Archive for Sunday, April 8, 2001

Business Briefs

April 8, 2001


Faces and places

Ann Hammond has joined Coordinated Systems & Supplies as a sales service assistant.

She previously worked for Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Kreider Rehabilitation Center.

Coordinated Systems & Supplies is a manufacturer and distributor of printed materials, business forms and custom-printed promotional products. Offices are at 932 Mass., Suite 308.

Kansas City, Mo.-based has added John Pendergast and Doug Worley to its management team.

Pendergast, chief financial officer, previously was CFO at eFunds Corp.

Worley, chief technology officer, previously was chief information officer for Cyberswap Inc. is an online marketplace for independent specialty retailers in the gift, garden and home-decorative accessories industries. It is owned and operated by MIX Inc., which was formed by Hallmark Cards Inc. last year.

For more information about click on or call (877) 968-7649.

Peoples Mortgage Corp., a division of Peoples Inc., has hired Connie Daniels as a residential mortgage loan specialist.

Daniels handles mortgage loan responsibilities at Peoples, 23rd and Harper streets.

She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial industry in Lawrence.

Connex International, Danbury, Conn., recently announced several appointments at its Lawrence office.

They are Chris Boulton, Matthew Buff, Zach Fee, Michael Gaughan, Blake Macy, Jared Moeder, Adriane Peterson, Shannon Raymer, Kyra Rouser, Jason Thompson, Joshua Welch and Mary Wegenroth, operations; Ashlei Reeder, Jeff Toohey and Kelli Wright, registrations; and Chau Trinh, training consultant.

To improve service for its key industries, Connex created teams to represent each industry.

The team approach is intended to provide clients with coordinators dedicated to their specific conferencing needs.

Lawrence employees promoted to teams are Matt Sloyer and Leo Hawkins, high-tech; Jennifer Palmer and Carl Davis, medical marketing; and Kyle Kreighbaum and Shawn Boyd, financial.

The Lawrence office, 947 Mass., has 50 employees and is the primary operations unit of Connex.

It provides audio, video and Internet conferencing services.

Andrew Ramirez, Lawrence, has joined Lathrop & Gage's Overland Park office, concentrating his practice in health care and corporate law.

Ramirez previously was a partner at Stevens and Brand in Lawrence.

He serves on the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, where he assists in the writing of new zoning and subdivision regulations for the city of Lawrence and Douglas County.

Sprint announces that Antonio 'Tony' Castanon has joined Sprint PCS as senior vice president of customer management.

Before joining Sprint PCS, Castanon worked as head of national customer operations for Aetna USHealthcare.

CEK Insurance, Lawrence, announces several additions to its team of independent agents.

Tom Karasek specializes in home, auto, life and business insurance, as well as financial services. He previously was an account executive at The World Company.

Fran Lantz specializes in personal and business insurance, financial services and retirement planning. She returned to the company after four years as manager of private client services for Marsh USA.

Tracy Cullers operates the expanded employee benefits division and focuses on group health, life, disability and retirement plans. She previously worked with Rogers Benefit Group.

John Dudley focuses on personal insurance, business insurance and financial services. He has 33 years of experience, previously working with Allstate and Prudential Insurance.

CEK provides services for more than 3,000 businesses and more than 8,000 individuals and families in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.

Deanne Schurer has joined Douglas County Bank as managing officer of its Orchards location, 15th Street and Kasold Drive.

She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bank and developing business in the Lawrence market. She has 12 years of banking experience.

Commercial Federal Bank has named Lisa Klinkefus as regional manager.

Klinkefus, also a vice president, oversees the bank's Kansas City region, which has 22 branch locations including one in Lawrence.

She has served as a branch manager since 1993. She previously worked for AmerUs Bank, then joined Commercial Federal when the company acquired AmerUs in 1998.

Honors and awards

Nancy Kuehler, Lawrence, has been named Rural Water Business Manager of the Year by the Kansas Rural Water Assn.

Kuehler leads Douglas County Rural Water District No. 1, a 450-customer system west of Lawrence. The district only has one other employee. She has worked for the district for 10 years.

Kuehler received the award during the association's annual conference March 27-29 in Wichita.

Also during the conference, Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 13 received a first-place honor for having the "best tasting water in Kansas."

Mark Roberts, Lawrence, recently was honored during a national sales and education conference sponsored by Aid Association for Lutherans.

Roberts qualified for the President's Cabinet, in recognition of outstanding business performance in 2000. He also was honored for his support of AAL local volunteer groups.

Roberts is a district representative with Mike Mickelson and Associates, Independence, Mo. He serves Lutherans in Lawrence and other area communities. He has been with the field staff for four years and has been honored by the organization every year for outstanding sales and service to AAL members.

AAL, a Fortune 500 organization based in Appleton, Wis., is a fraternal benefit society with 1.8 million members who join together for insurance, educational and volunteer opportunities.

Coming events

The North Midcontinent Petroleum Technology Transfer Council in Lawrence is sponsoring a workshop called "Optimized Exploitation and Horizontal Well Technologies for Independent Operators," May 9-10 in Wichita.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 9 and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 10.

It will provide an overview of the application capabilities and limitations of modern exploitation technologies with a primary focus on horizontal well design and application. The focus will be on marginal settings and the misconceptions held by independent operators in respect to the applicability, cost, technical risk and challenges inherent in applying these technologies.

The cost is $100, which covers course materials, lunch, refreshments and social reception. Pre-registration is encouraged. An open registration will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. May 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 W. Waterman, where the workshop will be conducted.

For more information or to make reservations call 864-7398 or e-mail

The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present a seminar, "How to Better Manage Inventories and Cycle Counts," on Friday, April 20, in Kansas City, Mo.

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its Kansas City office, 1575 N. Universal Ave., Suite 130, Lakeside Plaza I.

The seminar will show participants how to eliminate shortages, write-offs and other costly blunders.

MAMTC also is sponsoring another seminar, "How to Perform Value Stream Mapping to Identify and Eliminate Waste," Wednesday, April 25, in Lenexa.

The seminar will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Chesterfield Enterprise Center, 743 Spirit 40 Park Drive.

The seminar will show attendees how to uncover hidden waste and eliminate its sources through value stream mapping.

The cost for each seminar, which includes lunch, is $195 for a single registration and $176 each for members of groups of three or more persons.

To register in advance call (888) 649-4333.

Kansas State University is sponsoring an Agricultural Credit Conference on Thursday and Friday at the Holiday Inn in Manhattan.

Participants will be able to learn about how technology will continue to force changes in the agricultural sector, and how to spot key economic signals and prepare strategies to cope with the changing economic environment.

For registration information, call the KSU Division of Continuing Education conference registration office at (785) 532-5569 or (800) 432-8222.

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