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Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Michael Lee has accepted the Manager, Government Affairs position in the Government Affairs department. He will begin his duties on November 7, 2016.
Michael previously worked as the State Director for U.S. Senator James Inhofe (chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works) in Oklahoma City, OK where he managed staff in the Senator’s state offices, facilitated meetings/campaign events/fundraising efforts, monitored district politics and issues, served as the lead interface between the Senator and grassroots organizations in the state and worked with local, state and federal officials. Michael advised the Senator on priority issues such as water infrastructure and transportation. Prior to that he served as the Northeast Field Representative in Tulsa and the Northwest Field Representative in Enid for the Senator, assisting constituents with issues focused on agriculture policy.
Peaslee Tech & Black Hills Energy
Black Hills Energy of Lawrence awarded Dakota Gray a scholarship for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program through Neosho County Community College (NCCC). The NCCC program is offered at Peaslee Tech at 2920 Haskell Avenue in Lawrence.
Mr. Gray, now in his first semester of the HVAC program, noted that he was grateful for the scholarship to help with his program-related expenses. He receives training in the new Belcher Family HVAC lab at Peaslee Tech, which held its ribbon cutting in May 2016.
The Olivia Collection
Cottonwood Inc. has awarded its annual JobLink Outstanding Community Employer Award to The Oread and The Eldridge Hotels. For the last 10 years, The Olivia Collection, which is the hotels’ holding company, has em-ployed Cottonwood Inc.’s clients. Three individuals currently serve various roles at the hotels. “These three staff members make sure the little details of cleanliness and comfort are tended to. It’s great to have our staff visit and interact with them. I just wanted to make their life more meaningful. It’s just something I’m very passionate about,” said Nancy Long-hurst, General Manager of The Oread and Eldridge.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Milestone years in Boys & Girls Club history are the inspiration behind the 2016 Lights On Talent Show at Lawrence Free State High School, Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the free event. One debonair dance troupe from each of Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence’s 15 sites will hit the FSHS auditorium stage to showcase their moves to the theme of “Blast from the Past.” The theme celebrates the history of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which dates back to 1860 when it began as The Boys Club Federation of America and continues to thrive today with local and national community partners and dedicated alumni. At Friday’s event, dance performances will showcase years 1931 through 2016.
Sunflower Outdoor & Bike
From the Lawrence Journal-World: “Downtown Lawrence’s Sunflower Outdoor & Bike has been named to the America’s Best Bike Shops list by the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association. The association looks at about 4,000 bike shops across the country, and fewer than 300 bike shops were included on the list. The program involves an application process and mystery shoppers visiting the store to evaluate a host of product and customer service issues. This is the fourth straight year Sunflower has been named to the list.”
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
We are pleased to announce that Eric Olson has accepted the Director, Marketing position in the Marketing department. Eric is currently the Marketing Manager for Sprint where he manages a $3 million marketing budget, executes national marketing campaigns focused on revenue growth and acquiring new customers. Prior to Sprint, Eric was the Director of Championships for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in Kansas City where he managed and marketed 23 national championships with over 10,000 student athlete participants. Eric also has ad agency experience with Larson Binkley, Inc. Eric is very familiar with and has a passion for the game of golf and actually worked a quick stint on the golf maintenance crew at the Overland Park Golf Course.
Pinot’s Palette, the first international franchisor of paint and sip studios in North America, will host a national fundraising event on September 28, 2016 at participating studios across the country in support of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Finding cures. Saving children®. Pinot’s Palette – Lawrence is hosting its local fundraising event at 6:30PM-9:00PM, on Sept. 28 located at 721 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence, KS. To book a reservation, visit https://www.pinotspalette.com/lawrence/event/117115
Hilary’s Eat Well
From the Lawrence Journal World: “Lawrence-based Hilary’s Eat Well has landed on the Inc. 5000 list, which measures how quickly a business has grown over the past three years. The business magazine ranked Hilary’s at No. 897, and touted its three-year growth rate of 447 percent. The company, which has its manufacturing facility near 23rd and Haskell, now has revenues of about $4.5 million, according to the list.”
Kansas Public Radio
From KU:”Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas has been named the 2016 Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The KAB first presented the award in 1996, and KPR has earned the top award 16 of the past 21 years, more than any other Kansas radio or TV station. In addition to winning the overall award of excellence, KPR won a number of individual awards for news and public affairs programming, including three first-place awards, five second-place awards and three honorable mentions.” Read the full press release here.
School is back in session! Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies offers campus and online offerings in business, management, and liberal arts. Don’t miss this opportunity to complete your degree and achieve your goals! Please contact Cary Pressley for more information. She can be reached by email at Cary.Pressley@learn.BakerU.edu or via phone at 785-260-1763.
Health Care Access
From the Lawrence Journal World: “Lawrence’s Health Care Access recently received the highest-level recognition for its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the clinic announced earlier this week.
In 2013, Health Care Access was the first clinic or practice in Douglas County to receive PCMH recognition, according to a Health Care Access news release. The clinic went from a level two in 2013 to a level three, the highest achievable level, with its recent NCQA recognition. The renewal is good for three additional years.” To read the full article, click here.
The Trust Company of Kansas
The Trust Company of Kansas is pleased to announce the addition of Erin Eustice, Trust Administrator. Erin joins The Trust Company of Kansas – Hutchinson office as an assistant to Michael Smith, Senior Vice President & Trust Officer. Erin was raised in Glasco, Kansas. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Accounting from Kansas Wesleyan University. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, being active in church events and spending time with her family.
The Trust Company of Kansas (TCK) is pleased to announce Michael S. Goldak, C.T.F.A., accepted the title of Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer. In this new role, Mike will lead The Trust Company of Kansas’ Unique Investment Process and Chair TCK’s internal Investment Sub-Committee. This is a different position for Mike, having previously served as an Account Administrator. He is not a new face at TCK, having been with the company for 23 years and serving in the financial industry for over 40 years.
Mize Houser & Co.
Mize Houser & Company P.A., a 60 year-old regional certified public accounting firm is included in the rankings of the INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms of 2016 as the 131th largest accounting firm, an increase of 30 total spots since the firm’s IPA debut in 2011. Mize Houser first debuted on the list at #157 in 2011, which was only the second year the list was published. The firm rose to #139 in 2014 and #127 in 2015. The firm is one of two Kansas-headquartered firms to be included in this year’s Top 200 firms.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
An increase in funding and mentors is a dual source of positivity awaiting Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence this fall, as the organization will welcome 33 AmeriCorps service members for the 2016-17 school year.The 33 members represents an unprecedented amount at the organization, each of whom will serve alongside school district personnel and BGCLK staff to provide academic interventions to students in all 15 Boys & Girls Club afterschool program sites.
When school starts on August 17, the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence will achieve a longtime goal of operating a site in every USD 497 elementary school. Sunset Hill Elementary will become Boys & Girls Club’s 15th site this fall. The addition of Sunset Hill has already been well received in the community, with enrollment up to 75 kids for the 2016-17 school year. The organization has operated 14 sites since 2013, and in that time has seen its daily attendance grow to an average of 1,500 kids per day.
Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. (“Sunflower”) and Texas-based Strategic Growth Bancorp, Incorporated (“SGB”) today jointly announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge. The transaction will involve a merger of the holding companies and a merger of their respective banking entities, Sunflower Bank NA, First National Bank of Santa Fe, and Capital Bank, SSB, as well as Guardian Mortgage Company, Inc.
The pro forma combined company will have approximately $4 billion in banking assets with approximately $3 billion in both net loans and deposits, creating a super-community bank with a footprint exceeding 60 offices in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. The transaction partners two relationship-focused community bank organizations with stable deposit platforms and synergistic lending and fee income strategies. The corporate headquarters for the combined company will be in Denver with substantial office functions remaining in Salina, Kansas, and New Mexico and Texas locations. On a pro forma basis, the combined holding company will be the third largest Colorado headquartered banking institution by total assets.
Mollie Hale Carter, current Chairman and CEO of Sunflower, will serve as CEO and President of the combined holding company and CEO of the bank. Additionally, she will serve as Co-Chairman of the combined holding company and Chairman of the bank. William D. Sanders, current Chairman of SGB, will serve as Co-Chairman of the holding company. William P. (Pablo) Sanders, current Chairman of First National Bank of Santa Fe and CapitalBank, will be the COO of the holding company with responsibility for the mortgage and wealth management businesses and Interim President of the bank. The Board of Directors of the combined holding company will have 10 members, comprised of an equal number of appointments from Sunflower and SGB
Express Employment Professionals
The Lawrence Express Employment Professionals office has been named a Certified Professional Staffing Franchise.
“As a Certified Professional Staffing Franchise, we’re uniquely equipped to help clients find specialized, highly-skilled talent for clients,” said Franchisee Kate Blocker, owner of the Lawrence Express office. “As the job market evolves, so do we through a network of dedicated field consultants who help us maintain the highest level of professional staffing standards.”
The Certified Professional Staffing Franchise designation is only awarded to Express Employment Professionals franchises that have invested in additional training, coaching, and support, which enables them to more effectively recruit and place professionals in highly specialized fields.
Block & Company, Inc.
Block & Company, Inc., Realtors, a 70-year-old commercial real estate company based out of Kansas City, Missouri, has announced the final phase of the Prairie Ridge Center, a six phase development in South Dallas/Grand Prairie, Texas. Running along the north side of Interstate 20, the mixed-use shopping district was originally a 90-acre piece of undeveloped grassland that was acquired in 1998 by an investment group, headed by Block & Company, Inc.
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
We are pleased to announce that Shelia Finney has accepted the Senior Director, Member Programs position in the Member Programs department. She will officially begin her duties on August 22, 2016.
Shelia has extensive experience and knowledge of GCSAA. As a 28 year engaged member, Shelia was the Superintendent at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, a Marriott property, and hosted the Bell South Senior Classic, a Senior PGA tournament, for over 10 years. At Marriott, she became well-versed in corporate practices such as leadership, financial management and staff operations. In her current role as Executive Director of the Tennessee (TGCSA) chapter, she has demonstrated a passion and working knowledge of both local and national programs with an emphasis on membership growth and retention. During her time with the TGCSA, she increased membership by 30%, revenue by 25% and R4R rounds from 31 to 114, resulting in a 368% increase.
Allen Press, Inc., is excited to announce the addition of Marcus Roberts to its growing executive sales team.
Roberts has more than 25 years of experience selling advertising production services, design and print to retail companies and design firms nationwide. He has a proven track record of helping major retailers increase traffic and sales through advertising production, direct mail and technological solutions. In his position at Allen Press, Roberts will continue to work with retail clients and design firms as they use these creative solutions to achieve their goals.
Mize Houser & Co.
Award winning public accounting firm Mize Houser & Co. P.A. is pleased to celebrate 60 years of serving clients this summer. Mize Houser opened a location in Lawrence in 1987 when it merged with Barrand and Eagan, CPAs. In 2012 the Lawrence office nearly doubled in size when Lowenthal, Webb and Odermann joined the firm.
Founders Bob Mize and Ralph Houser formed the partnership on July 1, 1956 and closed the books that year with a whopping $32,000 in fees. At the time, both Mize and Houser credited the success to “a lot of hard work and a lot of good people.” Mize Houser & Company P.A., a 60 year-old regional certified public accounting firm is included in the rankings of the INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Firms of 2016 as the 131th largest accounting firm, an increase of 30 total spots since the firm’s IPA debut in 2011.
Mid America Bank
Mid America Bank was named one of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America by DepositAccounts.It was established in 1900 and as of March of 2016, it had grown to 36 employees at 4 locations. Mid America Bank (KS)’s money market rates are 48% higher than the national average, and it boasts an A+ health rating. You can see the full list here.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence
Jazmyne McNair will represent Kansas as one of the eight extraordinary Boys & Girls Clubs of America teens who will vie for the honor of being named the 2016 Southwest Region Youth of the Year, Monday, June 20, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
A member of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence since the fourth grade, McNair’s journey continues to build strength and momentum. The Lawrence High School senior-to-be was named the Lawrence Youth of the Year in January and earned Kansas Youth of the Year honors on March 1. Since the victory, McNair has made numerous appearances throughout the community telling her story, practicing interviews and preparing to represent her state.
KU School of Business & Lawrence Landscape
A 7400 square foot LiveRoof® green roof has finished installation on Capitol Federal Hall at the University of Kansas School of Business (KU). The green roof with serve as a focal point for students and faculty to examine new practices for creating economic prosperity and maintaining social responsibility. The building’s design is set to stimulate innovation within students by providing a lush, vibrant environment with a tranquil study space. Media representatives are invited to contact us and make arrangements for interviews.
“Through its innovative design and features, the Capitol Federal Hall honors our school and its traditions,” said Jim Guthrie, associate dean, the KU School of Business. “KU embraces a sustainability culture we feel is vital to growing the next generation of remarkable business leaders. Our new building will support our mission of teaching and knowledge creation in a collaborative, supportive climate. Lawrence Landscape assisted with the installation of the roof.
Hilary’s Eat Well
Hilary’s, the creator of convenient and culinary foods that are made from real ingredients and are free-from common-allergens, has expanded its frozen product portfolio, introducing three new innovative flavors of veggie bites: Broccoli Casserole, Mediterranean and Spicy Mesquite – a special nod to Hilary’s Midwestern roots and the brand’s creative perspective on BBQ. The frozen bites product is versatile and easy to prepare as an appetizer, snack or an entree when served in a wrap or salad.
“We listened to our customers and we know they’re hungry for options that make healthy eating delicious and easy,” said Becky Harpstrite, Vice President of Marketing at Hilary’s. “Our new flavors extend their ease of creating great tasting meals by integrating diverse ingredients and prove that free-from eating doesn’t have to be bland or boring. It’s eating well made easy.”
Castle Tea Room & Maceli’s
The Castle Tea Room announced that Maceli’s is taking over the day-to-day operations of the historic building. The Lawrence Journal World reports, “The trust will continue to own the building, but Steve Maceli has told me that his Maceli’s catering firm has struck a deal to run many of the operations of the facility, which primarily serves as a reception hall and meeting space.” Read the full story over at the Lawrence Journal-World.
RCB Bank is growing its presence in the Sunflower state with the acquisition of Kansas-based CornerBank. The sale, pending regulatory approval, is expected to be finalized early in the 3rd quarter. All nine CornerBank locations, located in Arkansas City, Douglass, Lawrence, Oxford, Wellington, Wichita and Winfield are included in the transaction.
“Our entrance into the Kansas market in 2010 gave us an opportunity to test the waters and frankly we have enjoyed the experience,” said Roger Mosier, RCB Bank President and CEO. “Our hometown community bank model fits well in the Kansas market place and CornerBank’s similar approach makes this transaction a natural fit.”
“We are excited by the opportunities in Kansas,” said Mosier. CornerBank, headquartered in Winfield, KS, has $280 million in assets, nearly 100 employees and serves seven Kansas communities.
Integrity Midwest Insurance
A leading insurance professional organization recently recognized Sarah Kueffer, CIC, of Integrity Midwest Insurance, LLC in Lawrence, for dedication and ongoing leadership in the insurance industry. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) honored Ms. Kueffer for ten years of successfully maintaining the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation, denoting significant commitment to advanced knowledge and customer service.
The Council of Science Editors (CSE) recognized Tim Cross, Allen Press Product Education Manager, with a Distinguished Service Award. Cross has served as a CSE volunteer in a variety of positions for more than 10 years and served as President in 2014-2015. The Distinguished Service award recognizes his contributions to furthering scientific communications and his commitment to CSE and its programs.
Allen Press, Inc. is happy to announce that Julie Rinke has been promoted to Vice President of Business Support Services and Maria Preston-Cargill to Vice President of Marketing.
Rinke has added purchasing, scheduling and inventory management to her responsibilities in addition to estimating and contracts, which she managed previously. Preston-Cargill is responsible for developing products and services, managing the brand, and spearheading all corporate communications. She will continue to oversee the Publishing department as well.
Allen Press, Inc. announces that David Mack joins the team as Director of Prepress and Digital. “We are excited to have David start collaborating and working with our current staff to find new ways to optimize our prepress operations,” said John Rodriguez, Allen Press Vice President of Production. “He will play an important role in moving our Prepress department forward.”
Mack has over 17 years of prepress management and specializes in optimizing prepress structures and workflows to maximize efficiencies.
Allen Press, Inc. is proud to announce that John Rodriguez joined its leadership team as Vice President of Production on May 2. Rodriguez comes to the position with more than 15 years’ experience managing production and operations for national companies. As Vice President of Production, Rodriguez will be responsible for directing and leading all aspects of production including Manufacturing, Composition, Prepress, Maintenance and Facilities.
“We are very pleased that John has joined our team,” said CEO Randy Radosevich. “His hands-on experience in designing and implementing production workflows will be invaluable as our printing operations grow. Plus he has a reputation of leadership excellence, something we value highly at Allen Press.”