Business News – Newly Hired, Retired, Promoted, Appointed to Topeka


Recruitment & Hiring

Kansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced that Britton clay will join the company as Vice President, Legal and Compliance Services and General Counsel. As Vice President and General Counsel, Britton will provide legal advice, manage litigation, lead the company’s legal services department and oversee the case management program. He will also hold the post of general secretary of BCBSKS. “We are delighted that Clay is joining our team. He is a seasoned lawyer and a leading professional, ”said Matt All, President / CEO. “He’s the best in Kansas which is exactly why we’re so happy he’s going to be part of our team at Blue Cross. Britton arrives at BCBSKS from Gov. Laura Kelly’s office, where he has served as Chief Counsel since 2019. He has also collaborated and overseen the work of attorneys from 13 agencies within the firm. Britton previously served for two years as Deputy Attorney General in the United States, Partner at Lathrop & Gage LLP, and Deputy Attorney General in the Kansas Attorney General’s Office.

Olivia mayer

Mammoth sports academy announced the former Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Superintendent Olivia mayer as the new general manager. Located in Meriden, Mammoth Sports Academy is a 25,000 square foot indoor sports training complex that features the area’s largest public turf field, as well as eight batting cages and pitching lanes. It is home to 20 teams and more than 1,500 athletes and coaches in northeastern Kansas. Mayer looks forward to expanding the use of the facility. “It’s the kind of resource that improves the quality of place for our community and we’ll continue to build on that,” Mayer said. “The health benefits of being active are endless, and there is a lot we can do by adding and providing programming opportunities for youth, families, seniors and local organizations. Mayer graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also worked for the City of Lawrence’s Parks and Recreation Department. Mayer and his family have lived in Jefferson County for 16 years.


Laurie Pieper, GO Topeka’s vice president of entrepreneurship and small business, has been invited to serve on the Small Business Council of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Pieper, who has worked with GO Topeka and the Greater Topeka Partnership since September, will bring valuable expertise and perspective to the board, as she represents Topeka, Shawnee County and Kansas in general. “I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role because the position will allow me to be a national voice, for small local businesses,” Pieper said. “The Small Business Council is an outstanding advocate for small businesses across the country, bringing issues of importance to our communities to the attention of the American House and its Board of Directors. “

Jo yun

Governor Laura Kelly has appointed Jo yun, from Prairie Village, to Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Board of Directors. She was sworn in at the November board meeting. The board of directors of KPERS is responsible for overseeing the investments of the trust fund, adopting actuarial assumptions, as well as hiring and monitoring the executive director and external service providers, including managers. investment and consultants. Yun has over 35 years of accounting and finance experience. She is Vice President of Finance / Operations and Chief Financial Officer of the REACH Healthcare Foundation, located in Overland Park and serving the Kansas City area. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honors in Accounting from Kansas State University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Phil perry

Jefferson County Breeder Phil perry, from Oskaloosa, became president of the Kansas Breeding Association at the group’s annual business meeting on December 3 in Wichita. Members chose Shawn Tiffany, a cattle feeder from Herington, as the new UCK president-elect. Perry and Tiffany will lead the 5,700 member organization over the next year. Perry has been involved in the beef industry for over 40 years. He and his wife, Rhonda, own a cow-calf farm and a custom preconditioning business. Perry grew up in Oskaloosa and he and Rhonda reside on land that has been in his family for six generations. KLA is a 5,700-member trade organization representing the state’s livestock industry on legislative, regulatory and industrial matters at the state and federal levels.

Awards, distinctions and recognition

The International Downtown Association recently recognized Topeka Downtown Inc. and its local partners with a Excellence Award for Downtown Achievements for their efforts to stand up and promote Evergy Plaza. The award recognizes excellent response to an urban site management challenge and superb application of industry knowledge. Evergy Plaza was one of 24 qualified entries in the Public Space Management and Operations category, which the International Downtown Association identifies as one of seven areas of professional practice in Urban Place Management. This category presents unique organizational approaches and projects in the areas of cleanliness, security and hospitality; creation of places and activation; and facility management. “The effort to make Evergy Plaza a reality was truly a team effort,” said Rhiannon Friedman, president of Downtown Topeka Inc. “This project is already becoming a staple in our beautiful city and will have a positive impact on the downtown Topeka corridor and beyond for decades to come. Evergy Plaza opened in summer 2020 and is set to host hundreds of events and programs each year.

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