I grew up in a large family here in Kansas City, and am one of 10 children. As you can imagine, we were constantly on the move as we were all in many different activities. My father made it a point to never miss a single one of our activities. No matter where it was, he was always there. From a young age I was impressed with my dad’s work ethic and integrity in everything he did. Even now he continues to impress me on a daily basis. He has always treated my mom with the utmost respect. He honors God with his whole heart and he guides our family with patience, wisdom, unconditional love and humility. He is the man I strive to be, and there is no other person that I look up to more than him.
As I start my own family with my wife and two beautiful daughters, my biggest accomplishment in life would be to become the father and husband that my dad taught me to be through his example. This being Father’s Day and the men’s issue, I want to honor my father. He truly is an example of how a man should be.
At Lifestyle Publications we are constantly growing. In the past seven years, we have gone from our first ever publication right here in Kansas City, to 40 publications nationwide. Our four magazines in Kansas City make it the largest distributed magazine in the Kansas City area. We have been listed as one of the fastest growing companies on the Inc. 5000 list, which is exciting milestone. During those years, I have had the privilege to work with Lisa Harrison, my Editor in Chief. We are going to miss her and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
When one chapter closes, another one opens, so I am pleased to introduce you to two of our newest members of the Lifestyle family. Angela Broockerd will be the Creative Director for the publication, and Paul Versluis is our Director of Photography. Both Angela and Paul are assets to the company and their creativity and love of the city will be evident to you in our future publications. We are excited to welcome them to our team.
Steven Schowengerdt, CEO
Thank You to the Men in My Life!
This year’s manly man issue was such fun to put together because like my family, our community is filled with unique and accomplished men with great stories. And after seven story-filled years, it will be my last issue with Lifestyle Publications. Thank you for helping me bring a glimpse of our great community into your homes each month. I’ve appreciated the monthly feedback and the story suggestions you’ve sent my way in a steady stream over the years. We’re “Inspired by Community” here at Lifestyle Publications, but I have to admit, more often than not I’ve been inspired by you! Thanks for the memories, and I’ll see you around town!
Lisa Harrison, Editor