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American Marketing Association Distinguished Executives

The recipient of this award is an executive who has made outstanding contributions to the discipline of marketing, as well as to his or her local community.  Additionally, this individual's firm provides a key product regionally, nationally, or internationally.  The winner of this award therefore is an individual who is, and is expected to be in the future, a special contributor to the marketing discipline.

Andy Fromm Andy Fromm
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2013

The American Marketing Association 2013 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA and the Department of Economics, Finance & Marketing, is Mr. Andy Fromm, President/CEO of Service Management Group. Andy spoke to students and faculty from the Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies on September 12, 2013. 

In 1991, Andy, along with Bill Fromm and Leonard Schlesinger, founded Service Management Group (SMG). Since then, SMG has helped over 200 multi-unit retail and restaurant brands. Andy's accomplishments go beyond satisfying clients, as he has contributed to two books, The Real Heroes of Business-and Not a CEO Among Them and The Ten Commandments of Business & How to Break Them with Bill Fromm. Additionally, Andy has provided his expertise in the area of customer service and satisfaction measurement for articles in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Fast Company.

Andy attended Boston University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction. He went on to work in the Boston office of consulting firm American Management Systems prior to founding SMG. Andy is a strong family man who enjoys fitness and improving the community through his service on the board of the Kansas City Zoo.

Robb Heineman Robb Heineman
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2012

The American Marketing Association 2012 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA and the Department of Economics, Finance & Marketing, is Mr. Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City, and one of the club's five principal owners. Recognized as one of the most progressive, forward-thinking leaders in sports today, Heineman also serves as Managing Partner of Sporting Innovations, a technology company focused on innovation in sport and entertainment. Robb spoke to students and faculty from the Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies on September 27, 2012. 

After taking over as Sporting Club's CEO in 2006, Heineman worked with several local municipalities around the Kansas City metropolitan area to get a soccer-specific stadium built for Sporting Kansas City. In January of 2010, the Kansas Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the plan for the 18,467-seat LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, an 18-24 field youth soccer complex and new offices for Cerner Corporation. The project drew nationwide acclaim, and was ranked 8th-largest economic development deal in North America for 2010 by corporate real estate magazine, Site Selection. Since then, Heineman has been instrumental in creating partnerships with worldwide leaders in a wide range of sectors. The spring of 2011 saw Sporting Club announce historical partnerships with the likes of LIVESTRONG, Cisco and Google, enabling LIVESTRONG Sporting Park to serve as a living lab for sports and entertainment technology.

Heineman has been at the forefront of the creation of Sporting Club's groundbreaking membership model, a revolutionary concept that has changed the way fans interact with professional sports organizations in this country. Known for his openness and accessibility to fans, Heineman has put a special emphasis on the power of social media, frequently making use of his twitter handle--@Robb Heineman--to communicate with the club's supporters.

In recognition of Heineman's work with Sporting Club, Robb was selected to the Sports Business Journal's Forty Under 40 list and won TheStadiumBusiness Awards Executive of the Year in 2012. In 2011, he was honored with the Special Achievement Award for Professional Sports from SportKC. Heineman was also selected to be a keynote speaker at the 2011 Conference for the Association of Luxury Suite Directors and was recognized as a 2010 Home Run Deal award winner by the Certified Commercial Investment Members of Kansas City for his work to help complete the agreement for the construction of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Prior to that, Heineman was named a 2007 honoree in Ingram's 40 under 40 list, highlighting the best young leaders and businesspeople in the Kansa City metropolitan area.

Born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Heineman has been involved in sports ownership since 1992 as an owner/operator of the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League. He has a wife, Amber, and two children, Katherine and Charlie. The Heinemans work with many charitable organizations in the Kansas City area.

Jonathan Cleveland Jonathan Cleveland
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2011

The American Marketing Association 2011 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA and the Department of Economics, Finance & Marketing, is Mr. Jonathan Cleveland, Founder & Principal, Cleveland Design.  Jonathan spoke to students and faculty from the Harmon College of Business & Professional Studies on September 15, 2011. 

Jonathan Cleveland is a talented graphic designer, a successful business owner and a creative thinker whose professional career has been focused on making a difference, as well as an impact. A 1984 graduate of Central Missouri State University, Jonathan founded Cleveland Design in 1992, an award-winning Boston design and marketing communications firm named one of the Top 20 Design Firms in New England by Boston Business Journal. For almost two decades, Jonathan has balanced his work for commercial clients—from global corporations to small startups—with a deep personal commitment to design and marketing for nonprofits.

For Thomson Reuters, Jonathan has served as a trusted partner to the global brand team, for whom Cleveland Design helped implement and evolve their new brand in markets around the world. For Fidelity Investments, Jonathan led the development of creative campaigns for the firm’s successful corporate sponsorships, including FutureStage, a nationwide program promoting and supporting arts education in public schools. For Sensitech, a business unit of Carrier Corp., Jonathan and his team created a fresh global brand that breathed new life into the image of this leading global provider of cold chain solutions for the food and life sciences industries.

His work for non-profits is a crucial component of Jonathan’s approach to business and to life. His design work for the Divinity School at Harvard University earned Jonathan a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Award. Jonathan and his team designed and launched a new online directory of charities for the Catalogue of Philanthropy, in Massachusetts that will be distributed nationwide.

An established thought leader in the field of design and marketing for nonprofits, Jonathan co-authored Designing for the Greater Good: The Best of Cause Marketing and Nonprofit Design (Harper Collins, 2010). He is recognized for both his creative talent and his passionate belief in the power of design to drive positive social change. He shares his insights with other designers as a featured speaker and panelist for industry seminars and webinars, and was a featured speaker at the AMA Nonprofit Marketing Conference. His work has been published in design books and publications, and also recognized through international design awards.

Jonathan is also active in the Boston community, as a mentor for Youth Design, a summer internship program for public high school students interested in design, and as mentor for TechBoston, a school-based program that inspires students to become technology leaders. He also serves as Chair of the Board for Emmanuel Episcopal Church in his home neighborhood of West Roxbury, Massachusetts.  A strong believer in “giving back”, Jonathan established the “Jonathan Cleveland Creative Marketing Scholarship” at the University of Central Missouri worth $2,500 each year.

Mark Schupp Mark Schupp
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2010

The American Marketing Association 2010 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA and the Department of Marketing and Business Law, is Mr. Mark Schupp, President, Schupp Company.  Mark spoke to students and faculty from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 28, 2010. 

Mark Schupp has led a world-class career in advertising and marketing. After graduating with a B.S.B.A. from Central Missouri State University, Mark began his career at Barickman Advertising – Doyle Dane and Bernbach, based in Kansas City, who was then the largest advertising agency in Kansas City.

After 18 months at Doyle Dane, Mark was lured to St. Louis to work for one of the largest advertising agencies in the world, D’Arcy McManus & Masius. Mark worked on the agency’s most important clients including:  Red Lobster Restaurants, Southwestern Bell, Budweiser, Michelob and Busch beers.

His primary client, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., hired Mark away from D’Arcy in 1987 where he was appointed brand manager on Bud Light beer. Mark was on the brand team that helped catapult Bud Light from the 8th largest selling beer to the #1 beer in America. During his 6 years at Anheuser-Busch, Mark worked on some of the most widely known and successful advertising campaigns in the world, including: “Give Me a Light,” “Spuds MacKenzie,” “Bud Light Spotlight,” “I Love You Man” and “Bud Bowl.”

Mark left Anheuser-Busch in 1993 to start his own advertising agency, Schupp Company, welcoming Bud Light and Budweiser as the company’s first two clients.  Besides A-B, Schupp Company has worked with many of the largest and most respected companies in the country including: MillerCoors Brewing Company, Medicine Shoppe International, Coca Cola, American Express, Sara Lee, Beechnut, Sprint and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  In the company’s 17 years, it has won practically every national creative award available and Schupp Company’s work is consistently recognized as being some of the most powerful in the industry.

Schupp Company has been recognized numerous times in the media as being one of the best places in St. Louis to work. Besides providing a great work environment for its employees, Schupp Company has donated over $2.5 million of its services to various charitable and non-profit organizations, such as:  Alzheimer’s Association, National Kidney Foundation, Missouri Department of Family Services, St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, the Albert Pujols Foundation, the U.S. Senior Open, Kingdom House, St. Louis Ballet, Big Brothers and Ronald McDonald House.

As recognition for all of his hard work over the 30 years in advertising and marketing, Mark Schupp was named the St. Louis Ad Club’s first ever Ad Man of the Year in 2009.

Christine Pierson Christine Pierson
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2009

The American Marketing Association 2009 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA and the Department of Marketing and Business Law, is Ms. Christine L. Pierson, Vice President of US Sales, Animal Health Division, Bayer HealthCare LLC.  Christine spoke to students and faculty from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 1, 2009. 

Christine Pierson has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Rockhurst University where she graduated with honors.  She currently is responsible for managing over 200 personnel in field sales, inside sales, corporate account and customer services, alternate distribution and e-commerce, as well as, for directing and executing all sales strategy and operations.  Christine spent 19 years with AT&T prior to joining Bayer in 2005.  There she held many responsibilities including Sales Vice President for Business Services in Global Accounts, opportunity development in AT&T’s Outsourcing-Solutions practice, contract negotiations and business development, and directing overlay sales resources in data, local, wireless, international and specialty services.  Her background also includes product management, operations and engineering for niche products.  Finally, Christine spent several years in AT&T’s Bell Laboratories and Information Technologies organization that supports system and application development for the AT&T Network. 

Christine is actively involved in her community. She has served on the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation for thirteen years as past President and fundraising chairman. With this organization, she helped raise $20 million to build a Great Beginning Early Childhood Center.  She led the campaign to raise $10,000 to establish an educational scholarship endowment for her high school alma mater.  In addition, Christine founded the Women’s CIO forum, is a past member of the Kansas City Lyric Opera board, and South town Council Board, an Executive Sponsor to Partners-In-Education, Junior Achievement, United Way Executive Sponsor (Dallas and KC), and Show-Me-State Games Executive Sponsor.

In her spare time, Christine enjoys running and competed in the 2008 Boston Marathon.  She also enjoys biking, water sports, and spending time with her husband of 22 years, Steve, and their two children.

Stan Lippelman Stan Lippelman
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2008

The American Marketing Association 2008 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Stan Lippelman, Vice President of Marketing for Bass Pro Shops, Inc., Springfield, Missouri.  Due to a sudden unexpected death in the family, Mr. Lippelman was unable to come to campus to speak.  Instead, Mr. Ron Stoupa and Mr. Sean Breckenridge, both Marketing Directors for Bass Pro, spoke on his behalf to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 16, 2008. 

How does one start out looking for a career in a rock band and end up the Vice President of Marketing for Bass Pro Shops?  Stand Lippelman could certainly give some insight into this process.  Stan Lippelman’s future took a decided turn when he switched from being a music major to a marketing major at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State University).  A beginning marketing class instantly hooked Lippelman on marketing.  “I found marketing to be a great outlet for my creativity and I realized that I had strong intuitive sense for marketing.”

Following graduation, Lippelman took time to develop his talents and gain experience at Noble and Associates in Springfield, Missouri.  After getting his feet wet, Lippelman decided to pursue a Master’s of Business Administration at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.  Lippelman then went on to work for General Mills in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was promoted faster than anyone in the history of the company.  He quickly moved his way through the company from an Assistant Marketing Manager to a Senior Marketing Manager.  One project under his charge was the Lucky Charms brand at General Mills.  Through analysis and setting of appropriate targets, Lippelman lead Lucky Charms to reach its goals of displacing Fruit Loops as the number one children’s cereal for several consecutive months.

With the same focus of mind Lippelman accepted a position at Bass Pro Shops, Inc. where he is Vice President of Marketing.  Lippelman is excited because Bass Pro Shops has given his family the opportunity to move back home and to be part of an amazing brand. Lippelman says he enjoys being part of the retail side of business as well as learning more about data mining and the possibility of one-to-one marketing

salozzo_102007 John Salozzo
Director of Marketing
Craftsmen Industries
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2007

The American Marketing Association 2007 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the University of Central Missouri chapter of AMA, is Mr. John Salozzo, Director of Marketing, Craftsmen Industries, Inc. located in St. Charles, Missouri.  Mr. John Salozzo will speak to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 18, 2007.

John Salozzo made his way into the marketing industry by an unconventional path. Schooled at Mercer College, Rhode Island School of Photography and RISD in photography, illustration and design he learned his marketing and advertising chops working for some of the top ad and marketing agencies in Boston and New York City. He also attended North Eastern University, in Boston, to study marketing, finance and business management.

As a business owner of an illustration and design company for over 13 years, Mr. Salozzo has worked for many Fortune 500 companies and his published illustration work has appeared in many of America’s top magazines including Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. He was awarded a platinum album for illustrating the rock & roll album cover, Third Stage, by the well-known band Boston for MCA records. When John sold his business in 1992 he was hired as a creative director and marketing manager for the top graphics company in the city of Boston, Boris Image Group. In three years, the business more than doubled and was acquired by a large international public company, Unidigital. John was appointed Director of Marketing of Unidigital. His duties included managing investor relations, preparing and overseeing all corporate marketing budgets, advertising, e-commerce and branding for four divisions of the company, in three countries.  In 1999, John moved to London England with his family to help manage the company’s European expansion. His duties included traditional marketing responsibilities, e-commerce and investor relations. He also has held the title of Managing Director of Elements Ltd, a subsidiary of Unidigital.

In 2001, Mr. Salozzo and his family returned to the United States where John was hired as VP of Marketing and Sales for an Internet based procurement company, Market Path.  He held this position until being hired as Director of Marketing at Craftsmen Industries in 2002.  Craftsmen is the leading builder of mobile marketing vehicles in the country, known especially for building five of the last Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles. For three years, John served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis chapter of the AMA and he is Key Executive member of Vistage, an international association of CEOs and key executives. John actively participates in the event and mobile display industry and occasionally writes for industry magazines. Mr. Salozzo lives in St. Louis with his wife and two daughters.

Gail Worth
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2006

The American Marketing Association 2006 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the University of Central Missouri chapter of AMA, is Ms. Gail Worth, owner and president, Gail's Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri.  Ms. Worth spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 12, 2006.

Ms. Worth's privately owned dealership is recognized as one of the top dealerships in the country and the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in the Midwest.  Not surprisingly, Gail has received numerous honors. The Kansas City Business Journal selected her as one of the “Women Who Mean Business in Kansas City” in 2003 and she was chosen as one of Ingram's Magazine's 40 under 40 in Kansas City in 2004.  Ms. Worth is one of only seven Harley-Davidson dealership owners in the country selected to serve on Harley-Davidson's Dealer Advisory Council.  She served as Chairperson of Harley-Davidson's management group of the nation's top dealers from 1997 – 2002 and has received Harley-Davidson's prestigious Bar & Shield Circle of Excellence Award each year since purchasing the dealership in 2000.

In 2003, Gail established the American Heartland Kansas City chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), which today boasts over 1500 members, making it one of the largest H.O.G. chapters in the country.  Her dealership sponsors several charity events each year and donates funds and merchandise throughout the year to churches, schools and community organizations.  In addition Gail actively participates in benefits for causes such as finding cures for cancer and heart disease and was recently asked to be a director with the American Royal Association.  She is also involved in civic groups and has a genuine interest in the political arena. 

Robert A. Bernstein Robert A. Bernstein
AMA Distinguished Marketing Executive for 2005

The American Marketing Association 2005 Distinguished Marketing Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Robert A. Bernstein, President and CEO, Bernstein-Rein Advertising in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Bernstein spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on September 22, 2005.

Bob Bernstein, entrepreneur, retail-marketing expert and advertising adviser to some of the world's most successful brands, including McDonald's (Bob created the Happy Meal!), Wal*Mart and Blockbuster, among others, is a native Kansas Citian who received his communications degree from the University of Oklahoma. In 1964, he and Skip Rein founded Bernstein-Rein, a company that today has grown to become the largest ad agency in Missouri and one of the six largest independent agencies in the country. Bernstein-Rein has 300 associates and annual billings of more than $500 million. He also formed a wholly owned subsidiary called Serendipity Entertainment that now operates 100 Blockbuster stores in 15 states. Bob's affinity for multi-unit retailing inspired him to launch a chain called Beauty Brands in 1995. With 42 locations in 13 markets and 10 states, the fast-growing chain continues to expand nationwide.

Bob has been instrumental in establishing regional non-profit organizations, including The Children's Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Youth Volunteer Corps, Partnership for Children, STOP Violence Coalition and Variety Club. Additionally, he has created several scholarship programs at area colleges and universities, servers on numerous boards and has volunteered countless hours to various organizations. Bob also has received many awards, including the 2001 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award, the 1999 Ernst & Young Regional Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Citation Award for outstanding contributions by the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Spirit of Kansas City Award, the Friend of Youth Award, the Ad Man of the Year Award, and the Advertising Professional of the Year Award, among others. In addition, Mayor Kay Barnes declared May 21, 2003, "Bob Bernstein Day" in Kansas City.

Bob is married to Dr. Phyliss Bernstein, a clinical psychologist. They have three children — Steve, Susan and David — who are each involved in the family business.

Roy Skoglund Roy Skoglund
AMA Distinguished Executive for 2004

The American Marketing Association 2004 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Roy Skoglund, Director of Marketing & Sales, Kansas Speedway. Mr. Skoglund spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on September 30, 2004.

As Director of Marketing & Sales, Skoglund is responsible for developing and executing marketing plans, planning all advertising and promotional activities and developing corporate partnerships. Prior to joining Kansas Speedway, he worked for International Speedway Corporation, Kansas Speedway's parent company, where he was responsible for obtaining race entitlements and official partners for ISC's 13 motorsports tracks, including Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C.

Before joining ISC, Skoglund was the director of corporate development for the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Sports Commission and the Dallas 2012 Olympic Bid Committee. He also worked for Texas Motor Speedway, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.

Skoglund, a native of the Des Moines, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University in 1992, where he studied marketing and mass communications.

Ms. Siobhan McLaughlin-Lesley MS. Siobhan McLauglin-Lesley
AMA Distinguished Executive for 2003

The American Marketing Association 2003 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Ms. Siobhan McLaughlin-Lesley, Vice President, Director of Client Services, Walz Tetrick Advertising in Mission, Kansas. Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 2nd, 2003.

Prior to landing her current position, Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley spent more than 17 years at Valentine Radford, escalating from Account Supervisor to President and COO. While there, she helped bolster the firm's revenues and profits while working with companies such as Sprint, Columbia/HCA, Merck, Bayer, Hallmark, Captain D's Seafood, Vanguard Airlines and Pizza Hut. She started her career at R.K. Communications in St. Louis as a copy/contact writer upon graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1982.

Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley, who joined Walz Tetrick in 2003, is responsible for the firm's account service executives. The firm, which opened a second location near Orlando, Florida, expects billings of $18 to $20 million in 2003. Clients include KCTV-5, SKC Communications, Olathe Health System, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Vacation Clubs, Papa John's Pizza and recently acquired Dairy Queen, which Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley was instrumental in securing.

Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley, who was named one of Ingram's 20 Women of Excellence in 2002, is actively involved in the Kansas City community. She is member of the KCDA New Economy Council, is on the board of the Kansas City Ballet and chairs its marketing committee, is a member of the Heart of America United Way marketing committee and is a sustainer for the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. Despite her many endeavors, Ms. McLaughlin-Lesley finds time to enjoy "Family Game Night" at home with her husband and two daughters.

Dennis Watley Dennis Watley
AMA Distinguished Executive for 2002

The American Marketing Association 2002 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Dennis Watley, Senior Vice President of the Kansas City Chiefs. Mr. Watley spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 3, 2002.

Dennis Watley, now in his 13th year with the Chiefs, was promoted to the post of Senior Vice President in March of 1999 after serving three years as the club's Vice President of Administration. Watley oversees the team's sales, marketing, advertising, promotions, data processing, development and stadium operations of the Chiefs and the Kansas City Wizards soccer team.

He joined the club in 1990 as Director of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 1995 and Vice President of Administration in 1996. Under Watley's direction, the Chiefs have become a model for all pro sports franchises in virtually every area. Ideas originating in Kansas City in the 1990s have become standard operating procedure for many teams in the NFL.

Kansas City has become a consistent AFC attendance leader and has led the entire NFL in home attendance six of the past eight seasons. Last year, the Chiefs extended their string of consecutive regular season and playoff sellouts at Arrowhead Stadium to 92 games. Watley has also been instrumental in developing the club's VIP tent and corporate hospitality areas, including the Pavilion at Arrowhead and the Wolfpack Club, which both opened in 2000.

Over the past 12 seasons, the Chiefs have emerged as one of the best-run franchises in sports, and NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has stated that the Chiefs game production and overall football atmosphere is "the best in the NFL." Watley has also been the driving force in bringing special events to Arrowhead, including the Big 12 Football Championship Game, the Eddie Robinson College Football Classic, as well as numerous prestigious soccer events and concerts.

For 16 years prior to joining the Chiefs, the 54-year-old Watley was employed by National Steel Service Centers, a one-billion-dollar metals distribution company serving eight states in the Midwest. He left National Steel in 1985 as President of the Midwest Division and joined D.W. Newcomer's Sons in Kansas City. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Watley attended William Jewell College on an athletic scholarship, majoring in Business and Marketing, with additional studies in Iowa and Houston, Texas. Dennis and his wife, Carolyn, have four children - Shelby, Lori, Matt and Ellen. The Watleys reside in Lee's Summit, Missouri

Martin Zucker Martin Zucker
AMA Distinguished Executive for 2001

The American Marketing Association 2001 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Martin Zucker, Vice President of Sales, Corporate Express -- New York Metro--Vertical Markets. Mr. Zucker spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 4th, 2001.

After attending the State University of New York, studying business administration, Mr. Zucker joined the family business. First year revenues for the business were $115K. In 1979, the family business was bought by Corporate Express. Today Corporate Express has revenues approaching $10 billion.

Mr. Zucker has the responsibility for revenue generation and margin improvement within the current book of accounts. Sales for these markets are approaching the $50 million mark in the New York Metro division.

Corporate Express, a Buhrmann company, is the world's largest business-to-business supplier of essential office and computer products and services to customers who value superior procurement solutions. Corporate Express' North American operations have approximately 500 facilities, which includes 68 distribution centers, and employ approximately 16,500 people. Corporate Express' specialty businesses include, document and print management, imaging and computer graphics, promotional marketing and ASAP software.

Mr. Zucker is the founder of the morale committee at Corporate Express New York Metro. The group, know as The Funatics, runs programs every month to increase the morale at his division. Through the Funatics, Mr. Zucker and his group have also raised $10's of thousands of dollars for many deserving charities as well as money for Corporate Express employees in other divisions. Money was raised for tornado victims in Oklahoma, victims of a fire in Pennsylvania, the Starlight Children's Foundation, the Covenant House, Variety Children's Foundation, and the National Association for the Visually Handicapped.

Mr. Zucker was a loyal supporter of his local recreation leagues where he had the responsibility of coaching Soccer, Basketball and Baseball. He is most proud of his wife of 28 years, Nina, and their son Rob who will be graduating from University of Central Missouri this December.

John R. Clark John R. Clark
AMA Distinguished Executive for 2000

The American Marketing Association 2000 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. John R. Clark, President and CEO of United Foods, Incorporated, in Leawood, Kansas. Mr. Clark spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 5th, 2000.

Mr. John Clark completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Central Missouri in 1967 with a major in marketing. Mr. Clark is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer for United Foods, Incorporated, in Leawood, Kansas.
United Foods, Inc. is a food brokerage company with numerous national customers including H. J. Heinz. In addition, he is President and principal owner of Overbrook Farms, Incorporated, which was established in 1990. Overbrook Farms, Inc. is a line of upscale frozen prepared foods.
Following graduation from Central Missouri State, Mr. Clark held major sales positions with Continental Coffee Company (a division of Kraft Foods) in Chicago, Illinois, and was national sales manager for Knott's Berry Farm (a division of Con Agra Foods) in Buena Park, California.
Mr. Clark is a loyal supporter of the Mules football team and was responsible for the building and furnishing of the Mules football weight facility which bears his name.
He is active in his community and has been involved with the Nelson Art Gallery, Wayside Waifs, Boy's Town U. S., Ozanam Home for Boys, Safehome Shelter for Battered Persons, and Village Presbyterian Church. Mr. Clark has one son and resides in Overland Park, Kansas.

Robert P. Walsh Robert P. Walsh
AMA Distinguished Executive for 1999

The American Marketing Association 1999 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Robert P. Walsh, Director of Marketing at Novoste Corporation. Mr. Walsh spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 7, 1999.

Robert P. Walsh is Director of Marketing at Novoste Corporation, a development stage company specializing in the development of minimally invasive cardiovascular devices for the treatment of heart disease. Prior to joining Novoste Corp., Mr. Walsh was Vice President Global Marketing for Angio-Seal(tm), a Business Unit of Sherwood-Davis & Geck, where he was responsible for worldwide marketing strategy and implementation of a new product that generated over $40 million in annualized sales in the first 18 months of product launch.

Mr. Walsh has spent 17 years in the healthcare industry, including 11 years in sales and marketing of cardiology, cardiac surgical and specialty medical products. He began his Marketing career with Sherwood Medical Company as an Associate Product Manager in the Operating Room/Critical Care Division.

Mr. Walsh is a Registered Nurse (MO) and a Registered Respiratory Therapist and holds a B.A. Degree from Maryville University in St. Louis.

John V. Finamore John V. Finamore
AMA Distinguished Executive for 1998 

The American Marketing Association 1998 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. John V. Finamore, Vice President and General Manager of the Station Casino Kansas City. Mr. Finamore spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 22, 1998.

John V. Finamore, Vice President and General Manager of Station Casino Kansas City, is responsible for SCKS's successful day to day operations. Station Casino Kansas City is the fifth largest casino in the country with over 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 179 table games, 15 restaurants, 14 bars and lounges and 186 upscale hotel rooms. This midwest premiere gaming destination also includes an 18 screen ACT III movie theatre, Sega Station video arcade, Kids Quest child care facility, headliner entertainment in the Grand Pavilion and much more.

In 1994, Finamore joined Station Casinos as the Vice President of Operations for Boulder Station Hotel & Casino. He helped kick-off its grand opening and complete its first successful year of operations. In 1995, Finamore became Vice President/General Manager of Barley's Casino & Brewing company in the Henderson/Green Valley area of Las Vegas. Most recently he was the Vice President of Operations for STCI's flagship property, the Palace Station Hotel & Casino.

Finamore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the Cornell University School of Administration, Ithaca, NY and worked as the General Manager of the Westin O'Hare in Chicago, IL, before joining Station Casinos, Inc.

Finamore lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Stephanie, and his three sons, Justin (5), Christian (3), and Luke (10 months).

Mike Levy Mike Levy
AMA Distinguished Executive for 1997

The American Marketing Association Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. Mike Levy, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Mr. Levy visited the UCM campus and spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on September 11, 1997.

Mr. Levy joined the Kansas City Royals in November, 1995, and oversees all marketing, promotions, sponsorships, media, and community relations. Mr. Levy brings to Kansas City a strong background in marketing. He served as the Executive Vice President for the Venture Marketing Group in Houston, Texas. While there, he was in charge of overall marketing, communications, and operations for several race tracks. His responsibilities included media buying, advertising, group and season sales, corporate signage, corporate event sponsorships, media and community relations and customer relations, managing a staff of around 200 associates.

Mr. Levy has also served as the Director of Sales for the Houston Astros, and in marketing and sales for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, the Pittsburgh Spirit professional indoor soccer team, the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers, and the WAMO-Radio station. The 36 year old Levy earned a bachelor's degree in Advertising/Communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1982. He and his wife, Bennie, have a daughter, Madison, and a son, Michael.

David Steward David L. Steward
AMA Distinguished Executive for 1996 

The American Marketing Association 1996 Distinguished Executive, sponsored by the UCM chapter of AMA, is Mr. David L. Steward, President of World Wide Technology, Inc. Mr. Steward spoke to students from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies on October 10th, 1996.

David Steward was born in Chicago, in 1951. He grew up in Clinton, Missouri and attended Clinton Senior High School, where he received his diploma in 1969. In 1973, he graduated from University of Central Missouri where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. David held various senior level management positions with Wagner Electric, Missouri Pacific Railroad, and Federal Express Corporation.

In October of 1987, David started Transport Administrative Services, Inc. (TAS). The purpose of the company was to provide on line automated transportation audit services to the seven major class 1 rail carriers. The comprehensive services offered by TAS were unique and had never been available to the 150 year old industry. As a result of the technological developments of TAS, David Steward decided to broaden and diversify his business interest by capitalizing the start up of World Wide Technology, Inc. (WWT), a systems integrator specializing in value added distribution, telecommunications, networking, imaging, and conversion services.

WWT was created in 1990 to market integrated technical solutions to the Federal Government and Fortune 500 customers. In 1993, WWT concentrated its focus on the implementation of enterprise wide imaging, conversion services, and telecommunication networks. These integrated solutions have greatly enhanced WWT's overall market position and long term viability.

David Steward has always believed that one way to ensure success is by hiring the best qualified people in the market place. WWT's strong executive management team has led WWT to 3 years of successfully increased revenues, (1993 - $10,000,000, 1994 - $17,000,000, & 1995 - $74,000,000) while decreasing General & Administrative expenses as a percentage of revenues. The company's decrease in General & Administrative expenses are a direct result of increased revenues coupled with operational productivity gains. Throughout 1995, David ensured significant monetary investments in our infrastructure (40,000 square foot facility) and benefits package (100% paid medical & 100% 401K match). WWT has also implemented a state of the art financial, accounting, and project management software system. WWT's executive management team is currently deploying field offices throughout the United States in order to facilitate its long term business plan.

World Wide's unprecedented growth domestically and internationally can be attributed to Mr. Steward's commitment to people, quality, and technology. Mr. Steward believes long term organizational productivity will come from a collectively challenged, empowered, internationally conversant company.