Archive for Sunday, May 6, 2001

Sunday business briefs

May 6, 2001


Schuyler was elected at the board's annual recognition breakfast for teachers and volunteers Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Roger Scott of Scott Temperature and Dick Lind of Farmland Industries were named vice presidents of program and finance, respectively. Dee Bisel of Minuteman Press is the new secretary.

Other members of the board are Fred DeVictor, Randy Weseman, Marci Brey, Duane Lankard, Greg DiVilbiss, Elois Allan, Carrie Riordan, Mike Maddox, Glynn Sheridan, Annelee Marsh, Debra Black, Brenda McFadden, Mark Schreiber, Brad Johnson, Clint Bradley, Clarence Reynolds, Trudi Haskins, Peggy Leslie, Amy Bradley, Kathy Clausing, Hank Booth and Chuck Woodling.

In Lawrence, Junior Achievement sponsors economic and business education programs that reach 4,000 youths from kindergarten through junior high.


Mark Tozier recently joined Factory Direct Appliance in Lawrence as an outside sales manager, covering the Lawrence and Topeka markets. He is responsible for contacting home builders and apartment managers who need to have appliances delivered and installed. Tozier previously worked at Kief's Audio Video.


David Mattern, Lawrence, has joined the Lawrence office of A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., 1811 Wakarusa Drive, as a financial consultant. He previously was an investment representative for Edward Jones in Lawrence. The Lawrence office has four financial consultants.


Three brokers for Grubb & Ellis/The Winbury Group in Lawrence have been appointed to positions with the Kansas and Lawrence chambers of commerce.

Marilyn Bittenbender has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Her term on the board begins July 1 and runs through June 2004.

Kelvin Heck began his yearlong term as chair-elect of the board of directors of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce in April. Heck currently is chair of ECO2, a chamber task force working to identify sites within Douglas County for future business development and green space.

Allison Vance Moore has started her term as envoy chair for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. As envoy chair, she presides over groundbreakings and ribbon-cuttings for new and expanding businesses. Her duties will continue through spring 2002.


Carlton Ricketts recently joined the local Firstar Community Bank Advisory Board. He is vice president of investor relations for Western Resources.


Kelli Kenney has been named a personal financial adviser with the Lawrence office of American Express Financial Advisors, 3200 Mesa Way. As a financial adviser, she consults with clients to help them identify financial goals and plans to achieve them.


Jeffrey Lochow has been appointed director of tax operations for the Kansas Department of Revenue. Lochow, who begins his job May 14, will be responsible for managing the Division of Taxation.

He recently completed a 20-year career in the Army. His final assignment was with the School for Command Preparation at the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth.


TBS Electronics Inc. opened for business last month at 5606C S. Topeka Blvd. in Topeka. TBS offers sales, programming and service on two-way radios and accessories from Motorola, Icom and Midland.

For more information, call (800) 530-5550.


Farmland Industries announces the hiring of one employee and the retirement of another.

Steve Dann, Lawrence, has been hired as process engineer for the nitric acid and nitrate areas at Farmland's nitrogen fertilizer plant in Lawrence.

Dann previously worked for Nitram Inc. in Tampa, Fla., where he worked four years as the plant/production engineer. He also served as production manager at Farchan Laboratories Inc. in Gainesville, Fla.

Alfred Cooper, senior operator in the ammonia section, is retiring after 27 years at the Lawrence plant. He has been a senior operator since 1980.


Members of Kuk Sool Won, a martial arts academy in Lawrence, recently competed in a world tournament in St. Louis.

The business, located in Orchards Corners at 1410 Kasold Drive, offers instruction in traditional Korean martial arts, including punches, kicks, throws, joint locks and weapons.

Co-owners Mark Kurtz and Walter Dimmick opened Kuk Sool Won six months ago. The business, open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, currently has 78 members age 7 and up.

Kuk Sool Won has a public viewing area for visitors.


Clarence M. Kelley and Associates Inc. has hired Vicki Moore, Lawrence, as a marketing representative for surveillance services.

The company, based in Kansas City, Mo., conducts private investigations and provides security consulting. It has a nationwide network of investigators.

Moore was a Lawrence police officer from 1992 to 1996, and now has more than six years of experience in insurance claims investigation.

The company also announced two other new employees: Louis Mentesana as director of business development for protective services, and P. Chad Clayton as director of protective services.

Honors and awards

The Journal-World's circulation department received four awards from the Midwest Circulation Management Assn. during the organization's annual conference April 25-28 in Denver.

The Journal-World competed against newspapers with daily circulation ranging from 10,001 to 25,000 copies. The association has members in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.

Winning first place for recruitment/training was a yard sign used to attract potential carriers in neighborhoods.

In the field sales/promotion category, the department won first place for a promotion at Kansas University that gave each student subscriber a T-shirt featuring a Jayhawk reading a Journal-World.

A Journal-World program to send renewal cards to subscribers who have paid one time and are up for renewal won first place in the category of subscriber retention promotions. The department also won second place in the category for a stop-saver program.

Joe Lewis is the Journal-World's circulation manager.


Three baristas representing Topeka-based PT's Coffee Co. won three of the top five spots during the 2nd Annual World Barista Championship in Miami.

Clint Idol, of Henry's in Lawrence, won third place. James Smith, of PT's Coffee Co. in Overland Park won second place, while Jessica Kohl of PT's Coffee Co. in Topeka, took fourth place.

They were judged on technique, appearance, service and coffee taste. Each contestant had 15 minutes to complete a series of drinks that were predetermined by the Specialty Coffee Association of America, plus one specialty drink.

PT's Coffee Co., which is owned by Jeff Taylor, received the SCAA -TOPS Award for being a "partner in excellence."


Paula Commons, Lawrence, has been chosen as the American Business Women's Association's Twilight Chapter Woman of the Year. Commons has been a member of the Twilight Chapter since 1991.

She is secretary of the chapter. During the past 10 years, she has served as chairs of the membership, hospitality, publicity and education committees.

By winning the local chapter award, Commons now is eligible to complete an application for one of 10 nationally recognized women of ABWA.

She is an administrative assistant to the plant manager at Astaris, where she has worked for 35 years.


The Business/Education Partnership Academy Awards were conducted April 26 at Liberty Hall. Here are the award recipients:

l Best New Partnership: Dillons and Free State High School.

l Best School-to-Careers Program: Dale Willey Automotive and Lawrence High School.

l Best Elementary Partnership: Lawrence Breakfast Optimists Club and East Heights School.

l Best Secondary Partnership: Educom Credit Union and Free State High School; Lawrence High School and Lawrence Education Assn.

l Best Individual in Support of a Partnership: Liz Novick, East Heights School counselor.

l Best Reciprocation Idea: Wakarusa Valley School and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

l Best Integration of Curriculum: Adventures in Imagination Partnership (Lied Center and Firstar Bank) and Lawrence public schools.


Republican lawmakers from Kansas have been named to the Southern Economic Development Council's 2001 Honor Roll of Legislative Achievement in Economic Development.

Included were U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran, Jim Ryan and Todd Tiahrt and U.S. Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts. They are invited to attend a reception with the SEDC board of directors on Wednesday in Washington D.C.

The SEDC recognizes lawmakers for supporting legislation intended to boost economic prosperity of the organization's 17-state region, which includes Kansas.

Coming events

Diana Carlin, dean of the graduate school and international programs at Kansas University, will be guest speaker during this week's Kansas International Breakfast Seminar.

The seminar, "The World at KU and KU in the World: An Update on the Office of International Programs," will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club.

Among Carlin's international experiences: participation in trade missions to the Far East; working on democracy-building and elections in Latin America and Africa; and development of business-education programs in Russia.

The seminar cost $10 for Kansas International members and $15 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, call 841-4685 or e-mail


Reuter Organ Co. will be providing tours of its new building at 1220 Timberedge Road on June 4. Tours begin at 2:30 p.m., a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be conducted at 4:30 p.m., and appetizers and drinks will be served at 5 p.m.

The company has been in business for 85 years and is moving from its location at 612 N.H.


A Strategic Retention Academy, conducted by AES International, is scheduled for May 21-22 in Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

The two-day, interactive academy is designed to prepare attendees to begin increasing retention in their companies.

For more information, call (888) 787-4364 or visit


The K-10 Assn. will have its annual meeting and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Shadow Glen Clubhouse in Olathe.

The featured speaker will be Steven Baker, president and CEO of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The 7th annual Corridor awards will be presented. Officers will be elected.

The cost for members is $20, or $25 for nonmembers. To make reservations, call (913) 649-9510 or e-mail

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