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March 27 , 2006
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EMU College of Business honors Schmidt with Merlanti Ethics Award

YPSILANTI — Harvey E.Schmidt, owner of Schmidt and Sons Pharmacies in Tecumseh, Mich., was presented with the Merlanti Ethics Best Practices Award at the Eastern Michigan University College of Business banquet Friday, March 24.

 “Harvey Schmidt is the perfect role model for our students. He is a successful small business owner and a businessperson who measures great parts of that success in terms of ethical business practices and service to the community. We are proud to recognize him with this award,” said David E. Mielke, dean of the EMU College of Business.

Upon graduation from Ferris State’s School of Pharmacy in 1975, Schmidt moved back to Tecumseh and began working at a pharmacy that he later bought.  The business has since expanded to four Schmidt and Sons pharmacies in the Southeastern Michigan region.   

Schmidt’s business has thrived because of his attention to the needs of the community and his employees.

Realizing that not all customers can come to the store during regular business hours, Schmidt offers free delivery for the elderly and provides on-call, after-hours prescription filling to serve his community.

A very low employee turnover rate at his stores has meant many of Schmidt’s employees have become recognized over the years as instruments of excellent community healthcare. His stores are part of Good Neighbor Pharmacies and support a commitment to local business owners improving local communities. For example, these stores are a part of ISMP® Medication Safety Self Assessment® for Community/Ambulatory Pharmacies, which provide the pharmacies with information about adverse drug events and their prevention.

In addition to running his business, Schmidt has devoted countless hours of service to his community in various municipal organizations, as well as serving as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church, three blocks from the house where he grew up. Long a city councilman, over the last several years Schmidt has served as the mayor of Tecumseh, even running unopposed in last November’s election. Further recognition came in 2004 when he received the city’s Musgrove Evans Award, named after the city’s founder, given annually in recognition for outstanding community service.           

            “Schmidt serves as a positive model for our business students in EMU’s College of Business. His traditional small-town values and strong ethical business practices have enriched the life of Tecumseh, his home community.  In his acceptance speech, Schmidt spoke of the value of keeping one’s good name and noted:  ‘Once that good name is lost, it can’t be regained.’ That is good advice!” said John Waltman, director of the Merlanti Ethics Program and professor of management at EMU.

            The award is part of the Ernest and Jeanne Merlanti Ethics Program, which was established in December 2001. The program was created to help with the pressing need for expanded business ethics training.  The program is named for Ernest and Jeanne Merlanti, of Ann Arbor, area business leaders and entrepreneurs. The Merlantis founded Personnel Systems, Inc. in 1970, to help resolve problems other companies faced in hiring quality employees, including the need to screen resumes and interview and qualify candidates.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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