Archive for Sunday, April 1, 2001

Business briefs

April 1, 2001


Faces and places

President Bush has announced his intention to nominate Kansas University graduate Kenneth Dam as deputy secretary of the treasury.

Dam, who received a bachelor's degree in business from KU in 1954, is a professor of American and foreign law at the University of Chicago Law School. He previously served as corporate vice president for law and external affairs at IBM Corp. and was deputy secretary of state from 1982 to 1985.

The KU Business School gave Dam one of its first honorary distinguished alumni awards in 1998.

Tim Holverson and Cathy Lewis of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce have graduated from the Institute for Organization Management.

Holverson is director of existing business and industry, and Lewis is director of chamber programs.

Participants in the institute's programs build skills for addressing challenges of increased competition, greater member demands and tighter resources. Those completing the program also may earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive or Certified Association Executive designations.

Bill Sepic, president and CEO of the Lawrence chamber, serves as chairman of the Board of Regents for the IOM program in Tucson, Ariz., where Holverson and Lewis recently participated in commencement ceremonies.

Bryan Hedges, of Realty Executives Hedges Real Estate Inc., joined more than 100 other Realty Executives brokers to build a new home for a family during the company's annual convention in New Orleans.

Every year, Realty Executives International associates commit to build or repair a home in the community where their convention is conducted.

This year, Realty Executives International's Homes for the Heart program joined forces with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans to build a home for a single mother and her children.

Realty Executives International created the program in 1998 to involve its agents, brokers, industry partners and customers in building and repairing homes for needy families.

Debra Swearingen has been named vice president, commercial loan officer for Commerce Bank's branch office at Ninth and Iowa streets.

She is responsible for business-construction and new-development lending for the Lawrence and Kansas City-area real estate markets.

Swearingen has 14 years of lending experience. She joined Commerce Bank in December 2000.

Warner Lewis is the new director of marketing for Peoples Inc., 4831 W. Sixth St.

Peoples Inc. is the holding company that oversees Peoples Bank operations located in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Lewis' responsibilities include advertising, marketing and commercial sales training.

He previously was general sales manager for KLWN/KLZR Radio in Lawrence.

Benedictine College in Atchison is accepting applications for its Executive MBA Program, which will be conducted at city hall in Roeland Park.

Benedictine's Executive MBA is an accelerated, one-year program that emphasizes global business, entrepreneurship and technology. Classes meet three weekends a month. The program targets professionals with managerial or entrepreneurial experience.

Classes begin in May. For more information or to enroll, call (800) 467-5340 Ext. 2589, e-mail or click on www.benedictine .edu/emba.

Star Signs & Graphics, Lawrence, has landed two new projects.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is refurbishing its multiuse arena. Star Signs will provide the graphics, fabricated architectural elements and a large entry "sculpture" piece simply titled "The Event." The project is due in October for the start of the university's basketball season.

Star Signs also is working on Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, a new recreation and wellness complex featuring Native American imagery near El Paso, Tex.

Jennifer Turpin has been selected as a group consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

Turpin is responsible for sales and service to groups in Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson and Miami counties. She works from the Lawrence District Marketing office.

Turpin previously worked for the company as external sales enrollment representative in the company's headquarters in Topeka.

David Omar joins Platinum Mortgage Group, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 2111, as senior loan officer. He has 22 years of experience in banking consulting and mortgage banking.

Omar won a Real Estate Service Award from the Greater Lansing (Michigan) Board of Realtors in 1991 for his "First-time Homebuyers" seminar and "If You Can Finance It, You Can Sell It" seminar for Realtors.

Honors and awards

SBC Communications Inc. has been named a national leader in spending with women- and minority-owned businesses by Working Woman magazine.

The magazine's first supplier diversity ranking, to be published in its April issue, recognizes companies that have the best track records for hiring women- and minority-owned businesses.

SBC ranks No. 1 on the list of the Top 30 spenders, based on annual payment of $1.2 billion to minority suppliers in 1999.

SBC also has been named the first recipient of the National Patriot Award by the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises Alliance. The award recognizes one corporation that demonstrates a strong commitment to building partnerships with disabled veteran business enterprises on a national scale.

Among SBC's subsidiaries is Southwestern Bell, which provides local telephone service in Lawrence.

Jimmy Elder, Linwood, has been named a state winner in the 2000 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Assn.

Elder placed first in the state in the A Ridge Till Non-Irrigated class with a yield of 178.6318 bushels per acre. The hybrid planted in the winning field was Pioneer 3335.

He was one of 507 state winners from among 3,552 entrants nationwide. The state winners used 159 different hybrids to produce an average yield of 207.5 bushels per acre, up 1.1 bushels from last year's winning yield average. The high yield was 357.3 bushels per acre, produced by a grower in Manchester, Iowa, who topped the contest for the second year in a row.

Winners were recognized Feb. 26 during the 2001 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

Coming events

A Leadership Education and Development (LEaD) workshop, called "Making Decisions Using Accounting," will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday in the Mosiman Room in Memorial Union on Washburn University's campus in Topeka.

JuliAnn Mazachek, dean of the Washburn University School of Business, will be the facilitator. Participants will learn how to use basic problem-solving models to overcome mistakes. The three models to be discussed are business-segment analysis, break-even analysis and business-problem analysis.

The fee is $95. To register or for more information about LEaD programs, contact Washburn's Division of Continuing Education at (785) 231-1010, Ext. 1399.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces several ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

The Tornado, a standard tabloid with four-color advertising and photos, will make its debut Thursday. The publisher is Catherine Pfeifer. A ceremony will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 700 Mass., Suite 203.

The KU Strategic Learning Center, which provides affordable tutoring services for all ages and academic levels, will have its ceremony at 11:30 a.m. April 11 at 211 E. Eighth St., Suite C. Lisa Walsh is director of the nonprofit organization.

Peoples Financial Center opened March 5 at 4831 W. Sixth St. The center provides financial products and services. It includes Peoples Bank and Peoples Inc., the holding company that oversees Peoples Bank operations in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico. A ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. April 20 at the center. Todd Harris is president for Peoples in Lawrence.

Lawrence Workforce Center, which offers job resources, technology and personal assistance, will have a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. April 25 at 2540 Iowa St., Suite R.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing is preparing to pay tribute to Kansas businesses for contributions to their communities and the state of Kansas during Business Appreciation Month in June.

The department is asking organizations and individuals to nominate businesses in their area for awards. Businesses may be nominated in one of four categories manufacturing, distribution, service or retail. There will be recognition for all nominees and regional winners in each category.

One business will receive the Governor's Award of Excellence, the highest honor given to a business by the state.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Nominations may be submitted online at Forms also are available by calling Kristy Druse at (785) 368-7295 or e-mailing her at

This year's area recognition ceremony will be June 12 at the Kansas Speedway in Wyandotte County.

The Kansas Angus Assn. will sponsor the 15th annual Angus Influence Commercial Female sale.

The sale will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at JC Livestock Company in Junction City.

The sale will feature open and bred heifers as well as young and extra fancy cow-calf pairs. Females will be consigned in minimum lots of five head with all females being six years of age or younger.

Those interested in consigning cattle to the sale may call Gary Johnson at (785) 482-3362.

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