Danny O’Neill—a preservationist from originally from Denison, Iowa. He started out air roasting coffee in the basement of his home in Brookside and in 1993 he founded The Roasterie. Since that time his company has remodeled and reused four buildings for each of the Roasterie factories, including his popular shop in Brookside—a repurposed gas station–and the Roasterie Headquarters on 27th Street. Danny serves on a number of advisory boards for various local companies and associations, and is currently on the Board of Regents at Rockhurst University and the Board of Directors for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. He is also past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. He has loved old barns and houses since childhood, and that interest has carried over into adulthood and expanded to include all types of architecture.