Archive for Sunday, April 28, 2002

Business briefs

April 28, 2002


Faces and places

Barbara Starr, a teller supervisor at Emprise Bank in Lawrence, recently completed the 2002 Bank Compliance School in Omaha, Neb. The school is designed to provide compliance and audit personnel with information regarding all federal regulations covered in an onsite Compliance Examination by Federal Regulatory Agencies. Starr was provided with reference materials and techniques to assist their bank in complying with extensive federal and state regulations.

Lawrence businesswoman Lynate Pettengill will be mentioned in upcoming issues of some popular national magazines. Pettengill was interviewed and will be quoted in issues of Child Magazine and Succeed Magazine this fall. Pettengill is a life coach with the International Coach Federation. She specializes in living well single and parenting after divorce. Although based in Lawrence, she coaches clients throughout the United States and abroad.

Diana Rose has joined Charlton Manley Insurance as marketing director. She has more than 16 years of experience in the insurance industry. Rose previously was employed by Willis in Wichita.

Charlton Manley has offices in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.

Timothy Mirtz, a Lawrence chiropractor, has authored a paper titled "Organized Medicine in Kansas: Tracing Medicine's Development and Attitude Toward Irregular Practices and Indirect Role in Public Science Education." The paper appeared in the Winter 2001 edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Chiropractic History. His paper covers the origin and development of the Kansas Medical Society.

Douglas County Bank announces the retirement of Jan Culbertson, proof department supervisor, on Tuesday. A retirement reception will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Douglas County Bank, Ninth and Kentucky streets. Culbertson has been with Douglas County Bank for 24 years, serving as proof department supervisor for 22 years.

John Bush and Wanda Hughes of Lawrence Realty Associates recently attended the 2002 annual RELO conference in Miami. The meeting attracted nearly 800 brokers and relocation professionals from domestic and international independent real estate firms.

The theme "Business Without Borders" was emphasized throughout the conference as sessions focused on ways companies can move beyond traditional boundaries by developing new customer segments, creating compelling service offerings and tapping emerging markets in the United States and abroad.

Michael S. Elliott has recently joined Aul & Hatfield Appraisals, L.C. as a residential real estate appraiser, covering the Lawrence and Kansas City markets. Elliott is a Kansas Licensed Real Estate Appraiser and has been active in the appraisal industry since 1996.

Connie Ingle, Lawrence, has joined Lawrence-based ProSoCo as the private label coordinator. Ingle is a 1999 graduate of Baker University, where she earned an associate's degree in arts and business. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in business administration in July at Baker University.

Ingle previously worked as an office manager for Kansas University's Department of Student Housing, overseeing Jayhawker Towers.

As private label coordinator, Ingle supervises all aspects of the program. Under the private label program, ProSoCo uses its state-of-the-art mixing and blending facilities to create products for other companies.

ProSoco is a national manufacturer of products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining concrete, brick and natural stone.

Lawrence artist Lucinda Smith recently was commissioned to do a three-panel mural for The Dance Academy, 1117 Mass., a local dance studio specializing in salsa dance.

Bartlett & West Engineers Inc. recently was ranked No. 342 among Engineering News-Record's 2002 Top 500 Design Firms in the country. The magazine annually ranks firms based on revenue for design services performed in the previous year.

Bartlett & West was ranked based on its fee revenue of $24.6 million in 2001.

Bartlett & West Engineers, a multi-discipline professional engineering firm, currently employs more than 300 in offices in Lawrence; Lenexa; Topeka; St. Joseph, Mo.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Little Rock, Ark.; West Des Moines, Iowa; Bismarck, N.D.; and Irving, Tex.

The Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing's Travel and Tourism Development Division has redesigned its official online Kansas travel planner.

The Web site,, has a new navigation style that allows quick access to Kansas travel opportunities.

Lawrence-based LaGarde, a leading provider of e-business solutions for small- to medium-sized business, recently announced that it had become a member of the Macromedia Alliance program. Through its membership in the partner program, LaGarde will work closely with Macromedia to develop its StoreFront for Macromedia Dreamweaver and Dreamweaver UltraDev software.

The Macromedia Alliance helps partners develop skills, broaden market reach and capture demand-generation opportunities by supporting the growth of each partner's business with exclusive access to resources, knowledge and training.

Honors and awards

Douglas County Bank has received an Exceptional Performance Award from Bauerfinancial Reports Inc. for earning 52-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 1972, employs 75 people from five branches in Lawrence and one in Eudora. It has $160 million in assets.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America recently received an award from Kansas Advocates for Better Care recognizing the annual Sky's the Limit program. The Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Corporate Program was the result of a survey conducted by KABC to identify those retirement communities offering active intergenerational programs.

More than 100 Kansas retirement communities and care homes responded to the survey.

Sky's the Limit was introduced in 2001 as an annual event to bring generations together to foster understanding and cooperation between senior adults and children in Presbyterian Manor locations, including Lawrence.

Coming events

Legal issues ranging from checkoffs to property rights to estate planning and tax issues will be discussed at the Kansas State University Southern Plains Agricultural Law Symposium May 9-10 in Garden City.

"This symposium is for practitioners with an agricultural clientele, legislators concerned about agricultural issues, and producers," said Roger McEowen, agricultural law and policy specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

Wayne Hage will discuss the recent federal court ruling in Hage v. United States, which said that Hage owned extensive property rights on his grazing allotments of federal land.

"The question now is whether the government took those rights and must pay compensation," said McEowen, who also is an attorney and the conference coordinator.

Other discussion topics include the pending farm bill and the nationwide class action that has been certified by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit against IBP, McEowen said. The IBP case involves a claim that IBP's use of contracted cattle violates the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Attendees also will hear an update of Kansas legislation that affects agriculture.

The conference will be held at the Plaza Inn in Garden City. Continuing education credits will be available for Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado attorneys and certified public accountants.

The registration fee for the full program is $250 if received by Wednesday and $320 after Wednesday. The fee includes instruction, the proceedings booklet, noon luncheons and refreshments. For more information or for registration forms, contact Marcella Budden in the Kansas State Department of Agricultural Economics at (785) 532-1501.

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