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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.

January 8 – 12

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of Rick Cheetham and Bill Kopp to its executive sales team.
Cheetham joins Allen Press with more than 30 years of experience selling magazine, catalog, insert and direct mail printing to the association, publication and retail markets while Kopp joins Allen Press with over 20 years of experience in B2B business development, serving clients in print, marketing, healthcare and technology.
“We are very excited to add Rick and Bill to the Allen Press team and expand our sales presence to new markets,” says Maria Preston-Cargill, Allen Press Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Both Rick and Bill have invaluable knowledge in sales and print which I believe will serve our current and future clients well.”

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank’s annual signature ABC Program has raised over $1,139,000 since 2001 for local schools and students in its Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri communities. As the Bank has expanded, the program has grown with it, raising much needed funds for supplies, equipment, and books. In 2018 Sunflower is proud to introduce the program to its First National 1870 branch locations in New Mexico and Texas. The ABC Program runs January 2 through March 31 and supports approximately 300 schools.

“Our focus has always been on creating possibility in the lives we touch and the communities we serve,” said Mollie Carter, CEO. “By supporting and contributing to our local schools and students, we help provide unique programs and educational opportunities. The ABC Program reflects the essence of our culture and our commitment to those we serve and we are excited to expand its reach this year.”

Based on community participation during the campaign, the bank provides money to benefit local K-12 students and their schools by making ABC Program donations of:

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

·         5¢ for each debit card point of sale transaction 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. No purchase necessary.

Visit a local branch or SunflowerBank.com/ABC to learn more about the ABC Program and to register a Sunflower Bank or First National 1870 Debit Card to a specific participating school in support of education.

January 1 – 6, 2018

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

The Liberty Hall stage is set to welcome three Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence candidates for the 2018 Youth of the Year ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 25. Serving as the premier event for more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, the Lawrence edition will feature Hasiya Asuku, Ruth Gathunguri and Christian LaPointe.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is free for the public to attend. Presented for the second year in a row by Peoples Bank, Youth of the Year is widely regarded as an all-time favorite at the Club. The event is a culmination of not only months of hard work by the candidates and their mentors – but also celebrates life-long relationships that kids develop with the Boys & Girls Club. Those who earn the Youth of the Year title embody the values of leadership service, academic excellence and healthy lifestyles. They exemplify the powerful impact that the Boys & Girls Club has on kids in Lawrence.

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), parent company of U.S. Bank, announced investments today in its employees, the U.S. Bank Foundation and several strategic projects as a result of the tax reform package. Management has made the following decisions:

  • A special $1,000 bonus for nearly 60,000 employees;
  • Raising minimum wage to $15 for all hourly employees;
  • A one-time $150 million contribution to the U.S. Bank Foundation;
  • Enhancements to employees’ health care offerings effective for the 2019 enrollment period; and
  • An additional investment in strategic projects centered on the customer experience with an emphasis on digital and mobile capabilities.

“We believe that tax reform is positive for the U.S. economy because it provides an immediate opportunity to benefit our employees, our communities and our customers,” said Andy Cecere, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Bancorp. “We are proud of our people and their commitment to our customers and communities. We felt it was important to reward their hard work and dedication with this special bonus, the minimum wage increase and the health care enhancements.”

Douglas County Community Foundation
The Board of Directors of the community foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members, Heather Hoy and Lori Trenholm.

Heather will oversee donor relations and communications. Most recently, Heather was director of development for the Lawrence Arts Center. She has experience working with a wide range of constituent groups including: nonprofit boards and staff; business leaders; patrons of the arts; university faculty and staff; as well as city, county and state government officials. Heather is looking forward to connecting with donors and community organizations to provide information, access, and opportunities to collaborate with the community foundation to do the most good for Douglas County. Heather can be contacted at heatherhoy@dccfoundation.org.

Lori will oversee all grantmaking, nonprofit relationships, and donor and grantmaking technology. Lori has extensive and diverse community foundation experience, including collaborations with diverse stakeholders to increase social impact, and assist nonprofits with evidenced-based outcomes. She will be handling the grant process for community organizations, as well as training opportunities and facilitation for nonprofit boards of directors and staff. Lori and her husband, Shaun, are also small business owners in Douglas County who believe in giving back to community organizations through their business success. Lori can be contacted at loritrenholm@dccfoundation.org.

December 4 – 8, 2017

Allen Press
Allen Press, Inc. is pleased to announce that Laura Buffe has been promoted to Account Manager II. Laura joined Allen Press in March 2017 as a Business Support Specialist, assisting with all facets of the estimating, job planning and billing processes. In her new role, Laura will leverage her advanced knowledge of direct mail and print production management to enhance our end-to-end customer experience. Laura will also work closely with the Allen Press Digital Production and Operations teams to successfully grow our direct mail and marketing communications divisions.

Good Energy Solutions

Good Energy Solutions, Inc has just been recognized as one of Kansas City’s best small businesses. It’s one of the winners of the 2018 25 Under 25® Awards. Hosted by Thinking Bigger Business Media, the awards are presented to 25 local businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Each winner has demonstrated financial strength, the ability to overcome adversity and challenges, a commitment to the community and a powerful company vision. “Small businesses are a powerful, but often overlooked force in Kansas City,” said Kelly Scanlon, CEO of Thinking Bigger Business Media and the creator of 25 Under 25®. “Together, these companies employ thousands upon thousands of people, deliver innovative products and services, and help support our government, schools, nonprofits and other public resources. Of course, most of our winners are too humble and too busy to brag about their contributions. But it’s a story that needs to be told. The 25 Under 25® Awards are proud to celebrate the important service of small businesses,” added Scanlon.

Good Energy Solutions

Good Energy Solutions, Inc., a Lawrence-based solar, energy efficiencies, and electrical services company celebrates 10 years of business in December. “Because of our commitment to quality, integrity, and our customers’ happiness, we will celebrate our ‘10 years of Business’ milestone” said President, Kevin Good. “In 2017, Good Energy Solutions once again received the Solar Power World ‘Top 500 Solar Contractor’ award and achieved ‘Elite Dealer’ and ‘Commercial Dealer’ for SunPower, the top solar manufacturer in the market. This year, our employee count has increased to over 20 people and we worked for over 500 customers. We also worked on our first megawatt solar project this year, and we just found out that in February, we’ll be awarded a 2018 ‘25 under 25’ business award from Thinking Bigger Business magazine for up-and-coming small businesses in the Kansas City region. It’s been a banner year, and we look forward to celebrating with our customers in April.” Good Energy Solutions will celebrate the ten year milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony through the Lawrence Chamber on December 14th at 4:00 p.m. at their location 641 E. 22nd Street in Lawrence, KS. The company will also hold a “Throw the Switch on Another 10 Years” celebration party for customers and the community on April 7th, 2018.

November 27 – December 1

Good Energy Solutions

David Vera, PV Installer of Good Energy Solutions has earned the solar industry’s leading recognition of installation expertise from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP® ), and is now a NABCEP Certified PV Installation ProfessionalTM. NABCEP is the most highly respected and well established national certification organization for renewable energy professionals. Designation as a NABCEP PV Installation Professional is widely recognized to be the most important and meaningful certification of its kind in the solar industry.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Rittof has accepted the Member Relations Specialist position in the Membership department.

Most recently, Anthony has been working for the Williams Education Fund (fundraising arm of Kansas Athletics, Inc.) as a Graduate Assistant/Account Manager where he managed 700+ donor accounts and focused on member relations, retaining current members and recruiting new ones. During college, he worked as a student worker in the Kansas Athletics Facilities department and in the summer of 2014, was one of two selected USGA P.J. Boatwright interns with the Kansas Golf Association (KGA). This allowed him to learn the rules of golf, acquire event management skills while providing customer service to the association members and tournament participants leading him to want to pursue a career within the golf industry.

Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (focused in Management and Marketing) from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Sports Management, Education and Physical Education, also from KU.

November 6 – 10

Allen Press
Allen Press, Inc. will host a community open house on Thursday, November 9, 2017 to celebrate its Digital Production Center grand opening. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is open to the public. A Lawrence Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. with remarks from Lawrence City Commission Representative Lisa Larsen and Chamber of Commerce Board member Phil Bradley. Afterwards, guests will have the opportunity to chat with printing, mailing and marketing experts, meet their local sales representative Paula Gibbs, tour the plant and see live demonstrations of two new state-of-the-art digital presses and a variety of high tech finishing equipment. Complimentary food and beverages will be served throughout the day.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence

More than 40 years ago the first ‘Boys Club’ opened in Lawrence. In the many years of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence history since, no name stands out more often than the late Dane Floyd. His legacy will be remembered and celebrated at the unveiling of the Dane Floyd Keystone Club, Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Teen Center (1520 Haskell). It is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Many people whose lives were impacted by Dane will address the crowd. Additionally, the first teen members of the Dane Floyd Keystone Club will present ideas for their kick-off community service project.

The Keystone Club is the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ultimate teen program. Youth (14-18) participate in activities in three focus areas: academic success, career preparation and community service. Most of the 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs around the country already charter a Keystone Club. However, due to the size of the current Teen Center, BGCLK has only been able to accommodate a handful of high school students. That will quickly change with the completion of the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures – making now the perfect time to get the Lawrence chapter off the ground.

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