Art of Finance

Every day at Buttonwood Financial Group we do what we do because of feedback from our clients. From periodic reports detailing investment strategy to the Client Appreciation Events, it is all about you!

The Buttonwood Art of Finance series was started the same way. When we hear requests for more information on a specific topic we go to work. We contact professionals specializing in that area and bring them to you in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

The Art of Finance series has been developed to be purely educational and informative in nature, and no investment products are discussed or sold. These events are truly for the benefit of our clients, friends, and those interested in learning more about Buttonwood.


The Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO, spent time with Buttonwood Financial Group guests on November 19, 2015 discussing his view on the future of Kansas City. Guests enjoyed a great lunch and a Question & Answer session with the mayor.

Troy Davig

Troy Davig, The Kansas City Federal Reserve’s Research Director and Senior Vice President spoke to a large group at the Kansas City Club in September, 2014. His presentation focused on “Trends & Forecasts for the US and Global Economies.” Mr. Davig is the Bank’s chief economic policy advisor and provides executive oversight for the Bank’s Research Division. He is a member of the Bank’s Management Committee, which has responsibility for the Bank’s strategic planning and policy direction. A link to his presentation is located here.

Jeff Martin

Buttonwood Financial Group co-sponsored lunch on February 26, 2014 with Jeff Martin, founder of Small Cakes Cupcakery.  When Jeff Martin and his wife, Brandy, founded Smallcakes in Kansas City in 2009, little did they imagine that their family-owned cupcake shop would grow to a budding international network of franchises. Specializing in rich, decadent cupcakes baked fresh daily, Smallcakes has become a popular household name for being the friendly neighborhood cupcakery in its markets. Reflecting on his sweet accomplishment, Martin laughs—he likes to laugh a lot—and calls those numbers “crazy.”  “It is amazing,” Martin said, “because it’s just a cupcake.”

Craig Hakkio, Art of Finance Series

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2013

On September 26, 2013, Buttonwood Financial Group sposored a luncheon for Craig S. Hakkio, Kansas City Federal Reserve Senior Vice President and Special Advisor on Economic Policy. Craig spoke on Economic Updates and Fiscal Policy.  Craig has written a number of articles in professional journals and conference proceedings. He holds an A.B. degree from Kenyon College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Chicago. After working as an assistant professor of economics at Northwestern University, he joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1984 as a senior economist.

More about Craig Hakkio here.
Find out more.of Craig’s financial insights in his article, “Financial Stress: What Is It, How Can It Be Measured, and Why Does It Matter?” located on the Federal Reserve Bank website here.

Mr. Richard Ong

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2012

November 7th, 2012, Buttonwood Financial Group co-sponsored an informal happy hour discussion with Richard H. Ong, CPA who talked on Preparing for Post Election Tax Planning. After joining the international accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers), Mr. Ong struck out on his own in 1982 and started Ong & Company serving over 1,000 individuals and businesses.

Click here to learn more about Richard H. Ong.

Danny O'Neill

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2012

Buttonwood Financial Group sponsored lunch with Danny O’Neill, Bean Baron, President and Owner of The Roasterie on October 24, 2012.  Mr. O’Neill started The Roasterie in November 1993 in the basement of his home in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood. Mr. O’Neill spoke on the beginnings of The Roasterie and the entrepreneurial efforts to begin the business and its future.
Click here to learn more about Danny O’Neill.

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2012

Buttonwood hosted a luncheon with Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence on September 25th, 2012 at The Kansas City Club. He spoke on “Trends & Forecasts for the US and Global Economies”

To learn more about Dr. Chris Kuehl.


Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2012

Co-sponsored by Buttonwood Art Space and the Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA), our September 21st seminar was on “Copyright Issues for Artists.” We discussed how to register a copyright, issues to know and what to do if you find your work has been infringed upon by another. Our panel included Donald R. Simon, attorney, Joseph Tomelleri, artist, and Cheryl Burbach, attorney.

Click here to learn more about KCVAA.

Craig Hakkio, Art of Finance Series

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2012

Buttonwood was co-sponsor for a lunch with Kansas City Federal Reserve Special Advisor on Economic Policy, Craig S. Hakkio on Wednesday, June 27th at the Kansas City Club. Mr. Hakkio spoke on”Economic Outlook & Monetary Policy.”

Click here to learn more about Craig Hakkio.
Click here to view notes from the event.

Thomas Hoenig, Art of Finance Series

Buttonwood Financial Group – Art of Finance Series 2011

We enjoyed lunch with the Kansas City Federal Reserve President Thomas Hoenig on May 11th 2011! Buttonwood clients and KC Club members enjoyed hearing about the economy and the direction of interest rates directly from President Hoenig during his “2011 Economic Forecast.”

Held Wednesday May 11th – 11:30am – 1:00pm
Kansas City Club – 918 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64105.

Further information: Dr. Tom Hoenig | Kansas City Club
June 17, 2010 | Business Journal report from our last Lunch with Tom Hoenig!


Buttonwood Financial Group Team led a Tour and Lunch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve building Friday, August 22, 2008.

During our April lunch with Kansas City Federal Reserve President Tom Hoenig, we had a number of requests for a tour of the new Federal Reserve building once the facility opened its doors. Working diligently with the staff at the Fed we were able to arrange an hour long tour of the facility as well as a plated lunch at the Federal Reserve Bank.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City building is an amazing new 600,000 square-foot complex that houses the core operations facilities for the Kansas City Federal Reserve.  This beautiful facility sits on a 15.7-acre site just south of the World War I Liberty Memorial Museum in Penn Valley Park. Our tour of the Fed included a trip through the Money Museum, which details the history of U.S. currency, and included an introduction to the soon to be famous trio… Huey, Dewy, and Louie!

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