Archive for Sunday, January 10, 1999


January 10, 1999


Bruce A. Price and Brian R. Mills have joined to form Bruce Price & Associates, a multiline insurance agency in Topeka. Price previously was the general agent for American United Life and is a Topeka resident. Mills had been with Farm Bureau Insurance in Lawrence.

Fred Vance, administrator of Lincoln Center OB-GYN of Lawrence and Topeka, has been named president of the Kansas Medical Group Management Assn. for 1998-99. Jinny Freeman, administrator of Orthopaedic Surgery Associates of Lawrence, was named first vice president.

  • Bennett Griffin of Griffin Technologies LLC has been elected president of the Kansas International Development Assn. Kansas International is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering relationships among Kansas companies and international businesses.

  • William A. Fitzgerald, chairman and chief executive officer of Commercial Federal Bank, has been elected to serve as first vice chairman of America's Community Bankers, the national trade group representing savings and financial institutions. Commercial Federal is an Omaha-based savings and loan with an office in Lawrence. Fitzgerald has been a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.

  • Rich Bailey has been appointed director of development of the Kansas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The Lawrence resident will be in charge of the Topeka-based group's fund-raising efforts, focusing primarily on gift solicitation. The Kansas University graduate has been executive director of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation and worked for the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.

  • Harriet Lange has been selected as 1998 Association Executive of the Year by the Kansas Society of Association Executives. She is president and executive director of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, which is based in Topeka.

  • Advanced Homecare selected Martin Bauer of Ottawa as the winner of a Pride Seat Lift Chair in the company's Christmas drawing. The chair was presented by Advanced Homecare's Terry Bearden.

  • FryeAllen Inc., a Topeka-based advertising and marketing firm, has moved to 3310 SW Harrison in Topeka. The company also announced the incorporation of a new division, FryeAllen Films Inc. The new company is owned by Dana Rulon Frye, Michael Allen, Vince Frye and Jeff Carson.

  • Kenneth Parton of the McDonald's restaurant at 4911 W. Sixth, recently graduated from McDonald's Hamburger University with a bachelor of hamburgerology degree. All McDonald's restaurant managers, franchisees, mid-management and company executives are required to complete the course.

Coming events

Summers, Spencer & Cavanaugh will have a ribbon cutting for their new offices at 11:30 a.m. Friday at 1811 Wakarusa.

  • The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's annual Economic Forecast Luncheon is set for noon Jan. 20 at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome. Kansas University economists Charles Krider and Norman Clifford will speak, as will the chamber's Bill Martin and Judy Billings. To make reservations, call the chamber at (785) 865-4411. The cost is $10 per person.

  • Amarr Garage Doors will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at 3800 Greenway Cir., in the East Hills Business Park. The event will celebrate the company's 10th anniversary in Lawrence and new name. The company was formerly known as The Garage Door Group Inc.

  • Managing Employee Health Care is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Sponsored by the Kansas Employer Coalition on Health Care and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the two-day session is intended for human resources managers, personnel and insurance managers, and others concerned with the provision of employee health benefits.

Costs range from $65 to $130. For more information, call Jim Schwartz at (785) 233-0351.

  • Starting and Managing a Business, a small business seminar sponsored by the KU Small Business Development Center, is set from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce conference room. Presented by KUSBDC Director Randee Brady, the session will cover license and tax information, business plans, loan packages and market research. For more information or to register, call (785) 843-8844, or e-mail Fee for the session is $20.

  • The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. is accepting proposals for grants up to $350,000 for businesses in Kansas that are developing technology under the federal Small Business Innovation Research program. Businesses submitting proposals must have a commercial partner willing to match the state financing. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at the KTEC office, 214 SW Sixth, Topeka. For more information, call KTEC at (785) 296-3686, or visit

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at conventions, meetings and events planned in Lawrence this month, courtesy of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau. Each listing is followed by the number of attendees and revenue generated, if available:

Jan. 23-28: Kansas Recreation and Parks Conference, 300, $31,764.

Jan. 25-28: KU Beach Center, 30, $3,176.

Jan. 26: Kansas State University Family Center, 200, $2,432.

Jan. 30-Feb. 2: Kansas Bed and Breakfast Assn.: 100, $10,588.

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