Archive for Sunday, February 21, 1999


February 21, 1999


Brandy L. Sutton of Pendleton & Sutton, Attorneys at Law, LLC, of Lawrence, has obtained membership in the Commercial Law League of America.

Mammography services at Cotton-O'Neil Clinic-Wakarusa Drive received a three-year accreditation by the Food and Drug Administration and the American College of Radiology. Equipment is evaluated for image quality and radiation exposure, technologist and physicist quality, medical records and mammography reports management, and personnel qualifications.

Jeffrey J. Frye, a district representative in Lawrence, recently earned membership in Lutheran Brotherhood's 1998 Leaders' Club. Fry is affiliated with Lutheran Brotherhood's Fran Szarejko Agency in Leawood.

Representatives qualify for Leaders' Club membership based on sales of insurance and investment products.

  • Steve Edmonds has attained the goal of the Piper Jaffray Inc. President's Council, which represents about 8 percent of Piper Jaffray investment executives nationwide. Edmonds is an investment executive with the Lawrence office of Piper Jaffray.

  • Top Care Inc., a commercial lawn and landscape company, recently established operations in the Kansas City metro area. Top Care will offer landscape maintenance, irrigation design and installation, and lawn and tree application for commercial and residential customers.

  • Art Campbell of Campbell Sod in Rossville was one of nearly 600 turfgrass sod producers who attendined the Turfgrass Producers International Midwinter Conference in Tampa, Fla. The three-day education program focused on how producers can create more effective family, customer and supplier teams.

  • WorldTravel Partners-BTI Americas has named Frank Dinovo Jr. executive vice president of its Global Travel Service Center in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Bradley R. Johnson has been named vice president and commercial lending manager at Commerce Bank, Lawrence. He will oversee the commercial loan portfolio and business development and will provide service to current commercial lending customers. Johnson, who has 10 years of commercial lending experience, previously was with Mercantile Bank in Lawrence.

  • Corey Sievers recently joined Blue Heron Home Furnishings as sales manager. Sievers had been sales manager at Arizona Trading Co.

  • Cecilia Riegel has joined Callahan Creek as account supervisor. She brings more than 19 years of advertising and marketing experience to the Topeka-based advertising agency. Riegel had been an account supervisor at Harmon Smith Inc. Advertising in Kansas City.

  • John Hellman was recently named health care administrator at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He will oversee operations of the manor's 60-bed skilled health care unit. Hellman, a Kansas State University graduate, had been administrator at Highland Manor in McPherson.

Awards and honors

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America marketing and creative services team received an AMBIT Award from the Kansas City Direct Marketing Assn. The award honors the team's not-for-profit direct mail campaign for the GCSAA's International Golf Course Conference and Show in Anaheim, Calif. Staff members who worked on the campaign include Krista Wagner, Lisa Slavin and Rebecca Spriggs.

GCSAA also was honored by the Communication Section of the American Society of Association Executives. Newsline, its monthly newsletter, received a certificate of achievement. Contributing staff members are Angela Nitz and Lori Seaberg. GCSAA's 1997-98 Opportunity Kit earned a certificate of achievement. Contributors are Wagner, Seaberg, Spriggs and Terri Gibbs.

Ross Beach of Lawrence has been selected 1999 contemporary business leader of the Kansas Business Hall of Fame. Beach is president of Kansas Natural Gas Inc. and chairman of the board of Douglas County Bank, and also has been involved in the ranching, radio, television and cable industries.

The Kansas Business Hall of Fame, located in the School of Business at Emporia State University, was established in 1987.

Thirty-six employees of McDonald's in Lawrence were recently honored at the Dobski & Associates Outstanding Crew and Service Recognition Dinner.

Kirk Douglas, Bill James, Shelie Kasper, Janet Thornhill and J.D. Wells received five-year service awards. Kathy Donner received a 10-year service award, and Sissy Weber received a 15-year service award.

Marty Kennedy, general manager of Kennedy Glass Inc., has been elected director of Associated General Contractors of Kansas Inc. The association represents more than 275 general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the state.

Coming events

Professional Women of the Chamber presents part two of "Recruiting and Retaining Quality Employees in a Tight Labor Market" from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Lawrence Holidome. Presenters are Evelyn Senecal of American Express Financial, Dee Bisel of Minuteman Press and Lynn Duncan of E&E; Display Group. For more information, call 865-4411.

  • Robert "Rocky" Spane, president and CEO of Vanguard Airlines, will speak at a one-day leadership conference sponsored by the Rockhurst Executive Fellows and Kansas University. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. To register or for more information, call Marian Nigro at (816) 501-4091.

  • Kansas International offers a breakfast seminar on the international marketplace from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Feb. 26 at Alvamar Country Club. The seminar fee is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Call KI at (785) 841-4685 for more information.

  • The Kansas Cattlemen's Assn. will have a informational and membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Supreme Court Room of the State Capitol in Topeka. For more information, call (877) 694-2906.

  • The Kansas University Small Business Development Center offers "21 Ways to Market Your Business" from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Conference Room. There is a $20 fee for the seminar. For more information or to register, call (785) 843-8844.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at conventions, meetings and events scheduled for February, courtesy of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau. Each listing is followed by the number of attendees and estimated revenues, if available:

  • Feb. 24: Masonry Design Conference, 50, $7,865.
  • Feb. 26: Topeka Bible Church, 80, $12,584.
  • Feb. 27-March 1: New York City Opera, 135, $42,472.

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