Duane Fager Named SMEI Topeka 2008 Executive of the Year

Topeka, KS --Sales and Marketing Executives of Topeka will present its 2008 Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year award to Duane Fager, President and Chief Executive Officer, CoreFirst Bank and Trust.

Mr. Fager will receive the honor at the association’s Distinguished Sales & Marketing Awards banquet on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University, Topeka. The banquet will begin with a cocktail social at 5:30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the awards will be presented at approximately 7:00 p.m.

In 1970, SMEI Topeka honored Governor Robert Docking as their first Executive of the Year. Since then, this award has recognized individuals who have contributed to the well being of Northeast Kansans. The executive level recipients demonstrate a unique accomplishment during the year honored, have had an outstanding year and a positive impact on commerce in Topeka and the surrounding area.

SMEI Topeka also will honor six DSMA recipients at the banquet. This nationally recognized award is bestowed by SMEI affiliates internationally. It provides an excellent opportunity for area businesses to recognize and reward outstanding performers, marketers and sales professionals.

The 2008 Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award Honorees are:

Ann Uhl
Anderson Peck Agency, Inc.

Rita Hazen
M-C Industries

Heather Geiger
Premier Executive Recruiting

Terri Benson
Topeka Capital-Journal

Bryan Kasselman
Schendel
Pest Services

Cindy Miller
Alzheimer’s Association

Sales and Marketing Executives International Topeka sponsors the annual awards program. SMEI is professional association for sales and marketing managers, executives and business owners. It has over 110 members representing small and large employers in Northeast Kansas in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.


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