OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Ask Dennis Garberg and Elaine Stansfield to explain how their business has evolved, and pretty soon they trot out a visual aid. "Dennis does this really well on the back of a cocktail napkin," needles Stansfield, president and chief operating officer of Sunflower Group here. Garberg, the firm's chief executive officer, nods and sketches a "hub and spoke" diagram on a pad in his office. It resembles a bull's-eye. The easy repartee between the two dates back to 1978, ...

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