Archive for Sunday, November 12, 2000

Faces and Places

November 12, 2000


Jenny Land, Misty Price and Zac Broughton have joined Topeka-based SS&C; Business & Tax Services Inc. in the accounting services department.

Land works in the firm's Lawrence office. She earned a bachelor's degree from Kansas University. Price and Broughton work in the company's Topeka office, and they graduated from Washburn University.

SS&C; serves clients in banking, insurance, construction and service industries.

Cyndi Marble of Images Salon & Day Spa, Lawrence, recently attended the Redken Exchange in New York City. The Redken Exchange is an advanced educational center for salon professionals. During the three-day session, Marble learned the latest trends in hair design and color techniques including custom formulating, color placement and corrective color.

Justin Gilpin is the new project coordinator for the Kansas Wheat Commission. His responsibilities include being the primary contact for international trade teams, international grain program short courses and other groups that are hosted by the commission. Gilpin also will represent the commission at industry events.

He previously worked for grain handling equipment manufacturers as both a regional manager and designer.

Debbie Feitz, Tyler Rea and Shannon Bensouda have joined Lawrence-based Prosoco.

Feitz, of Ottawa, is a customer care department representative. She previously worked for Industrial Systems Associates in Lawrence. Rea has begun duties as a graphic arts technician in the marketing department. Bensouda, a Baker University graduate, previously worked for Martin Logan Ltd. in Lawrence.

Prosoco is a national manufacturer of products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete, brick and natural stone.

William Sampson, Lawrence, has been elected second vice president of the Defense Research Institute, the nation's largest association of civil litigation defense lawyers.

He is a partner with the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Overland Park. Sampson specializes in the defense of complex commercial litigation and is slated to become the Defense Research Institute president in October 2003.

He is a member of several bar associations including the Kansas Bar Assn. and the Douglas County Bar Assn. Sampson earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from Kansas University.

Chris Stucky, Lawrence, has joined Darryl Graves, a professional law corporation in Lawrence.

Stucky's practice consists of real estate law, wills and trusts, domestic relations, criminal defense and general civil trial work. He graduated from Kansas University in 1996 with a degree in business administration. He earned a law degree in 1999 from the Kansas University School of Law.

Mary Barnett recently opened A Pigment of Your Imagination at 922 E. 1100 Road in Douglas County.

Barnett specializes in various methods of faux finishings for interior decoration of homes and offices. Faux finishes include painting techniques such as color washing, sponging, striping and rag rolling as alternatives to wallpapering or monochrome painting. She will show samples on request.

Honors and awards

Lawrence-based Griffin Technologies has been named to Deloitte & Touche's prestigious Fast 50 Program for the Kansas and Western Missouri region.

The program is a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area. The rankings are based on the percentage of growth in revenues during 1995-1999. Griffin Technologies received a 37th place ranking. It had an increase in revenues of 71 percent during the five-year period.

The company, located at 916 Mass., is a software development company that specializes in the field of information security.

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Mike McGrew, Lawrence, recently was named Kansas Realtor of the Year. McGrew is a broker and vice chairman of the board at Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate, 1501 Kasold Drive.

He was nominated for the award by the Lawrence Board of Realtors and the Topeka Board of Realtors. He is a graduate of Kansas University.

Joan Lewerenz, Topeka, recently was selected the 2001 American Business Woman of the American Business Women's Assn.

She was selected for her career and philanthropic achievements as well as her ability to demonstrate how her involvement in the association has contributed directly to significant career achievement.

Lewerenz has served as an advisor regarding the policies that affect women and children. Her position as public administrator for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has led her to become part of a national advisory group of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Coming events

The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present a seminar called "How To Design and Implement Cellular Flow Manufacturing" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 1575 N. Universal Ave. Suite 130 in Kansas City, Mo.

The seminar will teach participants how to use cellular manufacturing to streamline their organization's work flow. Participants will learn how to use work cells to achieve improvements in productivity, quality, response time and inventory control.

The fee is $195 for a single registration and $176 each for groups of three or more. Lunch will be provided. To register in advance, call (888) 649-4333.

Kansas Farm Bureau's annual meeting will be Nov. 17-18 at the Hyatt and Century II Convention Center in Wichita.

The featured speaker will be Bill Kurtis, former Kansas broadcaster and host of several A&E; programs. The main focus of the meeting is to develop and approve policy positions for the upcoming year.

The organization will honor members who have had their farms or ranches in their families for more than 100 years. The following area members will be honored: Marcella Anderson, Norman Leary, William Meairs Jr., Evelyn Johnston and Everett Nottingham, Lawrence; Fred Clark, Harold Jehle and Charlene Pohl, Baldwin; Geraldine Coffman and Charles Fawl, Overbrook; William Lothholz, Eudora; and A.K. Winter, Lecompton.

Other events include a KFB Foundation barbecue, mini conferences, Make It With Wool state contest, public style revue and silent auction.

To make a reservation, call Debbie Hargrave at (785) 587-6000 or e-mail

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