After years of adhering to schedules that weren't necessarily the ones he chose, former Rep. Todd Tiahrt now has two new companies where he calls the shots — including scheduling.
"I have more control of my time, which is something I covet," he says.
Todd Tiahrt LLC is a consulting company, which will focus on aviation, aerospace and energy issues.
"I've done a lot of work in all three of those areas over the years," he says.
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Todd Tiahrt Enterprises is for other ventures.
"I'm looking for some places to invest," Tiahrt says. "Not that I have a lot to invest, but I hope to someday."
Almost all of his consulting clients, such as Hawker Beechcraft , are local. Tiahrt says he's "trying to help with some local issues."
"I just kind of know how things get done, and I'm trying to help people get things done."
He's spending about three weeks of every month in his Wichita office at 10500 E. Berkeley Square Pkwy.
While "Tanker Todd" is known for his work helping Boeing get the $35 billion contract to build the Air Force's new fleet of aerial-refueling tankers, he says he can help general aviation clients, too.
For instance, he says he worked to try to prevent user fees that have to be paid every time a plane takes off and lands.
"It has a devastating impact on the number of people who fly," Tiahrt says. "I've opposed that strongly in Congress."
Tiahrt says he looks forward to having a more in-depth focus on a limited number of subjects, "rather than the last 16 years when I had to know a little bit about everything."
He says he likes to dig into topics and know how they work.
One of his consulting clients is the Kansas Alliance for Biorefining and Bioenergy .
"We hope to expand the use of biofuels to aviation," Tiahrt says. "I'm trying to help them create a market there."
On the investment side, Tiahrt is looking at new technologies.
"There's some good ideas out there," he says.
One that he likes is from a Colorado company that's working to remove pollutants from coal emissions.
"It has great potential. It just has to be demonstrated," Tiahrt says. "Part of the challenge that an idea like this faces is government roadblocks."
So is the consulting something to help keep Tiahrt in the mix until he runs for office again?
"Well, I have no plans for running for office at this time, but in the political world, I'm told that you never say never."
Siva Power Yoga owner Adrian Tartler is expanding with a second studio.
His first is at 535 W. Douglas.
"My space in Delano is beautiful, and I love it, but we have 20-foot high ceilings," Tartler says.
That and poor insulation don't allow enough heat for his hot-yoga classes, so he's opening a second studio at 1725 E. Douglas, where Tanya Tandoc is reopening her Tanya's Soup Kitchen .
Siva Hot Yoga will take 2,318 square feet on the west end of the building, which Phil Ruffin owns and recently renovated.
Tartler says the building has "brick and charm and character like my place in Delano has."
One whole wall of his studio is brick.
"I like not having it feel like it's a box," he says.
"Plus, I really wanted to be next to Tanya. Plus I love the Donut Whole ."
That's across the street.
Tartler will offer massages at the new location as well.
The main focus will be on hot yoga, which is at 95 to 100 degrees.
"The heat is meant to not only warm up the tissues ... so your muscles can stretch, but it also offers an opportunity for your body to sweat and detoxify," Tartler says.
"The heat just makes you feel so much more limber. It's exciting because you actually feel like you're making some progress."
He says it feels great, but he adds, "You either like it or you really don't."
Look for the new studio to open around May 1.
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"You know he's making a difference when a client's going to change her appointment to make sure she can see him."
—Psychologist Beth Hartman McGilley on her goldendoodle Wheeler , who's become known as Wheeler the Healer since she started occasionally bringing him to her practice