Archive for Sunday, November 4, 2001

Business briefs

November 4, 2001


Faces and places

Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced the hiring of two new administrators.

Robert Harvey is practice manager for Lawrence Family Care. He is responsible for financial, personnel and administrative functions of business unit including purchasing, accounts payable, budget preparation and management, patient satisfaction, employee education and insurance negotiation and contracting.

Harvey has been in health care administration for 20 years, both as a consultant and administrator. He recently served as a health care consultant at Skaggs Community Health Center in Branson, Mo. He has done post-graduate work in health care administration at Kansas University.

Marty Fairchild has joined the hospital as the director of clinical support services, working to assure the standard of nursing care across the organization and support decision-making through the collection and analysis of data. She monitors operations, budget, service quality and performance improvement, and is responsible for developing and maintaining statistics on resource use for most areas of clinical services.

Fairchild most recently was advanced clinical research coordinator for Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.

John Tacha, Lawrence, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Fort Hays State University's Endowment Assn. Tacha owner of the Bureau of Lectures and Concerts, Lawrence received a bachelor's degree from FHSU. He has served on the Lawrence School Board, the Lawrence Hospital Endowment Assn., the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Cottonwood Inc. and the Lawrence Public Schools Endowment.

A scholarship fund established by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry Education Foundation to benefit families affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks received a boost from two oil companies. Marathon Ashland Petroleum Co. and Marathon Oil Co. each donated $200,000, bringing the fund total to nearly $1.5 million. The fund was initiated with a pledge of $1 million from Koch Industries. Gov. Bill Graves serves as honorary chairman of the fund.

More than 100 corporations and individuals have donated to the fund. Contributions can be made to the Kansas Chamber Education Foundation, 835 S.W. Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan. 66612 or online at For more information, call John Fowler, president and CEO of the chamber, at (785) 357-6321.

Adaiha Ledbetter, Nancy Redding and Susan Stephens, of Flory Optometry in Lawrence, attended the 2001 Kansas Optometric Assn.'s Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. The seminar focused on ocular findings in abused children, insurance claims processing, eyewear dispensing, patient education and communication skills.

Rosina Houle, a paralegal for the city of Lawrence, is the new co-director for District II of the Kansas Paralegal Assn. She attended the recent National Federation of Paralegal Association Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Les Dreiling and Mike Flory have been appointed to the board of directors of University National Bank, Lawrence. Dreiling, executive vice president and chief lending officer, has worked at the bank for 10 years.

Flory, an agribusiness and real estate professional, is a lifetime resident of Douglas County.

Jennifer Cook has been elected as an officer in the Retail Department for Commerce Bank, Kansas City, Mo. She is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Kansas University branch in Lawrence.

John Shaw has been elected as an officer in the Human Resources Department. His responsibilities include employee relations and recruiting. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kansas University.

Douglas Martinek, Topeka, has joined the Eastern Kansas Agency of the Knights of Columbus Insurance. He is responsible for providing service to the Knights of Columbus members and their families in the Lawrence Corpus Christi Council area. He earned a bachelor's degree in education at Kansas University. He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 40 years.

Rick Ullery recently celebrated 10 years of employment with Farmland Industries. He is an operator in the ammonia area of Farmland's Lawrence fertilizer plant.

Joe Schwartz, custom installation manager at Kief's Audio/Video, Lawrence, attended the 2001 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Assn. conference in early September in Indianapolis.

Schwartz attended classes on intelligent lighting controls, home theater acoustics and interfacing home audio and video with the Internet. He also learned about emerging technologies for home automation and home electronics.

The Kansas Corporation Commission is offering online authority renewals for motor carriers that operate in Kansas. The application may be accessed from the commission's Web site at www.kcc. or from the state motor carrier portal at The application gives motor carriers the ability to renew and pay for their authority to operate in Kansas.

The KCC Online Authority Renewal System allows users to verify address and business information and make necessary changes. Licensees who renew online do not have to mail in the renewal application as they have in the past. Motor carriers cannot renew online if they have allowed their insurance to lapse or if their authority status has been suspended or revoked.

To renew their authority online, motor carriers must have access to the Internet, a credit card and their renewal form from the KCC.

Honors and awards

Joel Stinson, director of distribution services for Allen Press Inc., Lawrence, received the United States Postal Service National Mail Center Manager Award last month during a postal forum in Denver.

The award is given to managers who have cut costs or generated additional revenues through inventive use of postal products and services. Recipients also apply innovations to boost perception of the mail and the mail center within their organizations.

At Allen Press, Stinson has taken advantage of drop-shipment, mail-consolidation and customized direct-mail services, the postal service said. Stinson also helped drive use of automation at the company, to save money and boost revenues and subscriptions.

Allen Press spends $5 million a year at the post office, mailing more than 15.6 million pieces of flat mail as scientific, medical and academic publications. Allen Press is the largest mail customer in Lawrence.

Mike Taylor has been named Employee of the Quarter at Cottonwood Inc., Lawrence. He was nominated for the award by his co-workers. Taylor, a data assurance coordinator, conducts time studies, bids jobs and processes payroll for people with developmental disabilities employed at Cottonwood, where he has worked since 1990.

The Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will present the 2001 Spirit of Philanthropy Award to Jeffrey and Martha Comment during a luncheon Nov. 14 at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott. The award recognizes long-term achievement, commitment and dedication toward helping the Greater Kansas City area. Jeffrey Comment is chairman and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds. Jeffrey and Martha Comment have served in various capacities for the Heart of America United Way.

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has selected Cottonwood Inc., Lawrence, to receive an outstanding vendor award for producing tie-down straps for the Department of Defense. Cottonwood Inc. will receive the only Outstanding Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program Vendor Award given to a National Institute for the Severely Handicapped nonprofit agency. The program allows people with severe disabilities to provide services to the federal government.

The award is based on extraordinary customer support, superior product quality and on-time delivery criteria. Cottonwood handled more than 2,000 delivery orders in fiscal year 2000. The company is in its third year of a five-year contract with the Department of Defense.

Coming events

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Fifi's Restaurant, 925 Iowa.

The 24th annual Agricultural Outlook Conference will be Friday at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union Ballroom.

Jason Henderson, an economist at the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will discuss the reversal in the United States and agricultural economies. Dale Moore, chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, will provide an update on activities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The outlook for grain and livestock markets will be presented by Andrew Gottschalk, senior vice president for R.J. O'Brien and Associates, and Bob Wilson, market analyst for R.J. O'Brien and Associates.

Cost of the conference is $40. The registration deadline is Tuesday for persons interested in attending the luncheon. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m.

To register or for more information, call (785) 628-5805.

A video documentary produced by Take Ten Inc., Lawrence, and Glenn Kappelman, will be shown at 9 p.m. Nov. 11 on PBS. The documentary, "Through My Sights: A Gunner's View of World War II," is based on the experiences of Kappelman, who will show the video and give a presentation at the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans.

Producer/director of the documentary is Linda Haskins,, and Clay Kappelman is the videographer.

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