Members In Action

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Members in Action highlights news about our member businesses and representatives. News is included in the Chamber Matters email sent out every Wednesday, and on this page for a few weeks. To submit information for Chamber Member News, please email Communications Director Lindsey Slater.

To see news from previous weeks, click here.

March 20 – 26

James F. Otten, D.D.S.

Nikki White joins Dr. Otten’s office as Chief Operations Officer. Nikki comes to the practice with a 20-year career in health promotion including substance abuse prevention, community coalition work, diabetes education, health care administration and business development. She is the proud mother of boys who keep her on new ventures both locally and afar. Traveling, kayaking, golfing and home remodeling projects is where you will find her with her partner outside of work and kid duties. Nikki is proud to be a Kansas native, born in Hoxie, grew up in Salina, and graduated from the University of Kansas. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce, DCCCA and is joining the 2017-18 class of Leadership Kansas.


TherapyWorks congratulates Maureen Lahey on her promotion to Marketing Director this month! We thank Nikki White for her service who is moving on to manage the dental practice of James Otten, DDS.  Maureen has been on staff for 6 months and is excited to get to know even more patients and medical community!

Mize Houser & Company

Mize Houser & Company P.A., a regional accounting firm with offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Overland Park, Kansas is now ranked the 12th largest firm in the Midwest according to Accounting Today. The firm is also the only Kansas accounting firm in the top list of Midwestern firms. Additionally, Mize Houser is ranked #24 in the publication’s Beyond the Top 100: Firms to Watch list.

Lawrence Schools Foundation

The Lawrence Schools Foundation will be hosting the 27th Annual Foundation Follies: Rock The Schoolhouse event on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Liberty Hall. Doors will open at 6:15 pm with food and drinks and the show starting at 7:00pm. The Foundation Follies is an annual event that features original entertainment and combines singing, dancing and comedy skits performed by Lawrence Public Schools teachers, faculty, administration and school board. The 2017 Golden Apple Awards will also be presented to one elementary and one secondary level teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools during the event. The awards, given annually since 1992, includes a $1,500 cash stipend. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at or at the Lawrence Schools Foundation office at 110 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044.


March 13 -17

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce that Terry Leatherman has joined its Association Management Services division as Association Manager.
Leatherman comes to Allen Press from Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. where he served as President and CEO. Prior to that, Leatherman held positions as Executive Vice President of Communities in Schools of Kansas as well as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.
“Terry will be a great addition to the Association Management Services team due to his previous work with organizations and boards. His experience in the non-profit sector also makes him an excellent asset to his customers,” said Maria Preston-Cargill, Allen Press Vice President of Marketing.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank, the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States, announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®. This marks the third consecutive year U.S. Bank has earned this recognition.

“It is truly an honor to be named a World’s Most Ethical Company for the third consecutive year,” said Richard Davis, chairman and chief executive officer of U.S. Bank. “As a financial institution, we understand the importance of building and maintaining trust with our customers, communities, and shareholders. And, we are very proud of how the U.S. Bank team strives to be the most trusted choice and how their efforts impact the lives of our customers. I congratulate all of our employees and thank them for their commitment to the highest level of ethics and integrity.”

The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that understand their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders, and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

March 6 – 10

Express Employment Professionals

Express Employment Professionals of Lawrence earned top honors at the staffing firm’s 34th annual International Leadership Conference in San Francisco, according to Kate Blocker and Barry Kingery, Express franchisee. The Lawrence Express office received the Circle of Excellence award for excellence and achievements in sales, recruitment, and placements.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized for these achievements,” said Blocker. “We’re so grateful for the support of our community and the efforts of our staff that made these awards possible.” Kingery and Blocker purchased the Lawrence franchise in 2010 and service the areas of Lawrence, Atchison, Perry and Ottawa with contingent staffing needs in the area of Office Services and Manufacturing. Along with temporary and contract staffing the Lawrence office is a Certified Professional Staffing Franchise, specializing in direct placements in the area of Accounting and Finance.

February 27 – March 3


TherapyWorks is pleased to announce the addition of three more Physical Therapists, bringing their therapy team to 11 members.
Megan Remmert, DPT has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University. Her areas of interest are orthopedic-spine and pain science.
Christina Gull, DPT has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and her DPT from Southwest Baptist University. She enjoy working with patients with difficulties with balance, generalized weakness, and post-op patients in particular.
Taylor Neshem, DPT comes to us from North Dakota with a Bachelors in Biology from Minot State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Mary. His professional interests are in orthopedics, sports medicine and vestibular rehab.

February 20-24

US Bank

Fortune magazine named U.S. Bancorp the world’s most admired superregional bank today, the seventh consecutive year that it has topped the list. In addition, U.S. Bancorp ranked in the top 10 among companies across all industries in four of Fortune’s nine key attributes of reputation: Quality of Management (No. 3), Long-Term Investment Value (No. 2), Use of Corporate Assets (No. 2) and Financial Soundness (No. 6).

“We’re honored and humbled by this recognition and to be alongside companies known across the globe for doing the right thing, looking to the future and making the world a better place,” said Richard Davis, chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp. “The credit goes to our employees and the culture of integrity they bring to work every single day.” Among superregional banks, U.S. Bancorp ranked No. 1 in eight of Fortune’s nine key attributes of reputation:  Quality of Management, Social Responsibility, Innovation, Quality of Products/Services, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Financial Soundness and Long-Term Investment Value.

February 13 – 17


Local business owner Matt Herynk recently opened a new FASTSIGNS®franchise in Lawrence, Kansas, which is the first in the area. The center is located at 2540 Iowa St., north of the South Lawrence Trafficway.

“Our visual communications team is customer service-driven and committed to increasing our customers’ visibility in the vibrant and creative Lawrence community,” Herynk said. “At FASTSIGNS of Lawrence, we truly live by our brand philosophy of being ‘More Than’ just a sign company. We provide comprehensive visual marketing solutions and offer support to help businesses expand their visibility and stand out from the rest.”

A Topeka native, Herynk earned his undergraduate degree in Biology and Microbiology from Kansas State University and his master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Kansas. Lawrence was the obvious place to open his own business.

“No challenge is too big or small for us; we work with customers from all walks of life—whether it’s a banner to promote retail or restaurant specials, a yard sign announcing ‘it’s a boy’, or directional signs to help people navigate a facility, even a complete signage package to create an image for a corporate office—we can do it all,” Herynk said.

FASTSIGNS of Lawrence is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 785.727.4848 or

February 6 -10

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. is proud to announce that Derek Gates is promoted to Vice President of Finance. In addition to his current role as Controller, Gates will now oversee Information Systems.

“Derek has immense knowledge of financial accounting and has been a true asset as we’ve transitioned to a new enterprise resource planning system,” said Randy Radosevich, Allen Press CEO. “His dedication to Allen Press and leadership skills will continue to push us closer to our goals.”
Gates joined Allen Press in 2004 as an Association Manager. Since then, he has held multiple leadership roles including Manager of Association Management Services as well as Manager of Business Administration. Gates earned a Masters of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Kansas.
Gates will also serve on the senior executive leadership team, which includes CEO Randy Radosevich, President Rand Allen, VP of Sales Martine Padilla, VP of Marketing Maria Preston-Cargill and VP of Operations Julie Rinke. In his spare time, Gates enjoys golfing, fishing and spending time with his two young daughters.
TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas
Rick Warner has been named as Senior Vice President – Technology. Rick is responsible for the oversight and management of the majority of the technology at TCK: information technology infrastructure, budgeting, computer hardware & software, printers, video conferencing, and more. He will celebrate 20 years of service with The Trust Company of Kansas in 2017.
Pam Ryser has been promoted to Assistant Vice President & Trust Officer from her former role as Trust Officer. Pam joined The Trust Company of Kansas in April 2008. Over the past eight years, she has excelled at expanding her knowledge and expertise in the areas of financial planning, estate planning and administration, taxes and fiduciary investment management. Pam recently assumed a more active role in the administration of many client relationships within the company’s Leavenworth, Kansas market.

January 30 – February 3

Equity Bank

Equity Bank announces the hire of Sara Lies as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer based at Equity Bank’s main office in downtown Topeka at 6th and Kansas.

Lies will concentrate on business development and commercial loan service in Topeka, Lawrence and the surrounding region. Lies has more than 20 years in the banking industry, most recently serving as a commercial loan officer for Sunflower Bank in Lawrence, and also including positions in commercial credit management and analysis.

Lies is active in the Shawnee and Douglas County communities as a finance committee member for the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center and a committee member for Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Penny Jones Golf Tournament. She also has served as a Douglas County United Way CEO Caller Chair and a board member of Health Care Access and Lawrence Humane Society. She also is a graduate of the Kansas Community Leadership Initiative.


TherapyWorks is pleased to welcome our new Physical Therapist, Christina Gull. She has a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the The University of Kansas and her DPT from Southwest Baptist University. She enjoy working with patients with difficulties with balance, generalized weakness, and post-op patients in particular. Christina has a husband and family in Kansas City and loves singing. When working out, kayaking, biking, and being outdoors are her favorite.

TherapyWorks is pleased to announce that our physical therapist Lauren Cerier, DPT attended a vestibular conference focused on the assessment and treatment of patients with vertigo and dysequilibrium stemming from vestibular causes.  Presentation was by Dr. Clendaniels in Lee Summit, hosted by Education Resources.

January 2 – 6

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank Kicks off its Annual ABC Program Supporting Education
Since 2001, Sunflower Bank has been raising money for local schools and students annually through its signature ABC program. Total donations since the program began are over $1,000,000. The program runs January 3 through March 31 and supports over 300 schools across Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri.

“Our mission at Sunflower Bank is to create possibility in our communities,” said Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank.  “We believe that by supporting and contributing to our local schools and students, we are helping provide unique programs and educational opportunities.  The ABC program reflects the essence of our culture and our commitment to those we serve.”

During the campaign, money will be raised for the benefit of education through the following:

·         $50 to a registered school for every Spend & Sign & Save checking and savings account package that is opened. Up to $50 will also be given to the new account owner if they meet specific criteria;

·         5¢ for each debit card swipe when ‘credit’ is selected and the card is registered to a participating school;

·         $10 for every ‘A’ on a student’s report card if their card is one of five cards drawn at every local branch, plus a matching donation for their participating school. The drawing is open to all students in grades K-12, $100 maximum per report card.

Visit your local Sunflower Bank branch or to learn more about the ABC program and to register your Sunflower Bank Debit Card to a specific participating school in support of education.

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