Three vice chairs who will head the major divisions of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officially begin their terms for the 1990-91 operational year at tonight's annual general membership meeting.
Unofficially, they have been ``learning the ropes'' for nearly two months, since their formal selection in early February.
The new vice chairs along with the newly created chair-elect were chosen at a Feb. 6 LCC gathering. The vice chairs and the chair- elect will coordinate work by various committees in the coming year.
NEW LEADER of the Lawrence chamber's Ecomomic Development Division is Dave Evans, vice president of Gould Evans Architects. He succeeds John Lungstrum, partner in the law offices of Brand, Lungstrum, Golden and Winter. Lungstrum was elected chair of the chamber's board of directors for 1990-91, a post corresponding to the old LCC presidency. Lungstrum succeeds Jean Milstead, banking executive, in the top elective post for the local chamber.
Traditionally, the vice chair in charge of the Ecomomic Development Division has been moving up to the chair's position the following year. However, a change in the chamber's bylaws, on Feb. 6, created the new position of chair-elect.
Hank Booth, general manager of KLWN/KLZR Radio, has been selected to serve as the chamber's first chair-elect. The chair-elect, who will succeed the chair a year from now, will head several committees that focus on issues relating to long-range planning, according to Ann Wiklund, director of membership and communication for the Lawrence chamber.
Booth served as the 1989-90 head of the chamber's Community Affairs Division.
THE 1990-91 Community Affairs Division vice chair is Ken Martinez, president of A/S/K Associates.
Martinez was elected to the Lawrence chamber's board of directors in 1988. Long active with the LCC, he has been a member of the chamber's economic development and government affairs committees.
Gary Sollars, vice president of Charlton Manley, Inc., will be the 1990-91 vice chair for the chamber's Operations Division. Sollars succeeds Evans in this post.
New committees under the chair-elect and in each division are to be outlined by the chamber's board of directors no later than early April, Wiklund said.
New officers and directors will formally take office at the chamber's annual meeting tonight at the Riverfront Plaza factory outlet mall and Liberty Hall.
EVANS, 45, graduated from Topeka High School, studied architecture and graduated from Kansas University in 1967. He spent time working on the East Coast and in the Kansas City area but proudly declares himself ``a lifelong Kansan at heart.'' He and his wife Ann, who heads the Lawrence Arts Center, have been full-time residents of Lawrence since 1974.
Evans has served on a number of civic and economic bodies in Lawrence and he and his firm have won several professional achievement awards. He is a member of the advisory group of the KU School of Architecture and Urban Design and is particularly enthusiastic about membership with an advisory group to the KU Museum of Natural History.
Evans emphasizes that the Economic Development Division of the Lawrence chamber must be as concerned about retention and expansion of existing firms as it is about courting and landing new ones.
``One can't overshadow the other,'' Evans said, ``and more and more this becomes an overall community effort, countywide as well as in the city of Lawrence. Cities such as Baldwin and Eudora have become strong players in the field of economic development and promise to become even more prominent, and we need to find ways to help them do this.''
Evans also said, ``I'm optimistic about what lies ahead and think this will be a year of helpful and productive planning with the aid of a newly formed advisory group. I'm sure people can view past events and perceive where we may have fallen down, but there also is a lot to be proud of.
``Often, various projects take 10 or more years to get moving, and you can't always judge on the basis of the immediate past. We hope to get things done this year that not only benefit the area now but which could pay big dividends in the years ahead. A big factor is to get as many good people involved as possible, because so many of these ventures are increasingly complex.''
MARTINEZ, 54, was born in Gunnison, Colo., grew up in Marysville, Kan., and holds three degrees from Kansas University, including a doctorate in education. He served in the Army during the Korean War and has been a full-time resident of Lawrence since 1958. His A/S/K Associates is a national consulting firm specializing in computer-related support services and military education. The initials A/S/K represent daughter Amy, wife Sheila and Ken, Martinez himself. Nationally, the firm has more than 300 employees, about 25 of whom work in Lawrence.
As chair for the chamber Community Affairs Division, Martinez helps coordinate many LCC outreach projects, such as the annual mixer welcoming new educators to the city and county.
Martinez has been Douglas County Republican chairman, is a current member of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, is active in the Plymouth Congregational Church and is a member of the board of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
SOLLARS, 40, grew up on a farm near Adrian, Mo., then attended Baker University where he met his wife Connie, both of whom are Baker graduates. As head of the chamber's Operations Division, he will spend a good deal of time as a ``watchdog'' for financial activities and commitments.
Sollars worked for the Hartford Insurance group in underwriting and marketing of insurance for six years in the Kansas City area, then joined Landreth, McGrew and Johnson here in the summer of 1977. The firm has since become Charlton Manley, where he is vice president.
Sollars has spent eight years on the board of governors of the Independent Insurance Agents of Kansas and was 1987-88 president. He is a national director from Kansas on the national independent insurance group, serves on the Baker University board of directors, is a director of The Savings Bank of Lawrence and is chairman of the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation.
BOOTH, 44, was born and raised in Lawrence and has been active in some capacity in the local radio station with his father Arden since 1973 after working in radio in other cities, including Wichita.
Booth, his wife Sue and their children have long been active in local 4-H activities and farm programs. He attended Maryland and Kansas universities, has been active in Republican politics, serving for a time as county chairman.
He saw Army service in the early 1970s and also has ownership in several other radio stations. He has been on the city-county planning commission, the Lawrence Downtown Improvement Committee, is a member of Rotary and has worked with such agencies as The Villages, the Lawrence Library Board, and the United Fund, now Douglas County United Way.
Booth has been active in chamber activities for more than 15 years and has just completed a term as head of the Community Affairs Division.