President’s Message

President’s Message

jayt-headshotGreetings SME Members,

 It’s not every day that a team and community come together to pull off a major event like SME Live 2017.  However that’s exactly what happened as Jon Gordon motivated and inspired a SOLD OUT audience at Topeka Civic Theatre.  As I mentioned in my April remarks,  nothing of great value is ever achieved alone.  Kathy Crome was the commander of the details and deadlines and deserves our sincerest appreciation.  Sarah Strydom and her event team answered the challenge to deliver a fine meal and event to us and also deserves our thanks.

Here are a few comments from the SME Live survey:

I thought it was well done. It is a comfortable way to do some work while being entertaining.

Great event overall. Liked the time, the speaker and the meal. The facility was perfect.

 I thought everything was spot on! Loved the time, venue, meal, and Jon’s presentation was just outstanding! In speaking with my co-workers who attended, all thought it was great and can’t want to attend again! A real feather in SME’s cap to have presented Jon Gordon. Such an outstanding, well-known speaker and author!

 Very informative event. Jon Gordon was a very engaging and energetic speaker. I was very glad I was able to attend.

I really enjoyed it. The event was well organized, fun and inspiring. I always expect SME programs will be high quality. This delivered for sure.

I greatly enjoyed the event. Sometimes, “motivational” speakers can be arrogant, self-centered, and spend the entire time trying to convince us that they’re important; however, with Jon, that was not the case. His genuine spirit and encouraging nature made everyone feel welcomed and valued. That is priceless.

Thank you SME members for stepping up and helping either individually or corporately.  A very sincere thank you to all of our generous sponsors.  Without them we could have never had such a great event.  It’s my hope and dream that SME Live can become that event that everyone in Topeka doesn’t want to miss.   Jon Gordon’s  4th Trait from his book Training Camp is:   The Best do ordinary things better than everyone else.     You’re the best. 

Don’t miss Mike Eichten from Blue Cross and Blue Shield on May 9th.  It’ll be an SME Meeting that will certainly be extraordinary.

Jay T Ladenburger




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