Ingram's Magazine: March 2014

Proud Past, Promising Future

Take a look at the fellow to the left, the one pictured rolling up his sleeves. You probably know it as the Norman Rockwell tribute, The Kansas City Spirit, commissioned by Hallmark founder J.C. Hall after the great flood of…more

Construction Trades at a Crossroads in Kansas City

Kansas City has a question to answer: When the construction industry in this region returns to full strength—and it will, eventually—where will we find the qualified workers to fill the jobs that will emerge in the construction trades? It’s not…more

Managing the Generational Gaps

Microsoft’s massive grounds seem more resort-like than office-like, with restaurants and bars, free coffee bars, on-site spas and soccer fields (not to mention state-of-the-art collaborative work space). The diversity at Microsoft—including the huge influx of younger generations—brought to mind a…more

Kansas City: A Right-Brain Redoubt

At one time, Betsey Solberg notes, the world’s largest art department was housed under the roof of Hallmark Cards. And, with a current staff of roughly 500 creatives—artists, illustrators, calligraphers, designers and many others—plus nearly as many other employees in…more

‘I’m moving to California’

“I have to get out of this town. There’s just not enough for me in Kansas City. There’s nothing to do here and I need more opportunities. I’m moving to California.” Those were my words 15 years ago. I decided…more

Building a Sales Base, One Steaming Cup at a Time

I like coffee. Dark, black coffee. Espresso. No cream. No sugar. Just dark, black coffee. You?But I look at coffee differently than you do. I don’t “wake up and drink it.” I venture out to a coffee shop and an…more

The Star’s Anti-Faith Jihad Against J.E. Dunn

In an impressively twisted column, even by his own contorted standards, The Kansas City Star’s Yael Abouhalkah recently decried the “hypocrisy” of the J.E. Dunn Construction Co. for its attempt to honor the conscience of its family members, as the…more

A KC That Attracts Young Professionals

Confession time: When we started Ingram’s Industry Outlook series in 1999, I was in my late 30s and barely eligible for 40 Under Forty consideration. OK, a little removed. In the years since, then, we’ve hosted more than 150 Industry…more

Equal and Opposite Attractions

For eons, it seems, civic leaders have talked about ways to ensure that young talent in Kansas City would stay here. The phrase “Brain Drain” was kicked around a lot back in the ’80s. The topic would inspire forums where…more

50 Kansans You Should Know, 2014

If we’ve learned one thing from four years of rounding up subjects for our annual 50 Kansans You Should Know feature, it’s that a common virtue of those good people is the quality of determination. We at Ingram’s can relate…more