Archive for Sunday, November 24, 2002

Business briefs

November 24, 2002


Faces and places

Judy Green is a new member of the American Red Cross Central Plains Region Blood Services board of directors. Green is the owner of Southbound Investments in Lawrence.


Judy Lebestky has joined the staff of Coordinated Systems & Supplies Inc., 932 Mass., as account executive. She will be in charge of sales and marketing to the Microtel Inns & Suites Hotels which is a U.S. franchise hotel chain for which Coordinated Systems & Supplies Inc. is the preferred vendor.

Coordinated Systems & Supplies is a manufacturer and supplier of printed items for the hotel industry and advertising specialty items for local and national companies.


Rebecca Hadl-Lemon has been promoted to assistant store manager at Dillons, 1015 W. 23rd St. Hadl-Lemon has been with the company since 1987.


Joe Jones, Lawrence, was selected to attend the Northwestern Mutual Forum in Phoenix. Jones was invited to the forum in recognition of outstanding sales achievements. He is affiliated with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network's Hames Financial Group.


Peggy Johnson, a senior financial adviser with American Express, has joined a select group of the company's financial advisers who offer specialized service to affluent clients through American Express Platinum Financial Services. Advisers are selected based on experience, financial planning skills, quality of advice and client service, and the achievement of having one or more professional designations.

American Express' most experienced financial advisers provide Platinum Financial Services which offers an expanded scope of personal, comprehensive financial advice to clients.


Kate Update received honorable mention for the National Council of Teachers of English Affiliate Newsletter Award. Kate Update was edited by Bonnie "Liz" Newcomer, Lawrence, and published for the Kansas Council of Teachers of English. It is the third time in eight years that Kate Update, edited by Newcomer, has received NCTE recognition.


Jamie Smith, a credit analyst with Emprise Bank of Lawrence, completed the 2002 Commercial Lending School Oct. 21-25 in Topeka. The school provides bankers intense instruction in the commercial lending process.


Mike Wildgen, city manager of Lawrence, recently received the International City/County Management Assn.'s Credentialed Manager designation. Wildgen is one of 282 local government management professionals to be credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

To be credentialed by ICMA, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government, have earned a degree in public administration or a related filed, and demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Honors and awards

Lawrence Memorial Hospital received four of 38 honors presented as part of the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators annual "Emerald Awards" program. The program recognizes the work of outstanding communicators from health-care organizations across the state. LMH received two top Emerald Awards and two certificates of merit. An Emerald Award was earned in the category of annual reports for the hospital's entry, "Images of 2001," written by Janice Early-Weas, director of community relations; designed by Darren Moore, Titus:d Design of Lawrence; and photographed by John Gladman, Lawrence.

LMH also received an Emerald Award in the "wildcard" category for its "Play Hospital" program, which educates children about health, safety and hospital information.


Exceptional Parent magazine named Craig Phillips, Tonganoxie, as one its Teachers of the Year for 2002. Criteria for the honor were nomination by a parent or parents/guardians of a child with exceptional needs who the teacher served, or nomination by a peer in the field of educating special needs children. Phillips was recognized for his work as a vision specialist in the Lawrence public schools. He is the orientation and mobility specialist for the Shawnee Mission public schools.

Coming events

The Agriculture Marketing Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce & Housing along with Kansas Farm Bureau District 2, is offering a seminar in response to the high level of interest in direct marketing. The seminar will cover the marketing of meat and produce items.

It will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the General Education Building at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park.

The cost of the seminar is $20. Registration is required. Registration forms are available KDOC&H;'s Web site at People can contact Janna Dunbar by calling (785) 296-8132 or by e-mailing

For more information on the seminar, contact the KDOC&H;'s Agriculture Marketing Division by calling (785) 296-5253 or by e-mailing at agprod@

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