The Marty Connection, 1993 to present!  The history of a business networking group that dared to do things differently!

In order that you might have a better feel for where the Marty Connection ®  came from, here are a couple of pictures of the original team the first time it came together in 1993….our first marty.   “We were doing business with each other right off the bat” says Rizer, “and been having fun and doing business without really trying for the last 21 years”.  

Shawnee/Lenexa Team

1993: SHAWNEE LENEXA GROUP. This was the very first marty®  for the Shawnee/Lenexa Group held at Le Peeps Restaurant in 1993. These folks deserve a hand. It’s not easy to trust an untried concept when you have to ante up and be one of the first ones on board.


1997: SHAWNEE/LENEXA This was the Shawnee Lenexa group   four years into the concept posing for a group shot at Dr Paul Schaal’s Wellness clinic.

Lawrence Team



then came the LAWRENCE TEAM!


1994: Lawrence Many martys ®are held at team members homes.
The atmosphere is relaxed and all are welcome. This was a marty at Steve & June’s Home when the Lawrence group was just 1 yr old.

1996: Lawrence group at Shawn Rush’s business, Rent-To-Own. The team was three years into martying. By this time they had become super close as a group and were doing a ton of business.

1999: Lawrence Lawrence at out dentist’s office in 1999.As you can see they were very at ease with each other. Although they did a lot of business, they were most proud of their friendships.

1994: Lawrence & Shawnee This was the first time that two marty groups were together at the same time. This was at Kevin & Patti York’s house and was a roaring success, so much so that it was the precursor to the later mega-martys known as the marty for Mercy Hospital and Marty-Gras.

next we began the COLLEGE BOULEVARD TEAM

1994: College Blvd College Blvd was the third team to be built and was begun in 1994. This, their second marty, was a marty-que in Shawnee Mission Park. As you can see this team grew very fast and ended up as one of the most successful

1996: College Blvd The Athletic club of Overland park was a long time member, and every year the College group gathered around the pool and patio of the club and shared good times. Certain locations like ACOP proved so enjoyable that they became an annual tradition.

1997: College Blvd Gary Joslin’s, Joslin’s Jewelers, back yard was an ideal marty location and here you can see the group after being together for three years.

1999: College Blvd Costume martys at Halloween are a very popular theme with children and adults. Here is the group back at the Joslin’s for some chili and ghostly fun.

next came the… JOHNSON COUNTY TEAM

1994: Johnson County This team was formed around Denise Upah (2nd from the left) and can be seen here at their first marty in 1994. Denise became the first Marty Connection Franchisee and went on to build her own marty groups.

1996: Johnson County Here is the Jo Co team two years into the process at the Wellness Connection. Obviously they have become relaxed with each other and were doing a bunch of business by this time.

1997: Johnson County Jo Co had the first Renaissance Festival Marty in Shawnee Mission Park. We catered in smoked turkey legs and caramel apples, and this became a traditional annual event for this group.

1999: Johnson County Jo Co’s last Halloween Marty. If you look closely you can see Denise Upah dressed as Dave Rizer when he had his head shaved. Can you find her?

and then there was OLATHE

1995: Olathe This was Olathe’s first marty. This proved to be one of the smaller groups in size, but not in relationships formed or business done. It was quite a success.

1998: Olathe This was Olathe at halloween in 1998. This group later split into two groups and the Blue Valley Team was born.


1996: Blue Valley Blue Valley split off the Olathe Group bacause of geographical considerations and went on to become one of the most fun loving groups we had in the Marty Connection