Topekans from the business sector were honored for their contributions to the city Thursday night. All four were inducted to the Topeka Business Hall of Fame.
The three living inductees included Sam Barham, founder of Blue Cross Blue Shield, Maynard Oliverius, President and C.E.O. of Stormont-Vail, Kent Garlinghouse of M-C Industries and Nancy Perry, former C.E.O. of the United Way of Greater Topeka.
Sam Barham's son, Pete said his father started the business out of a shoe box. He spend the day Thursday thinking about his father, and being proud of him.
Oliverius said guiding it through good and bad economic times and all the changes in health care has been easier because of the people around him. He remains energetic and passionate about his work.
Garlinghouse said it is difficult to run a business during tough economic times, but he remains responsible, and optimistic things will change and we will eventually see the light at the end of the tunnel..
Perry said she has been busy since retiring. She works through her church, and also tries to help out with education issues. She said the community has been good to her, and she wants to continue working for the community.