A Beautiful Night to Chill Out

Hands-down, the best venue for networking with the leaders of Kansas City’s most successful companies each year is October’s Best of Business Kansas City/Corporate Report 100 awards celebration. This year’s festivities in the Crossroads, as usual, summoned hundreds of people during the course of a four-hour celebration. Raising a glass or two in tribute to one another, they celebrated both rapid growth (CR100) and customer recognition as the very best of the companies in their respective spaces (Best of Business). Warmed by log fire and camaraderie, they celebrated on Oct. 4 with food from Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions, beverages, music and mirth. It was, once again, a beautiful night to celebrate success in the city.


Kristin Tyson of Crossfirst Bank and her husband Jeff displaying yet another CR100 award for one of the fastest-growing banks in the region.

Scott and Stacia DeNeve of seven-time CR100 honoree Platinum Realty.

CEO Denise Kruse and Abdullah Parker of AdamsGabbert hoist their fast-growth award.

Mark Larrabee and Barbara Christ of Arvest Bank with their Best of Business Gold.

Michael Reardon of McCownGordon Construction stopped by to pick up the general contractor’s Best of Business Kansas City award.

Entertainer Lonnie McFadden enthusiastically showed off his Best of Business award.

The Midway Ford Truck Center team included CEO Trey Meyer (second from left), Laurie Meyer, Terry Tyrrell and Kathy Mandacina.

Mayoral leading candidate Steve Miller, right, of the Miller Schirger law firm, chatted with Stephanie Moore and Burns & McDonnell’s Roger Dick.

Minsky’s Kenneth Kantner with the company’s Gold award for Best Pizza.

Roger Neighbors of Neighbors Construction, with construction-sector peers Mike Hagen and son Dane of Mike Hagen Electric

Emmanuel and Perla Perez of K-Macho’s, winner of the Best Mexican Food honors in Best of Business

CEO Kevin Barth of Commerce bank stopped in and chatted with Joe Sweeney of Ingram’s.

Lina Dickinson of Mer-Sea & Co., a CR 100 Top honoree for fast growth.

Andy Sareyan and Susan Johnson of Andrews McMeel Universal, with Joe Sweeney, who presented them with a vintage copy of Ingram’s featuring AMU co-founder John McMeel.