IT'S YOUR BUSINESS [Topeka Capital Journal (KS)]
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Kevin Kongs' promotion from assistant controller to vice president/controller recently was approved by the board of directors of Westar Energy. The promotion will become effective Nov. 8 with the retirement of Lee Wages, who has served as controller since 1999. Kongs, a Topeka native, has led teams in accounting, tax and financial accounting during his 24 years with Westar. He has served as assistant controller since 2006. Wages started his career with Westar in 1977 as a regulatory analyst. He held a variety
of leadership roles in internal audit, staff operations, accounting and strategy before becoming controller.
Bita Haji Zadeh, family medicine physician, has joined the staff at Cotton-O'Neil Clinic in Topeka. Zadeh received her medical degree at Univerzita Komenskeho in the Slovak Republic in 1999. She completed a residency in surgery at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York City in 2009 and a residency in family medicine at the University of Cincinnati and Clinton Memorial Hospital in Ohio in 2013. Zadeh, who is fluent in English, Slovak and Farsi, is accepting new patients at (785) 354-5225.
Star Hummer, an associate at Express Employment Professionals in Topeka, has been named the company's Central Zone Employee of the Year. Hummer has been with Express since 2002 and has received its Associate of the Month award several times. She began her career in a variety of administrative and commercial roles, and has advanced into the customer service position she has held for the past 10 years.
Bob Newton, of Lawrence, and Mark Vail, of Kansas City, will be inducted into the Kansas Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' annual convention Oct. 20-22 in Manhattan, while Ken Greenwood, of Tulsa, Okla., and Carol McCaffrey, of Lawrence, will be honored posthumously. Newston, who was named recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, has spent his entire broadcast career in Lawrence, working in both commercial, network and noncommercial radio. He has been the producer/engineer of the Jayhawk Radio Network since 1984, and is the engineer for both The University of Kansas and Baker University's student radio stations. Vail, who got his start in radio in 1974 in Minnesota, joined WIBW Radio, the Kansas Agriculture Network and the Kansas Radio Networks in 1983, eventually becoming general manager of the stations and networks. He currently owns a consulting company specializing in small market radio. Greenwood, who died earlier this summer, was selected for the Mike Oatman Sales Award of 2013. He turned a small radio station in Wichita into powerhouse KLEO during the 1960s, and went on to found Greenwood Performance Systems, which mentored numerous Kansas broadcasters. McCaffrey, who died in 2012, is the 2013 recipient of the Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community. She spent 30 years behind the scenes at KLWN Radio in Lawrence.
Dee Ann DeRoin, of Lawrence, has been named Physician of the Year by the Association of American Indian Physicians. DeRoin, a member of the Ioway Tribe of Kansas, works primarily in the areas of diabetes, cancer, women's health and cultural competence. Since 2001, she has been a consultant in community health to states, tribes and American Indian organizations.
The Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary in Topeka received the National Auxiliary of the Year Award at the Fraternal Order of Police and Auxiliary Convention last month in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Topeka auxiliary, which is comprised of family members of law enforcement officers from the Topeka Police Department and Shawnee County Sheriff's Office, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Fred Gibbs, who co-founded BG Consultants in Manhattan in 1976 with Stephen Berland, recently was recognized for his accomplishments during a 50-year career in the field of land surveying. Gibbs started his career in 1963 working for Schwab Eaton in Manhattan. BG Consultants, which now has 76 employees, provides architectural, engineering, surveying and construction administration services.
Richard Hayse, Luke Sobba and Roger Walter, from the law firm of Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock & Kennedy, which is based in Wichita with an office in Topeka, have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. Hayse was selected in the areas of Corporate Law, Litigation-Banking and Finance, Real Estate Law and Trusts and Estates; Sobba in the area of Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law; and Walter in the area of Securities Law.
McCownGordon Construction, of Kansas City, Mo., recently announced that it will open an office in Manhattan. Among the projects McCownGordon is involved in are the College of Engineering expansion at Kansas State University, the Kiowa County School District expansion in Greensburg and the Kansas Department of Agriculture administrative building in Manhattan.
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