WIBA Issues
The Voice of Independent Business for 84 Years 
Vol. 76 No. 8                August  2015


WIBA Monthly Luncheon

August 11, 2015


Retail Merchant Panel 


This month the WIBA luncheon will feature a panel of WIBA retail merchants discussing what is trending now in their businesses.  



Vivian Tran, owner of  Lilies Flowers Shop, Inc., has been proudly serving Wichita since 1999. She graduated from North High and attended at WSU for business accounting. Tran opened Lilies Flowers Shop, Inc when she was just 20 years old. She is married and has two children. 


Pam Bishop is co-owner and business managerat Cero'sCandies in Wichita, KS.Cero's Candies has been in continuous operation since 1885. Prior to purchasing Cero's, Bishop was a financial analyst at Cessna Aircraft.Upon her retirement from Cessna, she and herdaughter purchased Cero's Candies in 2010. 

Bishop is a graduate of Fort Hays State University in Mathematics, Wichita State University in Accounting and has an MBA from Baker University.She is also a CPA. Bishop has also served on many boards in Kansas including Wichita Habitat for Humanity, Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch, Special Olympics and Heart of America Mens Chorus. She has been married to Dennis Bishop for 36 years and they have one daughter, Darcy.


Colleen Suffield's automotive career began in the late 70's. Starting with the service station  industry, she was the first woman franchisee to ever be signed in the history of Standard/Amoco oil.

Suffield wasn't taken seriously at first, but as she learned the industry, she also earned the respect of her customers, employees, vendors and other business owners.


In the mid 80's as the profit in gasoline begin to decline and the franchise fee's continued to climb.she made the decision to open a full service repair shop in 1986. Today she has five full time employees. They do complete mechanical repair and services. 


Suffield's free time is spent with her 4 grown children, 7 grand kids, a seasoned Mother, and networking with other independent business owners. 

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, August 7. 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.

Chairman's Column - August 2015
Guest article by Brian Powers, Powers, Inc. 


Brian Powers 2013 Chairman


During my tenure as Chairman of the Board in 2013, I had the privilege of writing a monthly column for this publication, WIBA Issues.  Considering that only twelve such articles could be published, I attempted to disseminate an important message to membership with each article.  One such commentary described the importance of a company's strategic plan; an old adage states that failing to plan provides only a plan to fail.  A dynamic plan incorporates predicted market changes, customer expectations, organizational requirements, financial considerations, and other essential business elements, yet anticipates change.  Most importantly, that plan describes a clear vision for an organization's future. 


For over 80 years, the Wichita Independent Business Association [WIBA] has been the voice of independent business in south-central Kansas.  However, with the background noise of economic uncertainty, increased regulatory burdens, and competition for time and resources, that voice has grown softer.  It is time to raise that voice again, for, "It takes only one voice, at the right pitch, to start an avalanche."[1]     


The WIBA Board of Directors recognized the importance of implementing a new strategic direction, and scheduled a two-day retreat to establish a new vision for its future.  Board members and Chairpersons, current and past, responded to the challenge when called, lending their time and expertise to ensure the future success of WIBA.  For some, this was a practiced skill, for others, an initiation into the strategic-planning process.   But for WIBA, "Vision is the voice inside that transcends words and shines through the initiation."[2]   And shine, we did.  With the assistance and guidance of a strategic-planning consultant, our voice resounded in a chorus of new ideas, rising to a decibel level that will be heard well into the future.  With the generous participation of those in attendance, a new vision was created, and a new plan drafted.


The Strategic Plan that resulted considered WIBA's strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. It allowed us to imagine what WIBA would look like at ten times its size.  We identified our Vision, Mission, and Core Values.  We developed goals and objectives, strategies to meet each, and assigned members tasks and dates for completion.  Of course, there were many opinions, as well as points of contention.  It is difficult for just a few people to agree upon all matters, let alone 20 independent business owners and leaders from vastly different backgrounds and business experiences to concur. The retreat was structured to accommodate such diversity, but what was not surprising was the overwhelming commitment all had to WIBA and its future viability and success.  Business owners are known for taking risks, for letting their voice be heard above the crowd.  As representative members of the Association, that voice, that passion, is now a part of WIBA's Strategic Plan.  Consequently, we have the apparatus necessary to begin anew, ensuring the vitality and relevance of WIBA, the New Voice of Independent Business.

Brian J. Powers, MBA

Past-Chairman (2013)

[1] Diane Hardy

[2] Charles A. Brown II


It is imperative to thank the membership of WIBA for providing the funding for this workshop, and for their faith in their representatives on the Board of Directors.  I believe it is important to recognize those dedicated Board members, with whom I worked alongside through this process:


Tony Bui

Paul Bush

Emily Compton

Phil Davis

Jim Dunning

Cathy Feemster

Steve Fischer

Gail Foley

Ray Frederick

Cindy McSwain

Bernie Hentzen

Alicia Holloway

Sue Joachims

Bill Johnson

Joe Johnson

Steve Pendergraft

Pete Schrepferman

Chad Stafford

Teresa Wallweber

WIBA Renewals


ACA, Inc.

Air Capital Catering 

A T & T

Bernie Koch, Government Relations 

Cypress Medical  Research Center, LLC 

Landmark Commercial Real Estate  




Southwest National Bank 

The Best Home Guys

Topeka Independent Business Association (TIBA)

Traffic Control Services, Inc.

Wichita Area Technical College - SSEC

WIBA New Members



266 N. Main St., Ste. 152

Wichita, KS 67202

Ryan Jennison, 316-263-4800




Referred by: Jon Cressler - BETA @ Butler CC 



7829 E. Rockhill St., Ste. 402

Wichita, KS 67206

Heidi Holle-Williams, 316-440-4949




Referred by: Denise Hearson - Carson Bank



2431 North Greenwich Rd., Ste. 107

Wichita, KS 672

Pattie Durham, 316-461-1399



Retail and Sales

Referred by: Steve Fischer - VR Business Brokers

August WIBA Educational Seminar   

Reaching and Sustaining Peak Work Performance:
More Science Than Art

August 19, 2015 


Dr. Erikson is a certified professional coach with Collaborative Life Coaching. She has worked to inspire government, business, and individual clients for the past 13 years in the Wichita metro area. She also has 30 years' experience helping individual and groups envision and achieve better communication and conflict resolution.  This brief but informative workshop will present new findings about neuroscience (how the brain works), energy conservation and mindfulness are exciting and accessible. Jeanne will share several to move you toward consistently high performance at work and at home. She can be found on twitter @serenesuccess, and on Facebook as well as at www.CollaborativeLifeCoaching.com

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 (Aug. 17). The cost is $25 for WIBA members and $35 for non-members. 


Reservations can be made on line at  www.wiba.org/WIBACalendar, by calling the WIBA office at 316-201-3264, or by emailing membership@wiba.org.




WIBA August Calendar  

Tues. August 4      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WWLA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


Tues. August 11      11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WIBA Monthly Luncheon, Wichita Boathouse

515 S. Wichita St., 316-201-3264 


Wed. August 19     11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Educational Seminar WIBA offices, 

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


Tues. August 25     11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Face-to-Face Forum with USD 259, Petroleum Club, 9th Floor,100 N. Broadway, 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 

Click on any of the links below to see pictures from the event. 
WIBA Happenings
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Interim President 
Ray Frederick

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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