Archive for Sunday, April 4, 2010

Around and about in local business

April 4, 2010


• Cynthia Erland, daughter of Jan and Jim Erland of Lawrence, has been promoted from vice president of global marketing at Perry Ellis to senior vice president of Perry Ellis Women’s Brands, New York-Los Angeles.

• Caroline Eddinger, Lecompton, was one of 21 Kansas certified public accountants selected to participate in the second class of the “20 up to 40” Leadership Program offered by the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The 2010 program consists of five sessions, which began in January and will end in November.

• Ruth Sarna, director of student health services at Baker University, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Ollie B. Moten Award, which recognizes American College Health Association members who have made a significant impact at their university. Sarna, of Lawrence, will be recognized during the awards and fellows dinner at the ACHA’s annual meeting June 3 in Philadelphia.

• Ted Maguire, regional director with MFS Investments will present a free seminar, “Roadmap to Retirement: 12 IRA Planning Mistakes to Avoid” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 13 at Alvamar Country Club. The event is sponsored by Dan Cary, certified financial planner and senior financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial. For reservations, call 856-7111.

• Keith Pfannenstiel, Baldwin City, has joined Brown Industries, LLC, as director of engineering. Pfannenstiel provides leadership for Brown’s engineering team, which offers design support for the manufacturer’s two divisions: Brown Cargo Van and Brown Specialty Vehicles, both in Lawrence.

• Colby Venema was named store manager at University Book Shop, 1116 W. 23rd St., in mid-December. Venema replaces Brad Heins.

• Carol D. Rau, PHR, owner of Career Advantage LLC of Lawrence, presented the seminar “Strategies to Stand Out and Advance Your Career” March 9 at the 2010 Quebec Golf Superintendents Association annual conference in Quebec City, Canada.

• Tallgrass Labs, LLC, the Lawrence company that develops Liquor Run Mobile, a smartphone app for iPhone and Android, was recently chosen by Google for its “Device Seeding Program,” an initiative that awards free Motorola Droid phones to companies with highly rated apps in Android Market.

• Jacinta Langford announces the start of LangfordMedia, a full-service marketing firm. LangfordMedia, formerly known as LangfordSevier, specializes in branding, social media marketing, mobile app development and web development.

• Julie McEathron, lead teacher at the Hilltop Child Development Center, has been selected to receive the 2010 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award. McEathron will receive an award of $1,000 at a special ceremony April 15 at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia.

• R. Patrick Riordan, Douglas Fincher, Michael Munson and Luke Sinclair announce the expansion of their law firm, Riordan, Fincher & Munson, PA. Eldon L. Gay joins the firm as a shareholder; Mike Halleran joins the firm of-counsel; and Sinclair has been a shareholder with the firm since inception and is now a named member. The new firm name is Gay, Riordan, Fincher, Munson & Sinclair, PA.


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