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Our team has decades of experience in the industries we are passionate about. Whether it’s Development, Recruitment, Furniture, or Logistics, we pride ourselves on unparalleled knowledge and total focus on the success of our clients. Meet our team and drop us a line — we’d love to help your business take that next leap forward.

  • Pat Phelan
    Founder
    Pat Phelan
    Founder 816-368-2857

    Pat is an entrepreneur, visionary and strategic thinker in the world of hospitality. He has raised more than $100M in private equity for various hospitality projects, supplied and manufactured more than $75M in hospitality furniture and recruited hundreds of talented people for some of the top food and beverage brands. Pat received his Bachelor's in Business from the University of Missouri- Columbia and his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. Pat was named as one of the National Restaurant News 2018 top 75 Power CEO's in hospitality. Leap was named one of Kansas City's top 100 growing companies in 2018, 2019, and 2020 by Ingram's Magazine.

    I am a golf hack who loves to play new courses whenever I travel, however I am still waiting for the elusive hole in one. I once exterminated Jimmy Buffet’s Key West home, shook the hand of President George H W Bush on the White House lawn, chatted with Vince Vaughn in a vestibule at Disneyland, and hung out with Dick Vitale at a First Watch in Florida.

  • Chris Wunder
    Partner, Recruiting and M&A
    Chris Wunder
    Partner, Recruiting and M&A 816-368-2859

    Chris joined Leap Companies in 2016, then Leap Hospitality, as an executive recruiter and since then has helped build the recruiting business and M&A division. He has a unique background spanning management experience within television broadcast operations, human resources and fitness/retail, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and an Associate’s Degree in Psychology and is currently working on a stealth startup venture that will be launching in 2021.

    Crossfit is one of my passions. Although I do not have time to use most of my equipment I continue to buy more and more. It has become like a Pokemon obsession from when I was a child. "Got to catch them all" (Own every piece of equipment and start charging for people to use my home gym."

  • Omayra Patterson
    Lead Executive Recruiter & Trainer
    Omayra Patterson
    Lead Executive Recruiter & Trainer (816) 841-1349

    Omayra is the newest Executive Recruiter for Leap Hospitality. She has 15 years’ experience in talent acquisition, office management, and social work. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has a huge passion for helping people and making long lasting connections. Omayra received an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Kansas City Kansas Community College, and she has been recognized as the top performer in each position held.

    I love painting. It is one of the most relaxing things in the world to me and making something beautiful out of nothing.

  • Jon Bremer
    Sr. Business Development Manager-FF&E
    Jon Bremer
    Sr. Business Development Manager-FF&E 816-256-8529

    Jon joined Leap in 2013 to help grow the FF&E division. Since then, Jon has managed the production, delivery, and installation of furniture and equipment for over 300 new restaurant openings for customers across the country. From the start of a new project to the final installation, Jon works directly with both the client and contractor to make sure timelines and expectations are met and exceeded. You know you are in good hands when Jon is on the job! Prior to joining Leap, Jon spent over 15 years in the medical equipment industry where he was a highly successful sales rep and won numerous sales awards and industry recognition during that time.

    Some of my favorite past times include traveling to warm tropical places with my family and enjoying beautiful beach destinations. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking BBQ and spending quality time with friends and family practicing new cooking techniques on my custom smokers. I’m also involved with a competition BBQ team and have competed in the American Royal-World Series of BBQ competition for over 20+ years.

  • Mark Milazzo
    Sr. Business Development Manager FF&E
    Mark Milazzo
    Sr. Business Development Manager FF&E 816-841-1348

    Mark joined in 2020, as a Sr. Business Development Manager. He has a unique background spanning sales & management experience within retail & hospitality for 30+ years. Having worked for factories in the USA, Canada, Vietnam and Asia and I have managed successfully, sales rep organizations across the North American market.

    Art has always been a passion of mine, in early 2020 I began to work diligently with “collage”, analog collage, cut paper/mixed media and have been curated by a few collage organizations worldwide in a short amount of time. I have also exhibited (virtually) within Argentina and I have even been asked to discuss collage with 7th & 8th graders from my son’s school. An honor to say the least but if you love something, it shows in your work.

  • Phil Sutphin
    Sr. Business Development Manager Logistics
    Phil Sutphin
    Sr. Business Development Manager Logistics

    Phil brings almost 20 years of FF&E logistics experience to Leap and our clients. His ‘hands-on’ approach to every project has earned him a loyal and growing client list that will tell you that they feel like he is working for them directly. Although he has successfully completed many Marquee projects across the country, from Napa Valley & Palm Springs, to Miami and New York, his commitment to every project is his greatest strength.

    Travel has been the thing that has brought me the most joy and inspiration over the years; from the Inside Passage of the Alaskan coastline, to Beijing, China and its Great Wall and Forbidden City, to sailing Rhine River from Amsterdam to Switzerland, to the 15th-century Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, Peru, to The Grand Teton Mountains in Wyoming

  • Michael Werner
    Director of Hospitality & Operations
    Michael Werner
    Director of Hospitality & Operations 913-991-6149

    Michael and has been a leader of our design & hospitality division, since 2006. His approach & perspective coupled with his chameleon-like abilities have allowed him to navigate challenging & complex projects successfully for our clients over the years. He has brought his expertise & leadership to companies and concepts from inception to development through multi-unit growth.

    Whether operating as an owner agent, supporting a professional design, or development team accessing or developing food & beverage concepts - Michael has a long standing track record of success. His expertise spans foodservice design & development, FF&E specification, on-premise management, business support, menu development, staffing, training, and more.

    I was classically trained in culinary arts and love great wine. Moreover, entertaining with friends & family. For fun, I love to learn & prepare traditional food & drinks from other countries & cultures - As a result, I have more cookware, kitchen accoutrements than one person should be allowed and a well stocked bar to boot!

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