President’s Message

President’s Message

As a child, September meant back to school. As an adult member of Topeka’s premier sales and marketing organization, September means back to SME. Welcome back!

Your board of directors has been working hard all summer to ensure a great start to an outstanding year. Our goals will focus on promoting SME as the organization of choice for sales and marketing professional development and networking, enhancing and advancing our members’ professional careers, and intentionally adding personal and professional value to help create and grow collaborative partnerships with our members and community.

The golf committee lead by Stephen Osborne, is excited to partner with member firm, GreatLife at Shawnee Country Club, for the golf tournament this year. In addition to the new location, we’re offering an opportunity for non-golfers to join in the fun by having lunch and participating in the first ever SME Lunch and Putt contest sponsored by CoreFirst.  Wait until you see the trophy!

Looking ahead, JT Ladenburger and the SMELive team is in full swing. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas (Thank you, Mike Eichten) provided us with a partnership opportunity to bring in Merrick Rosenberg, a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker, entrepreneur and author. He is CEO of Take Flight Learning and specializes in team building and leadership development. Stay tuned for more information!

The golf tournament and SMELive are our biggest fundraisers. I encourage each member to get involved and participate in both of these events. The more you’re involved, the more enjoyment you’ll receive from membership, and the more successful SME will become.

SME is a unique, tradition rich, organization. In order to keep us relevant, we need to continue to grow our membership. Each of us probably became a member of SME because someone took the initiative to invite us to join. Please invite a potential member to the September meeting. It will be a good one:  Martha Piland of MB Piland Advertising + Marketing is our speaker.

The board selected William Beteta as its executive of the month for September because of the outstanding job he did as our 2017-2018 president. Congratulations and thank you, William!

I am honored to be a member of SME and lead our group this year. I look forward to collaborating with all of you for an exciting, fun, and productive year!

Kathleen Hein, SME president
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