Les Eck, president of Rusty Eck Ford, has been nominated for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year. As one of 55 nominees, he will be recognized at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco in January. Ally Financial Inc., which sponsors the award along with TIME, will also recognize dealer nominees by contributing $1,000 to each nominee’s charity of choice.
Lee Manske, an architect with GMLV Architecture, has pass his architectural registration exam and has attained the standing of licensed architect in the state of Kansas.
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Equity Bank has hired Chad Tilson as consumer lending manager.
Equity Bank has hired Angela Lickly as assistant vice president and branch manager of its home office at 7701 E. Kellogg.
First National Bank of Hutchinson has hired Cory Schrater as vice president, commercial lending. Schrater will be at the bank’s Goddard branch.
Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, has announced its new board members. They are: Dennis Berndt, owner of B & K Bonding and Mid-America Investigations, Salina; Frieda Mai-Weis, president of PKM Steel Services, Salina; and Peter Peterson, attorney with Clark, Mize and Linville, Salina.
Barney Byard, theater director at the Orpheum Theatre, has been nominated for the Venues Today 2014 Hall of Headlines Award.
Amy Leonhardt, regional claims manager for Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson, has been awarded the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter by the American Institute for CPCU.
James Hernandez, Steven Day and Lee Woodard of the law firm of Woodard, Hernandez, Roth & Day, have been recognized by Best Lawyers 2015.
Larry Lawson, president and chief executive officer of Spirit AeroSystems, will chair the American Diabetes Association’s 2015 Tour de Cure in Kansas cycling event.
Katie Shain and Brian Sabaj have been named community living supervisors at Starkey.
Michelle Ess has been named assistant director of community living at Starkey.
Lenore Warne has been named controller at Starkey.