Wink Hartman Sr. and Hartmoor Investments sue Casey Bachrodt over Gardner land

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. and his Hartmoor Investments have sued Casey Bachrodt over land they purchased together in a retail area in front of the Walmart in Gardner.

According to the suit, which was filed in Sedgwick County District Court, the two formed BRIC Gardner in 2008. The entity borrowed $1.95 million from Security Savings Bank, which the suit says Hartman and Bachrodt personally guaranteed.

The suit says that “BRIC Gardner was not an income producing enterprise,” so Hartman, through Hartmoor Investments, and Bachrodt made capital contributions to BRIC to pay the loan.

The suit says that beginning in August of 2010, Bachrodt started failing to make necessary capital contributions and Hartmoor Investments made up the difference, which was almost $360,000.

With interest, Hartman and Hartmoor are now seeking more than $410,000 under the operating agreement.

Hartman’s attorney declined comment on the case. Bachrodt didn’t return calls to comment.

Wink Hartman Sr. may run for office again

WICHITA — He has more businesses to keep him occupied than the average 10 people combined, but Wink Hartman Sr. is once again considering a run for office.

“The model that we’ve lived by for so many years is broken in Congress,” says the oilman, who also is a restaurateur, among other things. “The bickering (has) deteriorated to name calling, which has deteriorated into the inability of either party doing something for the citizenry that they were elected to do.”

Hartman lost a blistering campaign for the 4th Congressional District in 2010.

“When I ran for District 4 in 2010, as many people remember it was unpleasant banter amongst the candidates,” Hartman says. “But yet I have learned in life that a lot of things that need to get done, there’s no easy path, and if I have to take a few hits and a few slaps along the way, I’m … more than willing to do that.”

He’s not saying if he’s going to run or what office he may seek.

“I’m not saying I’m going to do it, but it is under consideration,” Hartman says.

“I have a rather large expanse of interest politically,” he says. “My number one goal is to improve … the quality of life not only in District 4 of Kansas, but in the state of Kansas and hopefully affect some change nationally if the proper people are elected in Kansas. … In my life, I’ve been fortunate and been very successful at a multitude of businesses, but at the end of the day, the people of this state have earned the right to have qualified elected officials, and in my view, there are multiple areas where that is not the fact.”

Hartman says others have approached him about running, but he says it’s all about finding the right person for each office. That may not be him, Hartman says.

“It is incumbent upon people like myself and many others to put the best slate of Kansas possibilities for the voters to make a selection.”

He plans to do some polling to explore possibilities.

So why not be content to reign over his own business kingdom and let someone else fight political battles?

“History tells us that that attitude is one of the many problems that we now suffer at different levels of government,” Hartman says. “The kingdom attitude, the swing back at your opponent, the name calling, the inability to come to a consensus.”

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P.A.T.H. Clinic and Marstall Nutritional Consulting move to Hartman Oil Building

Wheeler the Healer Hartman at work in his new office.

WICHITA — Clinical psychologist Beth Hartman McGilley, who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, and nutritionist Kimberly Marstall are moving their practices to the Hartman Oil Building at 10500 E. Berkeley Square Parkway.

The two have been at Lakepoint Office Park at 9342 E. Central for years, and McGilley says they weren’t looking to move.

“I loved it there,” McGilley says. “I had a little office that looked kind of like a tree house.”

The problem is, she says, her landlord decided he liked the space, too.

“He basically kicked us out and said he wanted the top floor for himself.”

McGilley’s P.A.T.H. Clinic and Marstall’s Marstall Nutritional Consulting are separate businesses but work well together, McGilley says.

“We collaborate.”

They’ll share 1,000 square feet. Therapist Angie Hardage-Bundy will use the space part time for individual and group therapy as she’s finishing her dissertation.

McGilley says in addition to a general practice, Hardage-Bundy provides dialectical and behavioral therapy, which is a form of treatment for people with trauma and impulse control issues. She says that can be helpful for people with eating disorders and is a good addition to her own practice.

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Hartman Arena has a new general manager

UPDATED – James Snodgrass is out as the third general manager of the 5-year-old Hartman Arena, but he’s reluctant to discuss it.

“They still haven’t given me a reason why I was let go.”

Snodgrass, who was hired in spring 2011, won’t say more.

“I would like to take the high road on this one.”

Arena owner Wink Hartman Sr. says he didn’t make the decision alone.

“It was a group decision with VenuWorks, his employer, having the final decision,” Hartman says.

“It’s been our view all along that we were going to take a look and evaluate and … see if a change was necessary,” says John Siehl, regional vice president for VenuWorks.

He says the company decided “to bring in a person that we had picked so that we could improve the program and the operation.”

Aran Rush is the new general manager for Hartman Arena. Rush most recently was executive director for the Sioux City, Iowa, events facilities department, which included the convention and visitors bureau and the Tyson Events Center. Siehl says Rush is new to VenuWorks.

Hartman says if there are leadership issues at the arena, “I take full responsibility.”

He says he doesn’t think there have been problems with leadership, but he says the arena isn’t where it should be financially.

“The production of events at the arena can significantly increase, and hopefully it will,” Hartman says.

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Cattleman’s Ball returns along with criticism of its potential venue

WICHITA — The Cattleman’s Ball will be returning to the Wichita social scene with a new name and a bit of controversy, it seems.

The newly named Cattle Baron’s Ball is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

A spokeswoman says the group “took some time off to re-invigorate” the event, which was last held in 2011.

The party has been held at various places through the years, and it looks as if the next one is going to be held at the equestrian arena of the Kansas Star Casino.

Wink Hartman Sr., who has the competing Hartman Arena in Park City, says he finds the situation “sickening.”

“The one organization that’s supposed to stand up for clean air is willing to look the other way and book events at an establishment that has smoking,” he says. “I just can’t believe what they’re doing.”

The casino has smoking, but the equestrian arena does not.

“The truth is they’re going to drag those people down there, and I find it hard to believe a percentage aren’t going to go into a casino filled with smoke due to the American Cancer Society’s invitation to go down there,” Hartman says.

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Wink Hartman Sr. hires Iowa-based VenuWorks to manage Hartman Arena

Wink Hartman

WICHITA — A new company is going to manage the 4-year-old, 7,200-seat Hartman Arena in Park City.

Wink Hartman Sr. has hired Iowa-based VenuWorks, which will book events and handle food and beverage services among other things

Previously, Hartman and his staff have been running the arena.

“I was not doing a very good job,” Hartman says.

“We need to book more events. You know, more concerts, more local events, and I just felt like it was a time for a change in management to try to meet our objectives.”

VenuWorks president Steven Peters started the company 16 years ago to manage arenas with 5,000 to 10,000 seats.

The company manages United Wireless Arena in Dodge City and the Topeka Performing Arts Center.

Peters says his goal with Hartman Arena is clear.

“One word: events. We’ve got to bring more events.”

Hartman Arena has been averaging close to 50 events a year, including soccer games with Hartman’s Wichita Wings and football games with his Wichita Wild.

“Most of our arenas, we try to do 90 a year,” Peters says.

Being the smaller arena to the larger Intrust Bank Arena isn’t a negative, he says.

“That can be the really enviable place to be.”

Peters says there are more shows to fill 6,000 seats than 12,000.

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Wink Hartman Sr. to open a Vintage Bank Kansas branch in his east-side office

UPDATED — Having your own bank is convenient. Having it in the building where you office is even handier.

Just ask Wink Hartman Sr.

“We’re putting a Vintage Bank branch in the Hartman office building,” he says of his building at 10500 E. Berkeley Square Parkway.

“This will be our foray into the Wichita market,” Hartman says. “The business model we’re going after will be small-to-medium-size businesses, hopefully being able to furnish them the capital to grow.”

The bank’s first and only other branch is in Leon.

Hartman bought the State Bank of Leon in 2010 and changed the name to Vintage Bank Kansas in 2011.

Earlier this year, Hartman formed the Vintage Bancorp holding company and entered into a stock purchase agreement with Cornerstone Alliance, a holding company for CornerBank in Winfield.

In the end, the deal didn’t happen.

Vintage Bank has $15 million in assets.

“Which means we are so itty-bitty,” Hartman says. “That’s why we’re trying to grow.”

He says there will be additional capital to increase the bank’s lending capability with the new branch, but he’s not sure how much.

Arrangements for the new branch aren’t finalized yet.

“We anticipate the final approval will be in the next 30 days,” Hartman says. “Hopefully, it will be under construction late this year.”

He says he won’t concentrate on further expansion until the new branch opens and he gets it “on a solid footing, and then we’ll decide what the market and economy will allow.”


MDS of Kansas more than doubles its space with purchase of Hillside building

WICHITA — MDS of Kansas has purchased Wink Hartman Sr.’s former building at 201 S. Hillside and moved its offices there from Clifton Square.

“I really had my eye set on this building for a while,” CEO Donella Aubuchon says.

The 22-year-old MDS used to be known as Medical Documentation Solutions. The name changed last year as the company started doing more document services outside of the medical field. MDS still specializes in medical clients, though, which is why Hillside is attractive to Aubuchon.

“It’s still pretty medical-oriented over here, and it’s a busy street.”

MDS is taking 3,000 square feet in the building, which is more than double what it used to have.

That leaves as much as 5,500 square feet to lease. J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping MDS find a tenant.

In addition to expanding beyond medical clients, the work MDS does within the medical field is changing as well due to electronic records.

“It’s rearing its beautiful head,” Aubuchon says. “I don’t say ‘ugly’ anymore. It used to scare us. It’s where the industry is going, and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities.”

The company is offering new services, such as importing dictation into the medical record.

“We’re able to interface the dictation into the electronic record,” Aubuchon says.

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Wink Hartman Sr.’s new holding company to purchase CornerBank in Winfield

UPDATED — A year after buying his first bank, businessman Wink Hartman Sr. is creating a financial holding company for his Vintage Bank Kansas in Leon and working on the purchase of a second bank.

The new Vintage Bancorp – a corporation that will become a holding company – has entered into a stock purchase agreement with Cornerstone Alliance, a holding company for CornerBank in Winfield.

“Basically, Vintage Bancorp is purchasing CornerBank, if you will,” says Bruce Schwyhart, Cornerstone and CornerBank president. “CornerBank will continue to be a national bank.”

CornerBank has $278 million in assets. Vintage Bank, which until recently was known as the Bank of Leon, has more than $14 million in assets.

“We’re pleased with the CornerBank opportunity, and in the future, hopefully we’ll be looking for additional acquisitions,” Hartman says. “Presently, 100 percent of our time and effort is going to be to complete the acquisition of CornerBank.”

The deal is expected to close in July or August after shareholder and regulatory approval.

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City Council member Michael O’Donnell II takes job with Wink Hartman Sr.

WICHITA — Wichita City Council member Michael O’Donnell II has a new job.

After more than six years of working in sales for Clear Channel Radio, O’Donnell is going to work for Wink Hartman Sr. He’s done some past work for Hartman, but never full time.

“He’s spread so thin,” O’Donnell says. “He owns over 50 companies. I don’t know how he does it.”

O’Donnell will handle public relations, communications and government affairs for Hartman, which includes his Hartman Arena, restaurants and other companies.

“Everything,” O’Donnell says.

Although Hartman occasionally has a zoning issue that comes before the planning commission, O’Donnell says he’s not a regular in front of City Council, so he doesn’t expect a conflict of interest to arise.

“He never asks for any sort of incentives,” O’Donnell says. “Wink’s a do-it-yourself kind of guy.”

He adds, “If there ever was an issue … I would obviously recuse myself from that.”