Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999


September 19, 1999


Faces and places

Lucas Broers has been promoted to assistant parts manager at Laird Noller Automotive, 23rd and Alabama. The Eudora resident, who joined Laird Noller in 1993 as a parts delivery driver, spends much of his free time tinkering with his collection of Ford Mustangs.

  • John McKenna, who has a master of business administration degree from Baker University, has been promoted to local sales manager for KSHB-NBC 41 in Kansas City, Mo. He had been national sales manager since November 1995, and has been with the station since 1984, when he started as a floor director.

  • FirstBank, 2710 Iowa, announces two staff changes. Brian McFall, an employee of the bank since 1990, is now vice president and director of mortgage lending for eastern Kansas. Rob Wilson is mortgage loan officer, having previously worked for FirstBank in consumer lending for three years.

  • Kevin McCarthy, an associate professor of business and economics at Baker University, spent two weeks this summer at Foote, Cone & Belding, a Chicago advertising firm. There he learned about account planning and management; printing; media planning and buying; and creative services for some of the agency's clients, including Gatorade and several Internet-related businesses. The visiting program was sponsored by the Advertising Education Foundation. McCarthy has taught at Baker since 1993.

  • J. Schafer is the new news director for KANU-FM, Kansas University's public radio station. He also will serve as managing editor for Kansas Public Radio, a consortium of four stations in Kansas that shares news and information over the Internet. Schafer has spent five years at KANU, as a reporter, producer and local host for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program. He previously worked as an assignment editor for KSNT, a Topeka television station, before joining KANU in early 1995.

  • Nancy A. Tychsen is the new Kansas market manager for Bank of America Premier Banking, which offers client-management expertise for professional and executive customers who have relationships with more than one bank. From her Wichita office, Tychsen manages a staff of three client managers and five sales-support associates. She had been a private bank relationship manager. Bank of America has 72 banks in Kansas.

Awards and honors

Sunflower Cablevision took top honors this year in the Mid-America Cable Telecommunications Assn.'s MIDI Awards competition, winning the following awards for systems with fewer than 35,000 subscribers: first place, marketing and promotion; first place, community programming-series, which includes 6News and all local-origination shows; second place, community programming-program, for "Fearless Football Forecasters"; first place, advertising, for "Doggy Truckin'," Bone Appetit; and second place, advertising, for "Spy," Lawrence Journal-World.

The awards will be presented Oct. 13 during the Mid-America Cable Telecommunications Show in Overland Park.

Coming events

The Lawrence Womens Network will meet at noon Thursday at Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass. Charlene Droste, physicians liaison for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, will discuss her role with the hospital and the hospital's ongoing activities. Guests are welcome. For more information, contact Mary Jones, 766-3023.

  • The Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will conduct its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion, 3408 W. Sixth St. A networking period begins at 6:30 p.m. Shelly Diehl, of the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, will discuss the importance of education in today's society. Other scheduled speakers: Ann Mah, a candidate for vice president for District III; and Barbara Starr, who will give the meeting's vocational talk. For more information, contact Valerie Kampfer, 842-0301.

  • Kansas University students are invited to attend the 17th annual Business Career Fair from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas Union. Students will be able to meet prospective employers and receive career information. The fair is sponsored by KU's School of Business Career Services Center. For more information, drop by the center at 125 Summerfield Hall or call 864-5591.

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for its annual Small Business Awards, to be presented during National Small Business Week 2000. The awards are given each year to outstanding entrepreneurs and dedicated advocates who have used their professional skills and talents to increase opportunities for small businesses in Kansas and Missouri. Entrepreneur categories: Small Business Person of the Year, Young Entrepreneur, Small Business Exporter, Entrepreneurial Success and Welfare-to-Work. Advocate categories: Financial Services, Media, Minority Small Business, Women in Business, Veteran's and Accountant. Local winners go on to state competition, and those winners move on to a national competition. For more information, contact Barbara Caldwell at (816) 374-6760, ext. 244.

  • Ribbon cuttings: One of a Kind Daycare, 4640 W. 27th, 11 a.m. Tuesday; Peridian Group, 500 Rockledge, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

  • The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC) will present a seminar, "Fundamentals of ISO 9000 Implementation," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at MAMTC's Kansas City office, 1575 N. Universal Ave., Suite 130, Lakeside Plaza I. Curt Lopez, senior project director at MAMTC, will teach the seminar. To register in advance, call (888) 653-4333.

  • The Kansas Non Profit Assn. will conduct a Leadership Forum from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kansas Museum of History, 6425 W. Sixth in Topeka. The forum's presentations -- geared toward executive directors, managers, development directors and board members for nonprofit agencies -- will cover proposal budgets, fund-raising and the use of multiple income sources. To register to get more information, call (785) 266-6886.

  • The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will conduct a seminar, "How to Start and Manage Your Own Business," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt. To register or get more information, call 843-8844. Other seminars in the works: 1999 Employer Institute, Oct. 12, Holiday Inn Holidome, 200 McDonald; How to Get a Microloan, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt. Training for QuickBooks Pro99 will be offered Thursday in Kansas City, Kan.; call (913) 371-6007 for more information.

  • Students are invited to attend next month's 50th Annual Midwest Roofing Contractors Assn. Convention and Trade Show, Oct. 28-29 at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Mo. A valid student ID is all that is necessary to gain admittance, and sit in on educational programs and the trade show floor. For more information, call (800) 708-6459 or visit the organization's web site,

  • The Kansas Society of CPAs is sponsoring two events next month. The 1999 Conference for Accounting Professionals in Commerce & Industry is Oct. 7 at the Airport Hilton in Wichita. The Accounting Department of the Future, a workshop conducted by Ed Costner of Virtual Consulting Inc., is set for Oct. 8. For more information, check out the organization's web site at

  • The deadline for entries for the Governor's New Product Award, sponsored by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, is Nov. 3. Any new product, machine, process or material developed in Kansas is eligible, as long as it was introduced on the market between Sept. 1, 1994, and Sept. 1, 1998. Judging criteria: economic contribution to Kansas; ingenuity using engineering principles and materials; improved function, ease and savings in use; and percentage of research and development done in Kansas. For more information, call the society at (785) 233-2121.

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