Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

Business briefs

August 5, 2001


Faces and places

Rose Marie Krehbiel Shortt is the new director of senior financial services at Peoples Bank, Lawrence. She is responsible for senior-oriented programs including travel, seminars, benefits and other activities. Shortt worked at Firstar Bank before joining Peoples, 4831 W. Sixth St.

Olene Tilley, an agent for Kansas Farm Bureau Insurance, has become a registered representative for EquiTrust Marketing Services LLC, a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers. Tilley now is licensed to sell mutual funds and variable insurance products offered through EquiTrust. Tilley's office is at 2852 Four Wheel Drive.

Dorothy Reece has been selected as a sales representative for a Care Directions long-term care insurance program offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. Reece has more than 15 years of experience in the senior insurance market.

Bill Fair of Bill Fair and Co., Lecompton, presented an educational program titled "Target Marketing and Narrow Market Promotions" recently at a National Auctioneers Assn. meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Brenda Lehman, Lawrence, has completed Youngevity's Boot Camp training in Dallas. She is the top agent in Kansas for the company, which sells anti-aging, skin-care and weight-management systems through pharmaceutical supplements.

The Sunflower Sweetheart Dance Program has joined Dance City Performing Arts Academy effective Aug. 1. Amy Bartle, founder of Sunflower Sweethearts, remains director of the program. The format of the recreational dance program also remains the same. For more information, call Bartle at 843-4505 or Dance City at 843-3344.

Robert Mitchell Jr., Lawrence, has been promoted to master trooper of the Kansas Highway Patrol. The rank signifies an advanced professional and technical law enforcement position within the patrol. Mitchell joined the patrol in 1989. He transferred to Douglas County in 1994. Since 1998, he has been assigned to the patrol's Troop G, which is responsible for patrolling the Kansas Turnpike.

Skip Averill and Michele Buffkin have joined Lawrence Therapy Services. Averill received his bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Kansas University and his master's degree in counseling from Pittsburgh State University. He specializes in working with the geriatric population and has advanced training in the areas of dementia, depression, cognitive disabilities and physical disabilities. He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Assn. and the Kansas Occupational Therapy Assn.

Buffkin received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from KU. She specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine and wound care. She has advanced training in the treatment of athletic injuries, rehabilitation of orthopedic surgeries, manual therapy, pain management and wound-care management. Buffkin is a member of the American Physical Therapy Assn. and the Kansas Physical Therapy Assn.

Kirk Black has been named vice president/general manager of KCTV, the CBS television affiliate serving the Kansas City area. Black had been general manager at WNEM-TV in Flint/Saginaw, Mich., for the past two and a half years. Before that, he was vice president and general manager at WIBW-TV in Topeka. Black replaces John Rose at KCTV. Rose took early retirement at the end of June.

Lawrence Family Practice Center broke ground for a 20,840-square-foot medical office building at 18th Street and Wakarusa Drive. Drs. Carla Phipps, Brad Phipps, Steve Thomsen, Mary Vernon and several mid-level providers will have offices in the building when it opens by July 1, 2002. Dr. Joy Murphy is to join the group this fall. Harris Construction Co. Inc. is general contractor; GLPM Architects is project architect.

Jason Epstein, Lawrence, passed a recent two-day CPA examination with one of the three highest scores in the state. Forty-one of 193 candidates successfully passed the exam, considered the first step toward becoming a certified public accountant.

Richard Quinlan has opened a Lawrence sales office for Xclusive Imaging Inc., a Kansas City-area company that provides a printing services for commercial, greeting card, book and small-business clients, with a focus on small-business printing. He may be contacted at 842-4876.

Honors and Awards

On Demand Technologies Inc., Overland Park, won top honors in the 2001 Premier Print Awards competition. ODT will receive the "Benny," a bronze statuette of Benjamin Franklin, for winning best of category in on-demand and digital printing. The company also won an award of recognition for work in variable data color and a certificate of merit for successfully combining traditional and digital-print technologies.

UtiliCorp United received an energy efficiency award from the state of Missouri, recognizing wind power projects that serve three divisions that provide service to Kansas customers. UtiliCorp also received the Missouri Governor's Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention Award. UtiliCorp's Kansas Public Service division provides gas to customers in the Lawrence area.

Coming events

The Topeka Chapter of International Association of Business Communicators is accepting entries from communications professionals for its eighth-annual Bronze Quill award competition. The deadline is Aug. 14. Categories include communication/management, publications, writing, design and photography, video, audio, Internet/intranet and miscellaneous entries. For more information, call Kevin Doel at (785) 273-9660 or e-mail

To meet the demand for trained laboratory technicians in a growing field, Johnson County Community College is offering new classes in biotechnology. "Introduction to Biotechnology" and "Laboratory Safety" will be offered this fall. "Biotechnology Methods" will be offered in the spring. Classes are for students seeking employment in the biotech industry. For more information, call the science department at (913) 469-8500, ext. 3686 or

"Using Outlook to Increase Your Efficiency: Save Time, Save Paper and Increase Accuracy" is a seminar being offered from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday by the KU Small Business Development Center and co-sponsored by Central National Bank. The seminar is free and will be conducted in Room 502 of Summerfield Hall on the Kansas University campus. Registration, doughnuts and coffee begin at 8:30 a.m. To reserve a spot, call 843-8844.

"Grantsmanship 101" will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. Second St. The session, sponsored by the city of Lawrence's Neighborhood Resources Department, will offer pointers on how and where to apply as well as hints on writing proposals. Registration is limited to 50 people. For more information, contact Cindy Nau, neighborhood programs specialist, at 832-3108.

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