People You Should Know (March 21)

03/21/2013 7:01 AM

03/21/2013 7:07 AM


Daniel Backes has joined the tax department at Allen, Gibbs & Houlik as an intern. Kris Cantrell has joined the firm’s tax department as a seasonal staff member.


Bankers’ Bank of Kansas has promoted the following officers: Candice Jackson, assistant vice president electronic banking; Lisa Valentine, senior vice president product development; Chris Gilbert, chief information officer; and Grant Paitz, assistant vice president information technology manager.

Patrick Walden, president/CEO, Garden Plain State Bank, Wichita, and Brad Oakes, president/CEO, First National Bank, Independence, were elected to the board of directors.

Barnabas Horton, CEO, Farmers Bank & Trust, Atwood, was elected chairman of the board, and David Herndon, executive vice president, community First Bank, Kansas City, was named vice chairman.

Business Services

Koral Hollowell has joined Wichita Express Employment Professionals as a staffing assistant. Rachel Tate has joined the firm as a branch manager.


Lindsay Cunningham has joined The Trust Company of Kansas.

Sean Miller, wealth management advisor and managing director of the RPS Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable.

Brian Lester and Calvin Finn, financial representatives at Northwestern Mutual, RPO S Financial Group, have qualified for the NAIFA Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

Health Care

H. Daniel Stafford, vice president of compliance and quality at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, has been appointed to a technical advisory panel which will establish policy on the use of information found in the Kansas Health Information Exchange. The project is an initiative of the Kansas Hospital Association.

George Halama has been named chief financial officer of McPherson Hospital.

The following fourth-year medical students at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita are receiving clinical training in the following communities: Caitie Palko, Andover; Rupa Polam, Wellington; Kysha Nichols-Totten, Hanover; Maggie Fey, Tribune; Brad Cardonell, Tribune; and Jake Baalman, Eureka.

Yu-Hong Kahnert, advanced practice registered nurse, has joined the internal medicine department of Via Christi Clinic and will see patients under the supervision of physician Richard Shoffner.


Don Stahr, William Cobb, Jack Flesher, Chris Robe, Eric Larson and Robert Hughes, attorneys with the law firm of Bever Dye, have received Best Lawyer designations. Larson also received the 2013 Wichita Best Lawyer of the Year in the practice area of non-profit/charities law.


Kyleen Krehbiel, food service director for the Abilene School District, was recognized as the Wichita Dietetic Association’s Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Charlotte Buchanan, clinical dietitian specialist with the Kansas Medical Center in Andover, was the winner of the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award.

Real Estate

Tara Maxwell has joined the east office of Prudential Dinning-Beard as a sales associate.

Tristan Snyder has joined the Newton office of J.P. Weigand & Sons as a residential real estate sales associate.

Robin Schraml-Wiggans and Patty Sykes have joined the east office of J.P. Weigand & Sons as residential real estate sales associates.


Sean O’Leary has joined Gorges & Company Volvo as general manager.

People You Should Know, compiled by Peggy Smith, reports new hires, promotions and accomplishments. Items for the column can be mailed to The Eagle Business Team, 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202 or e-mailed to E-mailed photos must be in JPEG format.

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