Brad Thies – Principal at Barr Assurance & Advisory

Run to your problems; don’t try to avoid them. Brad Thies is principal at Barr Assurance & Advisory Inc. (BARR), a full-service risk consulting and compliance firm that provides business performance, information technology, and assurance services to clients across a variety of industries. He specializes in helping clients assess, design, and implement processes and controls […]

Brock Stechman – Co-founder of DivvyHQ

[quote style=”boxed”]My favorite quote is by Corey Rudl: “Failure doesn’t just happen. It’s a decision.”[/quote] Brock Stechman is a brand builder, serial entrepreneur, and dad of two amazing little boys. His days are filled with a substantial amount of coffee and the thrill of working with amazing clients and an incredibly talented group of people. […]

Eric Schaumburg – Founder and CEO of

[quote style=”boxed”]Meet people. Always follow up on an introduction and use the opportunity to explain yourself, polish your business idea, and see if you can be of any help to them.[/quote] Eric Schaumburg is the founder and CEO of, a B2B commerce and analytics platform for the trade show industry. creates a marketplace […]

Danny Wajcman – Co-Founder of Lucky Orange

[quote style=”boxed”]Take breaks and separate yourself from the business when appropriate — especially “after hours.”[/quote] Danny Wajcman is the co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Operations at Lucky Orange, the premier service for website optimization and improvement. Based out of Overland Park, Kan., Lucky Orange is a complete suite of tools for website optimization […]

Stephen Monaco – Integrated Marketer, Author and Speaker

[quote style=”boxed”]Work hard and follow your passion![/quote] Stephen Monaco is an integrated marketing expert, thought leader, innovator, author, and speaker. As a marketing consultant and social media strategist, Monaco advises executives on driving global strategies and leveraging digital media to effectively realize business goals. He welcomes anyone to reach out to him on LinkedIn, Twitter, […]

Kaele Stock – Creator of eVents

[quote style=”boxed”] You shouldn’t be afraid to give away your ideas! It’s really only by talking about your work and getting feedback from people that your concept can develop and become the best possible version of itself.[/quote] Kaele Stock is a Kansas City native who, after having spent the past 15 years away from the […]

Kenon Thompson – Owner of Kenon Thompson Journalism and Photography

[quote style=”boxed”]Discover a way to make your business apparent to everyone around you, without saying a word.[/quote] Kenon Lamont Thompson, originally from Kansas City, Kansas, was born with a passion for everything that is considered “work” in his life. While his school background may display his passion for food, he is a diverse artist. Kenon […]

Jeff Hanson – Owner of Jeffrey Owen Hanson

[quote style=”boxed”]My hope is that you, too, will find joy in being generous and compassionate with others.[/quote] Jeff Hanson is an 18-year-old, visually impaired artist from Overland Park, Kansas. Born with a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis and an optic nerve tumor, Jeff shrugs off adversity by using abstract art to fundraise for charities that have […]

Justin Graves – Founder and CEO of Infegy

Justin Graves is the Founder and CEO of Infegy, the provider of Social Radar 3, the industry’s most intelligent social media monitoring and analytics platform. Social Radar’s patent-pending analytics and algorithms extract valuable, sentiment-based and actionable information that is used to develop successful marketing strategies and bring to market competitive and improved products and services […]