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Around and about in local business

February 20, 2012

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• Leigh B. Moore has been promoted to bank manager at Landmark National Bank, 4621 W. Sixth. She began work at Landmark in 2009 as a personal banker. Before that, Moore was a project coordinator for a construction company. She was also a brokerage services supervisor for Forrest T. Jones & Co., and provided technical support and processed claims for Centennial Life Insurance Co. Moore has a bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State University.

• Peggy Johnson, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, 3200 Mesa Way, Suite B, ranked in the top 25 percent of 3,791 participating advisers who scored 95 percent or higher based on overall client satisfaction in a recent Ameriprise financial adviser client relationship study. The study was conducted by an independent research organization.

• Suzanne Green Johnston has been appointed director at Vintage Park at Tonganoxie Assisted Living Community and Skilled Healthcare. Green Johnston holds a master’s degree in speech/language pathology. She has worked for 20 years in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and residential settings. She also owned a private in-home therapy practice.

• The Kansas University Small Business Development Center will host a free seminar on the Yin and Yang of Entrepreneurship. It’s planned for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 646 Vt., Suite 200. Preregister by calling 843-8844. The seminar will focus on a number of topics, including funding, marketing, writing a business plan, characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and what makes a successful business.

In addition, KU’s Students In Free Enterprise Club, in conjunction with the KU Small Business Development Center, recently received a grant from Sam’s Club. The 2012 Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business Partnership Award was presented to KU SIFE and local businessman Tyler Reynolds of OJOS Eyewear. The KU club is working with OJOS on the launch of a new line of eyewear, to be rolled out in March. For every pair of sunglasses sold, OJOS will donate a pair of frames for prescription eyewear to Physicians for Peace. For more information, visit ojosmovement.com or facebook.com/kuksbdc.

• Midwest Custom Pools, Lawrence, has received a silver medal from the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. The national association certifies people and businesses in the pool industry. The APSP design awards include residential and commercial pools in both fiberglass and custom concrete. Midwest’s 2011 award was in the fiberglass division, 250 to 600 square feet.

• Jay Smith has been named the market president for Lawrence locations of Central National Bank. Smith, who has been with the bank for several years, will continue to office at the 3140 Nieder Road bank. Smith has 14 years of banking experience and has worked as a commercial lender since joining Central National Bank in 2009. For seven years, he was a lender for Security Bank of Kansas City. Smith earned a business administration degree from Pittsburg State University majoring in finance and business management.

• Chris Marshall, vice president of account management at Callahan Creek, Lawrence, has been recognized as a 2012 Rising Star by KC Business magazine. Chosen by an independent panel of area business and civic leaders, the honorees are Kansas City professionals under the age of 40 who are selected based on their dedication to corporate success, accomplishments in professional endeavors and commitment to community and philanthropic activities. Marshall has worked at Callahan Creek for seven years.

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