Jeff is the VP of Client Services at EAG Advertising and Marketing, where he serves as his clients’ chief marketing council. He has held strategic marketing positions in both large and small advertising agencies, with clients ranging from restaurants and entrepreneurial ventures to multi-national telecom and regional banks. His most recent positions saw him take the helm of global marketing efforts as the Chief Marketing Officer for professional association ARMA International, and national brand marketing as the CMO for Camp Fire. Working with these nonprofit organizations let him showcase his talent for doing outstanding work and award-winning campaigns with limited resources. He earned his marketing-focused MBA at Avila University in Kansas City and continues to teach marketing at the graduate level as an adjunct professor.
Alma works at Sprint as a Multicultural Marketing Manager. She’s a proven business leader with a strong background in Marketing, Strategy and Finance. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance) from Kansas State University.
Alma joined the AMA in 2011 and became involved right away as the Sponsorship Chair. When asked why she joined the AMA, Alma states, “I became a member to learn about current marketing trends and to meet other marketing professionals outside my industry. My experience in the AMA has been extremely valuable both personally and professionally.”
Alma also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Kansas City and the Marketing Advisory Council for UMKC.
Brian’s inolvement with the AMA is extensive, having served two terms as President, a variety of Director and VP roles, and ongoing mentoring/training of new Board members. He enjoys helping AMAKC fulfill its mission of education by engaging marketing/business students and educators with the professional community.
Brian is a Professor of Marketing as well as Director of Undergraduate Business Development at Avila University.He teaches both in the undergraduate and MBA programs and advises all Marketing majors. His research/teaching areas are Marketing Research, Marketing Strategy, and Consumer Behavior.
Mary, a respected expert in Human Factors and User Experience Design, is currently marketing and UX consultant for Daystar West focusing on total strategic implementation of web applications. She has corporate experience with AT&T and IBM and most recently provided the marketing communications for iStructural, one of the first structural engineering software applications in “the cloud”.
A lifelong learner, Mary has an MBA from the University Wisconsin at Madison, a Master’s Certification in Project Management and an MS in Human Factors and Applied Psychology from the Steven’s Institute of Technology, NJ, a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and has completed the FastTrac NewVenture from Kauffman Foundation. Of course, she stays current with all the latest in marketing and social media knowledge by attending AMA programs.
Mary is an active member of AMA and has served the Kansas City AMA chapter in numerous positions. During her term as President, AMAKC received the national award for Special Programs. Volunteer activities include: Park Hill School District Technology Committee and People-To-People International Officer sponsor. In addition to professional interest in utilizing new media in marketing and education, other interests include investing, traveling, and sailing.
Manon has been a Professional Member of the American Marketing Association for more than 20 years. She served as Vice President of Programs in San Antonio before moving to Kansas City and assuming that role for the chapter over the last several years. Manon is a two term Past President of the Kansas City chapter (2010-11 and 2012-13).
Manon has been the Director of Marketing Communications for the United States Tennis Association Missouri Valley section located in Overland Park since January of 2004. She directs the overall sales, marketing and communications strategies in a five state area including the promotion and development of membership for the national governing body of tennis in the five state area. Prior to working for the USTA, Manon was the Marketing Director for Starlight Theatre and Promotions Manager for Barkley. Prior to moving to Kansas City in 1998, Manon was the Sales Promotions Director for the Fox television affiliate in San Antonio, KABB-TV.
Manon earned a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Kansas in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Dakota. Manon lives in Overland Park with her husband Randy and dog Spencer. They have two daughters.
Vince Vandehaar is the owner of VVV Consultants, LLC which provides professional business consulting services to help organizations with business strategy, research and deployment.
Vince started his business on 1/1/09 after working for Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City for 16 years, during which time the organization was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. His department at St. Luke’s was cited by Baldrige examiners as “best practice” in the area of customer satisfaction, market research and evaluation efforts.
Currently Vince is a part-time adjunct marketing professor at Webster University and Rockhurst University – Helzberg School of Business. He is a Malcolm Baldrige coach and a professional focus group moderator and teaches graduate level classes in Marketing, Marketing Research, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, Statistics and Marketing & Health Capstone classes. In addition to his role on the Board of AMAKC, Vince is actively involved in the national Society for Healthcare Marketing and Planning and the KC Employee Benefit Professional Association, MO HC Executives.
Barb currently works at Hallmark as an Associate Program Leader, where she oversees various product lines with national chain drug customers.
Barb was a member of AMAKC when she began her post-college career while working in telecommunications. After taking a year to earn her MBA in Durham, England, she returned to Kansas City and spent two years working for a healthcare company. Upon her move to Hallmark, she’s gained further product and marketing experience as an Associate Program Manager in the greetings division and an Associate Program Leader in the Gold Crown and Chain Drug customer teams.
Since rejoining the AMA in 2012, Barb has served on the board overseeing Marketing Communications.
Barb has a B.S. Business Administration with a Marketing concentration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Durham Business School.
Scott Schaper is the owner and founder of Unravel (formerly Revisin), a multi-media marketing agency. Unravel was founded in 2008 and has quietly become a Kansas City leader in small business consultancy. With clientele in 38 states, Unravel helps businesses align their technological footprint with their brand.
Scott Schaper has been involved with the American Marketing Association for just nearly 4 years, becoming involved when the AMAKC needed a new website.
Scott holds undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from the University of Kansas and enjoys cycling, swimming, cooking and taking in live music.
Unravel is a proud sponsor of AMAKC.
Megan works at Short’s Travel Management, a full service corporate travel management company located in Overland Park, working with sports organizations, universities, and businesses to create efficiencies and savings in their travel spend. Megan joined AMA KC in 2012 as collegiate member, started actively volunteering to get the most out of her experience at AMAKC and joined the board in 2014 as the Director of Volunteers to help engage members within the organization.
Megan has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Missouri and an MBA in Marketing & Leadership in Change from University of Missouri Kansas City. Megan enjoys traveling, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and fall football weekends.
Zach is a young professional working for a video advertising venture called Answer Media as an Ad Coordinator in the Ad Operations Department. He joined AMAKC in July of 2014 and immediately began working with the Membership Committee in which he has recently step into a shared directors position. He hold a BS in Marketing from Missouri State University where he graduated from in 2013 and where he also sits on his fraternities alumni board. He looks forward to making an impact on the board and learning a few thing on the way.
Zach enjoys baseball, soccer, golf, and exploring Kansas City and what it has to offer.
Trevor works as a Senior Marketing Consultant at Skyline Displays, a trade show marketing company in Lenexa, KS. In his role with Skyline, he is responsible for all aspects of his client’s exhibit marketing experience. He has a proven track record of placing a high emphasis on the power of face-to-face experiences to move his client’s business forward through branded events & environments. Trevor joined AMA in 2014 to grow his network in the Kansas City area. He now serves as the Director of Membership, where he engages with the professional community to promote the benefits of AMA to potential members. In his free time Trevor enjoys hunting, fishing, attending Kansas City athletic events, and trying new restaurants around the city. He attended Avila University where he studied Psychology and was a member of the football team.
Jim Carlson’s career with CenturyLink has spanned 29 years and he has held roles in IT, Finance, Billing, Product Management, Product Development Marketing and Sales. Jim has lea initiatives at CenturyLink to bring new technologies to market, rationalize CenturyLink’s product portfolio and CenturyLink’s entry into the “web world”. He currently works with CenturyLink sales teams across the country helping them describe the power of CenturyLink’s portfolio of solutions to their customers.
Alexa Backman is an Associate Consultant at VVV Consultants LLC, which provides professional business consulting services to help healthcare organizations with business strategy, research and deployment. Alexa joined AMAKC in 2015, starting through actively volunteering with the AMAKC Healthcare Special Interest Group and joined the Board in 2016 as the Assistant Programming Chair.
Alexa has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Kansas and an MBA in Health Care Management from Rockhurst University. Alexa enjoys traveling, running cross country and Jayhawks basketball.
Cynthia is the first point of contact for those interested in or new to the Kansas City chapter of the AMA. She manages the office and its multitude of duties and is our interface with the National AMA.
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