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Archive for Sunday, May 30, 1999

BUSINESS BRIEFS FOR SUNDAY

May 30, 1999

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Faces and places

Jeanine Morton has been promoted to vice president of the trust department at First National Bank of Olathe. The Lawrence resident and Kansas University graduate has been with the bank for 11 years.

  • Zachary Suchara has joined Glenn Livingood Penzler Architects, and will provide design support and construction documentation. He will graduate this August from Kansas University's School of Architecture and Urban Design.

  • Lasergraphics said it added two new employees. Donald Nelson is digital product manager. he has more than 20 years experience in technical sales, project development and design. William Maese is regional account manager. He has more than 17 years technical sales experience.

  • Daniel Ruettimann joined Wolf Photography in Kansas City, Kan., as lead photographer for the studio. He has more than 10 years experience in people, fashion and location photography.

  • Mercantile Bank of Lawrence appointed two senior commercial lending officers. Janice Toebben was named senior vice president, commercial lending. She had been senior vice president, retail banking. With the bank for 12 years, Toebben has served in trust, retail banking and business development. She is a Kansas University graduate. Darwin Bickford joined the bank as vice president, commercial lending. He had held the position at Mercantile Bank of Topeka.

  • Ernie Cummings, Kristi Holmes, Kim Tefft, Joyce Schmid, Dianne Hildibrand and Misty Jones of Kizer-Cummings Jewelers recently attended the Kansas Jewelers of America seminar. The seminars covered stone setting and customer relations.

  • Jeff Quintin was promoted to manager trainee at Dillons Food Store, 3000 W. Sixth. He started with the company in 1988 as a bakery clerk in Topeka, where he had been designated bakery manager back-up.

  • Brandi Dodds has joined Westaff as a full-time employment coordinator. She replaces Missy Van De Voordes, who was promoted to branch supervisor at the Westport Westaff branch.

  • Gary Joyce, a Lawrence optometrist, was named chairman of the consumer relations committee for the Kansas Optometric Assn. for 1999-2000. The appointment was effective after the association's recent convention in Wichita.

  • Robert Brown, a Lawrence orthodontists, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Foundation for Orthodontic Research, an international research organization. The election came at the foundation's annual meeting in Las Vegas.

  • The Kansas University Medical Center said these physicians have joined the medical staff: Delva Deauna-Limayo, assistant professor of medicine, practices at KUMC. She has expertise in solid and bone marrow malignancies, lymphoma and non-malignant hematology. Melissa Mills, clinical assistant professor, is medical director for Shalom Geriatric Center. She specializes in geriatric

  • Patrick Browne was named vice president and general manager at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino in Mayetta. He had been vice president of casino operations at Harrah's St. Louis-Riverport.

  • The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently nominated 22 Kansans for three-year terms on the organization's board. The list included six with Lawrence-area ties. They are: Annette Beck, chairman and president of KG&E in Wichita, is a Baker University graduate. John K. Garvey, chairman, president and chief executive of Petroleum Inc. in Wichita is a Kansas University graduate. Shane Jones, president and chief executive of Ace Personnel in Overland Park is a KU graduate. Gus Rau Meyer, president of Rau Construction in Overland Park is a KU graduate. Scott Shmalberg, president of Scotch Industries Inc. of Lawrence. Karen Schuyler, manager of FMC in Lawrence.

  • Two Lawrence physicians from the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine spoke recently at the Third Annual Big 12 Conference Team Physician Meeting in San Diego. Kenneth Wertzberger spoke on arthroscopic closure of the rotator cuff interval for shoulder instabilities. Jeffrey Randall presented results from a Kansas University study on the effects of Creatine supplementation on exertional compartment syndrome of the lower leg. Both physicians are on staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

  • Bushnell Sports Optics Worldwide in Overland Park announced these promotions: John Mullett was named director of national sales. The Kansas University graduate had been product manager of laser rangefinders and telescopes. Jim Wilson was promoted to assistant product manager of binoculars and spotting scopes. The KU graduate had been a coordinator in the quality assurance lab.

Awards and honors

Tom Pollard, a Lawrence Farmers Insurance agent, was honored by Farmers Insurance for his outstanding marketing record. Only a select number of agents receive the honor. Pollard met with other champion agents at a recent convention.

Coming events

The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present a seminar titled "How to Better Manage Inventories and Cycle Counts" on June 7 in Kansas City, Mo. The all-day seminar will teach participants how to eliminate inventory problems through strategic inventory management. The fee is $165. For more information, or to register, call (800) 653-4333.

  • "How to Meet the Y2K Challenge," a workshop being presented by four Kansas economic development organizations, is set for June 17 in Overland Park. The workshop is designed to help small businesses and farming organizations determine whether Y2K will affect their operations, which computer systems and equipment will be affected, and how to address problems or develop a contingency plan to ensure that work stoppages do not occur. The workshop is from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn - Lenexa, 12601 W. 95th St. The fee is $59. For more information, or to register, call (888) 679-4333.

  • James E. Stowers, founder and chairman of the board of American Century Investments, will speak on Achieving Financial Independence at 6 p.m. June 24 in The Theatre at Johnson County Community College. Tickets are $6, available at the JCCC box office. For more information, call Katharine Katz at (913) 469-2342.

Conventions, meetings

Here's a look at conventions, meetings and events scheduled for June, courtesy of the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau. Each listing is followed by the estimated number of attendees and revenue.

  • Thursday, Friday -- Recent Developments in the Law, 300, $94,383.
  • June 6-9 -- Kansas County Appraisers Assn., 345, $108,540.
  • June 8-12 -- Fraternal Order of Police, 480, $163,973.
  • June 9-11 -- Kansas County and District Attorneys Assn., 145, $49,533.
  • June 10-12 -- Fraternal Order of Eagles, 150, $51,242.
  • June 12-13 -- Lawrence Street Rod Assn., 300 cars, $153,725.
  • June 13-15 -- Kansas Bankers Assn., 240, $81,986.
  • June 24-26 -- Watch Tower, 120, $40,993.
  • June 24-27 -- Psychometric Society, 150, $51,242.
  • June 24-27 -- Al Ice Wooden Bat Tournament, 150, $51,242.
  • June 24-27 -- Henry Lyman Baldwin Family Reunion, 138, $47,142.

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