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Getting To Know

Getting to Know . . .
Michael Gillam, Owner and President
Advance Security & Technologies
Affordable Security For Your Home and Business!

Michael Gillam, Owner and President of Advance Security and Technology, has an unrelenting focus on providing excellent customer service. It is the basis of his business’s mission of striving to meet and exceed his client’s expectations. “I have always believed in doing what our clients expect us to do, plus going that extra mile,” he explains.

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Doctor Jim Hankinson, Owner
Back to Wellness Chiropractic
Getting People Well Through Natural Means

Dr. Jim Hankinson learned about chiropractic care at the early age of 14 after a sports injury left him suffering neck pain. His treatment by Chiropractor, Dr. Nick Rubaruch, set him on the path to a new way of healthy living and the desire to help others.

Getting to Know . . .
Robert Armbruster, MD

Robert Armbruster, MD has joined Advanced Heart and Vascular, the Cardiology group of Premier Medical Specialists. Dr. Armbruster is a board certified cardiologist specializing in Interventional Cardiology and Peripheral Vascular Disease. He performs most diagnostic and interventional procedures through the wrist using the radial artery approach. Radial artery access has fewer complications and is the preferred access.

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Dr. Tom Ricks
Lead Pastor
Greentree Community Church

Tom Ricks, DMin, could be described as a person imbued with an abundance of infectious enthusiasm! And it’s no wonder, because he and the entire congregation of Greentree Community Church will soon witness their dream becoming reality. That dream is the opening of a brand new church building in downtown Kirkwood.

Valerie Tripi
Referral Relations Manager
Northbound Treatment Services in St. Louis
Providing Addiction Treatment Services

Northbound Treatment Services is a nationally recognized leader in providing evidence-based, innovative and individualized alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs for adults. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, Northbound’s midwest facility offers outpatient services for adults and is located right here in downtown Kirkwood.

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Scott Barthelmass
Owner and President
The Scott Barthelmass Painting Company
Providing outstanding customer service since 1923

How does the fourth generation of a 92-year old family owned and operated painting and decorating business maintain the reputation of providing trusted, valuable services while incorporating modern advancements to continue growth? Scott Bathelmass, owner and President of The Scott Barthelmass Painting Company, has achieved this goal by honoring the past and welcoming the future.

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Sandy Chestnas, Owner & Jan Mullaney, Key Account Manager
SERVPRO of West Kirkwood/Sunset Hills
A trusted leader in disaster restoration helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

Sandy Chestnas and Jan Mullaney love what they do and it shows! And it’s no wonder because what this dynamic duo does, along with the entire team of SERVPRO professionals, is to restore normalcy following the chaos caused by a disaster. In fact, they work so quickly and efficiently, they are often credited with making it seem “Like it never even happened.”

Getting to Know...
Ginger Barton
Selling District Sales Manager
Paychex Business Solutions, Inc.

Customizing services to your business, whether it is small or large, simple or complex

Included in the traits often shared by successful salespersons are: being great listeners; committed to - some may say “love” - the product they are selling; intelligent; experts on building relationships; champions of networking; enthusiastic; personable; aces in maintaining a positive attitude and the list goes on. Upon meeting the amazing Ginger Barton, Selling District Sales Manager at Paychex Business Solutions, Inc. you’ll quickly recognize she embodies all these qualities.

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Scott Stream, Owner
Stream Benefits Group
Committed to Trust you can believe in, Experience you can count on!

          What an exciting year 2015 awaits Scott Stream! The owner of Stream Benefits Group reports his Kirkwood-based business, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Greentree City.

“I was, and continue to be proud to live and work in my hometown. So we’ve got a lot to celebrate throughout the month of April, 2015,” Scott reports. Stream Benefits Group is an insurance agency specializing in employee benefit programs for small and mid-sized businesses as well as with the self-employed.

Getting to Know
Joseph P. Phillips
Master Craftsman and Owner
Phillips Specialty Contractor, LLC

Specialty Projects – Historic Restoration – Fine Finishing

All Chamber members looking for a highly trained, multi-talented professional contractor to address all of their residential and commercial specialty projects, historic restoration and fine finishing, give a cheer! Meet Joseph Phillips, master craftsman and owner of Phillips Specialty Contractor, aka a Renaissance-man.

Getting to Know
John and Cynthia LeFort
Owners of Pet Supplies Plus
Your supermarket-style pet food and supply store

When the philosophy that acts as the foundation of a growing, successful business is “We believe that people don't own pets—pets own people. As pet lovers, everything we do is genuinely designed to make pets happy,” you know it’s a very special place for you and your pet. That very special place is Pet Supplies Plus and thanks to owners John and Cynthia LeFort, we have a brand new store in our own neighborhood.

Getting to Know
David N. Kantor, DO
Family Practice Physician

Choosing a profession can be a challenge for some, but fortunately not for David N. Kantor, DO. He knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a doctor, thanks to his wonderful relationship with his father. “I first tried on his stethoscope when I was 7 years old,” he reports. “I followed my father around, went on house calls with him, and carried his bag.”

Getting to Know
Judy and Tom Honigfort, Owners
Great Harvest Bread Company - Kirkwood
Let Us Do Your Holiday Baking!

Tom and Judy Honigfort, owners of Great Harvest Bread Kirkwood, became fans of Great Harvest Bread over 25 years ago when the first store opened in downtown Kirkwood. “We would walk from our home to the bakery most Saturday mornings. When it closed, we missed it so much, Tom decided to retire from his job at AT&T after 30 years to purchase a new franchise and open a new one in 2011,” reports Judy.

Getting To Know
Eric Appelgren, MD
Vice President of Clinical Services
St. Anthony’s Medical Center
Providing the Best Care to Every Patient, Every Day

There’s a new culture at St. Anthony’s Medical Center heralded by the rebirth of this third largest health care facility in the St. Louis metro area. The impact of the hospital’s dramatic new strategy has been exciting and enormously positive.

Scott Barthelmass
Owner and President
The Scott Barthelmass Painting Company
Professional Painter, Police Officer and Volunteer Extraordinaire

Scott Barthelmass received his training in the skill of painting early in life. Actually, it’s difficult for him to remember a time he didn’t enjoy painting, especially when he was at the side of his beloved dad, Howard “Skip” Barthelmass.

Getting to Know
Kirkwood School District
Tom Williams, Superintendent of Schools

“The 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years will be filled with historic and exciting times in the Kirkwood School District (KSD) as we celebrate our 150th anniversary! Our District was chartered in 1865, making it one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River,” reports Dr. Tom Williams, superintendent.

Getting to Know
Kim Gregory
Owner, Zounds Hearing
The world’s most technologically advanced hearing aid

In the world of Zounds Hearing, the saying “necessity is the mother of all invention” could be expanded a bit to include “necessity is the mother and father of all invention,” to acknowledge the amazing work of Sam Thomasson. He is an electrical engineer and founder of Zounds Hearing.

Kim Gregory, owner of the Zounds Hearing store in Warson Woods, is one of Sam’s greatest admirers, not only for utilizing his talents to create a product to help others but also because she and he have much in common – they both have loved ones with hearing challenges.

Getting to Know
Vincent Fortunato, M.D.
Promoting healthy living and preventing disease

If you’ve been looking for an experienced physician who is highly trained, caring, compassionate, focused on taking time to listen to each concern so the patient’s overall health can be improved, whose goals are to promote healthy living and prevent disease, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, take a look at Vincent Fortunato, MD.

Matthew Bohn
Vice President and Bank Manager, Des Peres Branch
BMO Harris Bank
For a Highly Personalized Banking and Investment Relationship

The commitment to maintaining an unwavering focus on providing personal attention to customers established by BMO Harris Bank nearly two centuries ago has resulted in the firm becoming a recognized leader in the banking industry. The Bank’s adherence to sound business practices have been invaluable in it achieving success throughout the world of finance.

MedPost Urgent Care
Providing High Quality, Efficient and Convenient Urgent Care

Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) has launched a new national brand of urgent care centers named MedPost Urgent Care to provide high quality, efficient and convenient urgent care. The centers are part of a growing national network of walk-in urgent care facilities that are open seven days a week with extended hours to care for residents in communities like ours. The nearest MedPost is conveniently located in Des Peres at 11648 Manchester Road in the same shopping area as two fellow Chamber members, Great Southern Bank and The Egg and I. It is open 7 days a week and most holidays. Hours are 8 a.m.–8 pm, Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.–5 pm, Saturday - Sunday. Typical visits last less than 30 minutes.

Scott Barthelmass
Owner and President
The Scott Barthelmass Painting Company

Providing high quality painting service for homes, businesses and institutions since 1923

The saying, “Like father, like son” fills Scott Barthelmass’ heart with pride and it’s no wonder. His dad, Howard, best known as “Skip,” was not only a successful Kirkwood-based family business owner, he was also an active member of many business and civic organizations. He possessed and shared his enormous volunteer spirit with his entire family, assisting countless Kirkwood community events and worthwhile endeavors – a tradition that continues today.

Getting To Know... Donn Ganim, Owner & Christi Evans, Manager
European Wax Center
Waxing for All

Meet European Wax Center (EWC) Owner, Donn Ganim, and Manager, Christi Evans. This dynamic duo love what they do and it shows. And what they do is provide women and men with luxurious, healthy body waxing that’s comfortable, yes, “ouch-free,” and affordable. Their staff is also quick, so you can have the process completed in a flash.

Getting To Know... Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine – Des Peres
Where it’s all about you!

If you’re interested in learning what it’s like to experience outstanding patient-centered, coordinated care, make a visit to Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine in Des Peres. With a Mercy Clinic internist you’re connected to a whole team of specialists focused on you and your health. Physicians who practice at Mercy offer exceptional medical knowledge and clinical skills in a caring, compassionate environment.

Mercy Clinic Internal Medicine is conveniently located in Des Peres at 1000 Des Peres Road. It is across the street from, and just south of, The Lodge Des Peres.

An internist is a medical doctor who specializes in the care of adults. People might choose an internist as their primary doctor for regular checkups and for treating illness. These physicians can also specialize in various conditions and diseases, ensuring that all your needs are met.

Don Stream
Stream’s Tax Service
Providing outstanding personalized services for businesses and individuals

“Best wishes to you, your family and your business for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! And if you are making resolutions, you may want to consider adding ‘seek ways to save yourself valuable time,’ and ‘start your tax planning needs early,’” says Don Stream, owner of Stream’s Tax Service.