Marilyn Carlson Nelson named to Hall of Fame

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Carlson Companies, will be inducted into the Sales & Marketing Executives International (SMEI) Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 5, in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Nelson, along with five other inductees, is being honored for her extraordinary contribution to the free enterprise system through her leadership and demonstrated expertise in selling and marketing. Her induction will be part of the SMEI`s 14th annual Academy of Achievement event.
In addition to her leadership roles in the hospitality, marketing and travel industries worldwide, Mrs. Nelson serves on the boards of directors of Exxon-Mobil Corporation and the Mayo Clinic Foundation.
Mrs. Nelson was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush to chair the National Women`s Business Council. She is recognized for being named one of America`s most powerful women in business by Fortune, and for her response as a travel-industry leader to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Mrs. Nelson is cited as well for her philanthropic and volunteer work with organizations such as the Minnesota Orchestra, the United Way and the World Childhood Foundation.

The business executives to be honored have played a major role in founding or leading a company, and have demonstrated their belief in the value of sales and marketing disciplines in that success. The SMEI also is recognizing the executives for demonstrating high moral character and good business ethics.
The other executives to be inducted are:
- A.W. “Tom” Clausen, Chairman and CEO (Retired), Bank of America, California
- Stanford J. Newman, Chairman, J.C. Newman Cigar Company, Florida
- Gary Story, President and Chief Operating Officer, Six Flags Inc., Okalahoma
- Edward J. Zore, President and CEO, Northwestern Mutual, Wisconsin
- Nido R. Qubein, Chairman of Great Harvest Bread, and Chairman, Creative Services Inc., North Carolina
Founded in 1935, SMEI advances the personal and professional growth of sales and marketing executives through the interchange of ideas and educational opportunities, and by fostering fellowship among members.