2018 Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Laureates
Four business leaders were announced as the 2018 Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Laureates at a press conference held May 3 by Junior Achievement of Kansas at the Lawrence School District office.
The 2018 laureates are Bob Moore, Advanco, Inc; Cindy Maude, Callahan Creek; John McGrew, McGrew Real Estates; and Michael Treanor, Treanor HL.
Honorees were selected based on their record of business achievement demonstrating excellence in many different categories. Hall of Fame laureates are prominent business leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to Lawrence, earned the respect of the local community, and work to lead the community to a better, higher level.
The black-tie Lawrence Business Hall of Fame tribute dinner honoring the laureates will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (Regency Ballroom). For more information, contact Debbie Harman with Junior Achievement of Kansas at 785.841.8245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert "Bob" Moore was an almost lifelong Lawrence resident, having moved to the area in his third-grade year. Upon graduating from Liberty Memorial High School in 1949, Bob attended the University of Kansas.
During Bob's business career, he was involved in the development and construction of thousands of single family homes and apartment units. In his 20s, Bob founded Moore Associates, and using a franchised construction system with pre-constructed components, he quickly became one of the biggest national homes franchisees in the country.
After a downturn in the economy caused the closing of Moore Associates, Bob formed Continental Construction in the early 1960s, building apartment projects in the Northeast Kansas area. Bob formed Advanco Inc, in 1976, which has since completed numerous industrial and commercial projects, land development for industrial, commercial, and residential uses and property redevelopment. In his career, Bob worked with an extensive list of companies, including the STate of Kansas, Boeing, and Blue Cross BlueShield, among others.
Bob served on the boards of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, and the Lawrence National Bank. He was also a founding member of "The Bob's," a group of donors who annually fund a $10,000.00 Lawrence Schools Foundation award that honors a Lawrence educator. Bob was married to his wife Marna from 1952 until Marna's passing in 2015. Bob passed away in February 2016. Bob & Marna had three children: Matt, Melonie, & Martin, and five grandchildren.
Cindy Maude has over 40 years' experience in marketing, most recently as Owner & CEO of Callahan Creek, a Lawrence-based brand strategy and digital marketing firm.
She began her career working for design and ad agencies in Kansas City and Topeka. She began working for Admark in Topeka in 1988. Cindy purchased the company in 1996, changed the name to Callahan Creek the following year, and in 1999, moved the company to Lawrence.
Callahan Creek has a long history of generosity, one of the company's core values. Each year, Callahan Creek contributes 10 percent of profits to public service, involved volunteering and pro bono work. They have also contributed to scholarships to the William Allen White School of Journalism and the School of Design and Architecture.
Cindy is passionate about building Lawrence and that is evident by her extensive work on many community organization boards. She has served on the boards of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, Lawrence Arts Center, Friends of the LIed Center, and the William Allen White Foundation, as well as serving on the city's Cultural District Task Force. Prior to moving to Lawrence, Cindy served on the boards of the Topeka Chamber, United Way, and Topeka Civic Theatre.
Cindy currently serves as Interim CEO for the Lawrence Arts Center. Cindy is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism.
John McGrew is a lifelong Lawrence resident. Upon graduating Lawrence High School in 1956, John obtained his Bachelors of Science in Business from the University of Kansas in 1960 and immediately went to work in the family business, becoming President and CEO fo McGrew Real Estate, a company started by this father Conrad nine years prior. Today, McGrew Real Estate has three offices serving the greater Douglas County area. McGrew Real Estate is now home to nearly 100 agents and support personnel.
In 1965, John partnered with friend Bob Billings to develop and market a 400-acre golf course project called Alvamar. Today, Alvamar and its related developments encompass over 3,000 acres in West Lawrence.
In retirement, John's involvement did not slow down. Inspired by his passion for nature, John founded Outside for a Better Inside, a Lawrence advocacy organization. The organization's goal is to spread awareness of outdoor activity and encourage children and adults alike to spend more time in nature. The organization has been very successful, and John has overseen many developments, including the Conrad & Viola McGrew Nature Preserve, the Pat Dawson Billings Nature Area, and the Kanza Southwind Nature Preserve.
John has served on many different boards of directors, including the KU Biodiversity Institute, Douglas County Bank, Faith Promise, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Lawrence Villages, Lawrence Board of Realtors, Lawrence Insurance, and Lawrence Humane Society. John received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.
In 1981, Michael Treanor established Treanor Architects as a small local architecture firm focused on commercial and residential projects. Now known as TreanorHL, the firm has grown to over 150 professionals offering architecture and engineering services from eight offices across the country including San Francisco, Denver, Colorado Springs, Topeka, Kansas City, St. Louis, Dallas, and Atlanta.
Treanor can trace the company's success to a decision made nearly 21 years ago - to focus solely and specifically on certain types of projects. Today, Treanor is known nationally as a leader of design in justice facilities mixed-use housing, student life projects, K-12 education, historic preservation, and life sciences laboratory and research centers.
Throughout his career, Michael has made a commitment to environmentally responsible design. Working with clients who share his enthusiasm for sustainability, he designs green facilities to achieve U.S. Green Building Council standards. In this endeavor, Michael has led multiple projects through the highest levels of LEED certification. Recently, Treanor HL joined the American Institute of Architects' 2030 Commitment, and endeavor to drastically reduce carbon emissions in building design and construction.
Michael holds Bachelors of Architecture and Environmental Design degrees from the University of Kansas. A registered architect in 24 states, he is also a member of the American Institute of Architecture and Urban Land Institute, and the Congress of New Urbanism.
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