|2014 Newsletter Sponsor
The Center for Better Hearing
3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200
Wichita, KS 67226-1334
February 11 WIBA Monthly Luncheon
Patty Koehler &
Jorge Martinez of
J.R. Custom Metals
The Dynamics of the Family Owned Business
Patricia G. Koehler is a co-owner and President of J R Custom Metal Products, Inc., a family owned, custom metal manufacturing company founded by her father, Jesus Raul Martinez, in 1974. Since she began working side-by-side with her father over 35 years ago, she has held various positions within the family-owned business, and served as General Manager for ten years prior to becoming President and CEO in August, 1995.
Under Patricia's leadership, the company became ISO Certified in 2012 and completed their second multi-million dollar expansion in 2013. In 2011, JRCM received the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year award, and the Siemens Energy Small Business Award for Supplier of Excellence. In 2012, they were one of five companies awarded Best in Business by the Wichita Business Journal. In March, 2013, Patricia was inducted into the Junior Achievement Wichita Business Hall of Fame.
Jorge Martinez is a co-owner and Vice President of J R Custom Metal Products, Inc., a family owned, custom metal manufacturing company founded by his father, Jesus Raul Martinez, in 1974.
Since Jorge joined the company over 35 years ago, he has been instrumental in providing customers and vendors with knowledgeable expertise on a variety of projects from quoting and engineering to onsite installations. He has managed several national installations including Boeing, Alcoa, Henri-Line, and Siemens. He is responsible for researching and purchasing all major equipment for JRCM, and orchestrated the recent expansion of the JRCM plant. Jorge also represents JRCM at various trade shows.
The luncheon will be held at the Wichita Boathouse home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St., from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, Feb. 7. Reservations and payment can be made online at www.wiba.org, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or my emailing email@example.com.
Please note: WIBA will no longer invoice for luncheons!
Pay at door with check, cash or credit card or; you can register and pay online through our web site (http://www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar/
); or through the emailed luncheon announcement you receive each month.
For nearly thirty years WIBA has attempted to meet the health insurance needs of independent businesses. Throughout that period we have provided a plan in which members could enroll without regard to their condition. That plan is terminating in the spring.
Our surveys have made clear that a large majority of members oppose the Affordable Care Act and want, at the very least, delays in its implementation. We also know from our surveys that health insurance is the second largest expense (after salaries and wages) for most of our members. With that in mind we have also committed to serve you under the new law.
We first partnered with the Great Plains Health Care Partnership and others to create a statewide health coop. We expected approval in January of 2013, but the funds intended to provide the startup loans were traded away in the Fiscal Cliff negotiations. We are still examining opportunities to collaborate with an approved coop in another state. Our president, Tim Witsman is chairman of the Kansas Health CO-OP Board of Directors.
With the implementation of the ACA, Karen Fillenworth, Manager of Insurance Services for the for-profit WIBA Insurance Services, is a licensed agent for the exchange. As part of the process to become licensed she received training about the qualified health plans and about insurance affordability programs. There was also training in privacy and security standards to ensure that your personal information will not be compromised. She is able to help you work your way through the healthcare.gov website to enroll in an exchange plan or, she is also licensed with other insurance providers in the state and can help you enroll in off-exchange plans that are still compliant with the new laws.
Judy Whiley, WIBA's Manager of Membership Services, completed the training to become a Navigator. A Navigator is trained to ensure provision of accurate, impartial information relating to benefits, cost sharing, eligibility, enrollment, premium tax credits and subsidies, provider networks, and quality to individuals and businesses seeking health coverage through the Health Care Marketplace. A Navigator may not sell or recommend a particular policy. If you have any questions please call Judy Whiley at 316-201-3264.
Our insurance consultant, David Hornick, has prepared what follows to help you understand, in as few words as possible, the Affordable Care Act.
1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as Obama Care) encountered its most significant implementation date on January 1, 2014. It was on that day that all Americans were required to have health insurance coverage.
Attention Sports Fans!
The WIBA/KIBC Annual Dinner is right around the corner on April 30, 2014. That evening will also include the Silent Auction. The WIBA Silent Auction benefits the scholarship program and helps support the organization.
There are many sports fans in Wichita and the surrounding area and we are asking now for any items that we could include in the Silent Auction.
Potential ideas for auction items include:
- WSU autographed items or season tickets
- KU autographed items or tickets
- KSU autographed items or tickets
- Tickets for Chief's Royals or other athletic events
- Rounds of golf at Kansas or out-of-state courses
Contact Judy at 316-201-3264 if you have items to donate.
Request for all other items will come later in an announcement so please be thinking about your contribution.
WIBA February 2014 Calendar
Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or online at
|Tues. Feb. 4 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.|
WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse -
home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264
Tues. Feb. 4 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
WIBA Legislative Reception in Topeka, KAIA offices
815 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, 316-201-3264
Tues. Feb. 11 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse -
home of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, 515 S. Wichita St.,316-201-3264
WIBA Educational Seminar, Effective Presentations, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 100, 316-201-3264
Wed. Feb. 19 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Thurs. Feb. 27 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Face-to-Face Forum luncheon with the Congressional Staffs, Corporate Caterers, 2949 N. Rock Rd., 316-201-3264
WIBA Educational Seminar
Effective Presentations- February 19
This seminar is designed to teach business leaders, administrators and staff how to prepare and deliver effective presentations. Topics include knowing your audience, logistics and the desired results. Participants wil learn how to use visual aids and delivery techniques that will keep their audience's attention and get them engaged.
The seminar will be at the WIBA offices from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Lunch will be provided and reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 17. Reservations and payment can be made online, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing email@example.com.
Seminar presented by
WIBA NEW MEMBERS
PERFORMANCE HEALTH P.A.
10111 E. 21st St., Ste. 106
Wichita, KS 67206
Jerree Forbes, 620-727-1183
Medical services and supplies.
WORKSAFE PHYSICAL THERAPY
1999 N. Amidon, Ste. 100
Wichita, KS 67203
Nancy Wilson, 316-262-8800
Health care and health services.
Referred by: Melody Everhart,
The Choose Group
Bever Dye L.C.
Biggs Law Group L.C.
Bothner & Bradley Inc.
Cardinal Buffing Company, Inc.
Central Glass & Mirror Company
Central Power Systems & Services
Citizens Finance Company
Claude Mann & Associates, Inc.
Clifton Cleaning Company
D W Auto Sales Inc.
Delta Dental of Kansas Inc.
Douglas Key Service Inc.
East Wichita Publishing Inc.
Echo Hills Enterprises Inc.
Evans Building Company Inc.
Family Prescription Shop
First Presbyterian Church
Foulston Siefkin, L.L.P.
Frank Mick Floor Covering
Frederick Plumbing & Heating Inc.
G & S Distributing
Great Plains Ventures Inc.
Hanna Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.
Harry B. Rusk Company Inc.
Hornick & Associates L.L.C.
Insurance Specialists Group L.L.C.
Intrust Bank, N.A.
J. R. Custom Metal Products Inc.
John E. Turriff Inc.
Johnstone Supply Inc.
Kanss Sports Hall of Fame
Kevin Jaax Farms
McDonnald Carpentry d/b/a Winfield Restorations
Mid-Continent Safety a DXP Co.
Paul J. Mohr, Attorney
Performance Health, P.S.
Peterson, Peterson & Goss, L.C.
Phoenix Supply Inc.
Print Source Inc.
Pro Link Gold
Professional Software Inc.
Regier, Carr & Monroe L.L.P. C.P.A.s
S.S. Air Express Delivery Inc.
Safarik Tool Company Inc.
Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates P.A.
Science Education Center
Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.
Sudbury Transportation Inc.
Sunflower Bank N.A.
Wallpaper Place Inc.
West Wichita Pet Clinic Inc.
Wichita Family Vision Clinic P.A.
Workforce Alliance of SC Kansas
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