Archive for Sunday, May 24, 1998


May 24, 1998


Alan Meier has joined Insurance Management Associates Inc. of Wichita as senior consultant. Meier, who will work in the company's Topeka office, has been in the health insurance industry in northeast Kansas for 23 years.

David Greco M.D. has joined the occupational health department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Greco worked as an emergency medicine physician for 12 years in Sioux City, Iowa, where he has specialized in occupational medicine for the past three years.

  • J.C. Nichols Real Estate has acquired Eugene D. Brown Realtors, the largest consolidation in the history of the Kansas City area residential real estate market. The deal will result in a combined total of 20 company-owned offices across the Kansas City metropolitan area, 17 franchise offices, more than 800 sales associates and more than $1.5 billion in sales volume projected this year.

  • Douglas J. Saville has been promoted to branch manager of Commerce Bank's Lawrence Banking Center, 955 Iowa. Saville, who had been a senior financial service representative, will manage the loan portfolio and sales for the branch and handle administrative and operational functions.

  • Free State Solutions, a full-service financial management consulting company, has opened for business in Lawrence at 2741 Bluestem Dr. President Keith Ely said the company offers accounting, financial management, management consulting and business planning services. Its services are designed to benefit local small businesses.

Awards and honors

Robert E. Gould, founding principal of Gould Evans Goodman Associates and Gould Evans Affiliates, has been named to the American Institute of Architects' college of fellows. The honor recognizes members who have made nationwide contributions to the profession.

  • Knoll Patient Supply Inc. of Topeka received the Home Medical Equipment Provider of the Year award recently from the National Association for Medical Equipment Services.

  • R. Wayne Thompson, a Lawrence orthodontist, was recently named president of the Kansas Dental Assn. at its annual meeting in Wichita. He has served as the association's secretary, vice president and president elect.

  • The Lawrence Assn. of Life Underwriters last week presented $1,265 to Lawrence Special Olympics. The association raised the funds through sales of Halloween insurance.

Coming events

The Kansas/Western Missouri Technology Fast 50 Awards Program is seeking nominations. The program recognizes fast-growing, technology-focused companies across the two-state region. The competition is sponsored by Deloitte & Touche, the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. and the Kansas City Business Journal. To qualify, companies must have grown from at least $50,000 in revenues during 1993 to more than $1 million in 1997. For more information or to get a registration form, call (816) 802-7431.

  • Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Douglas County Extension office will have a Spring Crops Marketing Workshop at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Douglas County Extension Center, 2110 Harper St. Bill Tierney, extension agricultural economist, will speak. The workshop is an interactive program that will review market fundamentals affecting crops. The principal focus is corn and soybeans. Lunch will be sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Lawrence. Call (785) 843-7058 for reservations or more information.

  • Microtech Computers Inc. will have a ribbon cutting and open house at its new facility from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at 4921 Legends Dr.

  • The K-10 Corridor Assn. will have its annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 12 at Shadow Glen Clubhouse, Cedar Creek in Olathe. The meeting will feature guest speakers Shawn McKenzie, Southwestern Bell's Kansas president, and Keith Folkmann, plant manager of Sauer-Sundstrand Co.'s new Lawrence plant. Annual service and development awards will be presented and 1998-99 officers will be elected. Reservations are due by June 8 to the association office. Call (785) 841-7166 for more information.

  • Colonial Colony LLC will have a ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. Friday for the home it renovated at 1301 Tenn. Tours of the 19th-century home will be offered.

  • Better Business Bureau of Northeast Kansas is seeking volunteer arbitrators to handle automotive and other consumer business disputes. The bureau's arbitration team includes retirees, business people, professionals, educators and homemakers. Training will take place later this year in Topeka. For more information, call (785) 232-0454 or, in Douglas County, (785) 766-2009.

  • Warren C. Hummer will conduct a seminar on franchising from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Topeka. The seminar is geared for anyone considering a franchise business. A panel of attorneys, accountants and others will cover a wide range of topics on franchising. A fee will be charged for registration for the seminar at the Ramada Inn, 420 SE Sixth St. in Topeka. Call (785) 235-8910 for more information or to make a reservation.

  • The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. will conduct a Regional Technology Conference June 2-3 in Overland Park to help small businesses, inventors and entrepreneurs find capital and build their businesses. Conference topics include federal research grants, state assistance programs, angel financing and venture capital. Speakers from federal and state government and the private sector will provide tips on writing winning proposals and business plans, and how proposals are evaluated. Registration fee is $150 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch for both days. For more information or to register, call (785) 296-5604.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at events scheduled in the Lawrence area along with number of attendees and estimated revenue generated, if available, courtesy Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau:

  • Jayhawk Memorial Baseball Tournament, May 22-25, 450.
  • 7th International Ground Penetrating Radar, May 27-30, 350, $47,511.
  • Principles of Telemanagement, May 30-June 12, 50.
  • All Ford Day (Tanger Outlet Mall), May 31, 200.
  • Sunflower Girls State, June 7-13, 550.
  • Kansas Bankers Assn., June 7-9, 300.

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