Archive for Sunday, November 11, 2001

Business briefs

November 11, 2001


Faces and places

Christopher Burger has joined the law firm of Stevens & Brand, Lawrence, as a partner. He is concentrating his practice on civil litigation.

Burger is a 1993 graduate of the Kansas University law school and has served as assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas handling civil litigation for the past five years .

Burger is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Kansas and Missouri and in the U.S. Supreme Court. He will be a presenter during a continuing education seminar Friday in Wichita, discussing "Kansas Construction Contracting for Public Entities."

Lisa Patterson officially becomes the city's new communications coordinator Dec. 3.

Patterson, who has been the city's recreation marketing supervisor for parks and recreation since June 1998, will support internal and external communication initiatives at City Hall, plus develop and implement plans for promotions, advertising and other materials. She also will support the city's Sister Cities Advisory Board.

The city received more than 200 applications for the job, which Patterson has been handling on an interim basis since Gayle Martin left the post earlier this year for a job at the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Patterson received a bachelor's degree in business from Kansas University and is scheduled to receive a master's degree in journalism from KU in December 2002.

Patterson, whose background includes consumer and business-to-business marketing, received the Outstanding New Professional Award for 2000 from the Kansas Recreation and Parks Assn.

Eric Barton has joined Wagstaff & Cartmel, a law firm in Kansas City, Mo., where he practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, product liability and personal injury litigation. Barton teaches legal skills to first-year students at the Kansas University law school, which he graduated from in 1993.

Michael Scheopner has been appointed to the board of directors of the Lawrence-based Kansas Equity Fund. Scheopner is the executive vice president at Landmark National Bank of Manhattan. The Kansas Equity Fund buys federal income tax credits to make affordable housing possible throughout Kansas.

Dr. Daniel Wilson is the new medical director at HealthSouth/Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital in Overland Park. He is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with more than 10 years of experience in rehabilitation medicine in Kansas. He attended Kansas University Medical School.

Dale Martin Jr. has joined the management team at Security Benefit Group, a Topeka-based financial services company, as vice president for marketing and sales and as national sales manager. Martin previously was western regional vice president for Nationwide Retirement Solutions. He has been involved in the 403(b) and 457 markets as well as with the NEA ValueBuilder Retirement Program during the past 20 years.

Kim Brown Kurz, an assistant professor of interpreter training at Johnson County Community College, has been appointed to the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by Gov. Bill Graves. Kurz fills an unexpired term that ends April 29, 2003.

Members of Lawrence Realty Associates attended the National Association of Realtors annual convention Nov. 2-5 in Chicago. The convention exposes real estate professionals to the latest trends and technological tools available in the industry. Those who attended were Pat Flavin, John Bush, Wanda Hughes, Bill Hack, Jim Regan, Judy Brynds, Ken Ollila, Mike Harrell, Paul Forio, Rozi Foreman, Sandy Garber, Steve Albright, Susan Wade and Teresa Ohlemeier.

Bryan Beaver, president of Carter Petroleum Products Inc., Overland Park, was elected president of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas at the association's annual convention in Overland Park. Beaver, Overland Park, has served on the PMCA Board of Directors since 1990 and has been a member of the executive committee for the past three years. The Topeka-based association represents more than 350 licensed petroleum distributors, convenience store owners/operators and gasoline retailers.

Carter Petroleum Products develops retail convenience stores and truck stops, and markets and distributes petroleum products.

Anita Faddis, an instructor at Baldwin High School, is president of the Kansas Association for Career & Technical Education for 2001-2002. As president, Faddis is responsible for guiding the association and coordinating activities of its affiliates. She also will represent the association before the Kansas Legislature and the Kansas State Department of Education.

Employees and agents of American Family Insurance donated $67,464 to the American Red Cross Liberty Fund, to assist victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Madison, Wis.-based company donated $25,000, and agents added $42,464, the company said.

American Family has offices in Lawrence.

Baymont Inns & Suites officially opened its first Lawrence franchise last month at 740 Iowa.

The three-story former home of Comfort Inn and Lawrence Motel has been renovated. It has 65 rooms, a conference center, pool and fitness center.

The Lawrence franchise is owned and managed by Lawrence Investment Inc., Lawrence. Arvind Patel is general manager.

Becky McClure recently joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Kreider Rehabilitation Center South as a physical therapist. McClure, former owner of RehabOne, joined Kreider Rehabilitation when RehabOne sold its capital assets to the hospital.

McClure specializes in orthopedic therapy for all age groups. As a physical therapist, McClure handles patient assessments, establishes care plans and assesses the effectiveness of treatments. She also educates patients and their families about care issues.

Barbara Carswell, Lawrence, is among 34 recent graduates of the Leadership Kansas program.

Participants completed their six-month program last month, and were recognized during a ceremony in Topeka.

Each year, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry-sponsored program identifies nearly three dozen leaders from across the Kansas and informs them of key issues facing the state. The program also seeks to inspire participants to become involved in such issues.

Honors and Awards

Charlton Manley, Lawrence, is one of four Kansas agencies that has been selected to participate in the Independent Insurance Agents of America Best Practices Study Group. The company qualified for the study because of its outstanding customer services, growth, stability and financial management. The study was initiated by the Independent Insurance Agents of America's Commission to Enhance Agency Value as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance. The annual survey and study of leading independent insurance agencies documents the business practices of these "best" agencies and urges others to adopt similar practices.

Western Resources Inc., Topeka, received a Silver Well Workplace Award this month from the Wellness Councils of America, a group that promotes healthy workplaces.

David Wittig, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer, accepted the award. It was presented in recognition of Western Resources' commitment to the health and well-being of its employees, the group said.

Others receiving the award include Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa.; ConAgra Inc., Omaha, Neb.; Concordia University, River Forest, Ill.; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Clarksburg, W. Va.

Through its KPL and KGE subsidiaries, Western Resources provides electricity to 636,000 customers in Kansas, including Lawrence. KPL has a power plant in Lawrence.

The student chapter of the National Community Pharmacists Assn. from the Kansas University School of Pharmacy recently was honored as NCPA Student Chapter of the Year during the association's annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Jason Schmitz is chapter president, and David Rziha is its president-elect. KU pharmacy students also received the distinction last year.

Gene Hotchkiss, assistant to the dean of KU's pharmacy school, received the 2001 Outstanding Faculty Liaison Award from the NCPA. He is faculty adviser and liaison for the KU-NCPA student chapter. The award recognizes a school of pharmacy faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to the community pharmacy practice. He was cited for his role in development and coordination of a pharmacy student entrepreneurial opportunities program that organizes student visits to community pharmacies throughout Kansas. He also is coordinator for the annual KU School of Pharmacy Summer Camp.

Cheri Streeter, regional director of the Small Business Development Center at Johnson County Community College, has been selected as the 2001 Star Performer for Kansas by the Association of Small Business Development Centers. The award recognizes commitment and contributions to the small business community. She joined JCCC in 1996 and became the center's regional director in 1999. Streeter and her staff have more than doubled the number of small business clients served by the center from 202 clients in 1996 to 406 clients in 2000. The center conducts more than 50 training seminars a year.

The American Society of Civil Engineers awarded Stanley Rolfe an honorary membership, the highest honor bestowed to a civil engineer, for his contributions to the applications of fracture mechanics and his career in engineering education. Rolfe is a professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at Kansas University.

A boating entrepreneur and a banking official will be inducted Feb. 5 into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame at Emporia State University.

The inductees are Pack St. Clair, owner of Cobalt Boats, Neodesha; and Charles Q. Chandler II, whose family-owned banks became the foundation for what is now Intrust Bank, which has branches in Lawrence.

St. Clair will receive the 2002 Contemporary Honor Award. Chandler will receive the 2002 Historical Heritage Award.

The inductions will come during a Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry banquet Feb. 5 in Topeka.

Coming events

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following ribbon-cutting ceremony:

Black-Eyed Susan's, 11:30 a.m. Friday, 820 Mass.

The Lawrence Technology Assn. will have a luncheon meeting at noon Thursday at Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St. Steve Hagenlock, former chief technology officer of Sportvision and a founder of Coach's Edge, will be the guest speaker. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To make reservations, contact Peggy Williams by e-mail at pwilliams@ittc or by calling 864-4832.

Children's Orchard, a franchise offering resale of children's clothing, toys and equipment, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at 742 Mass.

The franchise, owned by Dawn Thompson, also will launch a promotional campaign as part of National Adoption Month. The store will accept cash contributions, plus sell coupon books offering discounts for Children's Orchard merchandise; proceeds will go to the Family Builders Adoption Network.

Children's Orchard is an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based franchisor with more than 100 stores in the United States, including one in Olathe and four others in the Kansas City area.

For more information, contact the Lawrence store at 832-9000.

Kansas Farm Bureau members will gather for the organization's annual meeting Friday and Saturday at the Century II/Hyatt Regency complex in Wichita to set public policy direction for the upcoming year.

The policy resolutions adopted by voting delegates in Wichita become KFB's 2002 policy roadmap for lobbying efforts in Topeka and Washington, D.C. Bio-security, food safety and ethanol promotion will be among the highlights of the policy discussion.

A number of breakout workshops featuring current-day applications for farmers and ranchers will be presented. The hour-long workshops will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Kansas Farm Bureau policy-setting session begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

For more information, persons can call Mike Matson, director of communications and public relations for the Kansas Farm Bureau, at (785) 587-6000.

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