The Southwestern College Business Hall of Fame will add three new names Saturday, April 16. Larry Jarvis, Bob Jewell, and Mike Lewis, will join the ranks of other distinguished business leaders in Southwestern College history.
The agenda for the hall of fame induction includes a reception for the inductees at 1:30 p.m. in Deets Library followed by the induction and the presentation of the inductees at 2 p.m. The Business Builder Award will also be presented to Bob Tyler, Winfield.
This year’s inductees include:
• Laurence F. “Larry” Jarvis ’39 (deceased) was the president of Jarvis Auto Supply and K&O Distribution Co., and was engaged in farming, oil and gas discovery, and real estate development. A major in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Jarvis joined his father, two brothers, and another partner in Jarvis Auto Supply, and after the war soon became general manager. He guided the business’s expansion to include 13 stores in Oklahoma and Kansas. Eventually the business had 135 employees, with 15 wholesale stores in Kansas and a complementary distributing warehouse business. Larry was deeply involved in the Winfield community and was committed to sustaining important community institutions. He was instrumental in the development of Webster Engineering, which became one of Winfield’s top manufacturers, and developed the Country Club Estates and Vizcaya Estates.
• Robert P. “Bob” Jewell ’77, Olathe, is an entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman. After earning his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Jewell turned his passion and affinity for technology into a career. He began working for a multi-national pharmaceutical company where he gained national and international experience during the 15 years he managed global computer operations and telecommunications. Today, Jewell operates his own consulting firm, Network Integration Services, Inc. (NIS). He has developed NIS into a premier IT consulting firm known for providing comprehensive consulting services and enterprise class data center services for its local, national, and international clients. Jewell has served on the Southwestern College Board of Trustees for 12 years providing significant expertise and donated equipment and services to the college. He is involved with the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program as a Fellow, collaborating and advising other budding business owners.
• Michael D. “Mike” Lewis ’74, Bentonville, Ark., began his corporate career in the Kmart management trainee program, and further developed management skills while a store manager with Wendy’s. He received his first Wal-Mart store assignment in Joplin, Mo., in 1980. This location just 50 miles from the corporate headquarters provided exposure to corporate leadership on a regular basis, and soon after Lewis began managing the Macomb, Ill., store he was called to interview for a home office merchandising position. Under Lewis’s leadership, the Alaska/Hawaii merchandising group became responsible for coordination of unique logistic issues, specific replenishment opportunities, development and implementation of unique local market merchandise needs, and tailoring the merchandise layout of each off-shore store. Lewis has mentored more than 300 Wal-Mart management associates in the Bentonville home office to help advance their careers and develop their potential. Lewis has provided important leadership for the college as a member of the board of trustees, including six years as a board chair.