Two people from within The News coverage area recently completed the computerized examination for the Kansas Board of Accountancy to become certified public accountants.

Passage of the national exam is the first step to becoming a CPA, which also requires meeting an experience requirement.

The successful CPA Exam candidates included: Tyler Wooldridge, Garden City; and Melissa Ille, Great Bend.

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CINCINNATI – The Kroger Co. today announced the promotion of Ken DeLuca of Hutchinson to president of Kroger’s Michigan division, effective Aug. 1.

DeLuca, currently the vice president of operations for the Dillons division, succeeds Scott Hays who was promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division earlier this month.

"In his 30 years with the company, Ken has shown not only an aptitude for running a grocery business, but also a passion for connecting with our customers and our associates and creating an uplifting shopping experience in our stores," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "He is ready to lead our Michigan division to continued success, as we work together to deliver on our Restock Kroger plan."

DeLuca returns to the division where he began his Kroger career in 1988 as a store clerk. In 1990, after graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit, he started Kroger's management training program and went on to hold multiple leadership positions in the Michigan division, including store manager, grocery coordinator, category management, labor relations manager, human resources director and operations district manager.

In 2004, he moved to the Columbus division as operations district manager and in 2005 was promoted to retail operations vice president for the Dillons division in Hutchinson.

He was promoted to vice president of merchandising here in 2008 and in 2017 assumed responsibility for both operations and merchandising. Earlier this year, DeLuca narrowed his focus to operational oversight, serving as vice president of operations for Dillon Stores.

DeLuca is a board member of the Cancer Council of Reno County and has previously served as a board member for the Kansas Children's Service League in Topeka for six years.

DeLuca and his wife Lori will be relocating to Michigan as he assumes his new role.

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Peoples Bank and Trust announced the addition of Johannah Moore to its team as a loan officer and assistant vice president.

“As we continue to grow our Reno County market, we’re excited to bring Johannah on board,” said Tom Pruitt, president and CEO. “She’s relationship driven and will be a great asset to our team,”

Moore is a graduate of Wichita State University and brings 12 years banking experience to her new position.

Moore and her husband, Stephan Moore, a local chiropractor, have one son, Mancil. She is active in Young Professionals, Hutchinson Rotary Club and a volunteer at The Father’s House.

Peoples Bank and Trust has 12 locations in Reno and McPherson counties. This year marks its 120th anniversary.

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Amy Brennan has joined Central Bank and Trust Co. as vice president, loan officer.

Brennan began her banking career in 1996 as a consumer lender, transitioning quickly into commercial lending. She has been a commercial banker for 20-plus years, assisting clients throughout South Central Kansas.

Brennan works closely with her clients to determine their needs, goals and desired outcome for success. Brennan is a native of Hutchinson and a graduate of Nickerson High School.

She enjoys spending time with her husband John, an account executive and on-air personality for Eagle Media. They fill their free time showing their registered paint and quarter horses and attending various sporting events. Brennan is an avid Wichita State University Shocker fan and a lifetime member of the WSU Alumni Association. She and John have been married for 20 years.

Brennan is a member of the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member on the Chamber Agribusiness committee. She is also a member of Soroptimist International of Hutchinson and serves as a current board member for Reno County Communities that Care.

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Amanda Laymon has joined Heartland Credit Union’s Real Estate team as a real estate loan consultant. In this capacity, Laymon will serve members, prospective members, builders, developers and real estate personnel with home loan products and services.

“We’re excited for Amanda to join the real estate department,” said Michael Lorimor, AVP of Real Estate Lending. “She has served HCU members for the past six years, most recently in her role as Financial Service Representative. Her knowledge of the industry and the relationships she has built will help her assist members in finding the right solutions for their needs.”

Laymon has been with HCU since 2012 and has worked in several different roles including teller, financial service advisor, and financial service representative.

Laymon’s office is located in the Heartland Credit Union branch at 129 W. Ave. A. HCU is headquartered in Hutchinson, with offices in Haven, Newton and Wichita.