Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City-Best of the Best

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 2:12 PM

The motto of Mercedes-Benz is “the best or nothing”. That’s a saying that we truly believe in, not just about our vehicles, but for our behavior as well. If our vehicles are the best in the world, then our people, our facilities, and our services need to operate at that same level. It’s what our customers expect and deserve. That’s why we were thrilled to be awarded the Silver Laurel Best of the Best Award for 2018. It’s always great to see that our hard word is recognized.

Mercedes-Benz evaluates a wide range of criteria before handing out this prestigious award. To qualify, you have to go above and beyond in every category, not just new vehicle sales. First and foremost, is customer satisfaction. The customer always comes first, so thank you to our amazing customers and all of the great reviews that you’ve left us. We couldn’t do this without you. Of course we’re also evaluated on sales both new and certified pre-owned, and we’re proud to say that we are the number one certified pre-owned Mercedes-Benz dealer in Missouri and Kansas. Amazing vehicles require amazing service, so of course our world-class service team comes into play as well. We’re sure that the fact that we also have a stand-alone Sprinter commercial vehicle service center helps as well. It’s specially designed to handle vehicles of all sizes.

If that wasn’t enough, CarGurus announced that we are one of their top dealers of 2019! This award is earned solely off of customer reviews on their platform. We love seeing all of those satisfied customers.

So from all of us, to all of you, thank you so much. But don’t think that this means we’re going to slack off now. Now that we’ve earned it one year, we’re pushing to win it for back-to-back years.

Come in and see us, and see why Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City truly is The Best of the Best.

Position Available: Sales Professional

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at 4:38 PM

Mercedes Benz of Kansas City 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.

We offer the following:

  • Guarantee for first 90 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid 10 days of vacation after just the first year
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program


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

If you’re interested in applying, visit Don’t forget to mention on the application who referred you!

Meet the All New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 9:51 PM

The Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV has always been one of our most popular models. So we were incredibly excited to see the all new for 2020 version. Needless to say, it did not disappoint. The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE sports a more aggressive hood, and standard LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights. This new version is also wider and longer than the previous version, which greatly improves the ride quality.

We are also proud to say that this all new GLE continues to be built right here in the United States, at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama.

The GLE will initially be available with two different engine choices. There is the GLE 350, which comes with a turbocharged four cylinder engine, and the GLE 450, which combines a turbocharged six cylinder engine with an electric motor for even more power. But that is only the beginning. We’re sure Mercedes will continue to roll out other variants as time goes on.

But words only do so much. You really need to see the GLE for yourself. So we filmed a quick walkaround of the brand new Mercedes-Benz GLE just to show it off.

Come see it for yourself!

Positions Available: Sales Professionals

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, February 15th, 2019 at 2:44 PM
Mercedes Benz of Kansas City, the Midwest’s premier luxury auto dealer, 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.
Due to explosive growth, Mercedes Benz of Kansas City is seeking 3 successful Sales Consultants for our award-winning Kansas City dealership. 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.
We offer the following:
  • $3000 Guarantee for first 90 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • Bonuses start at 8 units
  • Professional Live and Web Based Training
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • World class beautiful facility
  • Opportunities for advancement
In addition to competitive pay and other incentives, we offer our associates the following benefits:
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid 10 days of vacation after just the first year
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
The Right Candidate will possess:
  • Minimum 1 year of successful sales experience
  • Excellent work history with references
  • Clean driving record and criminal background
  • Drug free
  • Positive energetic attitude
  • Strong work ethic
Please go to to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.
We are an equal opportunity employer.

Position Available: Internet Sales Consultant

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 3:48 PM

Soave Automotive Group is looking for an Internet Sales Consultant to join our Internet Sales Team at Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Answering questions from online customers.
  • Following up with those customers and helping them in their research process.
  • Setting appointments for them to come in and test-drive our vehicles.
  • Assisting in the online-merchandising of our cars.

To apply for this position, someone should be:

  • Really really enthusiastic.
  • Positive and upbeat!
  • Focused on creating incredible customer experiences.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.

Applicants should have the following very special set of skills:

  • They should know what the internet is.
  • Quality email writing and verbal skills.
  • Great attention to detail.
  • Orientation towards customer service.

To apply, go to

Are You As Happy As You Want to Be? Or Hopeful to Kick It Up a Notch?

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 5:32 PM


Happiness is often more elusive than it needs to be. That’s possibly because what actually makes us happy is quite different from what we are told in articles, newspapers, books, and especially in advertisements. History reminds us that the 1950s portrayed housewives literally embracing new refrigerators. And, thus, the message of “the ’frig makes you happy,” along with other appliances, and with things in general, gained a more universal foothold.

Many of us grow up with an acquisition frame of mind, and research tells us that early attitudes can set us on the wrong track. Is there a right track? Debatable. However, consider some baseline thoughts and examine that question for yourself.

In The Happiness Hypothesis, Dr. Jonathan Haidt provides this formula for happiness.

H = S + C + V

Translation: (H) Happiness equals your set point (S) plus your circumstances (C) plus voluntary activities (V).

Research indicates your “set point” is something you are born with. It’s that emotional spot you typically gravitate back to – eventually – when something wonderful happens to elevate your mood or when something devastating occurs that throws you into disappointment, even depression. Regardless of the up or the down, the theory suggests that you gradually move back to the emotional space you inhabit most of the time. The good information, again, according to research, is that it’s possible to move that set point in a positive direction. How?

With meditation. Meditation has been demonstrated to positively impact the left brain and, gradually, over time, it can move your set point in a positive direction. That is significant payoff. Haidt also quips that the set point can be altered with the medication Prozac … and I imagine that would, indeed, work, short term, for some – though not at all reliable or recommended here. The long-term and safe benefits are derived from meditation, minus negative side effects.

“Life circumstances” include things that are less likely, or harder, for most to change: gender, IQ, history and background, education level, career/employment, and, for some, even where you live. This, then, is the least likely part of the formula to change … tweaking, perhaps possible.

In contrast, “Voluntary activities” … how and where you choose to spend your time … have an enormous impact on your happiness level. This part of the formula includes family, friends, volunteer work, hobbies, and any activities that have connection and meaning. The more you do the things that bring you pleasure and personal satisfaction, the happier you are likely to be. If that seems ridiculously obvious, just take a minute and check what percentage of your time is spent actually doing the voluntary things that make you happy rather than a “quest” for what you believe (or are being told) brings happiness.

Since the voluntary activities make the most impact on happiness levels, detailed exploration of what and how are examined in another formula. Consider the acronym PERMA, from the research of Dr. Martin Seligman in Flourish.

You can use these five areas of “living life” as a checklist for what you’ve incorporated successfully in your life. Examine the areas you know you need to work on; perhaps push to a higher level or acknowledge those that are important to you. The goal is to assess for a bit of balance. Or, sometimes more achievable in our busy lives, “integration.” Ask yourself what you need to include that is missing? At least a little more often. What needs more emphasis or attention? What do you need to embrace as truly important, not to be taken for granted?

I’m a huge advocate of checklists and inventories, because visuals do help. Consequently, I suggest identifying a page for each item in PERMA. Then list what you currently do that falls into each category. Then list what you have historically done but perhaps stopped for some reason.

Next, what do you aspire to do that you’ve not yet done? And, finally, what do you believe you could put into practice within the next 30 days? After making the lists, sit back, take a deep breath (maybe even meditate, since research says it helps), and just see how you feel. Check yourself to imagine what needs to change to increase your happiness level. And when that is possible.

One more basic piece of research: People earning under $50,000 to $75,000 yearly are typically unhappier than others. If obvious, perhaps more surprising, people who make more are typically not happier than others. Hmm! If the financial payoff isn’t a happiness guarantee, the information might make all the difference in where to put your energy. If not that convincing, perhaps it’s useful in at least contemplating and evaluating what you do that you might consider letting go of … as well as more frequently embracing what you know you do that works. Regardless, do what makes you happier!

The Stadium Factor: How Architects Can Help Propel Soccer’s Rising Popularity in the U.S.

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 2:49 PM

by RYAN GEDNEY |  photos courtesy of HOK

As excitement around the World Cup lingers, designers of soccer stadiums are exploring how these venues can keep up with and even contribute to the sport’s rapid growth in the U.S.

A recent Gallup poll showed that soccer’s popularity has tripled over the last decade. Founded 25 years ago, Major League Soccer now is the country’s fastest-growing professional sports league, ranking above the NBA and NHL in average per-game attendance. And the typical MLS fan is part of a demographic that is highly sought after by marketers and pro sports leagues. For adults ages 18 to 34, soccer was the favorite sport for 11 percent of those polled – tied with basketball and second only to football. The fan base is young, diverse, highly educated, and passionate about the sport.

At the recently opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta United FC has shattered MLS attendance records. This year, in just its second season, Atlanta United boasts nearly 39,000 season-ticket holders, is averaging more than 50,000 per game, and for its 2018 home opener, reported a crowd of 72,035 – a single-game high for the league.

MLS is making progress in signing more top players from around the world and increasing its TV ratings. For now, though, much of the league’s growth is being driven by providing dynamic game-day experiences in its stadiums. The fan experience also is key for the Division II United Soccer League (USL).

As architects, we’re exploring new ideas for creating soccer-only stadiums that will provide memorable fan experiences that augment the action on the pitch while contributing to the business success of these franchises and leagues.


Scalability: Many MLS and USL teams have outgrown stadiums originally designed for another sport or small, community facilities shared with other users. We can future-proof the next generation of soccer-only stadiums by integrating scalability and flexibility that will enable them to change and grow along with the sport. This embedded flexibility allows for easy adaptation for high-profile games and events while extending the life of a venue. At Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Atlanta United has frequently exceeded initial anticipated capacities, this scalability to easily toggle between soccer, football, and other events has been vital.

Sophisticated fan base: Soccer boasts a unique fan base, capturing a high proportion of the country’s millennials and women and children who follow sports. Though the MLS and USL are relatively young, their fans already have high expectations for a hospitality-driven game-day experience – and will pay for this.

Today’s soccer stadiums can appeal to these fans by offering a wide variety of premium seat offerings; experiences that engage fans with the action and athletes; interesting vantage points and social gathering spaces; a technology infrastructure that enables fans to stay connected to their networks while immersing themselves in the game experience; and localized, high-quality food and beverage options.

Building tradition: Soccer fans take the sport seriously and are eager to participate in game-day traditions. The stadium, itself, can enhance these experiences, which could range from setting aside areas for tailgating to providing a special section for the most avid supporters. Our design teams collaborate with team owners and their fans to understand their routines before, during, and after games.

District development: As America’s growth-sport evolves, so, too, is the approach owners are taking to the neighborhoods and real estate surrounding a stadium. On game days, stadiums can be the most electric spaces in a city. Yet many will lie dormant for days at a time between events. Opportunities to build new soccer-specific stadiums on urban sites are enabling architects to look holistically at the broader district experience and attempt to use the venue to engage and serve the community 365 days a year.

We’re working with the USL’s Louisville City FC to design an easily expandable soccer stadium that will anchor a 40-acre, mixed-use development adjacent to Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Here, in addition to a world-class stadium where fans can build a robust soccer culture and celebrate the sport, the goal is to create a shared living room for downtown – a public gathering space that contributes to the urban fabric.

Golden Ox: Everything Old is New Again.

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 8:01 PM

Stewart Lane: Nostalgia often comes with a price. The temples of old where memories were made and personal history created tend to fall short of our expectations. Fortunately for us, the Golden Ox is a rare exception. A revitalization of a bygone time where the best cuts of lamb, beef, chicken, and pork were the stars of the show and served with the respect they deserve.

Emily Lane: After closing its doors in 2014, the team of chef Wes Gartner and Jill Myers (Voltaire and Moxie Catering) decided that they were willing to take on the challenge of bringing back this Kansas City icon under their management. Upon our visit, we were pleased to experience not only an excellently prepared meal but also the ambiance one would expect at the original restaurant. Almost a 1960s “Mad Men”-esque feel, with dark wood, punched-tin lighting, and rich, warm colors in the linens and fabrics, you instantly feel transported to another time. It seemed almost too perfect; there was a man sitting at the table next to us in a large white Stetson. With a glass of dangerously potent cowboy punch in hand, the scene was set for our meal.

SL: The Golden Ox pays homage to its roots without being stuck in the past. Classic starters are elevated to the modern table. The rumaki, a dish with Tiki origins, is built with bacon-wrapped water chestnuts dusted with brown sugar and chicken livers grilled perfectly, placed on a bed of warm, sautéed pineapple. The textures of crisp, smoky bacon, moist and tender livers, the snap of water chestnuts, and the warm pineapple come together in each bite. The steakhouse classic Oysters Rockefeller pairs the house-smoked bacon with plump, juicy oysters, spinach, onions with a touch of Pernod, and toasted breadcrumbs. The oysters arrive straight from the broiler, bubbling around the edges, on a bed of rock salt.

EL: Our meal was coursed out in a timely fashion, and whenever we looked up, pausing for what might be next, an enticing dish would appear. The staff was attentive and thorough in the descriptions of the menu and bar items and ready and willing to share recommendations. There’s something so steakhouse about Caesar salad and shrimp cocktail preceding the main course; so naturally we had to sample those dishes.

SL: The Caesar salad gets an upgrade befitting of the environment, featuring crisp romaine leaves tossed with a light and creamy dressing, thinly shaved shallots, sundried tomatoes, shaved parmesan, and house-made croutons. The salad is finished with a few delicate white anchovy filets draped over the greens. The chef even put his own twist on shrimp cocktail in the homemade cocktail sauce with shredded horseradish and diced green olives.

EL: I couldn’t help but think how much my “meat and potatoes” father who hails from Pennsylvania would have loved every aspect of this traditional menu, but at the same time, it’s been elevated so even the finest foodie would find it engaging and satisfying. I think that’s a good way to assess the client base we observed – you had tables of businessmen, couples of all generations, and families sharing stories (and bites of food) across the table. It seemed everyone felt at ease in this warm habitat.

SL: Steak is, of course, the focal point on the menu, which features flat iron, skirt, filet, dry-aged bone-in ribeye, porterhouse, and, of course, the KC strip to name a few. Chef Gartner proudly touts the local cattle farmers who supply the steaks. We opted for the namesake KC strip, and it was perfection. Textbook medium-rare inside with a crackling crust and a crispy fat cap on the edge, finished with a delicate béarnaise sauce. Handbattered onion rings and a loaded baked potato with house-smoked bacon completed our steak experience. But there are more than steaks meeting the flame here. Emily couldn’t resist the Scottish salmon with a citrus beurre blanc sauce and fennel caper slaw, which was executed with the same finesse and care as any steak.

EL: And what’s a meal without dessert? I loved how they took a nod from the original Golden Ox menu of the ’60s and featured a classic banana split as one of the dessert options. We opted for another classic – the strawberry shortcake – and it was every bit as nostalgic and indulgent as I could have wanted. On our way out the door, I asked Stewart, “When do we get to come back?” We hope the Ox keeps its doors open for years to come.

Tom Strongman: Talent and Happenstance

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 7:29 PM


Tom Strongman’s 49-year career as a photojournalist started with a click of a button on the sidelines of a college football game next to his father, who was also a newspaper photographer.

“When I was around 15 years old, my dad had me come along to the University of Illinois football games to be his caption writer. I would squat down behind him, and he would take a picture of something and tell me what frame it was and I would write it down,” remembers Strongman.

Eventually, his father expanded his job description.

“The next year, he got a telephoto lens and he would let me use his Rolleiflex. He’d say, ‘Stay by the line of scrimmage, and if they run your way push the button.’”

Strongman followed his father’s lead, pushed the button and ended up with a picture on the front page of the sports section of the Decatur, Illinois, paper. He was 16 years old.

“That triggered my interest,” he says.

He joined the yearbook staff, where he was assigned group shots of the athletic teams and clubs. While this did not give him a lot of creative freedom, he’d caught the bug and went on to pursue his journalism degree at the University of Missouri with a major in photojournalism. After graduating in 1966, he worked at the local paper in Flat River, Missouri, for a year waiting for his girlfriend – and soon-tobe wife – to finish school, and then the newlyweds headed west to Colorado.

Strongman took a job with the The Free Press (later the Sun) in 1967. He’s modest about his assent in the ranks.

“I was there a year or two before I became chief of photography. There were a bunch of old guys who retired, and I ended up with the job.”

Seven years later, it was off to a bigger market with smaller mountains for a stint with the Denver Sentinel suburban papers.

“I had great experiences. I worked at papers where I could cover city hall, and I might have had to lay out page one. But I was ready to be a photo editor.”

In 1979, Strongman moved to Kansas City as assistant photo editor at The Kansas City Star. He became the art director of the Sunday magazine and eventually director of photography.

“I wasn’t really shooting that much. I was focused on administration – managing and hiring people. That’s when I started doing car reviews,” he says with a smile. “Then I talked my way into becoming automotive editor.”

While Strongman loved cars – both writing about them and driving them – he didn’t have the opportunity to do much photography whose subjects didn’t have wheels.

“When you’re working professionally, there’s so much emphasis on being objective,” he says. “It took me a long time to stop thinking about that and just make an interesting picture. Now I have the opportunity to play around, fool with an image in Photoshop. It’s fun!”

Despite his 49-year career behind the camera, Strongman finds himself reaching for his iPhone.

“I don’t hesitate to use my phone now and then. Sometimes things happen and it’s so easy to take the picture with your phone. It has its limitations, but it’s so easy to use.”

Whether he’s using his phone or a more sophisticated camera, this willingness to explore new technology and subjects has opened up Strongman’s photography to include nature and family and friends.

“I live near a small lake, and I started walking my dog by there in the morning. The fog would be coming up over the water or the sun would be rising and I’d be able to get a picture.”

His images ended up in a Shutterfly book for the home association owners who live nearby.

“The technology keeps evolving and I’m still curious about it,” he says. “I feel photography means more to me now than it ever did. I find I’m more involved now than I ever was.”

Strongman notes that the freedom to focus on what catches his interest – in a moment or over a longer stretch of time – has been one of the joys of retirement.

“I came from photojournalism where images were not manipulated, so there was a lot of pressure to be perfect. Now, I’ve stopped being so judgmental. I may take a picture of dozens of sunsets and, ‘That’s enough.’ But I’ve decided to have fun. If the sunset is cool, I’m just going to enjoy it and take the picture.”

Besides capturing nature and objects, Strongman has become the photographer of record for his family. He is a fixture at his three younger grandsons’ sporting events and makes photos available to their teammates and their parents.

“When I was working for newspapers, we’d look for that little interesting nugget about somebody’s everyday life that wouldn’t normally be in the paper. I used to think those pieces make the story even better.

“When we were young photographers we’d say, ‘I’d rather make a meaningful picture of an everyday event than everyday pictures of meaningful events.’ I still feel the same way.”

His. Hers. Theirs.

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 6:13 PM


The brisker weather of autumn is just around the corner, so it’s nearly time to cozy up and hunker down at home.

Perhaps in your own favorite spot.

“I love it when homeowners can carve out a special space just for them,” says interior designer Sara Noble of Noble Designs. “It allows them to design a space that is not only functional for their specific needs, but it also lets us play with an aesthetic that really fits their tastes.”


You don’t have to have a man cave or a she shed to carve out your own nook at home. To get started, whether it’s planning on your own or with a designer, the most important thing to determine is how you want to use the space – whether it’s for work, play, or both. “This helps us determine what functionality must be built into the space,” Noble says.

Perhaps you have some favorite artwork or furniture you want to add in.

“After that, it’s always fun to look at what inspires,” Noble says, “whether it’s clippings from a magazine, Pinterest boards, or Instagram saves.”


What Noble loves about design right now is that the lines between traditional masculinity and femininity are blurred.

“Blush is being used everywhere, and men aren’t scared of it,” she says. “Women love dark colors for a more moody feel.”

But when Noble and her team get the opportunity to design for just one gender, it’s fun to play up that man cave and women’s lounge.

“For men, it’s great to use rich color, stains, and paint everything including the trim for a cozy feel,” she says. “For her, it’s shades of pink and softer curves.

The Westmeyers are not new to house renovations. They have moved and improved numerous houses but this one is different. Their new home in Hallbrook is more of a permanent residence – and it should be. The bones of the home are gorgeous. This classic colonial-style home has large white columns and an all-brick facade that create the feeling of old Southern charm. The inside, while well done, was a bit dated.

So the Westmeyers called Noble to help implement their vision. The formal living room is a perfect ladies lounge. The mix of crystal and blush gave the space a formal, soft feel. It’s perfect for tea or cocktails.

The theater room was more of a cozy room good for sports events or the latest movie. While the molding was added to give the space a feel that fit the rest of the house, the dark grays and plaids were added to make it his space. It’s cozy with flannel gray upholstered walls. And while it’s a great guys’ space, truth be known, the whole family is happy down there.

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