Preserving your legacy.


The publisher and founder of the Kodel Group, LLC is the noted and award winning author and creator of the Stevie Tenderheart comic strip and children’s book series. 

Born in Ashland, Oregon and raised in Pismo Beach, California & Coos Bay, Oregon, Steve enjoyed an idyllic childhood.  {When he was just three years old, his family moved! ... but he found them again.} 

Steve has an extensive publishing background. He is a hands-on publisher. (Good for you; for us, not so much.) He can be relentless in his pursuit of excellence. He served an honorable and distinguished 22-year career in the United States Air Force as both enlisted and officer. 

He was Chief of Administration for the USAF/Presidential Honor Guard (Washington DC) under President Reagan; served a 3-year tour with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) at the Pentagon; 5-years with the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC); Executive Officer to several base commanders; and was the first 8th Operational Support Squadron Section Commander, serving his last tour in Korea, 16 months, supporting two F-16 fighter squadrons before his retirement on New Year's Eve 1993. 

He was nominated for a White House Fellowship during the Clinton Administration and was a 2012 & 2016 a presidential candidate/nominee for the Kodel Party (K-OR) where as the founding architect of the Kodel Party, he outlines his "platform" for America the Beautiful.  Steve wants to invite a common sense dialogue among millennials and the hard-working, middle-class who are quite simply devolving to the lower class. He sees a new America on the horizon. As a dark horse, he received presidential write-in protest votes in both elections.  Explore the website: and help #WinUSBack.

As Superintendent of Publishing for Headquarters 15th Air Force overseeing some 13 bases from Alaska to Guam, his innovations, range of leadership, management and responsibility led to his being lauded by top Pentagon officials as the “USAF Outstanding Administrator of the Year – Worldwide.”  

 In a word, you are in extremely capable hands. 

Publisher's Comment


I often ask potential clients if they write because they want to or because they have to?  The distinction is clear! It also separates them from the casual wordsmith. 

This is your time on the planet. If you have already done something profound, then write it down.

Get it to us. If your calling is to become a writer, we want to hear from you.

Most assuredly, you will achieve a definitive level of satisfaction & pride by becoming a “published author.” A certain amount of prestige; a marked elevation of self-esteem, credibility—even inner peace and joy—are all achieved. When we publish your stories for the world to see, for all time, this truly is your legacy, documented! 

The first time you are asked for an autograph however, express yourself with some tenor of humility. Try not to giggle or skip to my Lou, as this will completely diminish the spirit & dignity of this paragraph on your profoundness!

It is a great honor to be a published author…it is our humble duty to play a role. But mostly, just have fun and tell your stories. There's nothing like it, writing ...

 The End

Steve William Laible, MBA


Captain, USAF (Ret)

Author, Stevie Tenderheart Books

Print, eBooks, AudioBooks 

(Amazon, iTunes)