Archive for Sunday, October 28, 2001

Business briefs

October 28, 2001


Faces and places

Myron Reed has been promoted to partner at GPW & Associates, a Lawrence-based lighting and engineering firm. Reed oversees development of the firm's mechanical/electrical and plumbing department, and serves as the firm's engineer on record. His responsibilities include finding and maintaining clients.

Karl Watson has joined the firm as chief financial officer. His responsibilities include managing legal and administrative processes, and developing and forecasting the financial growth and success of GPW. He previously worked at Payless ShoeSource as director of corporate planning.

Mitch Young, cemetery manager for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, earlier this month was elected president of the Kansas Cemetery Assn. As president, Young works to foster a stronger connection between the owners and operators of cemeteries, to develop and encourage good business practices and to create high ethical standards for the industry.

Young also represents the cemetery industry in the Allied Council, a group of funeral directors from the Kansas Funeral Directors Assn. and cemeterians who meet annually during the state legislative session.

Wes Gartner this month joined Milton's, Lawrence, as executive chef. Gartner worked previously at Pachamama's and Teller's in Lawrence.

Nancy Corkins, Lawrence, was installed for a second term as district director of the Kansas Pharmacists Assn. during the Kansas Pharmacists 121st annual meeting in Topeka. Corkins, a Kansas University graduate, represents 10 counties in East-Central Kansas. She is a pharmacy specialist for Dillon's Pharmacies. District directors are elected by active members of the association and are voting members of the association's Board of Trustees.

Debbie Mishler and Marvin Bredehoft, both Lawrence residents and KU graduates, also attended the meeting. Mishler is pharmacy director at Sunflower Pharmacy. Bredehoft is owner of Medical Arts Pharmacy.

The Kansas Employee Pharmacists Council installed its 2002 officers and directors during the Kansas Pharmacists meeting. Jeremy Briggs, Lawrence, was elected a director-at-large.

The Kansas Society of Health-System Pharmacists installed its 2002 officers and district directors during the Kansas Pharmacists meeting. Kevin Waite, Lawrence, was elected president; and Ken Mishler, Lawrence, was elected president-elect. Officers are elected by active members of the society and are voting members of the society's Board of Directors. Waite and Mishler are Kansas University graduates. Waite is a pharmacist at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka. Mishler serves a clinical coordinator in the pharmacy at Providence Medical Center.

Employees of the Reed Medical Group, Lawrence, participated in National Denim Day to benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The group contributed $220 to the foundation's fight against breast cancer.

Several Lawrence residents attended the 2001 Kansas Optometric Assn.'s Fall Eyecare Conference in Wichita. Those who attended were Curtis Anderson, Brent Crandon, Steven Flory, Scott McClain, Arthur Queen, Daniel Smith, Darrell Smith and Arliss Stebbins.

The seminar offered sessions covering ocular findings in abused children, red eyes, viropathies, glaucoma, gonioscopy, treatment of macular diseases and vision therapy.

The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence, expanded its Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities program with the aid of a federal grant. Bert Nash hired Gary Douglass and Patricia Long Stentz as WRAP specialists, to work in Lawrence public schools. WRAP places professionals in schools to target discipline referrals, absenteeism and dropout problems.

Douglass works at Schwegler School. Stentz works at South Junior High School.

Bert Nash also welcomes Noel Jacobs as multisystemic therapy supervisor. He previously worked for Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium in Columbia, Mo. He is a doctoral candidate in clinical child psychology at Kansas University.

Melodie Christal, owner of Savannah Lingerie, 735 Mass., has completed training to fit women for breast prostheses following a mastectomy.

Ken Leicht, fleet manager for Frito-Lay Distribution & Service in Topeka, was elected president of the Kansas Motor Carriers Assn. during its 65th annual convention Sept. 26-28 in Wichita.

Larry "Doc" Criqui, of Kansas Van & Storage and Criqui Corp., Topeka, was elected corporate secretary. Kelly Kile, of Wal-Mart, Ottawa, is public relations chairman.

During the convention, Lynn Taylor of Hillcrest Wrecker & Garage, Lawrence, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors in the towing and recovery division.

The Kansas Motor Carriers Assn. is the nation's third largest state trucking association.

Mark Ernst, president and CEO of Kansas City, Mo.-based H&R; Block, has been elected co-chairman of the Kansas City Area Development Council's Board of Directors. Ernst shares a two-year term with David Welte, a partner of Polsinelli, Shalton & Welte. Ernst helps lead the council's core business recruitment and marketing efforts under an "America's SmartCities" promotional campaign. He also helps direct initiatives designed to generate wealth and create higher-value jobs.

Honors and awards

Jeanie Brown and Lynn Quiring, both of Lawrence, received honors during the Kansas Pharmacists 121st annual meeting Sept. 22 in Topeka.

Quiring received the Innovative Practice Award for having demonstrated innovative pharmacy practice resulting in improved patient care, with his work with complementary and natural medicines. Quiring received his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Kansas University and owns The Medicine Shoppe and Lawrence Natural Healthcare in Lawrence.

Brown received the association's District Director of the Year Award in recognition of her service to her district and profession, attendance at board meetings and other association functions. She was installed for a second term as district director. Brown is clinical coordinator at Prime Therapeutics Inc., Topeka. She earned her master's degree in business and bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Kansas University.

Jason Moore, a pharmacy student at Kansas University, was presented with the Kansas Society of Health-System Pharmacists Outstanding Health-System Pharmacy Student Award during the Kansas Pharmacists Assn.'s annual meeting in Topeka. Moore was recognized for his work ethic, leadership and dedication to education.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment 2002 Food Service license renewal notices will be mailed Thursday and Friday to licensed operators. Retail Food Store and Food Processing Plant renewal notices for 2002 also will be mailed.

Operators who fail to pay license renewal fees before Jan. 1 must pay a $10 penalty, the department said. If the renewal fee and license application are not received by Jan. 31, operators must reapply for a license and pay the additional application fee. After fees have been paid, licenses will be mailed beginning in January.

Lodging license renewal notices for 2002 were mailed Oct. 16-17 to licensed operators. Restaurant, lodging, retail food store and food processing plant operators and lodging facility operators who do not receive a renewal application by Dec. 1 should contact KDHA at (785) 296-5600 or (785) 296-5603.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces these upcoming ribbon cutting ceremonies:

Cooper's Home Care, 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, 2139 Pa.;

The Spectacle, 11:30 a.m., Friday, 935 Iowa.

Black-Eyed Susan's will be have a grand opening celebration and holiday open house this weekend. The celebration will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the store, 820 Mass.

Kansas students who want to study international business can win scholarships in a trade essay contest sponsored by Wichita State University's Center for International Business Advancement and World Trade Council of Wichita Inc.

Prizes are scholarships of $500 and $1,000 each year for four years. Winners are eligible to receive matching scholarships awarded through the W. Frank Barton School Business. Students must use the scholarships to study international business. The competition is open to all full-time Kansas students. The theme of the 14th contest is "The Impact of Globalization on the U.S. Economy." The deadline is April 8. For more information about the contest, call Dharma deSilva, WSU international business professor, at (316) 978-3176.

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