Success Stories

What started as a passion to make the perfect home brewed beer, led a CPA with 34 successful years in accounting to start the first brewery in Dodge City in 2017. Larry Cook and his wife Sheri own and manage Dodge City Brewing Company, LLC that features a variety of craft beers and brick-oven pizza.

It’s a state-of-the-art brewery, financed with an SBA 504 loan, with  capacity to brew 600 barrels (about 18,600 gallons) of craft beer a year. The brewery is located one block off Wyatt Earp Avenue which is the main thoroughfare through Dodge City.

Larry Cook, a CPA and partner in a local  accounting firm, fell in love with making his own craft beer as a home brewer in the early 2000’s. Cook had lived and worked in Wichita where he became friends with Goebel Liquor’s owner Rob Miller when their kids played on the same baseball team. Miller introduced him to craft beer, and Cook started making and perfecting his own batches as a home brewer for the next 14 years.

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Julie Riley didn’t know what she wanted to be growing up, but she knew her creativity was her greatest asset. “As a military brat, my family lived in many places across the country. My career path was just as diverse until I found my passion in social media marketing,” said Riley. Today, Julie Riley is the owner of Depict Media, LLC – a social media marketing company with expertise in chatbot messenger marketing. The company name is play on Wichita’s “ICT” airport code and her company’s mission to help clients depict the right ideas and messaging to promote brand recognition, drive sales and enhance customer service.

Riley’s journey that brought her to Wichita started in Florida while working for a Harley Davidson Motorcycle dealership in Orlando. That job led her to a service writer position at another dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When Alefs Harley-Davidson in Wichita was under construction, she was offered an expanded role to pioneer the first e-commerce platform... Read More

William McGreevy is growing a third generation meat processing company that started in Wichita back in 1930. Native American Enterprises, LLC is a USDA certified value-added meat processor  that makes a variety of products from pork taco filling, chili and diced meats to gourmet duck fat cooking spray. The company has scaled up to the point that its products fed an estimated 12 million people in 2018.

Humble Beginnings

McGreevy’s Native American great grandfather, Herb Fallis, began selling taco and chili seasonings  based on an old family recipe in 1930. Years later, Fallis supported his sons William and Lester McGreevy when they developed a specialty meats processing company that sold its products to Wichita area grocery stores and butcher shops. The company, McGreevy’s Midwest Meat Company, expanded over a twenty year period through the 1990’s. By the year 2000, there were only three meat processors in Wichita: McGreevy’s Midwest Meat Company, Indian Hills and... Read More

Andover Exhibit Firm Opening Doors to Success

Stacy Edmundson is the owner of Red Door Three, LLC, an Andover (KS) based company that offers custom trade show exhibits, modular displays, kiosks, interior walls and traveling exhibits. The company handles the entire process for clients, from design to manufacturing and final installation.

Edmundson started her career working in sales, and for many years thrived selling for Feist Yellow Pages. Her first introduction into the exhibit industry came in 2006 when one of her Yellow Page accounts, an exhibit company, offered her a sales job.

Edmundson excelled at selling for the company that designed and produced trade show displays and exhibits manufactured by Nimlok. In fact, when Edmundson closed the deal on the largest exhibit contract in the company’s 18 year history, she won Nimlok’s national sales award. The exhibit project was an educational piece for K – 5 grade students called the Body Venture, a 45-by-50foot... Read More