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.
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 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.