Sales and Marketing Executives International Awards to Be Presented

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Four individuals, along with a memorial project, will be recognized Saturday at the annual Sales and Marketing Executives International awards dinner, this year at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

The individuals, honored for their business achievements and for their contributions to the free enterprise system, are:

* Mark Victor Hansen, writer and publisher.

* Don Lowe, chief executive of Franchise Services, a worldwide printing franchise.

* Phillip Martin, tribal chief of the Mississippi Band of the Choctaws.

* Lee Allan Smith, a civic leader and vice chairman of Oklahoma City's Ackerman McQueen Advertising.

Also honored will be the Crazy Horse Memorial of the Black Hills of South Dakota, led by Ruth Ziolkowski.

They will be permanently enshrined with pictures and biographies on display at the Center for Freedom Studies on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University.

Hansen, who also is being recognized as the Ambassador of Free Enterprise, will speak at the event. He is best known for his highly recognized best seller, Chicken Soup for the Soul, which Time called the publishing phenomenon of the decade. With more than 80 million Chicken Soup books sold in North America alone, and more than 100 licensed products in the marketplace, it is recognized as one of the most successful publishing franchises in America.

After spending 13 years in retail, Lowe joined Kampgrounds of America (KOA) as a marketing executive. When KOA bought Sir Speedy in 1978, Lowe led the revival of the struggling company. He moved it into digital technology, and after its remarkable growth, he brought it into the creation of a holding company, Franchise Services. His leadership later resulted in the acquisition of MultiCopy, and still later into the purchase of PIP Printing, the nation's first quick- printing franchise brand. …