Archive for Sunday, July 2, 2000

Business Briefs

July 2, 2000


Faces and places

Carol Porter, an attorney with The Law Offices of John M. Knox, Chartered, in Lawrence, recently returned from the American Immigration Lawyers Assn. 2000 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Porter spent four days attending educational sessions and workshops focusing on the developments and issues in immigration and nationality law. Porter is an active member of the association and provides immigration legal services with representation in all actions by or against aliens involving the Immigration and Naturalization Service and in U.S. courts.

Kevin Krumm, Baldwin, has joined Advanced Homecare Services, 2500 W. 31st St. Krumm has six years of experience as a home medical equipment technician.

Krumm's responsibilities include setting up equipment, performing maintenance and repair on equipment, and conducting home patient checks. He previously worked for Med-Equip and Criticare in Lawrence.

Topeka attorney Allan Hazlett was named president of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys at its annual meeting in Perdido Beach, Ala. The academy is an association of attorneys, judges and law professors who practice or have otherwise distinguished themselves in the field of adoption law. Membership is by invitation only.

Hazlett is the son of Emerson and Betty Hazlett, Lawrence.

Lawrence-based A-S-K Associates Inc. announces recent additions to its staff.

Dixie Ravgiala is office manager of the headquarters in Lawrence. Ravgiala previously was facilities manager and assistant to the executive vice president of business development and marketing for PSI's Lawrence branch.

Aimee Martinez is a summer marketing and sales intern in Lawrence. Martinez is a Kansas University student.

Tracey Noll is the manager of A-S-K's Conference Management Group. She is responsible for overseeing the development and operation of conferences, trade shows and meetings across the country. Noll previously worked for Hallmark Cards Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., where she was a trade development strategist.

Rachel Ward transferred from A-S-K's project office at Fort Riley to the Conference Management Group in Lawrence, where she is a logistics coordinator.

Alex Tenuta and Brooke Whelan, both KU students, are summer administrative interns for the Conference Management Group. Both are KU students in the School of Business.

Pricilla Black has joined A-S-K's project office at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a special projects instructor. Black provides computer instruction to civilians working at Fort Carson.

Art Craig works in A-S-K's Information Technology Group as a data warehouse specialist. Craig previously was employed by RiverPoint Consulting in Overland Park, where he performed database management services.

Others who have joined A-S-K's Information Technology Group are Jonathan Dun, Goel Mukesh, Patrick Henderson, Junaid Ahsan and Paul Nichols.

Raymond Rowden, who works for Honeywell in Olathe, has been appointed to the 2000 board of examiners for the Kansas Award for Excellence Foundation.

The Tecumseh-based foundation administers the Kansas Award for Excellence, which recognizes performance excellence among businesses and organizations.

As an examiner, Rowden will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the award. The board has more than 100 representatives selected from industries, governments and professional, trade, educational and health-care organizations.

The Kansas Award for Excellence is a state affiliate for the Malcom Baldridge National Quality Award. For more information call (800) 743-6767 or go to

Bryan White has joined the law firm of Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP, of Kansas City, Mo., as counsel practicing in the firm's labor and employment group. White counsels clients in termination procedures, drug testing, sexual harassment investigations and regulatory compliance. His practice also focuses on employment defense litigation.

White earned his bachelor's and law degrees at Kansas University. He also played football at KU.

Gov. Bill Graves has appointed members to the Enhanced 911 Task Force, formed to develop a strategy for financing and deploying wireless emergency telephone services. The task force will advise the Kansas Legislature about issues relating to wireless 911 service, regulatory oversight and financing of emergency communication services.

Lawrence resident Nelson Krueger of Western Wireless is task force chair. Lawrence resident David Rosenthal, who is a member of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, also will serve on the task force.

Other members appointed to the task force from the region are: Susan Sherwood, Fairway; Roger Bales, Frank Balestrere, Don Brownlee, David Lake and Dan Myers, Topeka; R. Keith Faddis, Overland Park; and Lisa Durand, Johnson County.

Deborah Gatz will represent Kansas at the American Nurses Assn.'s annual House of Delegates meeting in Indianapolis. Gatz and her fellow delegates will address issues such as the future of Medicare, examining the nursing work force, medication waste in long-term care facilities and engineering controls to prevent needle-stick injuries in the workplace. Gatz is manager of clinical systems implementations at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She received her master's degree from Kansas University.

Ann Merkel, owner of Sundance Ranch in rural Lawrence, attended the National American Emu Assn.'s symposium in Rochester, Minn. The symposium was dedicated to moving the emu industry forward through research and public awareness.

Emus are large, flightless birds native to Australia. For more information click on AEA's Web site, or call Merkel at 865-1497.

Honors and awards

KC150, the Kansas City area sesquicentennial project, last month received the 2000 Institution/Agency Regional Leadership Award during the Mid-America Regional Council's annual Regional Assembly. The award recognizes leadership in the following areas: advocating regional concepts, advancing the vision of the region as a community of excellence, addressing regional challenges, and achieving improved quality of life and equitable opportunity for the region's residents.

The celebration will continue until the end of the year. For more information about project or event registration, visit the KC150 Web site at or call (816) 374-5400.

Helen Benefiel won first place in the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Assn.'s annual cake-decorating challenge in Anaheim, Calif. She has worked five years in the bakery department at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth Street. More than 60 contestants entered the cake-decorating contest. Their work was judged on artistic and technical quality, creativity and appearance.

Two Lawrence auto repair shops have been accepted by AAA Kansas as Approved Auto Repair facilities: Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics Inc., 2858 Four Wheel Drive; and Westside 66 and Carwash, 2815 W. Sixth St. Danny Fox owns Lawrence Automotive Diagnostics, and Richard Haig owns Westside 66.

AAA's Approved Auto Repair program requires facilities to offer a range of service and repairs, have a reputation for good customer service, have a clean appearance, employ certified technicians and meet standards for equipment.

Community Mercantile Co-op, Lawrence, won a national 2000 Energy Star for Small Business Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes small businesses that effectively reduce operating costs by increasing their energy efficiency.

Andy Lewis of Community Mercantile replaced an old heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit and an old refrigeration unit with new, efficient models. He also replaced the store's old lighting with new compact fluorescent lamps and installed new window screens to reduce cooling costs.

Combined with other work, the grocery store reduced energy costs by about $10,000 a year.

Businesses were judged on the number of energy-efficient upgrades made, cost savings per square foot, creativity and innovation.

Coming events

Hume Music is having a piano open house from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 14-15 in The Malls Shopping Center, 711 W. 23rd St.

A small business financing roundtable is being offered from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 11 at Kaw Area Technical School, 5724 S.W. Huntoon St., Topeka.

The roundtable aims to help anyone interested in starting or expanding a business. The cost is $25 at the door or $20 for those preregistered. To preregister, call (785) 231-1010, Ext. 1305, or send an e-mail to

The roundtable is being sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Washburn University and Kaw Area Technical School.

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