Congratulations to Meade Summers, Hilliker Corp. President, Who Was Selected as One of Small Business Monthly’s “St. Louis’ Best Bosses 2022”

St. Louis (August 8, 2022) – Congratulations to Meade Summers, Hilliker Corporation President, was recently named one of Small Business Monthly’s “St. Louis’ Best Bosses 2022,” where he is profiled in the August issue.

As president, Summers is innovative and creative, growing Hilliker Corporation by purchasing a significant stake in Westwood Net Lease Advisors, where he is also a principal. Under his leadership last year, Hilliker Corp. / Westwood Agents had a record year of $295,000,000 in sales last year.

Summers has overseen the redevelopment of over 3,000,000 square feet of building space. Summers has helped clients rehab the historic Falstaff Brewery complex, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Office Building, and the Stupp Brothers Bridge and Iron Works, to name a few. In 1986, Summers joined the company as a real estate agent. He rose to success in the company quickly, being promoted to Vice President in 1988 and becoming a principal in 1990.

In Summers’ profile, he is asked “What is the best part of your job?” He responded, “Teaching new brokers and really knocking it out of the ballpark for clients.”

Each year, the publication selects a handful of individuals for this honor. This year only six bosses were chosen. To read Meade’s profile in the Small Business Monthly August 2022 issue, please click on the following link:

About Hilliker Corporation

The Entrepreneur’s choice for commercial real estate services in the St. Louis region. Hilliker guides business owners through their needs at each stage of the business life cycle. Since 1985, Hilliker Corporation has brokered more than 10,000 transactions including sales and leases of industrial, office, institutional, retail and investment properties. To learn more, please call, (314) 781-0001, or visit, Http://

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis Kicks Off 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program

St. Louis (Aug. 2, 2022) – The Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, kicked off its 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program last month with 10 law school students participating.

The ACC STL Diversity Internship Program, which started in 2012, provides participants with meaningful exposure to in-house practice. Law school students who participate in the program will learn about the various areas of legal advocacy and general corporate practice that in-house counsel handle, as well as the relationship between providing business and legal advice to clients in a variety of substantive areas.

“The Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program has been an initiative the ACC St. Louis chapter has been very dedicated to in the last several years. Diversity and inclusion efforts must be continuous and thoughtful to enact systemic change. This program allows for one immediate way for our chapter to make steps towards that change, as it gives us the opportunity to do the important work of mentoring and supporting law students who are typically underrepresented in the legal profession,” said Vikas M. Sunkari, ACC STL 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Summer Internship Program Chairperson, and Senior Managing Counsel, SSM Health.

The 2022 ACC STL Summer interns include:

  • Dorothy Alcinord, who attends Saint Louis University School of Law, is interning at Ameren.
  • Kati Austin, who attends Saint Louis University School of Law, is interning at Charter Communications / Spectrum.
  • Madison Beckham, who attends the University of Missouri School of Law, is interning at Emerson Electric.
  • Harry Bell III, who attends the University of Missouri School of Law, is interning at Bunzl Distribution, USA, LLC.
  • Alexandra Griffin, who attends the University of Missouri School of Law, is interning at Rabobank Diversified Services.
  • Jeffrey Lin, who attends Saint Louis University School of Law, is interning at Bayer.
  • Nandi Person, who attends Saint Louis University School of Law, is interning at Washington University’s Office of General Counsel.
  • Dontay (Don) Phillips, who attends Washington University School of Law, is interning at Wells Fargo.
  • LaTrese Robinson, who attends Saint Louis University School of Law, is interning at MiTek, Inc.
  • Melanie Villarino, who attends Washington University School of Law, is interning at Ameren.

Each Diversity Summer Intern is also matched with an in-house attorney mentor, who is an ACC STL member.

“Through the internship program, we hope to increase diversity and inclusion in the St. Louis legal community as these students continue forward in their careers and join law firms and corporate legal departments in the region. We seek to give these students meaningful and immersive experiences in their summer internships and to provide additional educational and networking opportunities throughout the summer and sometimes beyond,” added Sunkari.


Ann Marie Mayuga, AMM Communications


About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 600 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 35-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the world by the Association of Corporate Counsel.  The St. Louis Chapter has received the Gold Chapter of Distinction Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. To learn more, please visit,

Midwest BankCentre Promotes J.P. Jercinovic To VP-Business Development Officer

Jercinovic was previously the BankCentre Leader for the branch’s Fenton location. As a small-business owner, Jercinovic will use his customer service leadership and relationship development skills to help them choose the best banking solutions. His expertise includes small business loans and deposit products as well as other banking-related services. He has more than 14 years of banking experience. Jercinovic joined Midwest BankCentre in 2016 and assists with St. Louis FHA home loans.

His people-oriented approach will make us stand out to our clients as we expand our services to small business customers. Jercinovic received a bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau (Mo.) in business administration, specializing in marketing management as well as USDA home loans.

About Midwest BankCentre

The current assets of Midwest BankCentre exceed $2.3 billion, and the deposits are more than $1.7 million. The bank has been a mainstay in the St. Louis community banking scene ever since 1906. It employs approximately 280 people at 18 locations throughout the city, including Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Clair counties in Illinois and Missouri. Through its financial services, it empowers people and enables businesses, energizes communities, and is a great St. Charles mortgage company lender.

Midwest BankCentre is a leader in the St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition, formerly known as the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force. Each quarter, Midwest BankCentre has been awarded the Bauer Financial 5-Star Superior financial rating. It was awarded the 2019 Community Commitment Award by the American Bankers Association Foundation, and the 2018 National Community Bank Service Award by the Independent Community Bankers of America. This recognition is in recognition of its ability to bring mainstream financial services to the unbanked and underbanked residents of the region while being a top-notch Chesterfield mortgage company.

Marie Casey

Midwest BankCentre

+1 314-721-2828

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Introvert’s New Website Displays Excellent Products Such As Natural Organic Sunscreen

Introvert is proud to announce the one-year anniversary of the launch of their website. They have been sharing and curating a growing selection of sustainable beauty and lifestyle products since January 8, 2021. Some of these products are made right here in St. Louis.

They offer a variety of products, including skincare, haircare and body products, tools, bath soaks, shampoos, and moisturizers. The bath collection includes everything you need, from towels and robes to safe products for baby and mom. Their true passion is a way of turning the ordinary into a ritual. Introvert founder Dani says it all starts with being surrounded by beauty and the best clean beauty moisturizer.

The self-regulation approach of Introverts is something they are proud to show. It is not uncommon to see low standards in the beauty industry allowing for harmful ingredients to be added to products. That is why natural fragrance perfume is a great choice. Introvert holds high standards. They source their products ethically and only use clean ingredients. All of their products are cruelty-free. This means that they have not tested any individual ingredients or the products on animals. Only introverts will partner with brands that share their values.

All products have been thoroughly researched before being approved for partnerships such as Abbott big sky. You can find information about why these ingredients are not acceptable on their website or look into their natural organic sunscreen. Dani, who has been the one that friends and family rely on for advice on beauty and lifestyle products for years, decided to share her favorite products on

These products and rituals were what Dani, a true introvert, reaches for to recharge and maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. It now helps both introverts as well as extroverts to benefit from self-care routines and requires natural fragrance perfume. Dani and Jimmy, her extroverted husband, bring their unique strengths and views to Introvert. They advocate for a balanced and mindful life.


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Great St. Louis Winery History

Hermann was the first to appear before Napa, Sonoma, Walla Walla, and Willamette. California, Washington, and Oregon didn’t start large-scale wine production before prohibition decimated America’s wine industry. Missouri was the second-largest wine producer in the country. It’s fascinating to read about the wild history of Missouri winemaking, as well as the profound impact it has had on the global wine market.

The new documentary Missouri Winemaking– is a one-hour film by Emmy Award winner Cat Neville. She’s also the host of Nine Networks tasteMAKERS and Chris Roider. The film opens with stunning views of rolling hills dotted with grapevines. These vines were planted by Germans in Missouri during the mid-1800s to create a utopia.

Through documents and historic photos, the documentary reveals 200 years of Missouri’s wine history. It also features engaging interviews with winemakers and sommeliers, who are often clever and funny. It’s about Missouri’s rich wine heritage, its people, farmers, growers, and multi-generational families.

The documentary will be shown at the St. The documentary will be featured at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, on July 15, 24, and 25. Tickets for the screening at Washington University’s Brown Hall Auditorium on July 17 are now available.

Best Ice Cream Spots In St. Louis

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream

The boardwalk is a way to bring the Jersey Shore to St. Louis. It does this by serving breakfast and dessert. It’s giving away an iPad Mini at all three of its locations in Soulard, South County, and Maplewood for National Ice Cream Day. If you want to enjoy live music with your waffle sandwich, stop by Maplewood. Visit the website to find out more.

Bombay Food Junkies

Project Animal Freedom and the plant-based wizards have teamed up to host a vegan social. Bombay Food Junkies, the only company that makes vegan sundaes, is an example of non-dairy sweets becoming more mainstream. Bombay Food Junkies, 12:15 p.m. Olive

Clementine’s Ice Cream

All Harry Potter lovers: Get ready to fulfill all your wizarding world fantasies and grab some sweet deals this weekend. All six Clementine’s locations will give away T-shirts for the 50 first people to line up starting at noon. New flavors will be available, including Fizzie Whizzle Beeks, Vegan Triple Berry Crumpets, Chocolate Frog, Chocolate Frog, and Buttered Beer. Visitors can also win a trip to Universal Orlando for two by stamping a postcard at each of the six locations. For more information and location, visit the website.

Cones + Cups

Banana Pudding Ice Cream is back! The shop also offers free sprinkles on any cone or cup between 4 and 9 PM 2800 McNair.

Fritz’s Frozen Custard

Fritz’s will give you a one-scoop cone for every Sunday purchase. Make sure to mention this promotion when ordering. Fritz’s Turtle Sundae is also available. For more information and location details, visit the website.

The Fountain on Locust

Self-described “home to the ice cream martini”, the restaurant will run two specials to celebrate: “Stupendous Super Shareable Banana Split” (Note: Only dine-in customers can order the banana split). 3037 Locust.

Ice Cream for Bears

Honeymoon Chocolates recently opened a Clayton store. They partnered with another entrepreneur to launch Ice cream for Bears within their shop. This small-batch ice cream is made with organic milk and cream and sweetened with honey, which is also a key ingredient of Honeymoon’s Chocolates. Tim Berg, the founder/creator of will offer free ice cream every day until it runs out. Sunday hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ice cream for breakfast? Yes, it is possible. 16 N. Central.

Stirup Espresso Now Offers Mobile Coffee Service In St. Louis

Dereck Lehr, Leslie Lehr’s young son, saw the horse trailer full of hay, which would become Stirrup Espresso. One question came to mind. Are you going to make coffee out of this?

Lehr started planning her mobile coffee company in 2019 after quitting her corporate job. She was once a flight attendant and had been to Italy and Costa Rica, where she fell in LOVE with coffee. She says, “I love coffee.” “If you don’t love coffee, you shouldn’t get into the coffee business.”

She knew she didn’t want to live in a brick-and-mortar store, as that would mean being there every day. She began looking online for options and came across videos showing people who converted horse trailers into food trucks. This idea inspired her business name. After searching the internet for horse trailers, she found one on the East Coast. It arrived just before the pandemic in early 2020.

Lehr believes that the timing worked out in the end, even though some may have thought it was unfortunate. She says, “It gave us more time and I didn’t feel under pressure to leave because we had a lot invested in it.” It took a while, but it was worth it.

Lehr started renovating the trailer and preparing for the day when she would be able to put her coffee-making skills into practice. Rod Mangin, Lehr’s husband, invented the name. It combines the worlds of horses and coffee.

It was time to sell when COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, and farmers’ markets reopened. Officially, the business was launched on April 10, 2021.

Offerings include espresso, lattes, cortados, cappuccinos, and Americanos. There are three types of brewed coffee: cold brew, iced coffee, and batch brew. This is pour-over coffee that is made in large quantities and kept warm for fast service.

Lehr’s typical Saturday starts at 4 AM when pour-overs start. Lehr and her son pack everything in the trailer once they have prepared it. Then, Lehr and her son set off for the Lake St Louis Farmers’ Market. You can also rent the rig for private events.

Lehr began to roast beans at first at another local coffee shop. Today, she roasts her beans from Colombia and Brazilian coffee beans. Lehr prepares the orders, while her son works in the window. Lehr says that they work together for four hours straight. It doesn’t end there, which is fantastic.

Indo In Botanical Heights Near St. Louis Adds Cocktail Bar

Indo chef-owner Nick Bognar has just given customers two more reasons for visiting his three-year-old restaurant in Botanical Heights. The 31-year-old chef-owner added a cocktail bar to the already existing modern Southeast Asian offerings and a handroll menu.

A menu of 14 handrolls is now available, with prices ranging from $5 to $14 per person. A handroll, also known as “temaki” (Japanese for handroll), is a type of sushi that’s usually made from vinegared rice, sashimi, and other fillings. It is wrapped in nori. Bognar says handrolls are similar to sushi tacos. “I have been making handrolls at home for many years and I am excited to share more of this less-known sushi with the St. Louis community.”

Handrolls made with seared salmon belly and seared sea bream are among the new options. Omakase is a Japanese style of eating. The chef can make three handrolls for $22 and five for $32. Bognar states that adding handrolls will allow indo to evolve into what it is going to become in the future. He recommends “leaning more towards the cold side” and “in a very approachable, cost-conscious manner.” It’s evident that there is value and it’s apparent.

Indo offers a 20-item daily menu that includes gyoza and shrimp toast as well as vegetable crunchy rice and coconut mango rice pudding.

The former counter of a chef has been transformed into a bar with seven seats. Bognar stated in a release that they had always wanted to have a bar at Indo, but did not have the space.

Kira Webster, beverage director at Nando’s new bar, oversees the cocktail program and will also be the head of Sado at Bognar’s sushi-themed restaurant. She’ll open the 5201 Shaw space (which used to house Giovanni’s on the Hill) later in the year.

Webster was second in the inaugural National Sochu Competition. It was held in Brooklyn, New York, earlier this year. She released, “As a second-generation Japanese-American who spent my summers in Japan, working at Sado and indo is a way to explore my identity through cocktails.” “I love introducing less-known Asian ingredients into the beverage industry.”

St. Louis BLK MKT Eats Is Coming To Maplewood

After almost five years of serving burrito-sized sushi rolls, poke bowls and wonton nachos in Maplewood, BLKMKT Eats has expanded to the former Las Palmas location at 7356 Manchester.

Ron Turigliatto, co-owner, anticipates an opening date for the 1,420-square foot space “early in 2012.” JugoPlus architects has been selected to manage the buildout. Turigliatto states that construction will begin within a few months.

Turigliatto states that he and Kati Fahrney, co-founders, had been seeking to expand for nearly four years. However, the pandemic delayed the search. But they still “feel very good” about the location, Turigliatto said. The partners were more enthusiastic after attending the Let Them Eat Art. Turigliatto said that people were delighted to see them. “They were just as excited as we were.”

The Background

Five years ago, Fahrney and Turigliatto launched the concept. BLK MKT Eats, located near Saint Louis University, opened its flagship store at 9 S. Vandeventer, in 2017. Word spread quickly, with lines snaking out the door of the 1,000-square-foot-shop.

Customers line up to choose from 10 different varieties of sushi bowls, giant rolls (including our best-selling OG fire Salmon Burrito), and wonton-based nachos. All are made-to-order and packed for take-out or delivery.

He says that it was crucial to have two things when looking for a second location. More parking and dine-in seating. Maplewood offered both.

Turigliatto states that there is 40% more square footage which means more seats. There’s also a large parking lot at the rear with multiple cut-throughs. We are located in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. BLK MKT Eats is a fast-casual, healthy, quick-serve restaurant that serves the immediate neighborhood. It is everything we expected.”

ACC STL Partners with St. Louis Business Journal

To Select 2022 Corporate Counsel Award Recipients 

 St. Louis (July 21, 2022)  – For the past nine years, the Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter (ACC STL) has partnered with the St. Louis Business Journal to recognize the top in-house counsel in the region with the “Corporate Counsel Awards.”

This year’s nine winners are experts in M&A, compliance, human resources, and a slew of other company segments as their roles have continued to evolve to include other aspects of their respective company’s overall strategy. They were selected with the help of a group of ACC STL members along with the Business Journal’s editorial team.

The 2022 Corporate Counsel Award Recipients are:

  • Seth Hawkins, Vice President and General Counsel, Anheuser-Busch*
  • Chris Koster, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Centene*
  • Sarah Holdener, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Moto Inc.*
  • Amit Shah, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, MiTek
  • Christine Carney, Senior Associate General Counsel, Emerson*
  • Jack Terschluse, Corporate Counsel and acting Corporate Secretary, Balto*
  • Jackie Burkhardt, Senior Director of Legal, Core & Main*
  • Katherine Moore, Real Estate Associate Counsel, McBride Homes*
  • Ken Goins, Attorney, Metropolitan Sewer District*

The Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis Chapter congratulates the 2022 Corporate Counsel award recipients for being leaders in the corporate counsel field and exemplifying excellence in their careers.

To read about the 2022 Corporate Counsel Award recipients, please click on the link to the June 2, 2022 St. Louis Business Journal article,

*Current ACC STL members

About the ACC STL:

The Association for Corporate Counsel of St. Louis (ACC STL), the pre-eminent professional development organization serving in-house counsel, was founded in 1987. The St. Louis chapter has more than 600 members who represent more than 100 organizations. During its 35-year-history, the ACC STL has been recognized as one of the leading chapters in the world by the Association of Corporate Counsel.  The St. Louis Chapter has received the Gold Chapter of Distinction Awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021. To learn more, please visit,