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.

September 18 – 22

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

In many ways, the priority outcomes at Boys & Girls Club are aligned with those of the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF). The organization made that alignment even clearer by awarding Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence a $100,000 Healthy Living Grant.  The Healthy Living Grants Initiative will focus on health strategies for vulnerable populations, as part of the foundation’s mission to improve the health of all Kansans. Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence was one of eight organizations around the state to be awarded funds by KHF.

“The top threats to health for Kansans are smoking, obesity and access to affordable health care,” said Steve Coen, KHF president & CEO. “Unfortunately, data shows these are critical need areas for low-income Kansans and racially diverse communities – both rural and urban. With these eight partner organizations, we can target our resources so ALL Kansans can have the opportunity for better health.”

September 11-15

Sunflower Bank

In order to give back to its Texas neighbors after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Sunflower Bank, First National 1870, and Guardian Mortgage are collecting gift cards for ongoing relief donations at all bank branches and mortgage offices across its seven state footprint. The gift card collection is in partnership with the Houston Food Bank that will be distributing the cards to those in need in Southeast Texas. 

Gift cards are being collected until September 27 at all Sunflower Bank and First National 1870 branches throughout Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas.  Guardian Mortgage, a division of Sunflower Bank, N.A., will also be accepting donated cards at its locations in Arizona, Michigan, and Texas.  Any denomination cards to national retail and food service chains will be accepted, though smaller denominations are encouraged.

September 4 – 8

Jane Bateman: The Interiors Store
Open House Celebrating 40 Years! In celebration of 40 years as a locally owned business, Jane Bateman: The Interiors Store will host an Open House on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at 2108 W. 27th Street, Suite I Lawrence, KS. Come see new styles and register for gift certificate drawings. Refreshments will be provided. A donation to Just Food will be made in honor of attendees.

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

A new facility is only part of the construction plan in the works for the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures. Beginning September 15, current Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Director of Operations, Monica Dittmer, will start ‘constructing’ a teen strategy in her new role as the Center for Great Futures Executive Director.

Dittmer, who began her career at Boys & Girls Club in 2002, will shift away from her long-term post as the Director of Operations into a brand new position. Her first tasks will include creating a Teen Advisory Board and strengthening existing partnerships with Lawrence’s middle and high school administrations. With construction officially underway, Dittmer will spend the 2017-18 school year developing teen-focused programming that will utilize the new spaces and technologies offered at the Center for Great Futures.

August 28 – September 1

Envista Credit Union
Jamie Beaton was named Vice President of Mortgage Services at Envista Credit Union. Beaton will lead Envista’s continued success in providing a variety of mortgage products and high quality local servicing. “Jamie has a record of achievement and performance excellence, and we are very excited to offer her this new opportunity,” said Ron Smeltzer, President and CEO of Envista Credit Union. “We are confident that she will lead our Mortgage Department to even greater success in the very near future.”
Beaton has been with Envista for 13 years. She is the recipient of Envista’s President’s Award for Excellence twice, the Sales Excellence Gold Award five times, the Sales Excellence Silver Award three times, and the Insurance Sales Excellence Award three times. Under Beaton’s leadership, Envista’s North Topeka branch received Branch of the Year three times. Beaton is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka. “It is an exciting time to be at Envista with so many opportunities ahead,” said Beaton. “I look forward to further contributing to the company’s continued growth.”

Envista Credit Union is a full service financial institution established in 1957 to provide members quality products and services to achieve their financial goals. Envista currently has $345 million in assets and serves more than 40,000 Kansans with offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Hutchinson. For more information call 785-228-0149 or visit

August 14 – 18

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Avion Nelson, a current Teen Center member, shared a story that got the crowd laughing early Thursday morning. With more than 200 people gathered at the Lawrence College and Center, he told the crowd what he is most excited about when the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures opens in 2018.

“Two years ago, during the winter, I was at the Club and really wanted to play basketball,” he said in his first public speech. “But my friends thought I was crazy because there was snow on the ground. I shoveled all of the snow off of the court so that my friends and I could play. What I am most excited about at this new Teen Center is having an indoor gym…so I don’t have to shovel the court anymore.”

That recollection was one of numerous highlights and joyful moments at the Groundbreaking on Great Futures Ceremony. Executive Director, Colby Wilson, began the program by thanking the crowd, which was even larger than anticipated. Members of the Lawrence Public School Board, the Lawrence City Commission, surrounding Boys & Girls Clubs, current and former parents of Club kids, a huge turnout from the Red Dog’s “Dog Days” community workout group and several others were there to show their support.

Hardhat tours of the site and the Lawrence College and Career can be arranged upon request. To schedule a tour, contact Wilson at

July 24 – 28

Prairie Land Insurance

Safeco Insurance has recognized Prairie Land Insurance, with a Safeco® Key Agent Program award for performance and partnership. Only 10% of all the independent insurance agencies countrywide that sell Safeco personal lines products receive this honor, which recognizes an agency’s success and its commitment to serve customers as a trusted advisor. “We are honored to be recognized as a Safeco Key Agent agency for the third year in a row,” said James Lowe, Principal of Prairie Land Insurance. “Prairie Land Insurance has represented Safeco Insurance since October of 2012, and we take pride in our strong working relationship and our shared commitment to helping our customers protect what matters most to them.”

July 17 – 21

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

It will not be long before all middle and high school students in Lawrence have a state of the art facility where they can explore education and career opportunities, build character and increase healthy lifestyles. Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Executive Director Colby Wilson announced that the organization will break ground on the Don & Beverly Gardner Center for Great Futures, Thursday, August 10 at 8 a.m.

Co-chairs Al and Sue Hack led the “Great Futures Start Here” campaign, directing a steering committee of Club volunteers and staff to secure more than $4 million to construct the facility. Named after Don “Red Dog” Gardner and his wife, Beverly, the building also serves as a tribute to the couple that has been longtime volunteers and supporters of the Boys & Girls Club. Wilson credits their work – and the work of many dedicated public servants – as the reason this groundbreaking moment is possible.

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

We are pleased to announce that Dan Cooper has accepted the Sr. Data Integrity & Registration Coordinator position in the Finance and Member Solutions department. Most recently, Dan was working for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) in Kansas City as their Accounting and Data Specialist. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Member Services Coordinator and Marketing Intern. Prior to NSCAA, he held internship roles with Colorado State University in compliance and the Kansas City Chiefs in community relations.

We are pleased to announce that Emily Fuger has accepted the Manager, Environmental Programs position in the Environmental Programs department. Emily currently lives and works in Monona, Wisconsin for the Crop Science Society (CSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) as the Manager, Student and Early Career Activities organizing committee volunteers, recruiting and matching students with Crop Advisor mentors and managing the Golden Opportunity and Greenfield Scholars Program. The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is the professional association with the C-5 division for turf grass scientists.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital

The physicians of Reed Medical Group and Lawrence Memorial Hospital President & CEO Russ Johnson have announced the affiliation of LMH and Reed Medical Group. Providers at the longtime Lawrence medical practice who became employed by LMH on July 1 include Drs. Donald Hatton, Joan Brunfeldt, Lida Osbern, Philip Hoffmann and Walter Farrell.

The practice’s name is changing to Reed Internal Medicine. Drs. Elaine Kennedy and Eric Huerter will continue their relationship with the Reed group through their practice, Reed Medical Group MDVIP Affiliates.

July 10 – 14


OrthoKansas has added three new physical therapists and expanded hours for therapy services. The new therapists are David Klaus, Mitchell Montgomery and Caleb Pazzie.

David Klaus, LAT, DPT is a 2012 graduate Fort Hays State University obtaining a Bachelors Science in Athletic Training, and a 2017 graduate of The University Kansas Medical Center with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Before joining OrthoKansas David was an athletic trainer for rural high schools in Western Kansas, and since 2014 has worked for Overland Park Regional Medical Center as an athletic trainer specializing in soccer, football, and hockey with vast experience in the diagnosis and treatment of concussions and musculoskeletal injuries sustained during athletic activity. He is experienced in sports medicine with a special emphasis on injury prevention in athletes, and also has a passion for orthopedics.

Mitchell Montgomery, DPT is a 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in Education, as well as a minor in Business. He graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Mitchell has experience in both acute care as well as outpatient settings. His main interests include injury prevention, movement assessment, and return to sport; he has certification in functional movement screening as well.

Caleb Pazzie, DPT is a 2010 graduate of Pittsburg State University where he received his Bachelors in Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy and was a member of the football team from 2005-2010. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in 2013. He has experience in various outpatient and orthopedic settings. He has particular interest in treating sports injuries, improving all types of injuries through strengthening, and teaching people how to move better.

The three join a roster of professionals that include Carol Ryan, Jamie Starcevich, Heather Watson, Andrea Rector, Deva Bonnel and Tyrel Reed. OrthoKansas also has extended hours for therapy services. For a complete list go to

The Oread/The Eldridge

TEN restaurant, inside the Eldridge Hotel, and Bird Dog Bar/Five 21, inside The Oread, have earned the 2017 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, which gives wine lovers reason to feel confident in their wine choices at these two elegant locales.

The two restaurants are the only Wine Spectator winners in Lawrence. It’s the fifth win for The Oread. TEN, inside the historic Eldridge Hotel, earned the award from 2007 through 2015.

“Customers will be wowed by our extensive wine list that heavily features many wonderful varieties from California. Wine producing regions around the globe are also represented, including French wine. Our servers, bartenders and managers will be happy to help you select just the right wine to pair with your meal,” said Nancy Longhurst, General Manager of the hotels. “This award particularly means a lot to our restaurant managers who make careful selections from quality producers.”

TEN restaurant and Bird Dog/Five 21 will be listed among the winners in the 2017 Wine Spectator magazine’s August edition, available on newsstands August 31. Wine Spectator reaches about 3 million people and brands itself as the world’s leading authority on wine.

June 19 – 23

Kern Marketing Group, Inc.

The Kern Group has been be recognized as one of the best advertising agencies in Kansas City Area for 2017 by One hundred and twenty-three advertising agencies were considered by The Kern Group was named one of the Top 20 best advertising agencies based on specific criteria using in-house software by “It’s an honor to be listed among such great agencies. We have gone through many changes over the years to keep up with the ever-changing marketing landscape. Our talented staff and online marketing success has made this possible.” stated Mark Kern, President and CEO of the Kern Marketing Group Inc.

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Financial and Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated (SGB) announced the completion of their merger effective today, June 19, bringing together the holding companies and their respective banking entities: Sunflower Bank N.A., First National Bank of Santa Fe, and Capital Bank, SSB, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. The new holding company, FirstSun Capital Bancorp will be the third largest Colorado-headquartered institution by total assets.

As a super-community bank with 60 offices in in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas, the bank will be organized into eight regions. In Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri the bank will operate as Sunflower Bank, and in New Mexico and Texas the brand name will be First National 1870. This model is designed to elevate local leadership, drive local decision-making, and maintain a connection to all communities. While the bank will operate under two names, depending upon location, the organization operates as one, giving clients the full benefit of larger scale, quick response, and accessibility.

June 12 – 16

Envista Credit Union
Kate White, branch manager for Envista Credit Union in Lawrence, received the Ken Norton Community Involvement Award for displaying outstanding dedication and commitment to community involvement and volunteerism.

Kate serves on numerous committees throughout the year including: Lawrence Board of Realtors Community Relations Committee & the Education Committee, Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association Marketing Co-Chair for the Rock the Block Event, Rotary Philanthropy Committee, Chamber of Commerce ENVOY Committee, United Way CU Save Program Committee, Welcome Club “Nosh with the Newbies” Committee. Her volunteer activities also include participating in phone drives for Kansas Public Radio, leading financial literacy classes for United Way CU Save Program, assisting Toys for Tots with toy pickup and delivery, and helping with multiple charity golf tournaments in the Lawrence area.

“Kate demonstrates a strong commitment to building relationships and improving the lives of those around her through her service in the community and at Envista,” said Ron Smeltzer, president and CEO of Envista Credit Union.


Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Katie Schuster has accepted the Curriculum Specialist position in the Professional Development department. Katie is currently the Resource and Training Specialist for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved in Topeka where she identifies training and technical assistance resources for KAMU member organizations, coordinates event logistics and manages the data repository and evaluation dashboard reporting. Prior to KAMU, Katie was an administrative assistant for K-Coe Isom, LLP in Lenexa overseeing daily office operations and managing internal meetings/events. Katie has also worked for United Way of Greater Topeka as the Sr. Director of Campaign Operations and at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Inc. in Lawrence as an Attendant Care-Provider in the Child and Family Service Department.

Ian Stuart has accepted the Applications Developer II position with the Information Technology department. Ian’s background consists of roles at Allen Press (where he worked closely with Eric H.) developing applications for internal stakeholders to create efficiencies and consistencies in their business practices as well as America Job Link Alliance where he provided application and desktop support to remote customers. Ian has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of KS and a master’s degree in Education from Memphis University.

Ken Harris has accepted the Applications Delivery Engineer position with the Information Technology department. Ken worked for Eric H. at Allen Press, for which he spent 11 years as their Operating Systems Support Specialist. In addition, Ken worked for Advisors Tech as a Application Delivery Engineer. Ken is well-versed in active directory management, Office 365 and business analysis and workflow improvement. Ken has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature with an emphasis in Technical Writing from the University of Maine.

Becky Downing will transition to the Information Technology department to assume a newly created Business Analyst positionBecky will be responsible for gathering, organizing and translating all project requirements, both business intelligence and technical, and communicating them to project stakeholders.


Sunflower Bank
Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. (“Sunflower”) and Texas-based Strategic Growth Bancorp Incorporated (“SGB”) are pleased to announce the receipt of the required regulatory approvals for the merger of the holding companies and a merger of their respective banking entities, Sunflower Bank N.A., First National Bank of Santa Fe, and Capital Bank, SSB, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc. The transaction was previously announced and is expected to close on June 19, 2017.
“We look forward to building upon the specialized strengths of each of these organizations. In this strategic merger, we will be able to enhance the innovative financial solutions we bring to our clients,” said Mollie Hale Carter, Chairman and CEO of Sunflower. “We have long believed that community banking plays an important role in the financial system, and we will continue to bring enhanced products and services to strengthen our personal and community relationships.”

June 5 – 9

Cottonwood Inc.
July 13-15th – Salute! – A Festival of Wine and Food is a three-day benefit for Cottonwood, Inc. that offers something for wine lovers of all levels and tastes. Every year, more than 600 people travel from near and far to attend the celebrated event. On Thursday, Salute! begins with the Mass Street Mosey. At the Mosey, attendees can stroll through designated downtown businesses sipping wine and sampling delicious local food. The fun continues Friday evening with a gourmet Winemaker Dinner. We are excited to announce our winemaker for the Winemaker Dinner on July 14th, 2017. It will be Saurabh Kathuria from Ramón Bilbao. The portfolio represents Spanish wines. Read more here:

The festival concludes Saturday with The Grand Tasting. More than 250 wines will be on hand as well as local gourmet food from some of the best restaurants and caterers in town. Tickets on sale now. or 785-840-1604.

May 29 – June 2

Marla’s Quilts

African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy will host the first ever National African American Quilt Conference, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various mediums by African American artists Plans for the Conference include keynote speaker Faith Ringgold, exhibition, and demonstrations in various art forms  in the Cultural District, including the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art educations programming for children adults, and historical walks and tours. The conference will be July 12 – 15. You can learn more by visiting

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank congratulates $1,892 drawing winner, Janiene Winsor of Lawrence, Kansas. The drawing is part of a larger celebration commemorating Sunflower Bank’s 125th birthday with special events and gifts.

“We are thrilled for Janiene and excited to have the winner of our $1,892 drawing here in Lawrence,” commented Glynn Sheridan, Market President and Regional Director. “For 125 years, we at Sunflower Bank have made it our focus to support and create possibility for the people of our communities. It is a focus we honor and continue to this day. We are proud to serve Lawrence and people like Janiene.”

May 22 – 26

Allen Press 

Allen Press, Inc. has purchased a HP Indigo 7900 Digital Press. The Indigo 7900 is the leading 13 x 19 inch format digital sheetfed press on the market and provides a wide range of digital applications through innovative print quality, media versatility and intelligent automation. In addition to the Indigo 7900, Allen Press is adding a C.P. Bourg Inline Booklet Maker ExPress and an Epic CT-750 Coating System. “This package of equipment will help us take our digital printing operations to an entirely new level and open the door to new markets and print revenue channels,” said Julie Rinke, Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Support Services.

May 8 – 12

Crown Automotive

This month, Crown’s owner, Miles Schnaer was named as an inductee into the Junior Achievement Lawrence Business Hall of Fame. I’ve attached a photo of all four of this year’s inductees. We are beyond proud that Miles is being recognized for his abilities as a business man and for his willingness to give back to the community in Lawrence.  On May 9, Crown hosted a barbecue luncheon to celebrate our winning of the Toyota President’s Award for the 13th year. The President’s Award is given to dealerships that meet Toyota’s high standard’s of customer service!

Allen Press

Allen Press, Inc. has purchased two Hawk M6 UV variable inkjet systems from Capital Mailing Equipment, Inc. The Hawk M6 is the latest generation of high-resolution drop-on-demand (DOD) print technology. The Hawk M6’s utilizes UV inks and LED lamps for drying which shortens production time overall.
“Integrating these variable inkjet systems into our plant means publications can be addressed faster which means we gain a lot of production efficiencies and can deliver jobs quicker,” said Julie Rinke, Vice President of Operations. The system can print on both coated (UV and AQ) and uncoated paper, foil, plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and even chipboard according to Troy Shatus, President of Capital Mailing Equipment, Inc. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our capabilities and position the company for future growth,” said Randy Radosevich, CEO. “The Hawk M6 will allow us to offer new services to our customers in the coming months, including more direct mail options.” The inkjet system is scheduled for installation during the summer at the Lawrence, Kansas manufacturing facility.
Allen Press, Inc. is the recipient of eleven awards from the Printing & Imaging Association of MidAmerica’s 2017 Graphic Excellence Competition (GraphEx). Three publication entries received Best of Category awards and six publications received Awards of Excellence. The Best of Category awards include Naked Food Magazine (Environmentally Sound Materials), Phase/Spencer Museum of Art Newsletter (Newsletters) and The Mineralogical Record – Berezovks, Russia! (Web Magazines, Periodicals and Publications). The Awards of Excellence winners include HighTower HAPPY, Mineral Collection in the American Northeast, Stanford Business Magazine, Creative Quarterly, Arabian Horse Times and Orchids. Along with these awards, Allen Press received two additional honors at the GraphEx Awards Gala: a Gold Award in Division III for Naked Food Magazine and a Silver “Best of Kansas City” award for The Mineralogical Record – Berezovks, Russia!

May 1 – 5

Theatre Lawrence

Theatre Lawrence of Lawrence, Kansas is being honored with the Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACTFest 2017 national festival in Rochester, Minnesota June 26 – July 1, 2017.

The AACT Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community, or moving to the next level of organizational development. Visit for information on all AACT National Awards, 2017 AACT Award winners, and previous honorees.

Minuteman Press
Minuteman Press won several awards at this year’s Graphic Excellence Competition.
– Won in the Digital Printing Sales Campaign for Just Food “Help Feed a Family” (Elizabeth Keever, Executive Director of Just Food attended)
– Won Best in Category, Digital Printing: Posters for Just Food “A Harvest Celebration” (Designed by Ashley McCaskill of Ashley McCaskill Creative who also attended)
– Won Best in Category, Digital Printing Sales Campaign: Topeka High Historical Society (Designed by Brian Roberts, Minuteman Press)
– Won in the Digital Printing: Business Cards for Chocolate Moonshine (Designed by Kristel Lewis, Minuteman Press)
– Won Best in Category for Art Reproductions (Designed by Greg Smallwood)
– Won Digital Printing: Posters for Freestate Comicon (Designed by Greg Smallwood)
– Won in Digital Printing: Booklets (less then 32 pages or less) for Treanor Architects

Sunflower Bank

Sunflower Bank raised $102,363 for schools and students this year in Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri, bringing its 16 year total to over $1,139,000. More than $3,000 of the funds raised this year are being donated to schools and students in Lawrence.

“This year we are celebrating both our 125th anniversary as a bank and the 16th anniversary of our ABC Program,” said Mollie Carter, President and CEO of Sunflower Bank. “We have a long and successful history, and we have made it our mission to create possibility for the communities we serve.  This is why we initiated the ABC Program in 2001 to help provide needed resources for the schools and students in our communities. For 125 years, we have strived to make a positive impact and we plan to continue this tradition in the many years to come.”

April 17 – 21

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.

Sunflower Bank

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.

April 10-14

NIC Inc.

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.

April 3 – 7

Atmos Energy

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
* Winners selected at random.

Cottonwood, Inc.

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.”

March 27 – 31

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.”

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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