regency

Annette Wilson, Julie Stremel, Ellie Ewald, Rita Lungwitz

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ruise Night, a benefit for the shelter services sponsored by Catholic Charities, celebrated its 25th anniversary February 25 at the Hyatt Regency. The popular, often sold-out benefit provides a fantasy excursion to various ports of calls featuring international cuisine, along with plenty of chances to bring home souvenirs from the adventure through the live and silent auctions. Sherdeill Breathett Sr. was the master of ceremony for the event. Catholic Charities provides two shelter services – Harbor House and St. Anthony Family Shelter. Look for photos at

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lthough Wichita had a mild winter, it’s fun to see green popping out of the ground, flowers blooming and leaves on trees. And yes, that means it’s time to switch out those cozy sweaters for lighter, colorful clothes. If you were crazy about all the florals last spring and summer, get those flowery pieces ready, then add some. When it comes to the women’s category, the descriptive word is feminine. Prints range from genteel florals to bold stripes. Fabrics are light and will float in a summer breeze. Pink, blush and peach are three of the top colors for spring, but don’t discount sunny yellow and vibrant blues, pink and lavender. Guys take on a more casual vibe for warm weather by losing the tie and going for a less structured jacket in a comfortable fabric. Bonnie Bing For a pop of color, top your favorite spring and summer dresses with a kimono. Blue dress by Zenana, of polyester and spandex, $28, worn with a polyester yellow floral kimono by West Coast Love, $32. Earrings by Wildflower, $8, shoes by Very Volatile, $64. Necklace by Snappy Chicks with pendant that can be changed with a huge variety of handmade insets, $15. Price includes two insets. All at Snappy Chicks. Previous Page: This versatile bright floral print skirt of stretch polyester, $141, can be dressed up with an offthe-shoulder black top, also of polyester stretch, $127, or worn with a variety of tops and accessories for a more casual look. Both by Joseph Ribkoff, at GM Clotheshorse.

Something you’ll notice this spring: The many items you can layer for added color, texture and details. These white jeans by KanCan, $55, are topped with a camisole of white nylon and spandex, by Nikibiki, $27, and a polyester navy, rose and cream floral and leaf print top by Cherish, $42. All at Moxie.

Left: Dress it up with strappy heels and jewelry, or dress it down with flip flops and a sun hat. This dress can go many places and be cool and comfortable at the same time. By Love Stitch, polyester, $42. Earrings, $10, necklace, $15. All at Moxie.

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Right: Kimono styles are a big hit for spring, topping everything from dresses to swimsuits. This black and blush cotton and polyester top by Umgee, $34, is worn with black leggings by Zeanna, $18, and polyester blush pink top by Wish List, $36. Earrings by Tell Your Tale, $12.50, bracelet by Snappy Chicks, necklace by Wild Flower, $18.50, and black sandals by Boutique by Corkys, $56. All at Snappy Chicks.

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Every season calls for your favorite pair of jeans. These are by AG, $235, worn with a blue and peach cotton blouse by Finley, $195. Bracelet by Tat 2, $335. All at Section 37.

Whether you’re wearing it, or seeing someone else with it on, yellow makes you smile. This sunny yellow silk floral print dress by Rag & Bone, $495, says spring is here. Earrings by Cloverpost, $126. Shoe style is Sparkle Tongue Super Star by Golden Goose, $635. All at Lyndon’s.

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Bold, colorful jewelry is a fast, easy way to add a splash of flash to any spring outfit. These pieces by Julie Voss are 24 karat gold plate with teal and pearl white cushion cut imported glass, $375 each. Ring with teal stone, $185. All at Plaid Giraffe.

Take some plaid, add a dash of dots and you’ve got a cool, trendy look for spring. This blue-gray and taupe plaid sport coat is light-weight wool by Reda Milano, $550, worn with dark taupe, washable wool slacks by Meyer, $250. Cotton, dotted print shirt by Stenstroms, $259. All at Johnston’s.

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en local individuals and businesses received recognition for service to the community at the Difference Makers for Wichita awards banquet February 24 at the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center on the Newman University campus. The awards program was launched in 2016 to celebrate the contributions and positive influences of individuals and organizations that have made a significant difference in the Wichita community. This year’s honorees included Aero Plains Brewing, Murdock Award for Business; Kevin Mullen, Russ Meyer Award for Community Leadership; Don Barry, Ivonne Goldstein Award for Community Volunteer; Medical Loan Closet, Tarcisia Roths Award for Not-For-Profit; Hailey Colborn, Brian Bergkamp Student Service Award; and Everyday Hero awardees Janelle McGee, Michael Pasco, Bob Lutz, Larry Hanafin and Jean Pouncil-Burton. Also at the banquet, Newman University alumnus Archie Macias received the Cardinal Newman Medal, the university’s highest honor. Look for photos at

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Kamerion Wimbley By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Aaron Patton

Kamerion Wimbley has been the subject of many articles, from standout football plays to his physique to his parenting and business ventures. When it comes to fashion, Wimbley said he likes the cut of a custom-tailored suit, like those he has designed by Jhoanna Alba, owner of a design firm that caters to business professionals and professional athletes. He thinks what a person wears plays a strong influence in their success, borrowing this phrase from his fellow Florida State alum and NFL player Deion Sanders: “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” In this article for VIP, Wimbley shares how he’s managed to have success in a football uniform and a well-fitted suit.


hen Kamerion Wimbley has a passion, what follows is usually success. From football to dogs to being a serial entrepreneur, Wimbley’s passions all are grounded in his hometown of Wichita.

After nine seasons with three teams in the NFL from 2006 to 2015, Wimbley and his family now live in Tampa, Florida. As a player, he had already started investing in and owning Wichitabased businesses, but now he’s planning to expand those ventures in ways that he hopes gives back to the community by creating jobs and providing opportunities for others. “A lot of people helped me and now it’s time for me to help others,” Wimbley said. “I would say there are lots of opportunities in Wichita and I want to be a part of that. There’s a lot of talent here and there are bright kids who have potential.” Growing up in Wichita, Wimbley saw the influence others can have on the lives of kids, starting with his dad who coached his basketball team and his brother’s football team and served as a mentor to a lot of neighborhood kids through sports. Wimbley went on to have a standout All City League high school football career for the Wichita Northwest Grizzlies. He graduated in 2002. While in school and with his collie dog at his side, Wimbley became a follower of another competitive activity: dog shows. Continued on Page 61

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Stacie Williamson began her role at Heartspring as the director of development in August of 2015 after working for the Wichita State University (WSU) Foundation for five years in the special events and development fields. Becoming a part of the Heartspring team has been a natural next step in her career in fundraising, event planning and development. Stacie’s greatest joy is helping connect supporters to their passion and because of that, her work has always been mission driven – from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County (BBBS), to the WSU Foundation and now at Heartspring. Stacie often finds herself in positions of creating processes and implementing strategic plans for success. While at BBBS, Stacie ran the second largest Bowl For Kids’ Sake campaign in the country, raising over $450,000. Stacie has an enthusiasm and a positive outlook for her job. As a member of the Heartspring team, she brings that supportive energy to the development and fundraising efforts. Within her first six months at Stacie Williamson truly is an Everything Woman! Heartspring, Stacie expanded the development team to better meet the organization’s fundraising needs. Stacie’s mission of working to improve others’ lives doesn’t end with her job. Stacie strives to improve her community in her personal life, as well. She has volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters and was part of the inaugural Salvation Army Young Professionals Advisory Board, where she held the title of chairperson. Stacie is a proud WSU alumna, graduating in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing. As a very active and involved student at WSU, she belonged to the Delta Gamma sorority and was a member of the nationallyranked cheerleading team. Stacie’s husband, Jeremiah, is a fire fighter and service member of the Army National Guard, and they have three children – Reed, Liam and Annie. As a mother of three young children, Stacie’s passion for the Heartspring mission is a personal one, and the best part of her job is getting to see the miracles that happen for Heartspring children every day. Join Stacie and the Heartspring team at the upcoming *second* 10th annual Autism CARE Walk (Saturday, April 28 at Wichita Waterwalk) benefitting Heartspring’s Autism Services program and the 15th Annual PedalFest (Saturday, August 25 at the Heartspring Campus). More information on these events can be found at and

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Family Business Succession Planning May Have Income Tax Consequences There is now increased attention to income tax issues in estate planning in lieu of death tax planning. This change is due to the increase in the estate tax exemption to $11.18 million per person under the new tax law. In addition to revocable trust planning, you should also look at existing irrevocable trusts for opportunities to improve the income tax efficiencies of such trusts. Generally, assets you transferred to an irrevocable trust have the same income tax basis that you had prior to the transfer. You can step-up the income tax basis in these assets in a variety of ways, such as exercising a power to substitute assets back into your name before death, repurchasing assets before death from the irrevocable trust, or having an independent trustee grant you a testamentary limited power of appointment to change beneficiaries (creating estate tax inclusion). Another powerful technique is to grant a senior family member a general power of appointment over trust assets that would cause the assets to be included in their estate for estate tax purposes,

but which will not cause an actual transfer of the assets. A power that is exercisable in favor of either the family member, her estate, her creditors, or the creditors of her estate is a general power of appointment. The mere possession of a general power results in the property being included in the family member’s estate, regardless of whether it is exercised. To minimize the probability of the exercise of such power, you can require that any exercise of the power of appointment be conditioned on the approval of an independent trustee. Although an irrevocable trust cannot normally be amended there are ways under state law, or the trust document itself, to modify the trust to achieve the desired tax outcomes. If the trust cannot be amended, it may be possible to transfer the assets from the existing irrevocable trust to a new irrevocable trust with the desirable provisions without triggering any tax. As an example, a client created an irrevocable trust in 2012 in anticipation of the estate tax exemptions returning from $5.0 million to $1.0

million. The client originally gifted low-basis family-owned business assets to the trust, which have appreciated substantially. The trust allows an independent trustee to distribute any or all of the assets to or for the benefit of the client’s spouse and descendants. The client creates a new trust that mirrors the existing trust, except that it contains a general power of appointment to the client’s 85 year old aunt who has a modest estate. Upon aunt’s death, the assets will be included in aunt’s taxable estate and receive a step-up in income tax basis (without a physical transfer of assets). The trust now has a ‘stepped-up’ tax basis and can sell the assets, if desirable, without triggering any taxable gain. This type of planning requires sophistication and team work with your attorneys and accountants. To see if this type of planning can benefit you, call the Estate Planning Group at Hinkle Law Firm LLC at 316.631.3131 to schedule a review with Dan Peare, Hugh Gill, or Ryan Farley.

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As he worked on his social work degree and played football for Florida State University, Wimbley started his first venture into business, breeding and selling dogs. He still owns two related businesses: Premier Pet Relocation and the international Bull Breed Registry Coalition. While in the NFL, Wimbley took advantage of the NFL’s business and entrepreneurship program, taking a business boot camp through Stanford University, and started more businesses – this time in Wichita. He invested in his cousin’s barbershop and his aunt’s restaurant. He currently owns Twice as Nice Barbershop, which has two locations in strip malls he owns on Central near Hillside and on 21st Street near Hillside; the suites-concept Salon at 32nd Street and North Rock Road; and two locations of Wings & Things restaurants in the strip malls he owns. At Kay Plaza, the center on 21st Street, Wimbley also launched Stadium Status Fitness, a workout studio available for fitness contractors and their clients, and the Suites at Kay Plaza, a shared office space area. Eventually Stadium Status Fitness will become a digital platform, to connect consumers with fitness professionals, and expand the reach of the business, he said. “It’ll be like Uber, but for fitness,” he explained. Earlier this year, he also announced plans for a business collaboration to help introduce entrepreneurship concepts to area youth. “When you’re in a space that doesn’t have enough resources and aren’t connected with other people, you can’t get things done as easily,” Wimbley said. The northeast area where Wimbley is trying to make connections is one of those underdeveloped areas, where kids with potential need to have access to those resources and see models of success. As part of that “social-preneur” business venture, as Wimbley calls it, students from kindergarten to eighth grade will initially learn about writing business plans and publishing books. A lot of Wimbley’s business acumen borrows from his sports background. When it comes to running his businesses, Wimbley relies on having a good team in place. “I often refer to myself as someone who looks at things on a macro-level and brings people together to let them do what they do best at the micro-level.” Assembling a good team has been business magnate’s Warren Buffet’s strategy too, Wimbley noted. When a bad play happens – like the short-term seizure of his Wings & Things restaurants for nonpayment of taxes – he assessed the situation much like a coach would. “We took the time to re-evaluate our business practices,” he said. In March, when the restaurants reopened, employees wore bright yellow T-shirts with the business name on the front and “Seized the Moment” on the back. “It’s our way of saying we took a situation that was perceived as a negative and turned it into a positive,” Wimbley said. Seizing the moment can also be applied to Wimbley’s interest in his hometown. He likes the resurgence in local pride, the success of Wichita State’s men’s basketball team and WSU’s entrepreneurship offerings, the expansion of entertainment offerings and the efforts to develop areas like the downtown, south-side and northeast areas of Wichita. “Wichita is reaching growth through innovation and creativity. People are listening and encouraging conversations. I’m excited to be on board with that,” he said. CW2018_VIPMagazine_VerticalHalfPage.indd 1

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#WichitaFlag Wichita celebrated March Madness in style last month when the community hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Our thanks to all the event planners and organizers who rolled out the red carpet for fans, officials, coaches and players. They made Wichita shine and all of our visitors feel welcome. And the Wichita flag love was evident. Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The flag murals were popular photo ops for tournament visitors and residents alike. Photo from @jlokpara on Instagram.

Even four-legged fans were cheering for all three Kansas teams in the tournament. Photo from @heartland_play_n_stay on Instagram.

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The flag could be seen lining the streets of downtown Wichita, as Visit Wichita chose this design to be the city’s main tournament signage. Photo from @wichitaflag on Instagram.

Courtside on Commerce was full of flag love, including this cutout at the @cherishcases booth. Photo from @mpfisterks on Twitter.

Businesses were encouraged to welcome visitors to Wichita via their marquee signs. This one from the Wichita Chamber was a slam dunk. Photo from @andymcfayden on Instagram.

The madness spread quickly, and the result was creative flag renditions like this one. Photo from Johno Skeeters on Facebook.

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