Steven Schowengerdt, CEO
Steven was born and raised amongst a family of ten in the Kansas City community. Steven built a painting company and an advertising company previous to Lifestyle Publications. Selling those businesses in 2009, Steven wanted to embark on a new adventure. Understanding the importance of God and family, Steven saw an opportunity to produce a publication that could bring the good news and informative, local stories to build both families and their community. As the founder and CEO of Lifestyle Publications, Steven is responsible for the overall direction of the company.
MATTHEW PERRY, CSO
Born and raised in the Midwest, Matthew graduated from the University of Evansville with a combined degree in Chemistry and Business. After serving 10+ years in the chemical industry, Matthew moved to Kansas City in 1999 to help build a local business in the chemical search engine industry. Over the next ten years, Matthew played a key role as part of the Executive team and leading the sales and marketing efforts in North America. By the time he left, the company had locations in Kansas City, China, and Germany and more than 60 employees. In May 2010, Matthew became a partner with Steven Schowengerdt in Lifestyle Publications. Matthew now leads the Account Managers in Kansas City and plays a key role in developing business strategies, and the overall sales development.
DELAND SHORE, CFO
DeLand is responsible for the financial and legal aspects of Lifestyle’s operations. He studied business at MidAmerica Nazarene University and law at the University of Kansas School of Law. DeLand joined the Lifestyle team in 2013 after 11 years in the nonprofit sector.
Michael O'Connell, Applications Architect
Michael was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, and received a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois in 2002 before moving to Kansas City in 2003 to work for a large health care software company. Michael started working with Lifestyle Publications as an independent contractor in 2012 and joined full time in 2014. Michael is responsible for all things technical at Lifestyle including developing our internal software and websites.
Steven Schowengerdt, CEO

Steven was born and raised amongst a family of ten in the Kansas City community. Steven built a painting company and an advertising company previous to Lifestyle Publications. Selling those businesses in 2009, Steven wanted to embark on a new adventure.

Understanding the importance of God and family, Steven saw an opportunity to produce a publication that could bring the good news and informative, local stories to build both families and their community.

As the founder and CEO of Lifestyle Publications, Steven is responsible for the overall direction of the company.

MATTHEW PERRY, CSO

Born and raised in the Midwest, Matthew graduated from the University of Evansville with a combined degree in Chemistry and Business. After serving 10+ years in the chemical industry, Matthew moved to Kansas City in 1999 to help build a local business in the chemical search engine industry. Over the next ten years, Matthew played a key role as part of the Executive team and leading the sales and marketing efforts in North America. By the time he left, the company had locations in Kansas City, China, and Germany and more than 60 employees.

In May 2010, Matthew became a partner with Steven Schowengerdt in Lifestyle Publications. Matthew now leads the Account Managers in Kansas City and plays a key role in developing business strategies, and the overall sales development.

DELAND SHORE, CFO
DeLand is responsible for the financial and legal aspects of Lifestyle’s operations. He studied business at MidAmerica Nazarene University and law at the University of Kansas School of Law. DeLand joined the Lifestyle team in 2013 after 11 years in the nonprofit sector.
BRAD BROOCKERD, Marketing Director
Born and raised in Kansas City, Brad is a University of Kansas graduate. He is responsible for taking all production design in house and has helped Lifestyle Publications grow and produce dozens of magazines to date. He currently directs a team of 12 amazing designers and coders that produce all of the creative for Lifestyle Publications. Brad has a strong marketing background and has worked with many Fortune 500 companies throughout
his career. Brad coined the tagline, Inspired By Community. He is a father of four amazing kids and has a beautiful wife of 19 years. He coaches three of his boy’s soccer teams and plays as well in a men’s league. Fun is the key factor in everything that Brad instills at Lifestyle Publications. “Bringing the joy and fun of the community to the people we serve is an amazing opportunity”.
ERIC WILLIAMS, National Training Manager & Publisher

Eric was born and raised in Kansas where he learned the values of goal setting and hard work. These values paid off as he became the first member of his family to graduate with a 4 year degree.  He received his bachelors degree in Business Administration and Management from Lee University.

Eric joined the Lifestyle Publications family in 2013 where he successfully launched his first publication within three months.  In 2015 he was brought on to the corporate team as the National Business Manager.  He has joined our team with over 6+ years of management experience. He plays a key role in supporting, training, and developing new and current publishers.

Michael O’Connell, CTO

Michael was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, and received a bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from University of Illinois in 2002 before moving to Kansas City in 2003 to work for a large health care software company. Michael started working with Lifestyle Publications as an independent contractor in 2012 and joined full time in 2014.
Michael is responsible for all things technical at Lifestyle including developing our internal software and websites.

JIM KELLY, Director of Recruiting

A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, Jim graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Business and Marketing. He is also a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant with a deployment overseas in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jim has spent his entire business career in sales and leadership roles in various industries and markets.  He is currently our Director of Recruiting and Central Regional Director of Sales and Development. His major role is aiding in the success of current publishers and running the Recruitment team to ensure Lifestyle Publications has the best talent in the industry.

Jim has been associated with Lifestyle Publications since 2012 as a Consultant and fully employed since 2014 as part of the Executive team.

TOM KELLY, Recruiter

A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland Area, Thomas Kelly graduated from Governors State University and is a former Sergeant in the United States Army. Thomas took over as head Recruiter in 2015. Through his efforts, Lifestyle Publications is able to recruit and engage the highest quality of candidates possible. He is also in charge of coordinating placements based on location and skill sets for our established sales teams.

“People confuse me with my twin brother.”