Archive for Sunday, July 29, 2001

Business briefs

July 29, 2001


Faces and places

Jackie Tomes has been promoted to senior group consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the state's largest health insurer. She is responsible for sales and service to employer groups of 100 or more employees in Douglas, Atchison, Bourbon, Crawford, Leavenworth and Shawnee counties.

The Washburn University graduate previously was a Blue Cross group consultant for clients in Coffey, Osage, Lyon and Shawnee counties. She joined Blue Cross in 1987.

Brian Orr, a Kansas University graduate, has joined American United Life Retirement Services, Overland Park, as regional sales consultant for Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Orr serves as external wholesaler for Indianapolis-based AUL's pension and profit-sharing plans. His primary markets include financial consultants, financial planners and financial advisers in the Midwest. He provides technical support, plan design expertise and guidance on fund selection, document execution and investment policy statements.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is providing two new health care insurance products designed to expand coverage options: AffordaBlue for individuals concerned about affordability, and Triple Option for small businesses.

The effective date for coverage on both products is Aug. 1. For more information, call Bob Hanson at (785) 291-8869 or click on

Bill Wiley, Lyndon, was appointed to the Trade Policy Committee for the American Soybean Assn. The association is a national, non-profit organization that develops and implements policies to increase the profitability of its members and the soybean industry.

Mary Marshall has been promoted to deli manager at Dillons, 1740 Mass., where she previously was a grocery clerk. Marshall started working at the store in 1986.

Craig Phillips, a teacher in the Lawrence school district, has been selected to participate in the development of learning outcomes for students with visual impairments by the Kansas State School for the Blind and Kansas State Department of Education.

Phillips will serve on writing teams in the areas of academic skills. Phillips is the district's teacher for blind and visually impaired students, and serves as orientation and mobility specialist.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital added four employees to its program that addresses mental health care for senior adults.

Joining Senior Care Services for the Mental Health Unit are Dr. John Whipple, Paula Dupigny-Leigh, Nadine Dexter and Marlaine Malone.

Whipple, medical director of the unit, consults as medical director at KANZA Community Mental Health Center in Hiawatha. He has a private practice in Lawrence specializing in psychoanalysis.

Dupigny-Leigh, assistant director of Mental Health Services, has 29 years of nursing experience at Menninger Clinic in Topeka.

Dexter, the unit's program director, has held director and administrative positions at Menninger Clinic and Stormont-Vail Medical Center in Topeka. She also taught at Baker University and Washburn University. She received a master's degree in nursing from Kansas University.

Malone, the unit's outreach coordinator, most recently was mobile assessment coordinator for Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

The program's 15-bed inpatient unit provides assessment, medication review, stabilization and treatment for older adults with behavioral health problems.

Central National Bank is planning the construction of two new banking locations in Lawrence and will break ground at both locations in August.

The East Lawrence branch will be located next to Kwik Shop at 23rd and Harper streets. The South Lawrence branch will be located on Nieder Road, southwest of 31st and Iowa streets near SuperTarget.

The branches are expected to open in spring of 2002.

Junction City-based Central National has been in the Lawrence market since 1995. It has locations at 711 Wakarusa Drive and 603 W. Ninth St.

First State Bank & Trust has opened a new full-service bank at 3901 W. Sixth St. Eric Scott, with 19 years of banking experience in Lawrence, is the bank manager.

The bank offers extended hours for drive-through service.

First State Bank & Trust already has a location at 609 Vt.

The Kansas Women's Business Center and Kansas City radio station KPHN-AM 1190 launched a weekly radio program called "Enterprising Women." The show's focus is to help women start and grow businesses.

The show is on the air from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. The show also is carried live via the Internet at

Individuals may e-mail questions to, and answers will be provided during the program's "Ask the Expert" segment.

Lynn Quiring, a Lawrence pharmacist, announces the grand opening of Lawrence Natural Healthcare at 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 2122. Quiring conducted a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.

The business focuses on individual consultations and screenings and recommends natural approaches to complement prescription therapy.

Quiring, a 1977 Kansas University School of Pharmacy graduate, has owned the Medicine Shoppe, 1807 Mass., since 1988. He also owns Cedar Creek Pharmacy in DeSoto. He is a certified clinical nutritionist and has earned a diploma in Homeopathic Pharmacy.

RHS Inc., Hiawatha, announced several personnel promotions: Bill Burdick, to vice president of sales RHS; Pat Meenen, to sales manager for RHS/Bestway; Jeff Farrar, to sales manager for Outback; Mike Brown, to technical/customer service manager for Outback; and Joe Redetzke, to national sales manager of Outback.

For more information about the company, click on or

Honors and awards

Kermit Cottrell has been recognized by Allstate Insurance Co. for maintaining high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability. He also is considered a top salesperson in auto, property, business and life insurance.

Cottrell has earned the Life Leader award, which recognizes his dedication to helping customers.

The Kermit Cottrell Allstate Agency is located at 2449 Iowa.

Lawrence resident Jim Hanna, a financial adviser with the Topeka office of American Express Financial Advisors, recently was honored with the President's Recognition Award. He was named a recipient for providing high quality advice to his clients.

Hanna may be reached at (785) 357-6278.

Tom Pollard, Lawrence, has been honored by Farmers Insurance Group for sales achievements during 2000. He has been invited to attend the Topper Club convention in Vail, Colo., where attendees will discuss local and national trends and activities affecting the insurance business.

Pollard represents Farmers Insurance through the Thomas J. Pollard Insurance Agency Inc., 2420 Iowa, Suite E.

Coming events

An Equal Opportunity Law Update Seminar is set for Oct. 30-31 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive. The seminar is sponsored by the city of Lawrence's Human Relations Commission and Human Relations/Human Resources Department.

Keynote speakers will be Deanell Tacha, a Lawrence resident who is chief justice for the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Floyd May, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The cost for registration is $125 per person, but early-registration savings are available.

For more information or to register, call 832-3310. People also may register online at

The Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is accepting entries for the PRISM awards, which recognize area communications professionals.

Individuals from the area may submit entries for public relations programs or projects that occurred between June 1, 2000, and May 31, 2001.

The "early bird" deadline for entries is 3 p.m. Monday, and the cost is $50 for PRSA members and $60 for nonmembers. The deadline for all entries is 3 p.m. Aug. 6, and the cost is $65 for PRSA members and $75 for nonmembers.

For more information about the awards, contact Jill Farrell, Barkley Evergreen & Partners, 423 W. Eighth St., Kansas City, Mo. 64105. She may be reached by calling (816) 512-9275 or by fax at (816) 842-6494. Her e-mail address is

To find out more about the association, click on Award winners will be recognized during a gala Oct. 5 at the Fairmont Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

The fourth-annual Kansas Added Value Conference will be Aug. 6-7 at Garden City Community College, Garden City.

Keynote speakers during the conference will be Steve Hunt, CEO of U.S. Premium Beef, and Bill Becker of AgraMarke. The conference also will feature a pre-conference tour of producer-owned businesses.

Also during the conference, Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer will announce the 2001 Agricultural Marketer of the Year and the 2001 From the Land of Kansas Company of the Year. The ceremony is set for Aug. 7.

Registration fees are $50 for the conference, $25 for the tour, and $70 for the conference and tour. Registration is open to the first 200 applicants.

For more information, contact the department's Agriculture Marketing Division at (785) 296-3736 or e-mail

Kansas City's annual Cattle Crawl, a night of tasting beef dishes, will be Aug. 26 in Kansas City, Mo.

The event will include stops at Pierpont's in Union Station, plus Frondizi's, Grand Street Cafnd Fedora on the Country Club Plaza.

The cost is $70 per person and includes a four-course meal, wines and a Cattle Crawl commemorative gift.

To arrange reservations for the event, call (816) 561-8525, ext. 11.

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