Archive for Sunday, July 28, 2002

Business briefs

July 28, 2002


Faces and places

Lori Tochtrop and Megan Moran completed the Dance Educators of America Level I Certification program in New York. Tochtrop is the owner and director of Dance City Performing Arts Academy Inc., Lawrence, where Moran is a senior instructor.

The curriculum included history, theory and technique. The curriculum is sanctioned by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and offers college credit applicable toward a teaching degree.

Heather Griffin, a senior instructor a Dance City, recently graduated from Kansas University with a master of science degree in physical therapy.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Lawrence, has hired R. Scott Woodhead as the director of membership. He will be responsible for membership recruitment and retention activities, the service center, the certification program, association governance and the association's golf championship. Woodhead begins his duties Aug. 12.

The association also announces the following promotions: Hannes Combest, senior director of membership and education; Shari Koehler, education operations director; Janet Satterlee, senior manager of chapter education and services; Bonnie Stephenson, director of conference events and meeting planning; Bryce Gartner, director of Internet services; Nancee Torkelson, senior manager of service center; Lisa Wick, e-learning programs manager; Matt Armbrister, senior account manager; Pat Payne, manager of tournament logistics and meeting planning; Heather Gerber, online product manager; Rebecca Oshel, human resources manager; Julie Tesch, service center manager; Julia Ozark, trade show manager; and Justin Hawkins, accounting manager.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. announces the appointment of former U.S. Rep. Vincent Snowbarger as assistant executive director for legislative affairs. The corporation was created under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. It currently guarantees payment of basic pension benefits for about 44 million workers and retirees participating in more than 35,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans.

Snowbarger represented the Kansas Third Congressional District from 1997 to 1999, serving on the Banking and Financial Services, Small Business and Government Reform and Oversight Committees. He earned his juris doctorate from Kansas University.

Jason Horowitz has been named executive chef at Teller's, 746 Mass. His responsibilities will include menu direction, culinary execution, supervising kitchen staff, ordering products and establishing relationships with suppliers.

The Lawrence native and 1977 Lawrence High School graduate received a bachelor's degree with a double major in nutrition and anthropology of cultural food and dining practices from the City University of New York. Horowitz has operated his own restaurant and worked as a restaurant consultant and chef.

Lawrence-based Employee Theft Anonymous announces its support of National Fraud Awareness Week, Aug. 4-10. The week is set aside to raise awareness about the affect of fraud and white collar crime on society., a Web site established solely for National Fraud Awareness Week, is a major component of the educational efforts associated with the initiative. The site provides a list of resources on topics ranging from identity theft and credit card fraud to insurance fraud and telemarketing scams.

Honors and awards

David Evans and Jeff Davis, both of Ottawa, earned honors during the 2002 Kansas Motor Carriers Assn. Blue Beacon Professional Truck Driving Championships in Salina. Both are drivers for Wal-Mart Stores of Ottawa.

Evans was named Rookie-of-the-Year for placing the highest among the 43 first-time competitors. Evans has worked as a professional truck driver for 21 years and has driven more than 2.5 million safe miles. He also won second place in the 5-Axle Tank competition.

Davis won a Vehicle Inspection Award. He is a current captain of the Kansas Road Team. He also received first place in the 5-Axle Sleeper Berth competition.

Among the other area winners were:

Vaughn Harris, Pomona, third place, 5-Axle Tank, Wal-Mart Stores in Ottawa;

Darren Bogart, Ottawa, second place, 5-Axle Flatbed, Wal-Mart Stores in Ottawa;

Kenneth Ellerman, Effingham; second place, 5-Axle Sleeper Berth, Penske Logistic, Lawrence.

FryeAllen Inc., Topeka, received four national finalist awards at the annual Silver Microphone Competition. The competition is designed to select and recognize the best local and regional radio commercials, audio programs and Web sites from across the United States.

FryeAllen's winning entries included two radio commercials produced for Scotch Dry Cleaners in Topeka and Lawrence and one for Golden Eagle Casino, Horton. It received another award for the creation of its Web site

Ryan Catlin, a Lawrence investment representative for Edward Jones, was one of 50 representatives honored at a business management forum in New York City. He was recognized for his business-management skills. During the forum, Catlin met with other representatives to share ideas for investment knowledge.

Cindy Maude, president and CEO of Callahan Creek in Lawrence, was named the Kansas/Western Missouri Advertising & Promotion Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. She was recognized for her success in transforming a small agency into a full-service integrated marketing firm and for the creation of Prerogative, a brand consultancy designed to help companies attract and retain their female customers. Maude purchased the agency in 1996, five years after being named president.

Maude is eligible for the national award, which will be announced Nov. 23 in Palm Springs, Calif.

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