Association Names Professor Member of the Year

Dr. Burt Smith has been named the 2011 Member of the Year by the National Speakers Association of Oklahoma.

Smith has served on the NSA board of directors for the past four years.

“Receiving an award that has been bestowed upon people in this business I admire really makes it special,” Smith said.

Smith also was the auctioneer at a charity event to raise funds for injured Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery. The event, organized by Dee Patty, Peery’s captain and a 2011 OC MBA graduate, 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 firm, EMI Research Solutions, has served clients such as Cox Communications, OG&E, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Subway and the Oklahoma City Zoo. The Oklahoma City chapter of the American Marketing Association created the “Dr. Burt Smith Lifetime Achievement Award” in his honor in 2010.

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


Spring 2012

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