Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

9/16 Business briefcase for Sunday

September 16, 2001


Extra Touch Florists is a new association formerly known as Florists Transworld Delivery, or FTDA. Englewood Florist owners and staff attended sessions on innovative floral designs, retail trends, small-business concerns and improved product care.

Susan Engle also toured the national headquarters of Florists Transworld Delivery -- better known as FTD -- in Downers Grove, Ill., and met with FTD officers.

Englewood Florist, 1101 Mass., has been in business for more than eight years.


Shane Jones, Annette Norris, Ron Bottorff, Ornie Ensz and Sylvia Hallowell, all psychotherapists with Shane M. Jones & Associates of Lawrence and Topeka, attended the world conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Nashville, Tenn.

Attendees received professional continuing education on a variety of clinical and mental health treatment issues.

More than 5,000 therapists and counselors attended the conference. Jones, Norris, Bottorff and Hallowell are clinical social workers. Ensz is a marriage and family therapist and pastor.


Helen Mosley has joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital as admitting manager, overseeing patient admissions. She also works with the business office to ensure accuracy in insurance billing.

Mosley previously was area manager at Integrated Health Services in Raytown, Mo.


Tammie Hendrix has been promoted by the Kansas Highway Patrol to information technology consultant assigned to General Headquarters in Topeka.

Hendrix has been working for the Kansas Highway Patrol since 1991. The Perry-Lecompton High School graduate most recently was office specialist.


Mark Jehle and Ted Jehle, both of Baldwin, are new junior members of the American Angus Assn., making them eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Assn. and take part in association-sponsored shows and other national and regional events.

The association is the largest beef registry association in the world with more than 35,000 active adult and junior members.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of the five state committee members for the Farm Service Agency in Kansas.

New members include Almeda Edwards, who lives in Ottawa and farms in Franklin County. Other members are Galen Swenson, Kenneth Frahm, Susan Roenbaugh and Dan Thiessen. Swenson is chair.

FSA state committees are responsible for the general direction and supervision of state FSA programs. The committee keeps farmers informed of agency program activities and resolves appeals and complaints.


Daniel Pennington has joined Partners In Philanthropy, a a Topeka-based fund-raising and nonprofit management consulting firm, as a member of its senior management team.

Pennington, with firm president Michael Maude, will provide clients with experience in capital campaigns, leadership development and strategic planning.

Pennington also is a founder and director of TiesThatBind, a Lawrence firm that offers online and card-based fund-raising opportunities for nonprofit organizations. He is a 1989 Kansas University graduate.

l, an interactively designed site for people who want to play golf in the Kansas City metro area, recently made its Internet debut.

Partners of the site are Tim Carrigan, Andy Hineman and Casey Kershner.

The site's course ratings are driven by input from Web site users; golf course searches through various criteria; detailed information highlighting 39 golf courses and 11 driving ranges in the area; a buy-and-sell classified section for used golf equipment; up-to-minute weather; and bulletin board discussions.


Frances Gale, a nationally recognized authority on historic preservation, has rejoined Lawrence-based Prosoco Inc. as technical director after an eight-year absence.

As technical director, Gale oversees new product development and technical support and training for the company and its customers.

Gale holds a master's degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. She has taught at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Southern California, among other schools. She also was a partner in the Midwest-based consulting firm Claybaugh Gale Anderson Preservation Consultants Inc. She has served as the National Park Service's training director at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, La.


Gerald "Jerry" Tuckwin, Lawrence, recently joined Harrah's Prairie Band Casino, Mayetta, as career development manager.

Tuckwin has more than 30 years of experience in the education field. He retired in August from Haskell Indian Nations University, where he was athletics director and the assistant dean of education.

At the casino, Tuckwin assists employees in their career development, focusing on Native American employees at the casino. The casino has 960 employees. Tuckwin is a Haskell graduate.


Trish Hilliard-Emmons, administrator at Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery, has been recognized by the American College of Medical Practice Executives as earning the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive.

Hilliard-Emmons has achieved board certification in medical practice management. She passed oral, essay and objective exams to earn the designation, and demonstrated skill and knowledge in all aspects of clinical management.

Hilliard-Emmons has a master's degree in health services administration from Kansas University and has been employed by Lawrence Orthopaedic Surgery for two years.

Honors and awards

Douglas County Bank has received an Exceptional Performance Award from Bauerfinancial Reports Inc. for earning 50 consecutive five-star ratings in strength, stability and performance.

Bauerfinancial, the nation's leading bank analyst, evaluates all federally-insured banks on a quarterly basis, using their filed FDIC call reports. A five-star rating is the highest score a bank can receive.

Douglas County Bank, established in 1952, has $160 million in assets among five branches in Lawrence and one in Eudora.


The law firm of Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman, Overland Park, has been listed in the Martindale-Hubbell 2001 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

To be listed, a law firm must demonstrate legal ability and adhere to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.

Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, environmental tort and health-care fraud.


Two Kansas City, Mo., radio stations received awards at the 2001 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards in New Orleans.

KCMO-FM was named Oldies Station of the Year. KPRS was named Urban Station of the Year.

The awards recognize radio personalities and stations in 22 categories.


Karen Weber, owner of Weber Law Firm, Overland Park, has been named "Kansas Woman-Owned Professional Service Firm of the Year" by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing through the Office of Minority and Women Business Development.

The award will be presented Oct. 9 during the department's 17th Annual Recognition Awards luncheon at Kansas State University.

Weber founded the firm in response to her long-standing goal to assist the elderly in planning for their future health care and retirement needs.


The Longaberger Co., a maker of handcrafted baskets, recognized Keri Griffin, Lawrence, as a 2001 National Top Sales Award winner at its annual convention held in Columbus, Ohio. The convention drew 70,000 independent sales associates.

Coming events

The Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Building, 3408 W. Sixth St.

Networking activity will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $10.

Randee Brady, of the KU Small Business Development Center, will provide insight and information about starting a business.

For more information, call Jan Stewart, chapter president, at 843-8521.


The Kansas Technology Enterprise Corp. will give inventors the opportunity to explore options for developing ideas at the Invention Development Workshop.

The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita University.

The event is for all levels of inventors, including those with existing ideas or patents and those who are searching for a market or looking for business assistance.

Registration cost is $25, which includes materials and lunch. For more information or to register, call Teresa Merrifield at (785) 296-5604 or e-mail


Deanell Tacha, chief justice for the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver, and Floyd May, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., will be luncheon speakers at the Equal Opportunity Law Seminar, Oct. 30-31 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

Tacha received her bachelor's degree from Kansas University in 1968 and later joined the faculty at KU.

Area business executives, human resource professionals, mediators and attorneys are invited to attend the seminar. The cost is $75 for one day and $125 for two days.

For more information or to register, call the Lawrence Human Relations/Human Resources department at 832-3310 or online at


Topeka Press Women will have an East District meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

There will be a panel discussion about marketing and promoting self-published and commercially published books.

Cost is $5. For more information, call Sue Novak, president, at 841-5748.


The Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations for upcoming county committee elections.

Committee members will apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions and serve terms of three years.

Nomination forms may be obtained from local FSA offices located in the USDA Service Centers. The last day to file a nomination for county committee is Oct. 29. Farm owners, operators, tenants and sharecroppers of legal voting age can vote in the election if they are eligible to take part in any FSA program. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 21. All ballots must be returned by Dec. 3.

For more information, call (785) 539-3531.

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