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From left are Kortney Christensen of business owner services, with investment bankers Doug Rubenstein, Kevin Sullivan and Shelby Schagrin.

In 2008, as the United States was in the depths of the Great Recession, a financial services firm rose from the ashes. Seeing that financial institutions were overlooking the most important aspect of their businesses \u2013 clients and financial advisers \u2013 Tad Edwards started Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.

The St. Louis-based firm has a 130-year family legacy behind it, dating back to the late 1800s. When Edwards founded his firm, his vision was to establish a place where clients were put first.

\u201c[The firm] is a family,\u201d he says. \u201cEvery decision we make, we ask ourselves how it\u2019s going to affect our clients. It\u2019s not about us \u2013 it\u2019s about how we can help accomplish their goals and dreams.\u201d

Benjamin F. Edwards is a privately owned company that has grown exponentially since its founding. The firm now has 63 branches in 26 states.

\u201cWe have assembled a phenomenal team of like-minded people who share the same values and vision,\u201d Edwards says. \u201cFrom the start, we knew it was essential that we be equipped to serve the needs of all investors \u2013 from those just starting out to those with sophisticated needs and challenges, like business owners.\u201d

Edwards and his team were true to their vision. Today, the company has a product and service platform able to handle investment needs from the basic to the complex.

Offering Business Owners Strategic Alternatives

Doug Rubenstein, executive vice president, chief operating officer and director of capital markets, also works on the investment banking side of Benjamin F. Edwards. The investment banking group helps small- and middle-market companies and their owners evaluate strategic alternatives, including mergers, acquisitions and even the sale of the company.

\u201cOur process is about being patient, thoughtful and understanding the mindset of the business owner,\u201d Rubenstein says. \u201cIn the event that a company decides that they want to sell, our job is to find the optimal buyer and get them to the finish line for a successful transaction.\u201d

Rubenstein says in most situations, the sale of a business is the single biggest transaction of a business-owning client\u2019s lifetime, and it\u2019s something that needs to be handled delicately and professionally. \u201cWe\u2019re happy to sit with our clients early, when they\u2019re just beginning to think about alternatives,\u201d he says. \u201cIn fact, as you start your business, you should be thinking about what your exit will be, whether it\u2019s selling or passing it on to heirs. We\u2019re here to help manage the entire transaction.\u201d

Executive Services: It\u2019s More Than Investment Banking

Before a client is ready to sell that business, people at Benjamin F. Edwards like Kortney Christensen, executive vice president and director of sales and marketing, are available to help business owners. Among her responsibilities, Christensen oversees the firm\u2019s executive and business owner services area.

Christensen says Benjamin F. Edwards has built a team of experts with decades of experience on matters important to business owners, including people who have worked for years in executive compensation, corporate retirement plans, insurance \u2013 including \u201ckey man\u201d \u2013 and estate planning.

\u201cWe are in a position to help business owners with whatever their needs are,\u201d she says. \u201cWe take a tailored approach to each situation. These aren\u2019t one-size-fits-all solutions. We work with business owners as their businesses evolve, whether they have short- or long-term planning needs.\u201d

Edwards concurs, noting that the company\u2019s different areas of expertise help clients of all kinds achieve their business goals.

\u201cWe not only have a very experienced investment banking team, but we have what [Christensen] has: A higher net worth client and executive services team. All of these people involved add value to our clients and their adviser,\u201d he says.

Exciting Future

The future of Benjamin F. Edwards is bright. Edwards says he and his team are continually working to preserve the decades-long tradition of mutual trust and respect the company is built on.

\u201cWe\u2019re a very forward-looking firm,\u201d he says. \u201cWe have the opportunity of a lifetime here to continue a legacy that has stood the test of time and deliver meaningful and informed advice and service to our clients.\u201d

Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., 1 North Brentwood Blvd., Suite 850, St. Louis, 855-382-1600, benjaminfedwards.com

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The full-service restoration company deals with fire, water, mold and storm damage issues. Its experienced crew of multicertified experts is adept at surveying damage, determining the source and finding long-term solutions. \u201cWe have a strong work ethic and are dedicated to our customers,\u201d Khalil states. \u201cWe do anything and everything to really make sure they are taken care of. Communication is key to ensuring customers understand our process.\u201d

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ULTIMA strives to stay ahead of competitors in more ways than one. Researching the top gadgets out there to determine how best to combat serious property damage allows the team to repair and restore with pure confidence, knowing they have located and effectively negated the source of a problem. \u201cWe use the latest and greatest technologies [to repair homes]. Our moisture detecting and infrared imaging equipment allow us to pinpoint sources of damage that have occurred or may occur in the future,\u201d Khalil says.

By staying in the know with groundbreaking technology and effective training, ULTIMA restores customers\u2019 peace of mind much in the same way it repairs homes. When disaster strikes, people have come to trust in the business to help them rebuild the place that makes them feel safest. Thanks to attention to detail and a dedication to each job, this company is leading the way in restoration. For Khalil, though, he expects to see it achieve even more. \u201cI see ULTIMA becoming a household name \u2013 the go-to company for any type of damage done to a home or property.\u201d

ULTIMA Disaster Restoration, 11124 S. Towne Square, St. Louis, 314-714-6363 (Missouri), 618-281-3200 (Illinois), 888-999-2610 (toll free), ultimarestoration.com

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Art on the Square continually is ranked the nation\u2019s best juried art show for a reason. Not only does it unite artists from all different mediums and locations across the globe, it achieves what few can: It unites the community while creating a welcoming atmosphere where patrons can connect with artists.

\u201cHave you ever noticed how, when you go to a gallery or museum, you start whispering?\u201d Patty Gregory, executive director of Art on the Square, asks. \u201cSome people may feel a little intimidated [at venues like that], but at art shows in a city venue or on the street, people feel comfortable.\u201d Local, national and global talents are on hand, thrilled to converse with passersby as they take in the beauty of each unique piece.

The show makes art accessible \u2013 and even more so with the option to obtain Art Cash year-round. \u201cIf you are gifted $200 in Art Cash and you see a piece at the show that costs $400, to some people, it may now seem like it only costs $200. That\u2019s the beauty of Art Cash,\u201d Gregory explains. \u201cWe have a wide range of price points because we are a community show. We want people to come out, bring family and friends, and enjoy themselves!\u201d

With a huge showing of artists, both from the area and from around the world, many mediums are represented. (Find a full listing online.) \u201cThe highlight of everything, of course, is the artist \u2013 and we have artists coming from all over,\u201d Gregory shares. \u201cEstella Fransbergen from Pimento, Florida, was born in South Africa. She studied there, as well as in Italy and America. She\u2019s in galleries in Florence, Italy, and the Daytona Museum of Art. She started in pottery but considers herself a sculptress now. [Fransbergen] starts with the torso of a woman\u2019s body because she believes that is the soul. She then adds skirts. What\u2019s really interesting is how she incorporates metals, and precious and semiprecious stones, like Swarovski crystals, into the dresses. Thousands and thousands of strands of silver, stones and beads. It\u2019s ethereal. It\u2019s an expression of the human form \u2013 that is the beauty of her work.\u201d

From city sculpture tours and artists demonstrations to the design stage and student involvement, there is much to enjoy. \u201cSome people, after meeting at the fair, have reunions [each year],\u201d Gregory says. \u201cIt\u2019s like visiting old friends. This really is the kind of show for everyone. We\u2019re really looking forward to another wonderful year.\u201d

Art on the Square, P.O. Box 23561, Belleville, Illinois, 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255 (visitor information), 618-444-3802 (general information), artonthesquare.com

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Art on the Square is back for another year of community celebration, ready to continue wowing visitors from both near and far. The expansive, award-winning art show taps into the creative side of people from all age groups.

The Children\u2019s Art Garden boasts photo ops with Disney cutouts. Kids can get crafty with Sugar Doodles, decorating cookies, or design a canvas square, which will later be combined to make a giant flower mural. \u201cThe Saint Louis Zoo is doing a great group project, creating a larger-than-life grizzly bear out of recycled wood chips, which, when completed, will be on display at the zoo,\u201d Art on the Square executive director Patty Gregory says. \u201cThere is an educational aspect to it as well, since kids will learn about grizzlies and get to express their wishes for the species.\u201d

In addition, the annual high school competition gives students a chance to earn $250,000 in scholarship money from Lindenwood University. \u201cWe are featuring 43 southern Illinois schools, with close to 300 applications,\u201d she details, explaining how the competition encourages careers in the arts. \u201cSeveral artists have even kept in touch to mentor students when they go on to college.\u201d

A unique attribute of Art on the Square is its teaching approach on how to incorporate art inside one\u2019s own home. \u201cWe have an interior design stage, which is one of the great things that separates us from other shows,\u201d Gregory says. \u201cThis year\u2019s speaker is HGTV\u2019s Design Star Jennifer Bertrand. She will take a blank room, fill it with furniture and show people how to [integrate] different pieces of art in their homes.\u201d

Of course, around every corner, a new treasure awaits visitors, with artists of every kind sharing what drives them to create. Gregory highlights a few. \u201cJennifer McCurdy has collections in 16 museums across the country, including in the Smithsonian,\u201d she says. \u201cSylvester Robinson from Chicago makes fabulous handbags, using beautiful colors and leather, and incorporating woodblocks. We\u2019ve never had Kendra Bennett before, and she\u2019ll be well received. She takes artistic tissue paper and fits pieces between glass and frame to look like a picture. It\u2019s absolutely beautiful.\u201d

Even with talents from South Africa to South Carolina, the real beauty found at Art on the Square is the sense of community. From city sculpture tours to local businesses getting involved, everyone is thrilled to take part in this one-of-a-kind show. \u201cWe\u2019re all volunteers,\u201d Gregory shares. \u201cAnd we do it out of love for our community.\u201d

Art on the Square, P.O. Box 23561, Belleville, Illinois, 618-233-6769 or 800-677-9255 (visitor information), 618-444-3802 (general information), artonthesquare.com

Art on the Square May 19-21

Friday 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Belleville Public Square, Belleville, Illinois

For more information and to catch the free shuttle, visit artonthesquare.com.

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Upon entering the workforce as a marketing writer, Kathy Birchfield figured out immediately something different was needed to set her career on fire. \u201cRight out of college, I quickly found my personality was not designed to be in an office from 9 to 5, doing the same type of work every day,\u201d she says. \u201cI enjoy meeting different people and, each day, having a new and different challenge.\u201d

She dove into the real estate business and, after two decades, is still positive in her decision. Currently an agent with Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty, Birchfield regards that radical choice as proof that her intuition is invaluable. \u201cTrust your gut,\u201d she stresses. \u201cHave enough confidence in yourself, your abilities and knowledge to do what you think is right in [each] situation, whether it be pricing, negotiating or any other part of the transaction.\u201d

Birchfield has watched technology transform the way agents interact with clients. While recognizing technology\u2019s value, she thoroughly researches trends and changes in the market to ensure accuracy in her assessments. \u201cBuyers and sellers trust me with one of the most important events in their lives,\u201d she notes. \u201cIt is important to make a personal connection with them. Oftentimes during the buying and selling process, you are involved in some of the most intimate moments and conversations of [your clients\u2019] lives. I want them to feel comfortable enough to share information with me to help guide them through the next phase of their lives.\u201d

Ultimately, Birchfield remains guided by her intuition, with integrity serving as her cornerstone. She continues to find success and contentment in her career choice. \u201cYou want clients to remember you \u2013 to have good memories of you and the process through which you took them. When you conduct yourself with the utmost moral and ethical standards, you always know you\u2019ve done right by your clients.\u201d

Contact Kathy Birchfield by visiting 8301 Maryland Ave., Suite 100, calling 314-725-0009 or going online at sothebysrealty.com.

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NAACP 050517

For more than 100 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has been working toward a goal of ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States and eliminating race prejudice. Aligned with that goal is the theme of this year\u2019s NAACP of St. Louis County Freedom Fund Dinner: \u201cRise Together.\u201d

The 81st annual Freedom Fund Dinner will take place on June 22 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis and will honor and celebrate a variety of community leaders who have supported diversity, inclusion, social justice and the advancement of civil rights across Missouri.

This year\u2019s dinner will honor former governor Bob Holden, Steven and Holly Cousins, Lodging Hospitality Management, The Links, Incorporated, James \u201cJimmy\u201d Williams of Estel Foods Inc., Ken Franklin, Laurna Godwin, Jason Hall, Dr. Tina Clark Scott and the Honorable Gina Walsh.

NAACP national board member John Gaskin III says the honorees are regional players who have played \u201cpivotal roles\u201d in a variety of areas, whether it be civil rights, litigation, business or civic duty. He also notes that the funds raised at the yearly dinner are critical to continuing the group\u2019s mission.

\u201cThese funds allow us to continue the great work we\u2019ve been doing,\u201d he says.

Freedom Fund Dinner chairperson James \u201cJimmy\u201d Loomis notes that last year\u2019s dinner saw record attendance and funds raised.

\u201cWe have no doubt that this year will set a new standard for Freedom Fund Dinners across the country,\u201d he says.

Loomis has high hopes for the future of the NAACP, both the national and St. Louis County branches.

\u201cNow more than ever, it\u2019s important to stand up,\u201d he says. \u201cWe need organizations like the NAACP who are going to be protectors of civil rights. I couldn\u2019t be more proud of this group.\u201d Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, had similar sentiments for the group of people she works with and those being honored at the dinner.

\u201cWe are truly grateful and humbled by the historic generosity of our region\u2019s business and civic leaders for their support of our dinner each year,\u201d she says.

NAACP of St. Louis County, 7605 Natural Bridge Road, Suite 103, St. Louis, 314-330-7410, naacpstlcounty.org

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rossman school 050517

So much can happen in a century. But Rossman School in Creve Coeur has stood the test of 100 years, providing extraordinary education to kids age 4 through sixth grade. In summer 2016, the school began its yearlong celebration of this milestone, kicking off the party with a family picnic in September. Since then, the school has hosted a variety of events, including its big gala, a day of service and a spirit week in March.

Pat Shipley, Rossman\u2019s head of school, says the school was started in 1917 on the foundation of rigorous academics, and this is still a focus today.

\u201cOne hundred years later, we\u2019re that same school with a strong commitment to our academics,\u201d Shipley says. \u201cIt\u2019s part of the fabric of our school. We also live by our guide-words of honesty, respect, kindness and responsibility. Everybody knows those guide-words, from the youngest to the oldest students. It\u2019s a commitment for all of us.\u201d

The independent, coeducational prep school has around 225 students from 30 different ZIP codes. Shipley says Rossman is an \u201cintentionally small\u201d school, which allows the teachers and staff to get to know the students well and meet their academic needs during their years at the school.

\u201cThere are many opportunities our teachers have to get to know each child, like eating lunch with them and monthly gatherings for our School Family Program,\u201d Shipley says.

The March 11 gala was truly a night to remember for the Rossman family. It was the perfect opportunity for current and former members of the Rossman community to gather and celebrate what 100 years means to the school.

\u201cIt was such a fantastic evening,\u201d Shipley notes. \u201cWe had about 340 people present who have a special attachment to Rossman.\u201d

Though the year of celebration draws to a close this summer, Rossman still has plans for a Distinguished Alumni Awards presentation this fall. These awards are presented every five years to men and women who exemplify the values taught by Rossman: leadership, citizenship, creativity, humanity and love of learning. Past recipients include Kimmy Brauer, Senator Thomas Eagleton, Bill Orthwein, and the Buck family: Carole Buck, Joe Buck and Julie Brooks.

Rossman\u2019s small, close-knit community helps to build lifelong relationships between the school and many of its alumni. The centennial celebration provided unique opportunities for these former students to engage with current students. For instance, members of the school\u2019s 100th graduating class interviewed alumni from across the decades. To see what alumni had to say about their alma mater, visit rossmanschool.org/interviews.

As for the future, Shipley says she believes the school is \u201cperfectly positioned\u201d to launch into the next 100 years. With a five-year strategic plan, the faculty, staff and families of the school are ready to get started on the next century.

Rossman School, 12660 Conway Road, St. Louis, 314-434-5877, rossmanschool.org

Rossman School Alumni Spotlight

Brian Bauer | Class of 1995

\u201cRossman coaches students in ways to better themselves and prepares them for success later in life. I left Rossman with self-confidence, critical-thinking skills and a drive toward further learning and self-improvement that has served me well. With the right mix of inspiration and STEM education, current students will be able to work wonders in areas such as biomedicine, software, manufacturing, energy and space exploration. Their seats at the table are already starting to form; they just need the drive and education to be ready when they get there.\"

Brian Bauer is a systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab with more than a decade of research and design experience in the fields of space systems engineering, high-altitude ballooning and autonomous systems. As fault protection/autonomy lead, Brian played a critical role in saving NASA\u2019s New Horizons mission in July 2016 when communications suddenly stopped days before the spacecraft\u2019s encounter with Pluto.

Erin Engelhardt Orf | Class of 2000

\u201cThe \u2018Rossman Rules\u2019 \u2013 kindness, honesty, respect and responsibility \u2013 were deeply instilled in me while I was at Rossman. Having those core values influenced what I wanted to do, who I wanted to become and my desire to give back to my community.\u201d

Erin Engelhardt Orf is a pediatrics resident at St. Louis Children\u2019s Hospital. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, she also is a former emergency medical technician and Washington University research technician. As director of the Engelhardt Family Foundation since 2010, Erin leads the foundation in its mission to support a number of causes, including education and the arts.

Lanny Jones | Class of 1955

\u201cAt Rossman, I had what I now know to be the single most important educational experience of my life: I learned to read. And I was taught by teachers who gave me the confidence to be curious and keep on reading. Books help the inner self make sense of the outer world, and for me, with unreliable hearing even as a little boy, reading was a particularly valuable tool in learning to grasp the world with confidence.\u201d

Lanny Jones is an award-winning author, former head editor of Money and People magazines and the winner of the 2015 Time Inc. Lifetime Achievement Award. Under Lanny\u2019s direction, Money won three National Magazine Awards, and People launched three new magazines: Who? Weekly, InStyle and People en Espa\u00f1ol. A professor of advanced nonfiction throughout his career, Lanny\u2019s book Great Expectations: America and the Baby Boom Generation coined the phrase \u201cbaby boomer.\u201d

Jessica Goldberg | Class of 2011

\u201cIn addition to fostering a lifelong love of learning, the rigorous academic program at Rossman inculcates time-management skills, organizational strategies and invaluable study habits necessary to thrive in a challenging and competitive secondary school. Additionally, Rossman\u2019s superlative character education program lays the foundation for its students to act honorably, responsibly and independently.\u201d

Jessica Goldberg, a John Burroughs School senior, co-founded Performing for Pencils at just 15 years old. The nonprofit organization provides disadvantaged students with the supplies they need to be successful learners by hosting an annual high school community talent show that has raised more than $73,000 in three years. For her work with Performing for Pencils, Jessica was recently honored with the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award and the Princeton Prize in Race Relations.

Ben Woods | Class of 2000

\u201cRossman, perhaps most importantly, taught me to write clearly. My teachers gave me the creative and analytical skills, which, honed at John Burroughs and later Vanderbilt, allowed me to pursue a career as a journalist despite having no formal training. Rossman also stresses the importance of empathy and respect for others. Only by valuing others as equals was I able to embrace the people and culture of Cambodia, a country still reeling from decades of colonialism, genocide and war.\u201d

Ben Woods recently returned to the U.S. after six years in Cambodia, where he was a journalist and later executive editor of The Cambodia Daily newspaper, as well as a photographer embedded with Cambodia\u2019s main opposition party. Now marketing director for the Camping and Education Foundation, Ben numbers among his accomplishments completing a 1,000-mile five-man canoe expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2013.

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Wayne Norwood & Ben Patton

42 huntleigh woods

This property can be summed up in one word: resplendent. This extraordinary and exceptional property in Huntleigh took years to design and build, but ended up as a masterpiece of modern form and function. Built as architectural art, the 12,400-square-foot estate is technologically advanced and can be managed simply and effortlessly with one finger on a smartphone or tablet.

Featuring an open floorplan, this 5-bedroom, 9-bath manse creates a fully functional lifestyle. It includes extravagant details like 18-foot ceilings, themed lighting schemes, etched glass motifs, exotic woods, curved walls, coved ceilings and precision surfaces.

The master suite is a completely separate wing with a lounge, fireplace, covered terrace, luxe bath and separate laundry. The other four bedrooms are suites as well. The expansive lower level is walk-out and is above grade, serviced by the home\u2019s elevator. It offers a full bar and billiard, media, exercise and craft rooms, and opens to patios, terraces and lush, manicured grounds.

Additional amenities include a heated saltwater pool, a carriage house and an eight-car heated garage. Geothermal heating and cooling service the property, as well as a 125-kilowattgenerator. The home comes fully furnished.

Learn more about this listing by calling 314-629-3931 or by visiting finesthomesstl.com.

Gladys Manion Real Estate, 8227 Maryland Ave., Clayton, 314-721-4755, gladysmanion.com

Address: 42 Huntleigh Woods

Municipality/Township: Huntleigh

Price upon request

Square Feet: 12,459

Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 9

Garage Spaces: 8

Acreage: 2.34

42 huntleigh woods
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adam foster jewelry

Adam Foster\u2019s masterful attention to detail is what sets not only his collections but also his storefront, Adam Foster Fine Jewelry, apart. \u201cMy main goal is for people to walk in and [realize] this is not like any other place,\u201d he says. \u201cI honestly think that, yes, it\u2019s important to make brick and mortar relevant [again], but we want a place people leave talking about. It\u2019s about making it an experience.\u201d

From his unusual combination of materials, such as black with rose gold, or of textures, like brushed metal with intricate engravings, his unique pieces have an ethereal quality to them that easily draws the eye. \u201c[My designs are] striking originals, even if they have something classic to them,\u201d Foster says. \u201cI want people to comment on the things my customers wear. They say, \u2018Adam is the guy I go to talk frankly about what I want to buy and build.\u2019 Even if someone walks in and just sees something, there\u2019s a story behind each piece.\u201d

Foster focuses on the future of each piece and where it will be decades from now. \u201cI want to make sure the jewelry is timeless. You can look back the second or third generation and still consider it something really unique and beautiful. Look at it as fine art \u2013 that\u2019s how I approach it,\u201d he says. His creations are also available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers.

He avoids trends, while recognizing how contemporary features can translate to his creations. \u201cThere seems to be a jump in mainstream jewelry where using those precious or semiprecious jewels allows you to ignore color theory and design practices, and still expect it to look

OK. I get people to look at materials in a way that makes them look through it and say, hey, let\u2019s put these things together and make a design,\u201d says Foster.

His team also can bring new life to old pieces or design something from the ground up, working directly with clients to translate their vision. The effect is infectious as customers \u2013 from the fellow who walks in, not knowing what he should be looking for, to the avid collector \u2013 instantly become engaged in the process. \u201cThink of [the store] as a museum you can take home things from,\u201d Foster says. \u201cYou get buzzed by things [both] on [and off] display. Have a drink at the bar and try on things. It\u2019s a totally different way to do it. Everything down to the d\u00e9cor and how we operate within the space. We\u2019re on the same side as the customer. Ask me anything; have a face-to-face conversation about where this piece comes from and how it was made.\u201d

Adam Foster Fine Jewelry, 1600 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 410, 314-771-3390; also available at Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, fosterjewelry.com

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richard fox family wealth map

Organizing and managing information is no small feat. People with large, complex estates often have busy lives with many moving parts, and keeping all aspects straight can be daunting.

Richard Fox, an attorney and non-practicing CPA, launched Family Wealth Map, LLC to help prominent families and their advisers manage large amounts of information. His clients are high-net-worth families with estates ranging from $10 million to more than $1 billion, but the amount isn\u2019t what defines Fox\u2019s clients \u2013 it\u2019s the complexity of how the estate is structured. These clients typically own operating businesses and have other assets and investments held in trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations.

Family Wealth Map uses proprietary software to synthesize information and present the data clearly to the client and their team of advisers.

\u201cOur associates are attorneys because of the nature of the work involved, but they do not provide professional advice,\u201d Fox says. \u201cTheir role is only to support our clients and their team. Clients often come to us out of frustration because they don\u2019t have confidence in their own knowledge of the facts. We have the software and the service to help them feel in control again.\u201d

A family office client of Fox\u2019s company had nothing but praise for the software and Fox\u2019s team.

\u201cI have waited for years for a tool like this to become available,\u201d he says. \u201cWe don\u2019t spend time chasing the information. We can instantly update our advisers, whether it\u2019s an estate-planning person, CPA firm or an insurance broker. We can spend that valuable time planning and not gathering.\u201d

The client calls Family Wealth Map \u201ca master filing cabinet\u201d for the family office he works in.

\u201cFamily Wealth Map helps me see where we are, advise the family on its holdings and ultimately build wealth,\u201d he says. \u201cThere\u2019s nothing else out there that pulls everything together like this.\u201d

Richard Fox, 636-377-0369, familywealthmap.com

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katies pizza 042817

There\u2019s no better place to get a taste of spring than at Katie\u2019s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill. With a revamped spring menu and rebuilt patio, the restaurant is sure to check all the boxes.

Katie Collier, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Ted Collier, says this spring has been all about innovation and experimenting with new tastes and ingredients. Though some favorites like the eggplant-parmigiana small plate are back, the Katie\u2019s team has added plenty of new options like a cucumber crostini, a prawn-and-avocado salad and a house-made torchio pasta.

\u201cWe added about 25 new menu options,\u201d Collier says. \u201cWe were very inspired by seasonal ingredients, but we were also looking to incorporate some South American ingredients and use them with Italian methods of cooking.\u201d

Collier says the restaurant has a few \u201creally incredible\u201d chefs from South America in the kitchen, and she was interested in incorporating more of their style of cooking into the restaurant\u2019s menu.

The patio has become such a highlight for Katie\u2019s visitors in the warm months that the team actually had to rebuild and rework it to create more space.

\u201cWe got rid of the picnic tables so we could seat more people and reconfigured the garden,\u201d Collier says.

The garden now surrounds the perimeter of two garden tables. Visitors who sit at these tables are literally inside the garden and are surrounded by all the vegetables and herbs that are growing there. Local craftsman Martin Goebel built the two tables, which are full slabs of oak tree with live edges.

She also notes that the outside area now features more nights of music, and visitors can enjoy live tunes five nights a week.

New to the patio area is an outdoor bar, where visitors can enjoy the revamped cocktail menu. This season\u2019s drink menu includes a wide range of fresh-pressed juices and a variety of herbs. Some highlights include a grapefruit-and-rosemary paloma, the basil-mash margarita and a cucumber-dill mule, along with favorites like The Famous Watermelon.

\u201cThey\u2019re great to enjoy by the glass or in a pitcher on the patio with friends,\u201d Collier notes.

For those who prefer to take the Katie\u2019s Pizza & Pasta Osteria experience home to their own kitchens, the Colliers are launching a meal kit company called VERO Pizza & Pasta, coming in June.

\u201cWe\u2019ll have recipe cards that are interactive, so you can have fun making [the recipes] with family and friends,\u201d Collier says. \u201cIt\u2019s all about the interaction of cooking and reconnecting with people.\u201d

In addition, the Colliers are working on a new restaurant at 14173 Clayton Road, which is expected to open in early July.

Katie\u2019s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314-942-6555, katiespizzaandpasta.com

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Growing older often affords you more time to enjoy both the little and big things life has to offer. McKnight Place Assisted Living is here to ensure you don\u2019t miss a single moment. \u201cWe try to do everything at the next level \u2013 the amenities, services and staffing levels McKnight Place offers are truly unparalleled,\u201d director of operations Bob Leonard says. \u201cSeveral things set us apart: We\u2019ve been doing this for more than 25 years, having started in 1990 before assisted living was really a recognized option. We have a large team of experienced, attentive staff and more events, trips and activities than other communities. Our food is outstanding, thanks to chef Anthony Lyons, who is from Ireland and has trained in St. Louis country clubs. He was named the 2012 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation\u2019s Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis,\u201d he shares.

That covers only the basics offered at McKnight Place. The community currently is expanding its campus to offer larger, more flexible accommodations. \u201cSuites have evolved in the last five years,\u201d Leonard explains. \u201cWe expanded for two reasons: The 45-room unit we currently use is always full, so we needed more capacity, and we wanted to create bigger rooms. Residents can choose from four floor plans. All are located on a campus where independent living and skilled nursing are also offered \u2013 all under one roof \u2013 making it easier to move to different parts.\u201d

Leonard breaks down the benefits of these new spaces. \u201cThe new apartments go up to 783 square feet and include crown molding, 10-foot ceilings, and wood-style flooring and granite countertops in the kitchenettes and bathrooms,\u201d he says. \u201cLots of natural light comes in through the huge windows, and each apartment has its own individual heating and cooling, just like you would have in your own home.\u201d Additional benefits include a newly renovated theater, beautiful outside gardens and walking paths, a greenhouse and fountain, a main dining room and bistro with a private dining room available for rent, a billiard room, a full-service beauty salon and spa, a dedicated art room and more.

\u201cWe have a wide range of events and activities, including a philosophical caf\u00e9 and a political discussion group. We also have book reviews, and art and music instructors on staff,\u201d Leonard shares. Exercise classes are also included in the list of offerings, from tai chi and ballet for seniors to stretching, balance and yoga classes.

\u201cWe have what we call predictable pricing, which is an all-inclusive rate,\u201d Leonard states. \u201cSome places have complex pricing structures or mandatory add-ons that raise the cost for residents. From medicine reminders to meals to cleaning and laundry to events and activities, all is included in our price. We even include two professional moving consultants who create a design based on your new floor plan and take care of shipping items, securing movers and arranging things once you\u2019ve arrived.\u201d

McKnight Place also guarantees residents still have access to what the community can\u2019t offer on-site. \u201cWe offer a limousine-type service, as well as a bus and van to transport residents,\u201d Leonard notes. \u201cResidents can go to the zoo or art museum. We went to the wineries in Augusta and the St. Louis Symphony recently. The bus will soon be taking residents to Forest Park for a barbecue.\u201d

The future looks bright for McKnight Place as it continues to plan for more improvements in the months to come. \u201cThis new building will help us continue to be the leader in assisted living communities,\u201d Leonard says. \u201cWe\u2019re set to open 90 new rooms in October. We also plan on renovating our existing area and converting it to memory care units in January 2018.\u201d Reservations are available now.

McKnight Place Assisted Living, Three McKnight Place, Ladue, 314-993-3333, mcknightplace.com

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For years, Charles D\u2019Angelo has worked with countless clients to help them achieve the life they\u2019ve always dreamed of. He\u2019s helped celebrities, teens, CEOs, stay-at-home moms and more to lose hundreds of pounds and discover their true potential as happy, healthy people.

When he was just a teenager, D\u2019Angelo transformed his life from one of misery, loneliness and obesity to one of success, happiness, health and love. After personally losing 160 pounds, D\u2019Angelo dedicated his life to helping others on the road to health and happiness. He says that clients commonly seek his coaching when they hit a wall in life, feeling like nothing else works. He found that people came to him thinking the problem was their weight, when in reality, the weight was a symptom of a deeper issue.

\u201cPeople get stuck in patterns to meet their needs and feel better,\u201d he says. \u201cAs you begin to master your physical health, you recognize that the disciplines you\u2019re using can transfer over to other parts of your life.\u201d

These principles are the focus of D\u2019Angelo\u2019s new book, Inner Guru: The Guide to Mastering Your Health, Wealth and Relationships From the Inside Out. D\u2019Angelo realized the way to achieve any and all goals is the same: Change the way you think, and you will change your life. The book, which hits shelves this month, focuses on helping the reader resolve the underlying issues as they come to understand their own behavior.

The book has been in the works for several years, and D\u2019Angelo began working on it before his mother passed away.

\u201cMy mother was my best friend and my biggest cheerleader,\u201d he says.

Unfortunately, D\u2019Angelo\u2019s mother had turned to prescription drugs and alcohol when he was about 10, and D\u2019Angelo watched her suffer through those addictions.

\u201cWhen you experience that type of sadness and see someone you care about struggling, it ignites a fire to help other people,\u201d he says. \u201cIn writing this book, I found I was being led to get even deeper into what generates a problem. There are so many tactics out there, but tactics aren\u2019t going to get you lasting change. There\u2019s a strategy to create the change you deserve.\u201d

D\u2019Angelo begins his new book by addressing foundations: Where are you putting most of your energy? Are you taking control of the parts of your life you can control?

\u201cOnce you understand the way you\u2019re thinking, you have to take responsibility,\u201d he says. \u201cFrom there, we talk about how health transfers into being financially secure.\u201d

D\u2019Angelo teaches how to take charge of your own life. All too often, he says, people let the past define their future and let their emotions influence their actions.

\u201cThis book came from seeing people I really care about go through really rough circumstances and letting their history define their choices,\u201d he says. \u201c[This book] is for the person who\u2019s stuck in a pattern.\u201d

When a person loses weight, it can be easy to fall back into old habits, D\u2019Angelo notes. When people feel as if they\u2019re stuck, D\u2019Angelo wants to help them figure out why, and address the problem head-on.

The book opens with a foreword from iconic broadcaster Larry King, a friend of D\u2019Angelo\u2019s, and is full-color, reading much like a magazine.

\u201cI think the impact this book is going to have will be monumental,\u201d he says. \u201cI hope to bring light to parts of people\u2019s lives they haven\u2019t considered. So many spend their time focused on their own history, but you don\u2019t want to live there. You have to lose the chains of your past and take control of your future.\u201d

To get your copy of the book, visit amazon.com or your local Barnes & Noble. For a free consultation to learn more about becoming a client, visit charlesdangelo.com.

Charles D\u2019Angelo, 314-495-3228, charlesdangelo.com

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Strengthening families one step at a time, Epworth Children & Family Services tackles the many complicated goals one must achieve to live a successful life in today\u2019s society. \u201cEpworth Children & Family Services\u2019 mission is to help children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment,\u201d Michelle Tucker, Epworth CEO describes. That mission is achieved through numerous community initiatives, inspiring a passion to serve throughout the St. Louis area.


\u201cFor more than 150 years, Epworth Children & Family Services has been one of Missouri\u2019s largest providers of social services for children and families,\u201d says Michelle Tucker, Epworth CEO. The Friends of Epworth are a group of dedicated women that have been supporters of Epworth for over 20 years.


Serving more than 13,000 youth and their families each year, Epworth focuses on prevention and stability for those struggling. \u201cOur programs help children recover from emotional trauma resulting from abuse and neglect,\u201d Tucker says. \u201cWe help foster kids by preparing them for adulthood independence. We reach out to homeless youth through our Street Outreach program to provide food, clothing and shelter. We also help connect homeless youth with school, family and community support systems to help find accessible, secure housing.\u201d

Tucker also shares additional ways the organization remains invested in the community. \u201cIn partnership with local school districts, Epworth works with at-risk youth to prevent bullying and violence, develop positive character traits and experience a sense of purpose and pride through community service.\u201d

Epworth recognizes and understands what it really takes to be there for a child who feels without choices. The organization reaches out to protect children in more ways than one \u2013 and that\u2019s where Friends of Epworth comes in. \u201cWe go once a month to provide lunch to kids at the drop-in center, who are there to eat or shower or use the computers,\u201d says Karen Reese, president of Friends of Epworth. \u201cWe have \u2018guardian angels\u2019 who raise funds to provide things for summer camps or winter coats or clothing for prom. We also have \u2018Seeds of Hope,\u2019 where students plant a garden with the help of a master gardener. They then cook with whatever has been grown in the garden.\u201d

All of these valuable and important services come at a price, but not for the children and families they benefit. \u201cThe agency provides in-home family therapy at no cost to families with identified risk factors for child abuse or neglect. By building parenting skills and knowledge, and working with the clients in their home environment, Epworth keeps families strong and intact. It offers hope and healing to thousands of individuals,\u201d Tucker says. Friends of Epworth plans and presents fundraising events, and allocates funds to help with specific client needs.\u201d

The need to give back runs deep throughout the organization\u2019s network, from its leaders to its staff to its volunteers. Each person seeks to provide a place of safety and renewal to the community\u2019s children. \u201cWhat impresses me most about the work being done by Epworth are our people,\u201d said Tucker. \u201cFrom our passionate employees to the dedicated volunteers and tremendous supporters, each plays a vital role in our success and the impact we have on the youth we serve. They say it takes a village, and I cannot say enough about the outstanding \u2018village\u2019 we have in place, made up of caring and involved members of our community. We are thankful.\u201d


Horses & Hats Derby Day May 6, 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The Upper Atrium at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

\u201cIt\u2019s the ultimate Kentucky Derby party. There\u2019s a hat contest and mint juleps, a bourbon pull, and a silent auction,\u201d Karen Reese, president of Friends of Epworth, describes.

How to purchase tickets:

Visit 110 N. Elm Ave., call 314-961-5718 or go online at events.epworth.org

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Seeking synergy of the mind and body, PALM Health introduces St. Louis to an innovative solution for finding a balanced lifestyle through curative practices. \u201cPALM stands for \u2018personalized advanced lifestyle medicine,\u2019\u201d Dr. Lauren Munsch Dal Farra, founder and CEO of PALM Health, explains. \u201cThrough personalization, we provide proactive care, customized solutions and comprehensive support across time. \u2018Advanced\u2019 means we include state-of-the-art therapies and technology to prevent, uncover and treat root causes of illness. Within the \u2018Lifestyle\u2019 component, we seek to balance all aspects of a person\u2019s health and wellness through daily access to [an ultramodern] healing environment, which includes a fitness center and studio, a healthy caf\u00e9 and a spa.\u201d

This thoughtful approach to understanding clients\u2019 unique needs extends to medicinal practices as well, Munsch Dal Farra notes. \u201cMedical services also are provided by a team of multidisciplinary wellness experts who work together to address each person\u2019s health and improve quality of life,\u201d she says. \u201cWe\u2019re located at the former Busch\u2019s Grove, in the heart of Ladue, inside a beautiful facility. Under one roof, we [offer] a comprehensive range of lifestyle, naturopathic, preventative and medical services designed to transform your life.\u201d


Clients\u2019 needs are managed through cutting-edge scientific methodologies, often incorporating natural resources, to better benefit the body. \u201cOne of our more popular services is the Himalayan salt room, which utilizes micro-ionized salt particles people inhale inside a beautiful room. People report it promotes relaxation, reduces inflammation and mucus in the lungs, helps with asthma and more,\u201d Munsch Dal Farra says. \u201cOur cryo-sauna rejuvenation cold therapy provides anti-inflammation properties for the joints and musculoskeletal system. It improves mood and energy by releasing endorphins. Many athletes and professional sport therapies use this to help with injury treatment.\u201d

For PALM Health, treatments involve deeper analysis to better understand how and what affects a person for more effective care and long-term health. \u201cWe\u2019ve taken the concept of a full-service wellness center to a whole new level,\u201d says Munsch Dal Farra. \u201cWe take time to get to know your history, lifestyle preferences and practices. We go beyond prescribing the latest pill or procedure to solve problems. Based on the best science available, we address your overall health risks and the real root causes of illnesses, with the goal of maximizing your well-being.\u201d

PALM Health, 9160 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-801-8898, palmhealth.com

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