Archive for Sunday, October 14, 2001

Business briefs

October 14, 2001


Faces and places

Phillip Rademacher, president of Rademacher Financial Inc., Lawrence, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CFP certification mark.

The mark identifies individuals who have met the board's experience and ethical requirements, completed financial planning coursework and passed a certification examination that covers financial planning, risk management, investments, tax planning and management, estate planning and retirement and employee benefits.

Robert Bryant has joined Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, as chief operations officer, overseeing internal operations. Bryant previously worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Children's Mercy Hospital.

Aimee Bauer is the new office assistant for Lawrence Therapy Services, which offers physical, occupational and speech therapy in Lawrence and Baldwin. Bauer previously worked for Western Kansas Radiology in Great Bend. She is pursuing a physical therapy degree at Kansas University.

Becky Gonzales, Lawrence, has been hired as human resources manager at HP Pelzer (Automotive Systems) Inc., Eudora. The Kansas University graduate manages recruiting, selection, safety and training. She has 10 years of experience in human relations.

Also at the plant are Lawrence residents Greg Barenbrugge, plant manager; Rick Hyser, plant superintendent; and Kurt Von Uht, quality engineer. From Eudora are Kelly Noble, materials coordinator; and Patty Thompson, receptionist.

The company is makes acoustical insulation and interior carpets for trucks and cars.

Lawrence resident Jim Hanna, a certified financial planner with American Financial Advisors, Topeka, has begun a 12-week series covering financial planning topics and financial news events. He shares his advice each Tuesday on the 5 p.m. newscast of Topeka's WIBW-TV, Sunflower Broadband channel 13.

Tom Mulinazzi, Lawrence, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers' Board of Directors. Mulinazzi has been a professor of civil engineering at Kansas University since 1979.

Others who were elected were Charles Stryker, Topeka, president; Joseph Freund, Topeka, president-elect; Rick Ensz, Lenexa, first vice president; and Tim Austin, Wichita, second vice president. Freund and Ensz received degrees from Kansas University.

Susan Rowan is the new president of H&R; Block Foundation, Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas University graduate previously served as president and project director for the Rafiki Foundation's Brazilian operations.

Karen Lavendusky, Lawrence, recently passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination, certifying her as an interior designer.

Lavendusky received a bachelor's degree in interior design from Kansas University. She has worked with Scott Rice Works, Strong's Division, Lawrence, for six years.

Greg Schroeder, an audio/visual consultant at Kief's Audio/Video, Lawrence, recently completed a McIntosh Labs training course. He traveled to Binghamton, N.Y., to help build amplifiers and speakers. He earned a certification of completion.

Meg Babani has joined Lawrence-based Landplan Engineering's office in Kansas City, Mo. As landscape architect, she is responsible for managing the landscape architecture staff, project management, landscape architectural design and client contact.

Honors and awards

The National Association for the Education of Young Children recently awarded accreditation to KinderCare, Lawrence. The recognition is awarded to 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide. To be accredited, centers must demonstrate: a healthy and safe environment; developmentally appropriate curriculum; quality interaction between children and staff members; sufficient number of adults per children in group sizes appropriate for children's age; and strong communication.

Gould Evans Associates, Lawrence, received a Citation Award for Excellence in Architecture for its design of the Lawrence-Douglas County Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The award was given by the Kansas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects on Sept. 20-22 at the AIA Kansas 80th Anniversary Celebration and conference in Wichita. The owner is the city of Lawrence/Douglas County. The project's general contractor was DiCarlo/B.A. Green.

Two area Kansas Main Street cities have been recognized for their accomplishments in revitalizing their downtown districts. Ottawa and Leavenworth earned Governor's Awards of Excellence on Oct. 3 at the 2001 Kansas Main Street conference in Chanute.

Security Benefit Group, a Topeka-based financial services company, has been named by Working Mother magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." Security Benefit was the only Kansas-based company to make the list. To earn the recognition, companies were evaluated on benefits, childcare support, flexibility, leave for new parents, work/life balance and advancement for women. The article was included in the magazine's Oct. 9 edition.

Five representatives of Lawrence real estate companies have been named to the 2001 Kansas Association of Realtors Honor Society.

Recognized from Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate were Nancy Bjorge, Realtor; Shari Novak Johnson, associate broker; Michael McGrew, vice chairman; and Deborah McMullen, Realtor.

From Realty Executives, Hedges Real Estate was Mark Hess, Realtor.

The representatives received honor society certificates during the association's annual convention Oct. 1-3 in Lawrence.

The society recognizes professional achievement of association members who seek excellence through education and contribute time and skills to association leadership. Fewer than 2 percent of the 7,100 Realtors in Kansas were presented honor society certificates.

Coming events

The monthly meeting of the Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Building, 3408 W. Sixth St. Networking activity will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost of dinner is $10. Ann Mah, ABWA national secretary-treasurer, will discuss, "What ABWA Can Do for You." For more information, contact Jan Stewart, chapter president, at 843-8521, or Janet Satterlee, membership chair, at 832-3603.

A ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday at CornerBank, 4621 W. Sixth St.

The Topeka Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators will have its annual Bronze Quill Awards from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Topeka Civic Theatre, 3028 S.W. Eighth Ave. Reservations are $20 and can be made by calling Donna Abdallah at (785) 575-6813 by Tuesday.

KC-American Society of Training and Development is sponsoring a conference, called "Think Global Now," for training and development professionals Thursday and Friday in Kansas City, Mo. The conference will focus on human resource development issues from three perspectives.

Keynote speakers will be Dr. Wes Sime and Micki Holliday. Sime will announce the development of a new interactive stress profile for assessing individual and organizational stress as it relates to performance. Holliday will inspire individuals to achieve goals, excel in their organization and reach their highest potential.

To register call (816) 415-2783 or click on

Express Personnel Services will conduct an employee appreciation celebration Friday at its Lawrence offices, in celebration of the 16th year of National Staffing Employee Week.

The Lawrence office serves Douglas, Jefferson and Franklin counties with temporary and full-time associates in a variety of fields, including office services, industrial, accounting, technical and professional.

The Lawrence office is located at 1800 E. 23rd St., Suite L. For more information call 749-7550 or log on to

The Wakarusa Group of the Sierra Club will offer tips on saving energy in your home at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Michael Morley, president of Morley Inc. Builders of Lawrence, will be the speaker. For more information, call Bruce Plenk at 840-0077.

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