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Kelly Tomlinson

Startup Grind Kansas City Chapter Director

Kelly Tomlinson is a designer focused on user interface and experience design at Cremalab. She is the founder of Coffee & Design, chapter director of Startup Grind Kansas City, and a KCSW organizer. She believes in solving problems, sharing stories, saying thank you, and small wins.

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Grant Burcham (Missouri Bank)
Wednesday, April 23

Grant Burcham

Missouri Bank

A lifelong banker, Burcham has grown mobank from $63 million in assets when he took over in 1994, to more than $550 million today. He literally has worked in every position in the bank – from teller to CEO. Burcham and his bank focus on small businesses. He understands small business owners because he is one.

  • Grant Burcham, Missouri Bank Grant Burcham, Missouri Bank
    A lifelong banker, Burcham has grown mobank from $63 million in assets when he took over in 1994, to more than $550 million today. He literally has worked in every position in the bank – from teller to CEO. Burcham and his bank focus on small businesses. He understands small business owners because he is one; mobank was the KC Chamber’s Small Business of the Year in 1999. Burcham was also named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999. Ingram’s Magazine named Burcham one of their 40 under 40 in 2000. mobank is a boutique bank with customers who comprise an eclectic, exceptional network of Kansas City area professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Burcham is personally, deeply ingrained in that network and derives unique and remarkable insights from it. Missouri Bank succeeds through a philosophy of strong relationships based on exceptional service, which means Burcham has to, and does, know his customers better than any other banker in town. Education and Affiliations  Burcham received a bachelor of business administration degree in 1984 from Southern Methodist University. In 1990, he completed attendance at Graduate School of Banking – Colorado. Burcham is a small business owner with a big footprint. Though he runs a business with under 100 employees, Burcham has made a strong impression in the civic community. His affiliations include:
    • President – St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation
    • Board Member – St. Luke’s Hospital
    • Board Member – Chair Finance Committee, Kansas City Art Institute
    • Board Member – ASPIRE Foundation
    • Board Member – MRI Global
    • Board Member – Pembroke Hill School
    • Board Member – Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association
    • Advisory Board – Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
    • Advisory Board – Charlotte Street Foundation
    • Advisory Board – Horizon Academy
    • Member – Civic Council of Greater Kansas City
    • Trustee – Mary Atkins Trust Foundation
    23 Apr Grant Burcham Missouri Bank
  • Becky Blades, Startistry Publishing Becky Blades, Startistry Publishing
    Becky Blades is an entrepreneur, artist, strategist, mentor, civic leader, arts advocate, and an author on creative, adventurous living. She is author and illustrator of "Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone: Advice Your Mom Would Give if She Thought You Were Listening," a lighthearted book of counsel to young women coming of age, to be released April 1, 2014. Becky launched her first company, Blades & Associates, in 1990 and merged it with Trozzolo Communications Group in 2003. Since then, her business stART-ups have included: • Travels With Lola, a tour company creating memorable group trips to France: TravelswithLola.com • Ze Jolie, an accessories wholesaler providing contract design and one-of-a-kind home and fashion accessories. • Startistry Publishing, publishing her book and licensing the art of Becky Blades: beckybladesart.com   She has been a member of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and a mentor for the SparkLab accelerator. Becky serves on two corporate boards and is an angel investor. She is chair of the board of ARTS KC, the regional arts council, supporting the arts infrastructure and individual artists throughout the 5-county area. Her blog, stARTistry.com explores the art of beginning, from entrepreneurship to works of art. And she blogs about her book at LaundryorDie.com. Becky is a licensed private pilot and Becky has taught and lectured on topics including creativity, entrepreneurship, marketing, public relations, professional presence, the French culture, and women’s issues. Becky is graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She has been married nearly thirty years to Cary Phillips and they have two daughters: Taylor Phillips, age 21 and Tess Phillips, age 18.        
    21 May Becky Blades Startistry Publishing
  • Toby Rush, Eye Verify Toby Rush, Eye Verify
    Toby Rush is a serial entrepreneur with 13 years of mobile and wireless experience. As founder and CEO of two mobile ventures, his deep expertise in imaging, sensors and mobility gives him early insight into the trends and technologies impacting consumers and the enterprise. Prior to his two startups, EyeVerify and Rush Tracking Systems, Toby led the product development & QA for SAT Corp, a venture funded mobile software company. Toby also started and led the MobilEdge practice group for BSI consulting. He started his career with Accenture deploying SAP enterprise systems.
    25 Jun Toby Rush Eye Verify
  • Diana Kander, Kauffman Foundation Diana Kander, Kauffman Foundation
    A refugee of the Soviet Union, Diana Kander entered America as an eight-year old resident of subsidized housing in Brooklyn, New York. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup. Today, Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to design and implement curriculum in educational institutions and the private sector. A sought out public speaker and writer, Diana has advised startup founders and Fortune 500 executives on her methodology for customer-focused innovation. Diana lives in Columbia, Missouri with her high school sweetheart/husband, Jason, and their awesome son True.
    15 Oct Diana Kander Kauffman Foundation

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