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Drive to End Hunger

FUEL THE DRIVE TO END HUNGER WITH BMW.


From November 17 through November 21, you can help fight hunger simply by taking a test drive at BMW of Topeka. During BMW’s Drive To End Hunger Test Drive Event, for every test drive we will donate $20 to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, which will help provide 200 meals to those in need. In addition, you will receive a special $1,000 New Vehicle Credit* to use toward the purchase or lease of a new BMW. This can be combined with the Road Home sales event credit of up to $2,500** on select new BMW models now through November 30 when financed through BMW Financial Services NA, LLC.

For the past three years, BMW has proudly assisted in helping to provide 4.3 million meals to people in need through Feeding America®. With this year’s program alone, we hope to reach 2 million and further build connections with the local food banks in your community.

*$1,0 0 0 offer valid on eligible new model year 2020 and 2021 vehicles in dealer stock delivered and retailed through
February 1, 2021. MINI vehicles and BMW Pre-Owned/CPO vehicles do not qualify. This offer cannot be used for
previously ordered or previously delivered vehicles and is only valid on delivery of in-stock vehicles. Offer valid to
customers – and their family members residing within the same household, attending the Central Region November
Event – Drive To End Hunger and registering on site by November 21, 2020 . Offer valid off MSRP and may be combined
with other applicable BMW offers that are available at the time of purchase. Only one OL number per vehicle may be
used. Offer valid towards purchase price of eligible vehicle. Only valid at participating dealers.

**Offers available to qualified customers with excellent credit history who finance through BMW Financial Services NA,
LLC. Offer is transferable pending credit approval, nonnegotiable and not redeemable for cash. Available credits of up to
$2,0 0 0 off MSRP on a new 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan, $2,500 off a new 2021 BMW X3 and $2,500 off a new 2021 BMW
X5. Must take delivery by November 30 , 2020 . Offer availability subject to dealer participation. Visit your authorized
BMW Center for important details.

Position Available: Sales Professional

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka is looking for sales professionals who are committed to customer service excellence and have a track record of high success in automotive or luxury goods sales.

Apply at: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

This is truly a “dream career” for the right candidate looking for a positive, enthusiastic work environment and an opportunity in the exciting and lucrative luxury automobile retail industry.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs
  • Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
  • Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available
  • Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
  • Works without constant supervision

We offer the following:

  • Guarantee for first 60 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Prerequisites: 

  • Minimum 1 year of successful sales experience
  • Excellent work history with references
  • Clean driving record and criminal background

Apply at: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

Position Available: Finance and Insurance Manager

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a high-end, luxury automotive dealership, is looking for a Finance and Insurance Manager with a commitment to customer service and a strong drive to achieve.

Applicants should have previous experience in F&I management with a proven track record of success. Finally, candidates should be able to outline their strategy for success within the organization.

Applicants should apply online at www.SoaveAutomotiveGroup.com/Careers or submit directly to this ad with their resume.

Job expectations include:

  • Sell financing and insurance to customers
  • Responsible for the attainment and gross production of financial services’ goals and objectives
  • Review customer credit applications
  • Present extended service contracts and other owner protection programs available to customers
  • Assess profitability to the dealership of financing arrangements
  • Utilize the menu selling process
  • Ensure necessary documentation for each deal is complete by utilizing a deal checklist
  • Work closely with sales team maintaining effective employee relations
  • Maintain AFIP Certification
  • Act as liaison between the customer and the lending institution
  • Ensures the expeditious funding of all contracts
  • Ensure adherence to F&I reporting requirements of the Company
  • Maintain CSI at or above Company standards
  • Participate in required training
  • Follows Safeguards rules and regulations.
  • Comply with Company policies and procedures

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • High commission structure
  • Professional Live and Web Based Training
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • World class beautiful facility
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

The applicant must possess a clean driving record and be able to pass a background check and drug screen.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Position Available: Automotive Service Technician

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a high-end, luxury automotive dealership is looking to add a qualified AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN to our team! BMW/VW of Topeka offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training, and support for its employees.

Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply directly by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers or you can respond directly to this ad with your resume. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to…

  • Test drive vehicles to test components and systems
  • Ability to use diagnostic tools and special service equipment.
  • Diagnose, maintain, and repair vehicle systems including engine, transmission, electrical steering, suspension, brakes, air conditioning, etc.
  • Perform work specified on the repair order with efficiency and in accordance with dealership policies
  • Communicate directly with the Service Advisor so that customers can be informed if any additional service is needed
  • Provide an estimate of time needed for additional repairs

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional Live and Web Based Training
  • Closed Sundays
  • Paid 10 days of vacation after just the first year
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

Qualifications

  • All applicants must pass pre-employment testing to include: background checks, MVR, and drug testing in order to qualify for employment
  • Must own hand tools

Due to the growth we are experiencing, the ideal candidate will be located in or willing to move to the Topeka/Lawrence, Kansas market area.

Bonuses may be offered for Relocation, Training certifications, and Longevity.

Soave Automotive is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Position Available: Sales Professional

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka is looking for sales professionals who are committed to customer service excellence and have a track record of high success in automotive or luxury goods sales.

This is truly a “dream career” for the right candidate looking for a positive, enthusiastic work environment and an opportunity in the exciting and lucrative luxury automobile retail industry.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs
  • Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
  • Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available
  • Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
  • Works without constant supervision

We offer the following:

  • Guarantee for first 60 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 1 year of successful sales experience
  • Excellent work history with references
  • Clean driving record and criminal background

To apply, go to: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

Bringing Dust to Life

by PATRICIA O’DELL | photos by ANNA PETROW

Chentell Shannon is creating a company and a culture that celebrates community.

It’s possible that Chentell Shannon shouts, but it’s difficult to believe that she would. She’s built Convivial Productions – a company that creates collections of handmade wares for the home, table, and garden – over the last five years with a quiet, steady hand. While she does not pretend to know all the answers of what happens next, she is conscious and careful with her life and her company as she considers what is best using her own definition of success.

While Shannon is passionate about what she does and how she does it, she was not envisioning her future as she made clay pots in kindergarten. Her interest in pottery came much later.

“My older sister is two years ahead of me,” Shannon says. “I was the
quintessential younger sister. I thought she was so cool. I wanted to be just like her.”

Shannon’s sister had enrolled in a ceramics class in high school, so she enrolled in a ceramic class in high school.

“Then, independently, I really started loving it. I took ceramics class-
es every semester that I could. Then I started doing independent study with my professor and learned wheel throwing and hand building.”

She discovered she has a visceral experience working with her hands.

“I think your mind goes into a different state,” Shannon says. “For me it’s therapeutic. It’s a release.”


She followed the same path in college, taking pottery classes and doing independent study. Her senior year, she found that she wanted to share the process and started looking for ways to introduce other people to the craft.

“Art therapy was the path that classified as a career in the arts. Even though I wasn’t really interested in the clinical aspects of art, it was the thing I thought I could make a career out of.”

But the reality of art therapy wasn’t the same as creating. She studied community art, which felt more organic. But after graduation, she became more and more interested in designing, creating, and selling her work. She trusted that all the components of the things that she had learned would come into play and become a career.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately,” she says. “We’re five years in. The first year was just me, then some interns, then part-time people. I think we were in five spaces before here.”

“Here” being the light-flooded space on the fourth floor of one of the old brick buildings in the West Bottoms that accommodates Convivial’s growing team. Shannon said this last move felt significant.

“When we moved here two years ago it felt like we jumped from being an individual studio to an actual company. There was consistency and culture.”

Convivial recently took over the full floor and has committed to the space for three years. Shannon says that the growth and expansion raise questions about who and what Convivial should be.

“I want to be really intentional with our growth. What will our products be like? What will the studio be like? What will our culture be like?”

She’s discerning about expanding the product line and how they will move forward as a company. This conscious movement drives decisions in every aspect of the business, including a recent opportunity to paint a mural on the side of the building.

“We had the opportunity to do the mural and we considered putting our name on it,” Shannon says. “But it’s not our building, so we reconsidered. Recognizing the neighborhood seemed like the right thing to do.”

The mural, which Shannon’s team designed and painted with the help of community volunteers, reads, “Welcome to the Historic West Bottoms.” This result is part of a broader philosophy.


“Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how owning a business is an opportunity. We can either work within the outline of standard business practices or be creative in how we approach growing and sustaining as a business.”

Shannon thinks this applies to where they invest, how they approach sales, as well as their motivation. This thinking is the root of Convivial’s creative, alternative, community-based marketing approaches, such as collaborating on murals, events, and dinners.

“I want to be creative with how we approach partnership and marketing,” she says. “We’re exploring putting those resources toward investing in the culture of our community and the architecture of our city, determining if this works as a more holistic approach for our staff, community, and customers.”


While she moves thoughtfully, Shannon and her team want Convivial to create more pieces, more lines, and, perhaps more importantly, more jobs. But they are careful about growth.

“What we do is not trend based. That’s why we don’t do limited editions. We are being intentional about things that last. We want our customers to know that if they buy dinnerware from us, they will always be able to get it.”

The company is currently exploring creating new concepts. Verdant, a plant and flower shop in the Crossroads that carries planters and candles, is planned for the spring.

Shannon sees Convivial as the parent company, while responding to smart opportunities along the way.

“I would rather keep being creative. This could lead to more variety, which could bring more chaos – or more success. We want to keep things fresh. The questions that I will always come back to is, ‘What will I be proud of?’”

Breathe. Enjoy.

by JENNIFER LAPKA

He climbed two steps toward his upper-floor New York apartment and paused to catch his breath.

Two steps more, pause, catch. He could not wait to see his wife and children who were at
home waiting for him.

Two steps, pause, catch.

He checked his
email on his phone so as to not feel like he was wasting time.

Two steps, pause, catch.

Art reflects life, which is particularly true for artist Dylan Mortimer and his current body of work. Born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), he is currently living and breathing thanks to a third set of donated lungs. According to CFF.org, CF is a progressive genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. “In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. In the pancreas, the buildup of mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that help the body absorb food and key nutrients, resulting in malnutrition and poor growth. In the liver, the thick mucus can block the bile duct, causing liver disease.”

Dylan was born in 1979 in Ohio and grew up in St. Louis. He was 10 years old when he was diagnosed, at a time when the average lifespan of a person with CF was 17  years. As a boy, Dylan loved drawing. He drew comics and thought about art school very early on, an idea supported by his parents. When he was 14 years old, he saw a flyer for a month-long summer art program at the Chicago Art
Institute pinned to a board at his St. Louis high school. He and a friend attended that program.

After high school, he moved to Kansas City to secure a bachelor’s in fine arts in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. He studied under the now-retired Welsh abstract painting instructor Warren Rosser. Over the course of his time there, Dylan’s figurative painting changed to mixed media and sculpture and installations. After
graduating in 2002, he moved to New York to pursue an
MFA from the School of Visual Arts, graduating in 2006. While there, he was deeply influenced by faculty member and artist Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, who is typically associated with the American Pattern and Decoration art movement of the mid-’70s through early ’80s. (Lanigan-Schmidt is also well known for his involvement with the Stonewall Riots of 1969, which are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in America.) Pattern and Decoration was championed by New York gallery owner Holly Solomon and inspired by 1960s liberation politics, particularly feminism. Artists were producing large paintings, collages, and sculptures emphasizing pattern and all-over decoration using pipe cleaners, foil, cellophane, glitter, and other inexpensive materials.

In 2019, Dylan had his second full lung transplant in New York and  moved back to Kansas City with his wife and two sons. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Townsend Building in Brookside, which is full of his works. These will be shipped to the University of Iowa, where his next show is taking place. That show will will conclude with adding his work to hospital, pharmaceutical company, and medical center collections. Paper, paint, caulk, glue, and glitter covered the studio’s surfaces, ready to be made into more works depicting cells, bronchial tubes, mucus, etc., and certain moments, feelings, and memories pertaining to his experiences of living with CF. Dylan used to resent the idea of making work about CF. “I didn’t want to talk about it; I didn’t want anyone to pity me.” But now, he fully embraces it and wants doctors, caretakers, hospital staff, and fellow survivors to see it and be inspired by it. In fact, he is taking speaking en gagements about his art and is thrilled he is able to simultaneously raise awareness about CF and art.

When asked about his goals for this year, Dylan replied: “I want to be happy and healthy, to continue running and biking with my sons. It is a gift to breathe, and it’s no less a gift for anyone else. Breathe and enjoy. I highly recommend it to everyone.”

Three of Dylan’s works have been recently installed at the KU Med Health Education Building (HEB). You can see his Open Spaces project, a pink painted tree called “Tree, Broken Tree,” in Swope Park; and a sculpture and two collages in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art collection. You can also visit his representing gallery, Haw Contemporary, and website DylanMortimer.com.

A Legacy in Values

by KELSEY CIPOLLA

Spend some time with Pat Cocherl, affectionately known to many as “Mr. C,” and a few things quickly become apparent: his love for his family, his admiration of the founding fathers (particularly Thomas Jefferson), and his desire to give back.

All these passions come together at the Cocherl Family Foundation’s Jefferson Building. The Leawood space was designed from a drawing by Jefferson that had never been built. The stately structure is filled with references to its namesake as well as other early American visionaries, mixed in with photos of the Cocherl clan: Pat, his wife of almost 50 years, Kathy, and their five children: Jennifer, Shawn, Ryan, Kristen, and Patrick.

The building opened in 2017 and serves as the headquarters for the Cocherl Family Foundation, which is run by all seven family members united to pursue a single purpose: helping kids.

RIGHTING A WRONG
The Cocherl Family Foundation’s mission is in some ways penance for a wrong choice Mr. C made decades ago, he explains.

Cocherl was serving as president of the Blue Valley School District’s board of education in the mid 1980s when a vote passed in favor of integrating students with special needs into the district’s schools. He didn’t agree, thinking it would adversely affect the quality of education, but the
board voted and he was overruled. The program launched at the school where the Cocherl family’s youngest son, Patrick, was about to start kindergarten.

After a few weeks at school, Patrick asked to invite his friend Jake over for a playdate. When the friend arrived, the Cocherls were surprised to see that he was in a wheelchair. Jake’s mother explained some of the basics they would need to know to help Jake during his time at their home, and
the kids had a blast. Meanwhile, Mr. C realized he’d made a huge mistake by rejecting the idea of making the district more inclusive.

“I went to every school in the school district and apologized for my vote and vowed that day to right that wrong,” he said. After working behind the scenes for some time, the Cocherl Family Foundation was born in 2003, a formal entity dedicated to making a difference in the lives of
local children.

“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Mr. C says about the foundation’s work.

THE GIFT OF GIVING
The Cocherl Family Foundation is truly a family affair, starting with its funding. Mr. C’s company, Heartland Customer Solutions, offers support services for Panasonic products and put the Cocherls in a financial position to give back. The family’s own money is the lifeblood of the foundation, which also accepts donations from people who believe in its charitable mission.

Since its establishment, the nonprofit has given to numerous organizations that work to improve life for kids, including the Rose Brooks Center, Beat the Monster, and Children’s Mercy Hospital. It’s also helping to provide funding to a new Wonderscope location in South Kansas City. And in recent years, one of the biggest focuses has been Keep the Spark Alive, an organization determined to prevent suicide by funding innovative programs and initiatives in schools, starting with Blue Valley.

Additionally, the Cocherl Family Foundation offers annual scholarships to Blue Valley students who receive special education services through individual education programs, commonly known as IEPs. The awards fund
their post-high school education, whether that includes attending a college, university, or vocational school.

Mr. C estimates hundreds of area students have received the renewable scholarship since it was established. The scholarships not only set these students up for success after graduation, they also help them develop a sense of self-worth and confidence they might otherwise lack, parents have told the family.

Of course, the Cocherls haven’t been without challenges of their own. Several years ago, the family’s patriarch suffered a massive heart attack that brought him to the brink of death. Mr. C survived, but the experience put his philanthropic mission into even sharper focus.

After recovering, he wanted to ensure the work of the foundation will outlive him and Kathy through their kids, who play an active role, bringing their own projects and ideas to the family’s quarterly meetings where future commitments are decided.

With the children fully invested, the foundation is poised to make an impact for years to come. “I realized that I had more pieces to put in place to finish, and I’ve now done that,” he says, adding, “For the first time, I realized my mortality and it made me hyper-focused on what’s important.”

Position Available: Service Manager

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka is part of the fast-growing Soave Automotive Group, a leader in automotive retail, and we have a great opportunity for a Service Manager.

To apply, go to http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

This Service Manager opportunity is for someone who is looking to expand their experience in a new and growing Service operation. This position will initially involve the Service Manager also acting as a Service Advisor along with another full-time Service Advisor. Currently, the Service Operation has 6 technicians working out of a newly updated facility in Topeka, KS.

Job expectations include:

  • Manage service department and all aspects of its operations
  • Oversee service advisor(s), technicians, and any additional employees within that department
  • Set production expectations for all aspects of the department
  • Select, train, and supervise all employees in the service department while employing successful staff utilization techniques and devising a job description for each position
  • Conduct any necessary employee training, ensure all employee manufacturer training requirements are met on an ongoing basis
  • Analyze departmental operations and maximize opportunities for growth

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Job training and career advancement opportunities
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Paid training
  • Relocation assistance, if needed
  • Employee vehicle purchase programs

Qualifications/Experience:

  • Service Advisor or Service Management experience and ideally with that experience coming from a Volkswagen and/or BMW dealership.
  • All applicants must pass pre-employment testing to include: background checks, MVR, and drug testing in order to qualify for employment

Due to the growth we are experiencing, the ideal candidate will be located in or willing to move to the Topeka/Lawrence, Kansas market area.

Bonuses may be offered for Relocation, Training certifications, and Longevity. Salary commensurate with experience.

Soave Automotive is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

To apply, go to http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

Kansas City’s Quixotic Roque Show

by PATRICIA O’DELL |  photos courtesy of QUIXOTIC

While many Kansas Citians have seen the artistic collaboration of Quixotic at events around town, some are unaware of the reach and scope of the performance company’s work. For the first time since its inception, the company will be offering regular shows near the Crossroads district.

Quixotic calls Kansas City home. The performance group began in 2005 as an annual creative collaboration to provide an outlet for local ballet dancers and stage professionals to work in the off season.

“We did one show a year in abandoned buildings,” says executive producer Mica Thomas, who managed production at the beginning. “We’d clean up the space and figure out a way to run power and put on a show. It was fun and people loved it.”

The community response was positive and Thomas, in conjunction with founder Anthony Magliano, began producing regular shows. About three years into the project people began approaching them to perform at events.

“They’d say, ‘We could give you $500.’ It was only $500, but that made it a paid gig.”

In 2011, they received a call from Mike Lundgren, director of innovation strategy at VML. He introduced the group to TEDx.

“That was a game-changer,” says Thomas.

The exposure from the TEDx performance led to international bookings. Suddenly, this group of local technicians and performers was traveling to Spain, China, India, and the Middle East. The bigger opportunities and bigger budgets allowed for a broader scope of work. They began to explore aerial performance, projections, and animation.

“We know that in Kansas City most people have seen us at Crossroads or the West Bottoms, the Nelson – and we love that, but I don’t think they know we’re doing video mapping for the Smithsonian.”

The company went from one performance a year to employing 15 to 20 people in a residency with a regular show in Miami, which is a riff on cabaret. It’s been remarkably successful.

While Kansas City has always been supportive of Quixotic, the group has performed some of its bigger, more complex material away from home. That is about to change. The group has two new projects launching in the fall. They are bringing Quixotic to Kansas City in a bigger way.

“Our first project is with the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens,” says Hilary Rambeau, producer. “I know when some people think about Quixotic, they think about sitting down and watching a show. This is going to be a like a luminary walk, but times a thousand. It’s about a mile and a half path through the grounds with innovative installments, musicians, and aerialists.”

The group is excited to perform for people who might not have seen them in the heart of the city.

“This is a great way for us to get to Johnson County and have something that is for everyone. We think there may be a lot of people who don’t know who we are in this part of the city,” Magniano says.

The group is equally excited about a collaboration closer to Crossroads.

“So, we opened the show in Miami and it was supposed to run for two months,” Thomas says. “We’ve been down there for two and a half years. We’re ready to bring our performers back – and some of our new Miami family – and do a show here in Kansas City two nights a week.”

Quixotic will be performing in the Heartland Theatre at Crown Center.

“It’s going to be a very unique experience,” says Magliano. “It’s a classic cabaret format – edgy – it’s a late-night experience with an allstar cast of artists, many of whom have been with us for years.”

But it’s not only the relationship to the performers that is at the new show’s foundation, but the connection to the city, as well.

“We’re putting a Kansas City spin on it,” Magliano says. “This will be more jazz inspired than the show in Miami. Next year is the 100th anniversary of Prohibition. We want it to reflect that speakeasy vibe.”

The group sees this new concept as an exciting addition to Kansas City’s nightlife.

“Whether it’s people in from out of town as tourists or on business, or people who are taking friends for the third or fourth time – which was our experience in Miami – we really think this is going to add something unique and special to Crown Center, Crossroads, and downtown,” says Magliano.

“It’s amazing that just a few years ago Anthony and Mica were just trying to create opportunities for artists to perform full time,” Rambeau says. “Then there were ballet dancers, musicians, and technical designers. Now we have 15 to 20 people whose primary income is performing with us in Miami while still creating experiences for more than 90 clients a year with our Kansas City cast.”

“That’s been the goal the whole time,” Magliano says. “Consistent work for people in the arts.”