Archive for Sunday, July 8, 2001

Business briefs

July 8, 2001


Faces and places

Lawrence Memorial Hospital recently announced three employee appointments.

Stacy Cope, director of business services, oversees day-to-day operations of patient accounting and admitting services. She has 14 years of hospital-management experience, including the last four as a senior consultant and project manager for hospitals installing business services software.

Sharon Loughrea, as registered nurse, is a new assistant for the hospital's third floor surgical unit. Her duties include day-to-day management, staffing and payroll for the unit, and she addresses family and patient needs. Loughrea is part of the hospital's Nursing and Pharmacy Task Force, Nursing Leadership team and the Total Joint Management Team. She previously worked for 14 years at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka, where she most recently was clinical coordinator.

Patrick Parker is the new director of oncology services, responsible for helping develop medical and radiation oncology programs for the hospital's Oncology Center. Parker joined LMH in 1984 as director of pharmacy and I.V. Therapy, and will continue to manage pharmacy and I.V. therapy programs.

Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, announced the addition of Dr. Richard Meisel Jr. to its Maternal Fetal Medicine staff. Meisel provides care for mothers and their unborn children with known or suspected complications during pregnancy.

He graduated in 1983 from the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita, where he serves as an assistant professor. He also works in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.

Tom Nau has been promoted to video manager at Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St. He previously was produce clerk.

Joe Jones, principal for The Executive Benefits Group, Lawrence, delivered a speech, "Beyond the Retirement Plan-A Look at Non-Qualified Plan Opportunities," during the Securities Industry Assn.'s sixth-annual Savings, Retirement and Estate Planning Conference. The conference was May 2 at the World Trade Center in New York.

The talk focused on the planning opportunities for executives to defer financial compensation beyond IRS limits on a pre-tax discriminatory basis.

Last month, Jones discussed the use of technology in designing and administering nonqualified benefit plans at the National Institute for Research in Boston.

The Employee Benefit Network specializes in the design, implementation and administration of nonqualified executive benefit plans.

Brian Jahelka and Joel Riggs recently joined Peridian Group Inc., Lawrence.

Jahelka is division manager for information technology services. His primary responsibilities include program design, production oversight, professional development and new market growth. He previously worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation. Jahelka earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Kansas University, where he is working on a master's degree in water resources.

Riggs is head of the Construction Services Department in the firm's new Gardner office. He is responsible for management of civil engineering and construction services in the Johnson County area. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in engineering management from KU. He previously was stormwater engineer for Johnson County.

Stacey Lamer, Lawrence, has joined the environmental practice of Delich Roth & Goodwillie as a staff engineer in Bonner Springs. She previously worked for Colgate-Palmolive. Lamer earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Kansas University.

David Clark also has joined the engineering firm's Bonner Springs office as staff engineer. Employees who have joined Delich Roth & Goodwillie's office in Kansas City, Mo., are Laurie Babe, civil engineering technician; Steven Dobbs, senior engineering technician; John Ryan, senior highway designer; and Warren Thomas, engineering technician.

Todd Brabender, president of Spread the News Public Relations Inc., Lawrence, contributed to a recently launched business book, "Inside Secrets To Venture Capital."

Brabender's chapter advises entrepreneurs about how to generate publicity and media exposure for a new venture. The book was written by Dee Power and Brian Hill of Profit Dynamics in Phoenix, and was published by John Wiley & Sons Publishing House in New York City.

Honors and awards

Van Kampen Investments has selected Doug Bennett of Berthel Fisher, Lawrence, for membership in Generations of Experience Club, Van Kampen's top-performer program for financial professionals. Memberships are granted to Van Kampen's top 25 financial advisers in select regions as determined by sales during the past year.

Bennett has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is located at 3310 Mesa Way, No. 101. For more information, visit Van Kampen's Web site at

Coming events

The Douglas County Farm Bureau will conduct a meeting for agricultural producers who are concerned about the recent auction of assets of the bankrupt Farmers Cooperative Assn. The results and ramifications of the auction will be discussed.

The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

Don Landoll, president of Landoll Corp. in Marysville, will be the keynote speaker during an International Breakfast Seminar, sponsored by Kansas International.

Landoll and the company he founded in 1963 recently were awarded the 2001 Governor's Exporter of the Year Award. Landoll Corp. today has more than 400 employees and supplies 16 countries with its products.

The seminar will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club. The cost is $10 for Kansas International members and $15 for nonmembers.

The deadline for registration is Thursday. To make reservations, call 841-4685 or fax (785) 865-4400. Persons also may e-mail tholverson@

The Small Business Development Center at Washburn University will sponsor a workshop, "Exploring Entrepreneurship," from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in Henderson Learning Resources Center's Room 305.

Participants will learn the basic steps of setting up a new small business, including taxes, financing, legal structure, insurance, business plan outline and business license/permits.

The fee is $25. For more information or to register, call the center at (785) 231-1010, ext. 1305.

The Douglas County Water Quality tour will from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 24.

The tour will begin at Stull Church, with a rain simulator demonstration by Clyde Mermis. The simulator shows how soil-management practices can affect soil loss, and their relative benefits for water quality.

Ryan Mollnow will talk about the Clinton Wildlife Refuge and the benefits of wetlands. Mark and Brenna Wulfkuhle will discuss some livestock and crop practices that protect water quality. Bernie Faust and John Solbach will show their riparian area plantings. Mike Musick will discuss the Tri District water treatment plant.

Air-conditioned transportation, refreshments and a dinner are included in the tour. The deadline for reservations in July 18. To make reservations or for more information, call 843-4288, ext. 3 or 843-7058.

The tour is sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau, Douglas County Conservation District, Kaw Valley Heritage Alliance, Natural Resource Conservation Service and K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County.

Washburn University's Division of Continuing Education presents "Basic Training for Managers," a five-session course for rookies and experienced managers interested in refreshing management skills.

The classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The sessions will be Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19.

Managers will learn how to build a collaborative and productive work environment; recruit and retain high quality employees; and demonstrate a balanced and objective approach to solving problems.

The cost is $595 per person, or $500 per person if three or more from a company register. The registration deadline is Aug. 10. To register, call (785) 231-1010, ext. 1399; fax (785) 231-1028; or e-mail

Persons also may register by writing to Division of Continuing Education, Washburn University, 1700 S.W. College Avenue, Topeka, 66621.

Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway is the scheduled speaker for next week's meeting of the Lawrence Technology Assn.

The meeting is set for noon July 16 at Pachamama's, 2161 Quail Creek Drive. Hemenway's discussion will include KU's role in providing workers for the high-tech economy in the region, and creating new technology for commercialization.

The cost for association members is $15; for nonmembers it's $20.

For reservations please Peggy Williams at 864-4832, or by e-mail at pwilliams@ or voice mail at 785-864-4832. Reservations should be made by Friday.

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