2014 Newsletter Sponsor
The Center for Better Hearing
3500 N. Rock Rd., Bldg. 1200
Wichita, KS  67226-1334

WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 83 Years 
Vol. 75 No. 2    February 2014

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 membership@wiba.org. 



Sponsors of the First-Time Guests 

and New Members: 


Pioneer Balloon Company






  OneSource Technology 





Sponsor of the Prize Drawing


Meritrust Credit Union







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. 
Chairman's Column

The Affordable Care Act 


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.

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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
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-

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 


Wed. Feb. 19  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WIBA Educational Seminar, Effective Presentations, 200 E. 1st St., Ste. 100,  316-201-3264  

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    
Reservations for any of these WIBA events can be made by emailing membership@wiba.org or online at 

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 membership@wiba.org.

Seminar presented by  WATC logo



10111 E. 21st St., Ste. 106

Wichita, KS 67206

Jerree Forbes, 620-727-1183



Medical services and supplies. 



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



54 U-Sore

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.

Clears, 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.

Exploration Place

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.

Guthridge/Nighswonger Corp.

Hana Café

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

Legacy Bank

McDonnald Carpentry d/b/a Winfield Restorations

Mid-Continent Safety a DXP Co. 

National-Spencer Inc.

Paul J. Mohr, Attorney

Performance Health, P.S.

Peterson, Peterson & Goss, L.C.

Phoenix Supply Inc.



Piland Farm

Prairie Quilts

Print Source Inc.

Pro Link Gold

Professional Software Inc.

Rainbow Artworks

Regier, Carr & Monroe L.L.P. C.P.A.s

RSL Liquor

S.S. Air Express Delivery Inc.

Safarik Tool Company Inc.

Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates P.A.

Schammerhorn Inc.

Science Education Center

Star Lumber & Supply Co. Inc.

Sudbury Transportation Inc.

Sunflower Bank N.A.

Valley Drug

Wallpaper Place Inc.

West Wichita Pet Clinic Inc.

Wichita Family Vision Clinic P.A.

Workforce Alliance of SC Kansas


WIBA Happenings
For pictures from the most  
recent WIBA events
  One Source
200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 
Wichita, KS 67202 
Fax 316-201-3268 
WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 
WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org


Tim Witsman 
Manager Insurance Services 
Karen Fillenworth 
Manager Membership Services 
Judy Whiley 
Governmental Affairs Consultants 
Natalie Bright and Marlee Carpenter 
Employee Benefits Consultant
David Hornick
Wayne Roberts, Chairman of the Board  
Pioneer Balloon Company,  316-688-8621 
Joe Johnson, 1st Vice Chair 
Schaefer, Johnson, Cox, Frey, & Associates, P.A.316-207-7727 
Emily Compton, 2nd Vice Chair 
Goodwill Industries, 316-744-7795
James E. Dunning Jr., Treasurer  
Dunning & Dunning LTD, 316-264-7203 
Sue Joachims, Secretary  
Real Solutions, Inc., 316-214-5528 
Brian Powers, Immediate Past Chairman 
Powers, L.L.C., 316-461-2092 
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