Archive for Sunday, October 1, 2000

Business Briefs

October 1, 2000


Faces and places

Patricia Stucky is the new adult services director at Bert Nash Center.

Stucky has more than 25 years of experience in human services, most recently at Shawnee Community Mental Health Center in Topeka.

Stucky is a social welfare graduate of Kansas University.

Annette Bratschie is the newest staff member at Conner & Associates, a Farmers Insurance Agency with offices at 3320 Clinton Parkway Court. Bratschie, who is licensed to sell insurance in Kansas, has worked in the insurance field for 20 years in Lawrence.

John Dudley of CEK Insurance, Lawrence, has earned designation as a certified senior adviser after completing a course Sept. 1 on priority senior issues, conducted by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

The society is a national organization with more than 2,500 members in 43 states.

Wayne McDaniel, a certified financial planner and president of McDaniel & McDaniel Financial Services, attended the recent National IRA Boot Camp, sponsored by Retirement Distribution Strategies Inc.

The conference focused on IRA distribution requirements related to retirement income and estate tax planning.

The conference featured several nationally recognized IRA experts, and included sessions involving Roth IRAs, multigeneration IRAs, disclaimers, charitable trusts, credit and other trusts.

Michele Dunn has been promoted to director of retail for Sprint PCS Missouri/ Kansas.

Dunn now oversees Sprint PCS centers in both states, including stores in Topeka and the Kansas City area.

She joined Sprint PCS in 1996 as a district director in St. Louis, and has been in the telecommunications industry since 1985, when she started with MCI.

Deborah Kurtz has joined CornerBank, Lawrence, as assistant vice president.

With more than 21 years of banking experience including 11 formerly in Lawrence Kurtz handles consumer loans, deposits and real estate loans at the bank's branch southwest of Clinton Parkway and Wakarusa Drive.

The Kansas City Board of Trade recently announced promotions for two of its staff members.

Sheila Summers directs marketing, education and public relations as vice president for marketing. The Kansas University graduate joined the exchange from Vance Publishing Corp. in 1996 as electronic information editor, and had been promoted to assistant vice president for marketing in January.

Deborah Bollman assists Summers as assistant vice president for marketing. She joined the staff in 1996, became a marketing assistant in 1997 and was named KCBT Review editor last year.

The promotions came following the resignation of Candice Bowman, a KU graduate who left the exchange to become marketing director for AgriClick, an Internet community for agribusiness.

Bill Fair, of Bill Fair and Co., Lecompton, recently completed a one-day seminar, "Trends in Construction Industry Consolidation," given by the Del Webb School of Construction in Phoenix.

Darlene Mountain is a new retail banker for Commercial Federal Bank in Lawrence.

Mountain, a Lawrence native, had been head teller. She has more than 28 years of banking experience in the Lawrence area.

Commercial Federal's branch is located at 4114 W. Sixth Street.

Jan Kuyper-Erland, program developer of "The Bridge To Achievement," Mem-ExSpan Inc., recently attended the American Society for Training and Development's TechKnowledge conference in Indianapolis. The conference focused on distance and Internet learning development.

"The Bridge To Achievement" aims to improve adult and student information processing and can be accessed on the Mem-ExSpan Web site,

Pam Mohler is the manager of Zercher Photo's new Kodak Image Center southeast of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

The new location features a portrait studio and one-hour photofinishing lab on the premises.

Mohler, a Lawrence resident for the past 11 years, has more than eight years of experience in the photofinishing and portrait photography business. She has been training with Zercher Photo since April 1999, and has received certification from the Noritsu America training center.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 842-8148.

James Otten, Lawrence, returned Sept. 22 from a week at The Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education in Key Biscayne, Fla., where he is a visiting faculty member. Dr. Otten facilitated a week-long interactive class designed for general dentists wishing to achieve excellence in restorative planning.

The institute's courses of study are recognized by the Academy of General Dentistry and attract students from throughout the world.

Honors and awards

Commerce Bank & Trust is one of two national winners of the 2000 Better Business Bureau National Torch Award for marketplace ethics.

Receiving the award for the financial company was Emery Fager, Commerce's chairman, and Duane Fager, its president. The award was presented during the National Assembly of the Council of Better Business Bureaus last week in Puerto Rico.

As noted in the award citation, Commerce was recognized: "For making complete basic banking services affordable and accessible for all; for its uncompromising commitment to small business; for playing a critical role in helping to fund civic projects and to spur economic development; and for an unblemished history of fair and honest business practices dating back 40 years."

In February, Commerce received the regional torch award from the Northeast Kansas Better Business Bureau.

Commerce has several locations in Lawrence.

Cheryl Bradshaw, head manager for McDonald's, 901 W. 23rd, recently was named an Outstanding Store Manager for 1999 by McDonald's Corp.

She received the award her during an annual convention for restaurant managers in Las Vegas.

Bradshaw has been working for McDonald's for 16 years, including the past five in the restaurant on 23rd Street.

To win the award, a restaurant's operations must meet consistent levels of quality, service and cleanliness. A manager also must exemplify leadership, produce sales increases, reduce employee turnover and meet organizational goals.

McDonald's restaurants in Lawrence are owned by Tom Dobski and Marilyn Dobski.

CIGNA HealthCare of Kansas/Missouri has received commendable accreditation for its commercial products from the Committee for Quality Assurance.

The committee an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. evaluated how CIGNA manages all parts of its delivery systems, including physicians, hospitals, other providers and administrative services.

CIGNA was reviewed in five categories of health care management: access and service; qualified providers; staying healthy; getting better; and living with illness.

CIGNA's regional operation serves nearly 100,000 members in Kansas and Missouri, including members in Lawrence and Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth and Shawnee counties.

Three Sprint employees have been named to the list of "Women Who Make a Difference" by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine, a national publication for engineers and technology professionals.

The three honored in the magazine's fall issue: Kimberly Bruce, manager of Sprint's National Carrier Service Center; Betty Oliver-Montgomery, a business specialist; and Edith Price, a senior process analyst.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has named U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts as Guardians of Small Business for their voting records on behalf of owners of small businesses.

The NFIB commended the senators for "taking a stand" for small businesses. The NFIB checked votes on a dozen "key" small-business issues ranging from health care to regulatory relief and tax-relief measures and found that the senators sided with the NFIB each time.

Dr. Neal Lintecum, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine in Lawrence, has been awarded a fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). He will be inducted during a ceremony at the AAOS annual meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. Lintecum, who is in practice at Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery, also is on staff at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Overbrook's "Sante Fe Train Silhouettes" have been recognized as the winner of a Star Merit Award from the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing.

The award is part of the department's PRIDE program, which recognize projects that meet an identified need, enhance the quality of life and further the community development process.

Sixty-three Kansas communities currently participate in PRIDE.

For more information, contact Beverly Wilhelm with at (785) 296-3485 or Stan McAdoo with K-State Research and Extension at (785) 532-5840.

Coming events

The Kansas University Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a seminar, "What You Need to Know about Buying or Selling a Business" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at 734 Vt.

The seminar will be presented by Jean Zimmerman of JKW group, a business broker and consultant for business transfers.

For more information, call the center at 843-8844.

Eagle Software, Computer Associates, Legato and Spectra Logic will sponsor a free seminar to discuss new technology in automated backup solutions for computer networks.

The seminar, "Integrating Effective Automated Backups," is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17, at the Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf.

This seminar is designed for computer system managers and will cover topics including current options and future trends in automated backup devices, backup software solutions, network backups, performance capacity and job management.

The seminar also will offer hands-on training with backup hardware and software solutions. Technical experts from the sponsoring companies will be available to discuss integration and operation of automated backups.

For more information or to register, contact Eagle Software at (800) 477-5432 or visit its Web site at

The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center, a not-for-profit organization designed to help small and mid-sized manufacturers improve their competitiveness, will present a seminar, "How to Perform Value Steam Mapping to Identify and Eliminate Waste," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24, at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, Building 3, 9875 Widner Road, Lenexa; and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 31, at MAMTC's office, 1575 N. Universal Ave., Suite 130, Lakeside Plaza I, Kansas City.

Among the topics to be covered: the basics of what to map, where to begin and how to do it; the fundamentals of drawing current-state and future-state maps; how to define your unique value streams; and selecting a value steam manager who makes change happen.

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.

Karmel Mangan of Spirit Whispers will offer a free demonstration of angelic healing work from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 at I Live Well Movement and Wellness Center, 1201 Wakarusa Drive, Suite C-2.

Mangan's subtle energy technique is intended to release deeply held blockages in the human energy field and allow divine transformation of body, mind and spirit.

Registration is required as seating is limited. Call 840-9829 to register.

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