Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

Business briefs

December 9, 2001


Faces and places

Adrian Jones, structural inspector for the city of Lawrence, has received certification as a building inspector from the International Conference of Building Officials. Certification demonstrates knowledge in management, technology and law related to construction codes administration. To earn the credential, candidates must have a passing score on the Legal and Management examination and Technology examination.

Adrian joined the city in December 1995 as a mechanical inspector and became a building inspector earlier this year. As a building inspector, Jones enforces compliance with building, codes, regulations and ordinances for commercial and residential buildings.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has appointed Charles Banks as the Kansas state director for USDA Rural Development.

Banks, Topeka, has served as the assistant director for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., since 1995, providing constituent services and specializing in USDA-related issues. He also has 12 years of experience in the banking industry in Kansas and elsewhere in the Midwest.

USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal entity for rural development needs, and administers financial and technical assistance through three agencies: Rural Housing Service, Rural Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service.

John Thaemert, Sylvan Grove, was elected president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers after the board's annual reorganization meeting. Thaemert has served the past two years as the association's vice president. Thaemert accepted the position to replace Hoisington producer Dean Stoskopf. Thaemert and Stoskopf will continue to serve on the association's Executive Board and Board of Directors.

Other officers elected during the Dec. 3 meeting were Jerry McReynolds, Woodston, vice president; David Cross, Kinsley, secretary; and Kendall Hodgson, Little River, treasurer.

Association members re-elected five directors and elected one new board member, Steve Baccus, who farms in Ottawa County. Re-elected directors are Ray Smith, Sharon Springs; Larry Yost, Downs; Anne Marie Worley, Atwood; Larry Kepley, Ulysses; and Paul Penner, Hillsboro.

Joe Hejr, Brookville, was appointed director to the board to fill an unexpired term held by Galen Swenson, who resigned from the board after accepting a position on the state Farm Service Agency advisory board.

The Kansas Association of Wheat Growers is a grass-roots organization that represents Kansas wheat producers.

Landlords of Lawrence Inc. on Dec. 3 installed officers for the year 2002. The officers are James Dunn, president; Robert Ebey, vice president; Joan Scannell, secretary; and Robert Eggert, treasurer. Members of the Board of Directors are Alice Kimberley, Mark Lehmann, Marilyn Lynch, Terri Pippert and Judy Weeks.

Mike Collinge, Hamilton, was elected president of the Kansas Livestock Assn. Larry Jones, Holcomb, was chosen to be president-elect. Kansas Livestock Assn. is a trade organization representing the state's cattle industry on legislative and regulatory issues. It has 7,000 members.

Carrie Edelman-Grimm, Morrill, has been elected president of Kansas CattleWomen, a statewide organization that conducts programs in beef promotion and education. Other officers elected for 2002 were Anne McCauley, Mayetta, secretary; Cindy Roush, Topeka, treasurer; Jeanne Cutler, Scott City, vice president of beef promotion; and Jeanne Clawson, Englewood, vice president of beef education.

Dr. W. Greg Stueve, a board-certified family practice physician, has joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Mt. Oread Family Practice.

A Kansas native, Stueve received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Kansas University in 1991 and graduated from the KU School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his residency in family practice at the Healthpartners Institute for Medical Education in St. Paul, Minn.

Stueve is accepting patients at Mt. Oread Family Practice, 3510 Clinton Place.

Tom Jennings and Dale Smith of Bud Jennings Carpet One Inc. in Lawrence recently achieved the highest status conferred by the industry by becoming Certified Flooring Executives (CFE).

To receive the designation, each had to pass a certification exam after documenting specific flooring industry educational training and work experience. The CFE certification exam is exclusively for owners and managers of flooring enterprises and certifies the highest competency in the field.

The certification program is administered by the World Floor Covering Assn., based in Anaheim, Calif. The association, with more than 3,200 members, is the industry's largest advocacy organization representing specialty floor covering retailers, manufacturers, distributors and suppliers.

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Thomas Gibbs has joined the Lawrence office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. as a financial consultant and registered representative.

Prior to joining A.G. Edwards, Gibbs had been a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley in Lawrence since 1988.

A.G. Edwards is a full service investment firm whose Lawrence office is at 1811 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 103.

The Topeka-based Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council, which serves Douglas County and a dozen other counties in northeast Kansas, recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors.

All are from Topeka:

Randy Barth, communications manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber in Topeka.

Linda Laird, a journalist and mediator for the Topeka Capitol-Journal in Topeka.

Karla Love, a 16-year-old who has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.

Honors and awards

The Douglas County Farm Bureau was honored for its accomplishments in the Young Farmers and Ranchers program during Kansas Farm Bureau's 83rd annual meeting. Debbie Grosdidier, Young Farmers and Ranchers chair, accepted the Best Award in Wichita.

The awards are presented to county programs that have excelled in establishing goals and starting new ideas.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers committee diversified its activities throughout the year. The members conducted events such as preschool farm tours and water quality tours. A Young Farmers and Ranchers member played host to a Cuban diplomat, and the committee sponsored agricultural education programs.

The Young Farmers and Ranchers Ag in the Classroom program also was visible during National Ag Week. During the Douglas County Free Fair, 130 people participated in the Douglas County Farm Bureau hay bale tossing contest and more than 90 children competed in the pedal tractor-pull contest.

Suzy Makalous, who works in the Human Resources Department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, recently was given a Vision Award by the hospital, recognizing her for efforts including those with new-employee orientations and the hospital's Activities Committee.

The award is the highest honor in the hospital's recognition program, recognizing individuals or teams who have helped the hospital or the community. Recipients are nominated by other hospital employees and selected by a committee.

Coming events

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremonies:

Hurst Fine Diamonds, 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, 3140 Iowa St., No. 109;

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 11:30 a.m., Friday, 3411 Iowa;

Razzy's Grills & Greens, 11 a.m., Dec. 19, 4821 W. Sixth St., Suite K.

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