State Speakers Association Names Oklahoma Christian Professor Member of the Year

Dr. Burt Smith has been named the 2011 Member of the Year by the National Speakers Association of Oklahoma. The annual award is voted by the chapter membership to recognize a member who has made exceptional contributions to the chapter and the speaking profession.

Smith was presented with the award this summer and was also honored with other chapter award winners at the National Speakers Association’s international convention in Anaheim, Calif.

“This is yet another affirmation of Dr. Smith’s energy, intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian University. “We continue to be proud of one of OC’s most beloved professors.”

Smith said the real winners are his current and former students because such recognition substantiates him as a practitioner. He also said the award was quite a surprise.

“It is a significant honor,” said Smith. “Receiving an award that has been bestowed upon people in this business I admire really makes it special. To think that my peers would select me for such an award is something I don’t’ take lightly.”

Smith joined the NSA a few years ago, and has served on the board of directors for the past four years. His officer roles in the NSA-OK were encouraged by his college dean and mentor, Dr. Phil Lewis, who recently published his 14th book titled “From The Boardroom to The Whiteboard.”

“Burt is always mindful that what he does on or off campus is with the goal of providing value for our students,” said Lewis. “When he succeeds in the marketplace, it shows our students that what we’re teaching them here works and will pay off for them.”

Smith’s speaking in the marketplace has also resulted in more students being aware of OC’s MBA program.

“We have had students who have heard Burt speak somewhere in the state and decide to come here for their MBA as a result,” said Lewis.

Receiving this award was not the only significant event in Smith’s summer. He also served as the auctioneer at the “Taking Care of Our Own” charity event to raise funds for injured OKC police officer Chad Peery. The event, which was organized by Peery’s captain and a 2011 graduate of OC’s MBA program, Dee Patty, raised more than $155,000. Smith was the 2002 Oklahoma State Champion Auctioneer and has raised over $1.4 million for charities across Oklahoma and Texas.

Smith’s past accomplishments include being the first president to lead the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Marketing Association to a national chapter excellence award. The chapter created the “Dr. Burt Smith Lifetime Achievement Award” in his honor in 2010.

Smith co-founded and now solely owns EMI Research Solutions and has served clients such as Cox Communications, OG&E, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Subway and the Oklahoma City Zoo. He has also served on the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Sales and Marketing Executives International. He is the author of “The Great Game of Networking” and regularly blogs at Smith teaches management and marketing in the school of business administration’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The National Speaker’s Association is the professional association for those who earn a fee for speaking. Membership in the NSA must be earned, requiring a specific number of paid speaking engagements within a calendar year.

He was the first Oklahoman to earn the AMA’s Professional Certified Marketer designation. He is one of less than 1,600 professionals worldwide to hold the Sales and Marketing Executive International’s Certified Marketing Executive designation, and he also holds a Certified Quality Manager designation from the American Society for Quality. Smith is the only professional in the world to hold these designations as well as a doctorate.