We were established in 1957 by area sales and marketing leaders with the goal to improve the knowledge, standards, conduct and network of sales and marketing leaders. Over the years our membership has grown and changed with the times. Membership is your chance to become part of a vital organization in Northeast Kansas.

SME Topeka offers you:

  • Professional and personal development
  • A network with other sales and marketing professionals in Northeast Kansas
  • Opportunities to give back to the community and support future business leaders through youth education programs


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Jason Adair
Rental Management Solutions

Barbara Barnard
Vice President
Community Bank

Wayne Basso
President- Eastern Kansas Region
UMB Bank

William Beteta
Business Development Manager
Schendel Lawn & Landscape

Jennie Bowen
Marketing Director
ServiceMaster Restore

Vickie Brokke
President & CEO
Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and Theatre Club of Topeka

Roger Brokke
General Sales Manager

John Burdett, CLU, LUTCF
Financial Representative
Burdett Financial

Barbara Butts
WestSide Stamp and Award

Ashley Charest
Vice President, Membership Development
Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Karla Clem
President & CEO
Polo Custom Products

Russ Cobb
Sr. Business Manager
Westar Energy, Inc.

Kathy Crome
Executive Director
SME Topeka

Garry G. Cushinberry
Sr.Vice President / Community Relations
CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Tom Deatrick
American Sentry Security System, Inc.

John Dorsey
General Manager
Abbey Flooring Headquarters

Glenda DuBoise
President, CEO
GKD Management Consulting & Training, LLC

Michael Eichten, CLU, ChFC
Director of External Sales
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Eric Enns
Canada Drug of Topeka

John Fager
Executive Vice-President/CMO
CoreFirst Bank & Trust

Diana Friend
Communications & Marketing Director
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Vince Frye
President & Chief Executive Officer
Downtown Topeka, Inc.

Julie Garlinghouse
Executive Residences, Inc.

Amber Gentry
Sr. Account Executive
ISG Technology

Holly Graves
Director, Internal Sales and Customer Service
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Robert Gunther
Sr. Sales Manager (Topeka office)
MRH Insurance Group, McCune-Robinson Hendrickson

Jaime Hackmann
Aggregate Sales
Hamm, Inc.

Brian Haug
Account Executive

Irene Haws
Project Manager

Lisa Hecker
Communication & Events Coordinator
Washburn University School of Business

Kathleen Hein, CSP
Sr. Business Development Manager
Premier Employment Solutions

Tom Hickman
Assistant Professor – Marketing
Washburn University School of Business

Lynette Hudson
Lynette Hudson State Farm Insurance Co.

Jeanette Johnson
Sales Associate/Partner
Berkshire Hathaway First, REALTORS

Lori Keegan
President/CEO/Assisting organizations to get back in control of internal issues
Transition By Design, Inc.

LaDonna Kelly
“We Defend the Users!”
TOPAdviser Office Solutions, LLC

Jim Klausman
Midwest Health

Karl Klein
Regional Director
Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center

Richard Knoll
Cruise Holidays of Topeka

Tim Kolling
Marketing & Advertising Consultant
WIBW Radio & Kansas Radio Networks

Lisa Kongs
Berberich Trahan & Co., P.A.

Miriam Krehbiel
United Way of Greater Topeka

Ralph Krumins
Managing Director – Investments
Krumins McGee Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Teresa Kuszak
Sales Associate
Gardner’s Flooring America

Jay T. Ladenburger
Sales Consultant

Karon Lee
Marketing Director
GreatLife golf // fitness

Rick LeJuerrne
Lecturer, Entrepreneurship
Washburn University School of Business

Mary W. Lenz
Corporate Historian
Capitol Federal®

Andrew Lindeman
Commercial  Lender/Relationship Manager
Landmark National Bank

Jo Ann Long
Vice President of Development

Stephanie Luke
Marketing Manager
Mize Houser & Company P.A.

Barry Martin
General Sales Manager
Ed Bozarth Chevrolet

Jeff Martin CLU, ChFC, LUTCF
Managing Principal/1602
Waddell & Reed, Inc.

Dawna McCabe
Century Business Technologies, Inc.

Mark McCabe
Chief Business Development Officer
Century Business Technologies, Inc.

Patti Mellard
Key Staffing

Mitch Miller
Dynamic Computer Solutions of Topeka, Inc.

David Mills
Commerical Systems
Kansas Audio Video

Rebecca Moore
First Vice President
Capitol Federal®

Lisa Oathout-Marshall
Manager, Small Group Sales & Retention
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Ed Popkess
Davidson Funeral Home

David Price
Washburn University School of Business

Keith Richards
Meridian Roofing Solutions

Brady Robb
The Robb Company

Jay Robertson
Manager, Individual Sales and Service
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

Hillary Shafer
Sales Manager
Ramada Downtown

Marlene Showalter
General Manager
Scotch Fabric Care

Jeannie Shy
Senior Director of Gift Planning
Washburn University Foundation

Dale Smith
Division Manager
Carpet One Floor and Home

Bobbi Smith
Family Service Associate
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home Crematory & Cemeteries

David Sollars
Washburn University School of Business

Chris St. John
Lawyers Title of Topeka

Barbara Stapleton
Director, Existing Business & Workforce Development
Go Topeka Economic Partnership

Michael Stoica
Washburn University School of Business

Sarah Strydom
Director of Business Development
Jayhawk File Express

Martin Strydom
Sales Manager
Midwest Single Source

Phil Thompson
Marketing Manager
Kansas Expocentre

Ben Walker
Capital Tile LLC

Kip Walker
Stax of Wax

Scott Wilson
Vice President, Mortgage Originator
Capital City Bank