Archive for Sunday, April 22, 2001


April 22, 2001


Faces and places

Rob Hulse, of Stephens Real Estate, recently became a candidate member of the Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He is pursuing the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation granted by CIREI.

Hulse has completed graduate-level courses in areas of financial analysis and investment analysis for commercial real estate.

CCIMs handle commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation and investment analysis.

Hulse is commercial sales, leasing and investments manager for Stephens Real Estate. He has been with the agency since 1995.

Darrel Tyree has joined the Human Resources Department at Farmland Industries' Lawrence nitrogen fertilizer plant.

Tyree's role in human resources is to serve the needs of both employees and management by working to improve the working environment for all employees at the Lawrence plant, which has more than 150 employees.

He previously worked for BroadWing Telecommunications, a broadband fiber optic network company.

Tyree has served as human resources generalist for Rockwell International, now Atchison Casting Corp., in Atchison; Olin Corp.; and Royal Dutch/Shell Oil Corp.

Dole Fresh Fruit Co. announces the promotion of Chuck Sinks, Lawrence, to vice president of customer relations for North America.

Sinks, a 1978 graduate of Lawrence High School and a 1984 graduate of Kansas University, is responsible for North American food service sales; national retail accounts; and merchandising, advertising and marketing of Dole Fresh Fruit products.

He has been with the company for 17 years. Sinks and his family will be relocating in June to Dole's headquarters in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Hunt Midwest Enterprises Inc. has promoted Jim Murray to vice president and general manager of Hunt Midwest Mining Inc.

He is responsible for all phases of Hunt Midwest Mining's operations. Murray joined the company in 1998 as general manager. The company is the region's largest supplier of crushed limestone.

Two Lawrence residents recently were elected to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry board of directors: Marilyn Bittenbender of Grubb & Ellis/The Winbury Group, and Sue Pine of Pine Family Farms Partnership.

KCCI is a statewide organization that promotes economic growth and job creation in Kansas.

Other new board members from the area are Kal Bakk, Security Benefit Group Cos., Topeka; Bob Bibb, Bibb & Associates Inc., Shawnee; Thomas Burke, Kansas City, Kan., Community College; Stephen Cavanaugh, Fisher, Cavanaugh, Smith & Lemon, Topeka; Karen DeOrnellas, General Motors Corp.'s Fairfax Assembly plant, Kansas City, Kan.; and Jerry Farley, Washburn University, Topeka.

Also: Chris McIntyre, Hallmark Cards Inc., Topeka; John Moenius, Martin Tractor Co., Topeka; Donna Newkirk, Lawton Publications, Shawnee; Bonnie Severson, Jostens Printing Publishing Division, Topeka; and David Stremming, Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority.

Mary Steigerwald recently was named director of new program development for Ottawa University, where she focuses on the marketing efforts of the school's alliance with TechSkills.

TechSkills is a program for computer and technical training.

Lawrence-based Callahan Creek announces the following appointments: Doug Ballou, vice president of account management and planning; Kevin Harriman, vice president and executive creative director; and Les Hazelton, creative director.

Ballou previously was director of strategic planning for Valentine Radford in Kansas City, Mo.

Harriman previously worked for Ad-Lib Creative in San Francisco.

Hazelton was a partner, vice president and executive creative director for Harwood Marketing Group in Dallas.

Kornitzer Capital Management, of Johnson County, announces the following new employees.

David Eshaur, vice president and portfolio manager, manages high-yield portfolios. He previously served as high-yield portfolio manager for Security Benefit Group.

Patrick Cubbage, vice president and portfolio manager, is responsible for expanding the firm's individual portfolio management business. He previously served as a portfolio manager at Bank of America Private Bank.

Clay Brethour, vice president and research analyst, provides research involving the energy, pharmaceuticals and medical/healthcare industries. He previously was an equity research analyst at Security Benefit Group and Dain Rauscher Wessels.

James McBride, vice president and research analyst, provides research involving the food/beverage, media/entertainment, marketing/advertising, technology, utilities and long-term care industries. He previously worked at Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard.

Paulette Schwerdt, vice president and research analyst, is responsible for expanding the firm's institutional money management business. She also researches deathcare, real estate investment trusts and manufactured housing. She previously worked for Security Benefit Group.

Beverly Armstrong, staff accountant, recently graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business.

Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., announced the nomination of Nancy-Ann DeParle to its board of directors. DeParle has eight years of experience in the Clinton administration dealing with health care issues.

The election of directors will be conducted May 25, during Cerner's annual shareholder meeting. DeParle, former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, will serve on the board of directors if elected in May.

DeParle served as administrator of the HCFA from 1997 to October 2000, responsible for the nation's largest health insurance program. She resigned to become a fellow of the Institute of Politics and the Interfaculty Health Policy Forum at Harvard University. DeParle is a national consultant on health policy and regulatory issues.

Cerner Corp. supplies clinical and management information and knowledge systems to more than 1,550 health care organizations worldwide.

Jennifer Harrell, Olathe, has joined Delich Roth & Goodwillie's Bonner Springs office as staff engineer. She is a Kansas University graduate.

Ahmad Khan, DeSoto, has joined the firm's Kansas City, Mo., office as designer/detailer. He is pursing a civil engineering degree at Kansas University.

Other new employees at the Bonner Springs office are Steven Beal, senior engineering technician; Mary Devereux, administrative assistant; Jacob Good, engineering technician; Dani Gurley, administrative assistant; and Rod Palmer, electrical designer.

Other new employees at the Kansas City, Mo., office are John Cornish, staff engineer; Nicci Engle, administrative assistant; Angelo Mannino, senior design engineer/project manager; and Trent Robinett, transportation engineer.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Hallmark Cards Inc. recently announced the appointment of Lisa Berman as chief executive officer of The Picture People. Berman, a former retail executive with Limited Inc., will lead the Foster City, Calif.-based company acquired by Hallmark in 1999.

The Picture People operates mall-based portrait studios and takes an entertainment-based approach to portrait retailing. It has 270 stores in 26 states, with about 450 full-time and 2,500 part-time workers.

Honors and awards

Overland Park-based Yellow Corp. recently presented Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for his consistent support of American manufacturers and their employees.

The award is given by the association to senators and representatives based on their voting records on legislation affecting the manufacturing community. Its recipients have shown support for a pro-growth, pro-manufacturing, pro-worker agenda.

Yellow Corp. is a holding company with operating subsidiaries specializing in national, regional and international transportation services.

Kent Kennedy, a financial adviser with the Lawrence office of American Express Financial Advisors, was honored with the President's Recognition Award.

The award recognizes advisers who have made quality advice a priority in their practice and document their written advice in a way that is clear, specific, thorough and objective. Kennedy was selected as an award recipient by his peers.

Coming events

The Lawrence Home Builders Assn. will have its seventh-annual Spring Parade of Homes from noon to 5 p.m. today; and May 5 and May 6.

This year's tour will feature 16 entries, each providing an opportunity for people to view the latest features and products in the industry.

For more information, call Bobbie Flory at 748-0612 or e-mail

Phillip Rademacher, president of Rademacher Financial Inc., will offer a course called "Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement."

The course consists of four sessions presented on four consecutive Thursdays, beginning May 10. They will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Kansas University's Kansas Union.

The course will cover financial basics, retirement income, investments, risk management and estate planning.

The tuition fee is $49 in advance or $69.99 at the door. Tuition covers an individual and spouse or guest, a workbook and optional follow-up planning consultation. For more information or to register, call 865-5308 or (800) 795-2838.

"Marketing Blitz," a seminar that focuses on how new or small businesses can create increased and better advertising, will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holton City Hall, 430 Pennsylvania Ave., Holton.

The seminar will cover options for small businesses to advertise and advertising mediums considered to be beneficial.

Speakers will include Jake Huyett, of Jones, Seel & Huyett advertising agency; Doug Weinberg, of KNZA 103.9-FM; Denise Kathrens, of Marketing Concepts; and David Powls, publisher of the Holton Recorder and Sabetha Herald.

The fee for the seminar is $20 in advance. Registrations must be received by Monday. Checks, made payable to Washburn University, should be mailed to Washburn University, SBDC, 1700 SW College, Topeka 66621.

For more information, call Washburn University's Small Business Development Center at (785) 231-1010, Ext. 1305.

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 2211 Inverness Drive, has opened a new day-care center. An open house will be conducted today and April 29 at the center.

For more information, call Jean Willmert at 843-8794 or 843-3014.

A new education course covering manufactured housing for real estate finance professionals is available online through the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.

Introduction to Manufactured Housing is a 10-hour course that explores the differences between U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development code-manufactured homes, other factory-built structures and traditional site-built homes.

The course highlights the reasons that manufactured homes increasingly are in demand by homebuyers and traditional developers of site-built homes.

Course assignments, activities and assessments for the course are accessible using the Internet. Students will be required to participate in activities and discussion boards.

MBA and Manufactured Housing Institute also will present an audio conference on manufactured housing, called "Understanding Manufactured Housing."

It will feature Ginger Walters, product manager for Freddie Mac; Judy Agard, Freddie Mac assistant general counsel; and Richard Ernst, president of the Residential Loan Corp. The conference will air at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

For more information about the course or conference, call Krista Sabol at (202) 557-2794. MBA's Web site is

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