Meet the Team

The two principal directors of the Simple Pleasures team are Ken and Elaine Miner.

Ken Miner

As an experienced designer, Ken designed and constructed the unique Simple Pleasures architectural and landscape features to complement gatherings and beautiful photo images. His background as the CEO of a large corporation helps him deliver excellence to all Simple Pleasures visitors and clients.

Elaine Miner

Elaine’s talents as both a graphic designer and lifetime gardener are on display throughout the Simple Pleasures grounds. In addition, this Kansas City native can cook up some delicious barbecue—something our guests rave about when we provide catering for their events.

Ken and Elaine’s passion for collecting and preserving historic pop culture is on display throughout the 21-acre campus to the delight of each guest.

Talented Staffing = Peace of Mind

Along with you, Ken and Elaine are part of your planning team.  While the event is yours,  we meet with you to understand your event wants, needs, and budget.   We offer planning suggestions and recommendations based on our experience with hundreds of events.  We create a planning page to capture your ideas and a “day of event” timeline.  We coordinate with you from planning to the day of the celebration.   

Planning is the key first step to a successful event.

Confidence and clear communication leading up to the day of the event is the second key.

The third key is the successful implementation of the events on the day of the celebration.  Along with our own experts, we work with professionals to create organized, fun, and stress-free celebrations.


Special events are supposed to be fun! Here are a few fun facts about our team.

Ken Miner, Co-Founder

Did you know?
  • Cooks a mean cheeseburger
  • Rock n’ Roll fanatic
  • Summer days mean inner tubes and lake floating, grandchildren and creek stomping
  • Seinfeld is never boring
  • Road trips with lots of stops = more fun

Elaine Miner, Co-Founder

Did you know?
  • Greenest thumb this side of the Mississippi
  • Loves Ken’s cheeseburgers (almost more than she loves Ken)
  • If you’re missing your kids at Simple Pleasures, you can bet she’s spoiling them
  • Mom to two brilliant boys


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