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Prairiewood Retreat hires caretaking director

Prairiewood Retreat and Capstone3D hired Jennifer Bussmann as director of caretaking.
With a degree in agricultural econ omics from Kansas State University, Bussmann oversees the many aspects of the spaces for Prairiewood’s hospitality guests.
Prairiewood was created, and is operated, by Capstone3D Development Studio. Nearly 500 acres of tallgrass prairie a mile west of Manhattan, Prairiewood is a hospitality venue that offers accommodations and spaces for weddings, receptions, reunions, corporate retreats and overnight getaways.

KSU Foundation hires one, promotes two

In February, the Kansas State University Foundation added one new staff member and promoted two. Allie Lousch, a K-State alumna, is the new marketing manager.
Her career in marketing and development has included work with nonprofits and gove rnment agencies in the areas of research, education, conservation and community engagement. She most recently worked at K-State’s Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Lousch is a 2016 Leadership Manhattan graduate and is working on her master’s in public administration at K-State. Two current staff members received a promotion in February.
Callie Friedrich is now a gift officer for Leadership Annual Giving, and Laura Forster is a stewardship specialist. Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation.

Briggs elected as KCA president

The Kansas Contractors Association’s board of directors elected Kelly Briggs of Manhattan as president during the 94th KCA Convention held January in Kansas City, Missouri.
Briggs is president of Bayer Construction, an employee-owned business in Manhattan. His family has been in the construction industry for three generations.
Briggs has served as the former vice president of KCA, former president of the Kansas Aggregate Producers Association and currently serves on several public advisory boards in Manhattan. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three kids.

Insurance agents get customer service recognition

Tim Engle, Jim Feeney, Clay Taylor, and Jon Harper, all American Family Insurance agents in Manhattan, have been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program.
The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. The process consists of a customer satisfaction survey, which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent. Engle, Feeney, Taylor, and Harper have been an agents for American Family for many years in the Manhattan area.

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