2021 Executive Leadership
- Past Chair
Julia Hampton, Julia E. Hampton, CPA
As the president and owner of Julia E. Hampton, CPA, PC, Julia can be found in many corners of Lee’s Summit and Jackson County. She’s involved with the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce as the chair of the Ambassador Committee, on the Truman Heartland Community Foundation board and involved with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street. Her CPA firm was named the 2014 Chamber business of the year in her category. Julia would like to see continuing education and increased funding for Velocity and, ultimately, paid staff to help encourage further entrepreneurial endeavors in and around Lee’s summit.
She has a 26-year old daughter, Kate, active parents in Bette and Bill Hampton and enjoys biking and attending Mizzou sporting events.
Chip Moxley, W.C. Tingle Company
A CPA by trade, Chip entered the family business – Tingle Flooring – in 1989 and by the 1990s, he was purchasing majority shares of the Tingle from his father and other employees. As big-box retailers began to work their way into the flooring business, Chip had a choice – allow the company to be acquired or vastly expand his services. He chose the latter. And that massive risk has paid dividends for Tingle.
Chip began a series of acquisitions from St. Louis to Denver in order to gain distribution rights of those areas. With the business expanding, there was a need for a modern distribution facility within reach of an available workforce. In 1999 Chip moved Tingle to Lee’s Summit in order to better attract and retain a much larger workforce to accommodate Tingle’s quadrupling in size over a short period of time.
Chip serves on the VLS Board of Directors, chairman of the board for the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council and is active in the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.
DJ Good, LKC Technologies
DJ's been heavily involved with Velocity's Events Committee, having a pivotal hand in their wildly popular, bi-annual Pitch Pub Crawl. He also serves on the Board of LaunchKC, a nonprofit dedicated to growing entrepreneurship and startups in the Kansas City Region as well as on the board and as an advisor to many startup companies throughout the region.
A 20-year resident of Lee’s Summit, DJ is married to Jennifer and has two daughters, Lauren (sophomore at Blue Springs South) and Kara (eighth grader at Delta Woods Middle School). Both are highly accomplished athletes and you will find him at many of their sporting events. DJ is also a volunteer referee for the Woods Chapel Church UpWards’ Basketball program.
his kayak training for the MR340.
Tim Denker, Denker Law Firm
Entrepreneur, business owner and all-around risk taker, Tim Denker was the 2020 Chair of Velocity.
Denker has owned and managed Denker Law Firm since December of 2006, where he practices business law, probate, estate planning and real estate law. When he’s not in the courtroom or culling through legal documents, Denker is also the co-owner of The Smoothie Shop and Supplements franchise, which began in the fall of 2017.
Outside of his legal and smoothie ventures, Denker owns Lex Launch, LLC, a one-stop shop website for business owners to efficiently form their LLCs online with local, legal guidance.
2021 Board of Directors
- Will Coates
- Chuck Cooper
- Jon Cundiff
- Dr. Donna Duffey
- Liesl Hays
- Jane Monroe
- Joe Mullins
- Nick Parker
- Keri Olson
- Matt Sanning
- Rick Viar
Will Coates, Billy Goat Industries
Chuck Cooper, StrongBox Wealth
Chuck has been providing financial solutions and wealth management advice to his clients for over 25 years. Prior to co-founding StrongBox Wealth, Chuck served as Managing Director-Investments for Cooper Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Committed to delivering big picture client solutions through active listening, clear-to-understand advice, and sophisticated portfolio management, Chuck cultivates true long-term partnerships with his clients. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.
Chuck graduated in 1992 from University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Business. He serves his community as Director and Past-Chair for Velocity Lee’s Summit, a resource group for entrepreneurs, while also supporting the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation as a member of its Regional Advisory Council. Chuck lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with his wife and three children.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design), and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.
Jon Cundiff, Weed Man
When Jon met his wife and business partner, Vic, in college he shared with her his dream of owning his own lawn service. Soon after they married, they started Turf’s Up, Inc, operating out of their basement. In 2000, they became a part of the Weed Man franchise system.
Jon and Vic are committed to bringing their customers the highest quality and most innovative lawn care possible.
Jon joined Velocity in 2016 and served as chair in 2019. Jon and Vic are passionate about creating opportunities for their employees and giving back to their community. They both enjoy spending time with family.
Dr. Donna Duffey, Johnson County Community College
Donna started with JCCC located in Overland Park, Kansas in 1987 bringing with her 17 years of executive experience in the retail industry. At JCCC, she was the Professor and Department Chair for the Entrepreneurship degree program. During her tenure, Donna has received the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Faculty Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the several Publication Awards. External to JCCC, she was the winner of the 2009 National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Entrepreneurship Faculty of the Year Award. Retiring in 2018, she is currently a Professor Emeritus at JCCC.
Dr. Duffey holds a BS in Fashion Merchandising from Wisconsin State University-Stout, a Master’s in Business Administration from Baker University, and a doctorate in Community College Leadership from the Roueche Graduate Center of National American University, Austin, TX.
External to JCCC, she has been actively involved in the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) since 1994, serving as the President of the Board of Directors during the 2001-2002 year. Additionally, she has been actively involved in the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) serving on the association’s initial Board of Advisors.
Dr. Duffey has published numerous articles on entrepreneurship programming at the community college level and has developed and presented over thirty regional and national conference presentations. She has provided assistance to numerous community colleges across the country in the development of their entrepreneurship programming initiatives.
Currently, Donna is enjoying volunteer service as a mentor and event committee member for Lee’s Summit Velocity. She lives in Lee’s Summit as does her son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Liesl Hays, The Historic Browning
Liesl is an entrepreneur, Human Resources Strategist and author. In 2016, Liesl left her decade-long career in Human Resources because her life was a total wreck. In a brave effort to find herself, she opened the Historic Browning Guest House located in downtown Lee’s Summit and started doing Human Resources Consulting. Entrepreneurship taught her the value of setting boundaries, balancing her work & family and loving her people tenderly. Liesl is currently finishing her first book to be released in 2021. She runs on coffee, “to do lists” and the belief life begins after you agree to write your own story.
Jane Monroe, Embrace the Grape
Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Jane has a Business Degree in Arts Administration and has spent most of her adult life in the events industry. She is an entrepreneur at heart and has been successful in several startup companies. Jane is the mother of 4, and wife of 1 for almost 30 years. Life is busy, but oh so good! Leisure time is spent cooking, exercising and hanging out with family. In 2009 Jane started Embrace the Grape Beverage Catering as a bar service, fully licensed in Kansas and Missouri. Finding a need for a true beverage caterer, she did some research and took the plunge. There are many food caterers, but few who are licensed and insured properly to provide alcohol service. Creating a niche in the Kansas City market as a beverage-only caterer was a great move. In 2019 ETG executed over 400 events! Today we are expanding into St Louis with other markets on our horizon. Cheers!
Joe Mullins, UCM Lee's Summit
Joe Mullins is a key cog in the University of Central Missouri machine, as well as in the education corridor of Lee’s Summit and in the entrepreneurial world of Velocity Lee’s Summit.
On the board more than two years, Mullins sees the benefit of the correlation and cooperation between Velocity and building of business in and around Lee’s Summit.
Mullins’ many duties at the University of Central Missouri include managing the UCM Gigabit Lab and co-lead on avionics program development. In his workforce and professional education role, Mullins manages the business, marketing and program development functions of the Workforce and Professional Development Team. He works to develop long-term business relationships with both economic development groups and companies in technology, education, healthcare and service industries.
Outside of his duties at UCM, Mullins stays busy around Kansas City as the marketing director for Bra Couture KC, a local charity supporting cancer survivors, and as a facilitator business coach with the Kauffman FastTrac program.
Supporting business, personal and charitable growth is certainly all over Mullins’ radar, and time and talents given to the Velocity Lee’s Summit board fit in squarely with those priorities.
Nick Parker, Fredcasts
Rick Viar, Citizens Bank & Trust
Rick Viar is executive vice president of Citizens Bank & Trust. A longtime Lee’s Summit resident, Rick is vice chairman of the John Knox Village board of directors and chairman of both the Executive Committee and Investment Subcommittee.
He currently serves as president of the Lee’s Summit Industrial Development Authority and is a past-chairman of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council. Rick is civically involved in the Lee’s Summit Education Foundation, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and Rotary Club. In 2015, he was appointed by Mayor Randy Rhoads to serve as facilitator of the Downtown Lee’s Summit Master Plan Task Force.
Why do they serve?
“Serving on the board for Velocity has opened up opportunities for me to not only meet and connect with other entrepreneurs, but to be a part of something from the very beginning,” she said. “Velocity isn’t just a concept any longer. We have grown into a formidable organization that continues to offer timely programming and support for startups and entrepreneurs of all varieties.”
“I took the risk and opened my law firm in my hometown of Lee’s Summit. I have been able to run and grow my law practice while giving back to the community I love.”
“As a member of Mayor Rhoads original task force and charter board, I’m very proud of what our organization and community has accomplished. In VelocityLS’s relatively short existence, it has accomplished a great deal. We continue to provide the necessary resources to help ensure the success of our very talented local entrepreneurs.”
“Velocity is important to the business environment of Lee’s Summit and Eastern Jackson County,” Mullins said, “as the organization helps build an ecosystem for entrepreneurs and small business development and growth.”