Archive for Sunday, October 30, 2011

Around and about in local business

October 30, 2011


• Carrol Gerstenberger, a resident of Medicalodges Eudora, was honored posthumously Oct. 13 at the KHCA/kcal Annual Awards Ceremony in Wichita. Gerstenberger was named the 2011 Distinguished Citizen of Community Improvements for his years of tireless efforts on behalf of the Eudora community. Susan Peters, anchorwoman for KAKE News, and secretary Shawn Sullivan, Kansas Secretary on Aging, presented Donna Fox, administrator of Medicalodges Eudora, with his award.

• Lawrence resident Roger Walter, of the Law Offices of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, Chtd., Topeka, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 in the field of securities/capital markets law.

• Lawrence Laundromat is slated to open in The Malls Shopping Center at 23rd and Louisiana around Nov. 1, according to owner Ross Razak. The laundromat will feature 20 (each) new, high-efficiency washers and dryers. The facility also will accept credit cards. The business also will include vending machines, a couple of flat panel TVs, and eventually the owner hopes to start a laundry drop-off service. The hours of the laundromat will be 6 a.m. to midnight.

• Midwest Rescue Airboats LLC will have an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at 1035 E. 23rd St., Suite 1, Lawrence.

• Diane Fry, Alise Hopkins and Jack Gillespie have all joined MetLife Home Loans, 4104 W. Sixth St., Suite B, Lawrence. Fry and Gillespie are mortgage consultants and Hopkins is a mortgage consultant assistant.

• Lawrence resident Harry Herington’s Olathe-based company NIC Inc., the premier provider of official eGovernment services, ranked No. 20 on the Forbes magazine list of the “100 Best Small Companies in America.” This is the third consecutive year the company has made the list. NIC is the only company headquartered in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, as well as the state of Kansas, to make the list.

• Assistant attorney general Amy Hanley, Lawrence, was named Associate Member Prosecutor of the Year on Oct. 10 at the annual awards luncheon of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association. The award is presented to a prosecutor for outstanding prosecution of a case or cases throughout the year from an office other than a county or district attorney’s office. Hanley was nominated for the award by Vic Braden, deputy attorney general for criminal litigation.

• Breenan P. Fagan has been named to the Missouri and Kansas “Rising Stars” list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Kansas for 2011. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. Fagan practices at Fagan Emert & Davis LLC, 730 N.H., Suite 210, Lawrence.

• The Kansas Association of Broadcasters inducted three new members into the Hall of Fame during the annual convention Oct. 23-25 in Lawrence. The KAB celebrated its 60th anniversary of service to broadcasters in Kansas.

Jim Seaver was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. For nearly 60 years he created, produced, compiled and wrote weekly radio program on Kansas Public Radio focusing on opera titled “Opera Is My Hobby.” Seaver hosted this show from 1952 through 2011, providing an anchor between the KANU FM of yesteryear and the Kansas Public Radio of today. Seaver was also a professor of history at Kansas University for 27 years, and served as emeritus for another 23 years.

• A Lawrence company, Horizon Analog, confirmed it has received $5 million in equity capital from a Phoenix-based venture capital fund. Horizon Analog has developed technology that is designed to significantly reduce the amount of interference that smart phones and other similar devices experience, said Robert Herrington, the company’s CEO. The company already is through the testing phase and now is ready to start seeing the technology deployed in the marketplace.

“We’re looking for partners and customers right now,” Herrington said.

The $5 million investment — which came from a venture capital fund led by Moral Compass Corp. in Phoenix — will allow the company to pick up the pace on those efforts. Horizon Analog currently has seven employees at its offices in downtown Lawrence. Herrington said he does expect to add “several” new technology and sales positions in the near future. As part of the investment, Josh Rosen, managing partner of MC Advisors, will join Horizon’s board of directors.


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