Fricke Inducted into Hall of Fame

EMPORIA - Names connected to the restaurant and hospitality business, and the financial planning business are now prominently displayed in Emporia State's Kansas Business Hall of Fame.

Howard Fricke, the past chairman of Security Benefit of Topeka, was recognized in the KBHF induction ceremonies Tuesday. Also inducted with Fricke was the late Fred Harvey, founder of the Harvey House restaurant and hotel chain.

"This is the 20th year for the Kansas Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony," said Bill Barnes, who heads the Business Hall of Fame.

"The Hall of Fame induction spotlights the achievement of people who have been instrumental in the development of business in the state of Kansas."

Fricke joined Security Benefit as CEO in 1988. By the time he stepped down as board chairman in 2006, his innovative leadership helped the company's assets grow from $2 billion to more than $15 billion. Fortune and Working Mother magazines have chosen Security Benefit as one of the 100 best companies to work in the USA.

Fricke has also distinguished himself as the head of two state government agencies. He's served as Secretary of the Department of Administration, and as Kansas Secretary of Commerce.

Harvey's chain of restaurants and hotels traced the Santa Fe Railroad's westward expansion in the 1870s. Harvey changed careers and not only succeeded in running the Harvey Restaurants, but he rose in the railroad business as well. His connection with the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railway led to his famous creation of "Harvey Houses." He died in 1901.


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