Distinguished Business Leaders Hall of Fame

2023 Mike Upchurch Executive Vice President & CFO, Kansas City Southern (Retired)
2022 Jeff Gates Managing Partner, Gates Capital Management
2021 Zane Burke Chairman & CEO, Quantum Health
2018 Charlie Chandler Chairman & CEO, INTRUST Bank
2017 J.P. Bilbrey Chairman of the Board, Hershey
2015 Robert E. (Bob) Campbell Founder and Owner, Robert E. Campbell Oil and Gas Operations
2014 Randall Stuewe Chairman of the Board & CEO, Darling International, Inc.
2013 Roger Sink Managing Partner, Sink, Gordon & Associates LLP
2013 Phil Howe Kansas State Bank
2012 Bernie Butler Owner Pizza Huts of Easter North Carolina, Kansas
2011 Dave Dreiling Founder, GTM Sportswear
2010 Joleen Moden Senior Vice President (Retired), Internal Auditing, Verizon Communications
2009 Fred Merrill, Jr. President, Merrill Companies, LLC
2008 Jon Wefald President, Kansas State University
2007 Jonathan E. Baum Chairman and CEO, George K. Baum & Company
2006 John M. Thies Chairman of the Board, SUNTELL
2005 Stephen M. Lacy President and CEO, Meridith Corporation
2004 Rand Berney Vice President and Controller, ConocoPhillips
2004 Paul Edgerley Managing Director, Bain Capital
2004 L.W. (Bill) Stolzer Chairman of the Board, Commerce Bank
2003 Douglas E. Hill Senior Partner, Edward Jones
2002 H. Phillip Howe CEO, Kansas State Bank of Manhattan
2001 John R. Graham Executive in Residence, Kansas State University
2001 Dennis von Waaden Vice President, American Century Services


The Distinguished Business Leaders Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to recognize friends of the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University who have distinguished themselves from their peers in their chosen business field and have consistently demonstrated significant personal involvement toward enhancing the life of the college.

Individuals selected to receive this award exemplify the outstanding qualities of business leadership that the College strives to develop in its students. These leaders purposefully invest their time, treasure, and talent to advance the goals and objectives of the college and K-State.


Recipients are selected based on career success, individual accomplishments and demonstration of friendship and support for the college, faculty, staff, and students. Distinguished Business Leader Award recipients are simultaneously inducted into the College of Business Administration Business Leaders Hall of Fame.