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Business Briefcase (July 20, 2014)

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Debra Staab, Hays, was elected as president of the Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas recently at the annual conference in Junction City. Rural Rental Housing Association of Kansas is a not-for-profit organization made up of members who are involved in the Rural Development 515 program for low-income housing. RRHAK's main goal is to provide a high standard of continuous training for site managers, owners, board members and property management employees. Staab is the property manager at Hays Plaza Apartments and Epworth Towers. She was the RRHAK Northwest District Manager of the year in 2007 and served as president in 2011. She has been a RRHAK board member since 2007. Kansas has one of the largest Rural Rental Housing Associations in the U.S.

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The board of directors of Kansas Next Step Inc. announced Allison Ochoa as the organization's new executive director. Ochoa assumed her duties July 7. Prior to her role at Kansas Next Step, Ochoa spent seven years as the public relations coordinator for Hays Area Chamber of Commerce. She also has worked as an adjunct instructor for the Fort Hays State University Department of Leadership Studies, including work with the department's programs at FHSU's partner schools in China. Ochoa is the second executive director in the 10-year history of Kansas Next Step, taking over for founder and former Executive Director Deb Denning. To date, Kansas Next Step has supported more than 150 students through financial awards totaling more than $150,000. Funds for Kansas Next Step are developed through individual donations, sponsorships, and an annual oil and gas industry seminar.

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Kim Christiansen joined Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. as manager of government relations. At KEC, Christiansen will focus primarily on regulatory, legislative and grassroots initiatives. Christiansen received her juris doctorate from the University of Kansas and has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Fort Hays State University, as well as a master of arts degree in education from Wichita State University. Christiansen most recently worked as the executive director of the Kansas Corporation Commission. Prior to the KCC, she served as assistant secretary and chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. At the Department of Agriculture and Kansas Corporation Commission, Christiansen provided leadership in personnel issues, governance, administration and legislative matters. Headquartered in Topeka, KEC is the Kansas statewide service organization for 29 electric distribution cooperatives and three generation and transmission cooperatives. KEC represents the interests and provides needed services and programs to electric cooperatives that serve members and consumers within the state. KEC functions for the mutual benefit of its members to promote rural electrification and foster the principles on which electric cooperatives were founded.

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The Hays Home Depot store recently announced associates for the month for June. They include Scott Drush, sales; Jayme Hansen, OPS; Sam Rohleder, cashier; Zack Vonlintel, student; Jackie Bollig, department head; and Mary Colling, VOC winner.

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DALLAS -- Mary Kay Independent sales director Joyce Newell, Hays, earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac, an iconic symbol of success, the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay. Newell will take delivery of the new pearlized pink Cadillac SRX, her 14th Mary Kay career car, at James Motor Co., Hays. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a pink Cadillac by meeting and exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay businesses. Newell began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 1989 and as a direct result of her accomplishments, became an independent sales director in 1992. As an independent sales director, she chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay independent beauty consultants and offers her customers Mary Kay products. Mary Kay independent sales directors who earn the use of a pink Cadillac can choose from the CTS and SRX models. The career car program also includes the BMW320I in black, Chevy Equinox crossover in black, Toyota Camry in black and Chevy Cruze in white. Since the program's inception in 1969, more than 144,000 independent sales force members have qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, 6,032 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide, with approximately 1,318 of those being the coveted Mary Kay pink Cadillac.

DALLAS -- Mary Kay Independent sales director Joyce Newell, Hays, earned the use of the exclusive Mary Kay pink Cadillac, an iconic symbol of success, the most coveted incentive awarded by Mary Kay. Newell will take delivery of the new pearlized pink Cadillac SRX, her 14th Mary Kay career car, at James Motor Co., Hays. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a pink Cadillac by meeting and exceeding goals set within their Mary Kay businesses. Newell began her Mary Kay business as an independent beauty consultant in 1989 and as a direct result of her accomplishments, became an independent sales director in 1992. As an independent sales director, she chooses to provide education, leadership and motivation to other Mary Kay independent beauty consultants and offers her customers Mary Kay products. Mary Kay independent sales directors who earn the use of a pink Cadillac can choose from the CTS and SRX models. The career car program also includes the BMW320I in black, Chevy Equinox crossover in black, Toyota Camry in black and Chevy Cruze in white. Since the program's inception in 1969, more than 144,000 independent sales force members have qualified or re-qualified to earn the use of a Mary Kay career car. Currently, 6,032 Mary Kay career cars are on the road nationwide, with approximately 1,318 of those being the coveted Mary Kay pink Cadillac.

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Karl Pratt has gone from student worker to graduate and alumnus and now to full-time employee of the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association. Pratt, who graduated in May with a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance, worked in the alumni office throughout his undergraduate years. He began work as the Alumni Association's program coordinator for communication and chapter development.

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