Archive for Saturday, April 12, 2003

Chamber to add eight members to board

April 12, 2003


Eight new members joined the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce board of directors April 1. They join 19 other area residents who are currently serving on the board. Here's a brief look at the eight new members:

Sam D. Campbell

Campbell is president and chairman of Campbell-Becker Inc., a Lawrence-based financing and early-stage investment business. Campbell currently is leading a group of investors in a plan to redevelop the area surrounding the former Oread Labs campus into a business park to house life sciences companies.

Campbell received his undergraduate degree from Kansas University in 1970 and his master's in business administration from KU in 1972. He also is the general partner of two venture capital funds, the Ad Astra Fund and the Ad Astra Fund II. Campbell is involved in a variety of Kansas business activities. He is the president of TerraMetrics Inc., a managing partner of LandScan Demographics LLC, a member of the executive board of trustees for KU Center for Research, and a board member for the KU Center for International Business and Research. He serves on the finance and investment committee of the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation and on the board of directors for AAA of Kansas, University National Bank, Real Estate Business Resources and the Douglas County Livestock Assn. He also serves on boards of numerous technology companies.

Robert Hemenway

Hemenway is Kansas University chancellor and serves as chief executive and chief operating officer for all university locations, including the main Lawrence campus, the Kansas University Medical Center's main campus in Kansas City, Kan., and its branch in Wichita, and the KU Regents Center in Overland Park.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Hemenway was raised in Iowa and Nebraska. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his doctorate in English from Kent State University in Ohio at age 24. Hemenway became the 16th chancellor of KU on June 1, 1995.

Prior to joining KU, Hemenway served as chancellor of the University of Kentucky's Lexington campus for six years . Hemenway also is nationally recognized for his biography of Zora Neale Hurston, a black female novelist, anthropologist and folklorist. The biography won a number of awards and was listed by the New York Times among its "Best Books of 1978."

S. Kirk Lambright Jr.

Lambright is the co-chief executive of the Lawrence-based beer distributor Classic Eagle Distributing LLC, which last year built a new warehouse and distribution facility in the Riverside Business Park on North Iowa Street.

Lambright received his bachelor's degree in finance and banking from the University of Missouri in 1991 and his juris doctorate degree, as well as his master's in business administration, from St. Louis University in 1994.

Lambright is active in numerous organizations. He's a board member and vice president of Lawrence and Douglas County Crime Stoppers, and a member of multiple chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Kansas Beer Wholesalers Assn. and Lawrence Alcohol Tax Advisory Task Force.

Michael J. Maddox

Maddox is the president of both Intrust Bank locations in Lawrence and the regional sales manager for all the bank's locations in Lawrence, Topeka and the Kansas City area.

Maddox graduated from KU with a degree in business in 1991 and with a juris doctorate in 1994. While at KU, Maddox was a four-year letterman on the KU basketball team, including the 1988 national championship club. Before joining Intrust, Maddox worked for the Lawrence law firm of Stevens & Brand and also started his own firm, Skepnek and Maddox. Maddox practiced law in Lawrence for another three years before leaving the practice to join Intrust. Maddox also is involved in a number of community activities and sits on the boards of the following organizations: Lawrence Arts Center, Lied Center, KU Athletic Corp., United Way of Douglas County and the Lawrence Schools Foundation.

Peach Madl

Madl is the owner/operator of the Sandbar, a downtown Lawrence tavern, and the Lodge, a motel and conference center in Baldwin.

Madl is co-director of Baldwin's Convention and Visitor's Bureau. She also is active in numerous organizations, including the LMH Steering Committee for the Hearts of Gold Ball, the Baldwin City Friends of Recreation Advisory Board and the Douglas County Fair Entertainment Committee. She serves as superintendent of the Douglas County Open Horse Show.

Brian Pine

Pine is an owner/partner of the Lawrence-based Pine Family Farms LLC and is in charge of the company's daily operations and the farm's sod production business.

Pine graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agribusiness and previously worked for Penny's Concrete as a marketing representative. He was a loan officer for Farm Credit of Northeast Kansas before returning to the family farm.

He has served as president of the Douglas County Farm Bureau board of directors and is vice president for the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation board of directors. He also was named chair of the chamber's new Agribusiness Network.

Sharon Spratt

Spratt is chief executive of Cottonwood Inc., a Lawrence-based nonprofit agency that works with people with developmental disabilities.

Spratt has a degree in education from Kansas State University and has completed graduate courses at the University of South Florida, Fort Hays State University and KU. Before her installation as CEO of Cottonwood in 1994, Spratt worked with community service providers in both Kansas and Florida in service and administrative capacities.

She serves on the boards of InterHab, Heartland Works, Leadership Lawrence, Lawrence Rotary and Lawrence Parks and Recreation.

Randy Weseman

Weseman is the superintendent of the Lawrence public schools.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from KU. He joined the district in 1976 as a high school history, economics and government teacher. In 1990, Weseman became principal of South Junior High School and then joined the district administration in 1994 as division director of curriculum. He was named assistant superintendent for educational programming in 1995 and assistant superintendent of evaluation and planning in 1999. The school board appointed Weseman superintendent in 2000.

Before joining the school district, Weseman was in the United States Air Force and served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War.

Weseman has served on numerous boards, including those of The Shelter, Lawrence Sister Cities Advisory Board, Juvenile Justice Reform Planning Team, Leadership Lawrence, Friends of Hiratsuka, the Business/Education Partnership and Junior Achievement.

All eight new board members will serve three-year terms, which will expire in March 2006. The other 19 members who serve on the chamber board are:

Larry McElwain, co-owner of Warren-McElwain Mortuary; Gene Meyer, Lawrence Memorial Hospital; Donna Bell, Brandon Woods Retirement Community; Ernie Cummings, Kizer-Cummings Jewelers; Keith Folkmann, Sauer-Danfoss; Mark Garrett, Hallmark Cards; Kelvin Heck, Grubb & Ellis/The Winbury Group; Dwayne Peaslee, retired; Karen Swisher, Haskell Indian Nations University; Judy Wright, KU Endowment Association; Mark Andersen, Barber, Emerson, Springer, Zinn & Murray LC; Al Bohl, KU athletic director; Mark Buhler, Kansas senator and Stephens Real Estate; Joan Golden, US Bank; Megan Heibert, Clinton Lake Marina; Shirley Martin-Smith, Martin-Smith Personnel Services & Adecco; Steve Mona, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America; Ann Gardner, Lawrence Journal-World; Phil Struble, Landplan Engineering.

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