Kansas City Business Kudos

Recent business promotions, awards, new hires and special announcements

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KC Ballet

Executive Director Jeffrey J. Bentley of the Kansas City Ballet announced the appointment of David Anderson as Director of Marketing.

“Kansas City Ballet is seeing enormous growth in terms of audiences, school enrollment, and general presence in our community. Identifying a marketing director that would leverage our growth and propel us forward was urgent and one of the primary reasons it took eight months to find the right person,” Bentley says. “I was thrilled when David’s resume hit my mailbox. He comes with a significant arsenal of experience in software systems, audience development and institutional marketing. He has worked with large institutions and has been leading teams that have created real positive change within those organizations. David Anderson is a strategically important addition to our team and will make a significant difference in the manner and method we use to grow audiences and engage with our communities over the long term.”

Intouch Solutions

Intouch Solutions announced the promotion of both Brent Scholz and Elizabeth Rooney to the position of vice president, executive creative director. A leading marketing agency serving the pharmaceutical industry, Intouch has seen rapid expansion over the past five years and actively promotes experienced leaders from within the 600-person firm.

Intouch Solutions’ Elizabeth Rooney and Brent Scholz

Scholz’s and Rooney’s diverse experiences include leading their current teams of designers and writers, bringing in and developing new talent, and servicing an array of accounts. They also pitch new business and collaborate on a variety of internal initatives, ultimately helping the agency deliver on goals and expand its roster of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter clients. In their new roles, Scholz and Rooney will work closely to continue raising the profile and prestige of Intouch’s award-winning creative offerings.

Results Technology

RESULTS Technology, a managed technology services firm headquartered in Kansas City with offices in St. Louis, today announced it has once again achieved SSAE 16 SOC II compliance for 2015. SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16) is the gold standard for the validation of a service organization’s operations and procedures. RESULTS is audited annually in nine specific areas including all aspects of data and physical security, data backup, network monitoring, change management and systems maintenance.

“Successfully completing the SSAE 16 audit demonstrates that we are committed to best practices and continually ensure our process management meets the highest industry standards,” said Mike Gilmore, Chief Technical Officer at RESULTS Technology. “Our ability to successfully pass this rigorous, in-depth audit verifies RESULTS has the proper controls and processes in place to deliver the high-quality services our customers expect.”

Shockey Consulting Services

Shockey Consulting Services, LLC. is the proud recipient of the 25 Under 25 Award, a long-running honor that is presented each year to Kansas City’s finest small businesses. Sheila Shockey, founder of Shockey Consulting Services accepted the award during the 25 Under 25 Awards Gala on Feb. 28 at the Downtown Marriott’s Muehlebach Tower. The company provides award-winning management, planning and public participation consulting services to government agencies.

The awards are presented to 25 local businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Companies are judged on their financial stability, ability to overcome adversity and challenges, community involvement, distinguishing or defining characteristics and company vision. An independent panel of judges consisting of area business leaders chooses the winning companies. More than 1,400 nominations were submitted.

Compass Minerals

The country’s three leading hardware cooperatives—Ace Hardware Corp., True Value Company and Do it Best Corp.—recently named Overland Park-based Compass Minerals their 2014 Lawn and Garden Vendor or Supplier of the Year. It’s the first time all three major hardware chains have honored Compass Minerals in the same year with the awards, which recognize the salt company’s exceptional customer service and deicing products.

“We have worked with many of these hardware co-ops and stores for more than 25 years, delivering superior deicing products when and where they need them,” says Bob Harper, vice president of the Consumer and Industrial Salt Division at Compass Minerals. “We’re pleased that Ace, True Value and Do it Best all cited the same reasons for singling out Compass Minerals for these awards: high fulfillment rates and inventory turns, plus far better-than-expected sales of our products.”

Evergreen Real Estate Services

Pat Murfey, CCIM Vice President of Evergreen Real Estate Services has stepped up from his position on the board of directors to president of the Kansas City Chapter of Certified Commercial Investment Members (CCIM) for 2015. After having served on the board of directors since 2009, Murfey was elected as president by his peers.

Murfey will serve a one-year term over one of the largest and most active CCIM chapters in the country made up of 250 members. The Chapter provides education forums and mentorship for candidates working on their designation; scholarships for qualified candidates to pay for CCIM classes; hosts monthly breakfast meetings with presentations on topics relevant to our local commercial real estate community; and provides networking through breakfast meetings and events held throughout the year.