Ken L. Saathoff
He began his career at IBM, coincidentally, just two blocks east of the Loose Mansion. After nine years at IBM, he joined a twelve-person computer consulting company where he took charge of marketing. Fifteen years later, under his leadership as President, the company had grown to 150 million in sales with 25 offices, 375 employees, and customers throughout North America and Europe. In 2000, he left that business to pursue other interests, which include the Loose Mansion.
Ken was responsible for a number of facility “build-outs” in his earlier career and has supervised an “extreme makeover” of the mansion! He is also an accomplished musician with considerable entertainment and event management experience. Ken is personally committed to making the Loose Mansion one of Kansas City’s finest locations for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, private parties, and corporate events.
Barbara S. Saathoff
Barbara Saathoff grew up in Hutchinson, Kansas, but has lived in Kansas City for more than 35 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Kansas University, and a Masters Degree in Banking from Rutgers University.
Ms. Saathoff worked 12 years for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City where she held a number of management positions. As supervisor of Facilities Planning, she coordinated a floor-by-floor renovation of their twenty-story building. She also managed the Securities Department, one of the bank’s primary operating departments. During her last five years at the bank, she was the officer responsible for the Human Resources Department.
After leaving the Federal Reserve Bank, Barbara did part-time human resources consulting for a number of years. She devoted most of her attention to raising her family, and being active in the schools and church. She particularly enjoyed weekly volunteer work at Children’s Mercy Hospital for several years, and held an officer position on the Friends of Children’s Mercy Board of Directors.
Barbara has always enjoyed entertaining and planning events, and from the beginning has handled the overall supervision of our events business. Although she works long hours (like most small business owners), she has fun and her excitement, enthusiasm and devotion for ensuring that events are successful has never waned. To her, getting to know our clients and their families during planning is the most fun of all!