Thank You, Steve

The Kansas City community lost a dear friend recently. Steve Metzler was an accomplished businessman, generous philanthropist and friend to many.

Steve was the second-generation co-owner of Metzler Brothers Insurance until 2013, when he sold it to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. He was also the co-founder of the Friends of Alvin Ailey, a supporter of the arts, and a contributor to many nonprofits, including several dedicated to helping women.

And that’s how I met Steve. For many years, he was a sponsor of the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, an organization I’ve been deeply involved with. Steve not only helped to support the chapter financially, but busy as he was, he found the time to attend most meetings, got to know our members and actively worked to connect them to the people and resources they needed to become better business owners.

Metzler Brothers Insurance was also a winner of the 25 Under 25® Award in 2006. Steve was an active alumnus and sponsored the awards gala in subsequent years.

Yes, Steve made numerous charitable contributions and gave liberally of his time. But what I will remember most about Steve was the way he would move around a room, seek each person out to say “hello” and ask how they were doing. It was yet another gift Steve gave . . . to make people feel welcome and important. It’s what I will remember most about him . . . and it’s what I will miss the most about him.


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Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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