Archive for Sunday, April 29, 2001

Business briefs

April 29, 2001


Faces and places

Michelle McEnroe will begin teaching yoga classes Tuesday at I Live Well, 1201 Wakarusa Drive. She has studied hatha yoga and incorporates the Iyengar method and Bhakti yoga in her teaching.

McEnroe will offer noon and evening classes suitable for beginning and advanced-beginning students. For more information, call I Live Well at 841-0510.

David Tah, Lawrence, recently celebrated his five-year employment anniversary with Farmland Industries. Tah is the area supervisor in the nitrate section of Farmland's fertilizer plant in Lawrence.

James Vann, Lawrence, on Thursday will celebrate 25 years with the company. Vann is an operator in the nitrate section of the Lawrence plant. He also has worked in the urea area and as a mechanic at the plant.

Downtown Topeka Inc. is requesting proposals from interested parties for downtown redevelopment as part of an agreement between the organization and city of Topeka.

The Topeka City Council gave money to Downtown Topeka Inc. to support the establishment of three new dining, entertainment or retail businesses in the downtown area by Dec. 31.

Those interested in submitting proposals need to provide the following information with sufficient detail for evaluation: business plan for new business, rendering or schematic design of new business, date new business would be fully operational, property data, any agreement of interest in a property, photographs of a building exterior/interior and amount of incentive requested.

Individuals seeking more information should call the Downtown Topeka Inc. office at (785) 234-9336.

Baltimore-based Syscom Inc. has named Rick Marcuson as regional director of sales in the western United States.

Marcuson, who is based in Overland Park, has 27 years of experience with IBM Corp., a Syscom business partner. He will lead Syscom's service, software and hardware sales to a variety of industries in the region. Marcuson is an IBM-certified solutions expert in MQSeries Workflow.

Syscom provides end-to-end information technology services.

LaGarde, an e-commerce software development firm based in Lawrence, recently announced the latest addition to its StoreFront e-commerce software line, StoreFront 5.0 Theme Publisher.

The software allows third-party graphic designers to create, package and distribute StoreFront 5.0 themes. Graphic designers can use its tools to market theme packages.

StoreFront 5.0 Theme Publisher may be downloaded from the Updates section of the StoreFront Web site at

Peggy Wallert recently was named the director of community relations and development for Cottonwood Inc. in Lawrence.

She formerly was Cottonwood's director of the Community Service Network. Before joining the organization in 1999, Wallert was regional coordinator of the Kansas Self-Determination Project. She plans to receive her master's degree in special education from Kansas University in May.

Michele Johnson has accepted the position of director of Community Service Network for Cottonwood. Her responsibilities include oversight of entry and quality assurance for persons with developmental disabilities in Douglas and Jefferson counties. Previously, she held a job with similar responsibilities for Cerro Gordo County in Iowa.

Pat Flavin and Wanda Hughes, of Lawrence Realty Associates, recently attended the national RELO conference in Chicago. RELO is the nation's largest relocation network with nearly 1,000 independent firms and 100,000 associates.

Through RELO, Lawrence Realty can help its clients relocate to or from anywhere in the country.

Hughes also recently received her RELO certified coordinator designation. She is one of only four people in Kansas to receive the designation.

Professional Renewal Center, 1201 Wakarusa Drive, Suite A4, recently expanded its office and services and added new staff members.

The center provides psychiatric and substance-dependency treatment for professionals in medical, legal, business and other professional fields.

Among the center's newest programs is Insight Executive Consultation, which provides renewal and restoration for corporate executives experiencing professional burnout, substance abuse, abuse of power, marital/family difficulties or other challenges.

The center's recent staff additions include W. Spencer Payne, Scott Stacy and Luciana Jackson.

Payne lends expertise in psychotherapy, psychological testing, group therapy and hypnosis. Prior to joining the center, he completed postdoctoral fellowships in clinical psychology at The Menninger Clinic in Topeka, and geropsychology at Stanford/University of California-San Francisco.

Stacy specializes in treating individuals in professional vocations with addictive challenges. Stacy received a fellowship in clinical psychology at The Menninger Clinic, where he received advanced training in diagnostic testing and psychotherapeutic methodologies. He is a former faculty member of the Menninger Leadership Center and attending psychologist for Professionals in Crisis and Addiction Recovery Programs.

Jackson, a Kansas University graduate, joined the center as a receptionist. She plans to pursue a master's degree in counseling or school psychology.

Shannon Briggs, a physical therapist, recently joined the staff of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Kreider Rehabilitation Services as a registered physical therapist.

Briggs received her master's degree in physical therapy from Kansas University Medical Center. She has completed specialized training from the American Institute of Balance in vestibular rehabilitation therapy, as well as advanced training in the treatment of women with incontinence-related disorders.

Briggs also treats individuals with orthopedic injuries, and provides programs for sports-performance enhancement.

PackerWare/Berry Plastics, Lawrence, conducted its annual Earth Day celebration April 20.

To celebrate, the company conducted a tour for about 250 third-graders from Quail Run, Riverside and Schwegler schools. Employees showed students how the company recycles materials. Company employees also visited the schools and discussed the importance of recycling.

PackerWare/Berry Plastics also had a contest for children to create a design for a commemorative cup and T-shirt.

McFadden and Associates LLC, a certified financial planning firm in Lawrence, will open a satellite office next week at Peoples Financial Center, 4831 W. Sixth St.

Brenda McFadden, the firm's owner, will conduct office hours at the new location Tuesday afternoons and all day Fridays, beginning May 8. Her main office remains at 825 Vt.

McFadden also will participate in an upcoming tax reform workshop organized by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has named McFadden among its "2000 Businessmen of the Year." The designation is bestowed upon people who helped elect Republicans to Congress last year.

Honors and awards

Lisa Welsh has been named Employee of the Quarter at Cottonwood Inc. in Lawrence. She was nominated for the award by her co-workers.

Welsh is the office assistant at Cottonwood, where she handles receptionist duties at the front desk and provides secretarial assistance. She also works part-time in Cottonwood's residential program. She has been employed with Cottonwood Inc. since 1995.

Henry Bloch, co-founder and honorary chairman of Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R; Block, is among five distinguished business leaders inducted into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame on April 26 in Boston.

Other inductees: Glen Bell, founder of Taco Bell Corp.; Mike Curb, chairman of Curb Records; the late David McConnell, founder of Avon Products Inc.; and the late Maggie Walker, founder and president of St. Luke Penny Savings Bank.

The hall of fame was established in 1975 to recognize the men and women who have made outstanding contributions to free enterprise and to society. Laureates must demonstrate business excellence, courageous thinking and acting, inspired leadership and community-mindedness. An exhibit featuring the laureates is on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.

Coming events

The Legislative Committee of the Human Resource Management Association of Johnson County, in conjunction with the law firm of Constangy, Brooks and Smith, will conduct a labor and employment law seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St. in Overland Park.

The program is designed to offer practical solutions to human resource professionals. Topics will include: interplay of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and workers' compensation laws; and controlling costs in employment cases dealing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and recent National Labor Relations Board developments affecting nonunion workplaces.

State Sen. David Adkins, R-Leawood, will be the keynote speaker during the luncheon program. He will discuss recent legislative trends affecting the workplace.

For more information, contact Ila Russell by calling (913) 782-0012, Ext. 130, or e-mailing

Cost is $129 for committee members and $149 for nonmembers.

The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center will present two seminars.

"The Fundamentals of Setup Reduction" will teach manufacturers how to perform machine and equipment setups in record time for increased flexibility, delivery time, quality and bottom-line profitability.

The seminar will be Tuesday at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 9875 Widmer Road, Building 3, in Lenexa. It also will be conducted Thursday at the Missouri Enterprise Center, 1575 N. Universal Ave., Suite 130, in Kansas City, Mo.

"How to Attract and Retain Employees in Manufacturing" will be conducted May 11 at the Enterprise Center of Johnson County in Lenexa. It will teach manufacturers the newest and most effective ways to hire and retain qualified applicants.

The seminars are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee for each seminar is $195 for a single registration and $176 each for groups of three or more. Lunch is provided. To register in advance for the seminars in Lenexa, call (888) 649-4333. To register for the seminar in Kansas City, Mo., call (800) 956-2682.

Antique Bazaars, 1035 N. Third St., is conducting its "Last Sunday of the Month" flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The business celebrated its one-year anniversary April 28.

For more information about the flea market, call 842-8773.

Washburn University in Topeka is offering a new course for professionals with employee and management responsibilities.

"Fundamentals of Human Resource Management" is designed for supervisors and entry-level human resources professionals who have the responsibility for hiring, training and evaluating employees.

The course will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from June 5 to July 17 at Washburn University. The fee is $350. The instructor is Paula Roberts Buchele, of Human Resources Consulting in Topeka.

For more information or to register, call the Washburn Division of Continuing Education at (785) 231-1010, Ext. 1399, or visit the Web site

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