FX January Luncheon – Rescheduled to February 3rd



A Conversation with the KC Royals Top Communicator

Mike Swanson’s been around baseball for much of his life. As a kid, his mom took him to her jobs working for the Royals and Chiefs. That early exposure to sports cultivated a passion for baseball, and his career path reflects that.

The course of Swanson’s 38-year career in sports communications has brought him full circle – back home to KC. For the last 11 years, he’s been the lead communicator for the Royals. As VP of Communications & Broadcasting, he’s guided the communications and media relations team through the ball club’s highs and lows.

It’s certainly a great time to be a Royals fan. But, from a communications standpoint, what does it take to run such a high-profile communications operation with so many stakeholders? How does one keep fans interested, engaged and excited in the offseason? Swanson will be answering these questions and more at our next FX luncheon.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on Friday, February 3rd, when Swanson will be our featured guest. Please note that tickets purchased for the original January 27th program will be honored. 

We guarantee you will not want to miss this program!

About the speaker

Affectionately known as “Swanee,” Mike has worked for World Series Champions in both the American League (2015 Kansas City Royals) and National League (2001 Arizona Diamondbacks). He returned to Kansas City in 2007 to work for his hometown team, and has also worked for the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres.

In 2002, Mike won the prestigious Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. He has been the PR liaison to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Squad in Japan and for the last four years has spoken to MLB’s Rookie Career Development League, the first club PR representative in the 25-year history of the program. He will also serve as the PR liaison for the Dominican Republic during the year’s WBC, his second straight with the defending WBC champs.

As a statistician, Mike worked for years with Keith Jackson on ABC’s College Football and Monday Night Football. His experience includes more than a dozen college bowl games, six NCAA Final Fours, six Super Bowls, four NFC Championship Games and 20+ NCAA Maui Invitational basketball tournaments.

Join us:
Friday, February 3rd
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Check-in & networking begin at 11:30 a.m.
Presentation begins at Noon. Lunch served at Noon.

Ruins Pub (meeting room in back)
1715 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Cost: $20 Members & Associate Members, $35 Nonmembers
Cost includes presentation, meal, beverage, tax and tip.

RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

Anyone is welcome to attend at the appropriate rate. Non-members who register at the member rate will be asked to pay the remainder/difference upon arrival.

Space is limited. To ensure your spot, RSVP NO LATER than the deadline. Due to venue requirements and advance ordering, we regret to inform you that cancellations made with less than 24 hours’ notice cannot be refunded.

Please select one meal choice with your reservation:

  • Stroganoff: Guinness-braised beef short rib + smoked crimini mushrooms + white onions + short rib jus + house crema + egg noodles.
  • The Classic Burger with House Fries: American cheese + shredded lettuce + chopped onions + tomatoes + house pickles + mayo.
  • Hearts of Romaine Salad with or without Chicken (please specify): Grated goat cheese + pickled shallots + semi hard egg + roasted sweet peppers + lardons and green goddess dressing.
  • Fish & Chips: Beer battered cod + malt vinegar tartar sauce + burnt lemon + jalapeño hush puppies.
  • Chicken Salad Sandwich with House Fries: Pulled chicken + roasted asparagus + crushed pistachio + sliced avocado + sourdough.

To ensure your spot at this FX luncheon, RSVP by 10 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

Winners of 2010 ICE Awards Announced


On Thursday, December 9, 2010 The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City held its annual ICE Awards recognizing the best work produced by local creative freelance professionals over the past year.

Kansas City, Mo. – Dec. 30, 2010 – The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City (FX) acknowledged the best in creative work by local independent advertising and marketing professionals at its 2010 ICE Awards. This was the sixth year for the event which awards members of the freelance industry for achievements in their work. Award categories include Design, Illustration, Photography, Copywriting, Interactive, and Self-Promotion.

Impartial judges who are involved in the Kansas City area advertising/marketing industry were selected to review entries and select winners in all categories. The following were this year’s winners:

Brochures/Annual Reports 
Silver: JJB Creative Design and DeLaTorre Creative Group
Silver: JJB Creative Design 
Corporate Identity 
Gold: DeLaTorre Creative Group
Silver: Fetch Design, Michael King McGee and Kiwi Creative
Direct Mail 
Gold: Whiskey Design
Silver: Whiskey Design
Silver: PDG Design
Silver: Lagom Design
Gold: Whiskey Design
Silver: JJB Creative Design, PDG Design and Jones Creative
Gold: Whiskey Design

Commercial Digital 
Gold: Whiskey Design
Silver: Clary Creative

Silver: Random Photography, LLC, Austin Walsh Photography, Aaron Lindberg Photography, Scott Weaver Photography and Colby Lysne Photography, Inc.
Black & White Advertising 
Silver: Nichols & Co.
Color Advertising 
Silver: Austin Walsh Photography
Gold: Scott Weaver Photography, LLC
Books & Jackets 
Gold: Colby Lysne Photography, Inc.
Silver: Colby Lysne Photography, Inc.

Gold: Austin Walsh Photography and Nichols & Co. Photography

Silver: Julie Cortés
Silver: Julie Cortés

Gold: Austin Walsh Photography
Internet Sites/E-mail Flash Animation 
Silver: DeLaTorre Creative Group 
Gold: DeLaTorre Creative Group and Nichols & Co. Photography

Silver: Aaron Lindberg Photography and Colby Lysne Photography, Inc.

Design – Whiskey Design
Illustration – Whiskey Design
Photography – Colby Lysne Photography
Interactive – Austin Walsh Photography

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

About The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City
The Freelance Exchange of Kansas City is a not-for-profit organization of professional freelancers within advertising and marketing disciplines. The organization began in 2003 and has since grown into the premier resource for freelance talent in Kansas City. FX provides its members an environment in which to network, collaborate, refer business, and learn best practices, all essential to growing its members’ businesses, and the community as a whole. For more information, visit www.FXofKC.com.