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Executive of the Month

Executive of the Month

This month, we honor our immediate past president, Kathleen Hein.

Kathleen is the Sr. Business Development Manager for Premier Employment Solutions.  She is responsible for delivering mutually beneficial relationships and employment solutions that exceed the expectations of their clients and candidates throughout Kansas and the Midwest.

Established in 1998, Premier Employment Solutions focuses on attracting and retaining top talent for leading companies in a variety of areas including, accounting, sales and marketing, customer service, IT, management, executive, administrative and manufacturing.

“We offer our clients results that make a difference, including: contract and temporary staffing; direct hire; contract to hire; human resources consulting; payrolling; outplacement; vendor management; leadership training and interview coaching,” said Kathleen.

As she looked back on her year as as our president, Kathleen shared her thoughts with us.

“The opportunity to serve as president of SME was such an honor, such a privilege, and so enjoyable! Our executive director, Kathy Crome, and all our board members are top-notch professionals and people who care deeply about the success of SME. It was gratifying to work with all of them, and our members during the year,” she said.

“This opportunity gave me the platform to improve my leadership, conflict management and public speaking skills, and to get to know the professional speakers and presenters who contributed to our organization last year,” Kathleen continued.

Kathleen encourages others to join SME and become involved in the organization.

“As someone who has received many benefits from membership, I like to share the networking opportunities, education, fun SME has to offer, and the success it’s afforded my business. I’ve made life-long friends because of my association with SME. Every meeting I learn something new that will help advance my career, and I meet someone who expands my network,” she explained.

“I joined SME to become more knowledgeable about sales and marketing as a profession, and to have the opportunity to increase my skills and professional network. SME presents a variety of opportunities to do so; the monthly dinner meetings, committee opportunities to keep SME relevant and growing, the high performance seminars, golf tournament and last but not least, SME Live! As with any organization, you get out of it what you give.  A little give with SME, offers a lot of get!” she continued.

Kathleen is also involved with several other area organizations.  She is a member and past foundation board member of Downtown Topeka Rotary, Greater Topeka Partnership, Power Breakfast Committee, SHRM, Women in Business, Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Greater Topeka.

She has lived in the community she is involved with since childhood. Kathleen has been married to Larry for 40 years. They have three adult children and are anxiously awaiting a grandson in February!

As many of us know, Kathleen is a huge supporter of the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team! She reminds us that basketball season is just around the corner: Late Night is Oct. 4.

When its vacation time, the extended Hein family loves to vacation in Emerald Isle, North Carolina.

“We always stay in the same beach house – morning coffee on the deck watching the ocean, night walks on the beach under the stars, tough to beat,” Kathleen proclaims!