Stan the Man Is back…
KansasCity mayor Mark Funkhouser has appointed two-time mayoral candidate Stan Glazer – as in my dad – to the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Stan met with the four other potential appointees and gave them his thoughts on making Kansas City more prominent in the minds of convention folks and visitors.
Stan – who was mentioned in yesterday’s front page Star story on the Mayor not wanting bodyguards – is excited to help. The story said it was Glazer who first refused police protection when he ran against Kay Barnes. Stan said then, "If elected, I will not have a police officer with me to save the city $200,000 in expenses over my four year term."
Funk agreed with Stan. And Stan spoke highly of Funk during his first run for Mayor in the early 2000’s.
He felt Funkhouser would make a great city manager or chief of staff based on his’s concerns about wasteful spending by Barnes.
This created good will between the two over the next several years including the past four with Funk as Mayor.
Stan’s not been directly involved with city politics since he moved to Mission, Kansas in 2008. And while he can’t run for mayor now, he can hold a position on the chamber’s board.
And most chamber members want Glazer because of his strong marketing background.
Stan founded Stanford and Sons. At one time there were several Stanford’s across the country in five states. Some are still owned by the former managers. Stan retired from comedy in the late 90’s.
And while he’s’s now in his 70’s, Stan looks and feels great.
One of his main concerns is the city’s inability to attract families and conventions to move here. And a lack of promotion outside of Kansas City spead the message of what we have to offer. We need TV commercials and radio spots to sell Kansas City.
If you travel much and mention you’re from KC, most people don’t have a clue what that really means.
This is a excellent place to raise a family or visit. We need TV spots showing off the Plaza, Power & Light, our beautiful, affordable neighborhoods. And yes, we need to show off parts of the Kansas side as well. The Legends is a nice tourist or convention zone destination with all it has to offer.
We know what’s here, we just need to sell that to the rest of America.
Stan’s a wonderful speaker. He has charisma. That’s something lacking from too many of the our leaders.
By the way, my dad and I are very much back together with the entire family. We talk daily. He visits the new club at Legends often and we celebrate the holidays together with my brothers.
Stan was a key figure in my last book, THE KING OF STING, and will be a major character in the new book, COMEDY CONFIDENTIAL, since he and I worked together for many years.
Today the comedy club is run by my brothers, I focus on hiring the acts and promoting the club in the media. I too live in Kansas, Fairway, so can’t get involved in running for any KCMO office either. But I still pull for Kansas City, Missouri to do well and am a big fan of the Plaza, Westport, Brookside and Waldo areas,
Just like Stan.