Hesston College announces appointment of new vice president

Hesston College President Howard Keim announced the appointment of Mark Landes as vice president of finance and auxiliary services. He will begin his new role in June.

Landes’ role includes serving as the college’s chief financial officer, as well as overseeing human relations and the college’s auxiliary services, including the business office, food services and maintenance and facilities.

“Mark brings expertise in higher education finance that will be most helpful in our strategic planning,” said Keim. “His care for Hesston College, desire to serve in this kind of setting and his competent leadership will be great gifts to Hesston College.”

Landes spent the last 13 years in the banking industry, specializing in banking and lending for higher education and nonprofit groups for the last seven years. His most recent position was senior vice president of education and nonprofit banking with Wells Fargo in Denver.

“I am honored and excited to join a team at Hesston College that is pursuing a common vision and is all rowing in the same direction as we look to navigate some very real challenges in higher education,” said Landes. “I hope to continue building upon the financial discipline that has been achieved in recent years with particular attention to stewardship, not just of our financial resources, but also our people and facilities.”

Karl Brubaker, who has served as Hesston College business office manager for many years, also served in the interim role during the college’s search to fill the vacated position. Brubaker will continue in the interim role until Landes begins and will continue as business office manager moving forward.

Landes earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Goshen (Ind.) College. He is a member of Belleview Community Church in Littleton, Colo., where he has been actively involved in church leadership and ministry roles. He is married to Hesston alumna DeeDee (Martin) Landes, and they have two young children.

Everence to host seminar on keeping college costs affordable

The central Kansas office of Everence Financial will host an informative seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Bethel College Chapel for high school students, college students and their parents.

“Paying Less for College” will help students and parents develop a game plan to control costs and minimize debt associated with higher education. The presentation will be delivered by Geoff Bullock of LSS Financial Counseling. Bullock has taught more than 700 classes and has been featured on numerous local and national TV and radio programs promoting healthy money management.

“Everence is pleased to bring Geoff to central Kansas,” said Pete Flaming, Everence church relations representative. “This seminar addresses a critical issue for both students and parents.”

Bethel College Chapel is located on the second floor of the Bethel College Administration Building, 300 E. 27th St. in North Newton.

If you’d like to attend, please reserve a spot before April 1 by contacting the Everence office in Hesston: (620) 327-4043, toll free (877) 467-7294 or darlene.buller@everence.com.

Mitchell Theatres expands with new theater in New Mexico

Mitchell Theatres LLC announced it has purchased the 10-plex Dreamcatcher Cinema theater in Espanola, N.M. The complex was purchased from Storyteller Theatres.

The theatre has 100 percent digital projection and several 3-D capable projectors to accommodate the increasing release of 3-D movies. Mitchell Theatres will lower all ticket and concession prices and bring back popcorn tubs.

This is the fourth property Mitchell Theatres has purchased from Storyteller Theatres. In addition to the Dreamcatcher Cinema, Mitchell Theatres recently purchased the Starlight Cinema 8 in Los Lunas, N.M., the Storyteller Cinema 7 in Taos, N.M., and the Skyline Cinema 8 in Dillon, Colo.

Mitchell Theatres is a third generation, family-owned business involved in farming, commercial real estate and movie theaters. Mitchell Theatres owns and operates 91 screens in 12 movie complexes in Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado. Mitchell Theatres continues to actively look for opportunities to grow and expand. For additional information, go to www.mitchelltheatres.com.