The Heartland Heroes Peer Group

Our peer group is a circle of trust and sanctuary for business leaders and a “tool box” of supportive
relationships, information, tactics, and strategies to survive and thrive in good times and bad. These are your peers, in the truest sense. They may be your only independent, objective and candid sounding board….you will not have that resource within your company or in an industry peer group. All of our members are high integrity, successful and lifelong residents of Kansas City with extensive networks into Kansas City’s business owner, legal, accounting, banking, political and charitable organization leadership.

Our offer is unique. We guarantee that active participation in our peer group will help you build value i your
organization or no fee is due. We have no contracts. Confidentiality and constructive participation are our only requirements. you can terminate your participation at any time without prior notice.

In his book “Think and Grow Rich” Napoleon Hill wrote:
“When two or more people harmonize their minds and produce the effect known as a “Master Mind,” each person in the group becomes vested with … knowledge through the … minds of the other members of the group.”
“Knowledge, alone is not power. Great personal power is acquired only through the harmonious cooperation of a number of people who concentrate their efforts upon some definite plan.”

The best resource for small business owners is a peer group designed to share and learn from one another. Attorneys, accountants and business advisors are great resources, but not one of them has to make the final decision and live with the consequences and their expertise is too specialized and does not always take into
consideration the complexity of the situation.

No matter the scale, discovering the gaps in your understanding is essential for business leaders. An undiagnosed gap in knowledge means you might not fully understand a problem. That can hinder innovative solutions.

Through the interaction within a peer group, thoughtful management of the agenda and selective inclusion of content experts, we can create an accelerated learning experience designed to strengthen leadership and to enhance business value.

Here are some of the benefits of peer group participation:

  • Confidentiality. The confidential environment of our peer group allows for a robust and comprehensive discussion of issues.
  • Advisory council. The peer group brings the broad perspective of different skills, experience and industries into important strategic and management decisions.
  • Enduring relationships. The peer group experience with result in strong relationships.
  • Education. Peer group participants recognize the value of continuous learning and they are committed to participating in a learning experience to increase in shareholder value.
  • Connectivity. Our participants are owners and leaders of their companies who are passionate about their service and/or product, their employees, their suppliers, their customers/clients and their community.


  • Sanctuary for Candid Discussion of Ideas
  • Brain Storming New Strategies and Finding Solutions to Problems
  • Sounding Board
  • Visionary Thinking
  • Constructive Criticism
  • Diversity of Perspectives
  • Share Best Practices
  • Leadership Development

Subject Matter Topic/Experts

  • Culture
  • Leadership
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Organizational Health
  • Negotiations
  • Dysfunctions of a Group
  • Board Governance
  • Integration of business and technology
  • Strategic Planning
  • Ethics in Business
  • Disaster Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Marketing (creative branding, community based marketing)
  • International Business (economic, political, geographical and governmental forces)
  • Family Owned Business Challenges
  • Modern Manufacturing Techniques

Rules of Engagement

  • Confidentiality
  • Mutual respect
  • Shared information will not be used in the marketplace to do harm
  • Constructive Participation


  •  8-14 Business Owner/CEOs
  • Annual revenues above $10 million
  • Non-Competing and Unrelated Businesses

Program Commitments

  • Monthly meetings with Peer Group
  • Monthly one-on-one consulting sessions
  • Individual Member Presentations
  • Presentations by subject matter experts

The basic purpose of the Heartland Hero peer group has been to build sustainable, High performance organizations through Sharing and Learning Together.

To build a great organization

Find, develop and support talented people with strong work habits, build a culture of excellence ad transparency

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Principles by Ray Dalio

To gain control of process and tasks

Focus on operating systems and accountability

Traction by Geno Wickman

To build a sense of ownership

Focus on transparency and financial education… linking effort to financial outcomes

The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack

To create a sustainable culture

Focus on safety, vulnerability and purpose

Culture Code by Daniel Coyle


Zahner’s mission is to surpass the expectations of clients by expanding the boundaries of high-quality metal and glass used in art and architecture. The company pushes the levels of technology while providing a worthwhile, challenging, and safe environment for present and future employees and associates.

hl restoration

C.W. Haren, Sr. (known as “Pappy”) planned to work in the family banking after his college graduation in 1931. Due to the Great Depression, banking jobs were in short supply. Being a resourceful and hardworking young man, Pappy began renovating bank owned properties. Pappy was called to serve in the Navy during World War II, and hired Hal Laughlin to run his business. Upon his return from service, the partnership and HarenLaughlin Construction was born.

Since 1998, our company has successfully recruited, trained, deployed and managed thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled construction, events, fulfillment, and manufacturing workers throughout the country.

Teamwork and Collaboration are at the core of our business practices and systems. The breadth and complexity of our products demand a collaboration of thinking and skills to produce a quality product and value for our customers.


To be the Recognized Leader in the Supply of Process and Material Solutions to our Energy & Industrial Partners Worldwide.


Creating Value for Our Stakeholders: Our Employees, Our Customers, Our Suppliers, Our Communities, and Our Owners.


Integrity, Passion, Collaboration, Quality and Innovation

Aleda and Bill Posladek are the founders of A.B. May. They purchased May Furnace Company in 1959. They renamed it A.B. May (“A” for Aleda and “B” for Bill) and set out to offer Kansas City comfort and top quality service with a few employees and four trucks. The first ten years saw many changes. We moved three times, starting in a modest building at 43 rd and Woodland, growing into a former Waldo Post Office building, and eventually building in Leawood near I-435 and State Line, where we operated for 42 years.

Along with location changes, we have also changed our services over the years. We have expanded
to offer Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, Electrical, and Appliance repair services. In the mid-1970’s we
pioneered one of the first homeowner warranties in the industry. Today, we provide peace of mind
to tens of thousands of Kansas City homeowners through our Home Warranties for home buyers
and our Homeowner Gold, Silver, and Bronze Peace of Mind agreements.

For more than 60 years, Western Forms aluminum concrete forms has developed products that solve real problems for our contractor, builder and developer customers around the world. To ensure the best in product quality and service, we’ve never rested in finding better ways to assist you.

That commitment is apparent in the unequalled consultation, follow-up and field, technical and product support we provide for our customers. We don’t disappear once a sale is made, as is often the case in our industry. Instead, we demonstrate how our products can improve time-value project cost efficiencies to make you more money.

How we’ve operated, from the beginning, is why Western Forms aluminum forms continues to be recognized as the global leader in aluminum forming systems used in building construction – from residential foundations to large-scale, high-rise housing structures.

We’re big enough to handle any electrical contracting job, from new construction to
major service contracts.

We’re small enough to be personally invested in every job we do, commercialmedical or residential.

We’re smart enough to know that we’re here to solve problems, not create them.

Pascale Henn started Business Law Advisors, LLC as a non-traditional law firm. After practicing more than 20 years in-house with public and private companies, she established BLA using an in-house model – fully understanding a client’s business to better align legal strategy with business goals. Pascale admires the passion and hard work of business founders and entrepreneurs and believes that legal counsel should demonstrate that same dedication to its clients.

BLA provides practical legal advice tailored to your priorities, your resources and your risk tolerance philosophy. Because our lawyers have extensive in-house experience, they understand customer service, and they’ll always focus on your business objectives.

Alphapointe is the only comprehensive provider of vision rehabilitation services in the state of Missouri, serving thousands of children, adults and seniors each year who strive for independence.

Our NAC accredited services include low vision rehabilitation, educational outreach, activities for visually impaired youth, braille, orientation and mobility training, adaptive technology and career counseling.

Since 1998, our company has successfully recruited, trained, deployed and managed thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled construction, events, fulfillment, and manufacturing workers throughout the country.

We have an entire division devoted exclusively to disaster restoration called CatStaff

We have offices located in the Greater Kansas City area, as well as, New York / New Jersey, St Louis, Orlando, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Brownsville, and Houston.

We are a leading full-line, full-service cooling tower and air cooled heat exchanger manufacturer. The companies that formed SPX Cooling Technologies were founded more than 100 years ago and have more than 250 global patents in the process cooling, industrial, refrigeration, and HVAC markets.

With more than 150 offices, subsidiaries, and partners worldwide, we have the global reach and local services necessary to deliver solutions for our customers.