The Fire Station

Too often business owners wait to address issues until they become a crisis…”it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

To survive and thrive in a volatile and ever-changing environment, business leaders must be resilient in reacting to unanticipated changes and proactively innovating ahead of the competition.

Outwitting the Competition

Red Ocean…Where we Are >> Fierce Competition…Battling over Price, Quality, Service
Blue Ocean…Where we Want to Be >> Uncontested Market Space…Where the Competition is Irrelevant and the Strong Survive

How we will Get There

  1. Intentionality of Purpose
    a. Integrity
    b. Vision
    c. Innovation
    d. High Performance and Sustainability
    e. Pivot…Leverage our Combined Buying Power
  2. Master Relationships
    a. Employees
    b. Customers
    c. Vendors
    d. Community at Large
  3. Be a Community
    a. Peer Group
    b. Valued Partners
  4. Learn from Adversity…Resilience as a Leadership Tool
  5. Harmony…Act with Intentionality of Purpose
  6. Time…Anchor New Approaches into the Culture
  7.  Plan then Act



Steve has been involved in building organizations, turn-around consulting and mergers and acquisitions of businesses for over 25 years; first in the insurance brokerage industry, then in the health care industry and now as an independent resource to business owners.

As President of Heartland Business Exchange, LLC, Steve serves business owners in a professional and confidential manner to assist business owners to enhance value, to grow their business and to capture the optimal reward for their effort. Peer groups are a unique environment where business owners, CEO’s and next generation leaders can share and learn from one another as well as build lasting relationships. As a facilitator and mentor to the peer group Steve combines integrity, skill and experience to create a confidential environment where the learning and sharing are optimized.

Steve received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration, a  Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Law Degree from the University of Kansas.