Kansas City Food Trucks Association
We are a group of small business entrepreneurs who have set about changing the food landscape in the Kansas City metro by providing a diverse and eclectic variety of high quality food at affordable prices, from a mobile platform. The Kansas City Food Trucks Association was founded to be the official food truck advocacy organization for the local gourmet food truck industry. To address some of the impacts this food delivery concept is having on the Kansas City metro area, to ensure that our continued growth is a positive addition to the local economy, and to provide a source of information to the on-going discussions, we have come together to create the Kansas City Food Truck Association. By forming this organization we can speak with one voice to address and hopefully address any concerns of the various elements in the community. By creating a single representative entity, our hope is to make it possible to work with local governments, merchants associations and others to ensure our presence is positive experience for all concerned.
- Provide a single point of contact for those who wish to discuss any aspect of our businesses and to work to develop and maintain positive relations with all concerned.
- Create a code of behavior for the food truck industry to ensure that we are good neighbors and a benefit to our communities.
- Work cooperatively with municipalities and governmental bureaucracies to review codes, ordinances, procedures and enforcement so that they better address the realities of the food truck industry and not try to apply outdated and inapplicable rules to this novel and dynamic business model.
- Develop a system of mentoring new operators so they can become positive additions to this culinary movement.
- Create a system of addressing issues that may arise from our presence and develop equitable solutions to resolve any problems in the food truck industry.
- Provide a contact point for members of the food truck community who wish to avail themselves of the services our members.
Founding Board Members
Raised in KCK, a young entrepreneur, Michael started his -shirt and sign business, BGrafx. He attended Wichita State while running his t-tshirt company and after many years, was ready for something new. With the support of his wife, Suzanne and their 3 amazing kids Linkyn, Sebastian & Stephanie, he combined his talents and mechanical skills and started with an empty 1978 Chevy Step van. Building it from from scratch and with his late Grandma Virginias polish donut recipe, turned an ordinary fair treat into Kansas City’s favorite dessert truck, TheFunnelCakeTruck. Hes been going nonstop for the last 11 years to get the dessert truck to the top while winning Food Networks “CakeWars”, KCSourceLinks Battle of the Brands, Pitch Magazine’s “SugarRush” and being featured in the local news and radio shows. Never taking it for granted, Michael gives back by volunteering his time and supporting his favorite charities Head for the Cure, Light the Night KC, Harvesters, The American Red Cross, The Speak-Up foundation, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Michael’s mission has always been to support the trucks. Since starting KCFoodtrucks in 2010 with Brandon Simpson of Jazzy B’s, he’s constantly sharing his skills and experience with owning a small business, managing social media, and creating a lasting brand in KC. He’s excited about this venture of connecting and now forming the KCFoodtrucks into a nonprofit – Association, creating stronger and lasting opportunities to local and small business food truck owners. Follow along to see what happens next!
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Suzanne and her husband Michael, own KC’s #1 dessert truck, TheFunnelCakeTruck. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she transferred to Kansas City working at T-mobile where she met Michael and claimed her title as T-mobile’s 10 top customer service reps in the nation, since then over the last 10 years she has worked in the healthcare industry. Since 2017, she has been with Envision Healthcare, the largest anesthesiology provider in the country. Being one of the original founders of KCFoodtrucks in 2011, she finds it rewarding to see her food truck and a group she helped create evolve into a lasting brand that other industry leaders want to be a part of. When Suzanne isn’t at work, or doing something together with the family, you will always see her behind a computer, building a new website for a food truck, designing event flyers, or new logos. The #1 thing she truly loves more than food trucks is her beautiful family and being able to spend time with her husband and their three amazing kids, Linkyn, Sebastian and Stephanie.
Ken owns Ranked Brain, a digital agency that offers online reputation management services, designs, builds, and maintains online business platforms. He has worked in the technology industry for about 23 years with a strong focus on organizational architecture, design, operations, and performance. He moved to the Kansas City area in 2001 and loves his family that includes 6 kids, 2 grand kids, his wife Angela, and two overly needy dogs. He has worked with many organizations over the last 15 years and currently actively serves on three different organization boards in the Kansas City area, all non profit organizations as well as a STEM committee. Ken has a great love for the game of baseball and watching scary movies with the family when he’s not working with his team on business platforms or consulting with clients. Always looking for ways to help small businesses Ken was recently recognized by other small businesses as the 2020-21 Local Business Person of the Year in Olathe.
Jason and his wife Brandi have resided in Shawnee, KS for the last 20+ years, and are currently raising three daughters. Outside of all the kids’ activities, Jason enjoys playing baseball & soccer and is an avid Star Wars fan. Originally from Garden City, Kansas, Jason graduated from the University of Kansas and is a partner at Marr and Company, a local certified public accounting firm in Kansas City, Missouri. He works with a large variety of industries, including food trucks, restaurants and non-profit trade associations. Being a CPA and Quickbooks ProAdvisor, his expertise lies in all things business, accounting and tax. Other aspects of his professional career including being a business/life coach, co-owner of Crane Brewing Company and the family of Mr Bevis brands. He is very familiar with the trials entrepreneurs face, having grown up in an entrepreneurial household and having started, or helped start, several businesses.
Ben is a veteran of the United States Army Signal corps where he first learned how to deploy cellular telephones with an air defense artillery brigade at Fort Riley Kansas from 1996-2000. Later moving back to Kansas in 2006 for opportunities in his field of telecommunications which he cannot explain so he calls it magic… He mentors 4 sons ages 21, 18, 13, and 6 and enjoys spending time with his boys, Wake boarding, camping and building custom GM LS engines while customizing his truck and helping others. Ben remains an avid Raiders fan and enjoys following his beloved Las Vegas Raiders chase down another championship. Ben aspires to open a restaurant after retirement and will launch a food truck of his own some time next year as he learns all the ins and outs while serving the Kansas City Food Truck culture.
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