By Kat McDaniel, Principal at MEDiAHEAD.

I’m going to Mexico with 120 women from the Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business (WWMB). I feel so fortunate to be in this group with so many accomplished women. There are many women’s groups available, but these women have always stood solidly behind me.

My Support Team

They were there to comfort me when Tom Rieger passed, they were there to cheer me on through my transition from ColorMark to MEDiAHEAD, to hold me up through my cancer journey and to celebrate my recovery and marriage to dear John Ditch.

You Got This!

When I was diagnosed with cancer and before my surgery, I decided that I couldn’t go on the Women Who Mean Business Mexico trip in 2018. But, my extraordinary friend and cheerleader Cindy Reynolds (who has been my roommate for 10 years on the trip) convinced me that I should go.

I can’t even count the times that WWMB’s hugged me, gave me a high five or shouted “you got this” – it made all the difference in my attitude when I went into surgery and treatment a week later. And who could forget Betsy Allgeyer, who went to every treatment with me – even though I didn’t know her very well when she offered to take me the first time.

This is a world where many of us are working in male dominated industries and trying to break the glass ceiling. Women are striving for equality in so many areas, it makes no sense for us not be lifting each other up. Supporting other women and celebrating their successes can make you much more successful, because it encourages others to do the same for you.

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Here are my 5 to-do’s this year to become someone who celebrates other women:

  1. If you admire something or someone, let them know. As women we’re always hard on ourselves – we are often split between career and family, feeling that we’re not doing a great job on either. A kind word or simple compliment can make an enormous difference in their day.
  2. Give other women a hand up. We can help each other by supporting and reinforcing their voices, as well as championing their efforts and abilities – if someone has done an amazing job, tell them and celebrate them in front of other people. And, make time to mentor – all of us can point to someone in their life who inspired them and gave them a helping hand.
  3. Be present. Years ago, in a seminar I attended there was one line that has stuck with me all these years – must be present to win. By being present in life, work and with your family you are winning. Next time you are talking to a female friend or co-worker, try to actively listen and engage with them, ask them thoughtful questions and give them your full attention. Your attention will make them feel appreciated and empowered.
  4. Find your team. As I mentioned above, it’s so important to have a group that celebrates you. As women, we downplay our successes, so find a group of like-minded women who are chasing similar goals and cheer them on… while they cheer for you. When pain and disaster hits, you will want a team that backs you up and supports you to get back on track. Tell women your goals and they will make you accountable – I went to a SkillPath seminar yesterday on setting goals and this was one of the things that the panel expressed as so important – tell your team you’re writing a book and next time they see you they will ask “how is that book coming?”
  5. Be kind, you never know what someone is going through. No matter how someone looks or acts, you truly never know what is happening in their lives. In Mexico one year, we all met on the beach every morning to talk and pray and I was so surprised at some of the incredibly difficult things so many of these accomplished “perfect” women were going through. You will never know how much a small act of kindness will affect someone, so practice it every day. There have been so many times that I walked into an event and saw someone in the corner: I always walk over, pull them out of their shyness and introduce them to other people. Be their champion, I know what it is like to be the shy one.

How has celebrating other women made you more successful?

Women Who Mean Business - Mexico

LeRay WarriorBy LeRay Warrior, Principal at MEDiAHEAD.

Over the last three decades, MEDiAHEAD has developed a stellar reputation in and around the greater Kansas City area, making us a top choice for printing, distribution, and portals for many of Kansas City’s major brands.

However, as the MEDiAHEAD brand goes from strength to strength, it’s important to remind potential clients that we don’t just serve companies from our city. Indeed, we have clients spread across the country. I recently took a trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet some of those clients, spending the rest of my time pitching new prospects and getting to know the city.

Here’s what I learned from the experience.

My Trip to Omaha

OmahaOmaha isn’t that far from Kansas City; just a three-hour drive up the Interstate to be precise. As I made my way there, I was excited to see what it had to offer, as it’s not a place I’ve visited often. All I knew beforehand was that Omaha is home to Berkshire Hathaway and its owner Warren Buffet, one of America’s wealthiest individuals and the College Baseball World Series.

I’m happy to say Omaha didn’t let me down. Not only did I have some productive meetings and encouraging talks with prospects, but I enjoyed the city itself. The highlight for me was my dining experiences, with a great Italian restaurant. I also visited a new breakfast spot that served up not only delicious food but a very welcoming atmosphere too. 

As a result, I’m already looking forward to my next trip. If you know of any great spots for either food or entertainment in Omaha, let me know in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to check them out!

Why It Pays to Add the Personal Touch

Here at MEDiAHEAD, we pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We strongly believe that we don’t merely on board new clients, we add new business partners. That’s why we take the time to meet with our customers; so that we can build relationships further, truly understand client pain points, and start building solutions.

We believe this strategy is a big part of our continued success. Whereas other companies in our industry may feel that phone and email contact is enough, we go the extra mile to ensure we effectively become an auxiliary part of our client’s business. The pairing of our industry knowledge with the intimate understanding of our clients’ needs allow us to deliver excellence continually.

Super-Fast Turnaround Times No Matter Where You’re Located

Quick Turn Around TimesAnother reason we’ve managed to secure so many brands headquartered outside the Kansas City area is through our commitment to super-fast turnaround times. With our continued investment into the latest printing press tech, we can receive the necessary files and have them printed and ready for dispatch within a couple of hours for those last-minute rushed orders.

The fact we can do this so quickly means our location holds no bearing on our potential reach. Whether you’re in California or Colorado, we can provide the highest quality solutions for your brand. Just contact a member of our team today to discuss your requirements!

Kathryn McDaniel

By Kat McDaniel, Principal at MEDiAHEAD.

I’m feeling very nostalgic and lucky this month realizing how far we have come in the last thirty years.

Most people are not aware of how we got our start in Kansas City.

I was a print salesperson for two very large web printing companies in the 1980’s. And I split my time between Dallas and New York City, flipping cities every Saturday and traveling several other days a week.

I got married when I was 30, and this didn’t put an end to my traveling – but giving birth in 1989 certainly changed my priorities.

Starting a Printing Company

We knew we wanted to start a printing company, but we weren’t sure where. Since I had grown up in south Florida and lived in Dallas and NYC, I had no intention of moving to Kansas or even visiting Kansas City. My husband was from the Midwest and had been to several of the basketball tournaments, so he was familiar with KC.

After an exhaustive search all over the country, my husband convinced me to visit Kansas City over a weekend.

No one was more shocked that I was, that I immediately fell in love with Kansas City and wanted to move here. The friendly Midwesterners, the beautiful neighborhoods, The Plaza, the booming art scene and the wide variety of businesses that were headquartered here all helped convince me that Kansas City was the place to go.

We bought a newspaper for the Want Ads on Sunday. (Yes, back in those days that is how we bought and sold things, even companies!)

There was an ad for a small printer that seemed too good to be true.

It turned out there was a reason for that. The owner was going to jail for counterfeiting and he had to report to Leavenworth in 2 weeks.

We went home, quit our jobs, packed everything we owned on a truck and moved here not knowing anyone in Kansas City, but so hopeful for our future.

MEDiAHEAD's Start in Kansas City

A New Printing Concept

We had a different concept that we knew would be successful in Kansas City. At that time, there were only quick printers and very large printing companies. No one was doing high quality, short run color, which I knew agencies were interested in.

I picked up the Yellow Pages and started calling advertising agencies – starting with ‘A’ and working my way down. We joked the first year all of our clients were ‘A’ through ‘M’ because that was as far as I got before we got really busy.

I have to mention that after Bones got out of Leavenworth (his nickname they gave him there because he tended to the graveyard) he came back and worked for us for over 10 years. He was one of the best employees that we every had, a true craftsman and nice guy.

Sometimes, something wonderful comes out of something bad. We believe in second chances. And we’re really glad that we chose Kansas City all those years ago.

LeRay WarriorBy LeRay Warrior, Principal at MEDiAHEAD.

When it comes to commercial printing, you want a company that can provide you the best quality, price & experience. Many of the large commercial printing companies maintain a huge market share and therefore customers assume they are the best option. We’re here to tell you that the commercial printing industry is changing and there are many options to consider when choosing the best commercial printer.

MEDiAHEAD stands as one of those companies that offers the best of both worlds. When compared to our competitors, we stand out on price, quality and experience.

You May Be Paying A Higher Price For A Lower Quality

That sounds like an awful experience. Who wants to pay more for lower quality?

While you may agree with us, it can be hard to acknowledge when you’re personally stuck in this trap. One of the ways to double check where you’re at is by researching the value and quality that MEDiAHEAD can provide as a commercial printer. With MEDiAHEAD, the quality of our print is sometimes dramatically higher. That means people actually get what they pay for.Remember to always double check if the quality of your order is reflected by the price you are paying.

Long Wait Times Are A Thing Of The Past


In today’s world, time is everything. As they say, “Time is money.”

Unfortunately, many commercial printers don’t believe in that sentiment. At MEDiAHEAD, we process every order with speed and accuracy because every order is a VIP order. I’ve witnessed commercial printers deliver print jobs as simple as business cards in two weeks… or longer! We get the majority of our print out the door in 24-48 hours. Additionally, our shipping department has many expedited shipping options to choose from. If you need a shipment faster than 24-48 hours, we have the ability to be flexible and help you figure it out.

The Overall Customer Experience

Your experience is probably the single most defining aspect of any partnership.

Many business owners will work with a commercial printer even if they’re lower in quality, but offer an amazing customer experience. If that’s true, you don’t have to settle any longer. MEDiAHEAD understands that an amazing customer experience is critically important. We also provide reasonable pricing… and sometimes major price savings when compared to the competition.

We know printing. And we’re dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome. Trust your local, Kansas City based provider for fast, professional printing, quick turn-around and reasonable pricing.

If you have any questions, or want to give us a shot, please reach out. To start the ball rolling right now, our phone number is 816.931.7900. Our team is ready to deliver on these promises and help you create something great!