About us

Bruce Liese

Bruce S. Liese

Kansas City Sailing was founded by Bruce in 1998. Bruce holds a 50-ton United States Coast Guard license, he's an Instructor Evaluator for the American Sailing Association and he's received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award from ASA for four years. He began sailing on the East Coast as a boy and he's trained hundreds of students and sailing instructors locally and internationally.

Cathy Liese

Many people would argue that Cathy's job at Kansas City Sailing is to keep Bruce out of trouble. While this is certainly true Cathy also manages the company's finances. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a Masters Degree in Accounting.

Cathy Liese

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen
Sales Manager

Sarah has been with Kansas City Sailing since we opened our shop. At the time she was in high school and didn't know the difference between a cam cleat and a jam cleat. But that's all changed. She now amazes us with her great knowledge of sailing, sailboats, parts, supplies, and everything associated with sailing.

Earl Cameron
Canvas and Sail Loft Manager

Earl has been sailing for twenty-five years. He is a certified ASA Small Boat Instructor and a Kansas Boater Safety instructor. Earl honed his sewing skills in the Navy as a Parachute Rigger on board the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk. He has diverse knowledge and experience in various aspects of the sail and canvas industry.

Earl Cameron

Jon Duffendack

Jon has a wide range of mechanical talents and skills that he applies when assisting at the shop with sail, canvas, fiberglass, and rigging repairs. He also has a great attitude and is ready and willing to help wherever he is needed in the shop.

Kathy Kessler
Head Sailing Instructor

Kathy has been a sailing instructor since her freshman year in college. She claims "That was a million years ago!" She is an excellent sailor and teacher with extensive experience on small dinghies and large cruising vessels. Kathy has lived on a 40-foot Hunter Sailboat in Seattle with her husband Scott. She also teaches Spanish at Shawnee Mission East High School.

Sammie the Greeter

Sammie Liese
Shop Greeter

Have you ever seen a sweeter face than this? Sammie is the shop mascot and everyone's best friend. When she's not there to greet our customers they ask "Where's Sammie?"