Archive for Sunday, March 7, 1999


March 7, 1999


Dan Hegwald recently was named an associate at Wade & Associates Inc., where he has served as a project engineer since 1990. Hegwald is a licensed professional engineer with 13 years of experience in municipal wastewater collection systems. He is overseeing projects in 12 states for the Lawrence consulting engineers firm.

Marti Newell and Carol Seively recently attended a conference, "Horses and Healing: A Conference for Partners in Equine Facilitated Mental Health." Newell and Seively are affiliated with Serenata Farms School of Equestrian Arts Inc. of Big Springs, a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities.

  • Jim Hane has purchased Mobile Locksmith, a company he managed for the past six years. Hane purchased the company from Dave Rueschoff. Before managing Mobile Locksmith, Hane was employed by Rueschoff Locksmiths and Security Systems.

  • Matthew and Christine Russell, Maple Hill, represented Douglas County Farm Bureau at Kansas Farm Bureau's Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Feb. 19-21 in Hutchinson.

Educational workshops and other presentations were designed to help participants develop their leadership skills during the three-day event. It was the 28th year for the conference, which is for farmers and ranchers ages 17-35.

S. Christopher Leaver has joined Reuter Organ Co. as director of public relations. Leaver's duties include assisting with advertising and sales, communicating with company representatives, and advancing the Reuter image.

Leaver had been at William Jewell College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in keyboard performance in 1994 and worked in the music department, fine arts program and office of admissions.

  • Betty Parks, Lawrence, attended USANA U, a three-day training course focusing on leadership. Participants learn about public speaking, how to conduct meetings, use of new technologies and other strategies for home-based businesses.

  • Stanley D. Davis, Lawrence, has joined the Kansas City-based law firm Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. as a partner in the business litigation section. Davis focuses on commercial, regulatory and employment disputes.

From 1993 to 1999, he was a shareholder at Stinson Mag & Fizzell P.C., serving as leader of the commercial litigation practice group. He is a faculty member at the Kansas University School of Law.

  • Todd Brabender of Spread The News Public Relations, Lawrence, will present an online "virtual" seminar this month at the first Virtual Venture Capital Conference in Phoenix. His seminar is "Venture Publicity Means Venture Prosperity."

  • Woodward Publications Inc., Lawrence, announces the addition of three staff members.

Toni Wills has been named editor. She had been a grant writer for the American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri in St. Louis. She is a Kansas University graduate.

Kari Brick and Lynn McCullough have joined as graphic design assistants. Both are responsible for ad design and layout in the graphics department.

Brick had been an executive assistant with Chalk Hill Winery in Santa Rosa, Calif. McCullough recently graduated from KU.

  • The spring issue of Heartland View, a quarterly leisure-travel magazine, will include a feature on Potato Mountain Cafe, 803 Vt.

  • Farmland Industries has announced the appointment of a new director and two new plant managers.

John Prijatel will fill the newly created position of director of ag input engineering. He will oversee the construction and operation of the new petroleum coke gasification project and adjacent nitrogen plant in Coffeyville. Prijatel joined Farmland in 1975 as a staff engineer at the Lawrence nitrogen plant. He has held a number of positions in Farmland's Crop Production department, including plant manager in Dodge City.

Neal Barkley will manage the plant under construction at Farmland's Coffeyville petroleum refinery. Barkley joined Farmland in 1981 as a process engineer at the Lawrence nitrogen plant and was named plant manager in Dodge City in 1995.

Tim Rippe will manage Farmland's nitrogen plant in Dodge City. Rippe has been with the company since 1976 and was named ammonia and area operations superintendent of the Lawrence nitrogen plant in 1991. He has served as interim plant manager at the Fort Dodge plant since 1997.

  • Dr. Lee R. Bittenbender was invited to the Distinguished Dermatologist Speakers Bureau Meeting last month in Miami. Bittenbender, a Lawrence dermatologist, served as a consultant for a program on the use of topical steroid medications and participated in two sessions.

  • Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., a certified development company in Lawrence, has gained approval from the U.S. Small Business Administration to finance 40 percent of the cost of a business expansion and machinery acquisition project in Topeka.

The finance package with Kaw Valley State Bank and Trust of Topeka will help PTMW Inc., a manufacturer of signal housing equipment for railroads. PTMW will use the money to acquire property, build a new facility and purchase new production line machines. More than 40 jobs will be created through the project.

Honors and awards

Robert E. Kerr, CIC, AAI, of Schifman, Remley & Associates, Merriam, was recently recognized for leadership and knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC). Kerr received a certificate marking more than 15 years as a CIC, which requires annual completion of education and training.

  • Berthel Fisher & Company Financial Services Inc. honored three Lawrence brokers at its annual sales convention. Doug Bennett and James "Bo" Holland received the Presidents Council Award and Executive Council Award. Don M. Burman received the Presidents Council Award. All three will attend the company's President's Club Conference in Hilton Head, S.C.

  • Richard Mills has been named arbitrator of the year for the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Kansas. Mills, who has served as an arbitrator since 1983, is the CEO of Westridge Group of Associates Inc. and director of quality assurance for Corrections Partners Inc.

  • Thomas J. Pollard, Lawrence, was honored as a top producing agency in the Farmers Insurance Group. He will attend the Farmers Championship Club in Palm Springs, Calif. The agency was also named a top all-lines agency in the district for 1998.

Coming events

Pilgrim Page Inc., a Lawrence design and marketing firm, will mark its recent move to larger offices at 729 1/2 Mass. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday. An open house will follow the ceremony and run through 5 p.m.

  • The Kansas Department of Human Resources is accepting applications for One-Stop grants to establish career centers throughout the state. The application deadline is noon March 15. For more information or an application, call Deann Tiede at (785) 296-3974, fax her at (785) 296-5112 or contact her via e-mail at

  • Wakarusa Valley Development Inc., a certified development company in Lawrence, will present a workshop and luncheon for commercial lenders Wednesday in Topeka. The workshop will focus on technical and tactical aspects associated with small-business loans for clients in Shawnee and Douglas counties.

For more information, contact Mike O'Donnell, executive director of WVDI, at (785) 832-2205 or send e-mail to him at

The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will offer a seminar, "Help! I Need Employees," from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the 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 some of the conventions, meetings and events scheduled for March, 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.

  • Wednesday-Friday: Ed. Students with Learning Disabilities, 600, $204,966.
  • Thursday-Saturday: G Training Conference, 75, $23,595.
  • Friday-March 14: Lions Club International, 200, $62,922.

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