WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 5                May  2015



WIBA Monthly Luncheon

May 12, 2015


Come join us as we welcome the new leadership of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Mayor Jeff Longwell and Commissioner Richard Ranzau will be sharing their ideas and visions for the future.

To read biographical information on our speakers click on the links below. 

Jeff Longwell


Richard Ranzau 


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 for members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are REQUIRED by Friday, May 8. Reservations and payment can be made online at www.wiba.org by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264 or by emailing  membership@wiba.org.


First Time Guest and 

New Member Sponsor 



Prize Drawing Sponsor  




Chairman's Column - May 2015




I was honored to be asked to finish out chairman Wayne Roberts' term starting in May of 2014, before starting my term for 2015. As we all know, Wayne and his wife retired from Pioneer Balloon and moved to Montana.

I was fortunate to have a very knowledgeable and capable President and staff. Our dedicated board of directors and executive committee represent a diverse  cross-section of our member business community. Serving with me on the executive committee for 2014 were Emily Compton, chair elect, Brian Powers Past Chair, Jim Dunning treasurer and Sue Joachims, Secretary.

During my term so far, our monthly meetings have been very relevant and energizing thanks to our president, Tim Witsman. In May, John Tomblin, executive director of NIAR, spoke about NIAR and the innovation Campus at WSU.

In June, Bright and Carpenter our lobbyists updated us on the legislative session and how business had fared.  By employing Natalie Bright and Marlee Carpenter we have had a strong presence at the capitol. We partner with other business groups to advance reforms in areas such as unemployment insurance. 

We heard stories of two of our companies, Pioneer balloon and AGH.

Sen. Jerry Moran brought us an informative program focused on national issues.

Scott Ernst, President and CEO of Textron Aviation updated us on private aviation.

Read full article.....


We will host a presentation by the City on the Community Investments Plan for Wichita-Sedgwick County.


Thursday, April 30

4:00 p.m. 

Goodwill Industries 

3351 N Webb Rd, Wichita, KS 67226

This plan is designed to guide long-term Wichita growth, set investment priorities, and guide public infrastructure spending decisions for the next 20 years. Joe Johnson, WIBA Chairman of the Board, has served on this committee for several years. 


Now, this is your chance to tell the leaders of our city what you think about the new proposed Community Investments Plan for Wichita-Sedgwick County. 


Key issues addressed by the plan: 

  • Roads
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Public Safety
  • Infrastructure and Facilities 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make your voice heard. This will be the time to share your opinions and concerns. 


Call the WIBA office 316-201-3264, email membership@wiba.org, or visit our website  www.wiba.org to make your reservations.

WIBA Educational Seminars 

Selling Essentials

May 20 and 27


The May educational seminar will be presented by BETA @ Butler Community College. It will be presented in two parts on consecutive Wednesdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  


Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Identify strategies to use for preparing to open the sales call
  • Describe the traits that help you to be successful 
  • Explain the importance of building rapport
  • Demonstrate how to open the call using a consistent framework
  • Describe tips for successfully opening the sales call 

The seminar will be held at the WIBA offices, 200 E. 1st, Ste. 101, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are REQUIRED by the Monday prior to the seminar (May 18 or 25). The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 for non-members. A discount is available for those attending both seminars, $35 for members and $50 for non-members. 


WIBA members can make their reservations on line, however, if you are wanting to attend both seminars you will need to call the office to make payment. Non-members need to email or call the WIBA office at 316-201-3264, email to membership@wiba.org. For members go online to the WIBA calendar - www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar  

WIBA members can make their reservations on line. Non-Members need to email or call the WIBA office at 
316-201-3264, email to membership@wiba.org
WIBA Renewals


BETA - Business Education & Training Analysis

Blair Construction, Inc.

Bokeh Development L.L.C.

High Plains Contractors

High Touch Inc.

Hinkle Law Firm L.L.C.

Jim Simon Construction

John K. Kelson

KS Statebank



Linda K. Shue

Ocidental Management Inc.

Rose Hill Bank

Slawson Companies

Times-Sentinel Newspaper Group L.L.C.

Vishnefske Appraisals

Warren Theatres

Wichita Railway Services L.L.C.

Wichita Stamp & Seal Inc. 

Welcome New WIBA Members



8606 W. 13th St., N.

Wichita, KS 67212

Greg Buss, 316-295-2822




Referred by: Chad Stafford - Occidental Management




Check out the information below for details on the 2015 Membership Contest. 
Lots of prizes available for WIBA members. 


For each new member that list you as the referral:

  • Your business will receive a $25 credit towards next year's dues.
  • Free business card size ad in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter (one per month with no carry over).
  • You will receive a $10 dollar restaurant gift card.
  • Your name goes in the hat for the Grand Prize drawing at the January 2016 monthly luncheon.
  • Extra chances towards the Grand Prize as follows for premium memberships:

                        $1,000 Bronze level = 3 additional chances

                        $2,000 Silver level = 7 additional chances

                        $3,000 Gold level = 10 additional chances 

                        $5,000 Platinum level = 17 additional chances


Quarterly Prize

  • WIBA member who brought in the most new members for the quarter will receive the quarterly prize.
  • Acknowledgement in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter with picture, description of business and logo.
  • Prize with a retail value of $250 or more.

Grand Prize drawing at the January 2016 WIBA monthly luncheon

  • Increase your chances for the Grand Prize by referring as many new members throughout the year. 
  • Acknowledgement in the WIBA ISSUES newsletter with picture, description of business and logo.
  • Grand Prize retail value is $1,100. 

Top Star Award

  • The Top Star award is for the member who generates the highest dollar amount of combined memberships.
  • The Top Star winner cannot win the Grand Prize.
  • The Top Star prize will be announced at a later date.

Potential new members can be directed to WIBA web site at www.wiba.org to join or ask Judy to mail or email an application. Remember to have the potential new member list you on the referral line of the application! WIBA Staff and family members are excluded in contest.

WIBA May Calendar  

Tues. May 5      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 

Tues. May 12      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 

Wed. May 20      11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Educational Seminar WIBA offices, 

200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264  


Wed. May 27      11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Educational Seminar WIBA offices, 

200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101, 316-201-3264  

Thurs. May 28      4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Business Your Way Mixer, Eck Stadium - All
American Club, 316-201-3264 



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

  One Source
Click on any of the links below to see pictures from the event. 


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



Joe Johnson, Chairman of the Board

Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey & Associates



Emily Compton, 1st Vice Chair 

Goodwill Industries of KS, 316-744-9291

James E. Dunning Jr., Treasurer  

Dunning & Dunning LTD, 316-264-7203 

Sue Joachims, Secretary  

Real Solutions, 316-214-5528 

Alicia Holloway, Immediate Past Chairman 

Right Recruiting, 316-519-2662



200 E. 1st St., Ste. 101 

Wichita, KS 67202 


Fax 316-201-3268 

WIBA Website - www.wiba.org 

WIBA Email - membership@wiba.org  


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