Thank You Walt Disney, Inc.

Thank You Walt Disney, Inc. is committed to saving Walt Disney’s Kansas City history and providing a place for art and animation study, while encouraging confidence and entrepreneurial individualism.

The efforts to restore the Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City represent more than just a fascination with Walt Disney and his incredible life. They represent our opportunity to preserve a part of history that would have otherwise disappeared, and will ultimately serve as a catalyst to link education and hope with our youth, enabling them to become true leaders in our community.

Members of the Board

Butch Rigby

Current Job Position: Founder and owner of the Screenland Companies in Kansas City. Screenland Theatres circuit of movie theatres has locations in North Kansas City, the Screenland Armour, and the Screenland Crossroads, downtown. Screenland Real Estate Services has developed historic buildings in and around Kansas City, Missouri.
TYWD Responsibilities: Butch is the founder and  Chairman of Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of Walt Disney’s first cartoon studio and the restoration of the “Laugh-O-Gram Studio”. He is past chairman of FilmFest Kansas City (now Kansas City FilmFest) as well as serving as the President of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City.

Dan Viets

Current Job Position: Attorney;
Background: Recognized by Best Lawyers, Missoui and Kansas Super Lawyers, America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, Lawyers of Distinction and National Trial Lawyers; Former President of the MO Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Lawyers of Distinction and National Trial Lawyers; Atticus Finch Award recipient; CoAuthor of Walt Disney’s Missouri; Missouri NORML Coordinator and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Secretary of the National of Directors of NORML, written and published articles about Missouri Disney history and credited with assisting the authors of a half dozen Disney biographies, Lecturer at the Walt Disney Family Museum, as well as for cast members at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
TYWD Responsibilities: President

Scott Cauger

Current Job Position: President Englewood Properties, LLC (Real Estate Investment & Commercial Leasing Company) and Owner/Director of the “Englewood Row Gallery and Art Space”; Retired New York corporate attorney (National Grid Company formerly Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation);
Current Board Position: Vice President Board of Directors;
TYWD Responsibilities: Custodian of TYWD donated art & fundraising sales;
Background: Grandfather A. V. Cauger, who gave Walt Disney his “first job in the movies” in Kansas City 1920; spent day with Walt Disney at the Disney Burbank Film Studios and Disneyland summer 1958.

Christy Cubbage CPA, CGMA

Current Job Position: Director of Client Accounting for Support Kansas City;
Current Board Position & Board Responsibilities:Treasurer.
BackgroundChristy has extensive experience in non-profit accounting through her work at Support Kanas City.  Christy has previously worked in public accounting at RubinBrown in Kansas City.  She is on the board of Historic Kanas City and The Accounting Advisory Board of the University of Central Missouri.  She is also active in the Missouri Society of CPAs.

Brian Price

Current Job Position: Division Director at Morgan Hunter; 19 years of professional client business development and search experience.
Background: B.S in Finance, University of Central Missouri, Past Practice Manager for the SolomonEdward Group, Division Director for Parker and Lynch and Director of Recruiting for AccuData America.
TYWD Responsibilities: Former Vice Presidnet of the Board.

Beckie Baker

Current Board Position & Board Responsibilities: “Thank You Walt Disney” current Board Member, active on event and fund-raising committee (approx. 10 years).
Profession: Member National Association of Realtors, Missouri Association of Realtors and the Kansas Association of Realtors, 17 years.
Background: Graduate of Kansas City Art Institute. Owner and operator of “Second Star to the Right”, a Disney merchandise retail and collectibles store in Crown Center Shopping Center, KCMO, 12 years. Currently active Board Member on GVAC East Kansas City Airport, entertainment committee director.

Tyler Campbell

Current Job Position: Digital Programming Promotions Manager at AMC Theatres® (Leawood, KS) with experience in developing online and in-theatre consumer activations for the entertainment industry.
Background: Previous publicity, marketing, media and event planning experience as an account executive with Allied Integrated Marketing (Kansas City, MO) and roles in sales with The Walt Disney Company (Lake Buena Vista, FL).
TYWD Responsibilities:  Public Relations & Media Chair.

Gary Sage

Current Job Position: Consultant with the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) of Kansas City, MO;
Background: Retired as EDC Research & Policy Officer, Senior Business Development Officer & EDC Co-President in June, 2018 (17 years with the EDC that included fundraising, business development and legislative affairs); 34-year career in economic development and community college administration.  Current member of the Board of Trustees for the Missouri Council on Economic Education.  TYWD Responsibilities: Aiding Thank You Walt Disney in fundraising for Laugh-O-Gram restoration. or

Ina P Montgomery, M.Ed.

Current Job Position: Consultant with the Urban TEC (Technology Empowered Communities);
Background: Ina P Montgomery, M.Ed. is the Founder, Executive Director and Edupreneur of Urban TEC (Technology Empowered Communities). The non-profit organization is a digital literacy and training company whose mission is to close the digital literacy divide for K-12 students, teachers and families in urban schools and communities in the greater Kansas City area.

Butch Rigby, Chair, discusses the formation of Thank You Walt Disney, Inc.

In Appreciation

James Hopper, Johnson County Community College
Jeremy Knoll, BNIM