Topeka Business Hall of Fame

Laureate Class of 2018

Phil Morse
KS Commercial Real Estate

(daughter Kim Morse representing)
Brent Boles
Schendel Lawn and Landscape
Susan Garlinghouse
Topeka Collegiate School
Deb and Randy Clayton
Clayton Financial Services


2018 Business Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Ramada Downtown Topeka

5:30 pm  Cocktails
6:00 pm Tribute Dinner

Business Hall of Fame Laureates are honored not only for their success in business, but for their dedication and commitment to the local community and the state of Kansas. Junior Achievement of Kansas annually honors businessmen and women to inspire young people to follow in the laureates' footsteps. A committee selected this year's laureates based on criteria including their business excellence, entrepreneurial spirit, community impact, leadership style, local influence and enduring legacy.

We look forward to celebrating these individuals throughout the fall and at the tribute dinner this spring. Sponsorships and tickets are available. Please contact Ashley Charest at or 785.235.3700 for more information.


2018 Laureates

Brent Boles

Brent Boles is a managing partner of Schendel Lawn and Landscape and Top Spin, LLC, and is also involved in many other business ventures in and around Topeka as well corporate training. He is the former owner of Schendel Pest Services, where his career spanned 20 years. Schendel operated 10 offices in five states and was the 42nd largest pest control company in the country at the time of its sale. Brent also spent 18 months with ServiceMaster, working in mergers and acquisitions and serving as senior vice president of their Canadian operations.

Debra and Randy Clayton

Debra and Randy Clayton are the cofounders of Clayton Financial Services, the largest and oldest independent fiduciary financial firm in northeast Kansas, helping more than 500 clients and managing nearly $500 million in assets.

Debra Clayton is president and co-owner of Clayton Financial Services, Inc. She chairs the firm's investment committee, which develops model portfolios, selects approved investments and manages the portfolios of the firm's clients. Randy leads the financial planning team, which provides individualized financial advice for the firm's clients.

Debra is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and earned her CFP designation in 1995 and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. Randy is a graduate of Washburn University and earned his CFP designation in 1981.


Susan Garlinghouse

Through the years, community leader Susan Garlinghouse has left her imprint on many Topeka projects and institutions.

Susan grew up in St Louis. She earned her bachelor's degree from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. She continued her postgraduate education at the University of Kansas concentrating in women's studies and environmental studies. Susan also studied at Washburn University focusing on English, philosophy and education.

Susan, her husband, Kent, and their three preschool children, Kim, Meg, and Mark, moved from Columbus, Ind. to Topeka in late 1970.  Brad and Matt joined the family in 1971 and 1975, respectively.

Together with Ruth and Bernerd Fink and Marjorie and Mark Garlinghouse, they founded Topeka Collegiate School. Topeka Collegiate is a preschool through eighth grade school, an inclusive community rich with diversity. Susan remains actively involved in the school, serving on committees and the board of directors. "The opportunity for an education that enlightens, encourages and keeps the bright star of learning and critical thinking alive and well is the most important gift a child can ever receive. My wish is for quality education to be a universal birthright," she said.


Philip Charles Morse

Philip Charles Morse was born on June 7, 1941, son of Melvern Charles Morse and Marjorie Jane Stark Morse. Phil graduated from Seaman High School in 1959. He later graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in history and Denver University with a master's degree international relations.

On Aug. 6, 1961, Phil married Lona Jane Shreffler. After two years in the Peace Corps in Chile they returned to Topeka in 1969. Phil began a long and productive professional life in variety of occupations associated with residential and commercial real estate. His company, Phil Morse Homes, was responsible for the construction of dozens of homes on Topeka's west side in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1996, with Mike Morse, Ken Schmanke, Ed Eller, and Mark Rezac, he established KS Commercial Real Estate, from which he retired in 2005.

Phil Morse died of cortical basal degeneration on Dec. 19, 2016. He donated his brain to the Mayo Clinic so that others could learn from his experiences with the disease.

Thank you to the 2018 Topeka Business Hall of Fame Sponsors:

Spirit of Achievement Laureate Chairman
Clayton Wealth Partners Capiitol Federal Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Susan & Kent Garlinghouse Mark & Sandy Ruelle KSNT
Schendel Lawn and Landscape   MB Piland Advertising + Marketing
Washburn University   McPherson Contractors
    Mize Houser & Company P.A.
    Parrish Hotels
    Security Benefit
    Stormont Vail Health
    The Topeka Capital-Journal
    Westar Energy


Table Sponsors Supporting Sponsors
AmeriPride Ann Palmer Photography
AT&T ASH Boutique
Coffman, DeFries & Nothern Berkeley Square Media
CoreFirst Bank & Trust Cytek Media Systems
Friends of the Symphony Ethan + Anna's Children Boutique
Greater Topeka Partnership Golden Tuxedo
Jane Greene Keith Horinek
JM Smucker's Keith Mallory & Friends
Kansas Children's Discovery Center Talex Media
Kansas Commercial Real Estate TK Magazine
KTWU University Flowers
Mark & Bette Morris Family Foundation  
Polo Custom Products  
Topeka Collegiate School  
US Bank  

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