2017 Grill Nation Show Guests:

November 2017:

  • Chris Harris – Founder – Harris Park / Urban Golf Course in KC
  • Clifton Alexander – Founder – Reactor Design Studios
  • Tucker Trotter – President/CEO – Dimensional Innovations
  • Tom Collins – COO – Dimensional Innovations
  • Jeff Phillips – Sr. VP – MoBank

October 2017:

  • Clifton Alexander – Founder – Reactor Design Studios
  • Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO – MoBank / Bok Financial
  • Tyler Nottberg – Chairman/CEO – U.S. Engineering
  • Joel Goldberg – Host – Fox Sports Kansas City / KC Royals
  • Mary Jean Eisenhower – President/CEO – People to People International
  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – J. Rieger & Co and Rieger KC
  • Colby Garrelts – Owner – Bluestem and Rye

September 2017:

  • Jim Wagy – Owner/Operator – McDonalds
  • Jon Niemuth – Director – AECOM Sports – Americas
  • Joe Reardon – President/CEO – Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO – MoBank / Bok Financial
  • Greg Owsley – STEAM Director – Rockhurst High School
  • Millie Brown – Rockhurst Board of Directors / Philathropist
  • Eric Willey – Concierge Director – OneLightKC / TwoLightKC
  • Dustin Sollars – Professional Studies Facilitator – Park Hill School District

August 2017:

  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studios
  • Chase Wilson – Creative Director – Reactor Design Studios
  • Julie Walter – Visual Virtuosa – Reactor Design Studios
  • Matt Armstrong – Sr. Marketing Director – Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council
  • Gregg Riess – VP of Membership / Board of Directors – Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council
  • Mandi Sonneberg – Co-Founder – STEAM Studio / Professor – Rockhurst University
  • David Reid – Co-Founder – STEAM Studio / Principal – Gould Evans
  • Chad Troutwine – CEO / Co-Founder – Veritas Prep, CodeSmith & Torn Label Brewery

July 2017:

  • Shanley Cox – Founder – Out to Eat (outtoeat.co)
  • Joel Goldberg – Host – Fox Sports Kansas City / KC Royals
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studios
  • Marissa Cleaver Wamble – VP – PortKC / Berkley Riverfront
  • Keith Harman – National Commander – VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
  • Michael Viazzoli – President / CEO – mobank / bok financial
  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – J. Rieger & Co / Rieger KC
  • Brock Schulte – Bar Director / Partner – The Monarch

June 2017: 

  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – J. Rieger & Co / Rieger KC
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studios
  • Mark Fitzpatrick – Sr. VP – mobank
  • Sean Khurana – President / COO – Cavern Technologies
  • Barry Grissom – Former United States Attorney
  • Todd Mackin – VP of Sales – Kansas City Mavericks

May 2017: 

  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studios
  • Michael Viazzoli – President and CEO – mobank / bok financial.
  • John Hoffman – Owner – UC-B Properties
  • Eric Willey – Concierge – One Light Luxury Apartments
  • Megh Knappenberger – Artist – MeghMakesArt
  • Quinton Lucas – City Councilman – Kansas City, Missouri

April 2017:

  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – The Rieger KC / J. Rieger & Co.
  • Michael Corvino – Owner – Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Jason Cupp – Kolbe Certified Growth Consultant
  • Emily Brewer – Co-Founder – localE (shopthelocale.com)
  • Ewa Zadrzynska – Director – Poetry Unites
  • Andrew Bash – Owner – Bash Real Estate
  • Stefan White – President – Friends of the River / Battle4KC
  • George Brooks – Founder – Crema

March 2017: 

  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Michael Amigoni – Owner – Amigoni Urban Winery
  • Joel Goldberg – Host/Reporter – Fox Sports Kansas City
  • Tori Fugate – Director of Development & Marketing – KC Pet Project
  • Michael Viazzoli – President and CEO – MoBank
  • Tom Pigott – CFO – MGP Ingredients

February 2017:

  • Quinton Lucas – KCMO Councilman / Law Professor – KU
  • John Holt – Anchor – Fox 4 News
  • Shawn Kinkade – Owner – Aspire Business Development
  • Kenzi Hoyle – Marketing Coordinator – Kansas City Power & Light District
  • Michael Viazzoli – CEO/President – Bank of Kansas City
  • Neal Sharma – CEO – DEG
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Clay Alexander – CEO – Ember Technologies (Ember Mug)
  • Drew Solomon – EDCKC and LaunchKC
  • Jenny Vergara – Contributing Editor – Feast Magazine

January 2017:

  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – The Rieger KC / Co-Founder – J. Rieger & Co.
  • Doug Frost – Master of Wine / Master Sommelier / Wine Consultant / Writer
  • John Mikos – EVP and COO – YMCA of Greater Kansas City
  • Ryan Humphrey – VP – Bank of Kansas City
  • Matt Seithel – Coordinator of Membership Programs – Nelson Atkins Museum
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • John Maslowski – VP – Renovate America
  • Paul Singh – Founder – Results Junkies / Partner – 500 Startups

2016 Grill Nation Show Guests:

December 2016:

  • Stefany Williams – President/CEO – Goodwill (Western MO / Eastern KS)
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Victor Hwang – VP of Entrepreneurship – Kauffman Foundation
  • Joel Goldberg – Broadcaster – Royals, Missouri Mavs, UMKC Roos
  • Shawn Edwards – Movie Critic – Fox 4
  • Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO – Bank of Kansas City
  • Matt Condon – CEO – ARC Physical Therapy / Bardavon Health Innovations
  • Kara Lowe – Vice President – KC Tech Council
  • Ryan Weber – President – KC Tech Council
  • Doug Dresslaer – Manager – Sprint Accelerator
  • Steve Nicholson – CEO – TRUSS
  • Erica Brune – President – Lever1

November 2016: 

  • Ryan Maybee  – Owner – The Rieger KC / Co-Founder – J. Rieger & Co.
  • Danny Pfeifer – Principal and Founder – Catalyst
  • Andrew Olsen – Bar Manager – Bluestem
  • Ryan Weber – President – KC Tech Council
  • Kara Lowe – Vice President – KC Tech Council
  • Annie Presley – Publisher/Author – Ace Publishing / Read This Series
  • Steve Nicholson – CEO – TRUSS
  • Alicia Banister – Leasing Manager – Two Light

October 2016: 

  • Andrew Bash – Owner – Bash Real Estate
  • Michael Wilson – Founder and CEO – Niall
  • Ryan Weber – President – KC Tech Council
  • Alexi Madon – Director of State Government Affairs – CompTIA
  • Greg Kratofil – Shareholder – Polsinelli
  • Michael Viazzoli – President and CEO – Bank of Kansas City
  • John Mitchell – CEO – Company Kitchen
  • Lynn Parman – President and CEO – American Royal
  • Lord Erne – The Earl of Erne – Crom Castle
  • Brian Boitano – Olympic Gold Medalist – Figure Skating
  • Kelly Scanlon – Owner – Thinking Bigger Business
  • Priscilla McInnes – Regional Director – Youth Entrepreneurs

September 2016:

  • Dr. Greg Gunderson – President – Park University
  • Andrew Hsu – Managing Partner – Spotlight Analyst Relations
  • Ryan Rink – President – Two West Advisors
  • Sean McIntosh – Executive Director – Bunker Labs KC
  • Drew Solomon – Senior Vice President – KC EDC / Launch KC
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • John Teasdale – Executive Director – Happy Bottoms

August 2016:

  • Melissa Ingber – Vice President – Aspen Institute
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Andrew Bash – Owner – The Bash Group
  • Sarah Weltner Chaffee – Owner – Mint Design
  • Mike Lundgren – Partner – VML (TedxKC)
  • Michael Viazzoli – President & CEO – Bank of Kansas City
  • George Guastello – President & CEO – Union Station
  • Jess Hagen – Managing Partner – Experience Events Group

July 2016:

  • Geoff Miles – Founder – The Kansas City Clothing Company
  • Joel Goldberg – Royals Live Host – Fox Sports Kansas City
  • Eric Willey – Concierge – One Light KC
  • Clifton Alexander – Owner – Reactor Design Studio
  • Ryan Weber – President – KC Tech Council
  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – The Rieger KC / Co-Founder – J. Rieger & Co.
  • Leib Dodell – Co-Managing Partner – Bar K
  • Evan Absher – Program Officer – Kauffman Foundation

June 2016:

  • Ryan Maybee – Owner – The Rieger KC / Co-Founder – J. Rieger & Co.
  • Andrew Ganahl – Managing Partner – Linden Street Partners
  • Eddie Crane – Owner – Ollie’s Local
  • Andrew Bash – Founder – The Bash Group
  • Robin Krause – Owner – Unbakery and Juicery
  • Staci Cross – Founder – Enjoy pure food + drink
  • Traci Moon – Sr. VP of Marketing and Communications – Visit KC
  • Brad Sandt – President – k12itc

May 2016:

  • Jeff Slobotski – Founder – Router Ventures
  • Lisa Tulp – Catholic Charities
  • Stephen Hilliard – Catholic Charities
  • Jessica Nelson – Managing Director – TeamKC
  • Shawn Kinkade – President – Aspire Business Development
  • Andrew Bash – Founder – The Bash Group
  • Lyndon Wade – Founder – RW2 Productions, The Wade Brothers, The Guild
  • Joel Goldberg – Host – Royals Live – Fox Sports Kansas City

April 2016:

  • Conor Kelly – Principal – The ETF Store
  • Colleen Kelly – Co-Owner – Kelly’s Westport Inn
  • James Westphal – Owner – McCoys/Beer Kitchen/The Foundry/Char Bar
  • Kim Kimbrough – Executive Director – Executive Director at Westport Regional Business League
  • Michel Scuvuzzo – United Doc
  • Jennifer Sterns – Community Manager – The Grill Collaborative Work Space
  • Veronica Elliot Loncar – Executive Director – KC Film Fest
  • Joel Goldberg – Royals Pre and Post Game Host – Fox Sports Kansas City
  • Eric Flanagan – GM – Leinenkugels KC – Power and Light District
  • Jess Hagen – President/Managing Partner – Experience Events Group
  • Jay Nath – Chief Innovation Officer – City and County of San Francisco, CA
  • Jimmy Conrad – Major League Soccer Legend/Former USMNT World Cup Member

March 2016: 

  • Melissa Roberts – Enterprise Center of Johnson County
  • Rich Smith – President/CEO – Henderson Engineers
  • Melissa Reed – Communications Manager – Henderson Engineers
  • Luke Norris – Head of Local Government Solutions – PayIt
  • Ethan Whitehill – Founder – Wicket & Peg
  • Drew Coleman – GM – No Other Pub
  • Andrew Bash – Founder – The Bash Group
  • John Kennyhertz – Partner – Kennyhertz Perry

February 2016:

  • Eric Willey – Managing Partner – Cleaver & Cork
  • Steve Nicholson – CEO – Truss
  • Carla McCabe – VP – KCPT
  • Jenny Vergara – Contributing Editor – Feast Magazine
  • Ryan Rink – Two West
  • Shawn Edwards – Movie Critic – Fox 4
  • Michael Lawrence – CEO – Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Andrea Joseph – Founder – PlateKC / Season + Squared
  • Andrew Bash – Founder – The Bash Group
  • John Kennyhertz – Partner – Kennyhertz Perry

January 2016:

  • Michael Collins – President/CEO – Port KC
  • Mark Peterson – EVP/CFO – EPR Properties
  • Michael Viazzoli – President/CEO – Bank of Kansas City
  • Grant Burcham – President/CEO – Missouri Bank
  • Shawn Kincaid – Founder – Aspire KC
  • Jason McAnich – Founder – JTek
  • Molly Maxwell – Founder – Hoopla Studio
  • Megan Thornberry – Founder – Hoopla Studio
  • Andrew Bash – Founder – The Bash Group
  • John Kennyhertz – Partner – Kennyhertz Perry

2015 Grill Nation Show Guests:

January 2015:

  • Mona Raglow – Balance to Succeed
  • Andrew Bash – The Bash Group
  • Mike Spiegel Jr. and Kevin Rorhbach – Jersey Mike Subs
  • John Kennyhertz – Kennyhertz Perry
  • Ryan Maybee – J. Rieger & Co (Whiskey)/Manifesto/Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
  • Rafi Chandry and Travis Moore – Torn Label Brewery
  • Roshann Parris – CEO & President, Parris Communications

February 2015:

  • Timothy Sprinkle – Author “Screw the Valley”
  • Tanner Mueller – Alpha Clothing
  • Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner – KC Public Library
  • Eric Willey – Cleaver & Cork
  • Shawn Edwards – Fox 4 Movie Critic

March 2015:

  • John Kennyhertz – Kennyhertz Perry
  • Jeff Covitz – Owner, Houndstooth
  • Aaron Prater and Ryan Wing – Owners, The Sundry
  • Conner Teahan – Merrill Lynch, KC Pulse, National Champion Kansas University Basketball
  • Andrew Bash – The Bash Group
  • Rick Usher – Asst City Manager KCMO / GEC 2015
  • Allison Konkel – Techweek
  • Curt McMillan – Inventors Center of Kansas City
  • Mindy Hart – Make48
  • Jonathan Robinson – Kauffman Foundation
  • Mathew Dahlberg – 111th Street Investments
  • Darcy Howe – Merrill Lynch / Angel Investor / Philanthropist
  • Matt Benge – Insurance Consultant / Civic Leader

April 2015:

  • Joel Goldberg – Fox Sports Kansas City – Royals Live Host and In-Game Sideline Reporter
  • John Kennyhertz – KennyHertz Perry
  • Andy Hung – GM, Uber
  • Danny Pfeifer – Owner, Catalyst Government Affairs
  • Kelly Cole – CEO/President, Halls
  • Nick Benjamin – Executive Director, Kansas City Power and Light District
  • Blake Miller – Partner, Think Big Partners
  • Drew Solomon – Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, EDC of Kansas City
  • Nate Orr – Partner, Spencer Fane
  • Ryan Maybee – Owner, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
  • Butch Rigby – Owner, Screenland Theaters and the Film Row Company
  • Andrew Bash – Owner, The Bash Group
  • Mike Lundgren – Director of Innovation Strategy, VML
  • Steve Apkon – Executive Producer, Planetary
  • Matt Condon – CEO, Bardavon Health Innovations/ARC Physical Therapy+

May 2015:

  • Lisa Mizell – CEO, Child Protection Center
  • Chris Culbertson – Creative Risk Planning Services
  • Danny Pfeifer – Grill Nation Contributor and CEO, Catalyst
  • Cary Silverman – CEO, Waldo General, Inc.
  • Colby and Megan Garrelts – Owners and National Acclaimed Chefs from Bluestem and Rye
  • Nigel Eccles – CEO and Founder of Fan Duel, the largest daily sports fantasy company in the world
  • Joel Goldberg – Fox Sports Kansas City and Host of Royals Live
  • Brian Matthys and Alexander Borve – First Derm
  • Nathan Corn – CEO, FlexPro Meals

June 2015:

  • Mike Burke – KC Downtown Convention Hotel Mastermind and Attorney
  • Mark O’Renick – Salva O’Renick and Slavic Fest
  • Bobby Burch – Editor in Chief, Startland News
  • Matthew Marcus – Kansas City Startup Village, Kansas City Startup Weekend Winner and CEO 1 Minute Candidate
  • Andrew Bash, John Kennyhetz and Danny Pfeiffer – Guest Contributors and Grill Nationals
  • Erik Wullschleger – Director of LiveKC
  • Ramsey Mohsen and John Kreicbergs – The Real Modern Show
  • Ronnie Burt – CEO, Visit KC
  • Hunter McGrath – VP, Tivol
  • Mike Wilson – CEO, Niall
  • Shawn Edwards- Fox 4 Movie Critic
  • Joel Goldberg – Fox Sports Kansas City and Host of Royals Live
  • Rachel Waller – Director of Marketing, Kansas City Power and Light District
  • Brian Barnes – Managing Partner, Bristol Seafood Grill
  • Ethan Whitehill – CEO, Two West

July 2015:

  • John Kennyhertz – Kennyhertz Perry
  • Kyle Smith – Crossfit Trainer, CrossFit Memorial Hill
  • JP Price – World Class Powerlifter
  • Amy Morrison -Yoga Instructor and Founder of Namastamy
  • Sharon Prothe – “The Fit Guru” and Owner of Fit Formula
  • Andrew Bash, John Kennyhertz and Danny Pfeifer – Guest Contributors and Grill Nationals
  • Penny Pritzker – US Secretary of Commerce
  • Anna Gudmundsson – NY Times featured fashion designer and owner of http://www.AnnaRuna.com
  • Marnie Sauls – Community Manager, One Light Luxury Apartments
  • Jim Heeter – President and CEO, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

August 2015:

  • Ryan Maybee -Guest Co-Host and Contributor, Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange/J.Rieger & Co.
  • Andy Rieger – Operator,  J. Rieger & Co
  • Chris O’Connor – Partner, Liquid9
  • Daniel Edwards – Founder of the KC Jazz Legacy Project/Owner of the Castle on 20th and Vine
  • Ryan Noonan- Director Corporate Communications, AMC Theatres
  • Jason Harper, Aaron Deacon and IIya Tabakh – KC Digital Drive
  • Michael Viazzoli- CEO, Bank of Kansas City
  • Marie Dispenza – Director, Royals Charities: Diamond of Dreams
  • Jake Zimmerman – St. Louis County Assessor and Former Missouri Representative
  • Katy Lynch – CEO, Techweek
  • John Kennyhertz – Kennyhertz Perry law firm
  • Danny Pfeifer, Catalyst Group
  • Andrew Bash – CEO, The Bash Group
  • llya Tabakh – CEO, Edge Up Sports
  • Joel Goldberg – On-Air Fox Sports Kansas City (Royals Live)

September 2015:

  • Ruben Alonso – President, AltCap (Alternative Capital for Community Impact)
  • Gloria Rudd- VP, Chat Series and mother of Paul Rudd
  • Jonathan Badeen – Co-Founder, Tinder
  • Drew Solomon – VP, KC EDC and Chair of LaunchKC
  • Katy Lynch – CEO, Techweek
  • Ryan Maybee – Guest Co-Host and Grill Nation Contributor, J.Rieger & Co./Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
  • Howard Hanna – Chef and Owner, Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
  • Dave Pickerell – Former Master Distiller, Makers Mark (1994-2008).
  • John Teasdale – Executive Director, Happy Bottoms
  • Aaron Ogilvie – Managing Partner & Brewer, Double Shift Brewing Company
  • Heidi Schmidt – Leasing and Hospitality Specialist, One Light Luxury Apartments.

October 2015:

  • Andrew Bash – The Bash Group
  • Kim Palmer – Event Director, World Series of Barbecue at the American Royal
  • Andrew Dickson and Jennifer Dickson – Founders, Acre Designs
  • Joel Goldberg – Host, Fox Sports Kansas City
  • Michael Gelphman – Founder, Compute Midwest
  • Greg Bergen – Executive Vice President, Missouri Mavericks
  • John Kennyhertz – Grill Nationals, Kennyhertz Perry
  • Danny Pfeifer – Grill Nationals, Catalyst Group
  • Miro Cernetig- Co-Founder, CityAge
  • Bo Fishback- CEO, Zaarly and former Head of Entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation
  • Jerry Reece – Chairman, Emeritus and Former CEO of Reece & Nichols

November 2015:

  • Joel Goldberg – Fox Sports Kansas City Royals Live Pre/Post Game Host and In-Game Reporter
  • Ben Rendo – Founder, Mighty Handle
  • Thad Langford – Founding General Partner, Flyover Capital
  • Steph Scupham – KC Film Commissioner and film + media manager, VisitKC
  • Andrew Bash, The Bash Group
  • Danny Pfeifer, Catalyst Government Affairs
  • John Kennyhertz, KennyHertz Perry

December 2015:

  • Margaret Onken – Executive Director, the Hawthorn Foundation
  • Kathy Nelson – President and CEO, Kansas City Sports Commission
  • Andrew Bash – The Bash Group
  • Shawn Edwards – Fox 4 Movie Critic
  • Ryan Maybee – Owner, The Rieger KC & J. Rieger & Co.
  • Wit Solberg – Managing Partner, Mission Peak Capital
  • Blake Miller – Partner, Think Big Partners
  • Ryan O’Connell – National Sales Manager, YEC
  • Matt McGraw – President and CEO, DSI
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