The Distinguished Service Award is Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association’s most prestigious award given annually to recognize someone who has made a significant and notable contribution to our industry and/or our association. The contribution may be of scientific achievement, marketing, engineering, transportation or management, but it is not limited to these specifically.
2018 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Mike Shirley (left) presents the 2018 Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association Distinguished Service Award to Kevin Brady at the association’s annual meeting in Manhattan.

Kevin Brady

The oldest of seven children, Kevin grew up in southeast Kansas. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in automotive technology and an emphasis in ag and heavy equipment. Kevin immediately began a job with Ag-Chem Equipment as a territory field service rep., traveling in Kansas and heading west into Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico to service and repair TerraGators (Pre RoGator). In 1993, Jerry Martin hired Kevin to stay closer to home and be his sales assistant covering eastern Kansas for Ag-Chem Equipment, selling the RoGator and TerraGator product lines.

In 1996, Kevin was promoted to a full ag-chem salesman and covered western Missouri and Eastern Kansas. When AgCo purchased Ag-Chem in 2001, Kevin continued as an area sales manager until the company switched to a dealer sales model. Kevin then went to work for Martin Farm Power and eventually wound up at Lang Diesel Inc., covering eastern Kansas and southwest Missouri.

Kevin was encouraged early on by Jerry Martin to get involved with Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association and learn about the organization and to network with industry leaders. Kevin heeded the advice and joined several committees and was appointed to KARA’s board of directors in 1997. In 1998, Kevin made history as part of the inaugural Tomorrow’s Agribusiness Leaders class.

Kevin dedicated nine years on the KARA board and stepped down for a short year before being persuaded to serve on the KARA executive committee in 2011, completing his service to the board as chairman in 2017.

Previous Award Winners

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association awarded its members a variety of awards from 1963 until 1988 when the Agri-Business Service Award, Education Service Award and Communications Service Award were combined into the Distinguished Service Award.

Agri-Business Service Award

1963 | Judd Wolfram
1964 | None
1965 | Geroge A. Wickstrom
1966 | Harold H. Wilson
1967 | Wilbur E. Leavering
1968 | Leon F. Baker Jr.
1969 | Kenneth C. Johnson
1970 | R.H. Meridith
1971 | William R. Morand
1972 | Jerry C. Hope
1973 | George L. Smith
1974 | Jack Brandau
1975 | Don Westheffer
1976 | Royal D. Reid
1977 | John E. Sloup
1978 | Robert E. Morin
1979 | Edgar J. Haynie
1980 | Galen L. Mears
1981 | Robert T. Schwanzle
1982 | Charles E. Hamon
1983 | Charles K. Johnson
1984 | Rollie Stuckenholtz
1985 | William S. Armfield
1986 | Glen Dalluge
1987 | Warren Beavers

Education Service Award

1963 | Floyd W. Smith
1964 | E.A. Cleavinger
1965 | Verlin H. Peterson
1966 | Clarence Hollingsworth
1967 | Raymond Hoss
1968 | Roscoe Ellis Jr.
1969 | Frank Bieberly
1970 | Robert Sloan
1971 | Robert Nuttelman
1972 | Larry Murphy
1973 | Harold Jones
1974 | Dale Edelblute
1975 | Bill Phillips, Claude King
1976 | Beverly D. Stagg
1977 | D. Dean Dicken
1978 | David Whitney
1979 | Howard Wilkins
1980 | George M. Herron
1981 | Raymond Wary Jr.
1982 | Dell Gates
1983 | Oliver Russ
1984 | Robert Bohannon
1985 | George R. TenEyck
1986 | Robert Gilbert, Marshall Walker
1987 | Gary Kilgore

Communications Service Award

1978 | H. Thayne Cozart
1979 | Galen Hubbs
1980 | Larry Steckline
1981 | Geroge Logan
1982 | Paul DeWeese
1983 | Frank J. Buchanan
1984 | Rex Childs
1985 | Urlin Slater
1986 | Jim Suber
1987 | William Sullins

Distinguished Service Award

1988 | David Kissel
1989 | Mike Kleiber/Jerry Doop
1990 | George Ham
1991 | Jerry Boettcher
1992 | Ed Dwyer
1993 | Jack Dutra
1994 | Alan Kimmal
1995 | David Selman
1996 | David Whitney
1997 | Harold Henry
1998 | Dale Lambley
1999 | Mike Fraser
2000 | Johnny Schaben
2001 | Mel Steinlage
2002 | Jamie Clover Adams
2003 | Jim Lee
2004 | Doug Wareham
2005 | Larry Shivers
2006 | Chuck Kuntz
2007 | Steve Kruse
2008 | Doyle Pearl
2009 | Keith Karnes
2011 | Lana O’Connor
2012 | Jerry Martin
2013 | Ford West
2014 | Roger Long
2015 | Laura Pearl
2016 | Mike Schaffter
2017 | Aaron Harries
2018 | Kevin Brady
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