Author: Kate Leibsle

Entrepreneurial Journey, Personal Growth

Opening new doors: Gina Stuelke balances change, upholding company history

Gina Stuelke never intended to run, join or be anything other than a cheerleader for her family’s more-than-100-year-old business, Kenton Brothers Inc. It’s not that she was opposed to the business, which began as a lock-and-key business in the late 1800s — it just wasn’t a part of her overall life plan. “I was the first generation to go to college,” said Stuelke, “and I was ready to slay the…

KC Entrepreneurs, Success Stories

Menees Family Dentistry: Third-generation owner brings fresh perspective to family-owned company

When patients call Menees Family Dentistry, they must be specific about which Dr. Menees they want to see. That’s been the case since 1968 when Robert Menees Jr. joined his father, Robert Menees Sr. in the practice Menees Sr. had founded in 1946. Today, Menees Jr. practices with his daughter, Dr. Laura Menees Moore. For Moore, keeping the family business going into the third generation is a labor of love…