Business briefcase

April 29, 2013


• Junior Achievement of Lawrence will announce the 2013 Lawrence Business Hall of Fame inductees at a news conference at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Lawrence Country Club, 400 Country Club Terrace. The Lawrence Business Hall of Fame recognizes prominent business leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to Lawrence, earned the respect of the local community and called attention to the free enterprise system and its value to our nation. Individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame have demonstrated business excellence, vision and courageous thinking as well as being innovative, inspiring and community-minded leaders.

• Integrity Midwest Insurance of Lawrence welcomes Chad Rea as a sales executive. Rea will be responsible for new personal and business sales production and completing insurance policy reviews.

Rea has lived in Lawrence since 1994 and attended Lawrence High School. He gained customer service experience in his 10 years of sales in the construction industry before shifting his focus from construction to financial in 2009, working as a financial adviser for a local independent investment firm, Great Plains Financial Group.

Integrity Midwest Insurance LLC is an independent insurance agency owned and operated by third-generation insurance professionals. It serves clients throughout the Midwest, providing insurance solutions ranging from general liability and workers’ compensation to homeowners and personal auto to life and health insurance.

• The Mid-America Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has named Jeffrey Heiman of Stevens & Brand as corporate chairman of Lawrence’s 2013 Light The Night Walk. The annual fundraising event is scheduled for Sept. 28 in South Park.

Members of the Lawrence executive leadership committee include Nicole Frank, University of Phoenix; Casey Greenly, Bank of the West; Justin Henning, Kansas University; Kathleen Johnson, The World Company; Chris Kohart, Kohart Accounting; Cynthia Lewis, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association; and Jim Moore, Wells Fargo Advisors.

Information about forming a team or participating in a Light The Night walk is available at the Mid-America Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 913-262-1515, or

• Peggy Johnson, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, 3200 Mesa Way, Suite B, has earned membership in the company’s Diamond Ring Club.

Johnson was one of 48 advisers to achieve this status in 2012. The Diamond Ring Club represents less than 7 percent of the Ameriprise financial adviser force. Advisers earn this distinction through years of consistently high performance, including an exceptional commitment to financial planning and client service.

• Jim Haines Jr., Lawrence, has been appointed to the board of directors of Sunflower Bank. Haines currently is a director of Allette Inc. and a Clark Distinguished Professor of Business at Washburn University. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri law school and began his career as an assistant attorney general in Missouri. Shortly thereafter, he began a distinguished career in the utility industry and was president and CEO of Westar Energy before retiring in 2007.

Haines also has held leadership positions in organizations such as Stormont-Vail HealthCare Inc., Douglas County Citizen Review Board, Topeka Community Foundation, Hospice of Wichita and United Way of Greater Topeka. He is well-known as a lecturer and educator in the areas of executive education, strategic planning, business ethics and electric energy policy.

Sunflower Bank is a $1.7 billion financial services company with 32 locations in 20 communities across Kansas, including Lawrence, eastern Colorado and western Missouri.


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