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(OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, January 29, 2016) – Mize Houser & Co. P.A., a regional accounting firm, announces promotions in the Overland Park location.

Sonya Wright has been named as the Human Resources Director for Mize Houser & Company.  A 19 year employee of the firm, Sonya has worked in a number of areas including retirement plan consulting, training and the firm’s QSR (Quick Service Restaurant) niche where she managed marketing, client events and relationships across the country. Sonya is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). She holds a BA from Tabor College and an MS from Kansas State University, and is also a graduate of Leadership Overland Park.

Courtney Morrill, CPA, is promoted from Audit Senior to Audit Manager. Morrill joined Mize Houser & Company., P.A. in 1997.  Courtney is responsible for on-site supervision of audit staff and fieldwork on client engagements. She is a licensed CPA in both Kansas and Missouri and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Rachel Koger is promoted to Relationship Manager in the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) department that provides accounting, payroll and tax services to QSR clients nationwide. Rachel joined Mize Houser & Company in 2012. She holds a BS degree in Accounting and Business Management from Baker University and a MBA in Leadership & Change in Organizations  with  an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

About Mize Houser & Company P.A.
Mize Houser & Company P.A., founded in 1956, employs over 200 people in Topeka, Lawrence and Overland Park, Kansas. In addition to traditional tax and audit services, the firm provides accounting services, payroll, bill payment, information technology and consulting services to organizations across the country.

Tropical Smoothie Café Opens First Location in Kansas

Leading Fast Casual Café Hosts Grand Opening Event In Kansas City Area on Dec. 11

ATLANTA (Dec. 14, 2015) – Tropical Smoothie Café, the leading fast casual café concept known for its better-for-you food and smoothies with a tropical twist, announced today its first restaurant in Kansas will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 12850 W. 87th Street in Lenexa, a suburb of Kansas City. The new smoothie franchise is owned and operated by Scott and Missy Andersen. The restaurant’s grand opening will begin at 12 p.m. and include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, entertainment and local dignitaries, including Lenexa mayor Mike Boehm.

Scott Andersen, a Kansas City area resident for seven and a half years, first discovered Tropical Smoothie Café while working in Virginia. As a frequent business traveler, the smoothie franchise became a daily stop for him, because of the café’s fresh and healthier offerings in a quick-service setting. Years later, on a vacation in Florida, Scott introduced his family to Tropical Smoothie Café. That afternoon, Missy and Scott decided the company was one they wanted to align themselves with and share with their community in Kansas City.

“A lot of Midwestern families, including ours, can link their heritage to a family farm, so Tropical Smoothie Café’s dedication to fresh, quality ingredients really resonated with us,” said Scott Andersen, Kansas City Tropical Smoothie Café franchisee. “Kansas City area residents are in for a treat as we prepare to introduce them to the delicious menu items of Tropical Smoothie Café. Our family is looking forward to serving the Kansas City community for many years to come.”

Tropical Smoothie Café in Lenexa will be open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information about the Lenexa café, visit the Tropical Smoothie Café Kansas City Facebook page or call (913) 967-5998.

This year, the food and smoothie franchise plans to exceed 475 restaurants nationwide. The brand currently has franchise opportunities across the U.S. in markets such as Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., among others. By 2018, Tropical Smoothie Café plans to have 800 stores open across the U.S.

Tropical Smoothie Café is looking to add qualified franchisees to its growing brand. Candidates should have business experience; $100,000 in liquid assets and a minimum net worth of $300,000; and an initial investment of between $165,940 and $414,685. The better for you fast food franchise currently boasts an average unit volume (AUV) of more than $578,000 — the highest in the company’s 18-year history — with the top 50 percent reporting an AUV of $734,000. For more information about opening your own Tropical Smoothie Café franchise, please visit

About Tropical Smoothie Café
Founded in 1997, Tropical Smoothie Café is a fast-casual restaurant concept inspiring healthy lifestyles across the country, with over 445 locations nationwide. With snack and meal options for any time of day, Tropical Smoothie Café serves smoothies, salads, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, and flatbreads. The rapidly growing franchise has received numerous accolades including being ranked on Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500, 2015 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers, Franchise Times’ Top 200+ and Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2015 Top 200. Tropical Smoothie Café is seeking qualified franchisees to expand throughout the United States in markets such as Southern California, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.

Lenexa Chamber Calendar – Submit Your Events

The Lenexa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce a NEW COMPLIMENTARY BENEFIT for our members – the opportunity to post YOUR events (up to 2 per month) on our on-line calendar!  Expand your reach by submitting calendar items such as open houses, receptions, lunch & learns, workshops, seminars, fundraisers, etc.   All items must meet the established criteria and be approved by Chamber staff.  Approved events will be posted within 2 business days of submission.  Email notifications will be sent if the event is not approved.

If you have any news about happenings in Lenexa, please send information to Sarah Schooley at  News stories are published at the discretion of the Chamber.

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January 10, 2019
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January 11, 2019
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