From the time I was 18, I have had the entrepreneurial spirit. I launched my first business, Lucky 7 Mobile DJ Services, the summer after graduating high school. From then on, I have embarked on several ventures over the years. Some have succeeded and some have failed. No matter what, I have enjoyed the process and work.
Most of my businesses revolve around the world of journalism and website design with a little photography and freelance writing thrown into the mix. What follows is an overview of the ventures I am involved in (omitting a failed monthly magazine and a weekly newspaper that never got off the ground due to financing).
Lucky Se7en Mobile DJ Services officially opened for business July 1, 2004. Within the first few months, Lucky 7 began booking gigs for various events, and by the end of the first full year, the business had jobs across the state and in Nebraska and Missouri. DJing everything from birthday parties and corporate events to weddings and school formals, Lucky 7 continues to keep each and every party alive with excitement and fun. Read more at www.lucky7dj.com, which is now a part of this site.
In June 2014, Todd Vogts and Jerod Horchem decided they wanted to fill the need of small businesses and non-profit organizations in search of professional and affordable design and production services. They were tired of seeing big companies take advantage of the little guy. Jerod worked for a small business and had seen this first hand. Todd also saw how schools could be better served by having more options in printing school publications, such as magazines and yearbooks. So, having been involved in print journalism for close to ten years, Todd formulated a plan to launch a company he and Jerod could call their own.
Lucky 7 Publishing LLC was launched, and it provided media design and production services at an affordable price. This ranged from postcards, brochures, monthly magazines, school publications, and email marketing, to name just some of the services offered. This is Kansas-based publishing and media company’s flagship product was the monthly Wichita Family Magazine.
Due to economic hardships, the company was shuttered in 2020.
Established in 2016, Eighty One Properties LLC was founded by Todd and Kendall Vogts and DaWayne and Britney Stos with the intention of providing high-quality but affordable homes to rent in the McPherson County area. The company name paid homage from Old U.S. Route 81, which runs along the west edge of Moundridge.
Web Designer & Admin
I designed and maintain this site and all of the sites mentioned above (as well as my teacher website, which has been rolled over into this site). WordPress is my CMS of choice, but, for my wife’s and I’s marriage site, I used Weebly. However, I also use Dreamweaver and the now-defunct Adobe Muse, and I enjoy learning to use new and different platforms, such as Adobe Spark. I used Dreamweaver to build the original www.lucky7dj.com and used Muse to create the original www.eightyoneproperties.com.
Outside of my own sites, I also create and manage sites for other entities. Some of this work consists of less involved work. However, three projects have been more intensive.
The Coronado Quivira Museum website was created using Weebly. I then gave instructions on how the museum personnel could maintain the website on their own.
I originally designed the Ransom, Arnold, Brownell, Western Plains Alumni Association website, and the Galva Alumni Association websites using Dreamweaver before switching them over to WordPress. I still provide maintenance and webmaster duties for RABWP.com, but galvahighalumni.com is no longer online.
The following gallery features screenshots of some of the websites I have designed.