This month, SME Topeka honors Phil Tysinger for his dedication and devotion to our organization. He has played an integral role in our annual golf tournament and has truly helped make it successful over the years.
Phil relates his long history in SME and the local business world below.
I am pleased to be honored as the executive of the month. I have been involved with SME Topeka since the late 70’s and have truly valued the speakers, the hospitality, the friendships and the knowledge I have gained over the years. Having had the opportunity to serve on the board and several committees has given me an insight on how SME works. I hope that our membership takes advantage of those opportunities whenever possible. Please remember, we get out of our organization what we put in to it.
SME can benefit members by enhancing their knowledge of sales, marketing, motivation and their business network. We have been fortunate to have a great number of national business executives come to Topeka to share their expertise with us at our sales seminars and monthly meetings. The investment each member makes is more than reasonable for what we receive.
I have been involved in many business opportunities since entering the business world in 1974 as a beginning broadcast sales person. I spent a total of 19 years with KTPK Radio in a variety of positions: sales, marketing, sales and advertising manager, assistant and general manager as well as part owner, (twice). I took a break from radio in the mid-80’s to work with ED Bozarth and his new Chevrolet Franchise. After 3 years, I realized that I was a radio guy and went to went back to KTPK. After we sold the radio station, I was lucky enough to become involved with Dynamic Computer Solutions on and off from 1999 until now, with stops at Adecco, Topeka Nissan, V-100 and Fox TV along the way.
It was in the late 70’s that Pat Powers, (past SME a past president and DSMA honoree that encouraged me to join SME. He is responsible for my many years as a member and a promotor of SME. He also encouraged me to give back to the communities I worked in. So, I have participated in several city chambers including Junction City, Manhattan and naturally the Topeka Chamber. I have chaired several committees. Since 1974, I have also been involved with a of non-profits including Junior Achievement, Let’s Help, Leadership Topeka, Class of 1987, Topeka Community Foundation, South Topeka Rotary, Downtown Topeka, Topeka Facility managers, Kansas Association of Broadcasters, Topeka Blood Bank, and Professional Advertising Club, to name a few.
I’m a native on North Carolina and arrived here via the U.S. Air Force. I was graduated from Washburn University, but I am a huge Carolina fan, once a TARHEEL, always one. I have been married to Linda for 47 years. She is a native Kansan and a retired educator. We are proud to have a superb daughter, Erin, a great son-in-law, Zach Snethen, and a super grandson, Oliver.
We spend a lot of our vacation time on the coast of North Carolina as well as side trips to points of interest in Kansas. My favorite past-time has always been golf. – Phil