This Week's Pitch

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Glen Dakan, founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive, talks loving whiskey, being a cabana boy in Vegas and more in The Pitch questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 7:21 AM

Glen Dakan, founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive - SABRINA STAIRES
  • Sabrina Staires
  • Glen Dakan, founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive

Name
: Glen Dakan

Occupation: Founder of Pure Pursuit Automotive, a boutique sports-car dealership, which recently opened in the Crossroads (1619 Walnut).

Twitter handle: @GlenDakan

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada (Moved 15 times while in the Navy.)

Current neighborhood: Brookside (Moved to KC two years ago and not looking back!)

What I do: Former Naval aviator turned tech entrepreneur. Gentlemanly interests in cars, planes, boats, music and spirits, just not all at once.

What’s your addiction? Things that go fast.

What’s your game? Football to watch (go, Chiefs!), racquetball to play, skis or wakeboards to ride.

What’s your drink? Anything with whiskey in it, from Scotland, Ireland, Japan, the U.S. or anywhere else.

Where’s dinner? My wife cooks great fresh meals, and we love to check out any and all ethnic places like Indian, Vietnamese and Ethiopian. The more it looks like a gas station and less like a restaurant, the happier we are!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Leanne Breiby, of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, talks downtown gondolas, becoming a Jayhawk and more

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 7:45 AM

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  • Sabrina Staires
  • Leanne Breiby, director of communications, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation


Name
: Leanne Breiby

Occupation: Director of communications, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

Twitter handle: @LeanneBreiby

Hometown: Olathe

Current neighborhood: Downtown KCMO

What I do: I encourage donors to give to the causes they care about through charitable-giving accounts, also known as donor-advised funds.

What’s your addiction? Doing. Anything, really — concerts, sporting events, bike rides, happy hours. My friends have started to call me do-anne. It’s not my favorite nickname.

What’s your game? Kickball. Current second baseman of the AAF-KC Kickball League dynasty, Kikkuboru Dojo.

What’s your drink? Whatever Adam Smith at the Milwaukee Deli decides to shake up.

Where’s dinner? Local Pig. My sister is a butcher there.

What’s on your KC postcard? The view from the first tee at Water Works Disc Golf Course.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Vote now in The Pitch's Best of Kansas City awards

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 7:07 AM

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Kansas City is crown-crazy, and the 2015 edition of The Pitch's Best of Kansas City issue is no exception. This year, we're asking you to chase the crown and vote for the best of the best in six categories.  

The first round of voting is now open through Wednesday, August 26. We'll tabulate your votes, narrow the list to the top three and reopen voting Monday, August 31, through Thursday, September 17. Finally, we'll crown the winners in our Best of KC issue — on newsstands October 15.

So tell us who's worthy of wearing the crown. Vote here.

UPDATE: A couple of changes, you have a little longer to vote — and the issue will be out one week later. The correct info is all in the post above! 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Michael Wilson, Niall co-founder and CEO, discusses the meaning of 'made in the USA,' making luxury watches and more

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 7:02 AM

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  • Sabrina Staires
  • Michael Wilson of Niall


Name: Michael Wilson

Occupation: Niall co-founder, CEO and product architect

Twitter handle: @wilsonspeaking

Hometown: Born in Texas. Raised in Kansas.

Current neighborhood: Overland Park

What I do: I am on a quest to build the next great luxury brand. Everything I do supports that purpose.

What’s your addiction? Business

What’s your game? Business. Yes, I love business that much. When I’m not trying to stay on top of my game, I usually spend time with my kids, which opens us up to a whole new list of games.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Erin Rosales, owner of Dare to Dabble, talks reinventing downtown KC, bringing the streetcar to NKC and more

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 7:01 AM

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Name
: Erin Rosales

Occupation: Entrepreneur, artist and manic dreamer

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: North Kansas City

What I do: I’m an artist. I teach and inspire others to create art and make things in my interactive arts studio, Dare to Dabble.

What’s your addiction? Tea and shrimp but not in that particular order. I about cried when I realized I couldn’t have raw sushi while I was pregnant. I’ve been trying to overcompensate with shrimp. It’s not really working.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WyCo’s BPU settles an electrocution case for more than it had to

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 8:51 AM

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  • Dave Coates
  • Rosedale Park has it's power lines
Nick Moeder, a 27-year-old Shawnee resident, was playing a wee-hours round of disc golf in Rosedale Park, in southeast Wyandotte County, on June 16, 2013, when he stepped on a live electrical wire. A strong storm the previous day had knocked down power lines throughout the metro; this one had been on the ground for about 11 hours. Moeder died instantly.

Evidence soon surfaced that the downed line had been reported to authorities at least twice in the hours leading up to Moeder’s death. The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, the ratepayer-owned utility in Wyandotte County responsible for that line, apologized publicly for its slow response, but a lawsuit was inevitable.

Late last month, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, and the BPU settled with Moeder’s mother, Wanda Christensen, for $1.65 million.

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Angela Halloran, touring production coordinator, talks starting Wilder, shopping in the West Bottoms and more in The Pitch Questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 7:29 AM

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  • Sabrina Staires
  • Angela Halloran, touring production coordinator

Hometown: Overland Park

Current neighborhood: Waldo

What I do: My main gig is touring with bands as a production coordinator, but I’ve also just started an online shop called Wilder — our goods give back.

Tell us more about Wilder: I wanted to find a way to combine my love for design, creativity and giving in the best way I know how. While we want our Wilder goods to be stylish and comfortable, we also want them to become a cool conversation starter. Every other month, Wilder will choose a different charity or organization to spotlight, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated in an effort to raise funds and awareness for as many organizations as we can.

What’s your addiction? Travel. And chocolate.

What’s your game? Scrabble

What’s your drink? Vodka soda with lemon

Where’s dinner? Port Fonda. That guac, man …

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Corporate subsidies in WyCo: going once, going twice...

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 6:22 PM

The Unified Government auctions off some bad decisions. - FORESTER MICHAEL
  • Forester Michael
  • The Unified Government auctions off some bad decisions.
There were deals, deals, deals to be had in the basement of Memorial Hall on Friday, June 19.

Higgenbotham Auctioneers was handling the liquidation of a dead Kansas City, Kansas, restaurant called Backfire BBQ. The resulting auction wasn’t the usual drab inventory of tables, chairs, stoves and bar lights. Backfire was a motorcycle-themed restaurant built around the Orange County Choppers brand and brought to KCK by real-estate firm RED Development and the minds behind the T. Rex Café and the Rainforest Café. So racecars and jukeboxes were on the block, along with dozens of vintage motorcycles and other theoretically valuable memorabilia.

Backfire’s owners had spared little expense in decorating their biker-chic palace. And why should they have? They weren’t picking up the tab. Bidders at Memorial Hall who were paying close attention would have noticed that the seller wasn’t Backfire or a title-holding bank. It was instead the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. The restaurant equipment, the motorhead gear, the antiques — all of it was purchased for Backfire by Wyandotte County taxpayers, through STAR bonds.

STAR (Sales Tax Revenue) bonds are economic-development tools used by Kansas municipalities to assist developers in financing commercial, entertainment and tourism projects. To crank up Backfire, the UG issued $3 million in STAR bonds, then essentially lent the proceeds to the restaurant’s backers so that they could deck out their spot in the Legends shopping area.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jason Elm, executive creative director at Barkley, talks bringing the Super Bowl to KC, nearly brawling with Matthew McConaughey and more

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 7:20 AM

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Name: Jason Elm

Occupation: Executive creative director at Barkley

Twitter handle: @JasonElm

Hometown: Canoga Park, California

Current neighborhood: Fairway-ish

What I do: I’m responsible for making sure that everything we make for our clients is rad.

What’s your addiction? People. I love being around people. Friends, strangers — it doesn’t matter. I have this constant curiosity about people — who they are, what they’re thinking. It makes me crazy to be alone.

What’s your game? Words With Friends

What’s your drink? Rieger’s whiskey with one giant ice cube. A square one, not a round one.

Where’s dinner? Riding shotgun in a ’97 Subaru. We’re right in the middle of moving in, so we order a lot of delivery.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Andy Dandino, art director and creative strategist at the Kansas City Public Library, answers The Pitch's questionnaire

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 7:02 AM

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  • Sabrina Staires


Name: Andy Dandino

Occupation: Art director and creative strategist, Kansas City Public Library

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Waldo

What I do: As part of the library’s creative team, I help share stories about the amazing things the library does to support the KC community.

What’s your addiction? Puns (much to the chagrin of my friends and colleagues). Aside from that, reading and a pretty broad pattern of media consumption.

What’s your game? Does making obscure pop–culture references count? It does? Then trivia.

What’s your drink? Morning regimen: green tea. After–hours social occasions: Old Fashioned.

Where’s dinner? I’m a sucker for bread and cheese. Big fan of Spin Pizza, a frequent customer at Milwaukee Deli, and a devotee of Fervere’s Cheese Slipper Saturdays.

What’s on your KC postcard? So many great landmarks and notable places! But I’d have to go with the Central Library, of course. It’s a wonderful example of successfully repurposing a historic building — it was previously the First National Bank — and it’s become a downtown jewel and vital community resource.

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