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Source: Yar Ebadi, 785-532-7227,
News release prepared by: Melanie Horton, 785-532-7227,

Friday, March 13, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Lawrence Kendall, a Kansas State University graduate and author of "Ninja Selling," will deliver the College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall. The lecture is sponsored by Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

"Larry Kendall is one of the college’s most distinguished alumni," said Yar Ebadi, dean of K-State's College of Business Administration. "He has been in the real estate business in Colorado for 35 years and was named the 2006 Colorado Realtor of the Year. His 'Ninja Selling' sales training system has earned him national recognition for its impact on real estate education. Mr. Kendall's insights and experiences will greatly enhance our students’ academic experience this semester."

Kendall is a founder of The GROUP, Inc., which is a real estate firm owned equally by its sales associates and staff. Currently, the firm has 200 sales associates in six offices throughout northern Colorado. Realtor Magazine named The GROUP, Inc., "The Most Productive Real Estate Company in the United States" in transactions closed per associate among the top 100 real estate companies in the country."

Kendall holds both a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from K-State. In addition, he was the college's 2007 Alumni Fellow, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northern Colorado Business Report, is a member of the Colorado State University Everitt Real Estate Center Hall of Fame, and was recognized as Business Leader of the Year by the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper. Kendall received the prestigious "Collins Award" in 1997 for his leadership and service to the Fort Collins community. In 2001, Kendall and his wife, Dr. Pat Kendall, an alumna of K-State's College of Human Ecology, were recognized for their service to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with the "Hope Award."

Over the years, Kendall has been a great contributor to higher education demonstrated through his teaching a number of courses in business and real estate at Colorado State University and his active support of K-State academic programs. In 2008, the Kendalls established The Kendall Scholarship for Overseas Experience to provide business students with financial assistance to study abroad.