Rupp hired as Hesston College Vice President of Advancement

HESSTON  – Hesston College President Joseph A. Manickam has announced the appointment of Byron Rupp as vice president of Advancement. Rupp began his new role on Feb. 19.

The college’s Advancement division, which Rupp will supervise, includes Development, Alumni and Church Relations, and Marketing and Communications. The vice president role has been in an interim period since July 2016, and was filled during that time by Mark Landes, vice president of Finance and Auxiliary Services.

“Byron brings valuable experience to the vice president of Advancement role as he has successfully created and implemented a comprehensive development strategy in his previous role,” Manickam said. “I’m excited by the leadership he will provide.”

Rupp has served the last 18 years at Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, the world’s largest international legal association, including as Director of Development and Operations since 2008. There he developed and implemented a comprehensive development program that included an annual fund, special campaigns, planned giving, major gifts and special events.

“Byron has a faith background rooted in the Anabaptist tradition, and an ongoing commitment to the Mennonite faith and Mennonite higher education will serve him well as an ambassador of Hesston College,” Manickam said.

Rupp earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law  and an undergraduate degree from Bethel College. He is also pursuing a Certified Fundraising Executive certification.

Rupp and his wife, Alyssa, live in Andover with their three children. He attends Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita.


Voth earns certification

Citizens Financial Services announced that Denise Voth completed licensing through the state of Kansas to provide life and Health insurance services to clients.

Voth has worked at Citizens Financial Services for two years as an investment assistant, following some nine years at The Citizens State Bank in a variety of banking roles.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with customers and helping them with their business and their transactions,” she said.  “My goal remains to provide the best service possible and ensure them that they chose the right place.”

As part of her licensing, Voth also became an insurance representative with Cetera Investment Services LLC, a broker firm that partners with Citizens Financial Services.

A wife and mom of two young children, Voth said that the education process for becoming licensed in life and health insurance hit close to home.

Citizens Financial Services, located at The Citizens State Bank, offers a variety of investment and insurance products from nationally known companies.  Through her ever-expanding duties, Voth said she looks forward to being more involved in the business.


Westar announces earnings

TOPEK — Westar Energy, Inc. recently announced earnings of $324 million, or $2.27 per share, for 2017 compared with earnings of $347 million, or $2.43 per share, for 2016. Fourth quarter 2017 earnings were $34 million, or $0.24 per share, compared with earnings of $54 million, or $0.38 per share, for the fourth quarter 2016.

Lower earnings per share for 2017, compared with the prior year, were the result of lower retail sales attributable to mild weather and having received no corporate-owned life insurance income. The lower revenue was partially offset by lower income tax expense.

Earnings per share for the fourth quarter 2017, compared with 2016, decreased primarily from writing off deferred income tax assets due to the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Lower corporate-owned life insurance income, offset in part by reduced operating and maintenance costs, also contributed to lower earnings per share.


AGCO announces new products

AGCO Corporation a manufacturer of agricultural equipment with a facilty in Hesston, recently debuted the Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2370 Ultra High Density (Ultra HD) baler to North American producers at the 2018 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California 

The industry’s first and only Class 8 baler, the 2370 Ultra HD is designed to produce heavy, dense bales from light-weight, dry, slick grass and hard-to-bale crop residue. It is an especially good choice for large commercial hay growers, operations that export hay and biomass material and businesses harvesting biomass for the North American biofuels and livestock feed industries.

Hesston by Massey Ferguson® 2370 Ultra High Density (Ultra HD) baler will make its North American debut at the 2018 World Ag Expo. Producers can see it at Lot #46Q along the North Greenbelt between Q and R Streets.

AGCO  also recently  unveiled two new planter models under the White Planters™ brand during the 2018 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. The planters offer features conventional and no-till farmers are requesting, so they can accurately plant more acres of corn during the ideal planting window that is so critical for optimum yields.

“Unpredictable weather and increasing acres are making it harder and harder for corn growers to plant most of their acres within that all-important ideal planting window each spring,” says Joe Whorton, tactical marketing manager for Seeding and Tillage at AGCO. “Our customers have been asking us for planters that will help them plant more acres each day and plant more accurately to help boost yields. These two models expand the White Planters offering to meet those needs. Their introduction marks the next phase in White Planters’ VE planter Series featuring Precision Planting technology.”