Meet 2015 KC Magazine Most Wanted Auction’s Marc Shaffer

Marc Shaffer

Principal at Searcy Financial Services

Marc Shaffer says if you’d asked him 10 years ago whether he enjoys public speaking, the answer would have been no. But when he was asked to deliver the commencement speech at Kansas State University’s 2013 graduation ceremony, he accepted the unique challenge.

Seeking out new experiences wasn’t anything new to Shaffer, a principal at Searcy Financial Services in Overland Park. After making excuses about why he hadn’t traveled internationally, Shaffer joined a group of K-State alums and traveled through China for two weeks in 2010. He fell in love with travel and has now partnered with travel company Adventure to Serve, committing to international trips each summer—so far he’s been to Nepal, Malaysia, Portugal, Spain and Peru.

Back stateside, Shaffer—a 2010 KC Magazine Rising Stars honoree—is involved with Jazz in the Woods, currently as director of sponsorship and previously as chairman. He also helped launch Startup Rewind and founded his company’s Bike MS team, which he captains.

Marc Shaffer’s Auction Package

The Ultimate Local Food & Brew Tour

Approximate Value: $2,605

  • Chef’s 4-course tasting menu dinner with 1/2 glass wine pairings for 4 at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
  • In-home 2 hour wine tasting class for up to 12 People from PRP Wine International ( good for 8 bottles of wine and pouring/teaching services Monday-Thursday; restrictions apply)
  • 6 Bottles of Vodka and 6 Bottles of Halcyon Gin from the Blue Water Distillery
  • Craft beer tasting event at Rimann Liquors of Prairie Villagef for 12 People (will include 5 styles of craft beers, tasting notes with a cicerone on hand)
  • $100 gift certificate for up to 6 people to visit the tasting room of White Tail Run Winery and Vineyard (includes private tour of the winery, free wine samples, and 3 bottles of wine; visit must be scheduled two weeks in advance)
  • $100 KC Bier Company gift card with brewery tour for 10
  • $50 Double Shift Brewing Co. gift card
  • $50 District Pour House gift card
  • $35 Bier Station gift card
  • $25 Rock & Run Brewery and Pub Gift Certificate
  • $25 Gift Card to Cinder Block Brewery
  • Dark Horse Distillery Spirits Gift Basket
  • Flight of beer and tour for 4 people at Big Rip Brewing Co.
  • $200 La Bodega gift card
  • $200 Jacobson gift card
  • $100 Ca Va Champagne Bar – Westport gift card
  • $100 Newport Grill gift card
  • $100 Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar gift card
  • $50 Gram & Dun gift card
  • $50 Bourbon & Baker gift card
  • $35 Nick & Jakes gift card
  • $25 Taco Republic gift card
  • $25 Republica gift card
  • $25 BRGR Kitchen and Bar gift card

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