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Banking on KC

Banking on KC – Presented by Country Club Bank features interviews and conversations conducted by KC’s champion of entrepreneurs, Kelly Scanlon. Guests include makers, innovators and community leaders who have changed the business, cultural and economic landscape of Kansas City.

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Maria Flynn of Ambiologix: Mentoring the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
On this episode of Banking on KC, Maria Flynn, founder of Ambiologix, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her journey from engineer to entrepreneur—and now to mentor. Tune in to discover:  Maria's transition from engineer to an influential entrepreneur and how her experience at Cerner paved the way. Insights into her strategic shift towards pharmaceutical applications at Orbis—and the lessons learned from diversifying too soon. How her own experiences as a mentee have shaped her approach to mentoring. Key aspects of her book, “Make Opportunity Happen,” which offers actionable advice and tools for entrepreneurs. Maria’s vision for the digital health sector in Kansas City and the role of initiatives like Digital Health KC in fostering startups in this space. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
19:40 4/24/24
Mike Sinnett of Goodwill Western MO and Eastern KS: Transforming Lives, Building Careers
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mike Sinnett, CEO and President of Goodwill Eastern Kansas and Western Missouri, joins host Kelly Scanlon to shed light on the broader mission of Goodwill beyond its popular thrift stores.  Tune in to discover:  The work Goodwill is doing in workforce development and community re-entry programs.  How Goodwill is making significant strides in empowering individuals with barriers to employment. How Goodwill's programs are tailored to meet individuals where they are in their career journey, from securing a job to advancing along their career path. . The innovative ways Goodwill is contributing to environmental sustainability by diverting millions of pounds of material from landfills.   Important new projects on the horizon, including the establishment of an adult high school. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
19:56 4/17/24
Jake Fesi of Flying Truss LLC: Reviving a Historic Bridge
On this episode of Banking on KC, Jake Fesi, the Engagement Manager at Rock Island Bridge, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the historic Rock Island Bridge is being repurposed into a groundbreaking entertainment district, the collaboration that made it possible and its anticipated effects on Kansas City's landscape.  Tune in to discover: The origins and evolution of the Rock Island Bridge project from a casual joke to a landmark entertainment district. How the project embodies a unique blend of public, private and philanthropic efforts to bring the vision to life. The challenges and creative solutions involved in maintaining the historical integrity of the bridge while adapting it for modern use. The impact of the Rock Island Bridge on the local community, including economic development, outdoor recreation, and connecting the two Kansas Cities. Future aspirations for the Rock Island Bridge and its role in inspiring similar projects around the country. Country Club Bank–Member FDIC
25:10 4/10/24
Esther George: Reflecting on 40 Years at the Fed and the Future of Banking
On this episode of Banking on KC, Esther George, the former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her extensive 40-year career with the Federal Reserve and her insights on the evolving role of the Fed, the significance of community banks and the future of banking in the context of technological advancements and economic challenges.  Tune in to discover:  How the Federal Reserve has adapted to economic crises and technological changes over the past four decades.  The vital role of community banks in the local and national economy, and the challenges they face in the current financial ecosystem.  The impact of recent innovations like the FedNow service on the banking landscape, and emerging trends that could influence monetary policy and the broader economy.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
23:50 4/3/24
Mark Hannifan of Sun Partners International: Illuminating Lives with Solar Power
On this episode of Banking on KC, Mark Hannifan, founder and president of Sun Partners International, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the transformative impact of solar energy solutions in developing communities around the world.   Tune in to discover: The inspiring journey behind Sun Partners International and its focus on solar photovoltaic power systems for health, education and economic development. How solar-assisted water pumping systems are revolutionizing access to clean water and transforming communities. The significance of solar power projects in education, especially for girls, and the impact of local initiatives like the Ignition Lab in Kansas City. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
26:05 3/27/24
Ugur Demircan and Cetin Demir of Frontier Schools: Pioneering Education in STEM and Beyond
On this episode of Banking on KC, Ugur Demircan and Cetin Demir join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss Frontier Schools’ focus on STEM, character development and community engagement.  Tune in to discover:   How Frontier Schools integrate STEM into their curriculum to prepare students for future careers.  The school's approach to character development and its emphasis on community involvement.  Frontier Schools' remarkable academic achievements and their plans for future growth.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
20:09 3/20/24
Cody Jolliff of Powell Gardens & Jacob Canyon of Good Oak: Fostering Sustainable Agriculture in the Heartland
On this episode of Banking on KC, Cody Jolliff, CEO at Powell Gardens, and Jacob Canyon, co-founder of Good Oak, join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the groundbreaking Midwest Center for Regenerative Agriculture. This new center aims to revolutionize the way we approach farming and conservation in the Midwest by integrating sustainable agricultural practices with community education and engagement. Tune in to discover: The unique mission and vision behind the Midwest Center for Regenerative Agriculture and how it's changing the future of farming in the Midwest. The innovative agricultural practices being implemented, such as agroforestry and rotational grazing, and their benefits for biodiversity and soil health. The collaborative effort involving organizations like Powell Gardens, Good Oak, the Audubon Society, and Lincoln University, and how community and business engagement plays a crucial role in the project's success. Country Club Bank–Member FDIC
20:35 3/13/24
Ashley Hufft of Unbound: Empowering Families and Communities to Be Change Agents
On this episode of Banking on KC, Ashley Hufft, President and CEO of Unbound, an international nonprofit, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the organization's work in delivering personalized support to children, elders, and their families living in poverty across Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Tune in to discover:  The significance of Hufft becoming the first female President and CEO in Unbound's 43-year history and what it means for female leadership in the nonprofit sector. How Unbound's unique model of personalized support through direct cash transfers, mother's groups, and community-led projects empowers families and communities to become agents of their own change. The critical role of women in community leadership.  Innovative strategies Unbound is employing to expand its reach and impact, including partnerships, the Poverty Stoplight tool, and fostering a new generation of leaders through educational support and community projects.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
30:38 3/6/24
Stephanie Mallory & Sheila Stratton of Country Club Bank: Safeguarding Against Financial Fraud
On this episode of Banking on KC, Stephanie Mallory and Sheila Stratton at Country Club Bank join host Kelly Scanlon to offer a comprehensive overview of the fraud landscape, highlight common scams and provide actionable advice for businesses and consumers to safeguard against these threats. Tune in to discover: The current landscape of financial fraud and its significant impact on individuals and the economy.   Various prevalent forms of fraud, including business email compromise and imposter scams, and how they exploit psychological and emotional vulnerabilities.  How technology has introduced new fraud tactics to be aware of such as voice cloning and sophisticated phishing emails.  Practical strategies and tools for preventing fraud, including education, staying vigilant and forming strong banking relationships. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
23:51 2/28/24
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace of the Kauffman Foundation: Access, Opportunity and Diverse Leadership
On this episode of Banking on KC, Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, joins host Kelly Scanlon to explore the role of diverse leadership in driving access, opportunity and innovation within our communities. With a rich background that spans diplomacy, higher education, and now philanthropy, Dr. Burns-Wallace shares her insights into how inclusive leadership and community investment can pave the way for a more prosperous future for all. Tune in to discover: 1. The Evolving Role of Black and Brown Leaders—the significance of diverse voices in leadership positions and how they contribute to the holistic development of our communities. 2. Challenges and Opportunities in Diversity—how addressing the challenges underrepresented communities face in accessing opportunities opens up new pathways for growth and innovation. 3. The Kauffman Foundation's Approach to Community Investment—how the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation integrates Mr. Kauffman's principles of innovation and community commitment to support underrepresented communities and amplify the voices of black and brown leaders. Dr. Burns-Wallace's journey from her roots in Kansas City to her global experiences and back to serving her community through the Kauffman Foundation offers valuable lessons on the power of service, diversity, and intentionality in leadership. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
29:41 2/21/24
Shane Seley and Ed Leydecker of Wide Awake Films: Bringing History Alive With Modern Filmmaking Techniques
In this episode of Banking on KC, Shane Seley and Ed Leydecker, partners and producers at Wide Awake Films, join host Kelly Scanlon to explore the art of blending historical storytelling with cutting-edge film production.  Wide Awake Films is renowned for its award-winning documentary films, museum interactives, virtual reality experiences and video content tailored for history-focused organizations. As a cornerstone of Kansas City's video production landscape, the company has garnered multiple Telly and regional Emmy Awards. Tune in to discover:  The origins of Wide Awake Films and how Shane's passion for history and film led to the creation of this unique production company. The innovative approaches Wide Awake Films employs in storytelling, from immersive museum exhibits to educational VR experiences, to engage modern audiences with historical content. The significance of maintaining a strong community connection and the company's commitment to contributing to Kansas City's creative scene and beyond. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
25:51 2/14/24
Carmaletta Williams of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City: Celebrating 50 Years of History
In this episode of "Banking on KC," host Kelly Scanlon welcomes Dr. Carmaletta Williams, CEO of the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City, to celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary. Dr. Carma shares the history and evolution of the Black Archives, detailing its vital role in preserving the African American experience in Kansas City and beyond. Tune in to discover: The origins of the Black Archives, including its first “office” in the trunk of a car. 50th anniversary celebrations, featuring keynote speaker Michael Herriot. The educational impact of the Black Archives and its community engagement activities, especially for young visitors. The Black Archives' collaborations with other institutions, including the Smithsonian, and its goals for continued growth and technological advancement in museum experiences. For more information, visit the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City website at www.blackarchives.org.
25:13 2/7/24
Diane Botwin of Botwin Commercial Development: Building Community and the Arts into Her Projects
On this episode of Banking on KC, Diane Botwin, owner of Botwin Commercial Development, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss her career, nonprofit work and the arts. Tune in to discover: How Diane has married her education in music and the law with her commercial development endeavors. Diane’s neighborhood-sensitive commercial development approach. How Diane incorporates community and the arts into her development projects. The similarities between what drives her passion for nonprofit work and her development projects. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
28:42 1/31/24
Bob Ramm of Topsy’s: Keeping the Tradition Popping!
On this episode of Banking on KC, Bob Ramm, owner of Topsy’s International, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how he ascended from an entry-level popcorn maker to owner of the company, plus the secret that’s made Topsy’s a Kansas City icon. Tune in to discover: The history of Topsy’s popcorn. Why it continues to attract new customers. Entrepreneurial insights Bob Ramm has discovered during his decades guiding Topsy’s and other ventures. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
25:32 1/24/24
David Cacioppo of emfluence: Shaping the Future of Digital and Marketing Automation
On this episode of Banking on KC, David Cacioppo, founder of emfluence, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss current trends in digital and marketing automation and tips for using digital marketing tools to grow your business.  Tune in to discover: How to determine which platforms may benefit your business.  Digital marketing strategies for small businesses.  How to stay ahead of the marketing automation curve. AI’s impact on content creation and marketing strategy.  The balance between data privacy and marketing strategies. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
24:28 1/17/24
Dennis Meier and Kaki Conti of Synergy Services: Creating a Community Free of Family Violence
On this episode of Banking on KC, Dennis Meier and Kaki Conti of Synergy Services join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the causes of family violence, its impact and how to provide healing.  Tune in to discover:  Myths about domestic violence.  How to foster resilience and healing. The impact of early intervention services on youth and the overall community.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
23:57 1/10/24
Alex Olson of Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired: Reaching Potential in the Sighted World
On this episode of Banking on KC, Alex Olson, Director of Vision Services at Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired, joins host Kelly Scanlon to share how CCVI prepares children with visual impairments to reach their highest potential in the sighted world.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
15:57 1/3/24
Jennifer Craig of ReDiscover: Providing Help, Hope and Healing
On this episode of Banking on KC, Jennifer Craig, president and CEO of ReDiscover, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the organization’s mental health and substance use disorder services so individuals and families can live healthier and more productive lives.   Tune in to discover more about:   ReDiscover’s mental health and substance use services.   Why mental health issues tend to surface during the holidays.   The causes of, misconceptions about and innovations in mental health treatment.   Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
19:23 12/27/23
Lauren Solidum of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas: Providing Help, Creating Hope
On this episode of Banking on KC, Lauren Solidum, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the organization provides help, offers hospitality and creates hope for individuals and families in need. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
16:50 12/20/23
Kerryann Kocher of Vytelle: Transforming Global Meat and Dairy Production
On this episode of Banking on KC, Kerryann Kocher, CEO of Vytelle, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the company’s technology is helping to improve meat and dairy production globally. Tune in to discover how Vytelle contributes to the “Triple Challenge” by meeting:  The growing demand for protein. Producing meat and dairy in an environmentally sustainable way. The demand for protein in a way that producers can be profitable. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
17:25 12/13/23
Joe “Jo Blaq” Macklin of DistrKCt: Investing in Youth
On this episode of Banking on KC, Joe “Jo Blaq” Macklin, founder of DistrKCt, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his efforts to create pathways for Kansas City youth to gain first-hand knowledge and experience for music production industry careers. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
18:51 12/6/23
Chuck Maggiorotto of Country Club Trust Company: Providing Financial Guidance Through All of Life’s Stages
On this episode of Banking on KC, Chuck Maggiorotto, Chief Wealth Officer at Country Club Trust Company, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss wealth management. Tune in to discover:  1. What wealth management encompasses and how it can help you achieve your financial goals. 2. Country Club Bank’s approach to wealth management. 3. Common misconceptions about wealth management. 4. Steps you can take now to better position yourself for 2024.  The opinions and views expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of Country Club Bank or any affiliate thereof. Unless otherwise indicated, all information provided is effective as of the recording date. All information provided is subject to change.  Country Club Bank Wealth Solutions is a general description for the collective wealth management products and services offered by or through Country Club Bank (CCB) including Country Club Trust Company, a division of Country Club Bank. Generally, Wealth Solutions products and services are not insured by FDIC; are not deposits of/nor guaranteed by CCB or any of its affiliates; and may lose value.  All information provided is intended to be general in nature and is not advice for use in specific situations. The information provided does not constitute legal, tax, or investment advice. It is for illustrative and discussion purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation. For legal, tax or investment advice, the services of a competent professional person or professional organization should be sought.  Some information provided may be obtained from outside sources believed to be reliable, but no representation is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Please note that investments involve risk, and that past performance does not guarantee future results.
24:06 11/29/23
Jana Loflin and Toni Casey of SAVE, Inc.: Fostering Home Hope
On this episode of Banking on KC, Jana Loflin and Toni Casey of SAVE, Inc., join host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the complexities of homelessness and what their organization is doing to alleviate it. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
17:51 11/15/23
Stuart Wilkins of Seville Home: Bringing Beautiful Living to KC Homes
On this episode of Banking on KC, Stuart Wilkins, owner of Seville Home, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how Seville Home has established itself as a local provider of custom, artisan-made furnishings. Tune in to discover: How Stuart and his wife Sue source their products. Their entrepreneurial journey from fashion retailers to furniture retailers. What keeps Seville Home thriving in the era of Big Box furniture stores. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
20:42 11/8/23
Tori Fugate of KC Pet Project: Keeping Pets with People
On this episode of Banking on KC, Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer of KC Pet Project, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the organization’s efforts to build a more compassionate community for pets and people.  Tune in to discover how KC Pet Project:  Earned its “no kill” designation.  Adopts out the animals in its care.  Strives to keep pets with their owners through proactive programs such as “Keep ‘Em Together, KC,” medical services and community outreach.  Country Club Bank – Member FDIC  
28:19 11/1/23
George Guastello of Union Station KC: KC’s Cultural Epicenter
On this episode of Banking on KC, George Guastello, CEO of Union Station KC, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the unveiling of the Ramón Murguía Visitor Entrance representing the Union Station has a cultural epicenter. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC
26:42 10/25/23
Amber Arnett-Bequeaith of Full Moon Productions: Scaring Up a Business
On this episode of Banking on KC, Amber Arnett-Bequeaith, Vice President at Full Moon Productions, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how her family’s company launched the haunted attraction industry.  Tune in to discover: How Amber’s mother and grandmother launched the industry. Why the haunted attraction industry continues to thrive.  How Full Moon Production’s haunted houses have helped revitalize the West Bottoms. Amber’s anti-bullying campaign. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
24:42 10/18/23
Denisha Jones of Sweet Peaches Cobblers: Peaches Are Their Passion
On this episode of Banking on KC, Denisha Jones, founder of Sweet Peaches Cobblers, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how perfecting her grandmother’s peach cobbler during the pandemic led to a wholesale business featuring a line of frozen cobblers and pie fillings distributed throughout the Midwest. Tune in to discover: How a pandemic pivot launched Denisha’s entrepreneurial journey.  How G.I.F.T. program grants helped fuel the growth of Sweet Peaches Cobblers.  Insights into refining your company pitch, finding a mentor, understanding your finances, and taking advantage of Kansas City’s entrepreneurial resources. Why it’s important for Denisha to give back to the community. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
24:59 10/11/23
Elimane Mbengue of Académie Lafayette: Preparing Students for a Global World
On this episode of Banking on KC, Elimane Mbengue, Head of School at Académie Lafayette, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how the first charter school in Missouri uses a French-language immersion program to prepare students for a global world. Tune in to discover:  The reason for Académie Lafayette’s founding 25 years ago.  How the school carries out its mission to provide a world-class education through language immersion, multilingualism and global awareness.  Why the school consistently ranks among the top academically in the Kansas City area.  How Académie Lafayette has expanded under Mbengue’s leadership. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
21:22 10/4/23
Tami Greenberg of Ronald McDonald House Charities-KC: Keeping Families Close
On this episode of Banking on KC, Tami Greenberg, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities-KC, joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the multiple ways in which the organization keeps families close to their sick children. Tune in to discover: Ronald McDonald House’s services for families with sick children.  How Ronald McDonald Houses got started.  Volunteer opportunities for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Country Club Bank – Member FDIC 
21:13 9/27/23