Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2001

Business briefs for Sunday

July 15, 2001


Tilley has more than 15 years of sales experience, and is licensed in life, property and casualty insurance. Before joining Farm Bureau, Tilley spent seven years developing insurance agencies in Lawrence and Indianapolis.

She has earned designations of life underwriter fellow, commercial qualified agent, certified general appraiser and advanced life and financial services adviser.

Tilley may be reached at 843-2395.


Cindi Smith has joined Express Personnel Services, Lawrence, as a sales representative.

Smith has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management.

Express' employment services include temporary placement, flexible staffing, direct hire, evaluation to hire and professional staffing services.


Star Signs & Graphics Inc. received a sign contract for a new Isle of Capri casino being built on the Missouri River in Boonville, Mo.

The project includes large exterior neon displays, exterior parking and directional signs and all interior signs and neon features.

The riverboat casino is expected to open this fall.


Lawrence Custom Woodworks has relocated its cabinet shop to 1213 E. 24th St., Lawrence.

Mark Torkelson and Gary Bruhns will continue to build cabinets and furniture at the new location. They had been working in a shop at 832 Pa., but moved when they sold their business to Jack Hope Design/Build Inc.


Angela Motsinger has joined The Executive Benefits Network, Lawrence, as an account executive.

Motsinger handles customer care and financial analysis. She is a recent graduate of Baker University, where she received a degree in accounting and business finance.


Dr. Dawn Gettman has joined Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, as a clinical psychologist in adult services. She also was hired as intern track coordinator for the Kansas Psychology Training Consortium, of which Bert Nash is a member.

Gettman previously worked at Prairie View Mental Health Center in Wichita. She has been a postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita.


Lawrence residents Katie Boncella and Wendy Leedy have been promoted at Jones Seel Huyett, a marketing company in Topeka.

Boncella, account manager, handles project management and coordination and research for several accounts, including Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Bartlett & West Engineers and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. She is a Kansas University graduate.

Leedy, assistant account manager, will help manage the account for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, plus assist other account managers. She also will coordinate the company's public relations division.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City announced several promotions, to be effective Aug. 1: Carl Gambs, senior officer for information technology functions; Maryann Hunter, senior vice president and Denver branch manager; Stan Beatty, assistant vice president for enhancement and integration of automated customer-support tools; Janel Frisch, assistant vice president for accounting, expenditures and cost accounting; Diane Raley, assistant vice president and public information officer; Veronica Sellers, assistant general counsel; and Lawrence Taft, assistant vice president for financial services.

Honors and awards

Sunflower Cablevision, Lawrence, won several honors during the recent 18th Annual MIDI Awards, given by the Mid-America Cable Telecommunications Assn.

Sunflower swept all three awards in the Community Programming -- Single Program category for systems with 10,000 to 50,000 subscribers: First place, "Jayni's Kitchen"; second place, "Fusion"; and third place, "Lawrence is Growing Town Hall Forum."

Sunflower also won all three awards in the Community Programming -- Series category for systems with 15,000 to 200,000 subscribers: First place, "6News"; Second place, "6Sports"; and third place, "River City Weekly."

In the Advertising category for systems with 25,000 to 50,000 subscribers, Sunflower won first place for a "First Love" ad for Mass. St. Music, and second place for a "Sunday" ad for the Lawrence Journal-World.

In the Marketing and Promotions category for systems with 10,000 to 50,000 subscribers, Sunflower won first place.

The awards will be presented during the association's annual meeting Sept. 19.

Sunflower is a division of The World Company, which also owns the Journal-World.


Bill Brumley and Max Panzer, employees for Heinz Pet Products in Lawrence, were named "President's Heroes" for contributions in the company's ongoing drive to transform Heinz North America into a food powerhouse for the 21st century.

Joe Jimenez, president and chief executive officer of Heinz North America, presented awards to Brumley, Panzer and seven other "President's Heroes" on June 25 in Pittsburgh, the company's headquarters. The winners also received all-expense-paid trips to New York.

Brumley and Panzer were recognized for helping the company by "creating greater efficiencies, producing exciting new products and finding new ways of serving our customers even better," Jimenez said.

The winners were selected from among Heinz North America's 6,500 employees.


Lois and Duane Shuck, Overbrook, were named "Top Achievers" by Watkins Inc., of Winona, Minn.

The Shucks and nine of their managers were awarded all-expense-paid vacations.

The Shucks are independent associates of Watkins, which sells herbal remedies.


The KU Credit Union, Lawrence, awarded Jane and Rich Bireta, Lawrence, $1,000 as reimbursement for bills they paid in June using the credit union's online bill-payment service.

The award was the last one presented as part of promotion sponsored by the credit union. For more information about the service, call 749-2224 or click on

Coming events

Karnal bunt will be the main topic of discussion during the annual Fall Cereal Conference set for Aug. 9-10 in Manhattan.

The conference will feature a technical section regarding Karnal bunt, the wheat infection that struck fear into wheat producers, processors and other this summer when discovered in Texas.

The infection forced the quarantine of grain elevators, and required custom cutters who had worked in affected areas to prove that their equipment had been properly cleaned before being allowed to cut in Kansas.

Officials also will review the performance of wheat varieties, reveal new varieties for next year's crop, and discuss issues related to soil fertility, insects and disease.

The conference, sponsored by Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, will be conducted in Throckmorton Hall at Kansas State University. Sessions are open to anyone interested in wheat, including growers, breeders, researchers, seed producers and marketers.

Registration costs $20 per person if paid by July 27, or $30 after that. A buffet meal also is offered for another $15.

For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact the Kansas Crop Improvement Assn., (785) 532-6118, or Kansas State's Department of Plant Pathology, (785) 532-5810.


The grand opening of a new Dillons store in Topeka is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The 52,000-square-foot store at 801 N.W. 25th St. was built by Harris Construction Co. Inc., Lawrence


The 12th annual Kansas Women Attorneys Association Conference is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at Bethany College in Lindsborg.

The conference will feature seminars that involve various areas of law, including health insurance, immigration, tax, cyberspace, criminal and family.

Penny White, an associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee, will deliver the conference's keynote address, "An Odyssey from Yellow Roses through Glass Ceilings." White is a former justice on the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The conference is open to attorneys and students. Registration is $190 for association members, $225 for nonmembers and $100 for students; the fee includes six meals, snacks and materials.

For more information or to register, call Carol Foreman at (785) 296-3698 or e-mail


Asma Ramadan, circuit rider for the Community Development Support Collaborative in Washington, D.C., will present "Strategic Technology for Nonprofits" as part of a workshop series being presented by the Kansas Non Profit Assn.

Ramadan will discuss how to: plan for technology that supports an organization's employees and mission, hire a technology consultant, and use technologies that improve fund development and improve communications.

The session of the Managing Non-Profits for Success series will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Maner Conference Center, 1717 S.W. Topeka Boulevard in Topeka.

Registration is $50 per person, or $25 for KNPA members. Lunch is included.

For more information or to register, call KNPA at (800) 582-1428.


The monthly meeting of the Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will be conducted at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the American Legion building, 3408 W. Sixth St.

Networking activity will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be a work session for the coming year. A guest speaker from the Lawrence Humane Society will talk, and association officers will be installed.

For more information contact Valerie Kampfer, chapter president, at 842-0301.


A Pasture Management Tour will be conducted July 26 in Jefferson County.

The tour is sponsored by K-State Research and Extension in Jefferson County, Jefferson County Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Jefferson County Conservation District.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Rob Allen's farm northwest of Valley Falls. Allen and others will discuss the farm's spring burn, a range plant analysis and other weed- and brush-control activities.

Also scheduled to participate in other aspects of the tour: Duane Simon, NRCS range specialist; Bob Abel, the county's noxious weed supervisor; Kelly Kirkham, who demonstrates tree shearing; and Milton Krainbill, Upper Delaware Watershed specialist.

For more information, contact David Hallauer at (785) 863-2212 or Jim Marietta at (785) 863-2201. No registration is necessary, but officials ask that participants call by July 23 to ensure an accurate meal count.

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