Archive for Monday, January 28, 2013

Around and about in local business

January 28, 2013


• Donald Johnston, Lawrence, has been re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at the Kansas Society for Children with Challenges. Johnston is executive vice president of Intrust Bank and a 2012 inductee in the Lawrence Business Hall of Fame.

• Cecil Kingsley was named president of BG Consultants Inc. upon the retirement of President and co-founder Steve Berland. Kingsley, who has managed the Lawrence office for nearly 26 years, will continue to manage that office along with assuming his new corporate duties.

• Jim Long, a certified public accountant from Lawrence, and Karlin & Company, certified public accountants from Platte City, have merged, creating Karlin & Long LLC. Grant Huddin, a CPA, has joined the firm.

• Philsquare will host a webtini, a free and casual event, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Sandbar, 17 E. Eighth St. Business owners, bloggers and Web enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn about WordPress, Web domains, Web hosting, general Web development and search engine optimization. Anyone over the age of 21 with questions about Web development is invited.

• Lori McSorley has been promoted to development manager at Visiting Nurses. She has been VNA’s community liaison for about two years. Jacque Mankin has joined VNA as quality improvement and compliance manager. Mankin has worked in health care for more than 18 years, with the majority of her career having been in the home-care field.

• Nichole Jansen, Lawrence, was recognized in the January issue of the Kansas City Business Journal as a Five Star 2013 Top Wealth Manager for the Kansas City area. Jansen is a financial services representative at MetLife Midwest Associates in Overland Park.

• Jill Fincher and Scott Morgan have joined the Lawrence Schools Foundation board of trustees. Fincher is the president of Fairplay Investments Inc., president of Lawrence High School’s Lions Pride and has two children in Lawrence public schools. Morgan, a former school board member, is editor of Morgan Quitno Press. Two of his children are Lawrence public school graduates, and one is a senior at Lawrence High School.

• Rainbow International Restoration has added a franchise to cover Lawrence, Topeka, Eudora, Baldwin City, Ottawa and the surrounding communities. The franchise is owned and operated by Nick and Raegann Berger, of Lawrence. Their team handles emergencies, including water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup, trauma scene cleanup and restoration, as well as other cleaning and restoration projects.

• Lawrence resident Barbara Carswell, first vice president of Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka, has accepted a job as executive assistant/division coordinator in the investment management division at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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