Professor Receives Prestigious Award
ST. LOUIS – If John Lewington, Ph.D., professor of marketing and management in Maryville University’s John E. Simon School of Business, ever wondered whether his tireless efforts to promote the St. Louis chapter of the American Marketing Association were appreciated, he need not wonder any more. Lewington has received the chapter’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Dr. John Lewington is someone who has served as a mentor, professor and friend to many in the St. Louis marketing world,” said Lauren Kolbe, president of KolbeCo Marketing Resources, LLC, and president of the AMA’s St. Louis chapter’s board of directors. “Whether you’ve been a student, colleague, fellow board member or fellow community leader with John, there’s no doubt he’s left a great impression.” The chapter’s goal in establishing the Lifetime Achievement Award was to find someone who has made an impact in the St. Louis marketing community, Kolbe said.
“John was nominated by a board member and was unanimously selected to receive the award,” said Kolbe, who has known Lewington for eight years. “John is a person I know who I can call at any time if I’m stuck on something or have a problem,” Kolbe remarked. “He’ll always take the time to talk to me and I know I’m not the only one who can say that.”
Lewington, who joined the American Marketing Association since 1991 and who served as president of the St. Louis chapter in the 2002-2003 term, is gratified to win the award. “I am delighted to know that my peers feel so warmly about me. There are many fine marketers in St. Louis and it is a great honor to be recognized.” Lewington said he is honored to be the award’s first recipient. “It is a very special accomplishment any time that your peers recognize your professional efforts.”
Lewington, who joined Maryville’s full-time faculty in 1990, believes his consistent involvement and deep commitment to AMA chapter activities played a large part in earning the chapter’s highest accolade. “Over the last 15 years, I have consistently worked on a number of American Marketing Association events and projects,” he said. “Every year, I donate 60 to 70 hours working on the student conference, attending board meetings, arranging events at Maryville, advising members with career directions, etc.” Lewington has decided to leave the chapter’s board of directors this year after a decade on the board. “It was time to leave and delegate responsibilities to some younger members,” said Lewington, who plans to remain an active chapter member.
His boundless energy is seen on a daily basis by Pam Horwitz, Ph.D., dean of Maryville’s John E. Simon School of Business. “John is certainly deserving of this high honor,” Horwitz said. “His tireless efforts on behalf of the American Marketing Association are conducted with the same enthusiasm and zeal that he displays in the classroom, which is why he is one of Maryville University’s most beloved faculty members.” In addition to his teaching duties, Lewington also serves as the School of Business’ assistant dean.
Lewington counts among his most cherished AMA chapter accomplishments the success he has enjoyed in launching the marketing careers of many of his students. “Maryville alumni Stephanie Camden, a past chapter president; and Richard Arthur have been particularly active,” he remarked. “I have had requests for interns from numerous AMA members and have helped many Maryville students get their first marketing job. Also, I have networked and supported many members during their career searches in the region.”
He added his association with the AMA has been personally rewarding as well. “I have made a lot of personal friends from the association,” Lewington said.
Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a private, coeducational institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,300 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers by offering programs that integrate liberal arts with professional studies.
Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.