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.

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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