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Bidding on airport terminal is big job in itself BY JOHN STEARNS

In the construction world, it’s a mega-job. That’s how Ivan Crossland Jr., CEO of Crossland Construction Co. Inc., describes the project to build the new terminal at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, the marquee component of a $160 million project to bring Wichita’s 1950s-era airport into the 21st century. “It would be one of the top jobs in the U.S.,” he says. “It means a lot to every company that’s bidding it.” The city began advertising for construction bids in mid-December. The bids are scheduled to be opened at 2 p.m. on

GUEST TAX VOTE Money for hotel or Century II, CVB fund. P4 FEBRUARY 10, 2012 |



See AIRPORT, Page 16

FOCUSED ON PREVENTION Physical therapy firms like Athletic & Rehabilitation Center, where Scott Fieser is clinical director, can help workplaces save money by preventing injuries. P12 JOHN STEARNS / WBJ

INSIDE Physician groups avoid consolidation. P8 Merging health records a challenge. P9 Home-health telemonitoring grows. P10 Few gain from health coverage opt-out. P11

FOCUS Health Care. P7


MISSION-MINDED Clepper transitions from Delta Dental to Envision. P15

THE LIST Conventions and Events Page 6


New Hawker CEO’s likely plan: sweeping change



Those who have followed the career of new Hawker Beechcraft CEO Steve Miller say he won’t be coming to Wichita to make small moves. Indeed, they expect anything and everything will be on the table as Miller deals with Hawker’s sluggish sales and looming debt. “He is a tough guy. And he hasn’t been brought in there to maintain the status quo,” says Maryann Keller, president of the automotive industry analysis firm Maryann Keller and Associates. “You may not like the things he does. But he is going to get the job done.” She followed his automotive career, which included helping guide Chrysler Corp. through its bailout in the early 1980s and heading Delphi Corp. after it was spun off by General Motors. At Delphi, Keller says, it became clear quickly that

Rick McCafferty, executive vice president at Key Construction Inc., stands with volumes of architectural drawings and technical specifications for the new Mid-Continent Airport terminal. The documents total nearly 5,000 pages.

See HAWKER, Page 13

Liquor-sales issue in Kansas Now Wichita can call it Rock ’n’ Roll Road creates strange bedfellows BY EMILY BEHLMANN

As a business owner, Matt Jabara says he was surprised to learn that he stood in opposition to the Kansas Chamber of Commerce on an issue under debate in Kansas legislative committees. He was even more surprised to learn that the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce is considering taking the same stance. At issue is legislation that would change the way alcohol is sold in Kansas. Currently, independently owned liquor stores are the only merchants that can sell liquor, wine and fullstrength beer — and that’s all they can sell — while grocery and convenience stores’ alcohol sales are limited to beer that’s 3.2 percent alcohol or less. The legislation would phase in full

See LIQUOR, Page 19

It’s not Jack Black’s School of Rock, but business partners Scott Stark and Jason Ramsey are bringing a similar type of music lesson to Wichita. Stark and Ramsey plan to open a School of Rock franchise in April — fittingly at 1218 S. Rock Road, north of Harry Street. As in the namesake movie, School of Rock emphasizes teaching kids to play rock music and put on live performances. Ramsey, who is a co-owner and general manager of the local franchise, says the goal is to provide advanced training for kids who play keyboards, guitar, bass guitar or drums. Basic lessons are also offered. Ramsey describes it as a songs-first-theory-second approach to teaching music.

“It’s all performance-based,” he says. The School of Rock concept originated in 1998 as the Paul Green School of Rock Music. Its founders eventually changed the name to School of Rock and started franchising in 2005. The “School of Rock” movie came out in 2003. Ramsey says the School of Rock concept allows him and Stark to combine their love of rock ’n’ roll and helping kids. “We liked the model as far as a franchise (goes),” Ramsey says. It will be the first School of Rock franchise in Wichita, though there is one in Kansas City, Mo. Based in New Jersey, School of Rock has more than 70 locations across the United States and Mexico.

See BIZ NOTES, Page 3




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“That’s another reason why physicians (who) wish to remain independent choose to stay that way. They don’t want people dictating what they can get paid for.”

Alex Ammar

Wichita Surgical Specialists PA. P8 INCENTIVE CHOICE - The Feb. 28 vote on the guest tax for the downtown Ambassador Hotel would impact how much money is spent on Century II. P4 On their own - Wichitans form their own air filtration equipment company ...... P4 Swimming with the Sharks - Missing deadlines is disrespectful .................... P5 The List - Wichita-area conventions and events .......................................... P6



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Mitt Romney: 239 (63%)


Q: Who will be the GOP nominee for president?

Ron Paul: 25 (7%)

Q: What amenities would you most like to see at the new Mid-Continent Airport terminal?

Really? Is this the best the Republican party can do? Can you provide a list of Independent candidates so I can begin researching which one will get my vote?

Stan Shelden,


“I just want to have great circulation from the parking area to the gate.”

Santorum: Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado. Gingrich: South Carolina. Romney: Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire.

Newt Gingrich: 56 (15%) Rick Santorum: 51 (13%)


Next: Arizona and Michigan Feb. 28.

Other: 10 (2%)



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“I think a good restaurant would be great. Something slightly upscale, where you can spend some time and have a nice meal.”


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Wichita Independent School


“Keep up with the friendly atmosphere, keep up with our Kansas hospitality and make sure we have enough parking for people who are picking up passengers.”

Brandon Brigham and Jim Orr are former Micro Air employees who have branched out on their own. They have formed Kansas Filtration LLC as an independent distributor of air filtration products. Orr and Brigham say the business is taking off and they expect to hire employees to handle the demand. See our story on page 4.


Ruth Johnson, Nye & Associates

“For me, it would be more lounge areas and a place to get something to eat when you are waiting to catch a plane or waiting for someone to come in.”


BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK Company leaders are trying to figure out if they should continue to offer health care plans to their employees or opt out and pay the penalties. Experts we talked to say while many are considering it, not many will benefit from it. See our story in the Health Care Quarterly focus section on page 11.

Each week we’ll highlight the best business tip in the Wichita Business Journal, and let you know which companies are hiring. If you have any questions, or if your company is hiring, please let me know. E-mail me at or call me at 266-6184.

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BIZ NOTES Continued from PAGE 1 Ramsey says the cost structure for lessons still is being finalized, as are the hours, which likely will include afterschool and Saturday hours. Ramsey says the business will employ 10 to 15 teachers with band experience.

We knew we needed a full-service accounting firm ... everything pointed to AGH. –Chuck Perkins

Stark, who has a background in construction, will serve as the general contractor for build-out of the 3,200-square-foot site, and potential subcontractors are being interviewed. Winter Architects is the architect for the project. AN EARLY START Keaton Schultz knew he wanted to run a business after college. When he graduated from Newman University with a degree in business in May, he and his father started looking for one right away. What they found was a small business in Towne West Square whose owners were retiring. Schultz and his family closed on the purchase of Dairy Queen Karmelkorn and took over its operations on Feb. 1. “I have always wanted to own and run my own business,” says Schultz, 24. “I didn’t really expect it to happen this quick.” The Schultz family bought the business from Leo and Rosemary Briscoe, who operated Karmelkorn for 26 years. Schultz says buying Karmelkorn allows his family to take over a well-established business. Schultz’s father, Gary Schultz, is a senior vice president at Cobalt Boats LLC in Neodesha, the family’s hometown. He will help with Karmelkorn as his son gets comfortable running its day-to-day operations. Keaton Schultz says he’s not planning to change much initially, other than to advertise more and establish a website for the business, which he hopes will help drive more sales. | 266-6172



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money to Aero-Mach to get tax credits back.”

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In room-tax debate, it’s hotel investment vs. tourism fund BY JOHN STEARNS

On one hand, the Feb. 28 special election is a choice between giving the Ambassador Hotel 75 percent of its room-tax money back for 15 years or none of it, instead sending it all to the city’s tourism fund. On the other hand, it could be considered a vote on a city economic development tool, on whether room taxes should be used as a financial incentive and on the message a no vote would send to future developers. Ambassador developer Paul Coury says that message is a very real concern. While he’ll finish the hotel no matter what, he says he would not have started it had he known the room-tax incentive, worth about $2.25 Coury million over 15 years, could be revoked. If it is, he says he’ll have to adjust the hotel’s numbers in ways yet to be determined, perhaps less-costly furnishings, less staffing or lower pay scales. Bob Weeks, chairman of rebate opponent Tax Fairness for All Wichitans, says a defeat won’t hurt the city’s message. “This is really arguing about gravy,” Weeks says, noting the project is already benefiting from many other public incentives, from historic tax credits to tax increment financing. If voters reject the room-tax rebate, the

city’s tourism and convention fund would get all of the $200,000 a year in room taxes expected in the property’s first 15 years of operation. If voters approve the rebate, the fund will get about $50,000 a year for 15 years and hotel developers $150,000. “You just have to decide which one of those tools has a better result, and I would argue that mine does,” Coury says. Total revenues for the tourism fund this year are projected to be about $6 million from the 6 percent tax charged overnight guests in Wichita. Roughly 60 percent of that goes to the Century II convention center and 40 percent to the Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau. Opponents of the rebate note that the tourism fund has a projected $2 million deficit this year, attributable mostly to Century II renovations. That loss is projected to narrow to about $379,000 next year. Weeks says tax money is properly spent for public purposes, like on Century II. But Coury notes that room-tax incentives aren’t new for Wichita. Other hotels — including the Hyatt Regency Wichita and the Fairfield Inn and Suites at Waterwalk — have benefited from room taxes. In the past, however, the city has fronted money to developers, backed by bonds that the city is paying off with the room tax. In the Ambassador’s case, developers are covering the costs up front and using the room-tax money to pay bills over time. Coury also says that without the hotel,

there would be no extra room-tax money to spend. “That’s still new money,” he says. If the rebate incentive weren’t available, the hotel would not have been built, and “it would have been a zero impact on everybody.”

‘BIG PICTURE’ Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO John Rolfe says no matter how the room-tax money is invested — into Go Wichita, Century II or a new hotel — what matters is the big picture. Rolfe The bureau hasn’t taken a position on the room tax, but it supports the hotel for the 117 additional rooms it provides within walking distance of Century II and for getting the city closer to being able to offer 1,000 rooms downtown to larger conventions. That’s a threshold Rolfe has said will increase the universe of business Wichita can pursue. “The long-term return on any investment that’s made in tourism development or tourism initiatives is the real issue and the bigger picture,” Rolfe says. “Our hope is that the way in which those dollars are used ... certainly maximize the opportunity to continue to grow our market and to have a great product in Wichita.” | 266-6176

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Jim Orr, left, and Brandon Brigham see big potential for their new business venture, Kansas Filtration LLC.

Owners see growth at Kansas Filtration BY DANIEL MCCOY

Two former Micro Air employees have struck out on their own as an independent distributor of air filtration products. Brandon Brigham and Jim Orr, co-owners of Kansas Filtration LLC, say business is starting to boom as the four-month-old company is adding customers and already looking to expand and add employees. The pair last month moved into a 1,500-square-foot facility they’ve leased from Builders Inc. at Pawnee and Edwards streets. They still sell Micro-Air products, but as independent dealers, they are able to pull from multiple product lines to find whatever best fits their customers’ needs at the lowest cost. Brigham and Orr also say business from the aerospace industry is picking up. They say work involving filtering for the painting KANSAS FILTRATION LLC operations of a local Owners: Jim Orr and aviation business, Brandon Brigham. which they declined Address: to name, could lead to 2656 W. Pawnee, Suite C, Wichita, Kan. 67213. major growth. “If it comes through, Phone: 249-0013. we will be going from Website: 1,500 square feet to 10,000 square feet within the next month,” Orr says. Brigham says they would like to hire two additional salespeople immediately, and they plan to add more salespeople and service workers as needed over the rest of the year. “Word of mouth is getting out there,” he says. “Our phone is ringing pretty much nonstop.” Mark Ohm, vice president for finance at Metal-Fab Inc., which owns Micro Air, says Orr and Brigham branching off on their own doesn’t mean more competition. If anything, he says, it gives Micro Air another outlet for selling its products. “We see it as a positive,” Ohm says. | 266-6195


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Conventions and Events

2012 Rank/ Name 2011 Rank Website

Estimated attendance

Event description


Date scheduled in 2012

Event location


Wichita Riverfest


Nine days of food, music and fun along the banks of the Arkansas River. Celebrate in downtown Wichita with over 60 events throughout the week.

June 1-9

Downtown Wichita, along the Arkansas River


Automobilia’s Moonlight Car Show & Street Party


18th-annual car show and street party, including eight stages with eight bands, three food courts, vendor court, swap meet and model car contest.

July 14

Old Town and downtown Wichita


National Baseball Congress World Series


Summer collegiate baseball world series.

July 28-Aug. 11

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium


Wichita Symphony Orchestra 2012-2013 Season


Includes eight classics concerts, two popular concerts, one blue jeans concert, two young people’s concert programs, two youth orchestra concerts, one holiday concert and the Riverfest Koch Twilight Pops concert.

Jan. 14-Dec. 11

Century II Concert Hall


Music Theatre of Wichita Summer Season


The 2012 Summer Season includes: Fiddler on the Roof; 9 to 5; Honk!; Singin’ in the Rain; and Legally Blonde, the Musical.

June 13-Aug. 12

Century II Concert Hall


Parade of Homes


New homes for sale are open for three weekends in the spring and fall for the public to view.

Feb. 14-15, 21-22, 28-29; Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21

Wichita and surrounding communities


Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open


PGA nationwide tour golf tournament.

June 18-24

Crestview Country Club


Wichita Area Builders Association Home Show


Public show with approximately 300 exhibitors displaying items for home improvement and remodeling, home building and landscaping.

Feb. 9-12

Century II Convention Center


Kansas State High School Activities Association State (KSHSAA) State Track & Field Championships


State championships for all classes in all 18 track & field events. The top 16 individuals in all events will compete in this two-day championship.

May 25-26

Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium


Outdoor Living & Landscape Show 2


Trade show with exhibits and vendors, along with seminars featuring all things outdoor living and landscaping.

March 2-4

Century II Expo Hall


Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) Summer Kick-off


The largest summer basketball tournament in the USA. Last year over 650 teams from 20 states participated in this event.

June 8-10

Wichita area


Sunflower Cluster Dog Shows


One of the largest American Kennel Club Dog Shows in the nation. The show consists of conformation obedience, agility, herding and lure coursing.

April 6-9

Kansas Pavilions


Wichita Farm & Ranch Show


Event includes displays and demonstrations of the newest in farm and ranch equipment and technology; horsemanship and livestock shows; plus children’s and family activities.

Nov. 6-8

Kansas Pavilions


Women’s Fair


A three-day event for women of all ages with 385 exhibits, 40 stage shows, demos, shopping, a business workshop and much more.

Feb. 17-19

Century II Expo Hall


Autumn & Art


A high-quality, visual arts show and sale featuring artists from across the United States.

Sept. 14-16

Bradley Fair Parkway and Bradley Fair Shopping Center


Prairie Fire Marathon


Community race event sponsored by Via Christi Health, including a marathon, half marathon, mayor’s 5K, youth races and fun/run walk.

Oct. 14

Wichita area (start/finish is in front of Fairfield Inn and Suites)

Notes: Ranking ties are listed alphabetically.



Wichita Flight Festival


A festival honoring the community’s aviation heritage featuring air acts from around the nation, a kid’s zone, food concourse, radio-controlled demonstrations and a fly market vendor and education area.


McConnell Air Force Base

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Mid America Youth Basketball (MAYB) Boys National Tournament


Last year close to 700 teams from throughout the nation participated in this event.

Aug. 2-5

Wichita area


The Park City Chill


Kansas largest indoor motorcycle and car show featuring live concerts all three days, plus Hooters swimsuit competition, Cowtown cowboys gunfighting shows, and over 100 booth venders.

Feb. 24-26

Kansas Pavilions


Susan G. Komen Wichita Race for the Cure


5K timed and untimed, one-mile fun walk.

Sept. 29

Towne East Square parking lot


KSHSAA 6A State Basketball Championships


Boys and girls basketball 6A state championships featuring the top eight 6A boys and girls teams from Kansas.

March 7-10

Wichita State University’s Koch Arena


Tallgrass Film Festival


Four days of richly diverse independent films, featuring more than 120 shorts and features each year. The largest film festival in Kansas.

Oct. 18-21

Various venues in downtown Wichita


Kansas Humane Society’s Woofstock


An annual outdoor festival for dogs and their people. The Kansas Humane Society’s largest fundraising event includes water retrieval, ruff races, doggie musical chairs, costume contest and more.

Oct. 6

Sedgwick County Park


Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off


More than 50 teams vie for over $6,000 in prizes and cash in four chili categories, plus salsa. Attendees vote for their favorite chili and enjoy live music, street performers and games for the little ones.

Sept. 29

500-600 blocks of East Douglas


Kansas Sports, Boat & Travel Show


Shop for bargains on the latest boats, RVs and outdoor recreational equipment, and enjoy daily entertainment. This is the 58th-annual show.

Feb. 16-19

Kansas Pavilions

Ranked by estimated 2012 attendance.

A look back ... The 1992 list of Wichita Conventions, Trade Shows and Special Events Name Expected attendance 1. Wichita River Festival ...........................................280,000 2. McConnell Air Force Base Open House ............240,000 3. National Baseball Congress .................................85,000 4. Celebrate ‘92 ...........................................................70,000 5. Kansas State Track & Field Meet .........................48,000 6. KFDI Country Fair ...................................................47,000 7. Wichita Winterfest ..................................................45,000 8. Air Heritage ‘92.......................................................40,000 9. Kansas Sport Boat & Travel Show .......................40,000 10. Newman Renaissance Faire ................................35,000 11. Lawn, Flower & Garden Show...............................35,000 12. Home Show .............................................................35,000 13. Starbird Rod & Custom Auto Show ....................35,000 14. Wichita Women’s Show .........................................30,000 15. Wichita Black Arts Festival .................................28,000 16. Ben Hogan Wichita Charity Classic ................... 27,500 17. Pioneer Christmas Arts & Crafts Expo .............. 27,000 18. KFDI 28th Anniversary Party ...............................21,000 19. Wichita Summer Nationals..................................20,000 20. Cinco de Mayo.......................................................20,000 21. Big Boys Toy Show of Kansas ..............................17,500 22. Wichita Area Marine Dealers Boat Show ..........17,000 23. Old Town Chili Cook-Off........................................15,000 24. St. Francis Mile.......................................................14,000 25. Old Sedgwick County Fair ....................................13,000 SOURCE: The Wichita Business Journal’s 1992 Book of Lists.

Source: Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau and event organizers. Footnotes: 1 May have been edited for space. 2 Last year, the Outdoor Living & Landscape Show was listed as the Wichita Garden Show.




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When Via Christi Health merged with Wichita Clinic PA in 2010, many in local health care suspected that deal would be the first of many. When Wesley Medical Center later announced plans to acquire Galichia Heart Hospital, the wave of consolidation indeed seemed to be coming. But it didn’t. Aside from those two major deals, little else has happened to further consolidate local health care providers. A few physicians have moved to other practices, and there have been some exploratory discussions between local hospitals and physician groups. But for those physician groups, staying independent has been the preference, and one they’ve managed to maintain. “I think that the original pressure that came about after the (Via Christi-Wichita Clinic) merger a year and a half ago has subsided somewhat,” says Dr. Joe Davison, an owner of West Wichita Davison Family Physicians PA, which has had affiliation discussions with Via Christi and Wesley. He says some groups are expressing a general interest in merging with a larger organization, but not at a high level. Carolyn Gaughan, executive director for the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, an nonprofit advocacy group, says the hospital mergers in Wichita prompted physician groups to think about whether they could continue to operate independently. She says many of those concerns, however, have since subsided. “I’ve not heard as much about it recently,” Gaughan says. “Some of it may have quieted down some.”

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PRACTICE REALIGNMENT Here’s a look at some of the recent consolidation in Wichita: Wesley Medical Center finalized its acquisition of Galichia Heart Hospital this month. Heartland Women’s Group PA became part of Wesley in 2011. Wichita Clinic PA became part of Via Christi Health in 2010.

autonomy, says Dr. Alex Ammar, CEO of the 37-surgeon group. “If you have a system that is closed, the fear I think with a lot of physicians is that hospitals then dictate policy, and physicians lose control of the care of the patient,” Ammar says. “All physicians are employed; it’s just a matter of who employs you. We just feel like physicians should employ physicians.” He says remaining independent allows his group to maintain its referral network with both Via Christi and Wesley hospitals. Ammar says much of the practice-alignment pressure, in general, stems from changes in health care as a whole. There’s the federal health care reform law and accountable care organizations, which would tie providers’ reimbursements to their quality metrics. Payment reform, Ammar says, also is a consideration in decisions to remain independent. He says proposals to bundle payments through accountable care organizations have been a concern for his practice group. With that approach, providers would be paid one lump sum per patient no matter how many services a patient might need. Ammar says a concern is how those funds are divided and who does the dividing. “That’s another reason why physicians (who) wish to remain independent choose to stay that way,” Ammar says. “They don’t want people dictating what they can get paid for.” | 266-6172


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Integrating medical records systems is huge challenge for health data exchange to electronic medical records, or EMR. “What we did not anticipate was that there were at least 19 EMR systems being used, not including hospitals,” Rosell says. And that’s not including facilities outside the Wichita area, either. Townsend says ICA’s first step is to work directly with vendors of electronic medical record systems. ICA runs tests to ensure information flows from the systems as expected. Then, she says, ICA runs tests directly with the health care providers using actual patient data. That’s already been taking place at Wesley and Via Christi. ICA then creates systems to piece together the data from the various sources. Finally, the system is turned over to the health care providers for their own testing.


By the end of the second quarter, at least a few Wichitaarea hospitals, physicians’ offices, labs and pharmacies are expected to begin tapping into a shared network of patient data. One eventual upshot of the network, the Wichita Health Information Exchange, is that when a patient arrives in the emergency room at Wesley Medical Center or a Via Christi Health hospital, doctors there can quickly pull up information such as the KEY PLAYERS medications the person is A sampling of major local health care taking. providers participating in the Kansas “The concept is great, Health Information Exchange: but behind the scenes GraceMed Health Clinic — how to make it work Mid-Kansas Pediatrics PA and flow, not sharing too Newton Medical Center much information — it Sedgwick County Health Department becomes fairly complicatVia Christi Health Systems Inc. ed,” says Jeff Schauf, IT Wesley Medical Center director at Wesley MediWest Wichita Family Physicians cal Center. Nashville-based InA full list is available at formatics Corporation of America is providing the technology that will allow the Wichita data exchange, and several others in the state, to function. All will be part of the larger Kansas Health Information Network. Heather Townsend is one of four ICA staff members in Kansas full-time for the project, which is expected to take five years. “Each of the facilities we work with ... utilizes a different electronic medical records system,” Townsend says. “They feed the health information exchange so we get accurate patient data. We digest, normalize and present it to the provider in an aggregated patient chart.”



Wesley Medical Center’s electronic patient data is undergoing tests so it can become part of the Wichita Health Information Exchange. The fact that so many different records systems are in play is one of the process’s complications, says Jon Rosell, executive director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County. Rosell is on the board of the Kansas Health Information Exchange. He says the local medical society surveyed area physicians two years ago and found that 65 percent had made a transition Rosell

Another challenge in developing the data exchange, Schauf says, is ensuring that patient information is only accessible to those who have a right to see it. Townsend says various practitioners, such as physicians, nurses and other care coordinators, have varying levels of access to the system. ICA sets up permissions for each. One of ICA’s final steps will be to train health care providers on accessing the new system. Physician Ron Brown, president of the Wichita exchange board, says he expects the hospitals will be the first to plug into the system. Physician’s offices like his, Wichita Family Medicine Specialists, likely will follow. “It will begin as a trickle,” Rosell says, as patient data slowly begins to build in the system. “Ultimately, once the pipes are connected and the patient data is flowing, we’ll be able to achieve the ultimate goal of improving the quality of patient care.” | 266-6177

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and low reimbursement rates. Industry professionals say the monitoring systems typically are reserved for patients with more severe health problems, like heart disease. Some systems require patients to take some action on their own to get their data transmitted, and it can be hard to persuade patients to do so consistently, says Sean Balke, president and chief operating officer at Craig Home Care. “Getting the patient to cooperate is one of the biggest challenges,” Balke says. Balke says telemonitoring has its benefits if it is used correctly. “It can help prevent unnecessary hospitalizations,” he says. Early adopters also tout the benefits of telemonitoring. Interim Health Care & Hospice, for example, has provided the service for more than five years. Company President Jay Stehley says the system helps nurses better determine how often they should visit patients. If a patient starts retaining fluids or gaining weight unexpectedly, for example, it could be a sign of a serious health issue, which may require that patient to be monitored more frequently, Stehley says. “It’s just an additional tool Stehley to help monitor these patients,” Stehley says, one that can be worth the expense. “These are things you do ... out of your own pocket.” | 266-6172


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Federal health care reform opt-out not a promising option, experts say BY DANIEL MCCOY

As the 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance or face federal penalties approaches, some businesses continue to look for their most cost-effective option. Should they provide the insurance, or would it be cheaper to pay the penalties and let employees fend for themselves in the government-mandated health exchanges? According to a recent survey conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield for the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., about 30 percent of employers nationwide have said they would “definitely” or “probably” drop their employee health plans after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into full effect in two years. But according to the work being done at IMA of Kansas, that doesn’t look as though it will be the best option, says Karen Vines, vice president for employee benefits at IMA. Vines says IMA has a tool that helps employers of any size determine their potential costs, depending on their course of action, Vines under the reform law. And after using the tool to examine more than 75 businesses, the results seem clear, Vines says. “In the for-profit environment, there’s not a lot of financial upside to leaving the employee-sponsored bundle,” she says. “We just haven’t seen an immediate financial benefit should an employer leave.”

PAY OR PLAY? Under the reform act, states are required to set up health insurance exchanges, in which small businesses and individuals can purchase health insurance. States initially are permitted to limit the exchanges to


Attorney Jason Lacey says planning is key to health reform decisions. small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. According to the Kansas Health Network, that represents more than 70 percent of the private businesses in the state. The reform law opens the exchanges up to businesses with up to 100 employees in 2016. Jason Lacey, a benefits attorney for Foulston Siefkin


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Athletic & Rehabilitation Center says it’s a different sort of physical therapy practice. Company officials say their business is not just in treating injured workers, but in helping employers prevent those injuries, develop employee wellness programs and reduce their health care and workers’ compensation costs. It’s what ARC’s chief operating officer, Jeff Weeks, calls “providing the entire continuum.” “We try to be a resource for the employer as much as we can be,” says Scott Fieser, a physical therapist and clinic director for ARC’s new Wichita office, one of 11 offices the company has in Kansas and Missouri. Wellness programs, which are becoming more popular with company leaders and owners, are designed to create healthy workplaces and help employees live healthier lives. Some studies show that employees who improve their health are more engaged, happier with their jobs and cost their companies less. Reducing health care costs is music to most employers’ ears, so companies that can help with that are tapping a productive vein, says Ron Whiting, executive director Whiting of the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care. Most companies get a positive return on investment for money spent on wellness, he says, and not just because it reduces health care costs. Another factor is increasing productivity. Whiting says the cost of lost productivity — through sick days, injuries or just being unhappy at work — can be double the cost of health care premiums. An effective wellness program doesn’t

happen by accident, Whiting says, and a trained staff member or a partner can help. The Sedgwick County Health Department offers free workplace wellness assistance. The county’s workplace wellness website notes a review of 32 studies of corporate wellness programs. It found that after the programs were implemented, injuries declined by 24.8 percent. Declines in hospital admissions, disability costs and claims costs were more dramatic. Whiting says the county recognizes that work sites are important places to focus on wellness. “I think it’s a tremendous benefit and frankly a very expanded view of public health,” he says. Also, the Greater Wichita YMCA has healthy lifestyle coaches on staff that can assist businesses.

ARC’S MODEL ARC has found some early success in Wichita, says Brian Stewart, chief marketing officer for the company. He says the company would like to add a site on the city’s east side. Other physical therapy practices also offer workplace assessments. Onpoint Physical Therapy owner Olu Osunsanmi says he offers workplace assessments as part of his practice’s occupational and industrial therapy services, and that includes helping employers prevent workplace injuries. Although Onpoint finds most of its work on the treatment side, Osunsanmi sees room for the preventive, assessment side of his business to grow as employers become more aware of the costs involved with injured workers. About half of Onpoint’s business is treating work-related injuries, he says. | 266-6176


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bankruptcy might be the company’s only option. And Miller, she says, didn’t hesitate. “He sat down with all the parties and said: ‘If you guys don’t play ball, there’s no future for this company. I’m going to put it into bankruptcy,’” Keller says. “Whether they thought the threat was an idle one or not, he did it.” Delphi emerged from bankruptcy four years later, in 2009. Bethlehem Steel, another of his stops as CEO, filed for bankruptcy only weeks after he was hired in 2001. The remnants of the company were bought by International Steel Group in 2003.

A decision maker Miller takes over the CEO reins at Hawker from Bill Boisture, who remains as chairman of Hawker’s operating subsidiary. Aviation analyst Rolland Vincent, founder of Rolland Vincent Associates, says Boisture stepped into a troubled business when he became CEO in 2009. Vincent deems Boisture the one person within the industry who had the best shot

at turning Hawker around. Unfortunately, Vincent says, Boisture didn’t get the time he needed to see some of the returns his own restructuring work should eventually create. “I think the owners are lookVincent ing at whatever can be done in the near term to reposition (Hawker) to repay its debts and make it more attractive to potential buyers,” Vincent says. The fact that Hawker has brought in Miller is “absolutely” a sign of the seriousness of the company’s troubles, says Dave Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, who has known Miller for more than 30 years. “I think it says that the company has some difficulties it needs to deal with and that it’s not going to be an easy task,” Cole says. Cole says that Miller’s history shows he will make tough decisions and do whatever is needed to pull a company back into the black. “He makes good decisions, his integrity is impeccable, and people trust him,” Miller says. “He’s not out to make himself king of

decisions to make Keller, the automotive analyst, says some other things Miller may consider are raising product prices or selling off some product lines. The idea of selling off lines isn’t new. Aviation analyst George Tsopeis of Zenith Jet suggested that back in 2010, saying the company would do well to shed all but its

segment-leading King Air line of turboprop aircraft. Tsopeis says there’s little mystery about what Miller’s been brought in to do at Hawker. The company has roughly $1.4 billion in debt coming due in 2014. The company’s total assets are only a little more than twice that: $3.1 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2011. Through the first three quarters of 2011, Hawker’s business and general aviation aircraft sales fell 16 percent compared with the year before. “From what I can gather on Steve Miller, (Hawker) is in for a major restructuring,” Tsopeis says. | 266-6195

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Donham Brown Jim Brown, BKD, has been selected to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. The following have passed the Kansas Board of Accountancy CPA examination: Kayla Comer, Justine Whitehurst, Joy Free, Travis Free, Brenna Strahm, Eric Stehm, Nathan Graf, Zachary Mastroly, Alexandra Hedrick, Amy Latta, Nikole Schroeder, Laura Zellers, Alicia Oswald, Jessica Schmiedbauer, Jedidiah Presley, Kun Qiu, Blake Fiene, Kevin Cooper, Racheal Singleton, Aaron Howard.

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PROFILE: Frank Clepper The Frank Clepper file Age: 54. Title: President and CEO, Envision. Experience: Various leadership positions with the U.S. Army, 1979-2000; senior vice president at PaineWebber & Co. (later UBS), 2000-2005; head hunter, Value Place Property Management LLC, 2005-2007; vice president for operations, Delta Dental of Kansas Inc., 2007-2009; chief operating officer, Delta Dental, 2009-present. Education: A civil engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Family: Wife, Jo; two daughters, Eire, 26, and Sophie, 5.

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Frank Clepper understands the anxiety parents go through when their children have serious health concerns. For Clepper, the new CEO of Envision, that scare came when his youngest daughter, Sophie, had a visual impairment that was later resolved. Clepper says that’s why Envision’s mission — to help people who are blind or have vision problems — has a special place in his heart. Taking the top executive position at Envision, Clepper says, is “an opportunity to give back a little bit from a personal standpoint.” He will oversee an organization that has 493 employees in several divisions. “Envision has always had a great mission,” says Clepper, 54. He has spent the past few months in transition from his position as chief operating officer of Delta Dental of Kansas Inc., where he has worked since 2007. Clepper takes over at Envision from Linda MerrillParman, who retired in 2011. Kent Wilson has been serving as interim CEO. Clepper’s experience inWilson cludes work in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors as well as nearly 22 years in leadership positions in the U.S. Army. It was that diverse background that made him an ideal fit for the Envision job, says Sam Williams, managing partner of


Sullivan Higdon & Sink Inc. and chairman of Envision’s board of directors. “His passion and his proven record for excellence in leadership make him an ideal fit to lead the organization,” Williams says. Dave Unruh, Sedgwick County commissioner and vice president of the Envision board, says Clepper has a long history of being a solid leader. Clepper, Unruh says, has the ability to make tough decisions but also to serve as a unifying force. Unruh “He’s had experience that we feel directly fits our search criteria,” Unruh says. “He’s going to be a good leader for us.”

325 PARACHUTE JUMPS Before Clepper made the jump to the corporate world, he was a serviceman. He has commanded two Army installations and provided leadership to other large

organizations serving a population of more than 400,000 military personnel and family members in Maryland and New York. Clepper spent four years stationed in Erling, Germany, and later had two separate stints with the 82nd Airborne Division. There, he learned to be a paratrooper and was certified to be a jump master, the person in charge of paratroopers. Clepper, a West Point graduate, says he has completed 325 parachute jumps. “There is no rush like the rush of jumping out of an airplane,” he says. Military jumps, he says, typically include 80 to 100 people jammed into an aircraft wearing 90 to 130 extra pounds of military gear. He describes the roar of wind and the rush of adrenaline that comes when the plane’s back hatch opens and the jump master prepares everyone. He says once you’ve jumped, there’s about 4 seconds of free falling before your parachute opens. Clepper has a family history of military

service: His father served in the Army and distant relatives served in the Civil War. He says he really developed his love for the service during high school, when he was involved in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. And that helped get him into West Point, he says. “The Army prepares you for positions of leadership that are increasingly more responsible,” he says. Clepper says he eventually had to decide between going overseas again or retiring from the Army and making a transition to something else. He chose the latter because of his desire to raise a family. He retired from the Army in 2000 and became a senior vice president with the investment firm UBS in New York. In 2005, Clepper moved to Kansas, his wife’s home state, to take a job as a head hunter for Value Place LLC.

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Feb. 24, a week later than originally scheduled. Interest in the project, the largest in Sedgwick County since the $206 million Intrust Bank Arena, is high, says Pat McCollom, an engineer with AECOM, the Los Angeles company managing the overall airport project. McCollom estimates eight to 12 firms could bid. What does it take to bid on such a project? A lot of reading, for one thing. There are 1,358 pages of architectural drawings and 3,193 pages of technical specifications on things like materials, testing requirements, colors and much more, McCollom says. It’s a lot of detail for a lot of building: 273,000 square feet. The city says the terminal will be “distinctive, modern, state-of-the-art.” Companies are pouring significant time, energy and resources into their bids. They’ve devoted teams of people over the last two months to bid preparation, including reaching out to subcontractors and suppliers to ensure they can meet job requirements. Those teams will grow as the deadline approaches. What would it mean to get the job? “It would be a great win,” says Rick McCafferty, executive vice president at Key Construction Inc. in Wichita, which is bidding on the project in a joint venture with Walbridge, a Detroit-based contractor. “From a business standpoint, from a pride standpoint of building your hometown airport, it would be a very positive thing.”

Involved outreach The Key-Walbridge joint venture marries Walbridge’s significant experience in projects of this size and type around the country with Key’s local presence and relationships with specialty contractors, McCafferty says. Others will go it alone, as Crossland plans. For everyone, it means hours and hours spent on the

lot of information that comes in that we have to be able to evaluate.” The process goes beyond subcontractors and materials providers, Crossland notes. “There’s a lot of people on the sideline you never even think about,” he says — insurance people for proper liability coverage, lawyers to study contract details, others to review bonding. The company has had about seven people working on its bid since mid-December and will probably bump that to a dozen in coming days. Key cites similar numbers.

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The city has characterized the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport terminal plans as “distinctive, modern, state-of-the-art.” phone and in meetings with subcontractors, materials suppliers, insurers and others. McCafferty estimates the Key-Walbridge team has sent about 5,000 invitations to subcontractors and suppliers for estimates on pieces of the project. Of the 25 percent or so who respond, the team must determine whether they can complete the work in time, acquire the proper materials and bring the right experience, bonding, safety records, manpower and more to the project. “You don’t just get a number (from a subcontractor) and plug it into your estimate,” McCafferty says. “There’s a

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Once a likely winning bidder emerges, the Federal Aviation Administration has to concur on the bid before the award of the contract, which could be around late April or early May. Following a notice to proceed, the work needs to be substantially completed in 860 days, allowing people to use the new terminal by November 2014. Mike Gibson, executive director of Associated General Contractors of Kansas Inc., hopes to see as much work done by local companies as possible. That better leverages the taxpayers’ dollars in the economy, he says. “We believe the expertise is there in the Wichita region and across the state of Kansas” for the job, Gibson says. Crossland concurs. “I’d say that this is one job I see that the Wichita sub market is so strong that they will be the players in the game,” he says. In the meantime, contractors are gearing up for the final push to bid day and hoping their hard work pays off. Says McCafferty: “You’re dedicating a lot of company resources with obviously no guarantee of getting the project. But that’s the game we play. That’s the business that we’re in.”

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Bid opportunities: Lists work available from government contracts. New corporations: Taken from state records, this listing can be fertile ground for new business. Real estate transactions: Contractors, financial planners, real estate agents, insurance agents, retailers, design firms and others who want to welcome newcomers are among those who find these lists valuable.

New lawsuits and judgments: New civil litigation filed with the county district clerk and settled cases. Bankruptcies: Chapters 7 (liquidation of assets), 11 (protection from creditors during reorganization), and 13 (covers individual reorganization). Liens: Filings from the Internal Revenue Service, the state of Kansas and mechanics’ liens. These records are useful for credit managers, loan officers, vendors and collections services.

Bankruptcies The following bankruptcies were recently filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas, Wichita Division. District of Kansas Wichita Division Chapter 7 Chapter 7 is a straight liquidation bankruptcy involving an appointed trustee to sell all assets by auction or other means to pay creditors and trustee fees. Falcon Industries Inc., 2455 S. Leonine, Wichita 67217; Assets, $0 to $50,000; Debts, $100,001 to $500,000; Major Creditor, not shown; Attorney, David G. Arst; case #1210183, 02/02/12.

Bids Sedgwick County is currently accepting bids on: HOME Investment Partnership Program 1401 Denver, Park City KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 6463 N. Grove, Park City KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 310 Jefferson, Cheney KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 1712 Cresthill, Derby KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 1439 Spring Creek Drive, Derby KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 232 N. Marlen Court, Haysville KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B. HOME Investment Partnership Program 712 E. 79th St. South, Haysville KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close:

March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B.

Mennonite Housing Rehab Service, singlefamily residence at 716 N. Wakefield, Owner: Mennonite Housing & Rehab, $130,000.

Viking Corp., 3810 N. Toben St., Wichita 67226, $326,035, (941), Book/Page 2926/8861, 01/30/12.

HOME Investment Partnership Program 4209 Greenhaven, Wichita KS; For specifics, contact Joe Thomas at 660-7525; Bids close: March 6th. Thursday February 16, 2012, a schedule for the bid tour is included in the bid document as attachment B.

Ronald C. and Renee L. Rayl (owner), single-family residence at 5711 S. 127th E., Owner: Ronald C. and Renee L. Rayl (owner), $209,000, 1,826 square feet.

Sayre Construction Co., 3825 N. Pepper Ridge St., Wichita 67205, $8,474, (940/941), Book/Page 2926/8864, 01/30/12.

Building Permits Newly issued building permits are collected from the county and city building inspection departments. The following information is included: contractor/owner, job site address, description, square feet (if available) and estimated value. Commercial Sedgwick County Buckley Roofing Co., commercial alteration at 3801 S. Oliver, (replacement), Owner: Spirit Aerosystems Inc., $2,983,000. Caber Construction Corp., commercial construction at 3810 N. Walker, Owner: Maize Public Building Co., $767,000. Lawrenz Inc., commercial alteration at 112 S. Lee, Owner: Southern Kans Telephone, $150,000. Mahaney Roofing Co., commercial alteration at 3801 S. Oliver, (replacement), Owner: Spirit Aerosystems Inc., $1,200,000. Mahaney Roofing Co., commercial alteration at 501 S. James, (reroof), Owner: Maize Common School District, $90,510. Marquez Concrete LLC, commercial addition at 1326 E. 79th S., Owner: National Publishers Group Inc., $112,000. Southards Welding & Manufacturing Inc., commercial construction at 6569 N. Meridian, Owner: Walter F. Jr. and Janet J. Southards, $60,000. Triple B Construction, commercial alteration at 19874 E. Kellogg, (reroof), Owner: Gene C. and Kathy C. Helten, $130,000. Residential Sedgwick County Douglas K. Allen, single-family residence at 13930 W. 107th N., Owner: Bentley Growth LLC, $130,000, 1,200 square feet. Jay M. Ford (owner), single-family residence addition at 17212 W. 29th N., Owner: Jay M. Ford, $50,000. Lawrenz Inc., single-family residence at 14311 Prairie Grass Circle, Owner: Neal and Marcia Dillon, $381,000, 2,325 square feet.

Sharp Roofing, single-family residence at 9501 W. Moss Rose, Owner: Lane Walker, $385,000, 2,245 square feet. Southwind Properties LLC (owner), singlefamily residence at 604 Cherry Oaks, Owner: Southwind Properties LLC, $120,000, 1,886 square feet. Wichita Roofing Inc., multi-family residence alteration at 11900 E. 79th S., (reroof), Owner: Dwight J. Williams, $50,000.

Federal Tax Liens These are recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service against assets of a business for unpaid income or payroll taxes. They are recorded with the register of deeds. The data appears in the following order: taxpayer’s name, address, amount of lien, type of lien (if available), document number and recording date. Sedgwick County Player Piano Parts Inc., 701 E. Second St. N., Wichita 67202, $3,580, (1120/941), Book/Page 2926/8846, 01/30/12. Dolores Arambula Benitez/El Tapatio Lola, 1203 E. Fulton St., Garden City 67846, $1,866, (941), Book/Page 2926/8849, 01/30/12. Titan Chiropractic and Acupuncture PA, 611 E. 41st N., Maize 67101, $3,744, (941), Book/ Page 2926/8850, 01/30/12. Ground Force Unlimited LLC/Jeremy Kohlmeier Mbr., 3601 W. Harry, Wichita 67213, $30,358, (941), Book/Page 2926/8847, 01/30/12.

Mechanics’ Liens Mechanics’ liens are filed with the district clerk. The data appears in the following order: claimant, contractor, amount of lien, owner of property, property address, document number and date recorded. Sedgwick County Claimant: Danny Satterfield Drywall Corp., Contractor: Crossland Construction Co. Inc., $14,081, Owner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., on property at Sec. 33 27 02, document #12 SL 0054 ML, 01/23/12. Claimant: Dun-Rite Contracting Inc. dba DunRite Playgrounds, Contractor: Kevan Lackey/Ways to Play of Wichita, $27,164, Owner: Reformation Lutheran Church, on property at Lot 3 Block 1 Fairfield Estates, document #12 SL 0057 ML, 01/30/12. Claimant: Bruce W. Smith dba Bruce Smith’s Roofing, Contractor: Cornerstone Land Development LLC, $6,538, Owner: Cornerstone Land Development LLC, on property at 106 E. Central, Greenwich, document #12 SL 0059 ML, 01/31/12.

Table of Contents Bankruptcies........................................................17 Bids....................................................................17 Building Permits...................................................17 Federal Tax Liens..................................................17 Federal Tax Liens Released.....................................17 Mechanics’ Liens...................................................17 New Corporations..................................................17 New Lawsuits...................................................17-18 Real Estate Transactions........................................18 State Tax Warrants................................................18

Volare Inc., Philip Liming, 1917 S. Tara Falls Court, Wichita 67207.

New litigation filed against businesses with the district clerk; includes plaintiff, defendant, case number and date filed.

Handi-Fingers Handyman Service LLC, 8425 E. Gilbert St., Wichita 67207.

Sedgwick County

KEM-Soft LLC, Kelly Major, 2054 S. Flynn St., Wichita 67207.

Mark E. Newsom v. Via Christi Health Inc., (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000340, 01/31/12.

Khan Financial LLC, Mark Dodds, 7804 E. Funston St. Suite 214, Wichita 67207. BBS Real Estate LLC, David Jabara, 5920 E. Central Suite 100, Wichita 67208. RBP Auto LLC, 11533 Valley High Drive, Wichita 67209. Donham Companies LLC, Kelly Donham, 1631 Hoover Road, Wichita 67209. Kyle Schmidt Sales Inc., 11715 W. Douglas, Wichita 67209. Noshoes Enterprises LLC, Denise Gray, 204 N. Woodchuck, Wichita 67212. Powerhouse LLC, 11313 W. Westport, Wichita 67212. Henning Inc., 8404 W. 13th St. Suite 120, Wichita 67212. MA Holdings LLC, Jean Gray, 1145 S. Gordon, Wichita 67213.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Zip’s Car Wash, (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000341, 01/31/12. Charles Dotson v. Tahoe Inc., (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000356, 02/01/12. ABC Supply Co. Inc. et al. v. Joel Overbey/Keelan Overbey/GCS Construction, (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000360, 02/02/12. Larry R. Schwart/Lucy L. Schwart v. Osage Investment LLC/Raymond C. McCollister, (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000394, 02/06/12. Larry W. Schwart/Lucy L. Schwart v. COHMAC LLC/Raymond C. McCollister, (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000396, 02/06/12. College Hill Square LLC v. Accell Mobile LLC/Jeff Koerner/Tien Huynh/Blake S. Vanatta, (type not shown), case #2012 CV 000403, 02/06/12.

New Corporations

Verandas At Crestview I LLC, James Bell, 2116 E. Central, Wichita 67214.

Waste Connections Inc. v. Complexx Machining LLC, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001727, 01/30/12.

New corporations are filed with the state of Kansas. They are listed in ZIP code order and include the following information: business name, resident agent, address, ZIP code.

Wichita Blue Knights Inc., Jennifer Edison, 11201 W. 31st St. S., Wichita 67215.

Abdul Arif v. ASC/EFS FIN CO LLC, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001821, 01/30/12.

Chippeaux Online Enterprises Inc., 5800 W. 37th St. S., Wichita 67215.

Bo-La Services LLC v. CRST Malone Inc., (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001832, 01/30/12.

State of Kansas RTI Co. LLC, Roger Sherwood, 833 N. Waco P.O. Box 830, Wichita 67201.

Eleets Corp., 3317 Navajo, Wichita 67216. Wilson Ulloa Investments LLC, 1220 W. 45th St. S., Wichita 67217.

Body & Soul School Of Massage Inc., Jennifer Ethridge, 849 N. Faulkner St., Wichita 67203.

R and B Pizza LLC/Wheat State Pizza, 1321 E. Deer Trail, Derby 67037, $31,762, (1065/941), Book/Page 2926/8891, 01/31/12.

Gaschler Construction LLC, Anthony Gaschler, 1309 N. High St., Wichita 67203.

MR Entertainment LLC, 2248 S. Minneapolis Court, Wichita 67217.

Golden Bay LLC, 3811 W. 13th St. N., Wichita 67203.

Salon Envy LLC, 8510 E. 29th St. N. No. 1517, Wichita 67226.

Broadway Diner LLC, 3145 N. Arkansas Ave., Wichita 67204.

All Coat Spray Foam & Coatings LLC, Shaun Colliatie, 8220 E. Oxford Circle Apt. 9303, Wichita 67226.

Federal Tax Liens Released

New Lawsuits

Fliphound LLC, Brandon Shuey, 10610 Lockmoor, Wichita 67207.

Dreamscapes Inc., 227 S. Baltimore Ave., Derby 67037, $15,354, (941), Book/Page 2926/8855, 01/30/12.

David F. Mendoza DMD PA Inc., 3124 S. Seneca St., Wichita 67217, $22,549, (1120), Book/ Page 2926/8894, 01/31/12.


Sedgwick County

Griffith PC Properties LLC, Margaret Griffith, 6033 N. Richmond, Wichita 67204.

Century Instrument Corp., 4440 Southeast Blvd., Wichita 67210, $77,011, (941), Book/Page 2926/8857, 01/30/12.

Staging Success For Less LLC, Rebecca Stephan, 2710 N. Lake Ridge St., Wichita 67205. Irene Hart Consulting Inc., 818 N. Lawrence Lane, Wichita 67206.

Dunn-Rite Car Care Center LLC, Lance Dunn, 4758 S. Seneca, Wichita 67217.

Gentron LLC, Eugenia Neal, 2250 N. Rock Road Suite 118-188, Wichita 67226. Cupcakes & Pearls LLC, 13908 E. 22nd St. N., Wichita 67228.

United Warehouse Co. v. TNR Distributing LLC, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001857, 02/01/12. Steckline Communications Inc. v. The Cabinet Lady, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001888, 01/31/12. John H. McCray Sanitation Inc. v. Mike Steven Motors Inc./Steven Volkwagen Inc./Mike Steven Automotive Inc. et al., (type not shown), case #2012 LM 001927, 01/31/12. Computer Task Group Inc. v. Mazz LLC, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 002050, 02/02/12. Gulfside Supply Inc. v. Exteriors Crown LLC/Jason Smith, (type not shown), case #2012 LM 002122, 02/03/12.

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McLean Place an Addition to Wichita, Book/ Page 2926/8591, 01/30/12.

David Chaffin v. Crown Chase Apartments, small claims, case #2012 SC 000070, 02/02/12.

Monarch Landing LLC to Nies Homes Inc., 10333 E. 21st St. N. Suite 303, Wichita 67206, Lot 3 Block 3 Monarch Landing Third Addition an Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8655, 01/30/12.

Gregory Brown v. Jack Quick/Standard Realty Co., small claims, case #2012 SC 000076, 02/03/12.

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Real estate transactions are recorded with the register of deeds. Following are commercial transfers including: seller, buyer, buyer’s address, property address and subdivision (if available), book/page number and date recorded. Sedgwick County Samuel And Pamela Herr Living Trust/CoTrustees of which are Samuel E. Herr and Pamela K. Herr to Herr Properties LLC, 6245 N.W. Park View St., Park City 67219, Lot 15 Block 18 Park City Addition, Book/Page 2926/8281, 01/27/12.

Monarch Landing LLC to Craig Sharp Homes Inc., 430 Walnut, Augusta 67010, Lot 20 Block 1 Monarch Landing Third Addition an Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8656, 01/30/12. Cornell A. Beard/Jill L. Beard to Beard 4 Inc., 2709 S. Lori, Wichita 67210, Lots 157-159 Block 13 Pennsylvania Addition, Book/Page 2926/8701, 01/30/12. Cornell A. Beard/Jill L. Beard to Beard 4 Inc., 2709 S. Lori, Wichita 67210, Lot 6 Block 4 Fishers E A Addition, Book/Page 2926/8702, 01/30/12. Cornell A. Beard/Jill L. Beard to Beard 4 Inc., 2709 S. Lori, Wichita 67210, Lot 4 Block 1 Eastridge Fifth Addition, Book/Page 2926/8703, 01/30/12.

Delmar R. Dietrich/Sandra R. Dietrich to S and D Rentals LLC, (no address shown), Lots 22/23 Block 4 in Jones Park Addition to North Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8440, 01/27/12.

Cornell A. Beard/Jill L. Beard to Beard 4 Inc., 2709 S. Lori, Wichita 67210, Lot 7 except the E. 15 feet Block G Reserve Addition, Book/Page 2926/8704, 01/30/12.

Landreth Commercial Property LLC to Baker Commercial Properties LLC, 4620 E. Douglas, Wichita 67208, Reserve A and the S. 25 feet of Lot 23 in Wasson Manor an Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8475, 01/27/12.

US Bank National Association as Trustee for the Structured Asset Securities Corp. to Turn Key Properties Of Wichita Inc., 521 S. Roosevelt, Wichita 67218, Lot 9 except the N. 8 feet thereof for Highway Block B Longview Terrace an Addition to Wichita Kansas, Book/Page 2926/8766, 01/30/12.

C.A. Langhofer/Irene Judith Langhofer Trustees of the C.A. Langhofer Living Trust and Trustees of the Irene Judith Langhofer Living Trust to Fisel Corp., (no address shown), The W. 91 feet of Lots 24/26/ The E. 34 feet of Lots 24/26 on Dodge Ave.

Carolyn Jo Hicks as Administrator of the Estate of Thomas A. Ryan deceased to BKH Investments LLC, 1103 N. Sheridan St., Wichita 67203, Lot 1 Teter Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8783, 01/30/12.

Beneficial Financial One Inc. to Ash 1 Property Group LLC, 304 W. First, Valley Center 67147, Lot 12 Ave. A New Park Ave. Carpenters Addition to Valley Center, Book/ Page 2926/8822, 01/30/12. Gregory A. Gifford/Kim L. Gifford to Gifford Properties LLC, (no address shown), Lots 9/11 on Water St. English Sixth Addition to the City of Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8949, 01/31/12. Jerry D. Newman to Levihen LLC, 800 E. Mount Vernon St., Wichita 67211, The S. 2 inches of Lot 38 all of Lots 40/42/44/46/48 Ida Ave. Ranson and Kays Third Addition Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8992, 01/31/12. James H. Stevens/Ann M. Stevens to Blindhog LC, (no address shown), Lot 1 Block A Homer Morgan Fourth Addition Wichita, Book/Page 2926/8998, 01/31/12. Robert Hansen/Theresa Hansen to I Buy Kansas Houses LLC, (no address shown), The W. 60 feet of Lots 1/2 and the W. 60 feet of the N. 24 feet of Lot 3 Bairds Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9001, 01/31/12.

Fannie Mae aka Federal National Mortgage Association to Vector Investments Group LLC, 3510 S. Euclid Ave., Wichita 67217, Lot 2 except the N. 2.5 feet thereof Block 4 Westbrook Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9177, 02/01/12. Bank of America NA as successor by merger to BAC Home Loans Servicing LP to Secretary of Veterans Affairs, 2375 Glenville Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082, Lot 25 Block 2 Village Estate Addition an Addition to Park City, Book/Page 2926/9284, 02/01/12. RRT LLC to Nies Homes Inc., (no address shown), Lot 20 Block 2 Crestlake Wichita together with part of Reserve B Crestlake Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9286, 02/01/12. Katherine M. Jacobs to Premier Holdings LLC, (no address shown), Lot 1 Griffin Second Addition Maize, Book/Page 2926/9343, 02/01/12. David D. Singleton/Sheryl L. Haffa to HSE LLC, (no address shown), Lot 28 Block 3 Western Acres an Addition to Goddard, Book/Page 2926/9361, 02/02/12.

SA LP to Lodgeworks LP, (no address shown), Lots 19-21 Block 3 Executive Park at Tallgrass an Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9114, 02/01/12.

LNV Corp. to Fairmount Plaza Apartments LLC, 3029 N. Den Hollow, Wichita 67205, Lot 13 Block 15 Purcells 11th Addition, Book/Page 2926/9407, 02/02/12.

United States Beef Corp. Inc. to 2011 USB Real Estate LLC, 4923 E. 49th St., Tulsa, Okla. 74135, The E. 53.04 feet of Lot 5 and the W. 72 feet of Lot 6 Cross Pointe an Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9141, 02/01/12.

Kristina M. Pfeifer to Kansas Controls LLC, (no address shown), Lot 18 Wabash Ave. Mathewsons Second Addition to the City of Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9409, 02/02/12.

K.C. Store LLC to A and A Products Inc., (no address shown), One half interest in Lots 237/239/241/243/245/247 on Lawrence Ave. now Broadway Hyde and Ferrells Addition to the City of Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9176, 02/01/12.

Martha J. Gates/Jeffrey C. Gates to Kansas Controls LLC, (no address shown), Lot 18 Wabash Ave. Mathewsons Second Addition to the City of Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9410, 02/02/12.

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Next Level Properties LLC to Next Level II LLC, 915 W. Douglas, Wichita 67213, Lots 90/92 Main St. Englishs Sixth Addition to the City of Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9461, 02/02/12.

Purr D Paws/Kelly T. Regan dba Purr D Paws/Sheila R. Regan dba Purr D Paws, 603 N. Edgemoor St., Wichita 67208, $2,446, (Consumers Compensating Use), document #12ST220SA, 01/27/12.

Garden Plain State Bank to Delyn Enterprises Inc., 360 N. Estelle, Wichita 67214, Lots 32/34 on Wynona now Estelle Ave. Maple Grove Addition to Wichita, Book/Page 2926/9477, 02/02/12.

Miller Marine Inc./Kelly D. Miller, 11018 E. Central Ave., Wichita 67206, $12,571, (Sales), document #12ST221SA, 01/27/12.

InSite Medical Partners LLC to InSite Holdings LLC, (no address shown), Lot 1 Block A Eberly Farm Office Park Second, Book/Page 2926/9547, 02/02/12. Brenda Sue Brack/Dennis L. Brack/Ara Ann Duty/Dennis E. Duty to SKM Enterprises LLC, (no address shown), Sec. 16 26 01, Book/Page 2926/9567, 02/02/12. Steven A. Martin/Keri M. Martin to SKM Enterprises LLC, 5720 N. Broadway, Wichita 67219, Sec. 16 26 01, Book/Page 2926/9570, 02/02/12.

STATE TAX WARRANTS New warrants filed by the state and recorded with the district clerk. The data appears in the following order: taxpayer’s name, address, amount of warrant, type of warrant (if available), document number and recording date. Sedgwick County Wintilio Ortiz fdba Ortiz Media, 3015 N. Arkansas St., Wichita 67204, $168,021, (Sales), document #12ST200SA, 01/26/12. Wintilio Ortiz fdba Ortiz Media, 3015 N. Arkansas St., Wichita 67204, $168,021, (Consumers Compensating Use), document #12ST201SA, 01/26/12.

Purr D Paws/Kelly T. Regan dba Purr D Paws/Sheila R. Regan dba Purr D Paws, 603 N. Edgemoor St., Wichita 67208, $7,806, (Sales), document #12ST222SA, 01/27/12. Purr D Paws/Kelly T. Regan dba Purr D Paws/Sheila R. Regan dba Purr D Paws, 603 N. Edgemoor St., Wichita 67208, $1,701, (Withholding), document #12ST211IC, 01/27/12. Fine Line Trim Carpentry and Construction Inc./Aaron J. Rau, 2043 S. Flynn St., Wichita 67207, $4,409, (Withholding), document #12ST232IC, 01/26/12. Blue Touch Wireless Inc./Ihssan H. Al Wakeel/Brinda L. Teasley, 3131 S. Seneca St., Wichita 67217, $2,951, (Sales), document #12ST262SA, 02/01/12.

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The free market Watkins says there was a “spirited discussion” among members of the government relations committee over the issue. He says he suspects the committee acted as it did mostly because of free-enterprise arguments. Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for QuikTrip, says it would make sense for the chamber to support the cause. “With the chamber, they’re not politicians,” he says. “It’s all about business. It’s all about equity.” Thornbrugh is among those involved in Uncork Kansas, the grocery-chain-backed organization pushing for the liquor law changes. It argues on its website that alcohol in Kansas is too heavily regulated and that “by lifting government restrictions on retail liquor sales, we’ll attract new business and stimulate free enterprise and competition.” But neither side holds a monopoly on arguments founded in capitalism. For instance, Jabara argues that the current system stimulates more competition because liquor stores have to be independently owned. He says the change would put many liquor stores out of business, reducing the number of operators in the market. Bob Weeks, a Wichita-based blogger involved with the free-market group Americans for Prosperity, says the issue seems straightforward to him. He doesn’t think, based on free-enterprise principles, that the state should have regulations on which types of stores can sell certain products. He acknowledges that the question might be more muddled for certain conservatives. “As far as social conservatives, yes, it’s difficult,” Weeks says. “They would like to see more restriction on alcohol sales.” That’s the reason liquor store owners find themselves on the same side as Protect Kansas Families, an organization arguing that making liquor available in grocery stores could increase the risk that it will fall into the hands of minors. Whether the dueling principles of social conservatism and free enterprise present a true conflict to legislators, though, is unclear as far as liquor laws are concerned, says Mark Peterson, a political science



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liquor selling opportunities for grocery and convenience stores, while allowing liquor stores to sell other products. The bills are backed by chains like Walmart, Dillons and QuikTrip, along with the Kansas chamber. The Wichita chamber’s government relations committee also has recommended endorsing the proposals, says Jason WatWatkins kins, director of government relations, though the full chamber board has yet to take action. “I think all of us were shocked,” says Jabara, owner of JT’s Liquor at 37th Street North and Woodlawn. “Here we are, small businesses in Kansas.” This divide between pro-business organizations and a class of small businesses is just one of the odd political lines the liquor proposals are drawing across the state.



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Nolan Mize, owner of Mize Thriftway in Clearwater, says he supports legislation that would allow grocers to sell full-strength beer, but he has no interest in adding a full liquor department. Proposed changes House Bill 2532 would make changes including: • Allow businesses such as grocery and convenience stores to obtain licenses to sell liquor, wine and fullstrength beer. • Allow liquor license holders to sell other items on the premises. • Initially limit the number of alcohol licenses available to the number that exist on June 30, 2012.

professor at Washburn University. The fact is that liquor has been readily available to Kansas adults for some time, even if it’s not at the grocery store, he says. “It’s been 30 years since there has been a war over booze in Kansas,” he says.

Rural impact The greater quandary, Peterson says, might be for legislators from rural areas. For them, the voice of the owner of a small business, like a liquor store, could resonate strongly. “I suspect the big issue is if there’s somebody back home in Cawker City or Clay Center who’s really got their nose out of joint about this happening,” he says. Even in rural areas, though, the issue is not clear-cut. Nolan Mize, owner of Mize Thriftway grocery in Clearwater, says he thinks the change would help independent grocery stores like his. “I think it might help us to keep up with everybody else,” he says. He says he favors the change because it could help him grow revenue while also offering more convenience to his customers. He wants to be able to sell full-strength beer, though he says he has neither the space nor the interest in offering a full liquor department. The result of all this could be that politicians come down on unpredictable sides of the issue, Peterson says. “The issue in this situation is driven by the interests that are behind the effort,” he says. “This is not necessarily an issue that has a partisan quality to it.” | 266-6177

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