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.
Stephens Real Estate
Stephens Real Estate announces that they are expanding to include commercial properties. Once a Lawrence leader in the commercial real estate market, the company slowed this side of the business in the 1990’s.
Chris Earl, Broker and Co-owner, says, “Stephens Real Estate has been connecting people with the right home for almost 40 years and now we want to become the local connector for commercial real estate. We know Lawrence and the people who live here. Who better to help people and businesses buy, sell or lease the right commercial space?”
“Evan Holt will be a dedicated agent for the commercial side,” says Broker and Co-owner Pat McCandless. “We realize the number one ingredient needed for success is having the right team to get the job done. Evan Holt’s impressive skill set and his passion for delivering outstanding service will be a terrific resource for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in the commercial market.“
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
We are pleased to announce that Eric Hiebert has accepted the Director, Information Technology position in the Information Technology department. He will begin his duties on April 17, 2017.
Eric is currently the Director, Information Systems for Allen Press in Lawrence where he has successfully lead the organizations technological initiatives since 2011. Eric directs all technology and operations efforts including network security compliance, project management, development, helpdesk systems, telecommunications and collaborates on data mining efforts to provide meaningful data to measure results. Eric has served in various leadership capacities and managed up to sixteen reporting relationships. In addition, Eric’s background has afforded him the opportunity to gain familiarity and understanding of several technology platforms and systems. Prior to Allen Press, Eric worked as a contractor with Hewlett Packard and Westar Energy as a Senior Program Manager. Eric’s experience also includes the Director of Information Technology for Treanor Architects and the Manager of Project Workflow, IT & Networking and Telecommunication Services for the University of Kansas.
Salina, KS, April 12, 2017—Sunflower Bank is celebrating its 125th birthday with special events, gifts, and by giving away $1,892 commemorating the year the bank was founded.
“In this day and age, this is a momentous milestone,” commented Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “Over 125 years, our bank has developed some very strong roots. It’s a great time to reflect on the people that have made this possible. We have a long history of dedicated colleagues committed to community banking and our customers. We are proud of our history of providing safety, stability, and opportunity. With these roots, we will continue to grow.”
Sunflower Bank is proud of its accomplishments and appreciative of all the clients, partnerships, and community relationships built through the years. To register for a chance to win the $1,892, visit any Sunflower Bank location now through May 19, 2017. The winner will be notified on May 24, exactly 125 years after the founding of the Bank.
Harry Herington, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) was honored by Government Technology magazine as one of its “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers” of 2017. The award, given by one of the leading sources of digital government news, recognizes individuals in the digital government field who demonstrate that innovative technology use can transform government operations, dramatically improve citizen engagement, and enhance service delivery. Mr. Herington is the only individual honoree recognized this year from the private sector.
If your yard is in need of a makeover, Atmos Energy invites you to enter its Yard Rescue 811 contest. As part of National Safe Digging Month in April, the contest reminds property owners, construction crews and do-it-yourselfers to stay safe by always calling 811 before digging.
The greatest risk to underground natural gas pipelines is accidental damage during digging, according to Atmos Energy. Even minor damage, such as a gouge, scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak or failure. By calling 811 in advance, property owners and contractors are connected to their state’s one-call center, which notifies all appropriate utilities about the excavation. Professional locators mark all underground utility-owned lines at the digging site with flags or spray paint.
Yard Rescue 811: Atmos Energy’s Yard Rescue 811 contest, which begins on April 1, offers participants the chance to win $811 for a yard makeover.
* Take a photo of your yard, which can be at a home, church, school or business.
* Upload your photo to the contest page at http://www.atmosenergy.com/contests
* Winners selected at random.
For the past 17 years, Peggy Wallert has been the Director of Community Relations and Development (aka Director of Fun) at Cottonwood and will be retiring at the end of April. While we wish her the very best in her retirement, she will be missed. Peggy is amazing in many ways, but one of her finest attributes is her passion for and enthusiasm about Cottonwood. It’s as strong as it was since the day she started. If you have ever been fortunate to have Peggy lead you on a tour of Cottonwood, you know what we mean. She LOVES Cottonwood and isn’t bashful about letting you know that. During Peggy’s tenure with Cottonwood, Salute’ – Cottonwood’s signature fundraising event has grown every year, with proceeds netting nearly $200,000 in 2016.
Ettie Brightwell will take over as Director of Community Relations and Development once Peggy retires. Ettie comes to Cottonwood with 25 years’ experience working for GE, building long-term, strong relationships with all levels of customers—both internal and external. She has also been involved in a wide variety of fundraising campaigns for many different not-for-profits in the community. Ettie was born and raised in Salina, KS in a large family. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ettie and her husband Cary have two daughters currently in college. They have volunteered in various Cottonwood fundraising events over the past 12 years—these include the MiniMasters, the golf tournament, and Salute. Ettie says, “I look forward to becoming a part of the Cottonwood family. I strongly believe in the mission of Cottonwood and want to do everything I can to further it in the Lawrence community and beyond.”
Blue Moose Bar & Grill
Blue Moose Bar & Grill, a popular restaurant in Topeka, Manhattan and in the Kansas City area, will open Monday, April 24 in Lawrence. The newest and sixth Blue Moose restaurant features a large patio and private dining room. It’s located at 6th and Wakarusa, just east of Wal-Mart.
The Blue Moose Bar & Grill originally opened in 2002 in Prairie Village, KS. The popular concept was expanded in recent years to Overland Park, Lenexa, Topeka and Manhattan. Its fresh-ingredient menu offers a variety of small plates, salads, gourmet pizzas and sandwiches, steaks, chops and seafood. The new Blue Moose location also features nightly drink specials and a wide selection of wine and local beers on tap.
“We are very excited to bring the Blue Moose concept to the Lawrence market,” said Ed Nelson, president of KC Hopps. “We’ve built a significant following with our diverse menu, our Tuesday and Thursday drink specials and the popular Sunday brunch.”
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 www.lawrenceschoolsfoundation.org or at the Lawrence Schools Foundation office at 110 McDonald Drive, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 SunflowerBank.com/ABC to learn more about the ABC program and to register your Sunflower Bank Debit Card to a specific participating school in support of education.